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By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

There were seven beeps then nothing. When I tried rebooting, the same seven beeps and blank screen. Thats how a device that weighs less than a newborn, has no conscience or sense of urgency turned my life completely upside down for SEVEN FULL DAYS!

When I took my tech baby to the doctor, I got the standard battery of questions. If theres anything that will make you feel more inept as a human being its being questioned by an IT Specialist, Programmer, System Administrator or any other computer person title you can think of that means, You are a complete moron and a disgrace to

Silicon Valley

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By the grace of Steve Jobs I found a guy that is cool with me not worshipping at the altar of Apple to fix my super inefficient Windows-operating laptop without using inside words like PITA to describe me. (LOOK IT UP)

Heres how the conversation went:

Did you notice your processor overheating?

Whats a processor?

Its the brain of your computer; the memory, everything. When it overheats for an extended amount of time, it will completely shut down and take everything with it.

He acted like it was no big deal, so I really didnt think there was a reason to worry. I felt super smart. We were getting each other. For a moment, I felt technically superior, even thinking that I may adopt all hoodie/flip flop wardrobe and listening to continuous loop of dub step. But then, he continued.

Since everybody backs up these days, its not that big of a deal to lose your information.

Right. Wait, what? What do you mean? Ive lost everything on my computer?

Probably, but as long as you saved it on your external hard drive, dont worry about it.

My what? Is that another name for a thumb drive?

He looked over the top of his reading glasses as if he was trying to decide if I was joking or a complete moron. Thats when he realized that, yes, I am a complete moron and not really that funny. In fact, it was just a few months ago I learned that Google is considered a verb.

This is probably where his story and my story will differ.

He might say I got emotional and tried talking him out of giving up so easy. He might even say that I blamed this whole fiasco on my children, my husband, the Harlem Shake or the fact that I was a Jehovahs Witness as a child.

I would like to say this is NOT how it happened. But, because this person recovered all of that very valuable information, Im not going to call him a liar. Im not even going to blame it on PMS. I will just say this: I may be an idiot. I may not know the difference between MB and RAM. I may have outdated software, still use Internet Explorer, and prefer Facebook to Twitter. HOWEVER, I do know the computer I just ordered is already obsolete, techie people are 21st century mechanics spouting off a dialect mere mortals cant understand, and the next time someone asks about backing up, Ill know they are not talking about a persons driving abilities.

Email any comments to becky@wilsonlivingmagazine.com because luckily she knows how to check email.

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Sleepless nights

By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

Its midnight and I cant sleep. So instead of just enjoying the quiet hum of an otherwise bustling house, I think. And you know what that leads to... I start out thinking about the birthday party I need to plan for my youngest. Then I remember Thanksgiving hits right before his birthday, so I need to mentally and physically prepare for hosting a day full of brothers, sisters, and in-laws, not to mention nieces and nephews with sticky fingers, loaded diapers and missing parents.

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Wilson Living Today- Oct. 10

By BECKY ANDREWS

Wilson Living Magazine

The Taste of Wilson County just gets better every year! The 4th Annual Taste will once again be held on the west lawn of Wilson Bank & Trusts main location on West Main Street Oct. 18. Last year more than 1,200 tickets were sold where attendees feasted on tantalizing fare from more than 30 food vendors.

To accommodate the crowd better this year and offer up a more intimate experience, organizers have added a VIP tent. Inside the VIP area guests will enjoy a few of the special perks reserved just for them. Attendees will also enjoy a marketplace where vendors signature sauces, gift baskets and other items will be available for purchase.

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Darn...he noticed

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

A few months back, I convinced my husband to embark on a small remodeling project.

And actually, remodel is too strong a word. It was really an organizational project.

We are a family of clutter. At any given time there are trails of tennis balls, footballs, baseballs, cleats, shin guards, backpacks, dog leashes, bathing suits, goggles, purses, and files leading the way through our house.

I just want to put in some built-ins for all this clutter. Maybe bump out the laundry room. Thats all - promise. were the words that came out of my mouth.

And yet as I sit here writing this afternoon, Im staring into a huge hole on the side of my house.

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Yes we can!

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

WE are on a diet.

Because WE are going to the beach in five weeks.

And WE need to lose 15 pounds.

My husband and I have been having this discussion each and every Sunday evening for the past 15 plus years. And yet, every Monday morning, I find him in the kitchen, eating Cocoa Krispies with our children, as if WE were not dieting.

WE are supposed to start out diet today! I say in the most un-shrewish wife voice possible. (No really, I have a very pleasant voice. Ive been told its very soothing.)

To which my husband responds, Who is stopping you?

Well that just sets me off, and of course, there is no way I can diet after being spoken to in that manner!

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A Defining Week

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

If you were to look in Websters Dictionary for the definition of the word despondent you would find the following:

Des-pon-dent (adjective) - a feeling or showing of extreme discouragement, dejection or depression.

If you were to look even closer, under the word, you would also find a picture of Brody.

It started innocently on Monday morning when we were all rushing out the door to work and school. And we heard him call out,Has anybody seen my phone?

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Infidelity

By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

Ive been cheating on Angel. And by cheating, I mean working on call for a Nashville news station. From the beginning, she thought it was a bad idea.

Where is the station?

Nashville.

As in Davidson County? Can you work from home?

No. I cant work from home. Itll be okay. Ill train and if I cant break away from work here, I dont have to go in.

When the training started, so did the complaining...from my husband and Angel. For two people who dont like to text, I received more typed messages from them than that of two 13-year-olds.

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Summer has arrived

It looks like summer has officially arrived. Not sure about you but these stifling temperatures should make us all more careful of what we wish for.

Now that most of kids are out of school, youre probably looking for some fun activities to keep them busy. Well, it just so happens, Wilson County has everything you need to keep the kids busy and you sane. Check out our calendar of events at www.wilsonlivingmagazine.com to check out all the latest happenings.

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Thank You, Mean Girl

By Angel Kane
Wilson Living Magazine

I have a theory...

Mean little girls grow up to be mean Mamas that spawn more little mean girls.

In the case of mean girls nature supersedes nurture most every time.

In fact, I truly believe when scientists crack the gene code they will find a mean girl supergene and when they peer closely into their microscopes, the markings of this gene will be the overly made up face of a 5th grade mean girl. She will be smiling back at them with that mean girl smile sans braces, of course, because her mean girl Mama made sure her braces went on in 2nd grade to insure she would be prime boyfriend material by 4th grade.

If my description makes you cringe a little on the inside then you know of what I speak - for one reason or maybe another.

I have another theory...

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Another ends and so it begins...

By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

Its the end of another school year and that means my children (and probably yours) will repeat the same 4 phrases throughout the summer.

Im bored. Can we have a sleepover? I didnt do it. Theres nothing to do around here!

And we parents will find ourselves also repeating the same chain of responses to our brood.

Clean your room or mow the lawn. Someday when you get older and have children of your own, youll realize sleepovers are stupid. This usually occurs to you when your oldest child is 9 or 10. Give me your phone, iPod, DS etc. Maybe youll think before you talk back next time. I cant wait for school to start.

Of course by preparing myself for the summer with the kids I often forget to relish these days. Eventually school will start and they will grow another year and well be lost in the day to day of academia and fall sports. It wont be long before well all be thinking, I cant wait until fall break, Christmas break, spring break.

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Suicide Sam

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

So for the last few weeks Ive been in a funk, thanks to a new addition to our menagerie.

It started about a month ago when I woke to constant banging. For days I could not find the source until I happened upon the dining room window. There, outside, was a beautiful, red cardinal perched on the windowsill looking in.

The cardinal immediately reminded me of an article I had read. In this article, the writer had felt that the red cardinal, which had recently appeared at her window, was her guardian angel during some trying times.

How neat, I thought, I have my own guardian angel, too. So as I turned around to leave, I was horrified when I heard BANG, BANG, BANG!!!

I quickly turned back to watch my guardian angel flying as fast as he could into the window, over and over and over again.

Figuresmy guardian angel would be completely deranged!!

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Designer Labels

By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

While my favorite places to shop are thrift stores, vintage clothing stores and goodwill, I love browsing the designer section of department stores. No, Im not in the market for a $700 blouse. Not long ago I was in designer apparel when a new sales girl approached. The reason I know she was new is because most of the folks who work at this particular store know its a complete waste of time to try and sell me anything. Before I could say, No. Not looking for anything specific. Just browsing She started the pitch.

Isnt this classic? The lines are amazing. I could totally see you in this. Everyone needs to have 2 Cs in their closet.

It is beautiful. I keep my college transcripts in my closet so I have WAY more than 2 Cs.

She looked at me like I was an idiot. I started to believe she was right. Sure there is no way I could afford this frock but she didnt know that for a fact. I could be the big sale shed been hoping for all week. Whos to say I couldnt buy it to prove a point then return it the next day pending shes off work.

Im kidding. What were you saying about the dress? I do love it but not sure where I could wear it.

Are you kidding? You could wear this anywhere; a date with your husband, girls night out, wedding, work, church. The possibilities are endless.

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Bathing suit seasons here! Time to start praying

By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

I love shopping for bathing suits. I love it like a cat loves a bath, like a 2 year old loves naptime or like my husband loves complete strangers giving him hugs. The very process of finding that perfect suit is poetic. There are many things to consider before purchasing a piece of material so small even the larger ones would be considered indecent in some countries. Theres the print, the color, the amount of medication you will need to feel comfortable wearing that thing in public.

Not only does it cling, its tiny too. Im not talking about just the bikini. Those became a thing of the past after having my first child. Since then my tummy has more closely resembled a deflated balloon with a sad face for a belly button. And this is why I opt for a one piece, but even those dont hide the parts I think they should.

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And then there were two

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

So as many of our regular readers know, last summer, I issued a mandate that each of my children partake in a summer project. We have three children so there were three separate mandates. And as I sit here today, I cant even recall what two of them were.

So much for my mandates.

And the only reason I remember Zoes project is because as I sit here on my back porch typing this article, mandates number three are staring right at me.

Zoe was to raise chickens.

Zoe didnt want to raise chickens.

Zoe wanted a rabbit.

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Religion, politics, sex and breastfeeding

By BECK ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

Besides religion, politics and sex theres one more hot button issue that should be added to that list of taboo topics never discussed in mixed company. Not war. Not equal pay. Not even the latest shocking elimination on Dancing with the Stars. Nope, its breastfeeding. I understand that because this word actually includes part of the female anatomy some would argue it falls under the sex category but trust me its shouldnt.

When my oldest child was born, I had every intention of doing things the right way. No television, strict feeding and sleeping schedule, classical music piped in the nursery daily, cloth diapers and because all the books and medical research proved that breastfeeding would make my little genius even smarter and healthier, I would breastfeed for at least a year. After six months and 6 brand new razor sharp teeth emerged, I decided to quit.

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My Winter of being a YOGI

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

So last year, in early Fall, Becky convinced me to start taking Hot Yoga with her at this trendy place in Nashville. Once there, I realized in order to really, really immerse myself in this alternative lifestyle, I needed yoga pants.

So, I bought my first pair.

To those not familiar with yoga pants they are a glorified sweat pant. But as all those aficionadas of sweat pants know sweat pants stopped being cool when Jerry Seinfeld mocked his sweat pant wearing friend, with the infamous line

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Take me out to the ball game

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

So as the school year comes to a close, I find myself yet again sitting in the bleachers on a Saturday afternoon.

Its funny how children often take more from one parent than another. And when it comes to athletics, mine are 100% Kane.

Sports have never been my thing.

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Siblings

By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

I am sitting in the back seat of a rental car trying to figure out what to write about this week. Were on our way to Haystack Rock on the coast of Oregon. Youve probably seen Haystack Rock in the film, The Goonies. Its nice day trip from my younger sisters house. Me and my older sister have traveled out to visit for a few days. Theres no question that I love these girls, I even like them-most of the time. But today, Im tired, jetlagged; obsessing over looming deadlines and especially, missing my boys.

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My new addiction

By ANGEL KANE
Wilson Living Magazine

As if I didnt have enough things to suck my time, I finally - FINALLY got an invitation to join Pinterest.

And lets start this story right there, because apparently not JUST anyone can join this online closed community.

I had sent the website a request to join multiple times, to no avail. And then found out that if someone on Pinterest would invite me, I could join.

So, I asked my teen-ager, who already was in the Pinterest family, to invite me.

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March Madness

By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine

March Madness

Upon hearing this term I thought it was some obnoxious sales plug for a shopping center. That is, until I came home one afternoon, stepped into the bonus room where my husband and our two children sat staring intently at the television. Before I could ask, What are you watching? I got shushed by my 8 year old. I shouldve walked away. But, because I showed a little interest, my husband and oldest child started talking about brackets circulating, hardwood hysteria, seed teams and something about stars being born. All of it made as much sense the acronyms Gary Busey spouts off every time a TMZ camera is close.

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2nd Annual Blushing Bridal Expo Set for March

2nd Annual Blushing Bridal Expo Set for March

have been hard at work the last few weeks on our big Bridal and Bachelor Issue. Thank you for all the emails suggesting the top bachelors in Wilson County. It is so much fun going through all the photos and submissions. We cant wait to share our top picks with you. But, we havent made our final selections just yet, so please continue to email us at info@wilsonlivingmagazine.com. Let us know in 100 words or less who you think is a Wilson County Bachelor we should feature. A picture would be great as well. Final decisions will be made the first week of February.

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Wilson Living Today, January 19, 2012

Country music recording star, Tracey Lawrence has a magic touch. Lawrence, who is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Wilson Living, reveals to readers all the reasons he loves Wilson County. Apparently everyone wants to read all about it because the January/February edition is nearly sold out after only 12 days on newsstand shelves. So we send a big Thank You to Mr. Lawrence and his beautiful family for sharing their story.

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Wilson Living Today, December 21, 2011

The January/February Issue of Wilson Living Magazine comes out Friday. And we are thrilled to announce country music crooner Tracy Lawrence agreed to grace our cover.

Tracy and his family have made Wilson County home, and the latest issue takes an inside peak into why this singer, businessman and father believes Wilson County Is The Place To Be! Inside the latest issue, you not only get to meet Tracy but also his wife, Becca, who just last year opened her dance and athletic apparel wear boutique, Gravity, in Lebanon. We were excited to meet them, and cant wait to share their story with our readers.

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Wilson Living Today, December 20, 2011

What an exciting week for everyone! You can feel the spirit of the season in the air as kids, young and old, anticipate the arrival of Santa on Saturday. The Wilson Living Doppler shows that Santa should arrive in Wilson County by 5 a.m.

While everyone unwraps gifts and indulges in homemade goodies, the next issue of Wilson Living Magazine will be getting ready to hit your doorstep on Dec. 30. This issue is packed full of information on health, style, food, business and a very special interview with Wilson County resident and country music great, Tracy Lawrence.

We would also like to give a big shout out to the Airborne Travel Volleyball Team. The girls on this team were Santas little helpers at the first ever Breakfast with Santa at the 2011 Holiday Expo. Along with their parents and coach, John Stephens, they helped create some wonderful memories for area children. Because of their hard work, Wilson Living gave them more than $900 to use this season. The money will help offset the cost of travel, supplies and entry associated with travel team sports. Thank you ladies and John! We loved working with you, and we hope you have an incredible season.

Theres a lot going on in Wilson County in the next few days. The kids are out of school and ready for the jolly one to make his annual visit. Theres still time to donate time, toys or money to local charities. To find out how you can help, visit www.volunteer.com to get some ideas on how you can give back.

Wilson Living would like to wish you and yours a very blessed and safe Christmas. We would also like to thank our readers and advertisers for giving us the best gift of all, your support and your stories.

Until next time, keep reading!

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Christmas officially "on the clock'

Can you hear that? Its the sound of a ticking clock. Time is running out to finish holiday shopping, mail Christmas cards and plan last minute dinner parties. Time is also running out to get the special holiday rate gift subscription to Wilson Living Magazine. It makes a great gift for anyone who lives in Wilson County or locals who have moved away and want to keep up with whats going on in the area. Until December 31, 2011 you can get a 1 year subscription for just $10 (additional charges apply for out of county and out of state subscribers).You better hurry though, this special pricing wont last.

December is a busy month for most of us. There is one more event youll want to add to your calendar this month. On December 13th The Crystal Couture Store will host a, Holiday How Do You Do Party. Beginning at 5:30pm guests can take advantage of special discounts, prizes, beverages and hors devours. The ladies of Wilson Living will be there. So join us to take care of your last minute shopping list or just visit Wilson Countys very own Sparkle Store.

This time of year usually brings on a lot of stress. And sometimes the things we stress about arent really that important in the grand scheme of things. Theres no better way to put things into perspective than donating time to help others. 2011 was a tumultuous year for the economy. Job loss, rising interest rates on home loans and health issues left some unemployed or in worse cases, homeless. There are many foundations that need extra help this holiday season. To find where you can put your skills to work log on to www.volunteermatch.com. Or call any nursing home or assisted living facility and find out if you can visit an elderly resident. You might be surprised at how a simple visit can brighten their day and yours.

Weve got big things planned for 2012 and we cant wait to share it all with you! Keep up with whats going on in Wilson County and maybe win a cool prize, become a fan on Facebook!

Home and Garden is a very popular section and this issue we are happy to showcase the home of Wilson County residents, Mike and Judy Cox in the January/February issue. Their home is breathtaking, especially this time of year. If you havent seen their home all lit up for Christmas, you must drive by sometime before the end of the year. Their display will get anyone in the mood for Christmas.

Be safe this holiday season! Send us your family pictures of your family enjoying the holiday season. You might see them pop up on our Facebook page!

Until next time, Keep Reading!

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