Monday, July 13, 2009

July's 12 of 12

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On July 12th, I was at my parent's house outside of Dallas and spent the day loading up furniture then driving back to Spicewood. Here's what happened:

1:30pm- Heading out of my parents house. I forgot to take a picture as I left the driveway, so you'll have to be satisfied with a shot of the lovely country roads that take me home.

1:45pm- Cruising the speedtrap known as Crandall, Texas. And if you'll look out the left side of the truck, you will see the World Famous Crandall Cotton Gin Restaurant and Club. I recommend the chicken fried chicken.

2:20pm- My Ghingaw's house. We're here to pick up her dining room furniture that I am 'inheriting'. The house is now on the market... it's so weird to see that For Sale sign in the front yard when she's just a few miles across the highway in assisted living. It's the end of an era... when I walk in the front door, I can still smell the meatloaf and okra gumbo cooking.

2:50pm- Got the dining room table and buffet loaded into the back of my truck, and I'm off to Austin! Pretty cool view of downtown Dallas coming around the 'Fair Park curve' on I-30. You can just see how insanely hot it was!

2:55pm- And of course, as soon as I get into the 'canyon' part of downtown, we come to a screeching halt. On a Sunday. Seriously, people??

3:45pm- Look! It's the Monolithic Dome Institute! You can rent a cabin for $80. I'm so tempted to do this sometime, just to see what it's really like.

4:30pm- I 35. The highway that never freakin' ends.

5:00pm- Those poor people on the northbound side! This accident had the highway completely closed down and traffic was just parked over there. Ugh.

5:05pm- These poor suckers are at about mile 1 of an approximately 5-mile backup. I swear, this has got to be the worst highway ever. I see this crap almost every time I drive it, and sometimes I'm in that damn 5-mile backup!

6:30pm- Finally made it to Austin! YAY! I love this town... it's just the greatest.

7:20pm- Ahhh... home. It's such a great feeling. I love this drive up to my place. I so lucked out with this condo! Notice, my building is the only 3-story building for at least 5 miles!

9:00pm- The first installment of furniture is in place! This is my grandmother's dining room table, buffet, and some of her chairs. The other chairs and her secretary will be riding down with my parents tomorrow. So excited!

Bonus Pic!

I just had to throw this one in... this is the moon rising on my balcony one night last week. The long exposure made it look pretty cool, so I just wanted to share!

Monday, June 15, 2009

June 12 of 12

Okay, so I'm a little late, but here is my 12 of 12 for June. Halfway through the year... I swear I will finish!!

9am- Driving past the lovely Domain shopping area in Austin on my way to my morning meeting. I left my camera at home, so all of my pictures this month will be junky phone pics.

9:15am- Quick stop at the bank to cash my birthday check from my Ghingaw!

12:30pm- Lunch at The Hub! First time I've been here, and it was pretty damn good. A little pricey, but the beer was cold and the burgers were hot!

2:15pm- And I'm off! Starting out the trip up to Dallas to visit my family this weekend.

2:15pm- And approximately 2 seconds later I went from 60mph to 15mph. Austin traffic on Friday afternoons is just the greatest ever.

3:10pm- Got rolling pretty good, running around 70mph, then we hit Temple. For 30ish minutes we slogged through this damn town, and there wasn't even an accident! Seriously, can Temple possibly have a rush hour? At 3pm?

3:20pm- Alex chilling in the back seat. Since I was going about 5mph, I took plenty of pics.

3:25pm- Including this one of the lovely bridges. I figured I might as well document this, since I-35 was under construction because of these bridges for SO freakin long.

3:30pm- Not sure if you can really tell, but there is a Budweiser billboard in the distance. After 20 minutes in this traffic, a Bud was sounding reaaaallllyyyy good!

3:35pm- No, traffic was not so bad that I actually thought Taco Bell sounded good... I just love this billboard. You cant really see it, but that is a 3D sauce packet that says "Smaller packets available inside".

4:15pm- The I-35 Statuary! Anyone who has made this drive knows this place. They have all kinds of concrete statues, from small gnomes to life-size hippos! My favorite is the gorilla painted to look like he is wearing a beanie and a union suit.

6:00pm- Finally made it to my parents' house. Ahhhhh... home. My room looks pretty much like it did when I graduated high school, so it really is like coming home.

Bonus Pic! This is from the 11th, when I spent my birthday at Cub Scout Day Camp. So scary... these kiddos are just out of 1st grade, and they were learning archery!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May 12 of 12

Hello and welcome once more to 12 of 12! Don't know about 12 of 12? It's a cool idea dreamed up by Chad Darnell. Visit his blog for more info and to see what went on all over the world on May 12, 2009!!

This month I actually remembered that it was the 12th before noon (Yay!), but then forgot about it being the 12th and doing my assignment sometime in the middle of the afternoon (Boo!). This should be good.

One-half of my Chia Herb Garden in the morning sun! Pictured are my dill and basil plants. The cilantro and chives are still on top of the refrigerator, needing a bit more germination before they get direct sun. I'm trying to follow the directions to the letter so I don't kill anything else green.

The best part of having a party? With my group of friends, the clean-up is super fast, and a few days later, I still have a clean and orderly house! I got everything straightened out and unpacked for my housewarming shindig last Friday, so now I get to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Speaking of benefits of having a party, here is the lovely bouquet I bought for said party. The colors were a bit more vibrant on Friday (the purple is noticeably leaching into the water), but they are still very pretty. I just thought the bunches of green and purple flowers were too cool looking.

My new gig to earn extra cash on the side... Secret Shopper! My first assignment was at this dealership. I had to pretend to be interested in making a major purchase and then review how the salesman did his job. It was super fun! The picture would have been better, but I thought they might get suspicious if they caught me taking pictures of the place from the parking lot. Hence, the drive-by photo on the other side of I-35 you see here.

All that shopping made me hungry. Time to run through my favorite tex-fast-mex-food place EVER! It's more BUENO!!

Meanwhile, back at the Batcave... I mean, Scout Service Center- Stopping in for one of my few visits to the home office.

Time for tacos! This picture just does not do this food justice. Bueno is the greatest ever. A couple of tacos were exactly what I needed to make my day wonderful!

Here we are at one of my favorite haunts- Vino100! I met up with a few of my nearest and dearest for a spot of wine. It was wine club night, so there was also some yummy soup! I suppose I really ought to join the wine club, rather than just mooch off of all of my friends' memberships. Got a call and had to cut out early to go take something to one of my volunteers, so I missed our council popcorn kickoff meeting and forgot to take pictures for a while!

Home again, home again, jiggity-jog. Alex putting on a display. I need to look back at the end of this year and see just how many 12 of 12 pictures are of Alex sleeping in various places.

Catching up on some of my DVRed goodness. This was a go-cart scene from '18 Kids and Counting'. Why am I in love with this show?? Same story with 'Jon & Kate Plus 8'. I think it's because I have zero kids and will probably remain in that state, so I'm fascinated with these fecund folkses.

Time for some Twitterpation while watching a few episodes of Will & Grace. There are so many outlets for my voice now (Twitter, Facebook, this blog, MySpace) that I have trouble coming up with something to say for myself. I suppose I could always post the same stuff on each vehicle, but I have a lot of the same 'followers' in each place, so I hate to bore them!

Yet another benefit of having a housewarming party (and having kick-ass friends)... leftover Rice Krispies treats! This was an awesome house with hedges and everything, but after being picked over, it now resembles a scary smiley brick. Still tastes yummy, though!

Thanks for showing up yet again... almost halfway through the year and I'm still maintaining... sweet!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

April 2009 12 of 12

Here we are once more, for the 12 of 12 for April 2009! New to 12 of 12? Please stop by Chad Darnell's site for all the info.

Here we go!!

Easter morning!

11:20am- Apparently, he golfs religiously! Here's another golfer getting ready to tee off on the 1st hole. Love my view!

It certainly is a gorgeous Easter morning! After an early-morning rain, the day was absolutely lovely.

1:35pm- Jaime spent the night and helped me put up my new jewelry armoire. It took some drilling and heaving, but we got it up on the wall. That lovely mirror opens to a green velvet lined jewelry case with space for all of my necklaces, bracelets, etc. Perfect!!

2:00pm- The day hasn't even gotten going, and already Alex is worn out. Sleeping all day really tires one out!

4:00pm- After our home improvement adventure, Jaime and I went to my old boss's house for Easter celebrations. There was a 7 year-old, a new puppy, and 4 cameras out in the front yard. I spent plenty of time convincing the 7 year-old that he should save the rest of his confetti eggs for Daddy. Success!

4:15pm- The new puppy, Jazz, was not so successful at avoiding the confetti eggs! She enjoyed licking the pink dye off of the eggshells, though, so I don't think she minded the confetti in her hair too much.

4:45pm- Again, a gorgeous day and a gorgeous view. Too bad the lake is so low right now!

I miss working at this house! The view is to-die-for, but I really did enjoy working for him, too. Here's hoping they tap me for some house-sitting sometime soon!

8:00pm- After a long afternoon of stuffing myself with yummy food and drinking lots of beer, the bottles of wine purchased yesterday will NOT be opened this evening. These are from Stone House Vineyard, which is about a mile from my door. I even joined the wine club over there!

8:15pm- Now that I've been here for about 3 weeks and actually got a weekend to stay home and unpack, I can take some pictures of my place. I love my huge living room!

My lovely fireplace, and proof that I haven't totally finished unpacking. I mostly have decorations left, so that's not too bad!

I've even gotten my bathroom in order. I just love my new place!