Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's the weekend TEN

1.  Last Sunday we had what I'd call an epic church FAIL.  We all got ready to go to a new church.  Service time 11:11.  It's the contemporary version of the Methodist church I attend bible study at during the week.  The boys LOVE their nursery because they have an indoor playground and always ask to go so we thought we'd try it.  When we arrived about 11am, there was a significant traffic jam and as we approached the building we realized we weren't the only ones looking for parking.  No, we were merely one of about 60 searching for a parking place and not a single person was leaving the premises headed home.  We gave it one go round the lot before we bailed and got out.  Realizing that all other church services had started at least 15 minutes ago, we were out of options for churching.  Talk about all dressed up and no place to go!  We ended up near the theatre and lucky for the boys, the 3D version of Planes was showing at 11:30.  Hoping we didn't set a bad example, we relented and put on our 3D glasses and enjoyed the show.  For the record, we will be attending our regular 5 minutes from home church this week.

2.  She ain't in ALABAMA no more.

 Texas claims to be in the south and the heat it produces rivals most southern heat waves but there are several distinct differences that prove Texas is not of the true South.
Sweet Tea.  Sometimes you find it and sometimes you don't.  What kind of yankee places doesn't boast sweet tea?
The Parking Deck.  I was recently meeting some friends when I texted them saying I was "in the deck."  She quickly responded, "you are where?"  The deck?  I told her I was in the parking deck.  She informed me that around here, we call that a Parking Garage.  Texans.
Shopping at the local HEB I went to return my buggy.  I asked a lady if she wanted this buggy and she corrected me saying sure, she'd take that CART off my hands for me.  Shopping cart/Shopping buggy.  Both mean big money at the checkout. ha!
I met a friend down in Houston recently.  I told her I was in traffic on the interstate.  She said she was just pulling off the freeway.  We were on the same road.  Around here, the interstate or I-45 is more commonly referred to as "the freeway".  My belief is that it stems from Texas believing they are the only state in the nation.  Therefore no "interstate" would be needed.

3.  Last week I joined the ranks of "the best mom EVER".  If only for a day, I was labeled that.  In an attempt to finish our 14 pools of the Woodlands tour before school starts, we had to double up one day.  We went to a neighborhood a few minutes away and spent a couple hours at the pool there before moving on to yet another pool.  The kids proudly boasted to their new friends that they had been to 2 pools today!  I'm sure that title was short lived.  It dropped off when we got home and I insisted they help put up the dishes or take their shoes to their room (gasp!) but it was fun while it lasted and I don't think they'll soon forget going.

4.  I sent my hairdryer to heaven recently.  As I was drying my tresses, it hesitated and then blew sparks.  I launched it across the room and didn't call for it to be resuscitated.  Nope, it got a DNR  and I quickly pronounced it dead.  Within the hour, an amazon order had been placed to move into it's spot.  It's new and improved tenant is a fancier version than I've ever had.  It should arrive on Monday.  I'll review it later but for now I'm stuck using the upstairs "guest room" hairdryer and my hair does NOT appreciate the low quality blow out it's been receiving.  In fact, good hair days are on strike until they get some heat.

5.  During the move, I had finished or tossed most of my cleaning agents.  It's not something movers like to move so we usually go ahead and finish them off.  Since moving into a new house, clorox wipes from costco have been doing a pretty good job but it was time to reinvest in cleaners and ones more specific for my new digs.  I needed granite cleaner for the countertops.  I needed stainless steel cleaner for the appliances.  I needed hardwood cleaner for the espresso wood floors.  And I needed glass shower cleaner for the shower door.  I never knew one needed so many cleaners.  I can remember the days when my grandmother used nothing but Top Job.  If there was a mess, Tob Job was the cleaner for it.  Maybe she was onto something.

6.  I've got a BIG trip coming up.
 I'm joining 12 of my former Army wife sisters from our beloved neighborhood in North Carolina for a reunion trip in Beaver Creek Colorado!  We are coming from ALL over to meet there and I'm super excited for a girls weekend AND to see Colorado!  I've been doing some research on places to visit and of course the best dining in all the land.  If you've ever been to Vail, Avon or Beaver Creek, I'm taking recommendations!

7.  I've got the POWER!  Mom bought me a portable iphone charger for those of us who can run down an iphone battery by noon.  I'm famous for that around here because only after living here for nearly 3 months have I finally figured out my way to the mall and back without using the GPS.  It will charge my battery 4 times on a single charge and its about the same size as the phone itself.  Worked pretty handy when we were navigating New Orleans by foot and didn't have a car charger nearby.  Who'd of thought my mom would ever be so tech savvy!

 I have a new favorite candle.  It doesn't replace my former love but more ties with it.  I'm a total candle snob and I think these candles are truly the best. Not all of them but a select few will smell up your house within the hour. Tyler candles are always my favorite but I'm particularly fond of the French Market scent.  My new favorite is Platinum.  It was a little Friday night gift to myself when Jason was in Alaska last week.  I highly recommend them BOTH!

9.  Peanut Butter Cheerios.
 I don't normally keep cereal (besides homemade granola) in the house and THIS is why.  I can not keep my hands off this stuff.  It's like a slightly healthier version of Peanut Butter Cpt'n Crunch.  It's illegally good and I almost dare you to try having just one bowl.  You just can't stop until the milk is gone.  Now I'm not saying you should try them!  Nope, I won't be responsible if another one bites the dust but if you do, well, Cheers and you're welcome!!

10.  I was on the way to bootcamp at 6:20 Wednesday morning.  I knew it looked a little darker than normal and suspected rain.  I checked my weather app since I hadn't watched the news in days and read:
"Partly cloudy today with a HIGH of 65..."
my eyes bugged out of my head a little, 65!, What?!  Texas hasn't ever seen 65 in AUGUST!
Then I realized it's been quite a while since I've pulled up the weather app.  As in 4 months or more when I was living in Nashville.  Sure enough, Nashville had a high of 65.  Texas on the other hand had a high of 94 with heat indexes over 100.  That's more like it.  Then all day I hear of all the wonderful sweatless outdoor activities my friends are participating in while enjoying this "fall like" day.  I said goodbye to fall last year.  Permanently.  I spent most of the day inside (where it's cool!) being jealous.  Then I had to remember in December when I put on my flip flops to walk to school, you'll be looking for your coats and gloves so you don't catch a cold!  We moved here at the beginning of pure misery but I've been promised that all winter it makes up for this brutality with mild temps and only needing a cardigan sometimes.  Yep, I think I'm going to learn to love Texas!
{{But, for the seasons among many other reasons...I'll always always miss my Nashville}}

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