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Good morning and welcome to this week’s Thankful Monday blog post!
I’m thankful for the following (and lots of other things not listed here as well):
- I’m thankful for modern medicine, especially allergy medicine. It’s spring time and with that time of year comes seasonal allergies. Mine are as bad as ever so I’m very happy to have some Allegra, Zyrtec, Flonase, Nasonex, etc. for some sweet relief.
- I’m thankful for my in-laws, especially my
mother-in-lawVirginia Mom, who helped us celebrate a lovely Easter Sunday with a delicious lunch, great company, and Easter egg dying!
- I’m thankful that we were officially approved for our mortgage loan on the house we have under contract. I’m also very thankful for the wonderful inspection and appraisal that it received, the great deal we are getting on it, and the nice and friendly couple who are selling it to us and have taken such great care of the house.
- I’m sad that one of my favorite shows, The Walking Dead, is over until October, but very happy and grateful that its Sunday night spot will be replaced with another one of my favorite shows, Game of Thrones.
- I’m thankful for another Monday and a new month to start fresh!
Happy April, happy week, happy everything!
Good morning and welcome to the last day of 2012 and today’s Thankful Monday post. Here’s what I’m thankful for:
- I’m thankful for a fresh start with a new year starting tomorrow. I’m ready to do right by 2013!
- I’m thankful that my brother comes home from South Africa tomorrow. Even though we live 6 hours apart, we’ve been talking alot and I miss our little chats. Plus I’m really excited to hear about his adventures!
- I’m thankful for the ability to work from home on occasion. It made me feel alot safer to work from home rather than drive to work last week when we had a snowy and icy day and there were lots of car accidents being reported.
- I’m thankful for my wonderful mom and her amazing talent for gift giving. We are loving our new AeroGarden and Soda Stream, both of which will save us some money and help us to live healthier lives.
- I’m thankful for my
mother-in-lawVirginia mom and her craftiness and creativity. She helped me make an amazing New Years wreath yesterday and has really introduced me to some great projects lately that have allowed me to healthily distract myself from my anxieties.
Happy New Year everyone! May 2013 be your best year yet!
Welcome to today’s Thankful
Monday Wednesday post! Monday was my birthday and yesterday was Christmas and my mom was in town so there was little time for blog posting. Here’s what I’m thankful for this week:
- I’m thankful for the BEST most wonderful mom who loves me so much. She knew I was down in the dumps about not being able to fly to Texas for my birthday and Christmas this year (the first time ever) so she flew to Virginia and surprised me! I love her so much it makes my heart hurt!
- I’m thankful for my wonderful husband and friends who helped facilitate my mom’s trip by picking her up from the airport and delivering her to me at the ugly Christmas sweater party I was attending.
- I’m thankful for my Virginia family who not only helped my mom plan the surprise but were generous hosts while she was here, making us dinner and desserts on several occasions. I’m also thankful for them welcoming us into their home on Christmas Eve and Christmas.
- I’m thankful for airports, pilots, airplanes, and everything else that allows us to travel far and wide these days. Mom was able to travel to Virginia Friday night and then back to Houston on Christmas morning in order to spend time with my sister on Christmas after she got off work.
- I’m thankful for my husband for being caring, considerate, and understanding, and giving me a shoulder to cry on when it was finally time for my mom to leave. I miss her so much, but I’m so thankful for the people who I love who live close by to get me through the times when I find myself missing my family unbearably!
Merry belated Christmas to everyone and mom, if you are reading, I love you so much and am grateful for you everyday!
Saturday night, I was in the mood for some pumpkin themed activities, so we headed over to Ian and Sarah’s house for dinner, pumpkin carving, pumpkin seed roasting, and pumpkin beer tasting!
Sarah cooked the amazing dinner and I provided the pumpkin ales and pumpkins for drinking and carving. Sarah made white bean vegetarian chili which was delicious. It had the consistency of potato soup but the taste of chili and it was perfect for a breezy fall evening. I brought over Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale, Williamsburg Alewerks Pumpkin Ale (a Virginia beer!), and Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale which I picked up from Beer Run which always has an amazing beer selection! Rogue and Smuttynose were both kind of spicy with hints of pumpkin and nutmeg while Williamsburg Alewerks was more sweet like pumpkin pie.
After dinner, we carved pumpkins with the help of Amy, Joel, Collin, Ian, and Ben. Sarah opted for an awesome design created using the power tool pumpkin carving method. She used a drill to create decorative holes all around the pumpkin’s surface. I of course had to go with a Texas theme! Due to my lack of artistic ability, I had Ben draw the shape of Texas freehand. It looked great but we were worried it would be too difficult to carve, so he drew me a Texas Longhorns logo instead. It came out great and the Texas themed jack-o-lantern is now being proudly displayed outside our front door.
We used the seeds from our pumpkins to roast cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds and garlic pumpkin seeds and ended the evening feasting on them while watching Netflix. It was a great night with great friends and the perfect way to celebrate Halloween weekend!
In my post yesterday, I talked about how my sister brought me some Saint Arnold‘s Oktoberfest from Houston. Saint Arnold Brewing Company is Texas’ oldest craft brewery. My family and I have been to their old facility and their new one in Houston several times for the tastings and tours. It’s always a treat for me to get some of their beer since it’s only available in Texas and Louisiana. Every year, they produce a limited amount of their Christmas Ale and we tend to buy several 6 packs of it when we are home for the holidays. A couple of years ago, my brother and I both packed up some Christmas Ale and brought it back with us in our suitcases to our respective non-Texan residences. For my wedding, my friend Cody drove from Houston to Virginia to attend the party, so he brought me an assortment of Saint Arnold brews as a gift.
When you go in for a tasting, you pay $7 and get a souvenir Saint Arnold glass to keep. You also get 4 tokens that you can trade in to have your souvenir glass filled with different draft beers brewed right there on the spot. Patrons are encouraged to bring snacks and food and enjoy the company while sampling the different beers. In addition, if you bring in the cardboard six pack cartons for them to recycle, you can trade them in for cool Saint Arnold swag. You can also upgrade you souvenir glass to a larger pint glass or even larger boot glass or mug and use your tokens to have those filled instead.
It really is a great brewery in a great city in a great state and I always enjoy going there with friends and family. Here are just a few pictures of some good times had enjoying tasty Saint Arnold beer.
There are still a ton of beers that Saint Arnold brews that I have yet to try. I’d love to get my hands on some Winter Stout, Divine Reserve, Pumpkinator, and Endeavor (I believe named for the space shuttle) so I’ll just have to keep making trips to the brewery whenever I’m in Houston visiting. And for those who aren’t crazy about the taste of beer or who prefer to indulge in non-alcoholic beverages, they brew a delicious Root Beer.
If you’re not in Houston, be sure to check out the Saint Arnold Brewing Company website and if you are in Houston, get to the brewery ASAP!
Halloween can mean lots of different things to different people. For kids, Halloween is about procuring large amounts of candy and staying up late to enjoy their sugar high. For many college girls, its the opportunity to get away with dressing like a slut for one night when it is socially acceptable. For some, Halloween introduces the challenge of seeing how many people you can scare as a undead-like zombie or a 50 year old man dressed in drag (my former step-dad’s costume one year when I was in high school).
For me, Halloween is about creativity. Since I began working at VGT in the Fall of 2008, I have dressed up for Halloween every year since we are allowed and even encouraged to wear our costumes to work. We even have a costume contest where our coworkers get to vote for the scariest, most original, and funniest costumes. I’m not really an extremely competitive person, but I do like to get reactions out of people so I usually try to come up with something that is going to accomplish that goal.
I know it is nowhere near Halloween, but I dressed up for work today (a dress compared to my usual jeans and a sweatshirt) because I am meeting my dad and my brother at some fancy schmancy restaurant in Washington D.C. for dinner after work that has a stricter dresscode than my workplace. Wearing something “unusual” to work got me thinking about the other times I’ve traded in my casual attire for something intriguing.
*Halloween 2008* I dressed up as the farmer in the dell…box! I had just bought myself a new laptop so I took advantage of its packaging!
*Halloween 2009* I was Mario from the Super Mario Brothers. I was especially proud of myself for reusing the GIGANTIC overalls from my farmer costume I wore the year before. I never knew how difficult it was to find overalls, especially in my size and these were the smallest I could find!
*Halloween 2010* I decided to go with 80s rocker chick mainly because I had just gotten over Bronchitis and didn’t have a ton of energy to go all out on a costume. I couldn’t find real legwarmers, so I made my own by chopping the bottoms off of a large pair of tube socks. I used my guitar hero guitar as a prop to give the costume that extra edge.
I have to say that I think I’ve had more fun dressing up for Halloween in the past three years than I ever did as a kid. Soon I’ll start thinking about what my costume will be for next year. I know Halloween is still 6 months away, but I’m going to need alot of time to come up with a costume that will top the previous three!
I hope everyone had a merry Christmas!
I always get a little sad when I have to leave my family in Texas after Christmas and come back to work, but there was a little something waiting on my desk that brought the biggest smile to my face!
My friend Ashley MADE this Christmas ornament for me! I absolutely love it!
Thank you Ashley! Your gift will be cherished for many years to come!
Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I’ve had blogger’s block (or writer’s block for the traditionalists out there).
I’ve also been contemplating starting a new blog. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean that Texas Lou will be retired. This blog will continue to be my personal blog. But I’d like to start more of a professional blog dealing with a specific topic or project. Deciding on that topic is the hard part, but I’ve been letting a few ideas marinate.
I hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July and a great long weekend! Just 4 days until I get to go to the beach!
I promised a recap of my Memorial Day weekend and my cousin’s wedding so here it is:
The weekend can be summed up in one word: SPECTACULAR!
Almost the entire family was able to make it to the wedding. People came from Washington State, Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, and New Mexico. I’d say we did our best at taking over Sherman, Texas for the weekend!
Besides having a ton of fun, doing alot of reminiscing, and making new memories that will last a lifetime, I think the most important thing that came out of the trip was the realization that I have the best family in the world and I absolutely love them. As children, we were all very close, but I often worry that after all of the years of college, and jobs, and everyone moving farther apart to pursue different careers or life choices, we would slowly drift apart and lose that closeness that we all had.
This trip definitely stifled those worries because even as adults, we all still enjoy each other’s company and realize how important it is to maintain that closeness that many other families are not lucky enough to have.
And in no specific order, here are my favorite moments from the trip:
- Marc calling me to tell me that they were running late to pick Ben and I up from the airport and they would be there soon if they didn’t die first from the roach crawling around Megan’s car
- Eating REAL Tex-Mex food and drinking margaritas with Megan and Ben on a Thursday afternoon
- Watching the Hangover with the fam and repeating quotes like, “Tigers love pepper; they hate cinnamon” and “Toodaloo Motha Fuckas”
- Running on the treadmill with my sister in the hotel gym on Friday morning and keeping each other motivated for our half marathon in October
- Eating continental breakfast with the whole family in the hotel lobby every morning
- Watching the surprise slide show made by Bryan’s (the groom) dad 3 times and loving it more each time
- Getting to know some of my cousins as adults since the last time I saw them they were still kids
- Dancing with Ben for the first time in our almost-4-year-long relationship
- Visiting with friends and family at the rehearsal dinner and the wedding reception
- Introducing Ben to the whole fam damily and to Sherman, Texas!
- DANCING with the fam (particularly to Footloose – will always remember the suspender tricks)
- Giving a speech at the reception to honor my cousin and one of my best friends
- Catching the bouquet (even if my mom DID volley it to me)
- Meeting many of the little ones who have joined our family but I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet yet and watching them dance and play on the dance floor
- Saying “Shelby Drink Your Juice” in a country accent every time Megan started to tear up at the thought of no longer being a Mitchusson to keep her from messing up her make-up
- The sigh of relief I had when mom fixed the zipper on my bridesmaid dress and once again confirmed that she is my ultimate hero
- Walking down the stairs at the reception with the best man as we were introduced to the guests to the tune of the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling”
- Partying at Cellarmans until midnight after the rehearsal dinner and then moving the party to the Holiday Inn Express gazebo until 2 AM the night before the wedding
- Getting my hair done with my mom, aunt, the bride, and the bridesmaids
- Getting pedicures and manicures with my mom, aunt, sister, and cousin
- Laughing the day after the wedding at the stories of dance moves involving the shocker
- Seeing Matt’s bee hives
- Dancing to “Girl’s Just Want To Have Fun” after “catching” the bouquet
- Watching my cousin get married in the same church my parents were married in almost 40 years ago
There are so many more great memories, but if I keep writing, you’d all get bored and stop reading!
And now, courtesy of Marc Mitchusson, a photo of the Scott Family great-grandaughters who attended the wedding and also some of my best friends in the whole world!