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Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

From WordPress:   Happy New Year! Welcome to the first Weekly Photo Challenge of 2013!

Resolved. This is that time of year, isn’t it? Full of resolutions and good intentions. Why not share a photo which represents one of your New Year’s resolutions? If you don’t make them, what about sharing a photo which represents something you’d like to get better at in photography this year?

Share a picture which means RESOLVED to you!

To continue my post about my 2013 goals, I will put them into pictures:

new shoes

I resolve to put lots of miles on my new shoes. Combined with plenty of cross training. Hopefully they will be ready for replacement much sooner than usual.

race medals

I resolve to add another race medal (or two) to my collection this year! And I resolve to set a new PR as well.

ace fitness

I resolve to have my ACE Personal Trainer Certification completed during the first quarter of the year.

New to The Daily Post? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

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Happy New Year!!

Hubby and I were lucky enough to get a date night on New Years Eve.  One of our favorite local bands, The Dirty Guv’nahs, was playing a concert in downtown Knoxville.  We scored the tickets months ago when they first went on sale.


And I was feeling pretty good after finishing my last working for 2012 …. a 4.2 mile run at Lakeshore Park.  I was so excited that they closed our offices early – at 2:30.  It meant I had time to get in a quick run.  It was only 37 degrees outside, but it didn’t feel that cold.  And I warmed up fast.

lakeshore run

Hubby dropped the kids off at my Mom’s house while I was getting ready.  We had a hard time deciding what to do for dinner.  Too many good options – Downtown Grill and Brewery, Crown and Goose, Nama, etc.  But we decided on Sunspot for a few reasons:  one – the beers on tap, and two – hubby found a the description of a burger on their website.  It had egg, bacon, avocado, and more wonderful goodness on top.  It sounded like the perfect burger!


Unfortunately, that burger was LAST week’s special and therefore no longer available.  😦

chips and menu

So instead, hubby ordered the Steak Tacos and I got a Salmon BLT.  And LOTS of fries.  LOL  I haven’t had fries in a really long time … they were SOOOO yummy!!!!


Here’s a close up of the Salmon BLT.  It was uh-may-zing!!!  Oh my goodness.  I would go back tomorrow just to get another Salmon BLT.  Although, I’m pretty sure I can recreate this at home.  It’s just blackened salmon with bacon, lettuce and tomato.  The aioli sauce might take a little trial and error, but I think I’m up for the challenge.  🙂

salmon blt

After our bellies were completely full, we headed downtown.

gay street

(Not the best downtown shot I’ve ever taken of the lights on Gay Street, but it gives you an idea.)


This is the HISTORIC Tennessee Theatre.  It’s a gorgeous venue.  Recently renovated, too.

tennessee theatre

There were 2 opening acts.  The first was a singer/ songwriter Neal Carpenter, who is from Nashville.  I gathered that he knows the Guvs from University of Tennessee, which is where they all went.  I was impressed by Neil’s songs.  The lyrics were really good.

James and Chris (from the Dirty Guvs) joined him on stage for his last song.

neil carpenter

The second opener was a band called A Thousand Horses.  I’d never heard of them before, but they totally killed it.  They rocked the house.  While I wasn’t cazy about all the long beards I saw, I was super impressed by their stage presence.


Finally, around 10:30 the Guvs finally took the stage.

(Followed by a phone call from my Mom telling us that Lucy has a fever.  Great.  Good thing we packed the Tylenol just in case.  A fever is not an emergency.  I am not leaving a concert because of a FEVER.)


Back to the concert.  Our seats were in the center section, 6 rows back.   Pretty. Darn. Good.

The funny thing was … we could hear the people behind us talking.  The guy had never heard of the Guvs.  Really?!?  Why would you come to a special concert on New Years Eve to hear a band you don’t know play??  Furthermore, we purchased our tickets the first day they went on sale, months ago.  I imagine to get the seats behind us, they had to do the same.  So he’s had tickets for over 2 months now …  he couldn’t have looked them up in that time to see if he liked them before coming to a concert?!?  People are weird.


I kept waiting for the song ‘Brown Little Bird’ but they never played it.  😦   Instead, they played a few songs that weren’t theirs, like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bruce Springsteen.  They were great covers, don’t get me wrong.  But here’s how I feel about going to a concert …  I paid money to come hear you sing YOUR songs, not other people’s songs.  Is that silly?  Am I the only one that feels that way?


To answer the question from the Daily Post about where I was at the stroke of midnight:

My phone died at some point so I had no idea what time it was.  They were in the middle of playing a song, stopped, and we counted down the 10 seconds to midnight.  There was no ball dropping, no fireworks (except for my kiss with hubby), it was mostly non-eventful as they went on playing their song afterwards.  But that was fine with me …  there was no where else I would rather be than with my hubby listening to the Dirty Guv’nahs play live!


They played til 12:30am.  It was an awesome show!!  My ears are still ringing!

So, tell me – what did YOU do for New Year’s Eve??


Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

From WordPress: We’re excited about this week’s photo challenge, near and far, and hope it inspires you to play with perspective, which can give sweeping images of beautiful locations more oomph and power. Perspective is what makes a flat two-dimensional image, such as a photograph, appear like it is three-dimensional. To create this effect, you can use features like diagonal lines, which converge within the frame and literally suck in the viewer.

I love this theme.  Here are my entries for this week’s challenge:

This is quite possibly my most favorite picture I’ve ever taken.  Sunflowers are my absolute favorite flowers.  And I love how this photo shows one sunflower near and one sunflower far away.

Here’s another example of near and far with flowers as the subject.


And finally, horses.

I probably have about 100 more entries I could use on this one.  I love playing with the aperture and depth of field.


Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Blogging

From WordPress:  Sound plays an important role in writing. Rhythm makes a story flow; alliteration and rhyme have long been used to add variation and interest to literature. Anyone who remembers their high school English class has had lessons about iambic and dactylic pentameter drilled into their writing repertoire.

For this week’s writing challenge, highlight the role of sound in your posts through writing about a sound that’s important to you, or by experimenting with different tones and styles.

I agree that sound plays an important role in writing.  But more important than alliteration or iambic pentameter is onomatopoeia.  When a word imitates a sound, that is onomatopoeia.  Examples of such are moo, oink, splat … you get the idea.  For me, description is everything.  I want to paint a full picture while I’m writing.  If that story includes a sound, I want to describe it.  Or imitate it, if I can.  When you can appeal to all 5 senses, you really put the reader into the story.  If they know what it looked like,  felt like, tasted like, smelled like and sounded like, then you’ve done your job as a writer.

I had a former coworker who would always ask me to spell things for her.  More often than not, it was a sound that she wanted the word-equivalent.  She would make the sound, and then I would spell it for her.  Pfffft.  Merriam-Webster may not agree that these are real words.  But they are definitely in my dictionary.

You may not have a special friend who can spell sounds.  In that case, you can refer to the “onomatopoeia dictionary” here:  Pretty cool site.

Ok, I just thought I would end with a few of my favorite sounds:

— my kids laughing

— birds chirping

— waves crashing

— acoustic guitar

— the beeping sound my coffee maker makes when it’s ready

If you want to participate in the weekly writing challenge from WordPress, check out:

New writing challenge posted every Tuesday.  (I’m a little behind from last week).

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