Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Florida Vacation

I went to Florida last week with my friend Abby & her family.  We had such fun at the beach!

Our view from the condo
(iphone pic)

As soon as we got there on Sunday, we were ready to head to the beach...

After staying at the beach until sunset on Sunday, we went to dinner and then to the local Walmart.  We were at Walmart from 9-11 p.m. and it was as crowded as the day before Thanksgiving.  Nutso!  Everything was just about sold out...

 Monday, we enjoyed another great beach day and then went out to Baytowne Wharf .

We had dinner at Acme Oyster, one of my favorite New Orleans restaurants, which happens to also have a Florida location...
Abby & her mom waiting on dinner...
Crawfish & Shrimp Po-boy...
Red Beans & Rice...
Tuesday morning we woke up to Rain.  Normally not what you want to see on a beach vacation, but since it's been so long since we've seen any precipitation in Texas, we were not too sad.  Abby, her mom and I hit up the outlet mall, which was conveniently across the street from our condo!

Then we went to pick up Brian and the little people for dinner at Fudpuckers...
Feeding the Gators...
They let you write your name on any surface at that place, and I believe that I've never seen a family who loves to graffiti more than this crew!

Wednesday began with some rain, but it cleared off before long and we headed to the beach.

We all discussed how much fun we had digging in the sand, but it was this guy's favorite thing to do.
I left my "beach camera" battery at home, so I only took iphone pics at the beach. 

We also walked along the beach and picked up seashells.

Abby's mom kept the kids on Wednesday night, so we headed back out to the Wharf and hit up Acme again  (yes, it's just that good!)
Sadly, since I'm still solo at the firm, I had to head back on Thursday morning.

It was such a fun trip!  I finally picked up a bit of a tan, and had fun hanging out with friends.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A prOject on the horizon

There is a prOject on the horizon (see, I typed that out so that you would say prOject in your head just as if Sarah Richardson herself was saying it with her Toronto-Canadian accent instead of my American accent).

The prOject will take place in my master bedroom and bath.  The bedroom is NOT in for a major overhaul, thank the Lord.  I'm still happy with all that I did back a year and a half ago, but there have been a couple of things that I thought needed a tweak and so I brought in an interior decorator to tell me whether or not some of my ideas were crazy or a must-do prOject. 

The bathroom, well, that's another story.  It's in for as big an overhaul as I can tackle on my own.  I'd still love to tear out the shower and start over, but that's not in my budget right now.

I'm sharing some before pics of both rooms. 

Can you figure out from the angle of the photos, what's in store for the bedroom?

(ignore the's part of the ugly truth that is summer in Texas)

Kathleen, the decorator, suggested switching this mirror from horizontal to vertical, which was exactly the answer.  Of course, it is just sitting there right now, but it will be hung up eventually.  We are both on the look out for some sconces to go on each side.  This picture that I took down is getting a new home in the bathroom...
These aren't true before photos.
As you might spy, there are some paint swatches painted up on the wall...
and you might catch a glimpse of my recent "mirror prOject"...
Anyone want to come for a painting party?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

a Mio update

So I went all crazy and decided that I needed to try more flavors of Mio.  I Love with a capital L, the fruit punch flavor, so I decided to invest in some other flavors and purchased the Peach Tea and the Sweet Tea (they were out of  all the other flavors that day).  I have to say I'm not loving them.  I may need to experiment more with proportions, but here are my reviews as of now:

Peach Tea:  Doesn't taste like peach tea.  I couldn't put my finger exactly on what it tasted like at first, though I knew it tasted exactly like something else I've had before.  Then it hit me.  It tastes exactly like a Peach Jolly Rancher.  I like peach jolly ranchers, a lot, but I don't think I want to drink a peach jolly rancher.  Kapish?

Sweet Tea:  Doesn't taste like sweet tea.  Haven't put my finger on exactly what it does tastes like.

I want to try the Berry Pomegranate, but now I'm a little gun-shy?  Anyone out there tried that one yet?

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Heatwave & my garden

It's been  quite the summer... HOT & DRY.  It is so depressing to watch the weather portion of the news this time of year in Texas.  The only thing to watch for is to find out how much over 100' the temps will be.

I tried to plant things this spring that I thought could take the Texas heat, but I had no idea they would be put to this kind of test.  Surprisingly, they are holding up pretty well.  Of course, my water bill is quite high too!

I know most of you could care less about this, but I'm blogging these pictures for my own benefit.  This way, I can look back next year and see what did well, when it comes time to plant again.

I love that it seems the hotter it gets, the better the Hibiscus do!
Of course, they need full sun, which is why I cannot plant them most places in my garden.
I love that they are a little bit of tropical in my world everyday!
I think I've found what works best in this large planter...coleus, perilla magilla & sweet potato vines
The gerber daisies are still hanging in there too...
Geraniums, even maverick geraniums, just can't seem to hang this time of year.
But Angelonia has been my surprise hit of the year (thanks for the tip Mom).
I've also had good luck with the wave petunias, and of course, you can't keep the sweet potato vines down.
In front, I've had luck with SP vines, and the coleus are doing so-so.  But the perilla magillas are yet again super stars.
I'm happy to have found a place or two where Dragon Wing Begonias are happy...
I love their exotic looking blooms...
But I need to remember that I'm not near as fond of the Angel Wing Begonias.

Hope you, your pets, and your plants are holding up in this heat (and that seems to cover just about everywhere right now, except the west coast)!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Random Post

Lots of Random thoughts today...

(1) It seems the majority of the country is now under the same heat wave we've been under for a while now.  I can't decide if I'm happy that so many people are now as miserable as I am, or if I'm peeved that I cannot complain about it now because everyone else is dealing with the same thing.

(2) I'm still obsessed with Will & Kate.  You didn't think it would end with my party did you?  I saw this item in Target this past weekend. 

Only $5.99!  I didn't get it, but I kinda wanted to.  I may have to request this for my birthday or Christmas.

I love that W&K do such normal things.  Did you hear that they went on a date night this weekend and he let her pick the movie, so they saw Bridesmaids.  I also heard that when they were in Hollywood they told some people that they loved the series Downton Abbey and couldn't wait for it to return to tv.  I love that they sit at home after he's had a day of flying helicopters watching the telly.  Which leads me to my next random item...

(3) Downton Abbey. 

I bought the series on my Apple TV this past weekend and could not stop watching it.  It's so good.  If you are in to these sort of shows, of course.  I realize that it is certainly not everyone's cup of tea, if you will.  I have two episodes left to watch and I'm trying to hold off because...

(4) I think I might want to watch them on the plane on my upcoming trip.  Yes, apparently I have become one of those people who have to watch something while on the plane!  Ugh!  When did this happen?  I mean, I am a reader y'all.  I think that I like that the time passes more quickly and people don't try to talk to you if you are watching a show on your phone ('cause you know I'm not fancy enough to have an ipad).  I really don't like it when people go to buggin' you on the plane...or anywhere for that matter.

(5) I hate little planes.  I'm going to have to fly on an American Eagle plane on the aforementioned upcoming trip.  Yuck.

(6) All of my Nordstrom purchases have come in and everything fits and is as it should be.  The brown pants really do have black patches just like I had hoped.  The Barefoot Dreams wrap is nice and loose and comfy, so I cannot imagine that I would have wanted a smaller size.

(7) Remember this shirt I bought?

Well it wasn't part of the sale.  I really liked it and I often have trouble buying tops that fit, so I decided to suck it up and pay full price.  Well today, I happened to be online and noticed that this shirt was now on sale.  So I made a little trip over to Nordstrom and got a price adjustment and got $30 back! 

(8) Happy Thursday!  The work week is almost over!


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