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 I got to spend five glorious days with my husband this past week. Days where we both didn't have to work - which is a first for us.  It was super awesome! :-)

Saturday was Marcel's birthday! (as well as our grandson Kaylob's birthday)

I drove down after work (work 1/2 day on Sats) and set up his birthday present before going out to the restaurant and hanging out with him in the kitchen. I got him a way cool Jensen mini stereo that plays MP3/WMA CD's and has an iPod dock. It's sleek like a Bose - and you can mount it on the wall even. I also filled a 24 CD case with a variety of entertainment mostly classical music - but also some audio books and lectures.

Sunday we got up and walked on the beach for an hour - then off to Penne's (Thai Spice) for lunch - then we made the 3 hour drive up to New Braunfels. By the time we got to the NB house I was bushed (no AC in the truck - and it was hot out). We'd planned to go to Wurstfest, but I didn't have it in me. Instead we did some work around the property (set the gate posts for the chicken compound!) and had a quiet evening at home.

Monday we spent the day working on the new chicken compound. So....much....work!! We finished the fence fully and started working on the coop. We made a trip to Lowes for some supplies - aside from that - the day just flew by.
(oh, and I canceled my phone service Monday - no more landline - just the cell)

Tuesday we worked more on the Coop. Tom came in the afternoon, and we finally went inside and cleaned ourselves up to go to Wurstfest. Wurstfest was fun. I went on the Ferris Wheel with Marcel - and we grabbed some food - and enjoyed some music. It was nice to have Tom's company with us.

Wednesday was spent finishing up the coop.  Thanks to Tom's skills and enthusiasm we were able to finish in time to move the chickens in to their new digs.  Also, thanks to Tom, I was able to get my Kale and Swiss Chard transplanted in the garden.  We all had lunch at TJ's Burger and ate too much.  That evening we had dinner in front of the TV watching Slumdog Millionaire.

This morning the men all left me, and I headed out to work.
It was a nice mini honeymoon/working vacation - loved it!

Picture slideshows to follow - working on that now.
(so little time these days to do these things, and it's so important to me to document life events too)
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Me, Marcel, and Doris (Marcel's food rep with Ben E. Keith Co.)

Sierra and Marcel taken at Buca di Beppo in Austin - Sierra's 22nd Birthday dinner :-)

We made the most incredible stuffed sweet red peppers on the 16th - will have to do it again sometime soon.  The closeup is of them before baking - then Marcel plating them after they came out of the oven.

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Better late than never I say.

I wish I'd taken more pictures, and I managed (once again) to leave myself completely out of the pictures again (I'm sure Freud would have something to say about this practice).

Sierra's friend Roger came, and my good friend Tom ( [livejournal.com profile] texasts  ) blessed us with his presence. Marcel's daughter Felicitas and her baby Kalob (not shown - how did I not take that doll-babies picture?).

We ate southwestern corn chowder, drop biscuits, Turkey, dressing, spicy sweet potato wedges, and braised greens - and for dessert.... Marcel made an authentic Black Forest cake. We drank Albarino - a Spanish white wine that was new to me, but everyone agreed it's a keeper.

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Velveteen Rabbit

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you..."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful.

"When you are Real, you don't mind being hurt...It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
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Just got pictures emailed to me from my brother.  He's visiting my parents and sister in Hawaii.  He brought his girlfriend and their son with him.  While I'm a LITTLE jealous - I was overjoyed to see all the pictures.  I absolutely adore my family - warts and all.  My sister isn't in any of the pictures - bummer.  My brother lives in California with his family.  I haven't seen him in forever - I hope he'll come and visit me someday :-)

Happy #6

Dec. 16th, 2008 01:33 pm
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Not that his makes me happy - but I wanted to stick it in my journal for posterity.
I confess that I find this amusing..... I'm a little embarrassed by that (just a little)



Happy #4

Dec. 14th, 2008 03:20 pm
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They can take the girl out of Hawaii, but they can't take Hawaii out of the girl.....

81 cents a bag at Sam's Club!!

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The moving ears sold us - squeeze hand and get happy - sometimes it's just that simple :-)

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A friend and I were planning to go to The Day The Earth Stood Still at IMAX this weekend.  I just read the terrible reviews.......  Bah!   Maybe we'll go see something else instead.

Before I forget.............................
THANK YOU to[info]sahlah , [info]madamealexis, and [info]krisann for the most awesome holiday greetings in my mailbox.  Each was unique and filled me with joy. 

My day wasn't altogether filled with wonderful happiness-ness...... but I did laugh well this morning at the video [info]sahlah posted.


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I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] krisann  to post something that made me happy for eight days straight.  Always the team player - I will oblige :-)

Last night I had my monthly bread baking night.  That in itself tends to induce happiness (I know, I'm easy.....)


This morning I made French Toast from some of the fresh bread and shared it with my daughter.  She had hers with butter and maple syrup. I had mine with Mexican Creme (not so much of a sweet tooth today). 

Oh, and my daughter made me a patchwork purse from some scrap flannel fabric and an old pillow case she found in my sewing room.  It has a pocket inside - and it's reversible.  I took it to work with me today.

Darn, that's two things - - did I break the rules? :-)


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