Monday, May 30, 2011

sunny days, chasing the clouds away

So before I had a sister, I had Sesame Street. I would like to personally thank Maria, Mr. Hooper, Grover and of course Ernie and Bert for teaching me to love alphabet soup and about the importance of the letter W.

After spending a few days revisiting some of our favorite clips from Sesame Street episodes of years past, Bethany and I have come up with a list of the best.

Put down the duckie
One Banana
The Ladybugs Picnic
Jellyman Kelly
Old MacDonald Cantata

And apparently Sesame Street is on their 40-something season and now have Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd on the show. Who knew?

This, however, is probably the classiest bit I have ever seen come from that famous address.


(and for anyone who is just in a nostalgic 90's mood, click here. Do not judge. It was before he was a creeper, although you probably can't tell from this clip)

Friday, May 27, 2011

it runs in the family

Well if you haven't noticed my obsession with the Avett Brothers yet-you are probably not paying attention.

Their Youtube channel posts videos of Seth and Scott doing random acoustic covers every once and again and when they do, I sit and watch these gems-mesemerized at the raw musical talent of these brothers...and of Seth's amazing hair and mustache transformations. (A Change is Gonna Come and Movin Out are both pretty epic.)

Here is one I watched today and was reminded of how much I love this song.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wait, I have a...job?

I have successfully completed my first 3 days at the Knoxville News Sentinel!

I owe so much to the current Fellow who spent this time training me and bestowing all her tricks and tips onto me. I literally do not think I can take in any new information for the next 3 days. I'm a little afraid to go to sleep between now and Monday because I think everything I learned will just fall right out of my head. 

I am the staff writer and editorial assistant in the Features department for the School Matters and YourNews sections, which run in print on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I am also sorting through all of the user-submitted stories and photos on the YourNews section of!

While it has been sufficiently overwhelming to try and remember all this new info, I could not be more excited for this challenge and the opportunity to make so many great connections.

All this to say, if you notice more errors than usual in those particular sections over the next week or 2...I'm behind it. But I'm learning as fast as I can!

Monday, May 16, 2011


compare where you are to where you want to be and you'll get nowhere.

-sara bareilles

Sunday, May 15, 2011


I don't know why I haven't read this before. Here are some of my favorite truths from this great book...and I've only read the 1st chapter. Stay tuned...

every woman I've ever met feels it [not being good enough]-something deeper than just the sense of failing at what she does. An underlying, gut feeling of failing at who she is. I am not enough, and I am too much at the same time.

We long to be the Beauty of some great story. But the desires set deep in our hearts seem like a luxury, granted only to those women who get their acts together.

We were made to be part of a great adventure. An adventure that is shared. We do not want adventures merely for adventure's sake but for what it requires of us for others. We don't want to be alone in it; we want to be in it with others.

We desire to possess a beauty that is worth pursuing, worth fighting for, a beauty that is core to who we truly are.

Is someone reading my mind? Why does this make so much sense?