Thursday, October 8, 2015

Nutcracker Ballet Discount

When I was a little girl, I remember going to see "The Nutcracker" and thinking it was magical.  Since that first time, I have seen the ballet several more times and each time, it still delights me to no end.  If you have a little one in your life, I highly suggest taking them to see "The Nutcracker" as it is family friendly and the music will most likely be familiar. 

The Moscow Ballet's production will be touring all over the United States and I am happy to announce that my readers can save on tickets with this exclusive offer from US Family Guide .

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

3 + 3 in 300sqft Week 4

See that top book?  I have not only read that one this month but the two that follow it in the series.  I could hardly put them down.  I highly recommend.
Just down the road from our hotel is a lovely dog park.  We go on weekends so the dogs can stretch their legs.  Engineer takes Winnie in the big dog park (dogs over 30 lbs.) while Diva and I sit and visit with the other dog owners in the little dog park (dogs under 30lbs.).  

I am reminded of the scene from Disney's "101 Dalmations" where the dogs and their owners look very much alike when I look around at the folks and their canine companions at the park.  Besides the general amusement of seeing little dogs scampering around everywhere, the dog owners are amusing as well.  The older ladies know everyone in the park, their dogs, and their business.  It's something else.

Before the concert started
I had seen that violin virtuoso Joshua Bell was going to be performing opening night with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and immediately got on the phone to try to get tickets.  I succeeded and we caught the champagne reception before the phenomenal performance to a packed house.  

Reading lots of Texan & astronaut literature at the moment
Engineer has had lots of meetings with company big wigs and investors lately.  Diva is increasingly enjoying school.

See that top book in the first photo?  I have not only read that one this month but the two that follow it in the series.  I could hardly put them down.  In fact, I used them as motivators for the gym - I only read them while on the treadmill (I did the same thing with The Astronaut Wives Club).  I highly recommend the series.  

We've been grocery shopping at a Kroger down the road from the hotel and much to my delight, they have a whole section of British food.  It is outrageously expensive but to us it was worth the inflated price for some HP Sauce (a bit like A1 Sauce but fruitier) for our bacon sarnies.

Diva's school has a six man football team.  It's an interesting way of playing and watching - most fans sit in folding chairs flush with the field.  There is a rule called something like the "mercy rule" which basically means that if a team is up by 50 points or more at the half, then the game is called.  I know this because the Warriors invoked that rule week one.  Go team!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Madly in Love

We've made it through another rite of passage...Homecoming.

Here in Texas, for those of you not in the Lone Star State, the girls wear mums and the boys wear mini mums on their arms called garters.  These oversized corsages consist of silk flower mums (typically white ones but sometimes they are school colors) on a ruffled backing with streamers of ribbons, lace, and dangling plastic and metal adornments like mascots, bells, etc. all attached by masses and masses of hot glue.

Diva was content to not have a mum, as she is a fairly contented child, but as her Momma, I felt like she needed to have one.

It was probably because she is in her first year of high school.
Or maybe it was because she has had to start high school while living in a hotel.
Possibly it was because she has been moved away from schools and homes that she loved twice in two years.
Most likely, it was because of all of the above.

I have not a crafty bone in my body and as for wielding a glue gun?  Fuhghedaboudit! 

I struggled with what to do; I felt like I should get her a mum and I was running out of time.

Nothing in the Moppins household gets done in a "normal" way and yet my only option was looking like going to a chain store to find a pre-made run-of-the-mill mum.

Then I had an epiphany.

What I am capable of are very simple knitting projects and crocheting pathetic chains.  I never said I was a perfectionist.   Thus, the knitted mum was created...and it suits her.  Diva is a knitter, a much better one than I am I might add, and she was thrilled.

Her one request was that she could have a "special ribbon"- one that was unique to if a knitted mum was not already unique enough.  Her request was granted.

A one of a kind ribbon in a one of a kind mum for a one of a kind girl.

1-4-3 DM!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

3 + 3 in 300sqft Week 3

I am sipping my coffee and watching the glossy fronds of a palm tree lazily billowing on the breeze just outside our window here at the hotel.  Hotel life is not so bad. 

We have now perfected our morning routine which I have lovingly titled our "Scoochouttatheway Ballet."  Everyone knows where they can sit or stand to do whatever it is they need to do without infringing on the space of someone else.  If only the dogs would get with the program...

Another week with more news, we put in an offer on a house and it was accepted!  If When everything goes smoothly, we will have closed on the Bossier house and two days later, closed on the Houston house. 

You know what a new house means, right?  A new name for the new house.  Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

There are some similarities between Bossier and Houston - humidity, bayous on the sides of the roads, and newscasts about gators in neighborhoods.  My favorite similarity though are the birds; I love seeing all of the waterfowl.  One of the neighborhoods/cities where we were looking at houses is actually a bird sanctuary.  I am pretty sure we are in the flight path of migratory birds as well.  One of my hopes is that Engineer takes me to the island in the Gulf where all of the hummingbirds stop and refuel before they make their way south for the winter.

I never thought I would like living near a big city, but I do.  The opportunities are amazing!  Symphonies, choirs, bands, dance groups, theatre troops, yacht clubs, polo matches, sports teams, and every possible good or service or food you could desire is available.

Similarly, I never thought I would want to live close to water (snakes, skeeters, and such) but I am totally digging being 15 minutes from the water (in the new house, it will be far less than that.)  Watching and hearing the clang of the yachts and sailboats go by is my new favorite pastime.

Our mantra since moving down here is "Embrace the lifestyle" and so far, we're doing a pretty good job of that.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

3 + 3 in 300sqft Week 2

A couple of weeks ago was a big week for us.

Diva had her first full week back at school.  Her teachers all love her and she has already made a handful of friends.

Engineer was in West Virginia for several days.  (In our first two weeks in Houston, Engineer was gone on business trips for roughly half of the time.)

The biggest news was that after months on the market, we sold our house!  Hallelujah!  Thank you Lord for our buyers!  We hope they enjoy living in "Beloved Bayou" as much as we did.

We spent the day downtown for the annual Houston Theatre District's Open House.  You could walk or take the trolley to the various theatre venues to watch performers from drum circles to jazz combos to the Houston Ballet.  There were backstage tours and you could meet the performers. 

They had discounts on tickets to nearly any type of performance you could possibly want, so we picked up half price ballet tickets and tickets to the opera.  But even better than that, somehow or another, we were chosen for free Houston Symphony Orchestra tickets.  Score!

Diva's buddy from school was with us and we took the girls to the Hard Rock Cafe for supper.  It was her friend's first time at a HRC and she enjoyed it.

After two weeks, hotel life is still okay.  It doesn't really affect Engineer or Diva that much since they are gone during the day.  The only time it gets a little dicey is when three people all want to use the one bathroom.

I have gotten quite a bit of reading done and I'm down a couple of pounds from working out in the hotel gym every day.  So really hotel life isn't bad at all...especially since someone else changes my sheets and vacuums my floor.  ;)

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