Sunday, February 10, 2013


Justin Timberlake better do a tour.  SOON.

I thought most of the grammy outfits were just ok, but here are my faves and fails.

Best Dressed:

Kelly Rowland.  A little scandalous but gorgeous!


Rihanna.  She looked fab.  It's amazing how gorgeous she looks without a mullet (remember the victoria's secret fashion show).


Worst Dressed:

JLo.  Weird hair. Awful dress. Way too much leg situation happening.  Not flattering.


John Mayer.  "Your aura is purple!!"



Thursday, July 14, 2011


Since we last chatted Jason ended up back in the ER on July 4th and we finally found out the cause of his agony. Apparently he had a twisting and infarction of his greater omentum. And no, I didn't mean to type momentum.

What in the name of Pete is an omentum? Yeah we asked the same thing. Let me attempt to summarize. It's basically a layer of fatty tissue that we all have over our intestines. I guess it kinda sorta protects the intestines. What's also neat is that the omentum can often be found wrapped around areas of infection and trauma to isolate and basically kill off those areas. Kinda cool. Anyway, apparently in rare cases, the omentum can randomly become twisted up and then infarct (the tissue begins to die off).

So when we got sent home from the ER the first time, my poor husband laid on the couch in misery the whole weekend. He woke me up at 6 am Monday morning and said he couldn't take the pain anymore, which I knew to take seriously. At this point we thought it was his gallbladder acting up. Well after making it back to the ER they looked at his original CT scan and said they actually did see a small abnormality after all. So we did another CT scan, and the inflamed omentum area had tripled in size in 3 days. The surgeon called the size of Jason's twisted tissue "quite impressive". Basically the size of an orange.

Go big or go home Jason.

So, Monday early evening he had laparoscopic surgery to remove infarcted tissue. Jason immediately felt better (mostly because of the pain meds) and is still recovering very well. He is supposed to take it easy until next week. Thanks to our sweet friends for all their help and to the Maiers for mowing our yard for us!

Jason was a trooper and went with me to my best friend Adrienne's wedding in Crested Butte this past weekend. It was such a wonderful time. Adrienne was a gorgeous bride and all the wedding festivities were fabulous. Just wish J had been in prime condition so he could have hiked and biked like i know he wanted too. We also shared a condo with our wonderful friends Meagan, Jeremy, Sarah, and Huynh. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time! I will post more pics when I see Adi's professional pics, but here are a few from the weekend...

me and the bride...


Adi and Garrett!

me and the hubs.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Quite the Scare and a yummy recipe.

So.... Jason scared me to death Thursday night.

We had gone to the Astros game that evening and Jason was having some stomach pain. Well, he woke up at 2 am tossing and turning. He got up to go to the bathroom, and we he came out, he was completely white, covered in sweat and passed out. I was beyond terrified. I really think it was the scariest moment of my life so far. I depend on Jason. He is my rock. To see him temporarily unconscious on the bathroom floor was overwhelming. I really need to work on keeping my cool. I was such a mess. I started to dial 911 (twice), but then hung up immediately (twice) after J convinced me he could get up and ride to the ER. He was still white as a ghost, but appeared to be pretty stable, so we got in the car and I drove, um, quickly (with my flashers on!) to the ER.

Five hours later, after a CT scan and some blood work, they cleared Jason of appendicitis, kidney stones, and gall bladder issues. We had mixed feelings. It was a huge blessing that he wouldn't need surgery, but what the heck made him pass out?!?! Well, we still don't know, which sucks. Poor Jason has been laying on the couch resting for ~2 days straight. He's definitely better, but still having stomach/abdomen/back pain. We are hoping to get him to see a gastro specialist tues or wed before we leave for Colorado thursday. It's always hard to see a loved one in pain.

Anyway, we are glad he was cleared of some of the serious stuff, but I am definitely looking forward to having my husband in normal form again!

Let's lighten this post up a little now...

I thought I would incude a yummy recipe for you guys. The few of you that read this probably have been over when I made this dish, so it shouldn't be anything very new or exciting.

Texas Trash Bean Dip (don't let the not-so-tasty name detract you. it's DE-LISH)

Ingredients (I never measure, and just eyeball everything. This recipe rocks because you just add more of the things you love and less of what you don't. Highly customizeable!)
-approx 2 green bell peppers
-approx 2 red bell peppers
-a couple green onions (or scallions to you fancy pants people)
-~half a red onion (you can sub in shallots too)
-1 jalapeno (I de-seed)
-~1/4 cup of cilantro
-~1/4 cup of parsley (I think parsley tastes like sticks, so I do not add this)
-1 can of golden hominy
-1 can of white hominy
-1 can of black-eyed peas
-1 bottle of zesty italian dressing
-tortilla chips

Chop up all the veggies nice and small. The bell pepper...

Green onions and shallots (the red onions at my grocery store the other day were not looking so good)...

Cilantro and Jalapeno too (not shown because I am sure you are sick of pics of chopped veggies). Next rinse and drain the B.E.P.s and hominy, and add them to the bowl of mixed veggies. You can just use one color hominy, but I love the vibrant colors, so I mix it up.

Here is what you have... (don't mind the pudding pie ingredients in the back of the picture. I am currently obsessed with chocolate pudding).

Isn't it a vibrant dish? I promise its as yummy as it is colorful. Finally, add in ALMOST all of the bottle of zesty italian. (just depends on the amounts of veggies you have used). I recommend adding a little at a time so it's not too soupy or to dry. Not to toot my own horn, (although this recipe is out of my mom's cook book, so I wouldn't really be), but this dip is the bomb. It is ALWAYS a hit. And it's fresh and pretty healthy.

My mom likes to use to cans of B.E.P.s and one can of hominy, so feel free to tweak it to your liking :)

nom nom nom nom...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Etsy Nuggets? (that's all I got)

So glad it's almost Friday. I am super pumped for a long lazy weekend full of fun times.

Next week is going to rock. Monday is a holiday. Then we head to Colorado for my best friend's wedding. SO FUN. Oh, and my other best friend is going to have her baby girl any day. So much to be thankful for.

I wanted to share something fun that Adi (the gal getting married next weekend) inspired me to get. She found this Wisconsin themed print on etsy and I had to get the matching Texas one. They are now proudly displayed in our front hall to demonstrate our home state love.

I'm off to bed. I have to get up early and go pick up some of these before work tomorrow. It's my turn to bring breakfast, and I don't mess around. Donuts? PSSH.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lot's of reasons to celebrate

I know I haven't blogged for ages! Sorry! I am excited to do another wedding recap, but have been waiting on getting the files of my wedding pictures so I can illustrate things some. I should get them very soon, so be on the look out!

We had a wonderful father's day with my parents in Magnolia, full movie watching, water volleyball, and yummy food. I wish there was a way we could have seen Jason's dad too! Too bad Texas and Wisconsin are so far away from each other. J and I are so lucky to have such amazing Dads.

This past weekend was also my nephew's first birthday. He is growing up so fast. It had been a few months since I saw him, and this time I could see his personality coming out so much. He was a lot more social and actually let me hold him some :) Here are a few pics of the little gu (including some of him with his first cupcake ever!)

How cute is he, right??

The other fun milestone from last weekend was that it was the 1 year anniversary of our engagement. Don't roll your eyes, we didn't do anything special for it, and I am not going to make a special point to mention it every year or anything. But it's exciting to think about what has transpired over the past year. Jason said it feels like it's been two years and I kinda agree with him. All the wedding planning was super exhausting, but there has just been so much love and good stuff over the past year. I wish I could bottle it up!! I am to tired to write out the story, but Jason did a wonderful job on the proposal. I'm a very lucky girl. I can't wait to go back to Cypress Valley Canopy Tours one day for an anniversary :) Here are some pictures of our zipline adventure proposal.

I LOVE this one of Jason. So handsome.

My bling :)

Our wedding video clip should be out tomorrow. I will blog it for you guys to see!

Lots of love,