Friday, February 13, 2009


Today we spent the day at Ober Gatlinburg skiing....I had not been skiing in about 6 years, while Shane had NEVER been! Luckily, it's like riding a bicycle!! (-: Shane on the other hand....well, he tried, but I don't think he will be begging to go back anytime soon! On a funny note...after about 2 refresher runs down the "bunny trail" I decided I was ready to really hit the slopes (while Shane was at ski school) so I head over to the ski lift and hop right on! As we make our way up the mountain (my co-passenger on the lift was a 10 yr old kid on a snowboard!!!!) I made a horrific discovery.....the chair lift that I was on was going all the way to the TOP of the mountain....not to the nice, friendly, gentle sloping run I thought I was headed to. Oh the horror! I quickly thought about asking to ride back down, but hell no, I could not do, we get to the top and I have no choice but to ski down. Luckily it was not the black diamond course that I orignally thought I would be forced down (imagine big white human snowball tumbling down mountain at 100mph) but a blue run...intermediate....just very,very long one with a few steep parts and several slick icy patches....I think I fell 3 times! LOL! But hey, it got me back in the grove pretty damn fast! Anyways, here are some pictures & a video of Shane about to bulldoze the heck out of me!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ice Skating & the chair lift.....

Today we got up, ate a yummy {free} continental breakfast at our hotel & then headed up the mountain on the sky tram....once there we attempted to ice skate, which actually turned out to be quite a success!! Shane fell only once! Then, we headed up the mountain even further on the chair lift...despite Shane's protests (he was Skeered!!!!) Here are a few of the high lights:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Out to dinner....

We went to Bubba Gump's in Times Square 5 yrs ago, so we decided to head there again tonight in TN. Here are some shots from our night out....and one of our hotel!

Gatlinburg, TN...Day One

Well we are here in TN....alone, no kids, no jobs....ahhhh! This will be great! Our hotel is nice, has a cute balcony over-looking the "strip" are a few pics from today's journey!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Going green, a little at a time!

Ok, so today I was thinking about laundry....yeah, I do enough of I decided to start there with my greeness. I have come across a laundry detergent called "Country Save" created by the guy who made "Elmer's Glue". Each ingredient in it is biodegradable and completely soluble & has no perfume, dyes or fillers. Great for people with sensitive skin! You can order this in bulk on (I placed an order today) and it looks like if you are military & have an APO address, you can get even better deals on it. Check out their website at!
Another nifty green idea I have come across is Wool dryer Balls. These babies are used in the dryer instead of those apparently HORRIBLE dryer sheets. They are made of 100% all natural wool & apparently soften your clothes as well as saving you drying time, thus money! You can use them over & over & over....they recommend using about 4 or more for optimal functioning....I found some good deals on these on!
Hey....I am trying!!!!!

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