Friday, March 31, 2006

Computer Programmer or Serial Killer?

My score was 5/10.
Can you judge someone from looking at them?By looking at a picture of a person, you have to decide if he is a computer geek or a serial killer. Go with your gut feeling and click on your choice. There are 10 photos. Your score will be given at the end. Be sure to include your score and forward this to your friends.

Click On Link Below

Special shout out to my pal Sheri who sent me the link! She's definitely going to be a mover and a shaker at my company - write me down for that early prediction!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Home from the Smokys ...

... and what a great mini-vacation it was!! Melissa had never been to the mountains and she did plenty of "ooohing and aahhhing". Hillary hadn't been since she was two years old, so she equally enjoyed it! Except for suffering through a time share presentation, we all oohed and aahhhed plenty of times! Okay, first some pictures:

I took the picture of the deer from my car window at Cade's Cove. The car in front of us slowed down, someone said, "OOH! It's a deer." I grabbed the camera, stuck my head out the window, clicked, and 72 hours later saw this sweet picture!

While we're talking about pictures from cars, I also took this one as we were heading down the mountain from Newfound Gap back toward Gatlinburg. Again out the car window. Maybe I should put together a book called, Pictures from a Car Window. It could be a coffee table book.

The true nerd in me comes out. Actually, I'm a huge fan of Anne McCaffrey and her Dragonriders of Pern series. Some of the guys at the office are always poking fun at my love of science fiction, so I combined the two best sci-fi worlds into one photo: Star Trek and the Dragonriders. haha. This was at "Fantasy Golf" in Pigeon Forge.

The whole family at the overlook on the Gatlinburg bypass highway. I love this photo. From the left, Richard the hubby, Hillary the sullen teenager, Melissa the diva, and me. I'm glad I don't see pouting or crying in this nice photo. I'm positive it will become one of my lifetime favorites!

The girls and I right before our helicopter ride. It was expensive but worth every penny! Neither daughter had ever flown in anything so it was a great experience for them. Riding in a helicopter is on my list of 100 things I want to do, so I crossed that off. Just call me Earl.

And finally, the classic Smoky Mountain photo. Only now did I realize Smoky is spelled without an "E"... So I'm going back and editing all the "E's" out of Smoky Mountains. Seriously, is this sign spelled wrong????? Anyway, we sure had a nice time. We crammed in a lot in three days: two driving tours of the mountains, go-karts, mini-golf, Ripley museum, chair-lift, Ober Gatlinburg (wow has that place lost its luster - that'll be our last time there), helicopter ride. It's all good (except the time-share part). Those fools wanted $47,000 for a time share. They finally offered less points for $10,000 but hells-bells NO! I called my hubby's stepmother and she's willing to sell their's for $1800. Now that I can deal with! One week a year of vacation with three weeks already banked?! YES!

I'll post more later. Meanwhile enjoy the pics! love and kisses, kathy

Friday, March 24, 2006

I am Powerful

Big Orange Michael had this posted on his site, so I took the bait.

Your Birthdate: July 13

You're dominant and powerful. You always need to be in charge.
While others respect your competence, you can be a bit of a dictator.
Hard working and serious, you never let yourself down.
You are exact and accurate - and you expect others to be the same way.

Your strength: You always get the job done

Your weakness: You're a perfectionist to a fault

Your power color: Gray

Your power symbol: Checkmark

Your power month: April

Thursday, March 23, 2006

In a Funk

I am sooooo ready for warmer weather. Only one more morning of getting up at 6:00 a.m. before spring break! Hot diggity. We're taking the girls to the mountains this weekend - Hillary was 2 last time she went so doesn't remember and Melissa has never been. I hope they enjoy the trip and are old enough to appreciate the beautiful views.

We got our CLEAR TO CLOSE on our refinance! Whee! Our appraisal did come in about $2000 shy, but we can handle that. Anyway, because of this loan, we are paying off almost all of our debt (except this new loan, of course). ha. It's going to save us about $1000 p/month. That makes mamasita happy.

I'm in some kind of funk this week. I feel a tad depressed and I'm fighting it off. I think I'd feel better if I could generate some bidness! My co-listing with another agent is being withdrawn today because we re-measured the house yesterday and there was a 500 sf difference between our measurements and the tax record. This means the house needs to be reduced by about $30,000 - and the seller would rather just keep it. I don't blame them... I would too. My other listing that's supposed to close next week - the inspection came back saying the A/C unit is cracked. WTF? If my sellers don't fix it, I'm afraid that'll fall through so we'll see what happens today. I have other buyers I'm working with, but no one is ready just yet. This is the week of my discontent. I need to read my daily affirmations more:

"I spend a lot of quality, happy time with my family."
"I am thin. Thin people don't eat junk."
"I treat all people with friendly courtesy." (Can I still cuss other drivers with my windows up?)

There are more, but they're real estate related. Maybe this funk is because of my diet. I cheated. Velma's birthday was Tuesday and we had a chocolate ice cream cake from DQ. I ate a piece on Tuesday and one last night. And they were BIG pieces. Otherwise, I've been doing pretty good with salads, etc.

I'll end your suffering and sign off. Bye ya'll.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

How Evil Are You?

This was fun. Guess I'm balanced more on the good side right now rather than the dark side.
You Are 48% Evil
You are evil, but you haven't yet mastered the dark side.Fear not though - you are on your way to world domination.

Bloggers Meeting Today

Well that was fun! It was very nice meeting Michelle, Big Orange Michael, Gunner and Elizabeth. And of course it's always great seeing my buddy Ivy and her perfect children! I was surprised the meeting was so short... Having never been to one, I also didn't realize there was an informal agenda, etc. So if I babbled like a fool, sorry. I'll be better prepared next time!

Let's see... we talked about bras, killer clowns, real estate, finding a date for Michael, and so much more! I am of course now going to everyone's site that I met today and reading them over. I didn't realize that Michael was a Sci Fi fan... me too. Did you know that Andre Norton lived in Murfreesboro when she passed away this past year? Her caretaker, Sue, sent some memoribilia to me from Andre after we lost her. Some of her books, estate items, and jewelry will be in our auction for the American Cancer Society at the end of this month.

So I'm going to try to go again and hope that Chip will be there next time! :-) Thanks for having me!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Day of Reckoning

I found this column by Garrison Keillor to be very interesting. It's called Day of Reckoning by Current Occupant. I think the day is coming and it can't come soon enough.

That said, here's something you didn't know about me. When I was in college, Garrison asked me out on a dinner date. Because I had caught a ride to Bowling Green from Murray, I had to decline because I didn't have a ride home. The next month he was on the cover of Time magazine. That's called a missed opportunity.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Nap Time

I'm home from the Upper GI. It wasn't bad at all.... my friend Anissa was one of the nurses which made me very very happy. I'm heading to bed shortly for about a three hour nap to get the rest of this anesthesia out of my system. YAWN!

Meanwhile, I thought I'd look in my picture files and see if there's anything I can share... inspired by my friend Ivy of course! Okay, no new pictures that I like except pictures of our dogs. The first one is little dog, Cocoa (aka Scrat, Chub-Chub, Butt-head). Cocoa is a spoiled, mean little thing. She growled at me the other night when I put her to bed in her cage (she obviously didn't want to go). She got her backside swatted as a result. She's the one I want to give to Ivy, but no one in my family will let me! Arg!

Next one is Libby, our rescue dog from three years ago. She's the sweetheart. She has such a gentle spirit - she always lets the little dog eat, drink first. She never chases the cats. When the appraiser came out yesterday, she was in the front and she just shook from fright. She must have been abused in her past... I hate that for her since she does have such a sweet personality.

Here's Liberty Belle Dumbledog Tyson ...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Another Day, More Anesthesia

I have to be at Stonecrest Hospital again tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. I'm having an endoscope procedure done. If it wasn't for the fact that I'll go under general anesthesia, I'd be freaking out. From what I understand, some something goes down my throat. Yuck. So I'm off tomorrow.

Good news. I've been on the diabetic and liver diet (no carbs, no fat). I've lost 4 pounds this week. I was very surprised and quite happy. But I'm HUNGRY too often! Being hungry is good. Being hungry is good. Being hungry is good. (My daily affirmation).

Our appraiser was here today. I'm absolutely on pins and needles to see if we make the appraisal. We'll know something by the end of the week ... cross your fingers.

Not much news here as you can tell. So I'm going to bed since I have to get up extra early tomorrow. Blech. Later taters!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Refinancing - YIKES

We met with our favorite lender (Scott Matuk of Professional Mortgage Group) this evening. I was so relieved to see that we had decent credit scores. I was hoping for high 700's - I did hit the 700's but not as high as I wanted.

Meanwhile, we'll be in so much better shape if we refinance, but now I'm nervous about whether or not our home will make the appraisal. As an agent I think it will, but I can't help but be nervous still. Our problem is that no homes EVER sell in this neighborhood, so we'd have to go to another neighborhood for the market analysis. Yikes. We'll find out in a couple of days.

I need to clean this house, though, before anyone steps inside. Anyone out there want to come over and help me take down the rest of my hideous kitchen wallpaper? Anyone? Anyone?

Saturday, March 04, 2006


When my hubby and I bought our house almost three years ago, we fell in love with the covered deck on the back. What we learned afterwards is that the IDIOT who built it did so with no pitch. This means it's not angled to let the rainwater drain off - instead it just comes right through everything. Well our fear is that rainwater is now starting to back under our roof and over our ceilings (we have a water spot that has appeared in our kitchen). So we got a quote to remove the deck roof from a really nice guy named Corey Williams. He gave us a very fair price, but ...

what we really want is a new sunroom. So we met with a company this morning and are giving serious consideration to adding a sunroom to the back of our house. We're so excited about the prospect, but nervous about the price $25,000 for 256 square feet. It comes out to about $90 p/square foot which is about normal on new construction. They have a 15-year payment plan which seems really high. When you buy a truck for $25,000, for instance, it costs about $300 or so a month for 5 years. They want $265 p/month for 15 years. Uh... no? So if we can get some financing figured out, we may go for it.

I'm going to talk to the BEST LENDER IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE to see if he can throw together some numbers to refinance and loan consolidation. His name is Scott Matuk and he is awesome! Wish us luck!