Friday, February 8, 2019

Lots of Winter this Winter

We watched the Super Bowl and ate our junk food.  It was fine.  I enjoyed the company way more than the game, but as I said before, the game is never good. 

Monica is moving to Wellington!  I was so excited to hear this news.  It will put them closer to both us, and Gerald's parents.  Also, she can come to our house to watch Amara if Natalie has to leave early.  It is not fun to wake an infant and shove them in a car seat.

This will be one paragraph and that's all.  We have ice.  It's dangerous to drive on the roads near home. I missed a day of work because of it.  It's miserably cold and my nose burns when I go outside.  BLECH!

On to more pleasant things: It's Saturday eve!  Not that I pine away for the weekend, since I like my job, but it's still nice to be lazy from time to time.  Kevin has some work to do on a car, so I'll try to pick up the slack at home.

OK, boring report is over.  Have an amazing weekend, everyone!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Planning for the Big Game

I was trying to decide what kind of indulgent foods to have on Super Bowl Sunday.  I asked Kevin for some insight, decided to invite the local offspring to join us, and then my Google-foo landed me upon this site.  Good Lord in heaven above.  If I wasn't hungry before, I am now.  So many yummy options.

I'm glad the game is earlier in the evening than it used to be, too.  Kevin often had to go to bed long before the game ended, but now should be able to watch the whole thing.  It's never a great game, anyway.  The commercials are fun, but not as good as in the past.  Plus, they get leaked early on social media, so I have to work at avoiding them.  Two days to go.

So we have commercials and junk food.  Sounds like a good time to me!  I'll spend the evening rooting against Tom Brady, since the Chiefs didn't make it.  Maybe next year I can root FOR someone instead.  For now, I leave you with this:

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Getting Back To It

It's been a year and a half since I last posted?  Well, a lot has happened in that year and a half.  The biggest event that has rocked our world (in the best way) is this:

So our next got a little more full instead of a little more empty.  Amara is so much fun and makes us laugh every day.

This winter has given us some heavy snows, bitter cold snaps, and generally crappy weather.  Mom was right, though.  The older I get, the faster it flies by.  It will be spring in no time.

Now that I've knocked the dust off of this blog, I plan to get back to regularly scheduled nonsense.  Sorry in advance.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Another Vacation

We wanted to take Kevin's folks to Tennessee in July, but money was looking like it would be too tight to pull it off.  His mom told him on Saturday that she'd pay for the fuel if we could make it happen.  Thanks to AirBnB and a very gracious friend in Nashville, we are going to be able to do it on the cheap.

So, we'll head to Carthage on the 4th, and leave early the next morning for our next adventure.  So far, the itinerary is as follows:

Tour the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City
Spend the night and part of the next day in Memphis
Go to Nashville and spend 2 nights and a day, including seeing the Grand Ole Opry
Drive home on Saturday.

We saw Memphis and just a bit of Nashville last year, so I know we'll love it.  The Grand Ole Opry has been on Kevin's mom's bucket list for years, so she'll get to cross that off.  I'll enjoy the history of it.

And I love Beale Street.  Even during the day, the street performers and history and culture are something to see.

Yup.  It's going to be a fun trip.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Visit, Day 4

On Sunday, we planned to stay home and chill out for the most part.  Oh, we did go to to Natural Grocers to find more food items that I couldn't pronounce, but that was it.  That afternoon, Simone and Monica came over to visit, and we just chilled out on the front porch, being thankful that the wind kept the 95° temps from melting us.

Everyone took turns in the hammock chair.  Since purchasing it, I have spent far too many hours on my back side.

It was another amazing day, although overshadowed for the two of us by the fact that she was leaving the next morning.  We both get pretty sappy when it's time to part company.  This time was no different.

Monday morning, we awoke early, loaded her bags, and headed to the airport.  After crying halfway from there to work, I came in, flipped to a new page in my notebook, and found this:

Not fair!  Now she's back in Mexico.  And I'm here.  Thank goodness for unlimited calls and texts!

My Trip to Houston

I went on a trip last weekend to help a customer with some workflow and organizational stuff, and stayed through Saturday to just hang out, since she and I get along so well.  I have a lot of customers that have become friends, and Lois is one of them.

I arrived on Thursday evening, after multiple delays and a missed connection caused by said delays.  Lois met me at the airport and we headed to dinner at a Mexican restaurant to meet up with her husband Gregg.  The food there was great and we had enough left that we had it for lunch on Saturday.

Friday was spent in their studio.

I won't bore you with the details of what we worked on, but it involved a lot of Excel formulas and work in the portrait ordering software.  We broke for lunch and found ourselves at a BBQ joint that they enjoy.  The food was quite good, and there was a non-stop line that wrapped around the building and parking lot.  They serve until they run out of food, then they close.

I saw a jar full of can koozies on the counter and inquired about how to purchase one.  The man who was busing tables grabbed one, handed it to me, and said, "It's on me."  I was very excited to add this one to my collection.

Then we finished the work that we had started at the studio.  I wasn't sure if we'd accomplish it all on Friday, but we did!  That meant Saturday got to be for fun.  We celebrated by visiting their favorite cocktail bar in downtown Houston.

This place was everything they had described to me.  Our bartender Tommy was so personable and talented.  I had a couple of really tasty concoctions.  There is a drink called the Prairie Oyster that Gregg always tries to trick people into trying.  Never one to back down from a dare, I drank one.

If you can't tell what I said at the end, it was "That tastes like liquid smoke!"  It was terrible.  But I did it.  Take THAT, Gregg!

By the end of the visit, we had also had some wonderful coal brick-oven pizza, visited a tiki bar  and spent many hours in their backyard pool.  Lois and I even climbed in fully clothed for a late-night float that found us talking about many subjects and enjoying music.  They really do have an oasis for a back yard.  I took many pictures, but none do it justice, so you'll have to take my word for it.

Oh.  I nearly forgot.  I spent an untold amount of time bonding with her dogs.  They are nearly as respectful of personal space as mine are.

I had an amazing trip and I hope to return.  It was my first time in Houston and there is so much to do.  I'm thinking that Kevin and I need to do a vacation there.  Lois and Gregg were amazing hosts, too!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Visit, Day Three

Saturday morning found us out the door by 7 in the morning.  Our first stop was QuikTrip.  Brooke loves QT and gets very few opportunities to visit them, so we darn near stop at every one we pass!  This time was for drinks and a couple of pretzels.  What?  You've never had soft pretzels for breakfast?

We arrived at City Market and started browsing, but not before being asked to sign a petition to legalize marijuana.  I think it was for medical, but I wasn't really paying attention.  The weather was already heating up quite a bit and we had a lot to cover.

We stumbled across some yellow zucchini, which none of us had ever seen.  Brooke bought one yellow and one green for us to compare, and one yellow for my mom.  They are the prettiest color of yellow.  A lot deeper yellow than the yellow squash I'm used to seeing.

We tasted some new things, had a lemonade, tipped a street performer, and watched Kevin have a conversation with a meth head.

Upon leaving there, we went across the street to the Chinatown Food Market.  I'm not sure I would have ever found myself in an Asian market if I hadn't met Brooke. There are very few things in there that I can pronounce or recognize.  Let's just say that I'm pretty naive about the foods eaten in our world.  Of course, there were things she needed there, too.

Monica and Simone wanted to see Brooke and to have her see their apartment, so we stopped by for a bit, then headed back home.