Archive for November, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 29, 2010

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend spent visiting with family and eating lots of good food! Mark and I spent the holiday with my parents and grandparents and we thouroughly enjoyed having four whole days to relax and spend quality time with those we love. Thanks to all that extra time I checked off pretty much everything on my Autumn bucket list but that post will have to wait until later…I’ll be without a computer for a while because Mark left yesterday for a four day business trip to Vegas and he took our laptop with him {I whipped up this post right before he left}. In the mean time I’ll be taking a much needed break from the internet to put up Christmas decorations, have a little “me” time and hopefully get our Christmas cards out!

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What I’m Thankful For

November 15, 2010

Over a week ago I heard my first holiday song of the year while grocery shopping; isn’t it sad how the world’s commercialized version of “Christmas” is shoved in our faces mere days after we throw out our shriveled Halloween pumpkins? It’s as if everyone has unanimously concluded that decorated trees and Santa Clause are more profitable than Thanksgiving and have therefore decided to ignore our beloved November celebration of thanks in exchange for a few extra weeks of the bright red and green. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Christmas music and rarely make it past mid November before adding it to my iPod, but that doesn’t mean that Thanksgiving should be forgotten.

When I think of Thanksgiving I’m reminded of extended weekends spent with family; my Mema, mom and I bumping into each other in the kitchen while the guys watch football and keep the wood stove full of logs. I always make the deviled eggs and help crumble cornbread for the dressing {my favorite}, and of course we always have way too many pies, sometimes one per person it seems. But one of my most cherished memories is delivering Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate around town. We’ve been doing this with others from our church for as long as I can remember and it’s a tradition that I want to continue for years to come. We all meet at Luby’s on Thanksgiving morning and grab a few bagged meals filled with turkey, dressing, rolls and pie along with a list of those to deliver to. Then one by one we take those meals to people who for one reason or another aren’t able to have a huge turkey with all the fixings this year. Most of the time we stop and chat with them too; often they are spending the holiday alone and sometimes they just aren’t capable of cooking for themselves. It’s such a joy to share something as simple as a meal and in return receive so much gratitude and thanks.

Delivering those meals every Thanksgiving morning really helps us to focus on being truly thankful for the gifts we’ve been given throughout the past year. I’ve decided to start a running list of things that I’m thankful for and to put it some place where I can see it each day and add to it. So far on my list:

– Mark: my best friend, my source of unconditional love

– Our families: loving and supportive doesn’t even begin to describe

– Our home: providing a place of comfort for our family of two

– My friends: both near and far; caring, fun and always ready to lend an ear

– What’s to come: our future’s looking good so I’ll go ahead and be thankful for it in advance :)

Friday Funny

November 12, 2010

I almost forgot!

I’m heading to San Antonio this weekend to visit with my Aunt, Uncle, cousins and their kids and also to see my mom and brother finish their first 1/2 marathon!

Friday Funny

November 5, 2010

OK, so maybe I’ll start making this a weekly thing just for fun, but don’t hold me to it. I guess a little background story is necessary to explain my love for Garfield comics…it all started when my parents brought me home from the hospital, they introduced me to their two cats, Garfield and Nermal. From that day forth we always named our orange tabby cats Garfield, male or female, it didn’t matter {luckily we never had two at once}. It became a tradition, counting that very first one we’ve had 4 or 5 Garfields over the years. Growing up I used to watch the Garfield & Friends cartoon almost every Saturday morning {it came on right before T.M.N.T.}. We also owned a tons of the books which we always took on car rides to the grandparents’ house for entertainment. Some people grew up with Snoopy, others with Calvin & Hobbes, but we were a Garfield and John Arbuckle kind of family and darn proud of it!

Here’s some more Garfield for you; this week’s theme is Garfield’s appetite.

This next one is one of my all-time favorites:

Halloween Weekend

November 1, 2010

This weekend I managed to scratch two things off my Autumn Bucket List, we went to the A&M vs. Texas Tech football game in College Station on Saturday and carved pumpkins on Halloween!

We drove to C.S. Friday night after work and had dinner with our friends Lou Mandy and Allen before heading to campus for midnight yell, which is when I found out that I’m definitely old because I was sooo tired from staying up past 11pm…sad. Saturday morning we got up early to hit the tent sales to replenish our Aggie t-shirt collection, then parked and walked around campus for a while. We had brunch at SBISA and visited the studios in the architecture building for old times’ sake, then parked our car and did a little tailgating. A friend of mine that’s still in grad school pulled us tickets and since we still have our old TAMU IDs we scored seats in the student section. The game was so much fun, mainly because we beat Tech pretty big but also because we were pretending to be students again, ha! By halftime my feet hurt from standing, my water was warm and I could tell I was going to be a tad sun-burned…I had forgotten how tiring it is to be a member of the 12th man.

Being that it was Halloween weekend there were quite a few entertaining costumes to be seen; we spotted Buddy the Elf, Woody, an Avatar and a couple of where’s Waldos. After the game we grabbed some Freebirds on northgate and started the drive back to Austin.

On Sunday my brother came down to Austin for the afternoon to join in on the carving fun. I’m not really one to decorate for Halloween and I don’t particularly enjoy scrambling and spending extra money last minute for a costume, but I always love to carve up a big orange pumpkin. :)

Mark made a scary face on his pumpkin with a big jagged smile and I couldn’t decide between doing a monogram “R” or leaves so I did two small ones.

I love how the little white pumpkin turned out with the leaves and swirls; the whole thing glowed thanks to the light colored rind. I’ve already got ideas brewing for next year’s pumpkin!