Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Last week's musings

Last weekend I stopped at garage sale and got this awesome Frankenstein head and hands. Its perfect for my theme for Holliween this year which is Classic Halloween. I also got some orange lights and some furry spiders at the sale.  We got down all the Halloween tubs of decorations from attic also so I can start getting a lead on getting house ready.  I started way too late last year and was decorating up to the very day of the party and it was really stressful.
I do already have both Todd and my costumes so that's good.
Last Saturday after I went to garage sale , I got a hair cut ( got 4 inches cut off). I usually go twice a year for my fall cut and my spring cut.  Just before I went into hair salon, I  got call from Mom that Nanny was back in hospital.  I cried because I didn't have good feeling about this.
That evening, Todd and I went to concert with some friends and saw Alice in Chains.  We love them and saw them in 2016 the last time they were close.  The concert was great!! One of their old albums was titled Dirt and it was also 2 days after the news that Burt Reynolds had passed.  I thought this was funny- they had this on all the large screens at concert:

On Sunday , Lila disappeared for a short while which is not unusual because she's always prowling around the yard and under the bushes.  Here she comes trying to bring her find into the house. Fortunately I closed the door before she came in and todd grabbed a plastic bag. Then we let her just inside the door and took it from her.  She has to watch Todd go out the gate and throw it away or else she goes nuts and constantly looks for it.  She' just got one and brought in house 3 weeks ago and laid it out for us so proudly. LOL

So today is a somber day of course since is 9-11.  Today is also my 23rd work anniversary.  Its been a wild ride professionally for sure.
I saw this on Instagram and shared it as well:

Now for the bad news, we have to admit Nanny into a nursing home this week. She wont be able to go home from the hospital and we are a wreck!!! Its the right thing to do and she will be in good hands but the knowing that when she left her apartment not realizing that it would be the last time she would be there just kills me.  She has been falling more and more and she lives alone and its too scary to think about her getting hurt unattended.   I'm so glad my mom has been here for all this.  I am worried about her too though because all the stress has made her lupus flare up like crazy.  Please send prayers.  We will have the nursing home narrowed down tomorrow or Thursday and then we'll move Nanny.  This isn't easy. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Celebrations and visits

Hello my blogger friends! How was your Labor Day weekend?
My weekend started off with a great celebration of my 5 year wedding anniversary.  Our tradition is to have dinner at the same restaurant that Todd proposed to me at. Its super nice and I always look forward to knowing we'll go there once a year. The restaurant is called 3 Forks https://www.3forks.com/ and the steaks are amazing!!  We both look forward to the 3forks salad which has blue cheese crumbles and a maple pecan vinaigrette that is incredible.  I also always get a side order of lobster mac n cheese which is my favorite. I always end up taking some home and eating the leftovers the next day. 
They always bring a complimentary slice of cake if you tell them you're celebrating a special occasion
 The following day on Saturday, my cousin Monya and her daughter Emma came by to pick me up and we went to East Texas to visit Nanny and my mom.  It was a nice day of just hanging around and we stayed until after 4 which means we didn't get home until around 6:30.   It was nice to see my mom and I look forward to having her back at my house for a visit soon.  Nanny was doing Ok but I am worried about her. I feel like she's declining slowly . She's doing great for 91 but I see some changes.

Mostly on Sunday and yesterday, we were lazy and sat on couch and watched movies. It was great not going and going.  It rained all day yesterday and it was perfect lazy weather!  We also started watching the series Shameless finally. We're only on season 1 episode 6 now but we're liking it.  A bunch of our friends told us we had to watch it so we're way behind. 
Last month was also my 7 year anniversary for blogging. Its been quite a whirlwind with some lengthy stops in between but I am so glad I started this blog and so very grateful for the friends I've met along the way . 

Happy Tuesday yall!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

More of my worktrip in Utah

I was sooooo crazy busy last week supporting the location in Salt Lake I actually could not find the time to make a post last week and I had been doing so good.  Oh well, maybe I can make it up somewhere.   I absolutely love it when I am so busy that time flies by and its already lunch time then you're running around and before you know it its almost time to leave.  The fast pace is what I enjoy! Yet, its also nice to be back at my desk  to breathe and get caught up on emails.
So last Saturday I ended up working from 7am to 2pm.  Todd had flown in to work as well in Salt Lake and so he hung out in the hotel and he worked a little, had breakfast at Ihop that was across the parking lot from hotel and then he met me at my location to see the Harley shop.
Once I got off work, we drove up to Park City to show Todd around. I had been there before years ago but I wanted him to see it. Its the coolest little ski town where also Olympics have taken place there.  It was a nice drive and we listened to some live bands performing off the main street. We got a frozen coffee drink and just walked up and down the town.  We also had to stop at the Walmart on the way out of Park City to buy a new pillow because the hotel pillows were awful!
When we arrived back in Salt Lake, we drove downtown and saw the Mormon Temple and all the buildings associated with Latter Day Saints.  Last time I was there , I also visited inside the Tabernacle Choir building and visitor center. It was very interesting.  Todd didn't want to get out of the car because of parking, etc so we just drove around.  We stopped to eat at a very very popular place called the Red Iguana.  They are 2 locations within just a few blocks of each other and it was a 45 minute wait for both locations.  I ordered a combo platter and when I got to my enchilada, I cut it open to eat the insides ( lol - I was full and just wanted to taste the meat inside) , and there was a small hair with food cooked on each end.  Honestly yall, I used to be a restaurant manager so I know it can easily be done. I cant think of anyone that would purposefully add a hair to food.  The heat will kill any germs so it doesn't gross me out.  I just calmly told the waiter and I told him that I didn't need to be comped for it. They did anyway but it wasn't necessary because I ate everything else on my plate.  
So speaking of food- Salt Lake has a local chain called Crown Burger that is a must! It started by a Greek family and they have a large variety of things to choose from.  The burger comes topped with a piece of pastrami and it was so yummy!  I subscribe to Cowboys and Indians magazine and there's actually an article specifically mentioning the Crown Burger.  Very Cool!!
What was really nice is that a work friend was also in Salt Lake supporting our larger location in Salt Lake. She lives in California and I got to know her very well many years ago when I did the Cali Conversion. We met up for dinner on Thursday in downtown Salt lake at Squatters Brewery before she headed to airport to fly home.
I flew home last Friday and I was so happy to be with my dogs and my bed and my husband.  No place like home! 

Park City bench

Mormon Temple

My crew I worked with last week in SLC

My work friend Genelle

Friday, August 17, 2018

More concerts and work travels

Hey there, I ALMOST let a week go by without posting.  You got to admit, I've been trying hard since I've come back. LOL
So this week has been crammed packed starting with this past Tuesday night's concert.  We saw the Revolution 3 tour which is Bush , Stone Temple Pilots, and The Cult.   We typically don't ever pass on The Cult when they come to town.  It was such a great concert and we had bought the cheap seats in the lawn and we had a nice breeze which helped.  Ironically, it poured down rain up until a few hours before the concert started and then not another drop.  It was perfect!  I had never seen STP while Scott Weiland was the lead and then of course he died a few years back (2015). They replaced him with another guy Jeff Gutt who does  a pretty darn good job as the lead.  I had already seen Bush in the 90's and The Cult 3 or 4 times but it was still a show we wanted to see. A band called The Dirty Hooks actually opened for all of them and yall- we really enjoyed them!!! The drummer is a chick who also has great vocals.  If you're on Spotify, you can find them there.
concerts are the best for people watching

Yesterday, I flew to Salt Lake City which is where i'll be working until next Friday the 24th. I am supporting a conversion which means i'll also be working tomorrow and potentially Sunday.  I've been here before a few times so I really don't mind working from here.   I will tell you a funny story ( to me at least), I was using my google maps app on my phone and as I was approaching my work location I saw the Harley symbol for their store, I was thinking that's cool that i'll be somewhat close to Harley, when right when I passed it my GPS said you've reached your destination.  I laughed out loud thinking how does google maps know my love for Harley.  I didn't see my location anywhere so I pulled over in a parking lot and called an employee here for the correct address and when they told me, it was actually behind another store facing the street and i'm directly across the street from Harley!  So cool and special bonus that I can hear the bikes coming and going all day. I stopped by today in fact on my lunch hour. 
Then speaking of extra bonuses,  Todd also flew in last night a couple hours after I did and he's working all day with one of his brokers. Which means his company paid for his trip.  He also has some family here who we're having dinner with tonight.  I am so excited to have Todd here for a few days because that really breaks up the loooong time I have to be here. Send prayers that tomorrow goes smoothly and I don't have to work too late so I can show Todd around.
Last night, I just happen to glimpse out my bedroom hotel window and spotted the sunset.  It was so pretty! 

So that's my week- concerts, rain, packing, flying, working.  :)
Have a great weekend and have fun and be safe!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Flashback to much earlier days

My cousin Kerrie was visiting with my grandma Mimi last week and saw a picture on her nightstand that she had never seen before.  She took a pic with her phone and texted it to me right then.  I literally started crying because I have never seen this picture before and I don't have a single one of the two of us together from when I was a child.  My mom had a small suitcase that held all my special moments and certificates like baptism, first communion, baby pics, etc.  20 years ago, it burned in a fire so I have nothing.
I know I've mentioned numerous times that my parents were teen parents- Dad was 18 and mom was 17 when I was born.  I just love this picture.  Also in the picture is a black and white dog and her name was Twinkie.  My mom said she was the greatest dog and Twinkie actually saved my life.  I had her the Twinkie story many times.  I was a small toddler just learning to walk and it was one of those split seconds that my parents turned their heads and I was walking into the street and Twinkie jumped behind me and grabbed my diaper with her mouth and pulled me backwards and at that time a car was passing the street.  Twinkie was a hero. 
I couldn't be very old in this picture.

We are getting rain here in Dallas and its glorious!!! I love rain and I love that its cooling down the temps .  Now if we can pray for the rain to move west and quench the horrible fires going on .
I am heading to east Texas tomorrow to spend the day with my other grandmother Nanny.  She's been in and out of the hospital and I need to hug her neck.  She is my favorite grandma and she means the world to me.  She just turned 91 last month.  Mimi is 90 .  Lots of longevity in the bloodline.

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Erasure and stuff

Happy Friday ya'll!!! Soooo glad its the weekend.  I have a busy weekend but it beats working, right?! Tonight I am going to the Erasure concert with my best friend from high school.  I loved loved Erasure in the 80's early 90's.  I am excited to see them live tonight.  We went for the cheap lawn seats to just chill and enjoy.  I'm hoping there's a breeze tonight. 
Tomorrow we are going to Todd's cousins house for a harp recital.  She is very well known in the Harp world and is traveling to Australia in a few weeks to play a few shows there. Tomorrow is a preview of what her performance will be Down Under.  She played at our wedding and it was so special.  Most of the day i'll be cleaning my house to prepare for a Church lady swimming party Lets get cool by the Pool theme.
After church on Sunday, I am having all the church ladies ( so far only 13 RSVP'd) over for some Mexican food and a dip in the pool from 1 to 4.  Its a time to get connected and relax before school starts and its adults only.  Next week our church is hosting a family day at the lake so everyone is getting babysitter and enjoying some adult time around the pool for my event.  I am looking forward to really meeting some ladies that I see weekly bud don't really know them.  I am serving beef taco meat and grilled chicken to make tacos, nachos or salad.  I'm also making a corn dip which is so good!  Others are bringing rice, beans, desserts etc potluck style.
Never a dull moment but I really don't mind always being on the Go.  There are plenty days that I do just sit and veg on the couch so....
Whatcha got going this weekend?  Have fun and be careful!

Here are some Erasure songs that I enjoy:
Chains of love

Oh LaAmour

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

LIVE and Counting Crows

So last night, Todd and I attended the 25th anniversary of Counting Crows and Live tour at the Toyota Pavilion in Irving. Its a new venue in DFW and was our first time there.  It has a covered section with seats and a lawn section that's more outdoors and you have to sit on the grass and bring a blanket.  Our backs are bad so I try not to get lawn seats even though they're cheaper.  Live is truly one of my favorite bands.  I loved every cd they released and saw them when they toured a few times.
I actually just saw Counting Crows last year with Rob Thomas and it was wonderful!!!
My main goal was to see Live.  A little history on them, as a band , they split up and it was kinda ugly for many years.  The lead singer Ed Kowalcyk went on to have his own solo career and I also saw him in concert.  They recently after 20 + years reunited which was huge and so nice to see them back together.
Live opened up first before the Crows. My area we sat in had a bunch of duds who were either not familiar with Live , don't care to dance and sing, or too tired after a work day.  Once Live came out, I was on my feet and I danced and sang the whole time.  There was a girl next to me and a girl in front of me that also stood which was fun.  The man next to Todd even commented once the Counting Crows came on and said " Live must be HER band! She knows every word to every song!! We have been watching her."   LOL.   I love music so much and I love hearing the bands sing my favorite songs. That's why I go to concerts a lot.
We actually had to leave the concert after 7 songs of the Crows because it was already after 10pm and I had to train all day today and had to be on my A game.  Ironically, I didn't sleep very well at all so I should have just stayed for the whole concert.  If I had not recently seen the Crows last year, I wouldn't even considered leaving early.  Adam Duritz told a lot of stories and history about his songs that he wrote and I really enjoyed that aspect.  Such a great night!! To top things off, we only had 100 degrees with a slight breeze and it wasn't miserably hot like 109 over the weekend.