Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wedding anniversary is almost here

Hey y'all, sorry I wasn't able to post yesterday.  I have a lot going on so its quite likely this will be the last post this week . Maybe. We'll see.  I cant believe its almost September in just a few days.  Something else is in just a few days and that's my one year wedding anniversary! Whoop Whoop!
Sunday is the actual day and we plan on celebrating it by eating dinner at the same nice restaurant he proposed to me at.  Have you ever been to a Three Forks?  Todd proposed first to me and then we ordered food.  I got so emotional that I had huge lump in my throat and then I had hot flash and was soooo crazy hot and sweaty (in December).  I totally lost my appetite and took  it home for leftovers.  My loving awesome fiancĂ© at the time actually ate my leftover dinner for his lunch the next day and I was furious!!  I can honestly say that I have never eaten there - just had a glass of wine and got very emotional. haha!  I'm excited to have a "Do Over"  and enjoy it this time even more.  I had the scallops and they were ginormous.  I love good scallops!
This Saturday we have a baptism and a birthday party on same day for 2 different people. We will be really busy but i'm looking forward to seeing everyone. My stepsister Rachelle and my niece Paloma are flying in from California for the weekend and I love visiting with them every chance I get.
While thinking of our wedding anniversary, I have looked back at all the wedding pictures, engagement pictures and the day I picked out my wedding dress. So many wonderful memories while at the same time going through my Dad's transplant and his healing. 
I thought I would post a few pictures of some of the dresses that I tried on and were in the top running .

I think I tried on over 25 dresses total between the 3 places we had appointments at . What's funny is the one I chose was from the very first place we started.

Photos taken by the most awesome photographer ever: my cousin Lauren .

If I don't talk to yall sooner, have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Today is National Dog Day

Yep, it's true- look it up on Google. With today being a day I can just load up on pictures of my sweet handsome furry black boy, I'm on it! 

Do you have fur babies that you're totally smitten with? 

Happy Tuesday y'all!! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Crafty lazy Sunday

Happy Monday y'all! It's back to school for most all of the schools here in Dallas. What that means for me is tons of school zones to work and back. My step kids started today and they were both excited which is good. 
When I got home from church and lunch yesterday, Todd wasn't feeling so good so he hung out on the couch and watched football. I am actually starting to think about our annual HOLLIween party. Having a big back yard is so awesome and will be fun to decorate.  I had a few metal folding chairs so I painted them. I am so bad about Before pics.  Here is the after: 

After painting those, I tackled a little stool that I bought for 5$ at a thrift store. 
I really wish i had taken a Before pic when it still had the cushion on it. Someone had literally taken a throw pillow and then screwed it onto the stool. It was very high and dangerous and unsteady.  I took that off and threw in the trash.  It was a dark brown color and I have some Valspar red that I wanted to use. I sanded the legs a little bit to help the new paint stick to it. I used a little foam brush and it worked great. It was 102 degrees out so it was drying pretty quickly.  I didn't use a primer but the existing brown base was good to have. After it dried completely , in less than an hour- I cut up a piece of red oilcloth that I bought last year.  I actually used 2 shammy cloths as a cushion and stapled them to the stool.  I didn't want it bulky and they were not too thick put together. 
Then I stapled the oilcloth over the dustrags using the industrial staple gun and staples.  It's kinda hard to get the edges around the stool legs.  I need more practice on that for sure. It was fun to do though and waterproof if I want to leave outside.  It's good to have plenty of seating at parties! 

My next project is to make some signs to nail to my tree in the front yard for the party. I grabbed some pieces of wood that someone had put out on the curb. Score for free wood!! 

Have a great day y'all. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

MY ALS ice bucket challenge

Happy happy Friday y'all!!  I mentioned yesterday that I was challenged twice to do the challenge and you have 24 hrs to do it.   Todd had band practice at the church last night after work so I had to wait until he got home to video me.  The shock of the cold water and ice really does take your breath away.  I challenged  my cousin Lauren, my brother Jeremy and my bestie from high school Kimi.  Not sure if any of them will do it but we shall see.  I was kinda nervous once the video starts and I feel like I left some things out like where to donate. Oh well!

So do you have anything fun planned this weekend? Todd and I don't have any specific plans this time except have dinner with the kiddos tomorrow.  We are also wanting to prepare for our garage sale in a few weeks so I have tons to do.   It's going to be crazy hot so I will be in air conditioning no matter what.
Have a great weekend whatever you do. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Happy Thursday Y'all!! So the videos just keep coming and they never get old.  Some people say what does pouring ice on your head have to do with ALS? Well, its bringing awareness and that's all that's necessary.  Up until now, several people didn't realize that ALS was also the same as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Lou was the famous baseball player that passed from the disease and gave it its first exposure.  We all know in October when we see pink ribbons everywhere that its for breast cancer. We all know in February when people wear red its for heart disease. Why then question if millions of people want to drop ice for ALS?
I posted the other the video with Charlie Sheen dropping 10 thousand dollars over his head instead of the ice.  There have been soooo many creative and cute videos since then.  I wanted to show you a few of my favorites.  President Bush and Laura are great sports.  The Foo Fighters does a spinoff of the classic movie Carrie. The New York City Rockettes, and  One of them is very serious and gives you true perspective of how scary this disease is.   There are just so many to choose from but all of them mean so much.
One more thing, my beautiful step-daughter Ally and my pastor from church Brian, both tagged me for the challenge. I will be videoing my own challenge this evening. I said I wasn't going to but I made the donation, why not join the fun after all? 

Have a great day!!! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I want Candy!

When I was in the Rapid City, South Dakota airport on way home, I had a sweet tooth and stopped in the airport gift shop.  I came across a package of Twin Bing candy bars at the register.  I had never heard of them before and the cashier said they were really good and talked me into buying it.  Although it says candy bar, its actually 2 separate pieces like Reese's butter cups.   Twin Bings are made in Sioux City, Iowa and primarily sold around the Midwest states. Palmer Candy is the distributor.  They are chocolate and nuts all over but in the middle is a cherry nougat.  I wasn't sure I was going to like it but I loved it!!  I am so bummed that I cant get any here in Dallas.  People around here (Texas) have never heard of them.  Have you ever had one?
I think I can order some off Amazon so I may splurge next payday.

Do you have any candy that is primarily in your region?  We have pecan pralines all over our state and I know my mom loves me to send her some to Montana.  I love them too and there are chewy pralines and there are more harder crunchy pralines.  They are so delicious!

Happy Wednesday yall!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Date nights and ALS ice bucket challenge

I had crazy sinus headache yesterday and I just didn't get around to posting on this ol blog. I worked from home in case I my headaches caused another big dizzy spells.  I'm back at the office today but still a little lingering headache is still there. Boo!  
I had a great weekend and while it was fun playing matchmaker with two of our friends, Todd and I had a wonderful date night ourselves.  We had dinner at one of my favorite Italian restaurants and then went to another one of my favorite places that is called The Balcony Club. Its really small and quaint and they have good bands every time i'm there.  The crowd is a much older mature crowd and I think that's what made it even more fun.  Almost everyone would get up and dance with no care in the world.  Todd and I danced and it just made my heart skip a beat.  I love to dance.  I think the last time we danced was at our wedding a year ago (minus 13 days).  The band played older songs from the 60's but great hits.   I told Todd how much that meant to me , to take me in his arms on the dance floor and it was very sexy!  He said that we would be doing a lot more of that.  Woohoo!! 
Date nights are so important for married couples.  We always go to dinner at least one night during the weekend but that's it. We rarely go out afterward to listen to a band or dance anymore.  It really re-charged me and i'm excited to that again.   If you're married- do you and your spouse have fun date nights? What do yall do to add spice?

Now if yall are on Facebook, Instagram, etc then you've all seen the thousands of people doing the ALS ice bucket challenge.  I cant even begin to say how I excited I am that ALS is getting this much exposure and donations through all this.   ALS took my most favorite person in the world and my hero- Poppy. I've mentioned him numerous times on my blog.  My Poppy was the most outgoing and spunky man I knew.  To see him trapped on the porch sitting in wheelchair while looking at his Harley brings tears to my face. I can barely type this now without flashing back to all the sadness and pain he and my family endured.  Your body deceives you and withers while your mind is still sharp as a tack.  Ok, I cant go on about this because I am crying at my desk.  Anyway, the challenge is to donate 10$ and pour ice bucket over your head or donate 100$.  I pray that everyone is truly donating and not just pouring the bucket.  Yesterday my brother texted me and told me to look up Charlie Sheen's challenge. I went to the internet and it came up immediately after typing his name.  Instead of pouring the ice water- he dumped a bucket of money over his head. He donated 10,000 dollars and then challenged a few more celebrities.  Charlie kinda went crazy in years past and has certainly had his share in the tabloids but man did he ever redeem himself in my book!!

Hopefully this link works for yall!   I have made donations every year to ALS and receive several pamphlets in the mail from ALS organizations in the states. I wont be needing to dump ice water on myself. 

Have a great day!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Its Friday!!

Friday's are the BEST because I get to work from home.  This means 30 minutes later on the alarm clock and working in my pajamas until I feel like getting dressed.  I also love that Jax doesn't have to go in his kennel and its almost always in my lap the whole day.
My mouth is very swollen and sore from yesterday.  I was there for 2 hours and left with the most raging headache ever. I hate the sound of drills while inside of my mouth! I look like  a chipmunk or  a squirrel with mouth full of nuts.  I am so happy that I can take it easy and not have to be in the office.  I do have to get dressed later this afternoon because I have to go to the Apple store and I have an appointment with the Genius Bar.  I feel there may be a post about that experience.  My iphone and ipad has the wrong Apple ID for my cloud. They have to reset it for me.  Wish me luck there!

What are your plans for this weekend? Tomorrow is our Free Shopping Day that our church sponsors. This is our 3rd one so far.  Its so awesome because families can come and get 10 articles of clothing a piece all for free. They get so excited and I love helping them.  We also have a prayer team there that is of course optional but if they have something on their heart that needs prayed over, its done.
Then tomorrow evening, Todd and I are having dinner in Dallas at one of my favorite Italian restaurants Scalini's.  We are actually setting up a friend of Todd's with one of my cousins. I am so excited and nervous and I hope its a match.  They have seen each other before at my Holliween party and my birthday party so its not completely blind. 

Have I told yall that Todd is playing the church band? This is his 3rd week so far and I love to watch him on Sunday's during worship. He is a drummer and most of our friends at church had no idea how good he is.  I am excited that  (a) Todd is involved in something with church and (b) he's able to play drums which is his passion.  Win Win!!   Its also kinda sexy to watch him play in the band. Oh wait sorry- we're talking about church band.  hehe!!

Have a great weekend y'all!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I'm getting a crown and not the fancy tiara kind

I am such a baby! I just really really really detest going to the dentist for any kind of dental work.  I had braces as a kid for almost 4 years. During those 4 years I wore neck gear, head gear, rubberbands, a protractor thingamajig ( I hat to sleep with it and bite into ), and any other contraption they could come up with.  I dealt with it because I had jacked up teeth.  True  Story.  I did however lose my retainer the first year I got it and it was before the day they permanently put them on bottom teeth.  My teeth have since shifted and are a little crooked again. Dangit!!
I have always gone twice a year for my checkups and do the best dental hygiene I can.  Around 4 years ago I went to a dentist for checkup and was told I needed a crown. Um ok sure. I always heard they were harmless and really no big deal.  Leave it to my experience to have the worst.  The dentist had to make a mold, and then put in a temporary crown.  It was very painful and I was traveling for work every week then. I was in California the next week which is my favorite place to visit and I stayed in the hotel room after work and cried.  I called the Dentist from the airport and they said yes just get here before we close which was 5 on Friday. I drove like crazy thru traffic and when I got there, she (Dentist) was in a hurry to get out and didn't see me. Then she proceeded to make me schedule another apt with her the next week which luckily I was in town . I was then told I needed a root canal and that I would have to go to a specialist.  It just kept getting worse! I scheduled an appointment with the Specialist and I kept feeling what she was doing after 5 shots of Novocain. That made her stop and then reschedule for yet another appointment and I had to take a pill to knock me out and someone had to pick me up.  A month of discomfort still with a temporary crown, I finally got the root canal ( hundreds of dollars later) and got a permanent crown ( much anguish later).

The week I was leaving for Sturgis I had my ordinary checkup when I was told I needed a crown on one of my teeth that still has a silver filling from almost 30 years ago. Needless to say I almost broke into tears.  I have had such anxiety leading up to today.  The good news is that I have a new dentist that I really like. In fact, I fired/quit going to the Dentist who put me through Hell on the last crown and that was when I found this one I have now.  He is aware of my horrible time with last crown and he's so sweet. He promised me it wont be like that. Fingers crossed!  Say a little prayer for me around 2:30 central time.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A little HodgePodge today

1.       The best part of waking up is____taking my sweet puppy out to the backyard and both of us stretching and  shaking the cobwebs out. How many of you sung the jingle to Folgers when you read the question?  Cant help it!
2.  Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience (or for those non-adventurers...which would you dislike the least?)- Swim with the dolphins at one of several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten minutes from Victoria Falls (Africa), or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventana Wildlife Society helping track California condors?

It’s a toss between the dolphins and the lions. I really would love to do both.  Florida is easier to get to though so I may end up doing that before the lion encounter in Africa.  The condors being the least but I would take ANY excuse to get to California.

3. What is something you fear about 'old age'? What is something you look forward to? I look forward to the AARP and senior discounts in restaurants and retail shops.  I look forward to the day I’m retired and I can sit still and look back on how long and hard I’ve worked.  I fear dying alone and being too sick to take care of myself.  I don’t want to live with Alzheimer’s or a crippling disease that would put me in a position to burden someone else. I cant even think about it without getting very sad. 

4. Hot sauce...are you a fan? If you answered yes, what's something you make/eat that must have hot sauce? On a scale of 1-10 how hot is too hot? I love a good mild to medium sauce that has great flavor. I am not a fan of it being too hot.  I am very fortunate and biased of living in Dallas with the best salsas around.  I love chips and hot sauce and can eat it every week. 

5. It's been said that children learn what they live. What do you think children learn at your house? I don’t have kids of my own. I have 2 stepkids that are both teenagers and they don’t come over often anymore. I did babysit last weekend and the boys didn’t want to leave. I would hope they know that they can have fun and be safe at my house while at the same time abide by rules.

6. What's your favorite movie with a number in it's title? Hmmm, for teenage campy I loved Sixteen Candles, for a scary creeper I liked Seven and old cheesy would be Three Amigos.

7. Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell a Joke Day...share one here.   Here is a wine joke:
Father O'Reilly was driving down to Boston when got stopped for speeding in Medford. The highway patrol officer smelled alcohol on the priest's breath and then saw an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.

He said, 'Father, have you been drinking?'
'Only water', replied Father O'Reilly.
The policeman asked, 'Then how come I can smell wine?'
The priest looked at the bottle and said, 'Good Lord! He's done it again.'

8.  Insert your own random thought here.   So last night we all got the news that Lauren Bacall died at the age of 89.  I had always heard death happens in 3’s.  Do you believe that?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

O Captain-My Captain! Rest in Peace Robin Williams

Last night I was on the couch with my husband just watching TV and I had my ipad in my lap.  I read someone's post on facebook about Robin Williams dead and I literally gasped out loud and yelled out to Todd. " Oh NO! Robin Williams died"!  We were actually watching the news but it had started before the news came in.  Throughout the evening, I was glued to the TV and my ipad (Facebook).
I really am still so stunned that such an amazing loving man is no longer with us. I have a few friends , some very very close to me that is on depression medication everyday.  I cant imagine feeling so low that the only good escape that sounds reasonable is to take your life.  Suicide and Depression are serious and its not anything to ever take lightly.
My mom and I both own Birdcage. Its our " Go TO" movie that we never get tired off and can watch over and over. We always watch it when we're together and that wont be any different next month when I visit Mom in Montana.
There has been some very touching and sweet moments coming out today from other celebs who knew Robin Williams.  If you are on Twitter- you need to read posts from Norm McDonald.  Conan O'Brien was visibly stunned and shocked as he was wrapping up his show last night and got the word. He was very respectful and showed class.  ( He's normally not one of my favorites).
I remember as a kid watching every single episode of Mork and Mindy. I looked so forward to the show coming on every week.  Remember when Mork made a guest appearance on Happy Day's ? Happy Days was another show I faithfully watched along with Laverne and Shirley.  Mork wanted to know about men dating women and was asking Fonzi. 
Is it silly that I have been sad all day and nearly on the verge of tears over someone in Hollywood?  I also think of the St Jude commercials with him in them and how they may not show those anymore.
Here are some of the pictures I've seen and posted on Facebook and Instagram.

What were your favorites?  I already said Birdcage but I loved Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting and that creeper scary one he did One Hour Photo and I cant leave out Popeye.

I was in 8th grade living in Coronado when Popeye came out. He of course played Popeye and Shelley Duvall played Olive Oyl.   It was such a fun movie at the time which brings back memories.

Do you remember his stand up album? It was a little rated R  but it was so funny.
So i'm rambling now as memories keep popping up with all his movies. 
Here is one of my favorite scenes from Birdcage.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sturgis trip pt. 2.- Deadwood and Sturgis

Good morning y'all! I had intentions of posting in Friday but there was a change in plans. I got to babysit 2 of my favorite little boys that belong to dear friend of mine and they kept me busy.  I had a project for them too to earn some money to buy Legos. I needed them to pick up as many sticks as they could so Jax wouldn't eat so many.  They picked up a bag a piece but I pointed out most of them.  Let's just say that they were not too thrilled in this project.  I even said that I would pay 10$ a bag but they barely filled 1 bag a piece.  The best part was that they played all day with Jax and wore him out!
Where's Jax? Hiding behind Avery . 

I let them jump through the sprinkler and they had a blast.  It took everything I had not to join them. I had to work. 

So picking up where I left off on my trip: 
After Todd picked me up from airport, we spent the day riding to mt Rushmore , needles highway and Custer State park.  We had lunch at the BlueBell lodge where they served cornbread for appetizer. So yummy! One thing about all the restaurants in this area is that they serve buffalo as a choice in steaks, burgers , etc.   I love buffalo. 
The next day on Saturday , we all headed out towards Spearfish Canyon and Deadwood. Now I was super excited for Deadwood because I loved it the last time. It's just such a neat historical western town that is fun and laid back. 
We drove thru Deadwood first and stopped on edge of Sturgis.  From there , we all split up. Some people wanted to go back to Deadwood to gamble because there were casinos there. A large part of the group wanted to go to Devils Tower in Wyoming which was just a little over 100 miles.  I didn't want to go because I saw it before and Todd's back was hurting a little.  The two of us went into Sturgis alone and parked on Main Street. It was so great because it wasn't too crowded yet so we stopped in most all of the stores and did our souvenir shopping. I bought a tanktop because it started getting really hot and not having the sleeves helped from my tshirt. 
After a few hours in Sturgis, Todd and I went back to Deadwood to spend some time there and we had an amazing dinner  in the Social Club.  We had our Date Night and had delicious steaks and and artichoke appetizer that was mouth watering. It used to be an old brothel.  Y'all need to read the history on Deadwood. The cool part was we were there on August 2 which was the day Wild Bill Hickok was shot.  
After dinner in Deadwood , Todd and I went back into Sturgis for some night life and we met up with a friend of Todd's from Dallas.  Just in 24 hrs there was a huge difference in how Many bikes were showing up. It was starting to get crowded and it was awesome to see all the beautiful bikes.  We left around 10pm and didn't get back to Hill City until 11. Everyone from our group gathered for a bonfire in the evenings and with other bikers in our motel. In fact we met 2 ladies from Winnipeg who rode with us during the whole weekend. Thats what's it all about! 
Sunday was our last day and mine ended  earlier when I had to go back to airport. We all as a group went back into Sturgis that Sunday because it was the first time for the others.  We had lunch there and i had an Indian taco that was awesome. 
After a few hours there, i got to airport early.  My layover in Denver got delayed by almost 2 hours and by the time I got home, it was 2 am.  Yucky way to finish a great vacation!  
So here are tons more pics: 


We are still in process of getting pics developed and swapped with the others so I can say that this is NOT the last you will hear or see of my trip.   Matter of fact, Todd made reservations for next year this morning. It will be the 75th anniversary next year. Woohoo!!