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12

Aug
2013

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By Lindsey

Monday & K’s first week of HS

On 12, Aug 2013 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

I saw it on her face as soon as I picked her up. That total exhaustion after finishing the first week of school, and for Kiara (my bbbs lil sis), it was her first week of 9th grade, High School! Holy cow the mix of emotions : excitement, terror, thrill and fatigue.

I knew the whole time we ate Saturday that she wanted to hurry back to bed. I was once 14, too. What an amazing feeling, though. Everything is ahead of her. We went to Exlines Pizza, which I think it really outstanding. Actually, it’s my fave in Memphis other than Little Italy ( I think is the name, on Union), I typically prefer a greasy New York Style pizza. Anyhow, she enjoyed it and had more for dinner, whenever she finally got enough sleep to the second week of school. I enjoyed hearing all her stories.

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Meanwhile, I’m about to get another cup of coffee. It’s Monday morning. I’ve already done my story searches and filled a couple of minutes playing with white out strips. May your Monday be as thrilling as mine!!

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09

Aug
2013

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Sewanee and its Beauty

On 09, Aug 2013 | No Comments | In Travel | By Lindsey

On this Friday I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend alone in Memphis. This is a rare occurrence these days. As much as I’m looking forward to blasting through the latest Vanity Fair and indulging in some of my favorite cold fizzy wine, I’m also thinking about how much fun I had last weekend in Sewanee, TN.

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This is where Matt went to undergrad. I may have loved my four years at Ole Miss, but Matt really loved/loves his school. I remember him telling me all about it in one of our first chats – years ago. Finally I had the chance to see why.

Sewanee is beautiful. I actually think the mix of a rustic nature landscape in the East TN mountains and Cambridge style/ locally quarried stone buildings would have inspired me, probably a little more than Ole Miss, no regrets, though. Ole Miss is pristine, just different. Sewanee definitely doesn’t have the square!!

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Anyhow, Matt was so excited to show me the campus. Actually he was absolutely giddy as we walked in the library, through his old English classrooms and on walks through the campus trails. They were stunning.

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The weekend was all about wishing a beautiful marriage to Matt’s friends William & Martha. His friends put on the sweetest party. Great foods and a beautiful table overlooking the bluff. His friend Miles made these amazing flatbread pizzas with fresh cheese, tomatoes, red onions and olives.

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The house we stayed in was precious. Lots of vintage pieces and fantastic screened in back porch. Right on the campus.

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Life is good.

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02

Aug
2013

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By Lindsey

My Sleep Aid

On 02, Aug 2013 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

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When I first started anchoring mornings, I couldn’t go to sleep early enough to feel good. I was seriously worried I was going to live life feeling perpetually sick and miserable.

If I went to sleep at eight pm that would give me seven hours of sleep. When I started that sounded impossible, though. I was finally crashing at eleven, some nights.

Eventually my body started to adjust, but still, only with reading could I doze off. Still, since I love to read, I’d stay up too late going from page to page then chapter to chapter.

Then came the audiobook. I can say they have saved my health and brought me so much fun. Seriously. I have the audible app on my phone and ipad. It’s amazing.

I look forward to bed time. I get under the covers as early as possible.

The last couple of months I’ve been transported to the Soviet Union. I’ve listened to two books written by Anne Applebaum: Gulag: A History and Iron Curtain – The Crushing of Eastern Europe. As you can imagine they are heavy. I shut my eyes and my imagination flies just like when I read. The books are each around 24 hours.

At first I felt guilty that I was listening and not reading. Not anymore. The end result is the same. I’m transported. I’m fascinated. Learning.

Later today I’m driving a couple of hours to visit Matt. We are meeting in Sewanee, where he went to undergrad. Well, I hate driving. I get so bored. Not this trip. I will pick up right where I left off on my book last night.

I thought to share my experience after reading this article today in the Wall Street Journal. As a heads up : the books aren’t free. I pay a monthly fee, but for me it’s worth it.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323854904578637850049098298.html?mod=WSJ_hp_EditorsPicks

01

Aug
2013

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By Lindsey

Blissful Travel

On 01, Aug 2013 | No Comments | In Travel | By Lindsey

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I have quite the stash of these mini Bliss products.

Matt and I met up in Atlanta this past weekend and he has the routine down. Since we are long distance we’ve had to to do a lot of travel. He now knows if the hotel has either Bliss, Aveda or Molten Brown, he’s required to ask for a couple more. No hotel employee would ever think a guy like Matt is hoarding product. He’s been a great sport about it.

These above are my favorite. The hotel we stayed at ( I’m not revealing the name to prevent them from black listing me ) not only supplies Bliss shampoo and conditioner, but also the most delicious lemon scented bar soap and lotion, plus the supurb Bliss foaming face wash. I always stare at it in Sephora and refuse to spend that much $$, but ooooh the free ones are so nice with my clairsonic, for those who don’t know about these gadgets, they are the vibrating face devices.

I definitly don’t collect all travel size toiletries. I try to explain that to Matt; he doesn’t believe me. I got it from mom. I can’t help it. It’s only the nice ones I hoard.

30

Jul
2013

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By Lindsey

Hot Floral

On 30, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In Design | By Lindsey

Just saw this couch on Instagram and love it. Floral makes me happy.

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Photo credit / Jamie Meares page.

25

Jul
2013

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Early Morning Panic & Break Out

On 25, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

This was me this morning. Way too early to be dealing with complications.

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I can feel a blister starting on my forefinger where I tried for 40 minutes to get my deadbolt to budge and let me out of my apartment. It’s an old house that locks from the inside with a key.

With a big bag of trash in my hands already making me lightheaded from the nasty odors of raw chicken pieces and rotting fruit, I realized this was going to be no simple rescue mission.

I had a little time to spare before I needed to be at work at 3:30 am. Still, I was feeling the pressure since my hair was wet and my face was bare / I keep all hair and make-up products at the station. I talked myself out of a full panic attack and finally called my producer. Though, I haven’t mentioned yet that I’m having phone charging problems and my phone was dead. I was left with no contact numbers and had to skype the station!! One thing after another. Megan, my producer, was minutes away from driving to my house. The plan was to cut out the screen and throw her my keys, then she could try and open my door the other way. Being a cheapo I put the brakes on that.

Next call was to Mom and Dad. Poor folks. I wonder when I’ll stop calling them at any and all hours with my emergencies. While dad started googling my landlords, mom chilled me out and talked me though it. When that even failed she told me to get a knife. BINGO!!

Almost in tears with low blood sugar adding to my panic, I broke out of my own apartment in the wee hours of the morning; I seriously called the station and over speaker phone told my very worried/bewildered colleagues that, “I’m free.”

My Memphis newscasts full of criminals might be teaching me too much about breaking and entering, or in my case, leaving.

23

Jul
2013

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By Lindsey

Enough already

On 23, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

I haven’t been able to check twitter for news updates or watch the morning news shows (even my favorite) with out being ambushed with that shot of the hospital door in London. Instead of ranting and raving over how aggravated I am that this is getting so much attention compared to serious issues facing our country – can you say economy – I won’t because news is a business and I get it, not only that, but I’m a part of it. Plus, at least it’s taking away from the race fighting / hatred our country has experienced with the George Zimmerman verdict.

It’s not the news I blame. It’s our celebrity obsessed culture. I decided years ago to remove myself from it. I got rid of tv, don’t even scan the trash celebrity magazines and wouldn’t think of watching one of those celebrity gossip tv shows. Sounds lame but to me it’s putting my foot down and saying, my simple life is beautiful, REAL, and I will not trash my brain.

So, I mean this in the kindest of ways – Get a life!! Really! Why would you sit around and obsess over the royal baby? How silly. Read a book or 2 or 3. In an attempt to have a peaceful sleep I’ve started listening to audiobooks at bedtime. They count and have been so much fun. Learn something – go for a walk. Do something authentic!

Hey, when I was younger I was obsessed with Henry the eighth and all his wives. Instead of making the royal baby the most shared story on cnn.com why not take the opportunity to learn about the monarchy that shaped England and why it’s no longer a part of decision making. Or maybe I’m just jealous. Maybe I should have gone to St. Andrews.

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21

Jul
2013

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Wordsmith fail of the day

On 21, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

Here at this scene…..

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I called a 29 year old woman a man twice. Finally, after I’d already been told once, the poor lady’s mother said, “excuse me, she’s a girl.”

I think I won them over, though. Said, “I’m so sorry. It’s just your look is so cool and androgynous.

Reporter fail of the day. They were very sweet about it. Thank goodness.

On a serious note, I’m covering a shooting from overnight. A security guard was shot on the job. All here are sad and can’t imagine why. They say he was very diligent with his work. I’m sending a prayer his way.

20

Jul
2013

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A Saturday Morning At Work

On 20, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

Who want to work weekends? Exactly. I’ve been there – done that, and dread the day I have to do it again. Though – on occasion going in when you typically don’t can bring unexpected enthusiasm. That’s my morning. I woke at 6 am paranoid that I’d overslept. Reasonable considering I normally wake to darkness and, instead, today was met by a light filled room. You know – that pretty orange new day light that makes everything sorta glow?

From there work was a joy. Really. It’s a two hour show normally anchored by the amazing Kontji Anthony. Because it’s a weekend show there is more room for community interviews – today I talked to a group working to support the new unified Shelby School District along with other groups preparing for school.

Then there were the kittens!!! Heaven for a cat woman. I’d have 20 if I could, but I’ve seen first person what that does to furniture.

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15

Jun
2013

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By Lindsey

The Grenadines

On 15, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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This Birmingham band was in Memphis last night.

They played at the Poplar Lounge. Not exactly room for a huge audience, but a great place for a band swinging through town that hasn’t developed a huge audience here.

I only knew them because their record was playing over the speaker at a record store in Birmingham when Matt and I were there last month. The first song came on and we both looked at each other and said, “Do we know this?” I guess we think we should know all good music. We hadn’t heard it and it had a great electro, dancey sound. Sounded like it could have been old. Turns out it was the Grenadines. The singers are married. She is adorable. Long pretty blond hair and pale skin. Plus, she knows how to use it. The perfect female front person. I’ve loved the whole record. I also like that this is a great southern indie band that isn’t following in the footsteps of the only southern music that seems to get hype. Music like the Alabama Shakes. They are fine if that’s your style. It’s not mine so I like to see this sound being made, too. Check it out! Lots of good loud guitar, slight 90’s sound and some electro. WIN WIN

Oh yea they are playing at Proud Larry’s tonight (saturday)

Us at Charlemagne Music – think the formal name is record exchange

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12

Jun
2013

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No plans!! Pick Music

On 12, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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If I didn’t need 7/8 hours of sleep before anchoring the morning news, I would see local natives tonight at Minglewood Hall. A mix of cool sounds and a loveliness. The kind of touring bands we must support to keep them stopping through Memphis. Enjoy while I snooze.

03

Jun
2013

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Hot Hot Hot & Kinda Sweet

On 03, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

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I had to have some of my own.

We visited with a couple Matt went to law school with who also went to Sewanee, as Matt did.

They told us about this wild grocery store that I’d never heard of in Memphis – The Winchester Farmers Market.

However, it’s not exactly what you’d picture when you hear farmers market. This is in an old Kroger building and is full of shelves of international foods, mostly Mexican, Indian, and Asian. I’ve been to plenty international markets – this is bigger – more variety – than any I’ve seen.

Though, I was specifically on the hunt for these chili powder coated dried mango bites. It took me well over an hour to finally track them down. I also left with a perfectly sweet pineapple and the cheapest navel oranges I’ve found, but I could have gone home with any kind of noodle, fish, pepper, or exotic cactus!! A fun way to spend a Sunday! Mom will love it. She’s visiting in two weeks.

29

May
2013

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By Lindsey

My VOICE love note

On 29, May 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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It’s been a crazy – fun ride. My news director’s request that I follow Memphis contestants on The Voice at first sounded crazy. I don’t typically watch these talent type shows, plus my music taste is fully developed, but not exactly suitable for popular interest. Turns out it wasn’t hard, though.

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I got so wrapped up in our Memphis singers. Pictured above are our last two.

Kris Thomas who made it in the top 10. Eliminated last week.

Sarah Simmons getting in the top 8. Eliminated last night, Tuesday.

We started out with four Memphis singers: Sarah, Kris, Patrick Dodd and Grace Askew. Pictured below.

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This coverage totally changed my schedule –

My boss sent me all the way to Los Angeles to cover Kris & Sarah. I had the time of my life there. Not only was LA just beautiful, but we were in the middle of it all. Even on the red carpet doing live interviews that aired here in Memphis!! How cool!! Now I know why everyone wants to move out west.

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I was very shocked that the combination of Sarah and Judith Hill went home last night because I do think both are stronger singers with more unique voices than Holly, who was saved, but then again, it is a tv show, and I’ve learned that country music fans really vote for their favorites.

The only good news from this is that I’ll get a lot more sleep now. For the last month, I’ve anchored my normal morning show ( in at 3:30 am ) and also went back to the studio to cover the voice live on the 10 pm news on Monday & Tuesdays, after the performances. Great idea and I loved it, but man am I sleep deprived.

Returning to my normal 8 pm bedtime will be so refreshing!!!

Can’t wait for Sarah to get home and talk to her about the voice since she was there as the competition got even tighter. Who does she think will take it all? I’m betting on 16 year old country singer, Danielle Bradbery. Her songs blow up on iTunes every week and she’s just so stinking adorable.

My favorite remaining singer, though, is the quirky Michelle Chamuel. She’s authentic and totally being herself. While in LA she and I talked indie rock instead of voice stuff. She even later emailed me to ask my current favorite bands. Real deal cool. I mean she wears menswear pants with plain old black loafers. Legit.

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Plus, on YouTube she has these homemade electronic mixes. Though, don’t mistake the quirkiness as a coverup for lower talent. She has a fantastic voice.

That’s the voice for me. I’ll miss texting back & forth with Sarah and her momma. I adore that woman. Plus, that Kris Thomas. What a class act. Can’t wait to track Kris & Sarah!! Thanks to the both of them for bringing me/our viewers along for the ride and trusting me.

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28

May
2013

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Paul Sings To Us in Memphis

On 28, May 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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It was a last minute decision. Not because I don’t love the Beatles, have amazing memories of loving them as a kid and then loving their older stuff as a teen, instead I put it off because I just didn’t want to ruin my idea of Paul McCartney. I’ve managed to keep this vision of him as a 30 something. Scruffy beard and walking with the other handsome guys.

I wasn’t interested in anything that would ruin that. Plus, I’d already seen Elton and Fleetwood Mac this spring, so my legends concert budget was getting kinda low/empty.

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My inner self ended up winning and the idea of missing my one chance to see a beatle perform live won. Jason Miles, who is one of my closest Memphis friends and also a colleague, and I managed to get our hands on some pretty decent tickets. Sure they were way up there, but we are on the aisle, and at the very bottom of our terrace level, straight in front of the stage. I’ve been in seats all around the forum, these are the best yet.

He was just wonderful. The songs from the early 60’s made me tear up a little and smile, while those from the late 60’s, the ones I most love, were just rockin. During Live and Let Die they let out these massive explosions that sent the amazing smelling smoke scent into the forum. I’ve always liked that smell. Freaky Lindsey.

Maybe that’s why I almost passed out the next morning during the news. Hum…. Read last post for the unfortunate details.

Paul was adorable. He has seen so much and done so much. His on stage personality was light, funny, and playful. He did these adorable little jigs between songs and couldn’t stop pulling up his sagging pants. My, the things noticed when there are thousands of eyes on a person.

When not glued to his sagging pants, It was hard to take my eyes off the video that ran during the concert. It had pictures of Paul with John, George, and Ringo. Pics of Paul as a daddy, with Wings, when they were all young and when they were close to no more. It was a very touching night. Touching because of all the history and because of all the personal history I have associated with the music (yes – it is possible to have been born in 80’s and still live through the songs), but also because I could watch all the people around me doing the same. The music will be beautiful forever and personal to so many.

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My favorite background was for Back in the USSR. As a Russophile, I can’t help but enjoy all the scenes.

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I got a good laugh when I saw these four during the show. They were so excited!! It was a long, three hour plus, concert and they stood at the very top of the nose bleeds the whole show!

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28

May
2013

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By Lindsey

Paul Sings To Us in Memphis

On 28, May 2013 | No Comments | In Music | By Lindsey

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It was a last minute decision. Not because I don’t love the Beatles, have amazing memories of loving them as a kid and then loving their older stuff as a teen, instead I put it off because I just didn’t want to ruin my idea of Paul McCartney. I’ve managed to keep this vision of him as a 30 something. Scruffy beard and walking with the other handsome guys.

I wasn’t interested in anything that would ruin that. Plus, I’d already seen Elton and Fleetwood Mac this spring, so my legends concert budget was getting kinda low/empty.

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My inner self ended up winning and the idea of missing my one chance to see a beatle perform live won. Jason Miles, who is one of my closest Memphis friends and also a colleague, and I managed to get our hands on some pretty decent tickets. Sure they were way up there, but we are on the aisle, and at the very bottom of our terrace level, straight in front of the stage. I’ve been in seats all around the forum, these are the best yet.

He was just wonderful. The songs from the early 60’s made me tear up a little and smile, while those from the late 60’s, the ones I most love, were just rockin. During Live and Let Die they let out these massive explosions that sent the amazing smelling smoke scent into the forum. I’ve always liked that smell.

Maybe that’s why I almost passed out the next morning during the news. Hum…. Read last post for the unfortunate details.

Paul was adorable. He has seen so much and done so much. His on stage personality was light, funny, and playful. He did these adorable little jigs between songs and couldn’t stop pulling up his sagging pants. My, the things noticed when there are thousands of eyes on a person.

When not glued to his sagging pants, It was hard to take my eyes off the video that ran during the concert. It had pictures of Paul with John, George, and Ringo. Pics of Paul as a daddy, with Wings, when they were all young and when they were close to no more. It was a very touching night. Touching because of all the history and because of all the personal history I have to the music (yes – it is possible to have been born in 80’s and still live through the songs), but also because I could watch all the people around me doing the same. The music will be beautiful forever.

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My favorite background was for Back in the USSR. As a Russophile, I can’t help but enjoy all the scenes.

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I got a good laugh when I saw these four during the show. They were so excited!! It was a long, three hour plus, concert and they stood at the very top of the nose bleeds the whole show!

 

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