I just realized it's been a while since I posted on here and y'all might think I've disappeared. Not so. Just hunkered down, working and knocking things off my To Do list every day.
I realized today that I am a second generation list maker. I grew up watching my mother write grocery lists, shopping lists, lists of foods to serve at parties, lists of people, events, etc. I always credit the influence of my grandmother for being a listmaker but in reality, Mom was very influential too.
She also has always kept important events in a calendar and so the verb "calendar" -- so critical to anyone in the legal profession -- has always been easy for me.
I am going to try and get Michael started in the list habit but so far, he's not there. I hung a calendar right outside his room but I don't think he ever looks at it. He rarely thinks beyond the present day.
I am the opposite. I obsess over deadlines and future plans and I need to live more "in the moment." Then again, on a cold and rainy day like today the moment seems highly over-rated.
IN THE NEWS
As I watch the news accounts of the historic and devastating Gatlinburg fire, I mourn the loss of so many homes and businesses in that beautiful area. I grew up just down the road in Knoxville, and we loved driving over the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge when I was a kid. I have always thought Dollywood was an overly commercial place, not necessarily good for the area, but I have to grudgingly admit Dolly Parton herself has a heart of gold. Her Dollywood Foundation is donating $1,000 a month to Sevier County families who lost their homes. God bless her.
Last February I wrote a blog about my friend Suzy Darrah, who has a specialty bakery business in Myrtle Beach. She has now opened her own ETSY store, Hippienut Bake Shop. If you want quality gluten-free baked goods, check it out. AND - no matter where you are in America, Suzy will ship your purchases to you!
I was never a big football fan but I was delighted to see that my high school alma mater, Farragut, won the state football championship.
I interviewed a man for one of my stories last week and usually my professional interviews are polite, brief, and dry. I am there to get information for my story and working against a deadline. Last week, though, the man I interviewed was delightful and I felt like I was talking to an old friend. It was truly fun to chat with him -- something I rarely say in regard to a business call. I was having a stressful day and I felt like God sent me that little reprieve to help me through it.