I grew up in a neighborhood full of boys which probably contributes to my tomboyish ways and love for all things outdoorsy. I love science and you can usually find me admiring the roses and playing with the fireflies in spring and summer and tent camping and climbing mountains in the fall and winter.
I’ve had my ups and downs. I graduated high school in 1991 and set off to East Tennessee State University to earn my degree in Nursing. I ended up changing my major two times, from Fine Art to finally Biological Sciences with a concentration in plant science. I landed my first “real” job at the Quillen College of Medicine in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology where I studied and characterized genes of the parasitic protozoan, Trichomonas vaginalis. Ewww! Yes…those critters are gross and can wreck havoc on the female reproductive organs.
Before I graduated from college, there are a lot of weird things that happened to me along the way. I was taking Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 one summer and working my butt off to make ends meet. I was stressed to the max and trying to raise my 3 year old daughter Lauren. My appetite suffered the most. I honestly couldn’t even make myself eat (in hindsight…medical weed shoulda been legal back then!). Anywho, I managed to get my blood sugar down to a medical emergency and ended up in the hospital and on some crazy meds. Long story short, psychiatrist suck!
I’m all good now and still working in the biomedical field. I’m currently a Research Tech at the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis, NC. It was my dream job and now that I’ve made it there the appeal has worn off and my mind in wondering what else I can do before the eternal dirt nap. I want to travel, help anyone I possibly can and maybe even open a garden shop/art emporium here in Charlotte, NC where I currently reside in a cute little brick house built in 1942. Here at my house off of Hwy 16…we call Charlotte the Little city, but to me I’m still far, far from home in the hills of TN.
I’m originally from East TN about 2-3 miles thru the hollow to the Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol, TN is considered a “small” town to the locals but it is growing by leaps and bounds these days. Tennessee is home to me!
Hey guys! Welcome to my new Pretty TN Kat Blog! Just wanted to say Hello! Sit back and grab a cup of coffee, this might take a while…Peace!