Saturday, July 31, 2010

Feeling Better

I'm feeling better. Thanks for letting me vent.

Everything is going to be ok with the family situation. It's not life or death, just a tough time. I am pretty sensitive (ha ha) and was just having a very bad night on Thursday. I mean if the people going through it are relatively calm, I guess I will be too. But, all shall be well eventually.

Today I intend to lay around and watch chick flicks. I started off this morning with 27 Dresses - it was on TV. Cute one. I will follow this with Did You Hear About the Morgan's and then The Time Traveler's Wife.

Should be a good day! I guess Conrad will go out and piddle in the yard. HA!


P.S. I have done some blog house-cleaning. I took some blogs off who hadn't posted in more than a month, or that were just not inspiring me anymore. I added some that seemed so fun and so ME- like Red Neck Chic and Rowdy Mama and Pistols and Cupcakes - please check these girls out!

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Sometimes it's great to have a blog so you can just VENT. Right now ... I am just so incredibly emotional ...

First of all, there's work. I am really in a place where I love my job and I'm confident. I know how to do it, I do it well. I look forward to doing it and for the most part I have a pretty good time. I'm well compensated and I like my coworkers. I was new to Houston of course when I was hired, and I met a couple of ladies I call some of my closest friends there ... but MAN sometimes it is HARD. Sometimes you have to try to take the emotion out of things. Sometimes you have to get past the attitudes. I really think the difference between men and women really show in the workplace. Men seem to be so calm and so ... logical about things in the workplace ... but women are NOT. You can get on the elevator and not see someone and be snubbed for weeks - because they think you ignore them. I am feeling incredibly frustrated right now because of how emotional people can be - and I have always prided myself on keeping things unemotional at work. I'm not a workplace crier - but goodness, lately I've wanted to sit in my car with a Whooper with cheese, a chocolate milkshake and hankerchief. This should pass soon!

 ............ and then in other news, just family trouble ... I shoulder so much worry and so much... sadness for the things other people go through. I've always been a sympathetic, empathetic person and I think to my own deteriment. I want to fix everything for everyone ... but most of the time people don't want to give that back to me. My family is going through something troubling and scary and sad right now - and I can't do a darn thing about it but sit back and watch. I've asked Conrad did he think I should get involved in x,y and z and he said just be here ... just be ready to take a phone call. The problem is, thinking about other people's troubles- I could just cry myself to sleep sometimes. I feel EVERYTHING - and I wish sometimes I could just be numb.

I think I could handle any one of the issues above with no problem, but when they occur at the same time, I just want to go to bed with a DVD, a good book and stay there for a few days. I walk around with tears just behind my eyes and a lump in my throat. What a way to try to get through the day, huh?

Well, prayers if you have a few extra minutes- mostly for my family situation, if you will. Pray that we all make it through it even though it only DIRECTLY effects one person - it seems like there is so much concern for her and sadness and ... we just all, well I just feel like it's happening to me too.

Have a good weekend y'all.


Monday, July 26, 2010


I'm pretty proud ...

Conrad wanted some cupcakes and I did have come mix, but no icing! Well I've watched enough Paula Deen - I know it's easily made, just never done it. I pulled out my handy dandy mixer and BAM, vanilla buttercream - and it is GOOD. Conrad said he likes it better than the store bought kind. I even went so far to stick it in a freezer bag, snip off the end and pipe it on. It came out in big, fat swirls, JUST like on TV!

I am so proud ...

and now I am for SURE enrolling in the Wilton Cake School!


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Two for Two

I'm trying to get back into blogging. Forgive me. Life gets in the way.

Before Conrad's family came last week we ate NINE meals at home for dinner. Back to back to well ... you get the picture. Then they came, and there was a lot of eating out, as you do ... and it was hard to get back on the program. But back on it we are.

Last night I stopped off at the HEB Vintage Market. I was under the mistaken impression it was more expensive than the run of the mill Kroger or HEB but I was SO WRONG. HEB Central Market can be pricey but this place was REALLY reasonable and much better than the average market. They have a gorgeous bakery and a cheese section to make you cry, etc etc ... they also have a chef who sits there with a microphone and cooks in front of you (did you know this is how Rachel Ray started out) anyway ... she was making something called Agave Chicken. OH MY GAH. All I had to do was buy the Adams Reserve Jamaican Jerk seasoning and the bottle of Agave. First of all Adams Reserve is NICE STUFF. I don't know how much money will take or how long it will take but I fully intend to use up my spices I have and replace with the Adams Reserve. GOOD STUFF ... so I came home and I made the Agave Chicken. HEAVEN.

Tonight - I decided no more canned or bottled salad dressings for me. Except for ranch. Everyone should have a bottle or eleventy billion on hand of THAT - but the rest of it, I'll make. I made a homemade ceasar dressing which was surprisingly good (made with anchovy paste found at HEB Vintage!) and a homemade canadian bacon pizza. It was really great.

Two for two ...

Tomorrow I think is a eat out day - our friend Amy is town from MN this weekend and we have plans to take her to Bootsie's, the new star of Tomball cuisine - but back on the wagon Monday night. I am thinking either some Beddar Cheddar's (sausage links) or some jumbalaya with jalapeno sausage. Just don't know yet. But I am loving cooking right now.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Andy x 2

1 brother = found

Monday, July 19, 2010


If anyone has seen my brother Andy ... in Austin, Texas please tell him to call me or someone in his family. My other brother says he has not seen him in about a month ... which is scary ... he went to stay with a guy named Jose that he got a job with  ... only I don't know who Jose is or ... what this job is.

So, if ya see him or hear of him tell him to call. I am NOT DOWN with these disappearing acts! It's not a good feeling not knowing where everyone is!


Monday, July 5, 2010

Good Weekend

July 4th weekend was really nice.

I got off a little early on Friday and we headed to Greenville (little over an hour North of Dallas) and we drove through what I can only call a MONSOON. It took 6 HOURS to get where we could have been in 3 HOURS. It was a nail biting, fist clinching ride. Anyway, we arrived safe.

My friend Toni did me a huge favor and was able to take care of Blanca while we went to church on Sunday to see a musical program for the 4th. So we popped in on her and my sis on Friday night when we FINALLY got there  - we went to Love N War in Texas which is a great restaurant in Plano. Saturday was a great day that ended with fireworks and sparklers in Greenville and some GREAT fajitas.

Sunday was an early morning - church and then a drive home. I also got to meet Conrad's uncle for the first time. We have emailed back and forth for years, but never met face to face. It was such a nice day - his great aunt who is 91 !!!!!!!!!!!! also came out  - just the perfect day. The three of us completely crashed when we got home. Today was spent washing clothes and grocery shopping - and now we are just catching up on our TV programs and relaxing before heading back to workies tomorrow.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.