Archive for November, 2011

I have a good excuse

November 29th, 2011 1 comment

I almost made it through NaBloPoMo without missing a day. Almost. I missed yesterday. However, I have a good excuse.

Sunday night, my husband and I hit the road from Texas to Tennessee. I had intended to write about our trip on Monday, since it was 13.5 hours long and surely it would make for a semi-interesting post. We drove from 8:30 pm to 10 am the next morning, successfully running behind the mad Thanksgiving day traffic for the last 12 hours of the drive.

After that many hours on the road, though, my muse was sleeping. Writing just wasn’t going to happen. So I figured I would get some sleep, then write when I got up.

Instead, I slept a lot longer than I meant to, and I hit the floor running. We had invited friends over for the evening, and our house was void of any food other than a couple cans of soup. So it was shower, grocery store, home, and cook.

It was a great choice to have friends over, though. We had SO  much fun just eating frozen pizza and decorating little liquor bottles into Christmas ornaments. It wasn’t until they headed home that I realized I’d missed posting the entire day.

Oh well, I decided. It was okay to miss a day writing about life just to live it for awhile.

Weekly Winners (November 20 – 26)

November 27th, 2011 4 comments

Weekly WinnersWeekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week. It is brought to you, me and everyone by the lovely Lotus, aka Sarcastic Mom. Visit her site and find all the participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

Photos taken using my Droid Incredible or a Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.


I took a silly amount of photos this week, due to a 15th Anniversary party at my home-away-from-home-bar. So. This Weekly Winners is almost double in size my normal number of shots. I just could NOT leave any of these out. Especially ones taken using a friend’s 300mm lens. I have lens envy. Like. Whoa. Anyway, I’ve neglected writing, but I’ve been photographing like a mad woman. Or like a photographer. Or maybe like a mad woman photographer. Whatever. ENJOY!

012: Spying on a fellow photographer

Spying on a fellow photographer


More spying

Sharing some cell phone fun

Sharing some cell phone fun

Scott working sound

Running sound

Musicians in discussion

Musicians in discussion

Joyce Sanders

Beautiful singer... in more ways that one!


Taking in the band

No Pissy Attitudes

No Pissy Attitudes

Jody Maphis pedal

Jody's guitar pedal

Putting my feet up

Putting my feet up

013: A cool photo mistake

A cool photo mistake

014: Holiday Traffic

Holiday Traffic

Sunrise on a foggy morn

Sunrise on a foggy morn

Birthday cake

Birthday cake

Freebirds bathroom selfie

Freebirds bathroom selfie

016: Ass kiss

Ass kiss

017: BJ's Brewhouse

BJ's Brewhouse

Decorated for Christmas

And now we enter the Christmas season...

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Never long enough…

November 26th, 2011 1 comment

Trips and visits to family and friends are never long enough. There’s so much you want to do, and you can never cram it all in to the days allotted.

I always say that’s a good thing, though. It leaves you things to do “next time.” And I figure it you don’t leave wishing you had more time… well… that’s not good. I always want to leave wishing for more time.

Thanksgiving just hasn’t been long enough. I’d love a few extra days to go and do this or that. Especially since I fought a cold the entire trip. Its hard to do it all and enjoy it all when you have chunks of time when all you want to do is lay down and sleep! Ugh!

But, I enjoyed every moment of my time with family, and I look forward to the next time!

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My perfect post-Thanksgiving Day…

November 25th, 2011 No comments

Black Friday, Smack Smy-day. I just don’t get it. Why end the beauty of a day of thanks with a mad-dash-beating-people-up-to-buy-something-on-sale?* No, thank you. I’d like to let the peace of Thanksgiving extend into the next day.

Today we slept as late as we wanted. Got up. Ate leftover. Then slowly got ready to get out of the house.

We went to visit friends for awhile (what better tag to Thanksgiving with family is there than visiting friends!?). Then we headed out to do… just whatever.

Did we do a little shopping? Yes, I admit it. We did pick up a few things while we were out. Things we absolutely needed, and we got to the stores well after dark, when they’d cleared out and back to “normal.” Oh okay, some of the employees at the stores were grumpy and the stores were picked over pretty good. But for us, it was fun and not the least bit stressful!

We had a lovely dinner out, then took our time coming back to the house together. Not a single stressful second in the day.

And I loved it.


*Okay, so not everyone is violent with it. And I have heard of several people who do the whole Black Friday midnight shopping this as just a way to spend one-on-one time with certain loved one. And I can totally get behind that.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all…

November 24th, 2011 No comments

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

I was blessed to spend the day with family. Hubby, Mom, Dad, my brother, sister-in-law, nephew and niece. We had supper together…  Turkey, dressing, sausage, tamales, green bean casserole, rolls, deviled eggs, fruit salad, cake, pumpkin pie, cherry pie, apple pie, cookies, etc.

We watched the last Aggie vs. Texas game… the nail biter to the end. I am disappointed with the outcome, but my heart smiled at the respect shown between the players and coaches of the two teams. (Though I am saddened to know with certainly that respect won’t extend into the stands. It sure didn’t on Facebook!)

A late birthday song and gift exchange occurred for me, my husband and Mom… all of us with birthdays only days apart.

My heart is happy tonight. Despite a painful, disappointing loss of my football game… my heart is still happy. I have so very much to be thankful for today, and thankful, I am.

A family like some have never known

November 23rd, 2011 No comments

*Photo taken with my camera by Rose Jonas*

Most of my Nashville Family in one photo. Celebrating 15 years of our “home away from home.” A family that began in 1996 and has grown over time. SO thankful to call all of these people friends.