Sunday, November 30, 2008

Decorating

I haven't been as ambitious as planned this holiday weekend. I had hoped to be almost finished with my decorating by this time, but alas, I'm only about 1/3 of the way there!

Part of the problem is that I didn't get started as soon as I hoped. Most of the things I hoped to accomplish on Friday, didn't get done until yesterday. I did finally make that recipe of sausage balls yesterday morning(good thing because that is all I have eaten all day today)! I had little Joshua's 1st birthday party yesterday afternoon (photos to come as soon as Jennifer sends me some because I forgot my camera), and then of course that led right into the Tech game. After the Tech victory, I got out my trees for the kitchen and the living room and started fluffing. I decided last night that there is no part of the decorating that is worse than fluffing the darn trees! My arms look like I've been in a fight with a cat.

Today I started dragging out all of the containers of Christmas crap, er... I mean Christmas decorations and joy. I have the same "tradition" every year. I load up my DVD changer with my favorite Christmas movies or movies that take place at Christmas time (that I actually own) and I play them while decorating... Love Actually, Elf, and Little Women (that same order every year...I'm a little obsessive, I will admit it!).
Below you can see the containers which hold the ornaments for my living room tree. You can see, Lola was making sure she was far out of the way!
Again, here is a photo showing just how helpful she was in the decorating process!

Below are some photos of what I have accomplished...more to follow as I get off my rear and get more done!

Here is the breakfast table in the kitchen.
Below are two photos of my kitchen tree. It is a new tree that I purchased for 75% off last year after Christmas because my old one had a broken stand and kept falling over in the middle of the night! This one has a very sturdy metal stand!
This tree is filled with ornaments that I have had since I was a little, kitchen themed ornaments and ornaments that I have picked up on travels.
Here is the Nativity that I purchased last year.
This year I bought the "Bethlehem" backdrop to go with it at Canton.
Stockings hung by the chimney with care...

This garland is the biggest pain in the behind to hang!

Here are a couple of photos of the living room tree. Every year since I have lived in this house, I think, "Boy I sure do need a 9 foot tree instead of a 7 1/2 foot tree in here." Then again, that is just another foot and a half of tree to fluff, so maybe not! Oh well, I'll live with this one until the lights crap out and I have a good reason to purchase a new one (or I catch a great deal after Christmas, which ever comes first!).
This tree is decorated only with blown glass ornaments that I have collected over the years (and am still in the process of collecting... You can never have too many!).
That's it for now. I have to stop and do some reading for my early morning classes tomorrow (it is the last week of classes...YEAH!!!!!!!!). Hopefully I will get some time over the next few days to decorate my bedroom tree and set up the ceramic village in there, decorate the office tree, and finish putting out some of the final touches in the rest of the house. Then I will have to tackle the outdoors... it may never end!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

I always say I'm not going to hit the stores up on Black Friday, but as usual, I had to do a little shopping, though I wasn't there for the door busters. I was seduced by the Target ad this year and that is what got me out this morning. They had crazy cheap DVDs, so I went and loaded up. I got "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "The Holiday" for $3.98 each. For $5.98 each, I bought "27 Dresses", "Juno", and "The Devil Wears Prada". I bought a few other kid movies for gifts too.

In addition to Target, I went to the mall in Frisco. I hit up Bath and Body Works for some gifts and stuff for myself, Williams-Sonoma for a couple of gifts and finally Macy's for two bread and butter plates that match my dishes (usually $29 each and I paid $9.50 each). To add an interesting twist to the Holiday shopping, Macy's has employed a transvestite named "Jamie" to work in its china department. As Jamie was checking me out, I was wondering if Jamie went into the interview as a transvestite, or if Jamie was a man in the interview and then showed up as a female on his/her first day at work? With all of the unemployed these days, you would have thought Macy's wouldn't have chosen the transvestite out of the many people who are surely applying; however, it is important to note that Jamie ended up being far more competent than most of the Macy's sales clerks, so maybe they should hire more cross-dressers!

Of course, in typical fashion, those weren't my only stops. I had to actually hit up Target twice just to get all the DVDs, because I left and then realized I should have got a couple of the kid gifts there. Then when I got home I realized that "27 Dresses" was in widescreen format instead of full screen and since I don't have a fancy schmancy wide screen tv, I went back to Target to get the Full Screen version. Then when I got home, I realized that Juno too was widescreen format, so I'm about to make my fourth and (please God) final trip to Target (for today of course...don't get crazy and think I won't be back within a couple of days!).

I had hoped to start my Christmas decorations today, but I don't think I have enough of the Christmas spirit in me to do it today. Tomorrow I have little Joshua's first b-day party at 2:00 and then the final Tech game at 2:30, so maybe tomorrow night after the game I will get started on it.

The weather today is fantastic (at least by my standards)! It is 50 degrees and raining. I LOVE IT! It seemed like sausage ball weather to me, so while at Target (on my 3rd trip), I bought the ingredients to make some and I probably will do that today, wrap some more presents and work on cleaning out my DVR for the rest of the day. If I get really ambitious, I will go ahead and get out all of my trees, get them set up, shaped, plugged in, etc.

Happy Shopping! Let's all do our best to boost the economy!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Holiday

Our Holiday started at the crack of dawn on Wednesday. Lola and I had to head out for Nocona before 7 a.m. because we had to make the vet appointment in Henrietta. All went well on the trip to Nocona (much better than my traffic ridden trip a couple of weeks ago!).

After Lola and I finished at the vet, we arrived home to find the party had already started. Dad and my cousin Sam were kicking off the day with a few rounds of bloody mary's. At some point, my Mom (who had gone to Wichita Falls for a hair appointment) called my Dad and was stranded on the side of the road (or as it turns out in the middle of the road) because she was out of gas. Mom was furious with Dad because he didn't fill up her vehicle before she went to WF, and of course, Dad was furious because she didn't look at the gas gauge! The funniest parts of the story to me are that (1) there was a 5 gallon gas tank full of gas in the back of the truck she was stranded in and (2) she just sat there in the middle of Hwy 82 reading her Danielle Steel book until Dad arrived!

After that, several of us went across the river (for those of you not from Nocona, that means the 20 minute trip to Oklahoma) to the Peach Orchard for lunch. After we arrived back home, it was time to begin preparing for dinner.

Below, my cousin Sara's little girl, Kristen is giving Lola some love.


After spending the afternoon working hard getting the fire pit going, it was finally time to cook. Here is my cousin Sam looking like he knows what he is doing.

Meme and Papa sitting out by the fire waiting on dinner to finish cooking.


Dad and Sam making sure everything is under control.


Everyone enjoying the wonderful meal on Wednesday night.



Wednesday was Sam's wife, Leslie's birthday. Happy 26th Birthday Leslie! Blow Hard!

Now we move on to Thanksgiving Day... Here is Meme examining her new gadget that she received from her kids for an early Christmas present...a new tiny video camera. Meme is dangerous with that thing! It is so small she can sneak up on you and be recording you without you even seeing the camera!


Uncle Ed and Papa after lunch.

Cousins Rachel and Sharon and Sharon's husband, Brandon. Everyone is so full from lunch!

Cousin Sam and his wife Leslie. They are expecting a baby in February. It's a boy!


Cousins Sara and Sam and my Aunt Amy.


So much good food and good company. We had the bulk of our family at my grandparents today. We were missing a couple of spouses, my 3 cousins from Alaska and their families, my cousin Tamy, and my cousin Robert and his son who live out in California.
I'm so full that I didn't even have room to taste all of the sweets yet, much less dig into the left overs! I brought a ton of food home with me, so at least with all the things I have to do this weekend, cooking won't be one of them! Lola is wiped out from so much commotion and playing with Milly for two days. She climbed up on the chair the moment we arrived back at home over 2 hours ago and hasn't moved a muscle since!
Happy Turkey Day!!! Hope you had a good one too!





Canton Purchases



As you may recall, I went to Canton Trade Days earlier this month. I'm finally getting around to downloading a photo of some of my purchases! I've been needing something for above my door which goes out to the garage, so I got inspired at Canton to pay homage to my favorite city, New Orleans, and fill the space with different fleur de lis.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stones

Sweet Lola definitely has bladder stones. I'm not happy that she has stones, but happy that she hasn't just forgotten how to be potty trained! Our plan for treatment is a round of antibiotics and special Hill's prescription dog food for a month. She is suppose to have NO treats! NO TREATS? Can you imagine? Lola is a total treat hound! How am I suppose to get her to anything without a bribe of a treat? The vet did mention that she just isn't suppose to have treats with any calcium, so I may make sure I can find some that she can have, and she is still allowed to have rawhides.

We will go back for x-rays in December and see if the stones have reduced. If they have, then we will continue this course of treatment. If not, then we will do surgery.

In another note, Lola has gained 5 pounds in the past year and a half. Time for Lola and me to take some walks!

I'll have to update on Thanksgiving festivities later but so far we have had people drinking too much and my mom running out of gas halfway on her trip home from Wichita Falls!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Wait is Over

The day that everyone waits for is almost here....Oprah's Favorite Things. It airs tomorrow (Wednesday). Of course I haven't seen it yet (O doesn't send me an advanced copy of anything), but I'm already disappointed. This year is a "gifts on the cheap" year. How are we suppose to know what really expensive gifts to covet if O doesn't tell us? What kind of crazy crap is that? Economy downturn or not, it isn't like O is having to give on the cheap this year!

Can you imagine showing up to Chicago, having them announce "It's the favorite things episode", you thinking "I'm about to pocket 10 grand worth of loot" and the O announces, "This year it is about thrifty gifts!" That has to be the biggest bummer EVER!

Today I did so much that I think I am near collapse. I had to take Lola to the groomer, gas up the car, go to court for a juvenile plea, go by Neimans and pick up a pre-order for my Mom, have a 10:30 meeting at the office, go to Richardson and pick up my pics that were in, have lunch, go to get Lola from the groomer and deliver her home, go get my oil changed, only to find out that I also needed to flush the transmission and replace that fluid, go on a tablecloth hunt for my mom which meant going to Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and Walmart, fit in a 2:30 meeting at the office, go on a hunt for a particular type of dinner rolls which meant going to Tom Thumb, Kroger and a different Wal-Mart, going to Uncle Julio's to pick up a gallon of beans for tomorrow night, going to TJ Maxx to get something else for Mom, a trip to Hobby Lobby to get things I forgot on Tuesday, re-fill up the car with gas because I drove so much today, AND finally teaching my class at 5:30! WHEW!

Now it is time to finish laundry, pack my bags, pack Lola's bag, and load the car with what I can tonight because we have to roll out of here at 7 a.m. tomorrow. Lola has to be at the Vet by 10 a.m. in Henrietta because they close at noon and have to take her x-rays to the hospital for developing (that is a country vet for you!).

Tomorrow night we are having 14 of the Fitts clan for dinner at my Mom & Dad's house, then Thursday we will have Thanksgiving lunch at my grandparent's house with the 18-20 members of the clan that are making it in this year. I'll probably head back home on Thursday so that I can focus on decorating Friday. I also have been really anticipating the opening of "Australia"... hello, Hugh Jackman, need I say more! It opens tomorrow, but since there is not a theater anywhere near Nocona, I will have to wait until I'm back home to go see it.

Happy Turkey Day to Everyone! Don't eat too much pie... oh, why not, go ahead, overindulge!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Shop 'til you drop!

My mom has come into town and we have shopped until we are both ready to drop. It started yesterday and has continued all day today.

I realized this morning that I am a really nice teacher. Here it is the holiday week and I figured my students don't really care about learning (not sure they ever do) and I sure don't care much about lecturing, so I showed a great Thanksgiving episode of The West Wing. It is the great one where the President has to pardon two turkeys because CJ is horrified that the one she doesn't choose will get slaughtered (clearly not from Sarah Palin's pagebook). Well, I discovered that the government teacher who uses the same classroom right after me was giving a test. A TEST! On a holiday week! That has got to suck if you are a student (and the teacher...she'll have to grade over the holiday).

P.S. to Emily: Thanks for the shout-out about how happy you were that your Sooners beat Tech so badly. Much appreciated. I will of course be rooting for the Cowboys this week; however, if you do beat OSU, then I will be very pleased that at least you will likely come out on the top of the Big 12 South over the horns, and I will take over rooting for you guys.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Perspective

After almost 12 hours since our horrible defeat to OU, I think I'm getting some perspective. Instead of feeling the rage and anger that I felt last night, I now feel like someone cut my heart out...while I was awake! Many of you may say that that doesn't sound like progression or gaining perspective on the defeat. Maybe. Maybe that is part of the steps of grief???

All I know is that I still haven't gotten over the intense desire to horse-whip the Sooners Number 5 and probably won't for some time. That kid has a bad attitude and I would like to be the one to give him an adjustment!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Warning for your laundry

Do not wash a featherbed if you have a front load washing machine! I don't care what the instructions say!

Lola has again peed on the extra bed and since I hadn't made it up since the last time she peed on that bed, she peed on the featherbed this time. The instructions said you can wash it, but the washer just can't spin it out. If I still had my old washer that you could set to just the spin cycle, then I probably could have ended up spinning it all out, but as my frontload washer doesn't have this option, I think it is just ruined. It is now a big wet heap of a mess in my trash can.

P.S. Just in case you think my dog is running wild around here without any discipline, she actually has a vet appointment on Wednesday for an x-ray of her bladder. She is acting an awful lot like Macy did when she had bladder stones...one of the problems is that when they jump up on something they can lose control of their bladder. If that isn't the problem, then she is going to start getting some whippings!

SAD

What a horrible game. It isn't even over, but we are getting our butt kicked by OU. Next week I will be rooting for the OSU Cowboys to deliver a victory in Stillwater...then OU would be a two loss team and the only one loss teams would be Tech and Texas. Since we beat Texas, we would still win the Big 12 South. All the planets will have to align....

I think the Longhorns should be thanking their lucky stars that they got to play OU earlier in the season because if they had to play them later, that match-up would have probably gone differently (not to mention they never have to go to Norman to play).

What Am I Doing This Weekend?

"What am I doing this weekend?" That is a question I have been asked by several people, and I'm still not sure what the answer is!

I will tell you that right now, I'm watching College Game Day on ESPN and I know that I will continue to do so until 11:00 when it is over. Tonight of course, I will be watching my Red Raiders attempt to upset OU at home. I have to tell you that I'm so anxious right now I could vomit!

I did the major cleaning last weekend, so this weekend, I only need to tidy up a bit. I know that my Mom is coming to visit tomorrow and we are going to Christmas shop on Monday, so I need to "tidy" sometime between now and tomorrow afternoon.

I really need to clean out my pantry and closet, but the desire to do that is minimal at best. I think it is more likely that I will get my DVR cleaned out this weekend than a closet!!!!

Finally, I thought about getting all my Christmas trees up. I don't really have the energy or desire to decorate, but I thought if I could get all the trees up, in place, and lights working, I would have a head start for post thanksgiving decorating. However, I usually think once you start dragging it out, it is easier to just do all of it, so that will probably wait until next week too.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Just Like Going Home


I received an e-mail two days ago about a Collegiate SuperStore that was going in at Mockingbird Station. The e-mail came from Red Raider Outfitter in Lubbock and they said they were temporarily setting up shop there. So of course, after the work was done today, I headed down to Dallas.


It was really a two purpose trip... First, I have been crazy craving Red Hot and Blue. Second, I could see what the Outfitter has for this Red Raider gal. (at this point, you should be really impressed that I was able to wait 2 WHOLE DAYS before turning my car south on 75 to go and check out the Outfitter's supply!).


Since lunch was involved, I was able to rope Jennifer into going with me. We stopped at Red Hot and Blue first. We split a 1/2 order of their wonderful onion rings and split a pulled pork sandwich (we've discovered that when we order rings, neither of us can finish our sandwich). Of course, I wasn't willing to half the order of the "best in the world" potato salad, so we ordered an extra side of that! We finished that off with one of their new petite bowls of blackberry cobbler (not as good as Mom's!). All of that was pretty fantastic with one exception...they were out of the Carolina BBQ sauce! Apparently I'm one of only about 15 people who actually like the vinegar based Carolina sauce, so they removed it from the tables a while back and made it so that you had to request them to bring it out, but today they were just plain OUT! I really love that sauce and besides the potato salad, it is the main reason I enjoy RH&B so much, so that was a HUGE BUMMER!!!!!


After our tummies were full, we headed down to Mockingbird Station. At first we couldn't find the Outfitter, so we decided to just park and walk around until we found it. I saw a parking spot open up in that nightmare for parking shopping center, so I took it. It was like the gates of heaven opening up because right in front of us was the Red Raider Outfitter. Seeing all the red and black caused me to have a skip in my step as I walked through those doors!


Unfortunately, they were still unpacking and didn't have a ton of things I wanted or sizes I needed, but still, walking around all of that Tech gear was almost as refreshing as being in Lubbock itself... Just Like Going Home!!! I wanted a sweatshirt and found some that were insanely expensive and not exactly what I wanted, but by golly I decided I was going to suck it up and fork over the money anyway (you know being in there was kind of euphoric...like kid in the candy store kind of a thing, so I wasn't thinking 100% clearly). I tried it on and it was one of those with a hoodie and pocket in the front (neither things I wanted in a sweatshirt). As much as I tried, I realized that the pocket in front made me feel like a kangaroo with a joey in my pouch and I just wasn't going to fork over $65 for that!!!


I finally settled on a cute long sleeve t-shirt (black that has TECH on the front and the TECH is red and black zebra print). Really cute and only $22! I also nabbed a black cap made for women with a cute little petite double T on it.


As I said, it was a little bit like being in the Hub City for a few minutes.... now if we could just get them to put in a Cagle's Steaks, Spanky's and One Guy from Italy in there!!!

Trying to Sass it up!

As you may notice, I'm desperately trying to make my blog more Sassy and Fun! As I mentioned in the previous blog entry, I ran across the cutest blog ever. I discovered that she purchased her adorable custom design layout from a company called Sweet Cheeky Designs who specializes in such for $45-85 each.


As most of you know me well, you know that I think diving in and doing something is half the fun, so I'm trying to amp up the sassy all by myself (also you know I can't stand knowing that someone else has something more stylish or creative than I do!). I have found some really fun new backgrounds and will be trying them out in the future as the holiday seasons change. Over the past 24 hours, I made several changes to the blog, including the addition of a blinkie.

At this moment, my creative energies (okay, some might call it my obsessive behaviors) are being limited by not owning Photoshop. I'm trying to remedy this by downloading another program that is suppose to be similar and free, but my lack of computer-savy skills are throwing up another Road Block (this is like the darn Amazing Race...Blog Version, just when you think you are getting somewhere, BOOM! another road block or detour!).

I'm going to keep on trying and hopefully I will be able to develop a blog at least half as cute as the ones that I found on Sweet Cheeky Designs!

I'm also in the market for a new and fun name for the blog, so if you've got any sugggestions, pass them along!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Stealing


I was blog stalking and looked at this blog of a blogger who follows Abby's blog. Apparently they are Texas Tech fans and have attended at least the Texas and OSU games (you should know that I'm currently sitting here green with envy!). I stole this photo off of her blog and just had to post it because it is seriously one of the funniest things I have seen in a long, long time. I have know idea who this blogger is, but if I did, I would send out a "thanks for sharing" shoutout!

Also, she has about the cutest blog I've ever seen. I'd love to know where she got her layout for her blog and if she created it herself, then I'm just speechless!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Glamour Girl

I received Lola's pictures via UPS today. First, I want to say that the package was very small and light weight for having cost $300! But more importantly... the actual photos are even more adorable than the slideshow online!!!! She looks soooo cute! I wish I could have ordered an 11x14 of each and every photo (instead of my 5x7 or 4x6).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Great White Huntress

Lola, the great white huntress has succeeded tonight. I came home from class and let her out to potty. As soon as I opened the door and stepped out onto the patio, I could see a little mouse running along the back fence (the bottom horizontal slats). It all happened too fast! Lola saw it as soon as I did, so there was no keeping her inside. She darted after it and I'll be darned if she didn't catch him. I got her to drop him and saw his little tail moving, but then she grabbed him again, and the chase was on (this time between me and Lola). I finally caught her, got her to drop the mouse (which I presumed was dead by this point) and drug her into the house. I went back out with my craptastic flashlight, but couldn't find a mouse corpse. I'll have to wait until the sun is up to initiate the recovery of the corpse. I'm hoping that the little guy was just stunned and was able to recover from the heart attack that he probably had and run off.


Lola appeared confused that I wasn't proud of her, but you know I love the little mice. I cohabitated with one in Lubbock for a good year. He would run back and forth behind my desk and sometimes come down the hall and look in my bedroom at me when I was up on my bed reading. I had to look all over Lubbock for 6 months before I found a trap that would trap him, but not hurt him. Of course, I never was able to catch him. Guess Macy wasn't as into hunting mice as Lola is!


UPDATE: The mouse is dead. On a later potty trip outside, Lola found her prize and after another chase (again between Lola and me), the mouse has been thrown over the fence.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

YUCK

I just spent 5 hours of my Sunday cleaning house. YUCK! I sure miss my housekeeper! Of course, the fact that it took 5 hours probably speaks to the level of filth I was living in! I'll partially blame Lola... I know that all that dirt, grass, muddy paw prints and yes, the dead lizard that I found can all be attributed to her!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

DNA

Something else interesting on Friday's Oprah was at home DNA testing. It is through this company called 23andme. You spit into a tube, send it to them and then 4-6 weeks later, you log on and can see your DNA profile. It has been named Time Magazine's invention of the year. They just dropped their price from $1000 to $399. It tells you things about your ancestry, but more importantly, it tells you things about your health including diseases that you may be prone to getting, etc. Dr. Oz said he took the test and found out some things that he is prone to getting and some can be prevented.

It sounds very interesting! I think if I could come up with an extra $399, I'd love to do it.

Marathon Abby

My friend Abby is running in her first marathon today in San Antonio (along with her hubby Brian)! YEAH ABBY & BRIAN!!!!!!! While I still think you may be a little mentally unbalanced for running a whole 26 miles when nobody is chasing you with a knife or something similar, it is very impressive nonetheless!!


UPDATE: Abby and Brian ran the marathon in 4 hours 20 minutes!

Dogs

Just got a chance to finish watching my DVR'd Oprah from Friday. She had an announcement that she lost her 14 year old chocolate cocker, Solomon two weeks ago. She lost her black cocker Sophie to kidney failure back in the spring. Here is something you wouldn't normally thing of saying, but boy, I sure feel bad for Oprah. If I had lost my Lola the same year we lost Macy, I think you would have had to bury me too! I can't imagine losing two of your "kiddos" the same year. It made me give my little pup an extra bear-hug and kiss today!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rain Rain Rain

Starting last night about 8:00, it just rained, and rained, and rained some more. Not just light rain showers either, I mean heavy rains that flowed over the sides of the gutters. I thought most of the rain had passed only to be awakened by the heavy rain and storms at 3 different points during the night.


Then about 7:30 this morning, as I was laying in bed half dozing/half awake, I heard a loud bang. It took me until about 8:30 to figure out what it was, but a pickup had plowed into the tree behind my back fence. At first I thought, thankfully he hit the tree instead of tearing down the back fence, but then I thought darn, I wish he had managed to tear up one of the side fences that really really needs replacing, then I could have made his insurance pay! Oh well, my luck, he would have been uninsured anyway!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Weekend

I haven't blogged in a couple of days...it has been a busy weekend.

Friday I went to our Junior League's Holiday market, 'Neath the Wreath. I haven't purchased much there in the past, so I was surprised to find many things I wanted to buy. I got a great Christmas shirt. It cost a little more than I would like to spend on a seasonal shirt, but it was made for me... it is a pink thermal t-shirt and it says "Dreaming of a Pink Christmas"! I was also able to purchase some Christmas & Hanukkah presents, so that was a plus too.


Saturday I had to go to Nocona for a wedding. It turned out to be the most difficult road trip to Nocona EVER. I got stuck at three wrecks in what should have been the first 30-40 minutes of my journey!!! Two were on Hwy 380. I had to wait for the wrecks to clear and the firetrucks to stop blocking the highway to go on my way (literally I had my car in park on the highway). Then when I got up to the interstate, there had been an accident that shut down the service road, so I couldn't get on the highway there! They had hazard material crews out cleaning up the site and it didn't look like it was going to clear any time soon, so I just abandoned major highways and took the little FM roads through the country for the final hour of the trip.


Luckily the wedding was at 5:00, so I was able to attend the wedding, go to the reception, eat my dinner and bail so I could go to my parent's house and watch the game. It was a great victory for the Red Raiders who romped all over the OSU Cowboys. It was really a great night (plus my Mom and Dad stayed at the reception longer than me and brought me "cake to go").

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Lola's Pictures

I finally just decided to bite the bullet and place my photo order with the photographer. I have looked at those pictures until I'm blue in the face and have contemplated my order for over a week. Wars have been entered into with less contemplation!!!

I finally decided the problem that I was having was, it was kind of like choosing a favorite Lola. For me and Jennifer (the two who have spent the most time with Lola during her almost 4 years of life), we can never choose a "favorite Lola". Sometimes we discuss that our favorite Lola is sleepy Lola. Then we change our minds and it is mischievous Lola. Then we change our minds and it is snuggly Lola, etc. The photos were the same way, choosing my favorites was like choosing my "favorite Lola" and that is just impossible!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sunday's events

Jennifer and I went to Canton today. It was a fairly typical trip (ie: I spent too much money). Jennifer and I are quite the anomalies though... everyone was talking about the nice weather while Jennifer and I were moaning and groaning about the weather. We could have been quoted as saying, "I wish it were freezing." and "I wish we were experiencing a cold rain today.", etc. You see, we were sweating it up today, and that is most definitely something I DO NOT enjoy in November. In addition, pretty weather = bigger crowds. Our favorite Canton trip EVER was in subzero temps! We had the whole place practically to ourselves (never mind the cuddle duds we had to wear under our clothes, the coats, the gloves, the scarves, and the hats that we had to wear!).


We stopped back by the outlets in Terrell but didn't get anything there. I mention it because it made me think of a funny story about Lisa and her parents. Lisa's parents Don and Edna live in Terrell. Once when Lisa was visiting a year or two ago, she wanted to go to the outlets, but it was after dark. Edna was adamant that Lisa could not go alone (despite the fact that she was 30 something years old and practically lived alone too). Edna kept telling Lisa, "you have to take your Daddy with you". To which Lisa replied, "Mom, what good is Daddy going to do if someone tries to attack me, he can barely hobble along on his bum knee." To which Edna replied, "If you take Daddy then you don't have to run faster than your attacker, you only have to be faster than Daddy!"

Classic! I love Edna!

Don't forget to factor in Cost of Living...


I had lunch with Maddie and Gracie yesterday. I took the girls to lunch at The Purple Cow to celebrate Gracie's 9th birthday. Maddie had a loose tooth, and that got us talking about the Tooth Fairy. Gracie started telling me about all the teeth she has lost and one in particular.


Apparently, she lost a tooth while they were visiting New York City. She told me that the Tooth Fairy left her $10 when she lost the tooth in NYC which is more than she has received when she lost other teeth. She said "I guess that is just what the Tooth Fairy leaves in NYC. You know things are more expensive there."


Guess the Tooth Fairy factors in cost of living adjustments! Priceless!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

WOW


ELATED, DELIGHTED, OVERJOYED, JUBILANT, ECSTATIC, EUPHORIC, BLISSFUL...
This describes my current mood!
Texas Tech has beaten #1Texas 39-33
If you didn't watch the game, then you missed one helluva good game!
I don't think there is any feeling as good as beating Texas!!!!!
Of course, I'm not delusional enough to think that we will be ranked #1 this week
(even though Texas got to jump from #5 to #1 when they beat Oklahoma who was #1).
Tech doesn't get all the love like Texas does, so I know that will never happen.
We still have a tough row to hoe, Oklahoma State will be in Lubbock next Saturday, and then we still have Oklahoma coming up too. But I say, WRECK 'EM TECH!!!!!!!

More Trick-or-Treaters

My friend Suzanna sent me some pics of her little Trick-or-Treaters. Little Kate is enjoying her 1st Halloween with her cute & ginormous Halloween bow on her head. Below, Bennett is an adorable turtle.




Another Little Dude


I imagine the pictures of my little friends will just keep trickling in, and they are so cute I have to post them. Here is my friends Chris and Rachel's little cowboy, Weston. He just turned one.




 

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