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Daydreaming...

I have a bad case of "daydreaming". Well, not really so much daydreaming as wanting to do something other than what I'm suppose to be doing during the day (namely working). I am attributing this to my school schedule and the fact that I need a vacation.

Teaching 3 nights a week has been both good and bad. I have enjoyed no early mornings, BUT definitely missed my nights at home. I feel like I can never get anything done, plus I don't get home until after 10 p.m. and then can't get to bed at a descent hour, thus I'm tired the next morning/day.

All that being said, I've got a different schedule for the Fall. I'm back on early morning classes, but much to my delight, I have both a 7 & 8 a.m. class, meaning that I only have to teach 1 night a week in addition to the Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning classes. As much as I hate waking up early, it's way easier on "my system".

But seeing as I am still on nights and thus "daydreaming…

Easter & Flowerbeds Revisited

Basically, my Easter decorations are exactly the same as last year. Nothing new, nothing different (except Lola doesn't have the weird post-iv hair cut on her front legs!). If you are new and want to see them, or if you want a refresher, click HERE

Now for the flowerbeds. I landscaped the front of my house on the first Good Friday after I bought my house, so that would be 4 years ago. I still think it was a huge improvement, but I have some complaints.

Complaint #1: I get tired of planting so many annuals every stinking year. Too much work. So much money. Then it all starts to go to pot in the heat of our horrible summers and looks like crap anyway!

Complaint #2: It relates to #1. Where the annuals are is either bare in the winter or I have to plant winter stuff. I have done both. I don't like the first, but the second necessitates running out when a super cold front is headed our way and digging up my flowers and putting them in the garage until the cold spell passes, then repla…

Easter's on its way...

I made a quick trip down to Dallas today to play Easter Bunny and deliver some goodies to my cousins. I had filled cute little felt pails with candy, pencils, etc. They were wrapped in cellophane and tied with an adorable springy looking ribbon, complete with green and pink tags I had made. Why am I being so descriptive? Because they were so freakin' cute and I forgot to take a photo before I delivered them!

What necessitated their delivery today was that I had made a few cookies yesterday and wanted to include them with their treats...


I spent the better part of all day yesterday making cookies! I made daisies...
Easter Bonnets...
Easter Eggs...
Bunny Butts... Lots and Lots of Bunny Butts!
While down in Dallas, I made a pit stop at one of my favorite nurseries They are a great place to go for something a little different. Of course they have all the standard stuff too, but it is a little pricey (probably worth it...their geraniums are to die for, but pricey)
Anyway, ever since I went to …

Half Price Kind of Day

I went to Half Price Books today because I had two coupons for 50% off any item. I think HPB is about the greatest anyway, but couple that with 50% off coupons and it is the best place on earth! I hit up the recent release section first, because I figured that was where I could get more bang for my buck.

If you aren't a HPB devotee, let me fill you in. Many of the books they sell are way more than half of the normal price, but the recent releases sell for exactly half off. Put a 50% coupon in the mix and you are looking at half of half, so 75% off. My math skills are severely lacking, but I can figure percentages off like nobody's business!

So, back to hitting up the recent releases... I hit up this aisle first and much to my surprise and fortune, they finally had Game Change which I've been wanting badly. I've almost broken down and bought it at Sam's Club a couple of times, but it was around $18 and I never had the extra cash. Today I got it for $7 (including tax)!…

Foodie Friday (updated)

{Today is Foodie Friday}
Yesterday, I looked in my refrigerator and saw a pint of fresh blueberries that were starting to go south. I wondered what I could do with them and decided to make homemade blueberry muffins. I busted out the Magnolia cookbook, found a recipe and got to cookin'.
I've never made blueberry muffins with fresh blueberries... I think they turned out pretty good... and looked pretty...
I've had a few (or fifty) I'm also planning to cook a couple of yummy things this weekend...
Last week when I bought the blueberries, I also bought these To be more specific, I bought two of these because they were buy one, get one free and I have a bunch left so when I ran across this recipe on Pioneer Woman (& Tasty Kitchen), I thought it would be perfect Photo from Tasty Kitchen
I thought it looked uber yummy and would use some of my tomatoes. In addition, my opinion about scallops is: Hand 'em over and nobody gets hurt! So it really couldn't be more perfect.
I'…

A Good Idea

I have lots of ideas.  Oh yeah, I'm FULL of ideas.  Many around me have learned to run when they hear me say, "I've been thinking...". 

All that being said, sometimes I actually take those ideas and try to implement them.  On even rarer occasions, they actually turn out to be a good idea.  Today, I'm going to share with you one of those ideas that I had, tried out and it actually worked as planned.  For the ones that don't, well, I've become a master with spackle!

You know a while back that I got some new furniture.  Well this dresser wasn't new, but was new to me...

It had recently been painted, but the inside of the drawers were ugly.  I wanted to line the drawers with paper, but couldn't find any contact paper that was pretty.  I contemplated wallpaper, but pretty wallpaper can be expensive.  I decided to go to Hobby Lobby and buy some cute scrapbooking paper.  It is cheap and comes in tons of cute prints.  Here are the results...

The drawers on…

Poof! Your Wish is Granted

Today was one of those crazy days where I felt like if I spoke it, then poof, my wish was granted! 

Jennifer and I were out and about avoiding working and we went to a new shopping center to see what was open already and what was soon to come.  As we headed into the shopping center, I said I wish they had a cookie store because I could really use a sugar boost this afternoon.  As we turned the corner, poof, The Great American Cookie Store!

Then I noticed that it was next door to The Purple Cow (a burger place).  I said, That's great, but I wish we were getting some really good places here like Twisted Root Burger Co.  We drove on and what did we see?  A sign in a window that coming to that location...Twisted Root Burger Co.!  Seriously!  Then we drove on and saw that another one of my favorite restaurants, La Duni is opening there also!  We are also getting a Freebirds, Glorias and Patrizios.  I'm so excited to have these really great restaurants so close!

Then we went across…

Sun and Fun

So, in sharp contrast to Sunday's 8 1/2 inches of snow, we were in the upper 70's today. Lola and I had a little outside playtime with one of her favorite toys, "green guy". (in case you were wondering what a green guy is, he is in the photo to the right of Lola)
Since Tuesday is my night off, I got to have some fun instead of teaching class. My blog designer and friend, Traci was in town from Arkansas and we got together for dinner at Mi Cocina. Traci has a birthday coming up very soon, so I got her a little something. She's so cute and fun!
We wanted a photo of us together. When, oh when will I learn to have multiple photos taken by multiple people? Our waiter, whose first language was not English, didn't quite understand the directions to my camera...hold the button down half way until it focuses and then press down all the way. I think he just did the press down and missed the "focus" part. Ugh! Well, after a little editing, this is what we were…

Back to the Grind...

Well the lovely phenomenon known as Spring Break is over. I have mixed feelings about it...

I'm happy it is over because I did not enjoy the crowds that were out and about all last week at the places that are usually less crowded during the week.

I'm going to miss free time at night...I had forgotten how nice it is to have 3 extra nights at home during the week!

Someone around here let her feelings about the end of spring break be known last night when I went to class...

Lola, the little toot, let all her frustrations be known on a Vanity Fair magazine. Lest you think she just found a magazine and did what paper-hounds do, I will let you in the fact that this magazine has been sitting in the exact same spot for a couple of weeks and she hadn't touched it until I left for class last night.

Are You Kidding Me?!?

Snow had been predicted for Saturday night/Sunday morning, but they varied on the amounts. First it was just a dusting, then it was 1 inch, then it was 1 maybe 2 inches.


This is what it looked like when I went to bed on Saturday night...
This is what it looked like when I woke up on Sunday morning...
1-2 inches my A$$! It is spring and there is a ton of snow!
Lola looked at me this morning and I could read her thoughts "Are You Kidding Me?"...
If my spring flowers can have thoughts, I know they are thinking "Are You Kidding Me?"...

Easter flag blowing in the blizzard breeze...

Easter Decorations buried in the snow...

Tomorrow it is suppose to be 64 degrees, and I'm thinking Are You Kidding Me?

Because...

Because it is the first day of spring...

Because it looks like we are in the depth of winter with these cold, grey skies...


Because my fairy godmother (iphone) says that it is currently 35 degrees...


Because the temperatures are suppose to continue to drop until it is freezing...


Because I'm watching the snow creep closer and closer on the radar...


I'm sharing a few more pics from the Arboretum