Thursday, April 23, 2015

Our Week in Mostly Pictures

I've tried for days to think of something even mildly clever to say about last week, but nothing has come to me.
Not that the week wasn't something to talk about - lots went on.  I just can't seem to express my thoughts very well so I'm going for pictures instead.

Last week:

Thank you ladies for coming to try out the product with me!

  • I hosted a Downy Wrinkle Release House Party.

This is what our house looked like when we bought it.
Engineer and I spent several weekends earlier this year ripping
out all of those bushes and planted rosebushes, bulbs,
and other flowering plants.  Of course, we did all that before
we knew we were moving.

  • Was the first week of our house being on the market and not one soul looked at it.  Living in a perpetually show ready house is both a blessing and a curse.  It is AWESOME to live in a show home; however, it is considerably less awesome to keep it that way when you, three dogs, and two other people live there.

This variety is called Ebb Tide and is the most stunning shade of purple.

  • The aforementioned roses started to get into the swing of things

Can you tell what it is?  Shhhh...don't tell Diva.
I haven't cleaned it up yet but it should be
a fun surprise for our voracious reader.  

  • My friend Holly and I skived off to the bevy of estate sales where we ran into some friends from Marshall who were there after the same item I was.  They had mercy on me though since I was getting it for a birthday present for Diva.  

A face only a mother could love

  • I found out that we have a massive reptile who I have disdainfully labeled "Skinkzilla" living in our flower bed.  It haunts my dreams...and my daily constitutional when I go and smell the roses.

Getting her hair done for the dance

The girls before the dance.

  • Diva had her hair done for her first semi-formal school dance.  She and her school chum Ashley from the neighborhood went together.  While they were at the dance, Ashley's family, Engineer, and I went to eat a local Chinese place and had one of the worst dining experiences any of us had ever had.  Honestly after 2 1/2 hours I didn't want my meal anymore anyway.  

We dirty up good don't we?

    I especially like how the shadow
    created by my duck lips gives the
    appearance of a mustache.
  • Our theme for this month's Supper Club was Canned Redneck Delight.  Every course had something from a can involved.  
Our menu:

Pink Panty Dropper (that was the signature drink, NOT a party game)
Marinated Pineapple Spam Kabobs
Pear Mayonnaise Salad
Venison Meatloaf & Vegetables
Chocolate Dump Cake
Surprisingly, it was edible...mostly....

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Madly in Love

Ebb Tide is the name of this rose.
We bought it because Diva's favorite color is purple. 
I was lamenting the other day that we would be moving before we even got to see blooms on our new rosebushes.

As you can see from the above picture, that is not the case.  I have the deep rich purple blooms of the Ebb Tide that is pictured, a double bloomed yellow rose, and a Koko Loko rose making a show right now.

Many more buds are forming each day on the other eleven plants so I needn't worry too much about not being able to enjoy them.

Engineer says that we are like Johnny Appleseed but instead of fruit trees, we plant rosebushes wherever we go.

He may be right.

1-4-3 EM, or should I say, Johnny Rosebush!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Here and There

The view from our table at the fabulous
Opus Bistro in the beautiful
waterfront town of Clear Lake Shores
Like I told a friend, "You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't keep her away."

Life has taken me on paths I never intentionally started down.

I never intended to be married before I graduated college.
I never intended to have a baby in a foreign country.
I never intended to move back to my hometown.
I never intended to live in Louisiana.
I can now add to this list...
I never intended to only live somewhere for a year.

Last year, we moved from Marshall, TX to Bossier City, LA.
I was resistant at first because I did not want to leave Diva's school, our Little Pink House, our extended family, our friends, in short, our lives.

Since living in Louz-yana, we have eaten some great food, attended our first roller derby, and found out just how sweet it is to Beloved Bayou (our house).
But, we haven't found a church home, become ingrained in the community, or been involved in much of anything.

Kemah Boardwalk
Around four weeks ago I mentioned to Engineer that my mourning period was over - that I was ready to settle in the SBC.  I also mentioned that now that the wounds of leaving Marshall had healed, I was prepared to move anywhere.  I would happily follow him and his career wherever that may take us.

What I didn't know was how soon that statement would be tested.

Three weeks ago Engineer was approached by a Houston firm to interview with its CEO.  Let me be clear, Engineer had not been looking for another job.  He has had wonderful experiences and opportunities at his current company.  But he had worked with a few people at this other firm and they had spoken so highly of him that the CEO's curiosity was piqued.

When Engineer told me about the job, I laughed.  I have always maintained that God has a sense of humor.  He knew the desire of my heart was to be back in Texas but Houston was certainly not what I had in mind.
I don't like big cities.  Houston is the fourth biggest city in the US.
I don't like the sea.  The area we are looking at is 30 minutes from the Gulf Coast. 
I did say that I would cheerfully follow Engineer anywhere in the world...that includes Houston.

Engineer did have a lunch meeting with several of the company's higher-ups and after meeting him the CEO asked, "What will it take to get you down here and on our team?"  Well apparently, what it was going to take was the approval of Diva and myself.

Over Spring Break, we loaded up the dogs and drove down south where the palm trees and pine trees grow side-by-side.  We had a little mini vacation scouting the area and looking at area schools...just in case.

Another Kemah Boardwalk attraction
We met with people from the firm for lunch and toured the facilities.  And while Engineer was hashing out contract details, Diva and I conducted our own interviews in the lobby.  We spoke with all sorts of employees and all of them said how pleased they were with the company.
Every. Single. One.  Wow.

Diva and I had not discussed the possibility of Houston with each other.  It was only after Engineer had accepted the job that we both confessed we had known we would be moving.  As soon as Engineer wanted us to look at the area, we knew.

Interestingly, we all had real peace about moving.
Moving back to Texas.
Moving to southeast Houston.
Moving jobs.
Moving school.

After just living here for a year, we are headed back to Texas to take on yet another adventure.

Anyone living in the Houston area with tips and activities, please do share!

And anyone moving to the Shreveport/Bossier City area, please buy my house!  ;)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Madly in Love

We visited the Houston area for a few days over Spring Break.

One of our outings was to the Kemah Boardwalk.  It's a little old-timey amusement park located on the waterfront.

While waiting for one ride to start, "Uptown Funk" came over the loudspeakers and all of the sudden, despite being strapped in and amidst thousands of people who may or may not have been looking at Diva & Engineer at that moment, those two started lip-syncing and dancing like they were the only two on the planet.

I had a front row seat.
Cost of a ticket to the two-man show?  Priceless.

1-4-3 EM & DM

Monday, April 6, 2015


Engineer and I went to the opening press event at Natural Grocers in Tyler, TX last Sunday.  It was interesting finding out about the company since we had never heard of them.   If you have one near you, I would very much recommend a visit.

On the way to the event, we dropped off Diva to spend several days of her Spring Break with her grandparents.  They soaked up the time with each other doing grandparent/grandchild things like shopping, getting their nails done, visiting folks in the nursing home, and baking cupcakes.  As usual, when I picked Diva up, no one was ready for her to leave yet.

A dear friend visited Monday morning and we tried the new Tom + Chee restaurant that just opened the weekend before.  We had seen them on Shark Tank and as we were standing in line, the owner came out to talk to us; as it turns out, he is the company creator's cousin.  My friend and I split the grilled cheese donut for which they are famous.  Good gravy it was delicious!  I must insist that from now on, all grilled cheese sandwiches be on donuts.

Ferris wheel at the Kemah Boardwalk
Engineer, Diva, the three dogs, and I visited the Clear Lake area of Houston for a few days.  Caspar and Winnie did pretty well on their first road trip.  Truffles is well seasoned traveler; after all, she flew back with us from England all those years ago and has made many road trips. The highlight for the canine contingent in our entourage was when we found a beautiful dog park close to our hotel.  Caspar was in his element and somehow or another recruited all of the other little dogs into a little gang.  It was so cute.

For the foreseeable future, we will be eating down the pantry and freezer.  Here is our menu:

Sunday - Easter Dinner
Monday - Beef Stir Fry over Rice
Tuesday - Beans, Cabbage, & Cornbread
Wednesday - Ham, Peas, and Mac & Cheese
Thursday - Tuna Steaks & Salad
Friday - Baked Spaghetti & Salad
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.

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