Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Is Something Bugging You?

Yesterday I told my teacher I was going to have to be late getting to school today because I was going to the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Coffee Talk at the Sevierville Civic Center.  I told her it was going to be superly educational because the people of Johnson Pest Control were going to be doing the talking.  I don’t think my teacher believed me until I said I would even write a report and share it with the class so everybody would know lots about pests and stuff like that.  She phoned my mom, and I don’t know what they talked about, but this morning, I got to go to Coffee Talk with my mom.  It’s really exciting to be a Chamber member.

Anyway, when we got there, it was just a little bit after 8:00 a.m., and Miss Emily (she works at the Chamber, or SCOC as some people call it) was already taking pictures.  This is a picture she got of people starting to show up for Coffee Talk.

The ladies of Starbucks had all kinds of great stuff for people to eat for breakfast.  It sure wasn’t the kind of breakfast I usually get at home.  I think it was better but don’t tell my mom that because it maybe will hurt her feelings and it’s not her fault that she’s only great at making lunch and dinner and snacks, but kind of has a boring breakfast menu that only has cereal and milk and fruit.  The ladies of Starbucks even brought banana bread with walnuts (I think they were walnuts but maybe they weren’t but they were delicious whatever they were so I’m pretty sure those were walnuts).  They even had something that looked like lemon pound cake with icing on it!

My mom made me bring milk with me in a travel mug because she thought probably they would only have coffee there, and she was right, so it was a good thing she made me bring that with me.

Just so you know, that’s Missy Norris and another Chamber member person behind the ladies of Starbucks.  I think they’re talking about how delicious the Starbucks breakfast is.  I think one of them maybe is saying, “This is a really superly excellent breakfast spread” and the other one of them maybe is saying, “I really like those apples they have, too.”

Anyway, the person that took this picture is from Johnson Pest Control.  Maybe someone can let them know I shared their picture on my blog so they can say in the comments of this blog entry, “I took that picture” so everybody knows who took it.  It’s very good picture taking I think.

Anyway, Coffee Talk today was very educational.  I learned about different kinds of cockroaches and different kinds of bees. Also, I learned about ants and bed bugs and pillbugs and earwigs. And I even learned about hornets and paper wasps. But guess what I was superly surprised to find out about mosquitoes. They’re the most dangerous of all because they’re the deadliest of all the insects all over the world!

If you would have asked me if mosquitoes were that dangerous before Coffee Talk this morning, I would have told you I think stinging bees are a hundred percent most deadly, and spiders are next most deadly. It’s a good thing I was a good listener at Coffee Talk this morning because now I’m going to make sure everybody I know wears insect repellent because I don’t want any mosquitoes killing people I know.  I don’t even want any mosquitoes killing people I don’t know!

So don’t forget: Mosquitoes are the most dangerous insect on Earth, and maybe in the whole entire galaxy, too.

Also, my table was crazy lucky for winning prizes.  I won a whole jar full of Skittles because my swatter had the winning sticker on it for my table.  Then when they did door prizes, someone at our table won a basket of great stuff (I think his name was Josh and I think he was from Biblical Times but I’m not a hundred percent sure about that), and someone won a ticket for the Picnic Wine Trail event on June 2 (the same day as the Relay For Life event in downtown Sevierville), and someone won a whole jar full of M&Ms.

This is a picture Miss Emily took of the Johnson Pest Control people.  They look friendly because they are friendly.  And plus, Ms. McCroskey of the Chamber told everybody that their business has been around for 34 years, and you don’t get to stick around that long if you aren’t good people.

I’m going to do a little more work learning about some of the insects that got talked about this morning so I can have a superly fantastic report for my class because I think everything I learned this morning probably hardly anyone in my class knows.  I hardly knew any of what they talked about this morning until Coffee Talk happened.


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You and Me and Coffee and Tea

Being a Chamber member sometimes means I want to go to a Grand Opening but I can’t because there’s conflict on my calendar (that’s what my mom calls it).  When that happens, I have to miss one event because something else is already planned.  That’s what happened when Smoky Mountain Espresso had their big Grand Opening on February 28. I already had something else planned (school actually) so I couldn’t go to this Chamber event.

But that’s okay because my mom said we could go to Smoky Mountain Espresso on a different day so I could take pictures and let everybody know about this new place that also has a Sweet Frog in the same location.

This is a new business and it’s on Middle Creek Road in Sevierville, just a little bit off Veterans Boulevard on the same side of Veterans as Dollywood (except Dollywood is still a long drive up before you get to it).  Before it got opened, everybody was trying to guess what it was going to be.  Then it opened and it was the Smoky Mountain Espresso and plus also a Sweet Frog (and that’s a frozen yogurt place) right in the same building but on other sides of each other.

Inside it’s really nice.  This is what it looks like.

It’s got a nice comfortable look and feel to it I think, and if the fire was going, it would be even better.   If you look on the right side of my picture, you can see a fire extinguisher.  That makes me feel superly safe because if a fire breaks out at the fireplace, the workers of this place can put it out before it takes over the whole place and someone gets hurt maybe.  So I’m giving having a fire extinguisher in that good of a place a two thumbs up from me.

Maybe you’re wondering what the saying over the fireplace says.  It’s a really good idea so I took a picture of it so you can read it without any trouble.  Here’s what it says.

Isn’t that excellent advice?  I think it is.  And you know what else?  There’s other signs with sayings on them at Smoky Mountain Espresso, like this one bunches.

I know it says coffee but I’m pretty sure it means tea, too, because you have to brew tea and lots of people like tea, and when you go to one of my tea parties, you know that’s true because of how much fun we have.

I know the sign over the muffins and cookies says “Never Enough Coffee” but I think they also mean never enough tea and never enough sweet treats.  Also, I like that there’s not a bazillion things to choose from because that means people don’t have to worry about not knowing what they want to get when they go to Smoky Mountain Espresso.  It looks like it’s easy peasy pickin’s (that’s what my Grandpa Two Rivers says lots of times).

So if you want to support a new Chamber of Commerce member, you should go to this location with some friends and check Smoky Mountain Espresso out.  I think maybe it’s going to wind up being one of your favorite places for a quiet cup of coffee or tea.

If you do go, you should come back to my blog and share what it was like for you in the Comments Section.

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