Monday, March 31, 2008
Today is Opening Day for Major League Baseball - a day our family really looks forward to! The Astros are in San Diego tonight (can you take your pets to PETCO Park?), then Chicago, so their Home Opener won't be until next Monday the 7th. Bubba and Bubba's Dad will be there - it is a tradition that they go to the Astros' Opening Day game every year, and have since Bubba was just a little kid (now he's a big kid).
The Astros are a new team this year - we've lost a few players, including Craig Biggio who retired at the end of last season, and we've gained some new ones, including second baseman Kazuo Matsui, who is on the D.L. and won't get to start playing until mid-April. He is recovering from surgery to repair an anal fissure. Bubba and I think that there should be a big promotion at Minute Maid Park when he returns - a giveaway of inflatable doughnut cushions for the first 10,000 fans! It could be sponsored by one of the local hospitals. It's brilliant.
So buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and root root root for the home team - it's time to PLAY BALL!
*An interesting fact - the song "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" turns 100 this year! Read about it here.
Friday, March 28, 2008
It's the last Friday's Feast for March - so dig in and enjoy!
What does the color dark green make you think of?
How many cousins do you have?
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how honest are you?
Name something that is truly free.
Using the letters in the word SPRING, write a sentence.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Last night we went out to dinner because I just didn't feel like cooking. We were all tired, and we settled into the booth to look at our menus when our waitress walked up and asked us for our drink order. And she sounded exactly like Roz from Monsters, Inc. When she walked away the giggles started. Then I started talking like her and the belly laughs began. Then every time she would come to our table and talk to us, Little Son and I would look at each other and try to stifle our laughter until she walked away. Soon we were laughing so hard we couldn't even finish our meals. I literally had tears in my eyes. It was a hilarious evening.
So when's the last time you had a really good laugh??
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This season of DWTS is off to a great start - the twelve couples all danced last week and this week, and their combined scores will be tallied for tonight's elimination. One man and one woman will be sent home. My prediction is that Monica Seles will be the woman leaving tonight - she is just....well....bad. My favorites of the women are Marlee Matlin (amazing!), Shannon Elizabeth, and Kristi Yamaguchi. They have all three impressed me so far! Priscilla Presley didn't do so bad, either (but man, she has messed up her face!), and Marissa Jaret Winokur is not very good, but has great enthusiasm! As for the men, I think either Penn Jillette will go home, or Adam Carolla - they are equally bad and obnoxious. My favs of the guys are Mario (never heard of him before, but he can dance!) and Jason Taylor, and I just think Steve Guttenberg is the cutest! The Cristian de la Fuente guy is not bad, but not great either, IMO. He's more of a goofball than a heartthrob to me.
I'll be tuning in tonight for the results show (right after I watch American Idol!) - we'll see if my predictions are right. And I'll live vicariously through all the dancers for another week....
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Today we put aside our sadness to celebrate Daughter's 14th birthday - and what a beautiful young lady she is! We spent part of the day at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, checking out the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit, then headed over to the zoo for a few hours of animal watching out in the gorgeous spring weather. This evening we topped it off with a celebratory dinner with our BFF's! Tomorrow we will celebrate with family and she will get cake and presents and be made much of. Oh, it's good to be 14!
I love you, Baby Girl! You are a beautiful, unique, amazing young woman who knows exactly who she is and is true to that to the core. Happy Birthday, Sweetie!
Friday, March 21, 2008
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here,
That pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of
Our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of
Food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those
Where were hurt are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our
Dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except
For one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and
Looks into the distance. Their bright eyes are intent. Their body quivers, Suddenly
They begin to run from the group, flying over green grass, their legs carrying her faster
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling
Together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face;
Your hands again caress the head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
So long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…..
Thank you, Bubba's Mom, for your beautiful post today.
It's a Good Friday Feast - Happy Easter, everyone!
Given the choice, would you prefer to live in the country or in the city?
definitely the country
Who is the cutest kid you know?
The obvious answer to this is MY OWN! But excluding them, it is definitely my nephew DREW BEAR!
Fill in the blank: I couldn’t believe it when I heard ___________.
I couldn't believe it when I heard that Carly was in the Bottom 3 on American Idol this week!
If you could star in a commercial for one of your favorite products, which one would you want to advertise?
Bath & Body Works bubble baths and shower gels
What type(s) of vitamins and/or supplements do you take on a regular basis?
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
But this year is different! This year we have no March trips planned, and I told the kids they could each have whatever kind of birthday party they wanted this year. Little Son didn't want much - no friends from school or anything, just dinner and go-karting with the D Family. Unfortunately, it got COLD for his birthday, and I was NOT going to drive a go-kart around a track with freezing wind whipping in my face - a sure recipe for snotcicles. So he decided on laser tag instead, which the kiddos fully enjoyed after a delicious dinner at the best hamburger place in the world - Tookie's (another place I would definitely take a tourist around here!).
Now it is Daughter's turn, and she decided on a pedicure party at the local nail salon - fun music, food, and fancy pedicures for everyone! She invited six girls. But this week is Spring Break AND her birthday is the day before Easter this year, so other than Lamb, no one can come. Daughter is crushed. I've tried comforting her by telling her that it's NOT her, that it's just the time of year; I've told her I'd buy her whatever she wants,
These are the times when parenting gets hard. The times your heart breaks right along with theirs. I look back at my own life and the times I was hurting and only now realize how Bubba's Mom must have felt for me. But I survived, and I learned, and so will Daughter. I just wish I could make her feel better NOW.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Where is our hometown? A community called Clear Lake City, located half-way between the big city of Houston and the historic seaside city of Galveston. Come on down and visit us! Here's where I'd take you:
- NASA/JSC - my Daddy retired from here after 40+ years of work; it is the heart of our community; there's a lot of cool stuff to see here!
- Kemah Boardwalk - for fun, and fresh Gulf seafood!
- The Strand/Historical District in Galveston - there's so much history in Galveston, and beautiful Victorian architecture, some still standing after the Great Storm of 1900; plus there's some cool shops along the Strand to poke around in, and more delicious seafood!
- Galveston Beach - not the prettiest of beaches, I'll admit, but still a great place to relax on a beautiful day!
- Moody Gardens - also in Galveston; fun stuff to do there, including cool exhibits, an aquarium, and a white-sand beach.
- San Jacinto Monument - to see where Texas won its independence from Mexico!
- If you come at this time of year, I'd definitely take you to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!
- If you come later in the Spring or Summer, I'd take you to Minute Maid Park to see a Houston Astros baseball game!
- Houston Museum of Natural Science - lots of cool stuff to see here, too.
- The Houston Zoo - right across the street from the museum - they've really fixed it up nicely and I love animals so it's a fun place to visit!
Ya'll come on down! D... and I will show you a great time!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Name 8 Things I Am Passionate About
- my family
- my friends
- the fight against breast cancer
- my pets
- see my children graduate from high school and college
- live long enough to see my grandchildren
- take my nephew Drew Bear to Disney World
- go on a Disney cruise
- see the Astros win the World Series
- enjoy retirement years with Hubby
- be debt-free
- become a better photographer
- "I love you." (can't say it often enough)
- "Yo, Dogg" (a la Randy Jackson)
- "Hey there, Delilah." (to my cat)
- "Can you please turn that down?" (to Hubby watching TV)
- "No prob, Bob."
- "Holey moley!"
- Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
- Shoot from the Lip by Leann Sweeney
- Pushing Up Bluebonnets by Leann Sweeney
- Take Flight! A Sisterchicks' Devotional by Robin Jones Gunn & Cindy Hannan
- Umm.....I don't read as much as I should anymore....
- "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi
- "Stay" by Sugarland
- "Sweet Child of Mine" by Guns 'N Roses
- "Come Sail Away" by Styx
- "To Make You Feel My Love" by Garth Brooks
- "Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss
- "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith
- "Bright Lights" by Matchbox Twenty
- They love me for who I am.
- They are fun.
- They are not pretentious.
- They don't judge me.
- They love God.
- They love my family.
- They genuinely care.
- They make me laugh.
Whoever wants to!
Friday, March 14, 2008
As always, the crowd thickened at it got closer to concert time. A man and his well-endowed girlfriend sat behind us, and when Toby Keith started singing she stood up with her beer in hand and danced. I worried for Little Son's safety. She was either going to spill her beer on him, or one of her boobs was going to fall out of that tube top and knock him upside the head. I had to keep a close eye on him.
It was Salute to the Armed Forces Night, and everyone was feeling quite patriotic. Toby Keith put on a great show, and towards the end he sang American Soldier and the whole crowd was on their feet. And that's when it hit me. Or rather, SHE hit me. The lady behind me whacked me on my hat. I turned around and she snatched it off my head and handed it to me, saying, "You need to show respect for your country!" She was holding her own hat over her heart. I stuck my hat back on my head - bad hat hair under there - and said to her, "He's not singing the National Anthem!" Then I turned around and continued enjoying the show. Toby segued right into Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue and the crowd went wild singing along. Miss Boobs tapped me on the shoulder and when I turned around she was right in my face saying, "Do you disrespect your country??" After I caught my snap from the buzz I got off her breath, I stuck my finger in her face and said, "I have a son in the military, so GET OUT OF MY FACE!" For the rest of the song I ignored her. And then we left. The kids had troubled looks on their faces, because they had heard the whole exchange, so I hugged them and said,
"Hey, it's OK! WHO'S YOUR MAMA??"
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how much do you like your own handwriting?
Do you prefer baths or showers?
What was the last bad movie you watched?
Name something you are addicted to and describe how it affects your life.
Which instrument is your favorite to listen to?
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
- warm days
- Houston Astros baseball
- Texas bluebonnets
- Bubba's Mom finishing radiation and officially kicking cancer's butt for the third time!
- sandals (and bare feet!)
- spring clothes
- more daylight in the evenings
- the return of Dancing With the Stars
- Spring Break
- Bon Jovi!!
What are YOU looking forward to this Spring?
Monday, March 10, 2008
We were starving when we got there, so we perused all the many choices of things to eat - pretty much whatever you would want, they have. Most of it is fried and/or on a stick:
We settled for good ol' sausage on a stick - deeee-licious!
And as tempting as the fried Oreos sounded, we settled for funnel cakes, washed down with a Coke! YUM!
Hello, Astrodome next door!
We found our seats in plenty of time for the rodeo. D and I love rodeo - we love cowboys - we wore our boots special for the occasion:
We watched all the events - our favs were barrel racing and bull riding.
But the highlight of the night was when Hannah Montana took the stage - the girls were so excited, and even D and I squealed like little girls! She did a great show - sang a bunch of songs as Hannah, then switched over to Miley and did more songs (during her "switcheroo" time, we were treated to daddy Billy Ray Cyrus singing a few songs for us - what a treat!). The girls were all smiles and sang along and waved their glow-sticks to every song - the looks on their faces was priceless. Unfortunately D's camera died so we didn't get a pic of their priceless faces, but that's OK. They're forever ingrained in our memories.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
If you could be any current celebrity for one whole week, who would you want to be?
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you enjoy talking on the phone?
Name a charitable organization to which you have donated (or would like to).
What is a food you like so much you could eat it every single day for a month?
Have you or anyone in your family had the flu this year?
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Pic of Navy Son (on the left) and friends, taken one week ago:
(And thankfully, no one was hurt in the bombing incident.)
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
- Ginger ale - I drink it all the time!
- Hot tea - I drink it every morning!
- Sweet iced tea - there's nothing like it!
- Limeade from Sonic (and they have the BEST ice!)
- Pina Colada (and getting caught in the rain)
- Chocolate Malt Frappuchino from Starbucks (sadly, you can't get this anymore)
- Sweet lemonade - the best I ever had was at the Trade Days in Canton, Texas!
- Mudslide - hubby makes the best - Frangelico, Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua, and vanilla ice cream - YUM!
- Apple juice
- Hot chocolate with whipped cream on top
Now I'm really thirsty......
Monday, March 03, 2008
I'm so proud of you, sweet boy! Happy Birthday - and many, many more!
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Thursday night D and I went the the Matchbox Twenty concert! We got downtown faster than we anticipated, and were there when they opened the doors. We found our great seats, ate some yummy dinner, and at 7:00 the opening act took the stage - a band called Mute Math. We weren't so crazy about them - a large part of their act involved strobe lights flashing into the audience, something D and I found quite annoying. Not because we're old. Just because it's annoying. Next on the stage was Alanis Morissette, who was better but still just OK. More bright flashing lights, and she gets a little whiney, in my opinion. Not because I'm old. Just because. FINALLY at 9:00 or so, Matchbox Twenty came on, and they were AWESOME! D and I had such a great time singing and dancing to the music, and their Bright Lights? Oh-so-much better!
Hubby and I also attended a birthday party for a friend over the weekend - her 40th. The party started at a Mexican restaurant, where the margaritas and Coronas were flowing, then moved to a club on the lake - literally ON the lake, as it is a barge connected to the land by a pier. We had a great time and it was another late night for me.
Yeah, I'm tired. Maybe I AM old.