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Why in the world would I want to move to Maryville, TN?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I am sure it is a lovely place to live. But that is what I said to my husband when he told me that he MAY get transferred to Knoxville IN ABOUT A YEAR. WTH ! I do understand WHY his boss asked him if he was interested in going to Knoxville. A couple of years ago the company opened a branch in Chattanooga. At that time they asked my husband if he wanted to go there because he mentioned in a casual conversation that he would love to live in the Smokey Mountains. We visit there at least once a year. Visiting and living there are two completely different things. He poured over maps and city stats and decided he did not want to go to Chattanooga. When he turned that down, he said to keep him in mind if they ever opened a branch in Knoxville. Well here we are. They are planning to open Knoxville in about a year from now.

We are planning a trip there in June to see if I would like to live there. I have to decide that in a week? HUH? His boss suggested living in Maryville. By the way, he lives in Georgia, so I don't know how much he knows about the area.

At this point, I have mixed feelings about it. Our children are 12 and 9. I want to do what's best for them. I also worry about finding a house. We built our present house. And what about a job for me? Speaking of which...I will have to continue this blog later...we are getting busy at work.

  
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MIPALADY23 9/5/2011 9:52AM

    Big decision but feedback looks positive!

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BDOUBLE 6/19/2011 7:49AM

  I live in Knoxville. Always have. I think there are plenty of things within a short drive to do. The Maryville area is really nice. There are good schools, nice parks, and plenty of things you can find to do. If you move to our neck of the woods, I think you will find lots of friendly people. If you move, I hope you will see the side of Knoxville I have grown to love.

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RHONDALYN10 5/26/2011 4:40PM

    From everything I hear and the few times I have been there - it is great.
Best wishes!

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DOLPHINLADY05 5/26/2011 4:05PM

    That is definitely a big decision, however, I will tell you this from personal experience... I lived in Knoxville for several years and moved from there in 2005 when my marriage ended. I go back every year to visit family and friends. I do have several friends that live in Maryville. It's not a big area at all. Definitely closer to the Smoky Mountains and there is a fairly large university there. I don't know anything about their schools though. Knoxville's school district is pretty phenomenal. Lots of people have a preconceived notion that Tennessee, even the bigger cities, are filled with a bunch of hillbillies but that is so not the case. My daughter attended public school in Knoxville for a couple of years and the one she attended was a school for gifted children. The district has entire campuses, for all grade levels, dedicated to nothing but GT students. I homeschool my kids now that I live in Texas but if I were living back in Knoxville today I probably would have never removed them from public school. I loved it there. My dad's entire family is from all over Tennessee but especially the Smoky Mountains area. I grew up spending many, many vacations there...winter, spring, summer, fall. When I climb to the top of Clingman's Dome every year and look out all around me, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God breathed life into that place.

Don't know if any of that helps but I do hope you have more time to make your decision. I know the beauty of the Smoky Moutains is not a reason to move but it sure helps, lol!! I've lived in and traveled to some of the most breathtaking places in the world and I have never run across anything to compare to the Appalachians... :-)

Best of luck to your family!!

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PONYFARMER 5/26/2011 3:34PM

    That is a huge decision. I would try and go a few times where the weather is differnt. Not sure if that is possible but just a suggestion.

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MOSTMOM1 5/26/2011 2:56PM

    My son's best friend moved to Maryville a couple of years ago. They love it, but, of course, we want them to move back. That's a huge decision; I hope you get all the time you need to check it out. Life sure is full of surprises!


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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/26/2011 2:56PM

    I haven't been through Knoxville in a very long time - but the outlying areas seem nice.

Good luck!

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Excuse me...I am trying to do my Sparktime here...do you mind?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I had a Spark friend notice that I had not been online as much lately. Guilty as charged. I am sorry.

I do most of my online Sparking at work. It is approaching the busy time of year for us. I do the A/R and A/P for the world headquarters of a small construction company. So I don't have as much time as I did in the winter to Spark at work. After my kids are out of school in June, I will have even less time. I will just need to experiment with my schedule to find something that works for us. I will probably have to change my workout times as well. I don't want to neglect anyone. Including me.

I overheard one of my co-workers stating that there must be something medically wrong with me because I use the restroom so much. Um no, I use the restroom so much because I am drinking 10 cups of water a day! We should get Sparkpoints for every time we empty the bladder! By the way, sometimes I am in there doing squats or some other exercise. I don't think it is any different than the other employees going outside to smoke. At least I am doing something positive! Spark on! emoticon

  
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KIMCOLLINGS 12/16/2011 4:22PM

    I thought I was the only one that does squats in the bathroom. After I'm done I do 25-50 squats, everytime I'm in there. Figured it was an easy way to spread out thigh exercises and a good way to remember :)

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YO~YOLANDA 9/5/2011 8:46AM

    Spark On!!! I like your huzzpah!

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ANDYSGIRL73 9/5/2011 8:23AM

    Funny stuff - I like the analogy of how it's no different than someone taking a smoke break. Hear hear!

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KIWIEVIE 5/21/2011 10:44AM

    You Go Girl!!!!!!
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MOSTMOM1 5/19/2011 8:58PM

    LOL!!! I feel like I need to start wearing Depends or something. Now I need to start doing squats in there too. Very efficient, my friend.
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SPORTY_1 5/19/2011 12:33PM

    I'm a regular sparker from the office as well. It's practically my lunch break!

Keep up the great work!

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DOOBIE893 5/18/2011 4:48PM

    Don't forget to make time for you! If we don't take care of ourselves, we cannot take care of anyone else.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/18/2011 4:10PM

    Awesome! Totally awesome!!

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MSKEESH 5/18/2011 3:55PM

    shhh, I'm Sparking from work too, lol. Everytime someone walks past I switch to another screen emoticon

Kudos to you for getting your exercise on at work during your breaks...that should be more widely accepted than the smoke break anyway.

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LJCANNON 5/18/2011 12:43PM

    Yep, someone should talk to Chris Downie about Bathroom Points, especially when you are 'Multi-Tasking' and making them Potty-Exercise Breaks!!
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SPACEPRINCESS 5/18/2011 12:40PM

    Love it! I use my bathroom breaks for exercise, too!

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JECKIE 5/18/2011 12:37PM

    I do squats and wall pushups in the restroom too! But only if no one else is in there. :)

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SARAH_D126 5/18/2011 12:21PM

    I love that! If people can use breaks to go out and smoke why can't we use breaks to get a little exersize in! Great idea!!

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GRACENFAITH 5/18/2011 12:19PM

    Good for you. It's not easy to balance work, home, and let alone not neglect yourself. I so relate to bathroom thing. I will go to the farthest one from my classroom, just to get a little walking or dancing time. Have a wondrous Wednesday!
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"Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:5

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SJSLOWRUNNER 5/18/2011 12:14PM

  I hear you about the bathroom issue. I'm just glad since my desk moved it's now closer. That's awesome about doing the exercises in the bathroom. Now that I actually take a lunch again - I want to bring in one of my resistance bands to exercise @ my desk - I can credit you with part of that motivation!
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THETURTLEBEAR 5/18/2011 12:01PM

    Oh I can so relate to the bathroom comment! Since I telecommute, it's only my dogs who are thinking that, as they see me pass by, LOL!

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That is the beauty of America!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I have been reading about some SP drama. I don't know what it is all about. Not sure that I want or care to know all of the details.

I see what I would call stupid or offensive on here, and everywhere else for that matter, frequently. That is life. Here is what I tell my children: That is the beauty of America! We have the right to be stupid and or do stupid things, or make stupid choices. We also have the right to ignore the stupidity. So exercise your rights! emoticon emoticon

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/14/2011 9:05PM

    Absolutely! Very well said GIGirl!

We are truly blessed to be Americans with freedom to do even stupid things - a freedom I exercise on a regular basis!!

Love you,
linda

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/14/2011 2:00PM

    I'm with you. I read a little yesterday and knew the basic concept. I guess I am a little blown away that people can be so incredibly emotional about an issue that involves someone they've never met.

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HANKENSTEIN 5/14/2011 9:44AM

    Right on. Stupidity is everywhere, but if it wassn't for stupid people, the smart ones would have a hard time standing out! LOL

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POLISHPLANKTON 5/14/2011 9:37AM

  I will exercise my right to be stupid.

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"Be kind,

Friday, May 13, 2011

For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

Plato

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MOSTMOM1 5/14/2011 9:13AM

    True, you never know somebody's story.

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/13/2011 10:52PM

    So true!

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DEZZIEJAMES 5/13/2011 8:47PM

    Very wise!!

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DEZZIEJAMES 5/13/2011 8:47PM

    Very wise!!

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DEZZIEJAMES 5/13/2011 8:47PM

    Very wise!!

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"Always be a first-rate version of yourself,

Thursday, May 12, 2011

instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

Judy Garland

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/12/2011 1:33PM

    AMEN!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/12/2011 11:02AM

    That is a perfect quote for SP! The flip side of reading all the encouraging progress of others is remembering not to compare to myself!

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TERRYT55 5/12/2011 9:13AM

    Great Quote.......thank you!

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