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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
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I need to come up with a summer vacation destination ASAP so PLEASE help me.

My main requirement is that it not be too hot/humid in July which knocks out Boston, Charleston, New Orleans, Savannah, Arizona etc. Requirement number two is that it not be too very far away because I don't want to waste all my time traveling. That knocks out Japan and Australia. Marcus insists that it be somewhere safe and modernized so Russia and Peru are out of the question (although I would love to see Machu Picchu some day).

I'm not a huge fan of hanging out on beaches, but I do like to snorkel so Hawaii is one idea. We just took a cruise in the Caribbean a few months ago though. My ideal vacation spot is somewhere that's beautiful, not too very crowded or expensive, and has some historic, geological, architectural, or cultural sites to visit. Any ideas??
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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Friday, March 21, 2008
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I first tried making omelets not long ago when a client gave me a dozen fresh eggs from her farm. Of course I had no idea how to make an omelet so I did what every modern-age woman does when she needs advice, I googled. Tonight we're making omelets again (yes there's some fat involved but the cheese and eggs are good sources of protein and calcium), and I thought I'd share the link for making perfect omelets. It really isn't that difficult, but why learn from trial and error when you can make it perfect from the start? We're using shredded sharp cheddar and crumbled patty sausages in ours.

HERE is the recipe.
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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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March 12 is a big date in my life.

My husband Marcus and I first "met" randomly in a chat room online (I was wasting time after finishing my work in a computer class at UT) and became casual friends. We were both in relationships when we first talked, but eventually we were both single. I had always wanted to visit Europe so I decided to take a chance and buy a plane ticket to meet him. When I told my mom about my plans, she told me not to "go over there and fall in love and move to Sweden". I guess I didn't listen very well because I did fall in love.

Until we were actually married in 2004, March 12 is the day that we celebrated our anniversary every year because it is the day that I arrived in Sweden and we were finally able to see and talk to each other in person. It's good that we actually got along since I didn't know anyone else in Sweden!

Over the last ten years, we've traveled a lot to be together (I've been out of the country over 300 days during that time), talked on the phone quite a bit, and chatted online way too many times to ever count. To this day, we still chat online almost daily, and I can't imagine my life without him. He's everything that I could ever want in a husband. I've had some rough times in the last decade, but he's been my one constant source of strength and happiness. I am so thankful for his constant love and support and just hope that he knows how much I love him and how happy I am to be with him.

Marcus, jag älska dig!

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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Saturday, February 23, 2008
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This may seem really obvious to my computer savvy readers, but I just want to remind everyone that you should never open email attachments or even click on links in emails unless you are 100% positive that they are safe and have been sent by someone you know.

For instance, someone could easily send out emails that look like they are from me or someone you know even though they are not. If you ever receive an unexpected email and are unsure then you can always email or call the sender to check. For links, you can open a browser window and go to the site yourself rather than following a link that may actually be installing a virus on your computer. It can be really tempting to just trust an email when you recognize the sender or if the email says, for instance, that someone you know has sent you an ecard, but it's better to possibly miss out on a real card than to end up a victim.
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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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Just in case you didn't happen to notice... there was a total lunar eclipse tonight. We went out for a few minutes around 11pm to see the shadow as it started moving off of the Moon. 

It's a little too cold to stay out for long tonight, but it is kind of cool to see so I dug out an old composite photo that I took a few years ago.

The first shot was taken during totality while the Moon was completely covered by the Earth's shadow. Because the Earth is blocking most of the sunlight, shorter wavelengths of light are scattered. Only the longer orange and red wavelengths can bend around and still reach the Moon which is why you get an orange color cast.

Once the shadow has moved off some, the Moon is much brighter and looks a lot like most other nights. However, the normal phases of the moon are not caused by the Earth's shadow, and that is your random fact for the day.

If you missed out on seeing the eclipse then you'll have to wait a while. While it is possible to have up to 3 total lunar eclipses in one year, we won't have another one until December 2010.
Lunar Eclipse Photograph

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