On my birthday, I’m going on a trip down Memory Lane. I thought I’d compile photos and places where I’ve lived. Warning: It will probably be boring to you, but I’ve enjoyed doing it. It’s kind of my way of scrapbooking, I guess. You can click on the pictures to get the captions.
First, I was born…..
Town: Watson LA
Years Lived There: (1961-1979)
Key Events: Childhood, Live Oak Elementary and High School
Me as a baby
Momma and our cat, Bonni
My family in Destin after Charter Fishing
Me in a beauty pageant at Live Oak
Me and Susan in Momma’s kitchen
Me and the Eaglettes
Me and my sister, Susan
And, then, I went to college……
Town: Hammond LA
Years Lived There: (1979 – 1984)
Key Events: Attended Southeastern Louisiana University – Degree, Bachelors of Arts in English Education, Worked at the Lions Roar Newspaper as Sports Editor, Worked in the Sports Information Department, Drank at the Brown Door
Me at 19…taken by Ken Fink
Me and my best bud, Tara
My roommate Cristal
Margaret, Tara and Charlie…ironically, Charlie married Cristal
Where we hung out….ALL the time
Cristal- with that 1000 watt smile
Me at Spring Break in Florida
And, then I got my first real job…..no pics from this time…
Town: Harlingen TX
Years Lived There: Summer 1984
Key Events: News Reporter at the Valley Morning Star Newspaper
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And then I got married…..
Town: Monroeville PA
Years Lived There: 1984 – 1985
Key Events: Married John
On my wedding day
My first husband, John…always on the phone…and that is one UGLY couch.
We went to the Pocono Mountains on our first vacation
Sandy and Jeff Rude – our buds in Pittsburgh
And, then John got a new job at the Florida Times-Union…..
Town: Jacksonville FL
Years Lived There: 1985 – 1987
Key Events: Claims Adjuster at Allstate Insurance
We spent a lot of time on the beach..
A friend of mine and me in Jacksonville in our apartment
My friend Meagan. She would go to the beach with us on Sundays.
John and his newspaper
Meagan and her family…after we moved.
Three school teacher friends of mine from Fort Caroline Junior High where I taught English.
And, then John got a new job at the Knoxville News – Sentinel…
Town: Knoxville TN
Years Lived There: (1987 – 1998)
Key Events: Birdkeeper at the Knoxville Zoo, Divorced John, Started working for Whirlpool Corporation
John and our birds, Pete and Sam
John in the Smokies
Me and our dog Arf
Me, stuck in the snow
Me and one of my co-workers, Melinda
Mike, Melanie and Jimmy
My Transition Team at Whirlpool
Me, Kim, Lorna and Karen
Karen…at Cracker Barrel
We had a mardi gras party every year. John and our friend Boyd
John and Arf in the Smokies
And, then I got a job in Seattle…..
Town: Kirkland WA
Years Lived There: 1998 – 2000
Key Events: Sales Trainer for Whirlpool Corporation, Met Steve and got engaged
Me and Greg – co-workers and dating a bit
Me and my friend in Seattle
Lorna and Kim on the boat to Victoria
My catsitter, Christy
Ginger and my realtor
Streets of Seattle
Steve, my fiancee in Seattle
Some co-workers of mine
Me and my cats, Nala and Simba
Salmon in the Pike Place Market
Lake Washington in Kirkland
And, then I got a job at Whirlpool’s Corporate Headquarters in Benton Harbor MI…..
Town: St. Joseph MI
Years Lived There: 2000-2003
Key Events: Project Manager for Whirlpool Corporation, Met Rick and got married for the second time, started practicing yoga
Wedding #2 in Sedona
The Girls Club in St. Joe MI. We helped each other through some challenging times. Julie, Veronica, Amy, Kathy, Autumn and Joanne. We had sooooo much fun.
My favorite Mocha spot..Cafe Tosi’s
The lighthouse in St. Joseph MI
And, then Rick wanted to move closer to his kids in Chesterton IN….
Town: Chesterton IN
Years Lived There: 2003 – 2006
Key Events: Went to graduate school at Purdue Calumet, a campus of Purdue University – Degree, Masters of Science in Education, Instructional Technology
We spent a lot of time in Chicago.
Sunset over Lake Michigan
Michelle, my stepdaughter and my ex, Rick
Ryan, my stepson, and his ex-girlfriend, Ashley
Hiking in the winter at Indiana Dunes
Me and Rick at an art show
And, then we both wanted out of the cold weather…..
Town: Memphis TN
Years Lived There: 2006 – 2013
Key Events: Instructional Designer for ServiceMaster Clean, Accredo Health Group and FedEx Services, Divorced the second time
Me and Ashok at Shelby Farms
Friends in Memphis
Me and Angela at Accredo
Me, Scarlet and Elizabeth at my apartment on Carr
Me and Charlotte
My 5oth Birthday Party at Michael’s
Me and Michael – the night of my 50th Birthday Party at his house
A bunch of my gal pals at the Beauty Shop
And then I decided on a lark to move home…..
Years Lived There: 2013 – Current
Key Events: Instructional Designer for Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Learned to BackPack and am still trying to love the swamp!
I bought us a heavenly hash cake. There’s nothing like chocolate when the day is going badly.
And, Lisa to the right of me again!
Me, of course
and still walking
Queen Bella on her throne.
Those beautiful black-eyed susans were the draw, and they did not disappoint.
Me, Carryn and Jennifer
I’ve covered pretty much every area of the country except for the Southwest…hmmmm…..NEXT… :). I’ve owned 7 homes, 2 dogs, 5 cats and had 2 step children and two husbands. I’ve worked for a zoo, several major corporations, a yoga studio and a university. I have two degrees. I have so many friends that I can’t count them. Life has been good…and eventful. Enjoy the ride….
NOTE: When I tried to add Baton Rouge to my Google Map, I got the error message that I had reach the maximum number of stops. I guess I’m going to have to stop moving or start over with a clean slate!