Our (Bi)Weekly Recap: 9/3/17 – 9/16/17

Hi y’all! Welp, we couldn’t post our weekly recap last week because….Hurricane Irma. So this week’s recap will cover everything from this past week (which isn’t much because, say it with me…Hurricane Irma) AND the week before, as well.

Joe wrote about:

Sharon wrote about:

Once final time, THANK-YOU SO MUCH for your patience as we prepped for, went through, and dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Starting this Monday, we should be back to a normal “usually 2 a day” posting schedule.

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If You Snooze, You Lose

About a month ago, I was in the middle of writing an article about a Starbucks offer. Here was the great title I came up with.

Starbucks: Get $10 When You Buy $10 E-Gift Card With Visa Checkout

There was just one problem. By the time I wrote the article and double checked the links before publishing it, the offer was gone.

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Hotel Review: Twin Mountain Inn, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is most famously known as home of the Dollywood theme park. Here’s a description from Wikipedia.

Situated just five miles (8 km) north of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge is a tourist destination that caters primarily to Southern culture and country music fans. The city’s attractions include Dollywood, as well as numerous gift shopsoutlet mallsamusement rides, and music theaters.

While Pigeon Forge isn’t that much of a nationally known destination, it does welcome around 11 million visitors every year. The nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also the most visited National Park in the country. While both Dollywood and a National Park would normally be reasons for us to visit the area, we had a different reason for this trip.

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Hurricane Prep (& Aftermath) In A Theme Park Town (& a visit from Kristen Bell/Frozen’s “Anna!”)

We moved to Florida in the year 2000 and to Orlando in 2002. Hurricane Irma was our second “really big” hurricane, after the 1-2-3 punch of Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne in 2004. When it comes to hurricane prep, Orlando itself (theme parks excluded) has very few differences with other mid-sized cities – the supermarkets, drug stores, home supply shops and gas stations are inundated with people try to get supplies to either ride out the storm or to prepare their homes before they evacuate.

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And We’re Back! (Sort Of)

Hi friends and thank-you for your patience as we recover from Hurricane Irma! We and ours are all fine. We have a big tree in front of our house that lost one medium branch and about a bajillion small ones, but all we have to show for it is a dent in our gutter. Our neighbors were equally as lucky and except for a few pool enclosure screens that will have to be replaced, 1 down tree on the corner and piles of broken branches on everyone’s easement, we’re all OK. So we’re very happy and thankful for that, considering the devastation that is being experienced in other parts of the state and throughout the Caribbean. We were very, very fortunate.

We lost power for about 37.5 hours and still have no internet access, so Your Mileage May Vary will be running a little slower for now, as our plan is to write/schedule posts from the local Starbucks ;-). But we’re back and we’re thrilled about that! Stay tuned!