Monday, December 31, 2007

So...2007 is almost over. Here's the obligatory year ending post. What to say about the year? Well, it turned out not so badly I supposed. I mean, it was no 2005 or even a 2002, but it had it's perks. Better than 2006 at least. I think.

Plans for tonight: not ringing in the year with the comrades. That hasn't happened since 1998-1999. Weird. Instead, I'm in Knoxville and am about to head over to some friends' house in a little bit. It should be fun, but different.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas!

This is the first year I haven't gone anywhere for Christmas in a very long time. It's also the first time I haven't spent it with family in, well, ever. Jeremy and I are staying in Knoxville this year. Here's a picture of our tree. We have exponentially more ornaments than last year, but it's still pretty sparse. We have decided to each buy an ornament each year and eventually, we will have a lot.

Tonight we went for a drive to look at Christmas lights, Knoxville is a little bit disappointing for lights, but we did manage to find a couple decent neighborhoods. My favorite houses were the ones that were entirely overdone with lights in the yard, all over every bush, covering the entire roof. They made me laugh, but in a good way.

Also, here is a picture of the flowers Jeremy bought me a couple weeks ago, for no reason except that he's sweet.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

You know you're in east Tennessee when...

This is a picture of me from the Tennessee Valley Fair this past fall:

Yes, that's me standing by the FFA tobacco exhibit. I'm pretty sure I'm morally against teenagers growing tobacco.

Today, I was readying yesterday's paper (hey, I was busy yesterday!) and came across this article about how Philip Morris USA and Philip Morris International are giving all this money to the University of Tennessee to establish the Center for Tobacco Grower Research withing UT's Institute of Agriculture. It is supposed to benefit tobacco growers, policy making, the tobacco industry and those with public health interests. Oddly enough, they didn't specify how public health interests will be benefited, or at least I didn't notice it in the article.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Last night as I was going to bed, at approximately 1:09am, I heard three very loud bangs in a row. Kinda like a gun being fired. It kind of freaked me out, but surely this is some logical explanation for it, right?

After living in Waco for four years, I felt much safer when I moved to Knoxville. I'm not sure why, but it just seemed less dangerous here. Although now I'm not sure. These past few months there have been quite a few muggings, assaults, and carjackings around UT's campus. It seems like they're sending out a campus wide safety notice to all faculty, staff, and students on almost a weekly basis. I never got one before this semester. Kinda scary. Which is why yesterday night when Jeremy and I went up to campus to play pool and saw an old lady with a little girl walking around campus, obviously lost, we gave them a ride to their car in a parking garage on the other side of campus. They weren't from Knoxville so they didn't know about the muggings and all that, I figured it was best not to tell them and freak them out.

Speaking of crime in Knoxville, almost a year ago there was a double murder of a young couple here. They were about my age and were carjacked, raped, tortured, and killed. The first of the four suspects is about to begin his trial. I'm against the death penalty, but it is really hard in this case to not want that kind of justice (or injustice), even though I didn't know either of the victims. I guess it hits too close to home because they were my age, and they were just randomly picked as targets. Just reading the account of what happened is enough to make your stomach church. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There was an article in the paper yesterday about the case.

Ever since this happened I have been someone more frightened to drive around shadier places at night, especially by myself. It used to be no big deal, but really, there was a logical explanation for the noises last night, right?