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24 Nov

Thanksgiving has passed and the demented Black Friday shoppers have done their damage. This was my second time playing the role of moral support while accompanying a friend on their quest for good deals. I seldom offer my services for this dreaded mission as the sergeant of arms (I have no qualms fighting Grandma for an Xbox 360), but I was feeling generous this year. Luckily, I didn’t have to utilize my aggression defense training while Josh purchased his Xbox Star Wars bundle pack and I bought my newest addition to my boot collection (Hi, I’m Shannon and I have a shoe problem).

I was quite surprised by the lack of craziness during this Black Friday’s festivities. I witnessed no fights and heard no threats. It was actually quite disappointing; I had mentally prepared myself for a battle of strength if it came down to me going toe to toe over Dance Central 3. I suppose Walmart is the place to go for knockout brawls, however I will never be convinced to wait for 8 hours in the freezing cold to submerge myself in a sea of crazed mothers playing tug of war over Wii U.

While Thanksgiving was a time to give thanks for family, friends, and hopes of good prices on that new 60″ TV you were planning on buying; it is also a reminder of a more important time of year… CHRISTMAS. B97.5 has already started playing Christmas music non-stop (thanks, Delilah) and houses are being decorated with twinkling lights and red ribbon. The best part of it all:  people are more accepting of this holiday cheer now that Thanksgiving is over.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families/friends and are stuffed with turkey leftovers. I have currently logged 5 Thanksgiving/leftover meals this week (and counting!)

Monday is approaching bringing back the lull of school work and job duties. Here’s a Christmas mix to keep you getting through the week, enjoy!

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You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave

16 Oct

Fall break has come and gone so now the next thing we can all look forward to is THANKSGIVING Pre-Christmas (did I mention I love Christmas?)  Four days of binge eating turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and leftovers galore! I can’t wait!

My 5 glorious days of fall break was spent in Tunica, MI where I gambled with the best of them. After a catastrophic blow to my bank account, I traveled to Starkville where I witnessed a catastrophic blow to Volunteer spirits… and probably Dooley’s career. After all was said and done I learned that Mississippi exists on the 3 C’s: Casinos, Cotton, and Corruption. The only things outside these main staples are dirt and air. I was honestly surprised that Mississippi State even existed after spending an entire weekend in a town that didn’t even have an Applebee’s (but they had casinos!!). It’s amazing how much service one building can provide. The casinos host restaurants, clubs, spas, gyms, pools, and more. They provide everything you could ever want to ensure you can never leave. Luckily, Hotel California didn’t suck me into the deep abyss of an alcohol induced bank account purge, and I made it back to Knoxville!

My much needed break was concluded with my LAST ADVISING APPOINTMENT EVER which led me to registering for MY LAST CLASS EVER. It’s a crazy feeling knowing that my 17 years of education is finally coming to a close… finally! Yes, I know, college will probably end up being the best years of my life but I am eager for the adventures that are in store for my future.  Maybe this blog will lead me to a career in social media at a large agency in NYC, or maybe I’ll end up back at the Gold Strike casino wishing I hadn’t blown my last $20 on a steak buffet.

Whatever the cards have in store (pardon the pun) I am ready to take it on. I am excited and nervous to make this life altering change; I just need to figure out where I’m going.  For now, my concerns are finishing out this semester so I can start the grueling process of filling out job applications (if you’re an employer, I could use a job).  Then it’s off to Campaigns in the spring and I’ll be one step away from hopping off the big orange bus.

Let’s just hope the bus doesn’t end up running me over.

Things to look forward to!

Halloween: 16 Days

Thanksgiving: 45 Days

End of Semester: 57 Days (UTK students only)

Christmas: 72 Days

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