Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Nothing But Net

Saturday night, I took my CASA boy (I'm a court appointed special advocate) and his grandparents, who have kinship custody, to an NBA Spurs game. My sweet little 5th gr boy was so, so happy to see his favorite team and players he really admires, particularly Ginobili, Parker and Leonard. These professional athletes really are a shining light in the sport, all about the we instead of me, full of humility rather than glory hogs seeking camera time and self aggrandizement.

We seldom request the executive perks available to my husband, so it was a blessing to be able to ask and receive tickets in the company box that allowed me to make this precious boy's dream come true. He and his grandparents had a wonderful time, something they won't soon forget, and I'm just happy I was able to have a hand in making it happen thanks to my husband's generous employer. It was a bit of a blowout with the Spurs walloping the Denver Nuggets, but we still had a blast. GO SPURS GO!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Mirror, mirror I need to find for the wall

Who is the most confused mirror shopper of all? That would be yours truly. I've spent hours looking at mirrors on a bunch of different shopping sites and they're all running together now. It's gonna take some professional help to figure out which one will look best above the sofa in the family room. One large abstract mirror? Maybe a trio with interesting frames? I know what I like, but that doesn't mean it would actually look good in that particular space.

What on earth did we do before Pinterest came along? I was late to the pinning craze, but now I absolutely love to gather items that interest me from various websites so I can compare them all side-by-side in my folders.

Friday, January 5, 2018

January Bah Humbugging

When I was a public school teacher, I always dreaded January. Nobody wanted to get back to learning after the fun of Christmas break, including me. So despite the fact that I'm no longer in the classroom, I still feel the mulligrubs (that's a grannyism) once I put the Santas in storage and roll into the new year. 

I did perk up a little when I realized I needed to find a few decorative pieces for the house, something fun to focus on in the boring month of January. I love the shape of this piece on the buffet, the elongated green glass container, but the moss is just a tad too bright green, in my opinion.

I ordered these online and four of the five arrived in great shape. I didn't even open the fifth box because it tinkled and clanged and was oh-so-obvious the glass vase arrived in about a hundred pieces. Thankfully, the local store had them in stock and so getting a replacement wasn't too painful.

The smaller vase below was a late November purchase I made at the Magnolia Market shop in Waco during the teen's state cheer competition. I think it's a nice addition to the lazy susan on the kitchen island. 

Succulents... they seem to be all the rage these days. So I bought some fakes as a solitary piece on the coffee table in the front living area.

Last, but not least, is the corner space in our office area. I still need some travel books to stack beneath and against this little grouping to make it complete, but you get the gist.

Right now the only booked travel I have on the calendar is my trek to Peru in July, plus the date for a quick trip to NC to watch the older daughter get her masters in May. The teen wants to visit California for spring break, so I undoubtedly need to get busy planning something or it won't happen. The grad student has her spring break week before the teen's, so she's bummed she can't join us in Cali. And then there's the June college tours to plan. I'm thinking the teen's SAT and ACT results this spring will help dictate which universities we visit this summer. Before I know it, baby bird will hit senior year in August and then we'll be empty nesters. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Brrrrrringing in 2018

Surprise, surprise, surprise (in my best Gomer Pyle voice), we were actually awake to see in the new year. The only reason we weren't asleep is because the teen was at a friend's house and we were waiting for her to get home safely before we hit the hay. Not that our staying awake somehow kept her safe, what with the drunks undoubtedly out in full force. Or the frigid temps that would make any wet roadways a danger. Parent logic 101.

We did indeed kick off the new year with freezing temps, as in wearing gloves and a coat when I walk the dogs for their potty break. It wasn't so cold that the fountain froze, but we did have some ice. We also started the new year with a big pot of chicken taco soup. Although the interior has been free of Christmas decor since the 26th, there are still lights and a big wreath on the front gate. I've been waiting for the weather to warm up so I can get out there to cut off the zip ties (deterring the outdoor decor bandits by using those) and store it all in the workshop. Looks like I'll be waiting until the end of the week to get that final holiday chore done.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Thursday Night Bowling

Another year, another Alamo Bowl in the books. But I actually attended this year with the girls and some friends instead of just watching from the sofa. Last time I went to our local bowl game, Mack Brown was still coaching the Longhorns!

This year the matchup was TCU v. Stanford. Although it looked like the dancing tree and ragtag band might cheer on their team to victory, the horned frogs brought home a win. Maybe we'll be sporting purple and white this time next year, depending upon where the junior decides to attend college.

A lovely bonus this year was a very nice man giving us a pair of sideline passes. The girls, ages 17-22, took turns going down to check out the action up close and personal. The oldest daughter declared that she's now spoiled and can't imagine having to watch future games from boring old seats in the stands.

In the video below, you can see the grad school daughter (B&W shirt) and her friend (cream colored outfit) on the sidelines in front of the TCU band at the end of the second quarter. The daughter said the band was cracking jokes and really entertaining her grad school friend from China, who had never attended an American football game.

Below is a pic of the younger daughter and her good friend on the sidelines during halftime, in front of the big V on about the 5 yard line.

In the video above, I found myself enjoying the blinks of the phones around the stadium in the third quarter. I'm still not sure why folks were doing that. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

See ya' later, Santa Claus

Santa has left the building. I've thoroughly enjoyed our holiday decor for the past six weeks, but today I woke up ready to look to 2018 with nary a St. Nick in sight. After entertaining a total of 20 folks over the course of the 24th and 25th, not counting our family of four both days, I don't want to see a full page grocery shopping list or have to crank up five of the range's six burners to whip up one meal for a while.

Today the husband and I worked together to get Christmas packed up and ready for storage out in the workshop. And then it dawned on me - I don't have any everyday decor to put out on the buffet, big dining table or front coffee table. I had forgotten that when I was setting the house up in August, I decided to go straight for fall decor. Then I shuffled that into storage to make way for Santa in November. So I had to spend some time this afternoon doing a bit of online shopping. It's a hodgepodge (as you can see below) but that's what I like about our house, being able to mix the old and new, rustic and contemporary in one space. Here are a few of the things I'm waiting to be delivered.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

'Twas the night before the night before Christmas

Lord have mercy, my dogs are barking. Not Pepper and Ollie - my feet! I stood on them for a solid five hours while Mimi and I cooked shrimp creole, chicken and sausage gumbo, and shrimp dip. This was after we shopped at two different grocery stores before noon, plus swinging by the cookie shop to get the cute iced cutouts I ordered.

Last night a teacher friend and I took our girls downtown to do the tourist routine, taking a ride on the river to see it all decked out for Christmas. After almost 19 years in this part of the state, I've never once seen them. A cold front blew through the area just in time to get us out of our t-shirts and flip flops, so we got to wear jeans, boots and sweaters to really get into the holiday spirit.

While Mimi and I were slaving over the stove all afternoon, the girls decorated a gingerbread barn. I think when you live in Texas, a barn is even more appropriate than a house. 

I rounded out my day with an evening run to get an additional 12 qt pot for Christmas Eve wassail, along with several nice ladles and a couple more loaves of bread. I couldn't locate another pack of the cute holiday snowflake Ritz crackers, dang it. We needed more bread because we've decided to use cookie cutters to make chicken salad and pimento cheese stockings, trees and stars instead of just boring old rectangular finger sandwiches. 'Tis the season to cook way too much food and eat leftovers for days!