Friday, January 30, 2009

Motherly Love

I found out yesterday that my Great Aunt Evelyn died. This blog is pretty upbeat and I don’t want to bring the room down, but she was 94 and was preceded by her husband several years back. She lived a great life, and I truly believe it was probably time for her to join him. A lot of my family will be coming up tomorrow for the funeral. So being the dutiful daughter that I am, I called my mom to make sure I knew the plan and it resulted in the following conversation:

Me: So what should I wear?
Mom: Something subdued. Black.
Me: Duh, black what though? Like a dress? Won’t it be cold?
Mom: It’s supposed to be 70.
Me: Oh, okay. So a dress… I have a black one with a scoop neck and sleeves, will that work?
Mom: I don’t care as long as it’s clean and not wrinkled.
Me: Awww, I’m so excited that you are finally trusting my fashion choices.
Mom: Well, that's probably because you’re getting older and less hooker looking.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? What kind of mother says that to her only daughter??? She then proceeded to remind about this red mini skirt I had my dad buy me when she was out of town when I was like 12 (did I know how to work it or what? You should have seen my dad’s bewildered face when I told him mom had already seen it and approved… poor guy). When I was 12 everything about me was unattractive, so I guess I figured if I bought a short red mini skirt it might somehow make the rest of me look hot. You can imagine that with my braces, pale skinny legs, and curly afro (this was before straighteners, people!), it didn’t work. At. All. Apparently it just made me look like a really young, unattractive prostitute. And as my mom said “you could see my ass when I walked up the stairs”.

Nice.

Good to know that I’m finally getting older and less hooker looking.

Finally settled in!

I'm finally getting settled in to the new place. I know, we've only been there for about four months, but the thing I was waiting on was the purchase of new furniture to unpack all the rest of my clothes. (which was greatly assisted over Christmas with the generosity of my parents and grandparents!) So here are some pictures of my room with the new dresser, bed, and nightstand. I am so happy I went ahead and did this because it really does give the room a more finished look.

And the bed. I was originally going to get a flat panel headboard instead of the sleigh bed and I'm so glad my mom talked me into it, because I love leaning up against the back while I'm watching tv or on my computer or drinking wine with a friend post-happy hour drunkenly listening to books on tape. (what a fun night!) Anyways, thank y'all so much for the furniture gift certificates. I absolutely love it and think it looks wonderful!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

thought of the day...

How icky is olivia's cousin, nevin, on the city? Okay, yes, those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones and since I watch such smut as "the city", I probably shouldn't be casting said stones. However, is it me or does he not do anything other than criticize other people? And did anyone else notice his huge yellow pit stain as he was making fun of the people at the art show?  Reality tv karma, sir.  In full effect.  Have fun wishing for a mulligan on that one when you back up the tivo 14 times to see if it was really as bad as you thought it was.  It was.  It's called bleach.  Have one of your upper-east side "help" take care of that for you.  And while you're at it,  maybe do a little charity work to reverse that icky karma.

Moose Monday!


This was taken in "the Beast" on our way down to San Antonio over Christmas.  I was taking a nap and he decided the small of my back would be the perfect place for him to make himself comfortable.  

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Wedding Fun!

As most of you know, my good friend Jodi is getting married in September.  I love this girl and I was SO excited when she asked me to not only be in her wedding, but be a Maid of Honor!  Now, I've been a bridesmaid four times and it's been such a fun experience every time, but I have no point of reference on being a MOH.  I know my general duties... the speech (eek!), the dress fluffing, the bachelorette party (can't wait!!), but I wasn't sure about the rest of the details.  So my personal mantra in approaching my responsibility to Jodi has been to just try and make all things wedding-y as special as humanly possible.  

So this was my plan for last weekend's bridesmaids dress shopping festivities.  I decided to make little goody bags for the occasion with homemade sugar cookies, ring pops, and then pack a cooler with bottled water and wine.  Sort of a "bridal survival kit" if you will.  

I decided to make the cookies in the shape of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, left hands, J's and M's.  Lucky for me, this meant a trip to Sur la Table for the above supplies.  LOVE THAT PLACE.  Thankfully my mom stopped by to (what else??) moose-nap so she lended her expertise as well.  All in all they turned out pretty well...
The gown and hand.
Everything else.... she originally was thinking she wanted blue as the bridesmaid's dresses; hence the blue and white color scheme.

They were a big hit and I think provided a much needed energy boost at about 4:00.  We started the morning over mimosas at Breadwinner's.  
And then continued on to Terry Costa where we got to see Jodi try on her dress (GORGEOUS, that's all I can say even though I highly doubt Matt reads and/or even knows I have a blog!) and then to Mockingbird Bridal, where the winner was found!
Here we are doing the two things Mockingbird Bridal strictly prohibits... 1) drinks of any sort (probably especially red wine) and 2) taking photos.  Dyan (on the right) is wearing the winner. 
And here it is on the model.  So fun!  Jodi said she probably would have never chosen it had she not been able to see in on three out of the four of us.  I think it will look fabulous and as Dyan said "has that Jodi flair".  

It was such a fun day. I'm so happy I was able to meet Dyan before the wedding and to meet Matt's mom (the woman has four boys... she deserves a medal!!) And it was really helpful to have everyone there to give their input on the dress.  

things I am loving right now....

  1. Moose's new tag from Red Dingo
  2. The way my new furniture looks with the old mattress and chest gone. 
  3. Mt. Olive Pickle Paks. (pickles, to-go, in their own little swimming pool so they don't dry out... genius!)
  4. Creating my "30 by 30" list to post at a later date.
  5. Russell + Hazel
  6. My recent discovery of food blogs.  I love the randomness of recipe ideas it gives me and seeing all the pretty food pictures.
  7. Mint.com and the corresponding iPhone app.  I WILL get my financial life in order in 2009.
  8. The bridesmaid's dresses the Jodi picked out for the wedding. (more on this later)
  9. The fact that my hair is finally getting past that awkward, sitting-on-the-shoulders phase.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Candy for the eyes AND the ears

I have a new favorite musical artist. His name is Rob Pattinson. Those of you in the know, might recognize that name as "Edward" from Twilight. Those of you not in the know... go buy the book. Now. You think I'm kidding... leave the computer, drive to Barnes and Noble and buy it. Make sure you put sunglasses on before you walk outside on Tuesday, because it will be really bright after you've been holed up in your house reading for three days nonstop.

Back to Rob. I bought the Twilight soundtrack and noticed that two of my favorite songs on it sounded like the same artist. I looked it up... sure enough, Rob Pattinson. He's deliciously good looking and makes amazing music. He's like James Dean and Jeff Buckley rolled into one.
Okay, I'm done.

Seriously, go buy the damn book.

I couldn't figure out how to just upload an audio file, but I did find one of his songs on you tube. Enjoy!

Friday, January 23, 2009

What goes around comes around...

I'm lucky to have a job that I love. But more importantly, I'm lucky enough to enjoy the people that I work with as well. Aside from my obvious close relationship with my Bossdad, I also have two close guy friends that I work with. Wylie and Jason are commonly referred to as my "work husbands", but it would definitely be more appropriate to call them my "work brothers" since a) they are both happily married to wonderful girls and b) they tease me mercilously.

Wylie and I have started this little game where if we pull into the parking lot and the other's car happens to have an empty parking space on the driver's side, we will take full advantage of the situation and spend 15 minutes, backing up and pulling forward until there is not more than two inches between the two cars.

The first time he did it, it failed miserably since he's a slacker and leaves at 5:29 every day and I, being the diligent, hard worker that I am stayed until at least 5:31. So he didn't get to see the fruits of his labor realized. However, he couldn't resist the urge and called me to tell me all about his failed plan. This usually takes place when we're not together; however the next day after lunch we pulled into the parking lot and there was Wylie's poor little car, sitting there nakey and vulnerable. I took full advantage. See below. :)
He was so mad at me. The funny part was, I got him twice since he had to get out of my car throught the driver's side and also since he (being the slacker he is) left before me and had to get in his car through the passenger side. Victory!!

Although it looks as though I will be paying the price today when I leave work, since I heard him snickering as he walked in from lunch and looked out my window to see this...

For his side of the story you can click here.  

Monday, January 19, 2009

Moose Monday

Instead of a posting a picture of my wiener this week (hehe... I'm sorry, I had to!) I have a funny story. We'll go back to your regularly scheduled Moose Monday next week, but for now, this one was too funny not to share.

My parents regularly take part in what they call "moose-napping" which involves them coming to my house, either invited for a different purpose, or coming solely for this intended purpose... either way... they end up leaving with my dog.

So since I had a busy Saturday planned, my mom took this as the perfect opportunity to steal her beloved granddog. So Sunday afternoon, I call to check and make sure he was behaving himself and my mom tells me they had an.... incident.

Apparently, she noticed that she hadn't seen moose in awhile and yelled to my dad to see if he had him. He didn't. My mom looked under the covers in her bed where she had last seen him. No moose. Under the bed. No moose. Outside. No moose. In the crate. No moose. She starts to panic and this turns into an all out manhunt for my little 18 lb wiener.

Finally, in the midst of their frantic searching they hear a grumble from their bed. Upon further investigation they realize he is wedged between the footboard and the mattress about 8 inches down, on his back, using the blanket as a sort of weenie hammock. Just chilling.

I asked if he looked worried or if he was struggling and she said, "no... he was just laying there feet up in the air, kind of looking at us like, 'here I am'." Maybe upon future trips to GG's I should stick one of those sensors that beep when you punch the button to help you keep track of your life to his forehead.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A lesson in improvisation....

We had a wonderful Christmas this year.  And I completely plan on getting around to the recap eventually.  But this post is more specific.  This is about one particular gift I received.  

My Aunt Betty loves to shop.  I mean, looooves to shop.  So since she spends quite a bit of time doing so, she always finds the most interesting things around Christmas time.  One of my favorite gifts from her were these four ceramic things that I couldn't quite identify at first.  Well, turns out, you take a wine bottle, fill it with water and turn it upside down into one of these things and it waters your plants for you!!  Kind of like the Aqua Globes you see on TV, only way less tacky.... well........ in theory.

When I unpacked my gifts, these were on top.  Alex and I have what you might call brown thumbs, so I thought I would immediately put them to good use.  I found a wine bottle and took care of our most crispy looking plant... ta da:
Isn't that cool?  So I ran back to the kitchen to get a second empty wine bottle (this is not a rare thing to find in our house. At. All.  Especially with Julie living right around the corner (Julie's ringtone on my phone used to be the song "red, red wine"... we'll leave it at that.)  But shockingly, there was not a second empty bottle.  I'm not going to lie, I was pretty close to just cracking one open, but I decided 11 in the morning might be a lit-tle early.  So instead, I quickly improvised:
I know when the good people at Napa Style invented these things they probably never in a million years thought someone would put a miller light bottle in one, but we did!  We had people over last week and we did get the inevitable confused... "is that a beer bottle... in your plant???"  

It stayed like this for about a week.  When I finally filled up a wine bottle and started walking towards the plant, I swear I heard a little "aww" from Alex.  

Monday, January 5, 2009

Moose Monday!


It was so gorgeous this last weekend that I decided to take moose to White Rock Lake dog park on Saturday.  It was perfect... 70 degrees and sunny.  We had a blast and he played so much that he was foaming at the mouth at one point.  He made lots of new friends.  Two of which were schnauzers... I personally wasn't too happy about that.  I'm going to need to fill him in that his mom hates schnauzers and all other breeds are entirely acceptable to sniff rears with but schnauzers.  (E, I'm fully aware that being a snorkie, Maggie is half schnauzer, but she's fine because she's only half and most importantly, doesn't look like one!)
Why would someone with such a big heart hate a dog breed so much, you ask?  (and thank you for the compliment... that's so sweet!)  I was bitten by a schnauzer when I was little... twice.  Same schnauzer.  You would think I would have learned my lesson the first time, but I'm stubborn.  He was cute, and I was convinced if I tried again, he would be nice.  Not so much.  Hmm.... I'm also seeing strange correlations to my love life.  But that's an entirely different post all together..... 

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy 2009 everyone!!  We rang in the new year in style at the Starlight Gala which is a black tie optional party that benefits the American Cancer Society.  It was a lot of fun and it was nice to get all dressed up for a night out.  

Unfortunately, I started getting sick on Monday and wasn't sure if I would be able to make it, but after a day and a half of sleep and a strict regiment of every allergy/antihistamine/cold medicine known to man, I decided that I was going to at least go for a little bit.  

Since I felt like I had been hit by a train, I called MAC at North Park to see if they had any make-up appointments available... I thought it was my lucky day when they told me they had a cancellation and 5:00 was available.  That was, until I walked out looking like this:

The funny thing is, the guy doing it started out saying he was going to go with a "classy, subtle" look!!  SERIOUSLY?  Luckily the lips were an easy fix and toned it down enough to make it acceptable.

The party was very fun.  It was put on for the age group they referred to as "young professionals" which basically meant everyone was our age.  Despite all that, come midnight it was me and jules with four of our married friends.  So, I was Julie's new years kiss....
And she was mine:
Since we are both newly single, it was kind of a funny/ironic way to kick off the new year.  We also both got a kiss on the cheek from T.  

Here are a few more pictures from the night:
Happy 2009!  I hope everyone has a wonderful year ahead!