Friday, December 31, 2010

Keep the Sabbath Day Holy

I was going to eat lunch at Chick-fil-a in Pigeon Forge, TN for lunch, but the line was out the door, so I left. On the way out of the parking lot I saw this sign on their gate. I liked it and have become an even bigger supporter of this fried food establishment.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

December Vacation

I just saw these photos from my trip to Texas and Louisiana on my mom's blog, so I stole them.

A drive through Gatlinburg

This week I have spend a lot of time in Gatlinburg, TN. They get a lot of snow up in the mountains, so it caused a lot of cabin dwellers to get stranded. I also got to go to Ober Gatlinburg, our only ski resort in the area, to do a ski lift safety story. Did you hear what happened in Maine. On my way up to Gatlinburg I thought it was really cool how the snow froze on the trees. Take a look . . . (I don't recommend using your iPhone to get video while driving on curvy mountain roads)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday Morning Snow

It will not stop snowing . . . . yesterday it didn't stick until late in the evening. This morning the white stuff is still coming down. Church has been canceled, and I am on-call at work. I am hoping they don't call me in. Here are some photos I just took when I walked outside this morning.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Josh and Frosty

I hate working on Christmas . . . I was thinking . . . this is my 3rd Christmas in a row to work. I think I need a break. Today wasn't all that bad . . . I got to do a story on snow, and look who I got to work with today.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! We were supposed to wake up to a white Christmsa, but it's just wet outside. Thank you mom and dad for my presents . . . a TV reporter can't have too many ties! Hope everyone has a great day and an even better 2011!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Josh VS Yellow Vest

I got scolded at this week for not wearing my yellow vest when I did a live shot on the interstate. A couple of years ago it become law for TV reporters to wear them, so we won't get hit by cars. On Friday, the yellow vest was back on . . . how do I look? Do you think it would be better to just be hit by a truck?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Natchitoches Christmas Festival Fireworks 2010

Home for the holidays

I am sitting at my desk at work and just remembered I never updated my blog since my vacation to Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana a week ago.

I had the best 9 days off. I had to work Thanksgiving Day, but as soon as I got off I got on the road (headed to Texas). I drove all the way to Arkansas the first night and spent more than $100 at a hotel in Forrest City, AR. I was so excited to get home I got up at 4 AM and checked out.

I made it to my parents home in Nacogdoches, TX by 10 AM. My sister Amber, and her family (who live in Corpus Christi, TX) were home for Thanksgiving, and didn't really know I was coming until the last few minutes. It was good to see them.

On Saturday, I got to spend some quality time with my sisters Abby and Megan. Abby got married in March, so it was good to see her new husband, Chris, again. My younger sister Megan is always fun to be around. We are still the only single ones in my family. We went to the Nacogdoches Christmas Festival. We took a hay ride, and got to see one of Santa's reindeer's.

The adventures continued after church Sunday. My mom agreed to be my travel companion, and we drove to Dallas, TX to see my sister Ally. She has lived there for the past 3 years, and I had never been there. It was good to see her and her family.

On Monday, we were on the road again to see my sister Ginger. She lives 5 hours north in Pea Ridge, Arkansas (near Bentonville - where Walmart was started). We spent two days there. It was almost my first time to see them in their new home. She has 5 children. I got to go to my nieces basketball game (where she made a very important basket) and buy donuts with two of my nephews.

The last important stop on my vacation was to Natchitoches, Louisiana. This is where I went to college (Northwestern State University). The first Saturday in December is always the Christmas Festival. Big parade at 2 (which I thought was at 10), and a HUGE firework show at nightfall. It is something you have to experience once in your life. You almost get crushed every time you go with the amount of people that attend.

To top off the trip, my dad helped me get a new vehicle. He was kind enough to trade in his Dodge, so I could get a better deal on my new 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. It is very nice. He is going to keep my Isuzu Rodeo. It was nice driving all the way back in my new car!

The weather was great all week, but by the time I got back to Knoxville it was snowing! I already miss Texas.