Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mishmash Post

I've been missing again.   It's been unintentional.  Last time I blogged, it was Lola's birthday.  I never got her to fully cooperate with the birthday flag photo on Friday...


Our day didn't go quite as planned.  My granddad got very sick and I rushed to Nocona to be with my grandmother at the hospital for a few hours.  Then I came back late on Friday night because I had a busy weekend planned.

My friend Abby came to town on Saturday.  I picked her up at the airport at 10, and then we started the fun...

We shopped
We ate
We looked at an awesome new house my uncle just bought
We had a "party" for Lola's birthday
We went to the House of Blues to see Ryan Star

One place we shopped was Swoozies.  I was thrilled to finally find a cute shell for my ipad.  It's been dang near impossible to find one for the ipad 2, so since the ipad 3 is about to come out, it makes sense that there is now a case for the 2, right?  Anyway, I couldn't be happier with my Lilly shell...


Lola finally got to open her birthday presents...

New bones are always a hit...
This piglet was a huge hit as well...

We have got the concert at the House of Blues process down folks.  We used the things we learned at the HoB in Houston a couple of years ago and parlayed that into a seamless evening.  We rolled in, valet parked (it was raining & cold), ate dinner there (surprisingly very good), got escorted through the crowd and line with a giant bouncer yelling, "make way, create a big hole, coming through", and got to completely skip the line and go right in so we could get a spot up front.  I'll spare you 75 photos, but here are a few...
There was a non-shadowy photo, but I liked this one better, so ignore the shadow please...

Oh, and I wanted to also tell you about the exciting freebie I managed to pick up.  Due to the upcoming move, my uncle and his wife are doing a major clean-out of their house.  His wife noted that she wasn't using her desktop anymore since she got a new laptop and that she was going to give it to the cleaning lady.  Luckily, my uncle and I had just had a conversation about my sad computers, so he called dibs for me!  Meet my new Mac...

I haven't used a Mac since 1998, so I'm having to re-learn it all again, but this is the very first blog post on the "new" machine!

Since this is a mishmash of the last week, I'll include the fact that it hit 80 degrees this week.  Everything thinks its spring and the snap dragons that I've had in a pot since October are loving life...

Finally, today is Oscars day.  I'm excited, but I'm afraid "The Artist" is going to take a lot of awards.  I'm kind of bummed about that.  It may be very good.  I haven't seen it, so I don't know.  But I have the belief that it's just a gimmick.  George Clooney deserves an Oscar, a gimmick movie does not.  But it will be a great night of fashion and I couldn't be happier that Billy Crystal is back!

Friday, February 17, 2012

{Seven}

Today my little love, Lola, turns seven!

Where has the time gone?

This is baby Lola...all 3 lbs. of her!
She was all ears and feet
To Celebrate Seven here are seven things I love about Lola:

(1) Her itty bitty tail wags so hard, her whole butt wags too.
(2) She talks (it's different than her bark).
(3) Her day isn't made until she has snuggled on my bed before she goes to sleep in her kennel.
(4) She loves her toys and plays with ALL of them.
(5) When she is sleeping, she smells like corn chips.
(6) Her pretty brown eyes and long white eyelashes.
(7) How happy she is to see me when I get home, even if I've only gone to take the trash out!


Of course there are a million other things I love about my pup!

Happy 7th Birthday Lola!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Fail and Grammys wrap-up

I'm a complete Valentine's Day failure this year.  I did not even decorate.  Let me repeat.  I DID NOT EVEN DECORATE!  All I did was put out a garden flag and the wreath I made for the front door.  Oh well, I can only hope to do better for Easter!

Now, for a Grammy's wrap-up.  I thought the show was pretty good...  I enjoyed the kick-off with The  Boss.  The Beach Boys reunion was fun, along with Maroon 5 and Foster the People.  I thought Bruno Mars was super cute.  I loved the Glenn Campbell tribute.  It was great to see Adele's voice is back.  The Foo Fighters rocked it. 

I thought the show kind of started to go off the rails toward the end, but was happy that they pulled it back together with the jam session on stage with Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, The Boss, et al.

I was happy that my two favorite albums from 2011 did so well... Adele's "21" and Foo Fighter's "Wasting Light".  Foo won everything they were up for, except the one where they were competeing with Adele.  They were funny on the red carpet and said they pretty much knew they weren't winning that one because they were up against "Adele and one of the greatest albums ever".  I was a little sad for them though.  They recorded Wasting Light in Dave's garage totally old school.  Not digital.  On tape.  That means, no correction abilities.  Love them!



Anyway, Adele looked so pretty and racked up the awards...



Did y'all watch?  What was your favorite moment of the night?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Inspirational words...

This is a girl only post. Not that any guys are reading, but if any are, I can assure you that your interest in this is about to go to negative 50...


Last time I bought tampons, they had changed the box.  This tells me that a man is surely running the marketing scheme, because every female knows that it is totally un-cool for the box to change.  We know just how irritating it is when you are used to seeing the box look one way, but now it looks another way, so you are forced to stand in the dang "personal care" aisle for 5 minutes trying to figure out just which box it is that you now need.  So after my 5 minutes of looking, I got what I thought I needed, but it turns out I bought the "sporty" ones instead of the regular ones.

I don't think that the sporty ones have any difference other than packaging.  I kind of like the packaging better, because they don't come undone in your purse and they aren't so loud.  But the funniest thing is that they have inspirational messages on the individual packages.  I am so not even kidding about this.  Here are some of the nuggets of tampon wisdom:

"Live out your dreams!"
"All you can do is your best"
"Stop stressing...start focusing"
"Stay flexible"
"Give it your best shot"
"You've got the moves"
"Go for it!"
"Win or lose, play fair"

So, in a sense, they are kind of like fortune cookies.  But then I had an idea.  Here's the background for the idea...  Have you seen the Ryan Gosling, "Hey Girl" things?  Here are some examples...



I couldn't locate one of my favorites, which was "Hey girl.  I'm really sorry only 12 people entered your blog giveaway".  Ha! 

Anyway, back to my idea.  These tampon companies should follow this line of thinking and instead of telling me to "follow my dreams" and "play fair", they should have cute boys & "hey girl's" on the packages...

Some that came to me off the top of my head...

"Hey girl, let me get you some ibuprofen"
"Hey girl.  Bloated?  No, you definitely never looked more beautiful"
"Hey girl, do you want me to get you some chocolate"

Much better than the sporty inspirations, right? 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lola's Favorite...

As we watched the Super Bowl on Sunday night, Lola found a commercial she liked.  I tweeted about it and I'm sure everyone thought I was nutso.  Since Sunday, whenever that same commercial comes on, she watches it.  I caught her on video tonight...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Fashion and Food in Phone Pics

Friday was kind of a bust at Canton. Apparently early February is not the month to go. There were lots of sales, but not a ton of new merchandise. On Sunday, I met my friends Suzanna for breakfast at Northpark. She was in town from Midland, so I got to see her and her little boy. After breakfast we walked down to see the turtles and ducks. We passed by Louis and I loved their display so much I had to take a couple of pictures with my phone...


Can you think of anything more heavenly than a cupcake topped with a Louis?  I cannot.



Then I met up with Lisa and we headed to the Dallas Museum of Art. We had been wanting to see the John Paul Gaultier exhibit. It has been there since November and only runs another couple of weeks. We were unprepared for how crowded it was! Apparently everyone is dashing to the DMA to see it before it leaves. They didn't allow cameras in the exhibit. Here is a phone pic I took as we were waiting our turn to go inside...



I lifted some photos from D magazine to show you more examples of the exhibit...

One thing to note, the mannequins were animated...

At first, they freaked me the heck out, but then I was almost more focused on the mannequins than I was the clothing.  They were like a weird modern art installation.  Some were even speaking.

Some of the stuff was just plain outlandish. 

It was amazing to see how many hours each and every couture piece took to create.
It's hard to see but that camo dress below (first dress on the far left of the frame) took over 1000 hours to construct.  It was also interesting to see how delicate the items were.  After probably only one wear, you could see the wear and tear.  Interestingly enough, even the pret-a-porter garments looked very fragile.



 
After we left the exhibit, we went and grabbed lunch at The Angry Dog and then I headed home.  For dinner and my own private super bowl party I made chicken tacos from a Pinterest recipe...
 



They were yummy. Of course I think that the yumminess was enhanced by this giant bowl of pico I whipped up (as well as the fresh guacamole that I made)!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

No repeats please

Today is Groundhog Day, and I pray that it will not be like the movie and repeat itself.  Not that it was particularly bad.  Nothing horrible happened, but it was just one of those busy days where everyone seemed like they were placed on this early to annoy you.

This morning started out with the following plan:

(1) Jennifer and I had a "firm client" that was set at 8:30.  He has been a continual pain for months and we were happy to be resolving of his case.  I had spoken on the phone with him yesterday (twice) to give him directions for today.  Not to mention the fact that he has been in trouble before, so this wasn't his first rodeo. Plan was to jointly discuss everything with him and then Jennifer would handle the plea, while I went to deal with...

(2) I had a client that was set for an arraignment because we are set for a Jury Trial on Monday.  Basically, this entails the judge calling us up, asking if we are ready for trial, and then telling us what day to be back next week for our trial (or passing us to a new setting if we are not going to be reached).  I had talked with the court coordinator yesterday and learned that we were #2 on the line-up, so we would likely be going next week.

(3) Once I was done at that courthouse, I was going to go to the other courthouse to pass a case that is set on tomorrow's docket early, because Lisa and I are Canton Trade Days bound tomorrow.


Here's how it really played out...

At 8:29 a.m., I get a call from the pain in the rear client wanting to know what he was suppose to do because he was out in the hall in front of the court.  "Have a seat and have 3 seconds of patience because I'm walking down the hall as we speak!", was my response.  Not a great start.

We go over everything and I leave Jennifer with him and go to the other court for my arraignment.  Judge calls my case, but my client is not there yet.  I go call my client who says he's 30 minutes out.  At that moment I get a text from Jennifer, that the daycare called and baby Harper is sick (RSV & ear infection it turns out).  I go down, send her on her way to the doctor and handle the plea with pain in the rear client.

Then I go take care of the arraignment.  Turned out it was lucky my client was late, because by the time he showed up, the trial slots were filled for next week.  The judge asked if I wanted to be placed on "back-up" and I said, "Well judge, I've got 5 appeals due next week, so getting passed over really doesn't hurt my feelings."  To which he replied, "You've got too much to do, just get a new trial date".  And at that moment, a 300 pound gorilla was released from my back!  Hallelujah!

The rest of the day, every single annoyance that could happen did happen:

(1) From me waiting for 2 hours for a 3 minute hearing to take place this afternoon

(2) To a client who we've met with and I've spoken with on numerous times about a family law case calling back to ask if we were qualified to handle the case.  WHAT?!?!  Which resulted in me telling her that she just needed to move along to a different attorney. 

(3) To a client who cannot seem to get us some information we need to get something done for her that she needs.

Which all proceeded this text exchange between Jennifer and me this afternoon (I'm blue, she's white):


I just think that is hilarious!

The good news, I'm off tomorrow!  I'm blowing this joint and headed to Canton for a day of shopping and almost non-existent cell phone service... Bliss!

TGIF (almost!)

 

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