Sunday, January 19, 2014

Knoxville Day 1

Our flights to Knoxville went pretty well. They were either on time or early.  I was quite surprised to see how busy the Minneapolis airport was at 5 am on a Sunday morning.  Charlotte was super busy too when we arrived. 

Our first order of business was to look for a family restroom to do my PIO shot.  If wasn't hard to find as there was at least one on in each concourse.  Babe and I both felt a little weird going into a family restroom together.  You know, a couple going in without a baby or any children.  What would people think?  Are we up to some "hanky panky" business?

Doing the PIO shot was actually pretty stressful for me.  I had to take the shot while standing up.  I have never done it standing up before.  I put my weight on one leg and had the shot in the hip of the other.  I wasn't as relaxed as I'd like to be.   Plus halfway through the shot, someone knocked on the door wanting to use the bathroom.  Babe yelled "Busy!!".  Though I am not a fan of the PIO shot, I'm usually quite relaxed during my shot. Today in the family restroom however, I couldn't wait to be done.  When we finally walked out of the restroom, we looked around sheepishly, half expecting someone to come up to us and demand, "what were you two doing in there??!".  Fortunately nothing like that happened. 

Here's a shot of the Smoky Mountains (I think) as we were flying into Knoxville (sorry about the blurry photo, I had a dirty window). When we were here in May for our initial appointment and mock transfer, we spent a day driving and exploring the park.  It was nice to see it from above this time. 
Shot of the Smoky Mountains

When we got to Knoxville, we were heading to Tar.get but somehow Waze navigated us in circles. We ended up at a park and since it was such a beautiful day, we stuck around for a few minutes. 
Beautiful day in Knoxville. 

After checking into our hotel, we bummed around a bit and watched a movie.  We then went to dinner at a restaurant close by.  I wanted something southern, so I had Shrimp & Grits.  And man, was it yummy!
Shrimp & Grits!  Yummy

We are just relaxing and watching movies now.  A little mini vacation.  Having a great time so far. Tomorrow I should be getting a call from NEDC with our transfer time. 


  1. Glad your trip went so well. I love the Smoky Mountains! Glad you got to see them on your way to Knoxville! Excited for your transfer!

  2. Enjoy your day off! EG

  3. Enjoy your vacation! Mat and I consider it a vacation, too. :)

  4. Glad things are going well so far. The family restroom story made me chuckle. Thinking of you constantly and sending prayers!

  5. I can only imagine what it must have been like to use the family restroom. Yeah I can picture a few odd glances from folks when two young people use it together. LOL

  6. So excited for you! Prayers for tomorrow.

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