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Hi! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska and my whole family still lives there with three churches, a bar, and a courthouse. I left because I like lots of people and taller buildings, and I don't like cold weather. On those rare days in Texas when it gets snowy and icy, you'll find me inside Googling beach vacations. I don't plan to leave Texas now that I've been here for most of my adult life because the barbecue and fajitas are just way too addictive. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college at the University of Nebraska, and besides getting the hang out with cool people like you every day, I love sports, great restaurants, self improvement, and meeting new people. I love all movies starring Melissa McCarthy or Julia Roberts, and all TV shows with home improvements or food in them. You'll probably hear me talk about my three daughters on the air, along with the challenges of being a single mom. I'm on several of the dating apps, because trying to meet someone in person these days is way too creepy.
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Wacky New Ice Cream Flavors Are Coming

Seasonal flavors of coffee, ice cream, and even potato chips are all the rage. We get those, right? It's not too hard to understand that pumpkin ice cream might be kinda good, maybe tasting a bit like pumpkin pie. Pumpkin coffee is yummy too. Those who have tried the pumpkin-flavored Pringles say they're surprisingly good too. The sweet-salty combination works.

Some researchers say pairing a vegetable with fat helps the body process vitamins. And that is clearing the way for more wild and wacky flavors...like mushroom ice cream. Believe it!

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Saturday Night Is A Great Time To Lose Your Valuables

If you're headed out tonight for some holiday cheer, be forewarned that you just may lose your smart phone.

New stats say Saturday evening at 6pm is the most common time to lose things.

Perhaps when the beverages start flowing, we become more forgetful than usual. What other things to we typically lose on a Saturday night?

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And The Color of 2013 Shall Be….Emerald!

People get paid to sit around and think about what colors should identify a particular year or a particular season, and then they declare it to be true, and people buy those colors. Amazing!

The color company Pantone has issued their annual color forecast, and if we want to be hip next year, this is the color we should buy.

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How Much Are You Spending on Christmas This Year?

The amount we fork over for Christmas gifts has gone up every year since 2008.

The iPads, flat screen TVs, and video game must-haves ain't cheap! When you add up the hot electronics, the ugly sweaters, and the popcorn tin gift sets, we're spending just shy of a thousand bucks on Christmas.

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Case Involving an Alaska Serial Killer Has Ties to East Texas

It's a story that has made national news. Earlier this week, accused serial killer Israel Keyes was found dead in his jail cell in Alaska after an apparent suicide.

He's accused of abducting, assualting, killing, and dismembering the body of an 18-year old barista who was kidnapped from a coffee stand last February.

In March, Keyes was arrested at the parking lot of a Cotton Patch Cafe in Lufkin after trying to use Samantha Koenig's stolen debit card.

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Bring on the Holiday Office Parties! Even Though Employees Would Rather Skip ‘Em.

Oh those holiday office parties...if you want to be a good employee you have to go. But you can't have too much fun or you'll risk ending up dancing on a table with someone else's shirt on your head, and the video will get thousands of hits on youtube.

A study by Forbes says 90 percent of offices will have holiday parties this year. That's good news! It's a sign that the economy is back on track.

Only 5 percent of employees actually want a holiday office party.

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Heisman Finalist Johnny Manziel Has Tyler Ties

The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious honor that a single college football player can receive, and this Saturday we'll find out if Tyler native Johnny Manziel wins it.

Even Texas Longhorn fans might admit that Manziel has had a pretty great season with the Texas A&M Aggies.

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Self-Gifting Is Big This Year

While you're out doing the holiday shopping and buying gifts for everyone else, are you tempted to splurge on something for yourself?

This idea of self-gifting was actually part of the sermon I heard at church yesterday, so I did a little more investigating and dug up some interesting facts.

My pastor said we'll spend on average, $75 on a gift for a close friend, $23 on an acquaintance, and $123 on a gift for ourselves. Tis the giving season! To ourselves apparently. A national newspaper says the self-spending total will be even higher - close to $200 per person.

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