Friday, December 31, 2010

Five Years ....

Conrad I met (again) 5 years ago, yesterday.

December 30, 2005 - and here we are on that day!

Our first date was the next day.... and "we've not been apart since" ... although yes it was a Houston to Dallas relationship. I just mean we never saw anyone else after this night. So glad it was a party and someone thought to take pics!

Here is to 55 more glorious years!

Happy New Year, y'all


Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 Year In Review

I stole this question/ answer thing from Jess's blog- but I thought it was cool. So here are my answers!

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

We bought land to build a house on AND we designed said house.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never really make resolutions. I have a Bucket List and I mostly go off of that ... and quite a few things have been checked of, so I'm happy with that!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, not someone super close.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My sister's mother in law did and it was VERY upsetting. We weren't close but I thought she was a very nice lady and I felt horrible for my brother in law.

5. What countries did you visit?
None outside of my own!

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
I would like to have a new house- and that may be a reality.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 9- when my sisters mother in law died.
May 5- when we closed on our land
Dec 11 - family thing

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Well again, buying the land. That's super grown up, dontcha know?

9. What was your biggest failure?
I thought I was going to try to get fit and healthy and I didn't. I also thought I was going to be debt free, but I'm still $7K away from that. At the beginning of last year thoughtit was somewhere in the $20's. I've made major progress.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I got Strep Throat for the first time EVER in February. I felt like a little kid!

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The Land; my laptop; new dining room table

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All of my coworkers in my little area where I work. They did a GREAT job this year donating for the needy kids our company supports. We drew ornaments and they all went above and beyond for those kids. We had so many presents, they almost had to send another truck.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Can I even say this out loud? One of my brothers .... out of control. I wake up every morning and then suddenly there is a pit in my stomach and I remember we have major major problems.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Towards that debt!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My Tony Romo jersey for Christmas, LOL. Long live the Cowboys!

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Life After You - Daughtry

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? SADDER
b) thinner or fatter? SAME
c) richer or poorer? RICHER

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercise and cooking at home

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Reading novels and sitting here on the couch watching reruns of everything, over and over.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
In Dallas, with Conrad's family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
No, but still in love.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
OMG we discovered Modern Family. HIGH-larious

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I am disappointed in some people, but I don't hate anyone this year.

24. What was the best book you read?
There are too many to list.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Ah- musicals. Kelley and I go all the time and we also went and saw Wicked. I fell in love with that stuff!

26. What did you want and get?
Well I want Conrad and I to continue to grow and improve and we have. We have less debt, well I do- he never had any. We made a decision about whether to buy or build and made enroads to getting that done. We continue to get along and love and respect each other. I could not have asked for a better year with him.

27. What did you want and not get?
I did not get that weight loss I wanted. I guess I didn't want it enough because I didn't do much about it. In 2011 I will.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I LOVED Grey Gardens. I watched the movie and then I went back and watched the documentary from the 70's. It was fascinating!

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 35. I think we went to dinner. It was mid week, hard to party down.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
This will sound strange but I still have a bone to pick with my former best friend. There were so many times I wanted to sit and write her a letter and just close that chapter but there never seemed to be a good time. Some people say if I do it, she will know I still think of her and care. I don't care ... but I do think of her and it's not in a good way. I think if you mistreat people or you just turn into a big jerk, you should be told about it. Otherwise, you get away with hurting people and go off down your merry way, leaving people bruised and bloodied and I don't THINK SO. So this year I will get around to letting her know that I know she went completely and totally crazy AND ... was never my friend to begin with.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

32. What kept you sane?
Conrad, reading, my friends.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Well Elizabeth Edwards dying really made me sad. I didn't agree with her politically ... but she had been through a terrible 15 years ... with patches of bright spots and then unfortunately - her last three years or so were a complete and total nightmare. I almost feel like death was a sweet release and also I think she's with her son. I hope her husband spends the rest of his life feeling like a HEEL.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
Kelley will laugh at this - um, during our United Way campaign we were forced to confront illegal immigration in our community. I have always fancied myself a moderate - but it turns out if I were any more conservative I'd be in 3 piece suits. I had a friend tell me, "nothing about you says moderate" ... so this year was full of information!

35. Who did you miss?
I miss my grandparents every single day. I also miss my parents who don't live anywhere near me. It would be nice to have dinner with them on a random day or be able to see them anytime I wanted to.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
I really like the guys who are selling land in our new community - they are great and have become friends. Sometimes Conrad goes up to the sales office just to hang out.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
I learned that I can't fix people or save people. I learned that my way isn't always going to be everyone's way and also that I can't take on other people's hurt. I've tried to absorb it and I just am not able to do that. So all I can do is pray and empathize and hope that Time Wounds All Heels. :)

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Of all the things I still remember
Summer's never looked the same
The years go by and time just seems to fly
But the memories remain


Tuesday, December 28, 2010


I just got lucky!

For WEEKS anytime I get out of my car - after a long drive- like to work, I smell burning. At first it was just a hint and I thought hmmmm... something weird in the air. I'd go to lunch (short drive) and nothing. I'd drive home, weird smell ... weekend comes, run up to the library or somewhere close, no smell.

Yesterday it got BAD. So bad Conrad came out and smelled it too. I popped the hood- nothing leaking. I finally said well I bet it's the back brakes. I have been expecting them to go and right after Christmas (money's tight!) ....... lovely.

Today it was even WORSE so I stopped at Kwik Kar on the way home to get them to check it out. My heart was in my throat waiting for Steve to get back with my keys. He came back in .... transmission? oil leak? back brakes shot? alternator? OMG- is my engine ok ????? ........

"ma'am? you ran over a plastic bag"
" a plastic bag, on your exhaust. a big one"
"a PLASTIC bag????"
"Yes, it's melted ... I pulled it off and chipped away at it's melted all over the exhaust ... and there is a tiny bit left. You may have a residual smell for a few days"
"OMG, thank you ... what do I owe you?"

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Man did I get lucky and I LOVE that Kwik Kar!


Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Essence ...

Much like Christmas, the essence is almost gone too!

Merry Christmas to you and yours ......


Thursday, December 23, 2010


I have been meaning to post this forever.

This is the dining set Conrad had when I met him. I think his parents got it in the 90's - and it's perfectly fine, just wasn't the direction the decor seemed to be going in. We seemed to be getting darker and more contemporary and this wasn't cutting it. We told Conrad's sister when they were here in July and she said she'd love to have it. SCORE!

A lot of people have this set .... I just didn't love it anymore for us. Another shot?

SO - in October we went to Dallas for the JJ Pierce Holiday Bizzare and we brought our table with us. His sister had JUST refinished her floors, so it was perfect timing AND we didn't have to mess with Craigslist - and it stayed in the family.

My mom came from SC to visit a few days before the Dallas trip ..... and we went to Wal-Mart and saw a cute set. I wanted something inexpensive, but cute and modern - and I wanted it to be able to move into my craft room in the new house. So I didn't want it to be big or have a leaf. So we found just the perfect thing - at Wal-Mart and it was $200. SCORE AGAIN! .... Conrad went with me the next weekend with his Tahoe and we got it home and put together.

My mom loved it in the store- but of course, neither of us had seen it in the dining room. PERFECT for staging the housse for selling AND for crafting down the road ...

Another shot?

I LOVE IT! ... and I ran up to my friend Joanna's store- Refined Spaces in Tomball - and got that little table scarf. It's very cute and goes great. I do think I need to have a piece of glass cut for the top of the table so I won't be so paranoid about scratches, but it's 99% perfect!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Kicks

I got these bad boys when my mom was here in JC Penny.

They were regularly $40 - and I got them for $10.

I am ROCKING them this winter! You jealous?


Monday, December 20, 2010

Glass Buckets

Secret Santa gift # 2 is a 24 oz. glass she wanted. No pics for that! It was nothing exciting. Although it DID stretch the budget!

Secret Santa #3 - a custom glass bucket with a bottle o' vodka.

Started with a glass bucket:

I used my handy dandy Silhouette machine - and made a vinyl cut out of her name, Jill. Then I used tranfer paper to put it on the bucket, and used etching cream. The bottle said 5 minutes, but it was more like 20. I have no idea ... but anyway, the result:


I put some blue tissue paper in the bottom (water, ice?), put in a bottle of vokda- I hear she enjoys it! ... and then at Hobby Lobby I found some glass ice cubes for 50% off. So I added those too. This thing is showroom ready - she is going to LOVE it.

I'm so jealous, I want one myself!


Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Essence of Christmas

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Secret Santa is upon us ... and it gets harder and harder to think of cool things every year. We have three days of presents and a $30 limit. Every year I sort of try to do some crafts or something and keep the budget down.

This year I drew the name of a girl who likes to "garden and cook" ... ok, well that should be easy! ... and since it's winter there aren't a ton of plants available ... so I went deep into the abyss of my brain and came up with ... chalkboard pots!

I started off with regular terra cota pots .... at Home Depot, like 94 cents each.

Then I painted the RIMS ONLY in chalkboard paint - so that whatever she puts in the pot ... she can label it there. Chalkboard paint is SO COOL - I love it. I want to cover everything in the house with chalkboard. It is just the neatest thing. You do two coats- one horizonal, then let it dry, then vertical, then dry ... and 24 hours later, you can write in chalk.

Then after I was done, they looked a little plain - so I painted the body of the pots, white ... SUPER CUTE.

Then I stuffed each one with green tissue paper (grass), labled each pot: basil, rosemary, cilantro, dill - and then I put a seed packet of each of those things in there. I took three pieces of chalk and wrapped it in a black & white ribbon - and it was SO CUTE ... THEN I forgot to take a pic and gave it to her today, LOL  ... and I can't believe I did that but I thought this was SO CUTE.

She LOVED it.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010


This year my friend Debbie and I are exchanging gifts! We have a $20 limit ... and I love a challenge.

I found these really nice candle holders at Hobby Lobby. The color was off though. For me, LOVE them, but for Debbie - I didn't love them. I actually think Debbie would have liked them a lot, but I wanted to personalize them for her .. I loved the bones of them, but her decor is much more feminine. I have a lot of dark furniture - hers is lighter and I was thinking a cream color, maybe some gold (her curtains have gold) would be good. SO ... I bought these and REVAMP!

A can o' high heat spray paint:

Cute, but not quite THERE - so I took some gold paint and antiqued it a little. I painted all the little nooks and crannies and then wiped it off with a paper towel. It left JUST enough ... so cute. I loved how they turned out! Oh and I thought the soft green candles would be great too.

A little up close action of the gold:

Merry Christmas, Debbie!


Monday, December 13, 2010


Just some pics of our little tree ... when we build the new house - we'll get a big tree ... maybe even a couple, but for now, we have a tabletop tree. I think Conrad's parents gave it to him. We've had it as long as we've known each other and this is Christmas # 5 for us!

The cutest thing about this tree is that every year Conrad puts the "star" on the tree ... which is really a winter Jack In the Box antennea ball - with a scarf! I think it's so funny ... and I think it's pretty unique.

and finally .... my favorite ornament. Conrad's parents gave this to us FOR Christmas 2007 - we had just announced our engagement. I think they went to a Canton type place and had it made. I loved it the minute I saw it - it even has lace over the wedding gown! I will treasure it forever.... and it was even cooler cause we weren't married yet (that was 2008) so it was like WOW, this is REALLY happening!


Saturday, December 11, 2010


I  have so many fun pics to post!

I have been working on Secret Santa at work and some projects for my friends ... so I can't post QUITE yet ... but very soon. Today has been craft day from sun up til sun down. I am TIRED! :)

This was also Conrad's 36th birthday. We had a great time. Pizza at his fav place, Vito's ... where they snuck out and gave him a tiramisu and sang to him. Then I gave him a Best Buy gift card - and then we headed to The Woodlands to eat dinner at Tommy Bahamas. YUM-O that place was GREAT!

Then on the way back to the car we stopped in and I showed him the beauty and wonder that is the store, Orvis. I know where a clearance outlet is - so guess where we're going tomorrow!?

Seasons greetings and RIP Elizabeth Edwards.