Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009 Word of the Year and Intentions

It's time to choose my 2009 word of the year...and this year I choose.....

I have so many things that I want to accomplish this year. Usually we call these things "Resolutions" but I have always had issues with that word. Instead, I am going to borrow from a fellow scrapbook blogger, Jill Conyers, and use the word "Intentions."

Here are my 2009 Intentions:

1. Exercise 3 times per week, 30 minutes cardio, 30 minutes strength training each time.
2. Eat a more healthy diet.
3. Follow the caloric advice of in order to lose 2 pounds per week.
4. Spend $10 or less per month on scrapbook supplies, except in May when I will be attending CKU and the Donna Downey Inspired Event.
5. Get two paleontology papers out for publishing.
6. Read 12 books (one per month).
7. Attend church regularly.
8. Take more road trips to explore Tennessee and the surrounding area.

I've stuck with 8 intentions as that is my lucky number. I'd love to hear what some of your intentions/resolutions are. I'll be updating the look of my blog to be able to add these intentions on the side and keep a list of the books I have read. I just ordered "Last Lecture" from the library. I can't wait to read it.

On a scrapbook note: finished my 52 card deck yesterday. It came out lovely. Finished my December Daily album the day before. I'm enjoying looking through that. I have a couple of projects I'm working on today as well.

Have a safe and happy New Year!
And to Roxanne's friend in India that reads my blog.... नया साल मुबारक हो

Monday, December 29, 2008

A Return to Normal...

Christmas was great but there was not enough time with the boys. I wish it would have been longer...a lot longer. I miss them far too much.

Our family tradition for Christmas Eve is to eat fish tacos for dinner and play a game. This year it was Monopoly.

Then came Christmas morning and the opening of the presents. What I didn't post before today (so as not to spoil the surprise) was that I have booked William and Richard onto my summer Alaska cruise! I made two of those Snapfish books for the boys that went through this story of all the crazy things we'd done, complete with pictures. When the boys got to the end of the book I said that I missed traveling with them so I'd booked them on the cruise with me. The pictures below are the boys reading the books.

Needless to say they were blown away. They both hugged me so hard and it meant so much. Today we sit at 219 days until we cruise!

William got me an amazing present and I tell you about it here because I want you to know that you can do something totally meaningful without spending a dime. He did a couple of things:

1. Went to Ventura Pier, bought a bottle of water from Ericssons on the Pier and filled it with ocean water and sand. Ventura beach was where I spent most of my lunches when I worked in Ventura.

2. Cut out the Superman "S" off of his old hoodie that I think he wore for 10+ years...we got it at Magic Mountain. It's for my scrapbook.

3. William has recently taken up the drums. He gave me his first broken drumstick.

4. Put together a CD with pictures of him and his motorcycle, pictures of Ventura Beach and the pier, pictures of some of the Nits crew (the group of kids he has been hanging out with since high school), and pictures of our Oxnard and Camarillo houses.

I think I am going to buy a shadow-box frame and put these items in there. This is one of my most favorite Christmas gifts....ever.

I hope you had a lovely holiday. I'll be posting my 2009 word along with some other creative information later this week. Must get some writing done before them.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

I'll be gone for the next couple of days. If truth be told, from tonight at 5pm until Friday at 10pm will be the happiest time I have been this year as I will be with both of the boys. Being with them is magical for me and it's something I long for. As they were growing up I wished for them to grow up and gain their independence. Now I wish for them to be young again so that I can really savor that time the way it should be. I'll post pictures of the three of us when I get back.

Merry Christmas my friends. Enjoy your family and the peace this season brings....

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New Words

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding,subtracting or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners. Read them carefully. Each is an artificial word with only one letter altered from a real word. Some are terrifically innovative:

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people, that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The Bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

5. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

6. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

7. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

8. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

9. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

10. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

11. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

12. Glibido: All talk and no action

13. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

14. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web

15. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

16. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

And, the pick of the lot...

17. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole. (Seriously, I know this guy!)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Do they know it's Christmas Time?

Hearing this song always makes me get into the holiday spirit. I'm certain you will enjoy the big 80's hair....this video was filmed back in 1984 (24 years ago...*GASP*). Sting (hubba hubba), Bono, Boy George, George Michael, Phil Collins.....just to name a few....

Everyone...join hands and sing along with know the words...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lemon Turkey Recipe

Ingredients:1 whole Turkey (weight is dependant on how many servings are required)
1 large lemon, cut into halves
sprig of rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
butter or olive oil, whichever you prefer

Heat oven to 350 degrees Rub butter or oil over the skin of the turkey until it is completely coated. Take a knife and gently separate the skin from the breast meat. Slide lemon halves under the skin with the peel side up. This way the juice from the lemon will coat the breast. Season skin of the Turkey to your preference, and place sprig of rosemary into it. Cover and place in oven until done. Remove cover and continue to roast until juices run clear, basting every 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the bird. If you've followed these steps correctly, your Turkey should look like the one in the attached photo. Bon Appetite!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Punch of Reality

And another day begins. Swamped with homework today. I was thinking just yesterday that the end of the semester is December 2nd. How can that be? It has simply flown by. Almost immediately following that will be Christmas. Jinkies! Where did this year go?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The borer is out!

Me, in action!


What a busy drama day and it's only 10:00am! So first, I watched the Real Housewives of Atlanta last night. I've followed them this whole season. Next week is going to be blow-out funny as heck! I hear a restraining order has been issued after the incidents from next week's episode. Anyway, after perusing the blogs this morning I decided to take the quiz to see which housewife you are and I am so happy to report that I am NeNe. She's my favorite person on the show with DeShawn in second. If you haven't watched this show before you simply must catch it. It's crazy!

So yesterday I got one of the bore tools stuck in the oak tree I was coring with the kids. I swear, if you could see the emails that are flying about this! I'm being told that it simply MUST get out of the tree because it's expensive (duh..even if it wasn't expensive I don't want to leave the thing in the tree) asking if I've tried this and that (short of standing on my head I've tried everything I can think of) and getting warnings about how to pull it out correctly (look, I just want it OUT and I didn't have problems the other 3 times I did it). There's absolutely no mention of how much the kids liked this lab or anything else. Seriously people, it's a BORER! I realize they are a couple of hundred dollars...I want it out TOO! Insane...simply insane.

I think the worst part of this issue is that now I feel constrained somehow. I feel like I've lost some gusto in working with the kids and I'm worried that something will happen and I'll be criticized. That's sad. These kids had a blast! We nearly froze to death outside (because it was like 20 degrees with wind chill) but each one of these kids took a turn on that borer and were so excited to turn it. Isn't that what this program is for?

I'm off to do homework now. I need to remove myself from the drama of it all.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's a PARTY!!

One of my favorite scrapbook people, Lain Ehmann, is coming out with a new book! It looks like it's going to be really hilarious. It doesn't have layouts for you to copy or anything like that. Instead, it's a book about us...those of us who scrapbook and understand how we can POSSIBLY spend $2.50 for a sheet of paper and not even blink an eye!

Here is the info: Giggle. Chortle. Maybe even LOL! Author Lain Ehmann visits the nuttier aspects of scrapbooking in a series of delightful essays exploring everything from getting started and making time for the hobby to stalking scrapbooking celebrities and yearning for a magazine worth scrapspace. Snippets makes a great stocking-stuffer and is perfect for gift-giving at any time of the year; Snippets is perfect for any scrapbooker from expert to novice. Find out how funny scrapbooking can be.

It is going to be hilarious if it's anything like this quote:

"We are not like everyone else. Not everyone else owns 12 different types of adhesive and knows how to use them."
- Lain Ehmann
My friends, how TRUE is that quote!?!? I've got at least 12...don't you?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Thought for Today...

"You can’t make footprints in the sands of time if you’re sitting on your butt. And who wants to make buttprints in the sands of time?"

- Bob Moawad

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Peek Into Honor's Diary...

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Best Friend...

Hi All,

Honor here...Mom is in the shower and I thought I'd take a minute to post a picture of my new best friend. I've never had an inclination to sit in Mom's chair. The leather is always so cold on my tummy! That was, until tonight! LOOK what Mom got!!

I cannot even begin to describe to you the joys of her new electric blanket. It keeps my belly so nice and warm and makes me fall asleep so quickly.

Jinkies, Mom's coming....I'd better get down now....BYE!

P.S. Nanny, please send treats...I am fading away to nothing!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Still makes me laugh....

Been working all morning on an assignment for school. Honor is at my feet on the electric blanket. She continually tries to steal it from me....silly puppy!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Oh, so happy!

One of the requirements for the PhD program is to submit a proposal on what your intended project is and is usually approximately 20 pages long. I've had some of this proposal written but have been a little overwhelmed lately with other projects....and of course the fact that I can be lazy and would rather read a cookbook than a journal article some days. Last Thursday I set a self-imposed deadline that I would get this project finished and to my advisor by Monday morning.

So, yesterday I sat down at my computer....all day long, in fact....from 10am until 8pm...and have practically finished my proposal. Today I simply need to add one photo (of the slab that you see in the picture above), reread, and check for consistency. I'll give it to Colin in the morning for him to comment on and proof before it goes to the rest of my committee. Oh, and it ended up being 30 pages long....yes, 30!

I have been so blessed in my life's journey and have many things to be thankful for but today I am especially grateful for...

1. The luxury of being able to go to school full-time.
2. That I have an advisor who is encouraging and doesn't get frustrated with me.
3. That I will be able to hand said advisor a copy of the proposal tomorrow, thereby sticking to my word.
4. That I spoke with William yesterday and we made his plane reservations to come home for Christmas.
5. That Richard seems to be doing well in Wilmington.
6. For the Thai Green Curry I made for dinner the other night because I didn't have to cook today and could work on my project.
7. Tor the green tea and coffee that kept me awake and writing.
8. For you...yes, family and friends who read this blog and leave me wonderful comments every so often. I wish I could give you a hug.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Another Cades Cove Picture

This picture was taken by one of my classmates this weekend while I was at Cades Cove. We stood inside a primitive church and the light streamed in through the windows. The instructor had us stand near the window looking out. I'm so impressed with the whole illumination of the face....except that I see how really old I'm looking. Those are some serious lines on my face! I swear, why couldn't I look more like a movie star....haha.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Cades Cove Photos

Tonight was my last photography class for this semester. We had to bring 4 pictures to upload to the teacher's computer and the class critiqued them. Below are two of my four. The first is a basket of apples that were about to become apple butter. The teacher really liked this photo but thought a couple of the shiny spots on the apples could have been toned down a bit.

The picture below was taken at the first stop, Uncle Somebody's Cabin. What I like about this photo is that you can see right through the cabin! Notice the door on the left and if you look through it you can see the leaves on the other side of the house. Isn't that cool? The teacher really liked this shot as well, which was nice, because the teacher was a bit frustrated with me on this stop at Cades Cove. I had put the wrong lens on my camera and in order to get a shot of the house I had to practically get into the woods. I saw one of his helpers tell him that I had a telephoto lens on and he looked at me and shook his head. When I presented this photo tonight he couldn't believe I'd gotten such a good shot of the cabin and said he'd never noticed the door on that side before. Some of the other students wanted to know if I'd touched up some of the colors in the photo but I haven't. It's just a pretty picture.

I'll be taking the Fundamentals of Photography class that starts in February and am very much looking forward to it. This next class will focus more on composition, flash, etc. rather than just understanding the basics of your camera. I have learned a TON from this class and cannot wait to move on for more!! After that class I think I'll try to take the nature photography one, or maybe the portrait class. But no matter what I do I have to say that this has been the best $179 I have ever spend on a non-academic class.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I never stop...seriously...and I'm getting tired....very tired...and I need to be home. I love adventure and travel, you know that. But at some point it becomes tiring to not have a break from being gone constantly. It is in times like these that I simply want to hunker down in my house and be among my things and my life. I just don't want to go anywhere!

This weekend I have a field trip for my photography class to Cades Cove and although I really, really want to go, a bigger part of me wants it to be canceled for rain (and it might) so that I can stay at home Saturday and Sunday.

I just need some "me" time....don't we all?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

He said "Nay, Nay"

Last night was the John Pinette show in Nashville. I had a great time!! My seat was right next to the cool was that!?!? I only got one photo taken before the security guard told me "no pictures" even though the tickets said "no flash photography"...and I wasn't using my flash! JINKIES! At least it came out good.

The drive was long...I didn't get home until 3:15am! But totally worth it....TOTALLY!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Just a couple of images taken for my photography class

Top: Honor
Middle: The Sunsphere in Downtown Knoxville
Bottom: The smallest headstone I could find in the cemetary

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Race for the Cure

Good Morning! Today Honor and I walked in the Knoxville Race for the Cure. It was a 5K walk and we did well. Honor was great! She even wore a pink ribbon around her neck!! The picture above was taken before the race began. And, our official walk time was..........

It was a great experience and I highly recommend it! To find out if a race is coming your way simply click HERE. Honor and I will be doing this again next year for sure!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


It's been a very fruitful week at the GSA convention in Houston. I have given my very first talk at this meeting and I must say that it went exceptionally well. I am so pleased and I truly believe that Colin (my advisor) is pleased as well. That makes me a very happy girl. My poster, yesterday afternoon, also went smashingly well. Many people visited and asked for my card so that they could get a copy of the file to use the project outline/questions in their work. I am humbled by the response I've gotten.

I have met some very, very important people in my field. I finally met Bertrand Lefebvre. I am certain I have not mentioned this before today (so now you're in on the secret) but he has asked me to write a chapter in an upcoming book/memoir on the biogeography of Ordovician edrioasteroids (the stuff I work on). Seriously, how amazing is it that I (yes, little ole me) am writing a chapter in a forthcoming book?!?! The book chapter will reflect the talk that I gave two days ago. This research will also culminate in my first paper AKA the first chapter (of three) in my dissertation. Life, for me, is good...

I have also been asked to be a committee member for a scholarship that I won a couple of years ago. That will be great fun. Lastly, I've been asked to help coordinate technical sessions for the GSA meeting being held in Tampa in March.

I had a wonderful lunch with Tricia (my advisor from UNCW) and Christy (a PhD student from UNCW that I adore) the other day. It is so good to catch up with colleagues and see how life is progressing. Have I mentioned how truly lucky I am to have such amazing friends???

Today I am volunteering to recoup the $90 for the conference registration. I am working in the speaker ready room helping others upload their talks. It is quite fun and you should see the "graveyard of thumb drives" that rests in front of my computer. It cracks me up.

Leaving for home tomorrow afternoon. Will miss the free breakfast, chips and salsa at 5:30, and milk & cookies at 8pm at the hotel. But, it will be nice to get home. Resting on Friday...walking for Race for the Cure on Saturday. Back to school on Monday.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Ali's Challenge

I love this photo I took tonight of Honor and me. Following directions on Ali Edwards' blog, I set the camera to timer and got down on the ground with Honor. She was goofing off...I was more serious...silly puppy! Just thought it came out cute and wanted to share.

I hope you're doing the "Week in the Life" challenge like I am!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

In Ms. Tillet's Class Today...

This picture (Colin Firth) was on my computer is the brief conversation with one of the students....

Student: Ms. Lewis, whose picture is that on your computer
Me: That's my boyfriend!
Student: Ms. Lewis, he's cute!
Me: I know...*wink*

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Mi Vida Loca...

Went to the balloon festival last night. It was okay but none of the balloons flew....umm....isn't that what they're supposed to do? I was confused. Had a burger and fries for dinner and met this really cool couple while sitting there. Like me, the husband is taking a photography class and we talked about how much fun it is and he told me about a website that offers local photography field trips....COOL! I checked out the website when I got home and there is one that is going to a haunted ghost town. I think I'm going to sign up. Also met a woman who does Temari balls AKA Japanese Thread Balls. I used to make these but mine were not so good because I was trying to learn from a book. Her's were exceptionally beautiful! She is going to offer a class...YAY!

Still to do on my list:
1. Shred
2. Read 3 1/2 papers
3. Complete 12x12 scrapbook page
4. Practice GSA talk
5. Decide on clothes for GSA

And I'm adding:
6. See Nights in Rodanthe
7. Laundry (ugh)

Finally, I'm sure you heard that Paul Newman died yesterday. My favorite role of is was the father in Message in a Bottle. I loved his brash, matter-of-fact attitude in that movie. He was a great presence on this earth and will be missed.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


1. Start "Week in the Life" documentation
2. Shred the pile of papers in the corner
3. Roll coins
4. Read 4 papers (100+ pages combined)
5. Dog park
6. Sweep up the extra dog worth of hair on the kitchen floor
7. Unload dishwasher
8. Complete September's 12 on the 12th scrapbook page
9. Practice GSA talk
10. Decide on clothes for GSA
11. Pellissippi balloon festival

What does your list look like? I'd love to see what an average day in your life looks like, too.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Two More Things...

Yep, two more things to cross off my bucket list...YAY! Here I am with my new camera, a Canon Digital Rebel. I've wanted one of these for a very long time. It was my birthday present to myself. The second item on my bucket list that I get to cross off is "Take a photography class". I started a Fundamentals of Photography class last week and am having a great time. The teacher is really good and I'm inspired to learn how to creatively and effectively use this camera. I'm hoping these two things, combined, will provide for some exceptional photographs from my Alaska trip next year.

I am going to participate in Ali Edward's "Week in the Life" challenge. I guess I'll have this awesome camera strapped to my hip for the next week. Should be interesting as I'm leaving next Friday for a week in Houston. I'll probably take it with me.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Back to the Gym...

Back to the gym today and did 30 minutes on this bad boy. The elliptical looks much easier than it is! But, my weight is blossoming and I need to get this under control. I'll be going M-F and doing 30 minutes each day. Thinking of Colin Firth as I exercise away makes it much easier. I would have chanted "Ravioli and a nap" like John Pinette but there were too many skinny people around...but I was thinking it!!! Also adding a walk around the neighborhood with Honor every night. She needs to burn off energy anyway.

Cutting back on food products, especially sweets. Bought some lunchmeat for sandwiches, salad items, carrots, and fruit to take on my lunches. Not going to change much for breakfast or dinner as I mostly snack when I'm working at school.

On another note...had a great time this past weekend at the Chattanooga Scrapbook Convention. Met a lot of nice people and got to work with my #1 FAVORITE company, The Button Farm. Seriously, buy everything this woman has...she's amazing!!

Off for the walk with Honor. I'll keep you updated on the progress. Think good thoughts!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Random Musings...

The picture above is from the movie "Nights in Rodanthe" starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane. I just finished reading the book by Nicholas Sparks...what a wonderful book! I cannot wait for the movie to come out on September 26th. I'll be going on opening day. I always enjoy NS books but I think this one really struck a chord as it was about adults, 54 & 41 years of age, in fact. I read it in 2 days which is very unusual for me because I have so much other reading to do. Very much enjoyed it...highly recommend reading it.

Went to a workshop today on how to be an effective teacher by understanding the 4 different learning styles. Learned a lot! One of the main things we did was take the test to see what type of learner we are. I am an "Accommodater" meaning that my strength lies in doing things, in carrying out plans and experiments and becoming involved in new experiences. I prefer hands-on activities and field trips. It's a "management" type of learning style. A famous example of said style would be Donald Trump. I don't think I'm like DT because I feel he's cold and calculating. One of the criteria for this style is that you like people and use feelings in your decision process. Seriously, do you think DT fits that profile?

Came off the freeway today on my way home and thought something must be wrong with the gas station signs....$4.49 a gallon. Um....I put in $40 last night at 9pm at $3.69 a gallon...must be a mistake....and drove on. Next station, same station, same thing.....gas raised 80 cents overnight!! Apparently Knoxville is running out of gas and not sure when more deliveries will be coming due to the hurricanes. I guess Honor won't be going to the dog park this weekend as that's just outrageous and they are predicting >$5 a gallon within the next day or two. Lovely....

I think I'm going to scrapbook this weekend to escape reality....

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pee Your Pants Kinda Laughing

Seriously, this is me at the gym!!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

2 Outta 3 Ain't Bad, Baby!

I entered 3 items into the Tennessee Valley Fair to see if I could win a blue of the things on my "43 things" (AKA Bucket) list. Low and behold but I won 2 blue ribbons!!!! At the scrapbooking booth I found out that the judges liked my Book of Me so much that many of them ran home and/or got their husbands to bring down their cameras to take pictures of said book. I'm cool is that!! Here's a picture of the book with the blue ribbon.

Here is a picture of the Christmas ornament that I made that won the blue ribbon as well. This ornament has Swarovski crystals on it for added sparkle...

I wandered the fair, ate the required corn dog and funnel cake ($5 now for some fried dough...jinkies!!!) and then plopped my hiney down on row 12 to see these guys....

Yep, yep, beloved Village People!! This picture is near the end of the concert when they sang "In the Navy." Now, for those that don't know, when I was trying to get into shape to join the Navy myself I listened to this song over and over and over and over again until I thought my grandparents were going to have a nervous breakdown over it. I must have played that song 5 bajillion times (right, Goody?) Anyway, it was great to see them in concert last night. Three of the members are original (construction worker, policeman, army guy). I honestly didn't recognize David Hodo, the construction worker, as he has gotten so skinny...I mean scary skinny. I thought for sure he was a new guy. But when they introduced the members they said "David Hodo" jaw dropped. Had a great time....sang until my throat hurt....did the YMCA with more gusto than most in the crowd....and won two, count them T-W-O blue ribbons. Now that's one hell of a day!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Remember...if you go to Hell it's you're fault!

Last weekend I had some time and thought I'd run out to see the Museum of the Appalachia that is located not too far from my home.! This sign was one of my favorite things there. I mean seriously, how could you not love that??

I also got to see a banjo made out of a canned ham...

And, although I didn't take a picture of it (because I was too freaked out) I got to see the bed in which Mark Twain was conceived!

Don't be envious...I'll take you when you visit. But don't say I didn't warn you first!!