Category Archives: Knoxville

We’re Not in CT Anymore

After spending 6 days in our new city, it is safe to say that we are definitely not in CT anymore. This California kid had quite the culture shock when she moved to Connecticut 5 years ago, but moving to the South is a whole new experience.

Going to the grocery store is one of the easiest and quickest ways to explore a new area and our few trips to different stores have been eye opening. Let’s just put it this way…it is now clear that we are yuppies. I guess it is true…if you make an arugula, quinoa, feta, and strawberry salad…you are a yuppie. Yes, a colleague of Jeremy’s deemed his salad an official “yuppie salad” and we all laughed and made jokes, but now…I have seen the light.

All in all, my first impressions of Knoxville are good ones. People seem friendly and laid back (not at all like CT) and the small town-ness reminds me of SLO. I really think we are going to like it here, but there are times when we feel as though we do not fit in. Prime example: Jeremy hardly understands anyone. I find this hilarious and I’m sure many good stories will unfold and be told on the blog. Needless to say, things are wildly different and I am sure I will have a lot of blog material as we explore the area.

I want to leave you all today with one fun tidbit from my morning. As I was sitting at Starbucks, starting my job-hunt,  I opened my email and  was quickly reminded by Groupon Deals that (once again) we are not in Fairfield (the richest county in CT) anymore.


What do you think? Should I grab this deal or what?!?!



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Is there something red on my neck?

Visiting Knoxville really helped calm my nerves about the whole moving thing. The downtown is super cute, has an awesome farmer’s market, cool restaurants that serve tofu and tempeh, and people were extremely nice. No one “blessed our hearts”, so I think it was a pretty good trip!

The great thing about Knoxville is that the rent is a lot lower than Fairfield County. We decided to rent the three bedroom house, horrific floral wallpaper and all! And yes, we found a place to live within an hour of arriving in Knoxville. We rock.

Three of the rooms have very livable wallpaper, but the dining room and guest bedroom….Instead of dwelling on something that could be negative, we decided to jump in and embrace the country chic-ness of our new home. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right?!?!?

So, what does one hang on walls covered with brown and green floral wallpaper???

Nothing other than Rocky the Ram, of course!

Yes, Rocky will be the new inhabitant of our dining room. I think he will be a very polite (albeit, quiet) dinner guest.

If we are going to do this right, we can’t just stop at faux taxidermy. Oh no, no. That wouldn’t be fully embracing out new found country lifestyle. I may have also picked up a red rooster at Home Goods. Frank (yes, I’m naming our rooster Frank) will most likely reside by one of the non-working fireplaces.

I can’t just stop at rams and roosters. The place is going to need a few more touches.

One DIY project that I am planning to help complete this country-chic picture is none other than some down-home redneck wine glasses!

I saw these during our stay in Knoxville and was smitten! Country perfection, don’t ya think? They are about $10-$12 each if you buy them, but I think DIY’ing it up is the way to go. Gotta save some scrilla so I can start my moonshine business!

So, with all of these fabulous home décor touches, who’s comin’ to visit? You get to stay in the pink room!!!! Yep, haven’t even delved into the pink room yet….another post for another day!

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