Tuesday, October 28, 2008
When we were little kids, Dad worked away from home A LOT, so he wasn't home too often for the day-to-day stuff like bathtime, mealtime, bedtime, etc. So, when he was home, it was a BIG DEAL for all of us. I remember when I was a little kid and he was home during a cold front. Mom had us in the tub, and Dad took three towels to the dryer and let them bounce around in the hot air while we splashed and played in the tub. Then, just when it was time to get out, he got the three towels and let us wrap up in them to stay warm. I felt like a Paris Princess that night, and I think of that every time I pull hot clothes out of the dryer on a cold night. Of course, scruffy beards also make me think of my dad in the winter time - and how he used to "sandpaper" us when we piled up in bed with them when Dad was home.
Of course, my good memories of Mom during cold weather are in much greater supply and don't involve facial hair, since she was the one doing all the bathing, and feeding, and bedtiming. In fact, as I sit here and type this I am wearing her comfy green "Color Me Cotton" housedress that she used to wear when it was cold! I remember getting to eat lots and lots of biscuits with Grandma's Molasses on 'em, as well as "chicken enchiladas" (King Ranch Casserole) and enough Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal to sustain a small army! "Eat this warm stuff," she would say. "It will stick to your ribs and keep you going until lunch!" She was right, as usual.
Of course, we grew up in Kingsville, so it wasn't exactly COLD too often. I remember going swimming on my birthday one year (in December)! Of course, it wasn't always so balmy. I also remember when we had a cold snap that froze our orange grove. . . that was no good!
If you're still reading, thanks for taking that little trip down memory lane with me. Not sure why I'm so nostalgic tonight - maybe it's because we were looking at DZ's baby pictures! Here's a photo send-off, to borrow Brittany's trademark conclusion. I think it explains a lot, don't you?
Monday, October 13, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
All I can say to that is, touche'. Come see me in Spacewood some time, Daddy. I'll make you a home-made key lime pie and we'll forget all about that time I didn't make it for your birthday!
Photo send-off. . . to follow my dear friend's tradition:
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
There I was, laying in bed reading a good book (I say a "good" book because just a few minutes ago I was reading a "school" book), enjoying my late-night alone-time. Without my husband here to remind me that it's "lights out" time and he's "not it," I have been staying up late and reading a lot these past few days. It's great! But I digress. . . back to the near-death booger experience.
So, I'm laying there, reading a book, picking my nose (Oh, come on, everybody does it!), when all of a sudden, I realized I had achieved my nose-picking purpose. Just as I was about to retreat with the "prize" in hand, my eyes fell on a funny punchline in an otherwise morose story about single life in NYC, causing me to throw my head back with laughter. You should know that even when I'm alone, I'm an all-out, open-mouthed, laugh-out-loud kind of girl. (You see where this is going, don't you?) My explosive laughter caused me to shake my "catch of the day" right off my finger, which was still close to my face. In dropped the little rascal, and at the exact same time, in went the breath for a good belly laugh. I gasped, I gagged, I choked a little bit, and I coughed something fierce as I tried to clear my own airway. It's a good thing I had been reading that school book earlier, or I might have choked to death on my own booger!
In retrospect, I am left wondering about a few things: where did that little booger go? What would I have done with him if he hadn't gone for such a wild ride on the old Upper Airway Express? And why was I so tickled by this story that I got out of bed in the middle of the night to share it with the world? Hmmm. . . many things to consider as I lay my head down - again. But first, I'm going to blow my nose!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I should be studying, or walking, or putting away laundry, but I'm not. Instead I'm on the computer. What's up with that? I think a lot of people wonder how bloggers every find the time to do what they do. I am one of those people as well, actually! I have SOOOO much stuff in my life that is fun, funny, good and worthy of a blog post, but I just never seem to have time to sit down and put it all on the screen. I guess I've been too busy livin' to keep people up-to-date about my life! I think that's a good problem to have, though. . . don't you?
My sister Joy has started a blog as well. If anybody in this world doesn't have time to blog, it would be Joy. She has three kids - twin 3-year-olds and a 1-year-old. They are all very special, and two of them also have special needs that require extra time and care. She also has a husband who travels, just started her own business and deals with her own medical issues the likes of which "Gray's Anatomy" has never seen. How does she do it? Read her blog and you'll see that it's her faith in God and her commitment to love that gets her through. She's an inspiration, for sure, and (without even trying to be) she's a witness to God's great love.
Friday, August 15, 2008
DZ smiled at one of the TSA ladies and she asked where we were headed. He told her we were trying to get to Houston, and she knew that our flight was on final boarding call. So she swooped us away to the other side of the line, sent us under the "do not cross" barrier and got us on the plane as they were about to depart. Thankful, as always, for the kindness of strangers. Keep this in mind if you ever have the opportunity to make someone's day by being nice to them when you don't have to, ok?!
Everything about this trip (with the exception of booking flights) was done by the seat of our pants. We left Austin and flew into the outskirts of Hurricane Dolly, and we left Houston with Dolly in our rain-covered rearview mirror (do planes have rearview mirrors?). OK, that's a lame excuse! Truth is, DZ and I have been very busy with other things (trips, nesting, being newlyweds) and didn't exactly think about this trip till it was upon us. Then, the Dolly Factor played in and prevented us from booking rooms, cars, campsites, etc, until we knew where we'd be and when. That having been said, everything went as smoothly as if we'd spent thousands on a travel coordinator. We both travel with the thought that "we'll either make it on time or we won't" and it helps us stay relaxed and go with the flow.
OK, enough boring "how we got there" stories. . . how about some pictures from our trip? Here we go. . .
Ferry ride was magnificent. I'm used to the ferries that shuttles us from mainland to the barrier islands of the Gulf Coast - a 20 minute ride in your car. Instead, these are the true, "get out and go upstairs and spend money" ferries. We discovered that the coffee was hot, refills were free, everybody in Canada plays cards, and the best views were from the cargo hold below. We could really experience the speed of the vessel from that close to the water, and we were pretty much alone down there. Good times, great views!
Because we didn't plan this trip AT ALL before we left, and because our initial travel plans were based on making it to SissieFace's wedding, we flew into Vancouver and then drove all the way across Vancouver Island. More on Tofino in a minute, but here are some shots of what we saw along the way:
Cathedral Grove, a stand of cedar trees (the real ones, not the "hill country" variety) that are centuries old and a million feet tall (or something like that).
Most of the scenery was like this. Some of the water was from lakes and some was from these LONG inlets all over the island. This was a lake (I think).
Random snow-capped mountain that I saw from a gas station. By the way, gas was about $6 a gallon on the island.
I see an Airstream in my future. Seriously, how fun would it be to haul a tin-can across the nation and sleep in it at night?! I am not joking - definitely going to look into this when we're too old and tender to sleep on the rocks.
Now, on to Tofino, where we decided we will DEFINITELY return! It was gorgeous, the weather was great, and the people were so friendly. We were a little nervous when we first set up camp - about 2 feet from tents in either direction. I'm used to camping in Texas where the people are usually so loud and obnoxious that you're inspired to load it all up in your backpack and find a quiet place at the back of the park! Hehe, that's not the only reason we backpack, but considering that is what we're used to, I was a bit nervous about our digs, which you can see here, but it turned out that everybody was very respectful of personal space and noise levels. And with the beach in our backyard, we fell asleep and woke up to the sound of the crashing waves.
We enjoyed most of our meals outdoors in "unique" locations such as this little outcropping of rocks that became an island as the tide rolled in. Back to the whole "kindness of strangers" thing, we were able to get a picture of the two of us together besides our usual "faces only, one person's arm outstretched, no background" shots!
Tons of pretty pictures, not many funny stories, just a great, relaxing trip that we both needed. I'll leave you with a few pictures. . . as if you haven't seen enough already!
The road to Radar Hill.
Clouds lifting in the morning over Tofino.
Wildflowers in bloom!
Even with the storm rolling in, the view was amazing.
DZ and I watched the tide roll in over these rocks for a long time. Probably one of the most spectacular things we saw on the trip - it was AWESOME! Before the tide started to come in, these looked like little mountains of rock. By the time we left, they were completely under the water. It's no wonder so many shipwrecks took place along this shore, with this stuff all over the place submerged at high tide.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
We celebrated our nation's independence at the Frio River this year, where Sailor Jerry did his best to rob us all of our minds, our dignity, our clothes (?) and our minds. Did I already say that? No wonder it's been so long! A good time was had by all, although the poor kids who stayed in the houses near us may never know what hit 'em. Apparently they'd never seen grown-ups (most of our group was old enough to have borne them) behaving like children!
This past weekend was a blast - my friend and her husband brought their three darling children to our house for the weekend.
We really enjoyed their visit and look forward to another one.
Apparently my mind is elsewhere tonight - a lot of fun stuff has happened, I just don't have much to say. I'll be back when I'm more fun, ok?
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
On Thursday, June 26th, from 6-9 pm, Ben & Jerry's in West Lake will donate 25% of its total salesto the Austin Valkyries Women's Rugby Club. That means you have the best excuse ever to come cool off and eat ice cream while helping an active group in our community!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
After that we'll go cleanse our souls with a dip in the Llano River. Castell is serving up BBQ and bloody mary's today. . . not a bad combo after a day of hog hunting!
On a side note, the garden still kicks ass and the squash are in full recovery. I'm glad we have all our tomatoes in bloom. . . I'd hate to risk Salmonella for a savory tomato, but those who know me know that I'd pretty much have to if I wasn't growing my own. The moral of the story? It's always safer to grow your own!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
OK, fine, I'll tell you. . . paraskevidekatriaphobia means "fear of Friday the 13th!" I found some interesting (and odd) facts about my lucky day on this blog. Since I'm too lazy (and tired) to do any fact checking, I'll just link to the blog and let you check for yourself if you'd like. I, however, choose to be a sucker and believe it all. . . this time!
Friday, May 23, 2008
So, DZ and I were on a real good running schedule - usually, we'd start our jog together, then I'd break off and walk a bit and we'd end up at the lake right about the same time (I'm a REALLY fast walker, so my pace is on par with him when he's going slow). It's great, and I loved getting to spend time with him in the evenings.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Not much to report, really, except that being married is THE BEST THING EVER! I didn't think it would change a thing, really. . . but somehow I feel MORE secure, MORE in love, MORE beautiful than I ever have before. (Maybe that last one is because I wear makeup every day to my new job, who knows?) I love being married. That's about all that's new.
That - and my garden! Zeke and I have a HUGE garden. . . those squash plants had better start spreading before the grass starts to grow in our garden area!
More when I'm not so boring, ok?
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Today I have slept, checked e-mail for work, drank chocolate milk (is that ok when you're sick?) and slept some more. I wish I had turned my phone to silent. . . I'm going back to sleep now. The rain is a nice sound to put me to sleep. Of course, I sleep sitting up for now. . .
By the way, being sick sucks when you're a grown-up! There's nobody to hold your hand when you get a shot (well, my husband could have gone with me, but he stayed home and cleaned the house instead - which, in hindsight, was far more helpful than holding my hand, but whatever. . . ) There's nobody to remind you to take your medicine - you're a grown-up, you should know these things, right? I must say, though, that my husband is a pretty darn good nurse. . . he takes great care of me when I'm down. . . he even holds me when I cry for no reason other than, "I just don't feel good." (See, I guess, even as a grown-up, I'll never outrgow this one!)
Speaking of growing, you should come see our garden. 1500 square feet and about 8 plants! Seriously, though, a lot of it is squash and that takes up a ton of room!
OK, now I'm going back to bed. . .
Sunday, March 30, 2008
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With the wind against your face, the sounds of the birds singing around you, you feel more alive than anything. Like Pocahontas, you feel most alive when you're in nature where you belong - man's beginnings were in nature, it just makes the most sense. As you find yourself in nature, remember that not everyone feels this way as well - try to ease them into your way of thinking, or just introducing them to your lifestyle! Everyone loves nature - just sometimes not as much as you!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
I did it! I married that man. DZ and I were lawfully wedded on Friday, February 29, at the Four Seasons Hotel on the shores of Lady Bird Lake. It was beautiful. It was private. It was perfect!
You can tell how serious we were about the whole thing. . .
Actually, it was a beautiful ceremony. DZ and I decided we wanted it to be just the two of us, but we wanted our best friends to be our witnesses. Well, as it turns out (and we didn't find this out till after we invited them to be in the wedding) you don't need witnesses in Texas. Still, I'm glad Lu was there. Our friend from Budapest called out of the blue that Tuesday before the wedding to tell us he would be in town, so we asked him to stand in as well. It was great to have our friends there.
Now, my family is another story all-together. We didn't tell our families until after we were married. My dad was a bit upset, but he took it like a champ. My mom, when I first told her, was super-excited (she really likes this guy I married!) but as she had time to think about it, she became more upset. She says it's because I had Lu there and not her, but I think she would have been upset no matter what. Well, we had decided a while back that this was how we wanted to do our wedding, so while I can completely see how and why she would be upset, I also am not sorry I did it this way. I didn't do it this way to intentionally hurt Mom's feelings. I did it this way because it's how I wanted my day to be.
Besides, things have calmed down since then, and it's just a matter of time until something else comes along for folks to be upset about. . . I just hope it's not me! Hehe. No seriously, my folks are coming up to visit us this evening. We're going to sit and show off the pictures and go out to dinner. Here's the surprise they don't know. . . we saved the top of our cake to share with them! I hope they like it.
Gotta go enjoy being married for a while. . . peace out!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
A lunar eclipse happens at least twice a year, whenever Earth's shadow falls on the moon. Interestingly, the moon is always full during eclipses. When the moon passes through the Earth's shadow (the umbra is the darkest part and the lightest part of the shadow is the prenumbra) the moon will begin to glow an eerie red color, and at full eclipse, the moon will appear to be surrounded by a glowing ring, called an annulus. The color of the shadow and the ring around the moon is caused by the amount of dust in the atmosphere. Bet you didn't know that! Now you do.
This has been your daily dose of dorkiness. . .
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I've never been a huge fan of the holiday, and now that I have dear friends who want and don't have a "special someone" to spend it with, I really hate it! So, instead of putting the pressure on DZ for a "great night" of love and romance (which is silly to think it could get any better than it is every day), I have elected to spend my Valentine's Days from here on out with someone who gives a damn about the holiday! DZ and I agreed to this the first year we were dating, and it's sort of become a tradition for us.
I wonder what I'll do when all my friends are finally married off? I guess I will go to a hospital, or a nursing home, and spend time with someone there. . . but for now, I have plenty of friends who would love the company, and I have lots of love to share! Happy Day, ladies and gents!
Friday, February 8, 2008
The worst part is - no bruise! Of course, it's not like it's in a spot that I could show anybody (besides DZ) but a bruise could have at least appeared so I could TELL people it was bruised! Hehe. OK, enough grumbling about my butt. . .
I used to give my sister all kinds of grief for not keeping her blog updated all the time. One day, she finally gave me an answer that just kept me from ever asking again. . .
ME: Hey, SissieFace, I noticed you haven't been blogging lately. What's up with that?
SF: Well, Squirt, I just don't have any words.
Enough said! I get it. I know the feeling. I'm guilty of it as well. Now, that's not entirely true. . . I have words, I just don't take the time to get 'em here! And, because I'm new at this and not sure who all will gain access to this blog, I'm trying to be pretty neutral in what I write about for now! Hehe. That's my story. . .
Monday, January 28, 2008
I'm not talking sex toys, I'm talking lap-tops. Well, I guess (depending on what you google) that a lap-top could be a sex toy. But for now, get your mind out of the gutter!
I actually took my computer back to bed with me and worked from home, from my bed, all day. It was GLORIOUS! Nobody calling out to me from down down the hallway, no administrators begging for my help "just this once," and no phone calls that I couldn't screen with caller ID. What a day, what a day!
I didn't really get out of bed till almost 6:00, when I drove to town so my friend and I could exercise. (What can I say? We're committed - and I don't wanna be the one to bail - so I went!) Got to town, and guess what? We BAILED on our workout! Opted for home-made pizza and a salad instead. There's always tomorrow. . .
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
The other night, I got some news that was a bit disappointing to me, so I decided to take out my frustrations on my furniture. I was re-arranging my home office (side note: it looks FANTASTIC!) and I thought I'd move my desk over just "this much" and see how it looked. Got it there, didn't like it, unplugged EVERYTHING in the process of moving it four inches, and at that moment, it dawned on me how cool it would be to have Ctrl-Z in my life!
That got me thinking. . . I'm not one for regrets, but if I only could, I'd go back and Ctrl-Z the way my last job ended. It would really help me down the road to not have that hanging over my head. Who knows? Might have even spared me the disappointment from the other day. . . but then I wouldn't have taken it out on the furniture, so I wouldn't have screwed up by moving my desk, and I never would've thought about Ctrl-Z. On the flip-side, if that ending hadn't gone to hell as it did, I wouldn't need to Ctrl-Z it.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I happen to know a few things about computers, but that doesn't mean I like using them. And that's a problem. See, when you know about computers, people who don't know as much about them tend to ask you lots of questions and want you to DO THINGS to their computers. . . they forget that just because you know the stuff doesn't mean you like the stuff!
Now, that having been said, I must make a confession. . . when my little box of magic tricks went on the fritz, I brought it to my super-geeky and all-to-willing-to-help sister SF, and I'm sitting here bitching to you while she fixes it. But, all of a sudden, I have this nervous feeling that maybe she's just like me. . . she knows computers, but she doesn't actually enjoy working on them. Oh, what have I done?!
SissieFace, thank you for your help today. (By the time I actually get around to finishing and posting this, it will be tomorrow, so thank you for your help yesterday). You rock and roll and know so much. I hope I wasn't too much of a pain in your PC-spot with all my needs. Hey, at least you got to play Warcrack while it was all loading, right?!
Friday, January 11, 2008
* Sam Houston Jones State Park in Louisiana: Went to bed and it was in the mid 70s. Woke up the next morning and it was 32 degrees!
* Avery Island, home of the Tabasco Factory: Learned all about Le Petit Baton Rouge and its true intended purpose
* Oak Alley Plantation: We went to see the beautiful trees, but we fell in love with the mint juleps!
* St. George Island: Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like waking up in a tent on the beach with your beloved. We spent the day riding our bikes on the beach, exploring the nearby towns and enjoying each other's company.
* Apalachicola: Five dozen raw oysters in a day, and we went back for more!
* Gulf Shores, Alabama: Fort Morgan was magestic, Mobile Bay was a sight to behold. If we hadn't made this stop-over, we wouldn't have seen Magnolia Springs or Fairhope (our new favorite town)
* Natchez, Mississippi: Fat Mama's "Knock-You-Naked" Margaritas. . . enough said
* Baton Rouge, LA: We met Mike the Tiger at LSU and enjoyed a great meal at Walk-Ons
* Breaux Bridge, LA: Sunday lunch at Mulate's, with the Cajun Country Band playing for us and Dallas Roy sitting beside us.
The trip would have lasted longer, but DZ was ready to get home after 9 days on the road. It all worked out nicely, though. . . and we have tons of memories to last us till the next big adventure!