Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ryan Star & Texas Tech Football

Here is a primarily pictorial review of my weekend...

Ryan Star concert on Friday

I know I inundated you with photos of Ryan Star after the August concert, but here are a couple of more.

Right before taking the stage...
Ryan commenting on our World Series status (which was 0 wins at that point)
This one is because people always comment that he looks mean or serious.  He does when he is singing, but he is really the nicest guy, so I had to show that he does smile.
and this one, because I kind of thought it was a cool pic...


and that's all for Ryan Star pictures.  I've been asked if I am known by him as his super fan.  No, I am nowhere near the super fan status.  I think those who have gone with me can testify that while I'm a fan, my behavior in no way makes me memorable as a super fan.  Now others, I think personally, Ryan may need a restraining order against. 

Ryan and I did get to chat more this time and that was fun!

College Station for the game on Saturday

A pumpkin contest at a tailgate

 Talley & Me with our Masked Rider before the game
View from our seats
Raider Red before the game
President Bush led the Aggies out of the locker room
He had quite the little vehicle to drive
Our Red Raiders coming out onto the field
The fly-over (and you can see there wasn't a cloud in the sky...thus my sunburn!)
Some Game Action now...

Tech celebrating that we were the first to score

Aggies kicking off after they scored
We scored again!
Our Goin' Band from Raiderland in the stands...
On the field at half-time...

The Aggie Band...
Now for the second half of play
aka: where things went very bad for the Red Raiders
"3 & out" is officially burned into my brain because I heard it so much in the 3rd Quarter!

But finally!  In the 4th, our brilliant (read sarcastically) coach FINALLY put in our back-up (read: should be starting) quarterback and we scored a few times.  Of course our coach waited until we were too far down to catch up to make the change in QB, but at least we scored a few more times.  Here is "Sticks" (#1)  in action...

Us leaving the game (2 sad, 1 happy)

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from me and this cute little bee!



Saturday, October 30, 2010

Here's the deal...

Here's the deal...

I'm burning the candle at both ends this week.  Today alone, I had teach 2 classes, go to court, finish cleaning my house because my grandmother is coming tomorrow morning (or today actually) to house/dogsit, and also do some CLE (continuing legal education) because I had to get hours in by Sunday or bad, bad things would happen. 

I got so busy doing all of those things, that I forgot to pack my bags  I'm leaving before sunrise tomorrow to head down to College Station to hopefully see The Red Raiders pull out a victory against the Aggies. 

It's after 12:30 a.m. and I should be packing, but instead I've wasted time eating a Red Velvet Cupcake from Sprinkles that my uncle's family gave me for Halloween, downloading pics from tonight, playing with a white dog and a pink elephant, and now blogging.

But people, I've had fun tonight.  Tonight's show was the best of the 3 Ryan Star shows I've seen.  Here's one of the 100+ photos that were taken tonight.

I'm sure I'll post a gazillion more later, when my bed isn't beckoning me.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Weener, Weener Punkin' Eater

Weener, weener punkin' eater...

The winner of my giveaway is.........Debbie!  Yea Debbie. 

sorry debbie~  I was a little slow this week in getting the gift code for your $45, so as soon as I get it, I'll e-mail it on to you.

Thanks for entering everyone!  Sorry if you didn't win.  I'm hearing smack from some friends who haven't won yet.  As I say though, you've got heck of a lot better odds of winning here than on Pioneer Woman's site :)  I have a "gift" that I'm going to be giving to everyone next week, so stay tuned y'all!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Treats

I'm off to Canton Trade Days today.  Oh by the way, I won free parking passes for Canton!  I didn't even enter!  I mean, I've entered in the past, but not this month and I won anyway.  That's on the heels of winning my Ryan Star tickets.  Don't think I didn't venture out and buy a couple of Lotto tickets today! 

Anyway, I've got Christmas on the brain since this is my "Christmas Trip" to Canton.  I've virtually moved on from Halloween, but I realized that I needed to stop and show you the treats that I prepared for some special trick-or-treaters.
 
You see, I've got friends, and then I've got a passel of little friends.  All my little friends actually came from my friends, but I guess that is the way it works...or well, let's face it, it would just be plain weird.  My little friends seem to multiply from Halloween to Halloween, but nonetheless, they still all get treats.

These are some of the treats that I prepared for them all this Halloween...

There were Halloween Books...

And cute little frankenstein, kitty cat or pumpkin treat bags filled with candy, fruit chews, crayolas and play-doh... 
which Lola had to put her stamp of approval on of course!

No Tricks here, only Treats!


Don't forget, today is the last day to enter my giveaway, so don't miss out!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall Gardening

There is gardening, and then there is gardening in Texas which is a whole other ball of wax.  When gardening in Texas, you are going to get a short sliver of time in the spring when the weather is nice and your plants will flourish.  Then it gets H-O-T!  Hot as you know where.  So hot that when kids vandalize your house, the eggs will start to bake on your driveway when you don't get a second to clean it off until 10 a.m. when you get done at the courthouse. 

When it is that darn hot, your plants start to look like you are trying to grow them in the oven.  And really, you can't blame them.  Then in September and October, the temperatures go down a bit and it is in the upper 70's on a cool day and can reach lower 90's on warmer days, and your plants start to show some semblance of life again.

Remember those Perilla Magillas that I planted back toward the end of July when my butterfly impatients gave up all will to live?  They've gone CRAZY!


I planted some mums a few weeks ago (I'm down on mums by the way...they don't last long enough for my liking).  When I planted the mums, I dug up some impatients that were still kind of hanging on and I decided to transplant them to a pot in the backyard where some petunias had given it up and died.  These babies are lovin' the weather and have a new lease on life!
Yesterday, I ventured up to my neigborhood nursery and purchased some Violas. 
Violas are one of my favorite flowers. 
They are so delicate looking, but are actually easy to grow.  I'm not sure whether I have places to plant them where they will get enough sun, but I've taken a chance in a couple of planters out back.
My gardening chores were even more enjoyable because I got to use this new Liberty of London watering can that I got for my birthday!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Change in Plans

I was in the process of writing a blog post about my Fall gardening, but while in the middle of typing, I saw an e-mail pop up in my inbox that changed my blogging plans for the day.

Let me back-up...

Remember last week when I was contemplating whether to go see my guy, Ryan Star in concert on Friday night?  And remember that I was up in the air because I wasn't sure what time the football game was going to be scheduled for on Saturday?  Well, our game got set at 2:30, so I won't have to leave my house until 7:30 on Saturday morning.  Based on that, I decided that I didn't want to miss Ryan when he was 30 minutes from my house, so I would undertake my kamikaze plans of staying up late for the show and getting up early to travel to the game.  Even better, my friend Abby's sister, Emily volunteered to go with me (isn't she the best?).

I hadn't ordered our tickets yet because there wasn't really a rush, and well, let's be honest, I was waiting on payday.  This afternoon, I see a tweet from Ryan that was retweeting a message from Atlantic Records saying you could win free tickets for Ryan Star shows in Texas.  I went to his site and all you had to do to enter to win was e-mail the address given and in the subject line, include whether you were entering to win tickets to Houston, Dallas or San Antonio.

So I entered and yes, you may have guessed where this was going, I won tickets!  I never win anything, so it was awesome to win something that I was going to spend money on whether I won or not!  The message says that "I am on Ryan's guest list + 1".  Awesome!


And speaking of winning, don't forget to enter my giveaway for your chance to win a $45 credit to CSN stores.

Stay tuned for Fall Gardening tomorrow...unless I win the lottery!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Giveaway

Because it's Monday... Because I've received more than my fair share of gifts this weekend...  I am hosting another giveaway thanks to CSN!  I'm giving away another $45 gift code.  It's your choice whether you buy kitchen bar stools, pet gear, or shoes like my last giveaway winner.

Here are the rules: To enter, simply comment and tell me what is on your Christmas wish list.

Enter by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, October 28th.  Winners will be announced on Friday.  Entries will be assigned the number according to the order of their comment.  The winning number will be selected by Random.Org

Good Luck!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

B-day Activities

Yesterday afternoon Jennifer and I didn't do a lick of work in honor of my birthday.  Instead, we headed 15 miles north to the little town of Van Alstyn.  First we went to a Bed & Breakfast, called the Durning House, for lunch at their tea room.  It didn't quite meet my expectations, but it was good enough.  We got the sampler platter which included their two specials of the day (Chicken Divan and Pasta salad) along with spinach salad.


The part about our stop at the Durning House that caused me the most excitement was seeing these leaves because they are the first real fall leaves I've seen.
After lunch, we located the real reason for our journey to Van Alstyn, Summit Mercantile.



It's an awesome antique store.  A true antique store like you see the designers visit on HGTV's "Sarah's House" or other shows, not a "let's rent out booths and people can fill it with their garage sale crap" like you tend to see around here.  They have wonderful stuff, but it's not cheap.  My favorites were two work surfaces that would make awesome kitchen islands...one on casters, one with a slate top.  I also liked two hutches that came from old farm houses (one in upstate NY and the other from Ohio).  I should have busted out the Nikon inside the store, but I didn't.  I'll do better next time...I'm going back in November for an antique jewelry trunk sale they told me about (pieces beginning at $25!).

I LOVE that they give a number for emergencies...it makes my mind start wondering and imagining all the different scenarios where one would have a "need antiques now" emergency!

After that we went to a little store next door.  They didn't have a ton of great stuff, but I did get this little vintage Halloween box with orange glitter...
We headed back to McKinney and went to our downtown area where we discovered two stores that are fun.
Diggin It is full of unique stuff for your house or garden.  I got a few rocks there, but I can only show you one, as the others are gifts for people who may read this post...
My favorite part of the store is this little guy... Brody...
He's a one year old Goldendoodle and I wish he was mine!

Then we found Patina Green, which is a farmers market, gourmet lunch spot and antique store all in one.



I purchased this jalapeno cheddar bread, which is divine.
I'm actually watching the clock right now as I blog and counting down the minutes until I can legitimately eat supper because I'm having a sandwich made with this!

Oh, and Lisa, Jennifer and I are going back on Monday for lunch!

For dinner we met Lisa at Patrizio's.  It was okay, but they got my yellow-fin tuna way, way too done.  After that I came home, opened presents and watched the Rangers clinch their spot in The World Series!  Yea!

It was a fun day!

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's A Birthday Party!

Since today is the day that I'm turning 34 (ugh!), I've decided that I'm throwing a birthday party.  Put down your keys...I'm not talking about a real live, you show up to my door birthday party, but a blog birthday party.

I really think that my favorite aspect to any party is actually the planning, so this blog party thing is really the perfect situation for me.  You see, I get to pick out invitations, cakes, etc., but I don't have to (1) pay for it, (2) clean my house for company, (3) do party food prep, or (4) clean up all the mess after the party.

So Welcome to my imaginary birthday party...

You would be receiving one of these two invitations (with the appropriate message of course)

or
It's a given that I will be serving cupcakes to go along with the Peace, Love, Cupcakes theme, but I think I'd also like to have a big cake.

It would look something like this...
But it will need a little tweaking.  I'm not a one-brand gal anymore, so the products will need to also include some Armani, Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier, Nars, Le Metier, Urban Decay, Lorac and Chanel to be technically accurate!

Thanks for coming to my blog birthday party!

Put a hold on the guys with the butterfly net...I haven't completely flipped my lid!  In all seriousness, I actually think that I have a delightful day planned, except the part where I have to get up way too early and leave my house at 6:30 a.m. to go teach two classes.  It's made even better because Jennifer is going to court to deal with one of our biggest pain-in-the-you-know-what clients and not making me come along as part of my birthday present!  I'll report more about my birthday activities tomorrow.

 

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