Monday, July 28, 2008

Brunch, Dinner, and Hot Springs

Josh and I went to Hot Springs for a night/day before we went to his parents to get the girls.  We stayed and had brunch at The Arlington.  We hadn't been before, but it is a popular brunch place.  It was fabulous.  I didn't expect it to be as great as it was.  I had a bit of just about everything. I even tried caviar.  Why not?  Eggs Benedict were my favorite--well there were homemade donuts, so it is hard to narrow it down.  

I had so much great food in Hot Springs.  Saturday night we went to McClards Barbeque. It is so good that you don't mind stalking tables because it is seat yourself and there is a crowd. Josh and I shared a half order of the Tamale Spread.  Which sounds not nearly as good as it is.  Even if I told you everything that makes a spread, it would not sound good.  Oh, but it is SO good. I honestly don't like half the stuff they put in it, but the combination works.  

Food Network Star

I love this show, but I thought the whole point was that the viewers have a choice in the winner.  I sort of wonder why they call it "Your Next Food Next Work Star".  The poll or whatever they mentioned does not count.  I think it was to appease people into thinking they are voting.  

Is it because last years winner ended up a flop? Why did they cut out the voting? 

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dreams and Expectations

My summer of 1998 was full of weddings.  It seemed there was one every weekend.  All the flowers, dresses, cake, and details.  It was fun.  It was especially fun and exciting, because Josh and I also got married that summer.  

What would the future hold?  There were so many dreams and expectations for us all.  These couples have moved throughout the country, and some have found their way back home.  The changes in our lives have undergone, some fun and exciting and some painful and challenging.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Childless for a few days

The girls are going to spend a fews days with their Nana and Poppy in Arkansas.  Josh and I are going to go out to dinner and a movie tonight.  I have an appointment for a pedicure tomorrow afternoon.  

I will admit this afternoon, it has been really quiet.  I keep on listening for the girls upstairs, and then I remember they are not home.  It is eerie to have so much time to myself.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Vince Gill was that you?

Why are you doing Fruit of the Loom commercials?  

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Food Adventures

I am eating a bit of homemade blueberry cheese danish.  It is so good.  I used my blueberry jam that I made last week in it.  I found a basic cheese danish recipe and added the blueberry to it. 

I made the Poppyseed Chicken recipe from the Dinner Doctor cookbook for dinner.  It is the same author as The Cake Mix Doctor series.  I have on the those, but don't use it often.  I love the Dinner Doctor.  There are several recipes in there that I make regularly.  

Keeping up with the food theme, I love Next Food Network Star.  I look forward to it on Sunday Nights.  It was the only show I wanted to make sure I watched while we were in Key West.  Thankfully it isn't in until 10 PM there, so it wasn't a big deal to be back at our place in time.  I better go, my show will be on in soon!

Friday, July 18, 2008

End of Summer Blues (in Mid July)

I really dislike that summer is almost over for us.  Soon, the girls will be in school.  I will be back in school--back to crazy schedules.  I like the laid back summer life.  Although it hasn't been all that laid back, it seems like a whirlwind of activities.  Fun stuff though, why does all the fun have to end? 

I used to love going back to school.  I could see all my friends again, it was exciting.  I wish I could go back to that feeling.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I am bad about building things up in my mind.  Holidays especially can be bad.  I want things to be so perfect.  I feel this way now about my tenth anniversary coming up.  I don't know why I have done this to myself.  

For some reason, I think this year should be over the top.  We don't usually do a lot for our anniversary. It is always been fine.  I don't know why I think it should be so different this year.

Oh well...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Because Laura mentioned it...

I had included this part, but I couldn't get the flow of the story like I wanted it.

My father in law bought me a Pink and Pretty Barbie for Christmas one of first years after Josh and I were married.  I loved getting her almost as much as getting the first one.  She is as beautiful as I remembered.  Honestly.  Pink and Pretty Barbie has fabulous clothes and jewelry.  

She is all pretty in the box---she found her way  to me through the magic of ebay.  

Monday, July 14, 2008

Barbie Bliss

 This beautiful Barbie was my first Barbie.  I had a few not quite Barbies before this beautiful lady came into my life.  They weren't the same.  They may have been a better value, they came with a lot of accessories, but they weren't beautiful like Barbie.  Seriously, the not Barbies tend to have bad hair and unusual faces.  

On that wonderful day in April of 1982, I opened my birthday gifts and Barbie entered my life.  I loved her.  She was pink and sparkly.  She always was special.  Later, more Barbies joined my life.  I even had a Ken and a Skipper in the mix.  Barbie even had friends, Tracy the Bride, Todd the Groom and The Heart Family.  I didn't have the Bride--come on, Barbie was the Bride. I made her beautiful wedding gowns made from my slips.  I am sure they were the equivalent of a 100 feet long train, but it was fabulous to me.  
There is just something special about Barbie.

Messy Journey

It seems like big home projects lead to mess.  My home as been a mess for three weeks.  Ripping up carpet is a nasty job.  Laying hardwood floors is a dusty and noisy job.  In a few weeks, beautiful hardwood floors! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

For those who haven't seen me in a while...

Where does the time go?  School starts in less than a month.  I have been married for almost ten years.  I have a seven year old and a five year old.  How did all this happen?  It is hard to believe.  

P--I got your message, I will call soon!  Can you believe it has been eleven years ago we were roommates?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Going Home...Sort of

I am packing for a weekend in Missouri.  I grew up in Missouri, but my dad moved several years ago a few hundred miles away from my hometown.  It is familiar, most of my family is a near there.  I traveled to the area many times.  

It is like going home, but not.  There a places we love to go when we visit my dad.  Mexican Villa to eat. The girls like to fish at Aunt Frankie and Uncle Andy's place.  We get to see most of the relatives.  It is always full of fun experiences, but it isn't home.  

My hometown is Festus, Missouri.  I would love to make it back and see the people and familiar sights.