Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Decor and Cookie Day 2007

Seeing as it's our first Christmas in this house, I thougt I'd post some pictures of this year's holiday decor for all of our friends and family who won't be able to stop by themselves.



Cookie Day 2007

Not exactly cookie day related, but I went crazy last night and made some Oreo Cookie Truffles. They were tedious and took seemingly forever, but the end product is to die for. They look so pretty I had to post a picture in case I never make them again.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


We miss you and we think about you every day since you left us last Wednesday. I wish I could talk to you one more time and tell you in the year and a half that I knew you, my soul felt like it had known you longer. I wish I had another chance to make that yoga class we missed when we were late and they locked the doors on us. I wish I had replaced Shay's little travel dog food bowl that Kona chewed up like I said I would, even though you told me not to. I wish I had taken photos that day you grabbed the chainsaw from Jon in our backyard and tore up the juniper bushes. Remember when we were shopping for costumes and we laughed our way through Wal-Mart? Why were we even in there? Something to do with pantyhose and cheep shoes I think.

At the White-Out Party.

Mac's birthday party.

Nate took this picture. But it's my favorite,
so I hope he doesn't mind if I include it.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Armadillo Racing

I didn't really see any need to fancy up the title of this post. Here's how it happened: I crashed one of Jon's work events a few weeks ago, and what more Texan of an activity would be available to impress a bunch of out-of-towners? It turns out that armadillos are very smart. They scurry around their pen and try to find new and different ways to squeeze out. According to the gentleman who provides the armadillos, Ralph Fisher, they have even been known to stack on top of one another and jump over the side of their pen. I think the best way to give a proper play-by-play is with some photos:

First, you get in the pen with a bunch of armadillos running around. Note: if you are wearing leather shoes, be prepared. I was surprised a couple of times with cold noses on my ankles and little nibbles on the backs of my heels.

Then Ralph asks you which armadillo you want to race. I chose one named Phyllis Dillo.

You hold the armadillo's tail close up near it's butt (with gloves on of course) so that you don't hurt their tails.

Release the armadillos! Once you let them go, you have to shoo them along to one end of the pen where they are supposed to turn around and run back.

Here I am shooing my armadillo back to the start. She finished a disappointing 3rd - out of 3. Jon's armadillo won! He was rewarded with a lovely little statue of an armadillo sitting on a pair of cowboy boots painted like Texas flags. This wonderful trinket is now on permanent display in our living room if you would like to stop by and see it. I got a Texas-shaped cookie cutter as my parting gift. The kicker is - I already had one.

They really are cute critters. Here we are with my armadillo - Phyllis Dillo.

Last, but not least, this is our new friend Ryan, a self-described South African Rugby Fanatic. He took all these great photos for us.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Halloween 2007

This is admittedly going to be a very short post for two reasons. First, I only have three photos of our Halloween costumes on this computer to show everyone. And second, Halloween is so over. I'm dying for it to be Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Maybe it's because it's still so hot in Austin. Maybe it's because I feel like Halloween is kind of a gaudy, messy holiday with the mismatched decor and piles of leftover candy. Give me eight neat place settings and a fully coordinating Christmas tree and I'm happy.

For the third year in a row we attended Heath's famous Mojave Bend Halloween party. It never disappoints and every year we meet new people. Maybe if I get motivated this weekend, I'll put up some pictures of Noah's biker babe costume. Too funny.

This is the only full length shot I have of my costume. That's Derek on the left. He was a drunken, unruly airline passenger. His wife was a stewardess. I was Tippi Hedren's character, Melanie Daniels, from The Birds. It was a hit I think.

Hey, you would be scared too if you were being attacked by three fake crows and your face was covered in fake blood that wouldn't wash off for two days.

Jon revived his costume as a droog from the movie A Clockwork Orange. In case you didn't know, this is the costume Jon was wearing when he picked me up for our first date (a costume party of course). Can you see why I fell for him?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Austin City Limits...

...was a really long time ago.

But we really needed a new post and this one has been sitting in my to-do list forever. Last month we were fortunate enough to be invited by our friends, Linden and Collin, to the last day of the 2007 Austin City Limits Festival. Collin was showing her amazing artwork at the ACL art show, and we got to go a long as "helpers." We pretty much drank beer, listened to music, and then watched Linden pack up the booth at the end of the night. But we really felt helpful.

We got these cool "STAFF" wristbands. Other than the getting-in-for-free thing, the best part about these wristbands was that they got you into the behind-the-stage clean porta potties.

This is Collin at her booth. You should go to her website and them buy some art. Really.

We got pretty close to Ziggy Marley when he played the kids' stage.

Jon and Linden.

Heather and Scott were there too.

We couldn't get very close to Regina Spektor, but I really liked her music so I am including a picture of her head on a giant screen.

That's me (not bad, huh?). Jon felt it necessary to take several snapshots of his view as we fought our way through the crowds.
Mobs of people and the lovely Austin skyline in the background.
I had to put this one in even though it sucks. According to Linden, this is the actual moon tower where the beer bust scenes were filmed for Dazed and Confused.
Linden packing up the art booth at the end of the night.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A Girlie Post (sorry Jon)

Last weekend I traveled to the D.C. area to host a baby shower for my friend Anna. Anna and I met when we both worked for the EPA waaay back in 2000. We've stayed close, and I was thrilled to be able to throw her this great party with another friend from the area. She will be having a baby boy in either October or November (he's acting like he wants to make an early appearance). Some of my friends and family asked to see pictures from the party since it's all I talked about for a month, so here are a few.

Homemade pecan favor bags.

Close-up of the favor tags I made.

Baby's ultrasound photo - he's already adorable.

The centerpiece was a cake made out of newborn diapers. For anyone who is concerned, we had a real dessert. We didn't eat this one.

Paper lanterns on the ceiling.

Any more streamers and it would have been a bad prom.

A blurry picture of the plates and napkins. When I plan your party, you get stripes and paisleys.

Finally, me and momma-to-be.

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Rest

(p.s. I did this post and the one below on the same day, so if you haven't checked out "The Tattoo" you definitely don't want to miss that.)

Are you Hawaii'ed out yet? I promise, after this post we'll go back to real life. I finally got all the pictures uploaded even though we've been back for a couple of weeks! Here are some of our favorites. If you really want to see all million of them, the rest of the photos are here.

The Big Island

Mokuaikaua Church (pron. moe-kooay-kow-a) - the first Christian church in the Hawaiian islands built in 1820.

The Kilauea crater from a helicopter. An earthquake on Father's Day 2007 caused the crater to become more active which resulted in a complete reversal in the direction the lava flows from the volcanic vents. When Jon and I were here for our honeymoon in 2005, lava was flowing toward and into the ocean. This time, the area leading up to the ocean shelf was completely cooled and lava was flowing away from the ocean.

Flowing lava from Kilauea.

Torch Ginger flower in a rainforest near Hilo.

Suppose you want to see a picture of us?

Our private lanai (patio).

Coconut creme brulee anyone?


Check back in a day or so and I'll have a photo from our trip to the USS Arizona Memorial up here.

Awesome view of Waikiki Beach from our hotel room on the 31st floor. Can you tell Jon is not that excited about chilling on this lanai?

The jumping rock at Waimea Bay on the North Shore.

Us at the bronze statue commemorating Duke Kahanamoku on Waikiki Beach.

Surfboards for rent on Waikiki Beach.