Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's all about the dress...

I mean I guess it's really all about getting married, but come on, you always anticipate the dress right?  Well holy moly folks!  Today a big secret was released to the press.  No, we still don't know which dress or tiara Kate will be wearing, but we heard for the first time that Princess Diana had a back-up dress!  Here are some of the pictures and sketches...

Real dress on Left~ Back-up on the Right
Here are the sketches of the back-up dress

And you know what?  I like the back-up dress better than the one she wore!  I know, I know.  I'm going to get blasted for saying that, but I'll just confess it right now... My name is Kara and I've never thought Princess Diana's dress was all that and a bag of chips.  Nope.  Not my favorite Royal Wedding Dress by any stretch of the imagination.  What is my favorite?  Probably the one that Sarah Ferguson wore when she married Andrew...
It had beautiful beading and stitching throughout.  Also on the train it had an "A" embroidered for Andrew (see it there just on the fold over the bottom step).  I also loved that she wore a wreath of flowers into Westminster Abbey and then after the vows it was switched to a tiara to signify her entering the Abbey as a commoner and leaving as HRH The Duchess of York.

I also quite liked Sophie's dress that she wore when she married Edward and became the Countess of Wessex.  It of course was a bit more modern and understated, but I love the wispy long veil...

Here's a look at some other Royal dresses...

The Queen's Dress...

Princess Margaret's...

Princess Anne, The Princess Royal's dress...
and Camilla's two dresses...
Marrying Charles in the Civil Ceremony at Windsor Town Hall


The Marriage Blessing in the Chapel of St. George at Windsor Castle

So now the question is what will Kate wear?  She doesn't even want the designer to be leaked before the big day.  Less than a month and counting!

Sadly, I didn't have to look up any of these facts before writing them.  I'm an aglophile through and through!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's an epidemic!

I have noticed a very disturbing trend in marketing.  This trend is everywhere!  It's on television.  It's in almost every magazine I've picked up recently.  Maybe you've noticed it too, though it might not have hit you over the head like it has me.  In fact every single time I've run across this trend, I've almost hyperventilate, so as you can imagine, that tends to make one take notice.

What the heck am I talking about? 

Frogs.  They are my largest phobia in life and the darn things are turning up everywhere!  Why are they the go to critter for marketing these days?  And don't even get me started on the one that Jack Hannah pulled out on Letterman last night.  Horrid creature was as big as Lola, I swear!  It almost caused me to have a heart attack right there in bed, and I only saw it for 3 seconds before I changed the channel in a shear panic.  People ought to get a warning before something like that!

I've always had this phobia.  It goes as far back as my memory.  My parents were not very accommodating of my phobia because they thought it was stupid for me to be so scared of frogs...if I had a nickle for how many times I heard "They aren't going to bite you!".  But afraid I am, and I don't think saying I'm afraid does it justice. 

I've had a few friends that have, over the years, gotten to experience my phobia in full force:

In college, my apartment was by a creek.  Creek = Frogs.  Bad planning on my part.  At night, after going out, or the semester when I took astronomy and had night labs, my friend Brian drove to my apartment to walk me from my parking space to my apartment.  He would walk in front and get all those critters off the sidewalk so that I could run into my apartment.  Otherwise, I probably would have slept in my car.

Once at the zoo in New Orleans, we were walking through the Native Louisiana portion.  I heard a bull frog croak and I shot out of there like a rocket.  I ran as fast and as far as I could out of that exhibit.  I bet it took Lisa and Jennifer over 5 minutes to catch up with me and they hadn't a clue what had sent me running.  Lisa is still impressed by how quickly I moved.

Another time, I was sitting in Lisa's office (back when we all worked at for the DA) and I was flipping through the Drug Bible looking something up.  Well low and behold there was a darn frog in the drug bible!  I slammed the thing shut, started to hyperventilate and had tears streaming down my face.  Again, Lisa thought I'd lost my marbles until I could get it together and explain it to her.  And that was just a picture, not even the real thing!

So you see, this isn't just a annoyance, there is a great danger to my health and sanity having these images popping up all over the place!

**Yes, typing this and mentioning "the critter" has caused my heart rate to speed up**

Sunday, March 27, 2011

More Painting

Friday I went to Nocona to do some painting.  I drove up after I was done with court.  On the way, I drive through my grandparents little town.  Big news!  They got a traffic light...their first.  So metropolitan! 

Once I got there, Mom spent some time showing me all the bathroom supplies that have come in since I was last there.  Then we discussed a rearrangement of the utility room/tanning room/exercise room to make room for an elliptical machine my dad is getting.  Then much to my Dad and his friend's chagrin, we put our plan into action and they had to move the tanning bed.  It all looks much better and is more functional.

Then the paining was on.  And I painted, and painted and painted.  I think that the new color looks great on the walls.  We also painted their entertainment cabinet and another cabinet to match the kitchen cabinets and I antiqued them the same way.

Mom had already started moving some things when I took the before photos, and the trim/doors haven't been painted yet, but here are the before and after photos:

Before~Entry & looking down the hall
(which due to upcoming construction, was not painted in this trip)
Before~ Dining Room
Before~ Living Room
That shelving cabinet had been white, but already had coat of the new paint on it-you can see here how the  kitchen cabinets that were this color now blended into the wall color
Before the after photos, you can see that these two hounds were just tuckered out~like they had done all the painting!
~Disclosure:  The new wall color didn't photograph well, but hopefully I picked the photos that were the closest representation~

After~ Entry
After~Dining Room
After~Living Room with the Redone Entertainment Unit

I had hoped to come home on Saturday night, but since I didn't finish until about 10:00 p.m., that didn't happen.  I did get to go across the river to The Peach Orchard for lunch (tarter sauce!) on Saturday though.

Sunday, Mom and I looked at paint samples until we were cross-eyed, but finally picked out the paint for their bedroom, both bathrooms and all the trim in the house.  Then I went to visit my grandfather at the nursing home.  I had planned to see all my grandparents, but my Meme was in Albuquerque, and my other grandparents weren't at home either time I went through their town.

On my way back home, I made a couple of stops in a little German town that I drive through.  I stopped a grocery that has a meat market and got some summer sausage, cheese and some meat.  Then I stopped at a convenience store/German Bakery for some Bratwurst on a bun and a yummy blueberry pastry treat.

When I got home, it was gloomy, misty and perfect nap weather, so I had no choice but to go with it and pass out on the couch with Lola for a nap!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


This has just been the most boring week in history!  Nothing interesting to blog about at all!  I'm currently in my class blogging (teacher of the year award here!).  I'm showing a documentary on the Obama campaign.  It's the 3rd time I've seen it this week, and about the 15th time I've seen it in total, so that helps explain my lack of attentiveness.

Tomorrow I'm going to Nocona to help my Mom paint.  You may recall that at the end December/early January, I went and re-did her kitchen cabinets.  That project turned out great, but it created the project I'm going to do this weekend.  You see, her walls in the living/dining/kitchen were a really pretty light creamy yellow, but after we did the cabinets in an oatmeal color, the wall color just blended right in.  So, I'm going to help my Mom paint her living/dining/and kitchen this weekend. 

Their house is undergoing what I'm going to call an "Extreme Home Makeover" because when all is said and done, I don't think that one room will remain untouched.  Sometime within the next month, both bathrooms are being completely gutted and re-done.  Their bedroom will be getting a new coat of paint as part of the remodel also because doors are being walled in and moved due to the changes in the bathrooms.  Then all the other bedrooms are getting new doors to match the remodeled doors.  And I think I heard my Mom mention painting the utility room as well...I guess because everything else is getting freshly re-done.  Whew!  That's lots of painting going on!  So I'm going in to visit the grandparents (except for Meme who is on a little trip), eat at the Peach Orchard (I hope) and do a little painting. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Royal Wedding Supplies

I told you last week that I'm having such a hard time finding British party supplies for the Royal Watch Party I'm hosting.  Looking for napkins and plates...nada.  However, if I'd like a commemorative refrigerator, well that my friends, is available...

Now, I consider myself to be a little over the top.  I am hosting a watch party after all (though I'm suspecting scant attendance).  I'd even quite fancy a commemorative tea towel or piece of China marking the special day, but a refrigerator...come on!

I have actual located a US store online that is selling party supplies for the occasion... Plum Party

They have some of the adorable stuff that the Middleton's are selling on their website Party Pieces (but of course I wasn't going to pay to ship it overseas!)

Paper Plates that look like fancy Royal china

Really Official Napkins

Bunting (love the Corgis)

Cupcake Decorations

and special tea bags!

Wills & Kate

or you can include the whole family

I'll have to decide what to order.  I think it is all so cute!  Thank goodness for Plum Party...they rock!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Copy-Cat Recipe

You may recall that I've mentioned my love for Red, Hot & Blue's Potato Salad a time or twenty!  My friend Jennifer located a copy-cat recipe online last weekend and e-mailed it to me.  Of course I had to make it immediately!

It has a shockingly small amount of ingredients to be so good!  I'll post the recipe I copied below, but I'll just let you know that I didn't really measure anything when making mine...

First, I steamed some Red Potatoes
While those were steaming, I boiled some eggs.  Then I chopped up those eggs and some green onions.
Once the potatoes were ready, I chopped them up into chunks.  Then I mixed in the mayonnaise, stirred in the onions, eggs and celery seed.
Thankfully, Red, Hot & Blue Potato Salad is served room temperature, so I didn't have to wait for it to chill! 

I served it up with some Fried Chicken (cold by the cold fried chicken!) and dug in!  Yum-O!

Here's the Recipe I copied with my notes to the side:

2- 2 1/2 lbs. boiled red-skinned potatoes, skin on (this is where I jumped the tracks...First, I forgot to weigh the potatoes, so I hadn't a clue how many I was cooking up, but I used 7 good sized red potatoes, and I steamed them instead.  I think steaming made them less mushy than boiling would have)

6 eggs- (No way do you need 6 eggs unless you'd rather have egg salad with potatoes instead of potato salad with eggs.  I used 3 eggs~whites of all three, only the yolk of two)

1 bunch of diced green onions- only the green parts (I believe that RH&B uses some of the actual onion too, so I used two actual onions and then an additional amount of green tops)

generous 1/2 cup real mayonnaise (I used low-fat mayonnaise 'cause that was all I had.  Real Mayonnaise would probably be better.  I didn't measure at all, I just plopped it on until it looked right, but it was probably a "generous 1/2 cup", whatever in the heck that means)

3/4 tsp. celery seed (I did measure this, because you really don't want too much celery seed)

In my opinion, it also needs some salt and pepper, but I just added salt and pepper to taste on my individual serving.  As I mentioned, serve at room temperature and Enjoy!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday's Thoughts

Nothing much going on here, so just some thoughts:

(1) I'm on Spring Break!  Yes, I have been on "school spring break" all week, so I haven't had classes, but I took Thursday and Friday off this week.  I have done an astonishing amount of nothing today!  It's been so nice.

(2) Ryan Star is opening for Bon Jovi tonight in San Antonio and I feel sad that I'm not there :-(

(3) Whenever I am watching an entertainment show, reading an entertainment website, or reading a magazine and I don't recognize a particular celebrity, I just assume they are on Glee.  'Cause you know, I'm the only person in America who doesn't watch Glee.

(4) I'm planning a Royal Wedding watch party.  It's likely to begin around 4 a.m., so that presents a few challenges.  There is an ridiculous lack of British theme party supplies available in this country!  I called my go-to party supply store down in Dallas and they came up with a few things like flags, picks, etc., but the best they came up with for napkins was "I am Queen, Get Used to It" napkins.  The chick on the phone tried to convince me they'd be "SO CUTE".  Ugh!  Puuu-leez!  Not at my royal wedding watch party!  I'm thinking I may need to make a trip over to the British Emporium and see what they've got.  Anyone interested in attending my watch party? 

(5) Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I'm totally not wearing any green and didn't even put Lola's St. Patty's Day collar on, but I do have my little garden flags out and my shamrock door welcome sign.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tulip Overload

This morning I went to the arboretum with Lisa and Jennifer.  It wasn't the best of days to go.  It was a little overcast part of the time and the temperature was in the 40's.  However, it was when we had scheduled the time to go, and it certainly wasn't crowded. 

Everything looked lovely.  I didn't think it was as great as last year, but maybe that was just the weather.

A new tulip was there this year...

These pink tulips were huge!  Seriously, each tulip was as large as your hand, or at least my hand, which is a really big hand!

Ranunculus are one of my favorite two flowers and they were in pots everywhere!


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