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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

It's Wednesday

And these things happened today

A random conversation with my sister. Sydney is their dog. I don't know why they call her all these other names. But they do. And this conversation has no context. Just a random question on a random Wednesday.

And then she signed off gchat. Hmmm.


Today is also this one's birthday! She's pretty.

And as per usual, we are speaking via emoji stories.

If I were in NY we would have some froggie cupcake wine. Or maybe some froggie pops. Because she loves the Horned Frogs. This is what she did to photos on my iphone before she finally got her own iphone. Now she can froggie stamp her own photos.

And happy Wednesday.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Life Lately

Sorry for the radio silence for almost 2 weeks. Whoops. 

I have an excuse this time! {i think...}

I am moving. Again! Or i did move, I suppose. Last Saturday.

After 11 months in our apartment, our lease is now up. It went by so fast! It's bittersweet, but we've loved #322. Well, mostly loved it. Minus a feeeew annoyances. Hah

Lindsey is off to live down the street...with a boy! And I am off to live down the street the opposite way...with some very fun friends. In a house! With a front porch swing. And twinkle lights.

Before Thanksgiving I took a random day off work to paint my new room. I enlisted the help of mom, dad and new roomie, Maria.


 While the blue and green walls are a nice touch, I thought it needed a bit of a face-lift before I got there.  Don't mind dad and his shoulder sling. He just wanted to help out too.


More pics to come soon, after my life is unpacked and organized. Obviously. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

A {super fun} weekend of driving across DFW

A recap of the weekend when I drove entirely too much. All worth it. But still. No more driving for awhile. If you want to see me. You can come to me. Kidding, kidding. {kind of}

I spent Friday in Fort Worth with some of my favorite Horned Froggies. Celebrating Stephanie and Nick! Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson.

While the MOH performed her sisterly hostessy duties, I hung out with this guy. You may know him. He's got a new book out. The Cloak Society. Book one of a three book trilogy in fact. No biggie. Jeremy Kratz. He's pretty great. {shameless plug}

We had a really fantastic Ft. Worth evening. Joe T. Garcias. Some loungy bar I can't remember the name of. And a pit stop on the way back to our hotel. Oh those Horned Frogs...

Saturday afternoon I left Fort Worth and those Froggies to their football and drove my way across north Texas to Addison. It was BFF Lindsey's couples shower, with a twist. Bowling party! 

Where we all rocked our team colors and bowled our lil hearts out. Fact: I am a terrible bowler. Another fact: Susanne and Jessyca used to work at the bowling ally. They also both won awards. I'm convinced the competition was fixed. 

Such a fantastic idea for a couples shower. General consensus: huge SUCCESS. We had a great time!

After bowling, on Saturday night I drove over to Coppell to check on my sister / parent's dog. They were out of town. And I was on Sydney duty. Never mind that I am not her most favorite Johnson and sometimes she tries to eat me....She was on good behavior though. Luckily. Otherwise, no food for her!

This is her cute "please-don't-leave-me-here-alone" face.

Then I drove back to Dallas. To Bekah's for a lil bonfire and wine and pizookie cookie + Blue Bell action with friends. Yum!

Sunday morning I was up early and back to the suburbs. Beyond the suburbs actually. To Lantana, Texas. Ohmygosh-itsveryfar. But not to worry. There was brunching to be done. And mimosas to be had! With the Doherty's and their #NickMarriedSteph weekend guests. Love them all.

Dear Bethany, please come back to us. For keeps.
Texas {and lj}

The rest of Sunday was spent in Coppell at my parent's house where I spent a few hours snuggling Baby Luke. And watching his newest trick - laughing and "talking." 

And then I made the 30 minute drive back to Dallas. And promptly collapsed into my bed.

Phew. No more driving. Until Thanksgiving. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cowboys vs Giants

Also on Halloween Weekend: My first Dallas Cowboys football game.

I know, I know. Big things. 

It was my second time to this crazy stadium affectionately referred to by Texans as Jerry World. First time was to see Taylor. So that doesn't count. Because wowza, this game was some kind of production. So many lights. So many dancing girls. A little bit of football. 

While the Cowboys didn't come through for us this time, it turned out to be a pretty good game. Better for the Giants of course. And my super awesome iPhone5 got some great pics. Check out the panoramic situation. Worth the upgrade? I think yes.

And I tried to get a good shot of the platforms above our seats. Where there were spirit dancers and drummers for our entertainment. Because the game wasn't enough? Hah!

What a good Sunday.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Halloween {the weekend}

Halloween kind of snuck up on me after spending a week in NYC. 

But not to worry. Between exhaustion from best friends in the city, an impromptu night with Carrie, and you know work and stuff. Not to worry. I was able to pull together a costume in time for Friday night festivities.

I spent both Friday and Saturday night dressed up as a 1950s housewife. Fighting off Katniss Everdeen, Naked Old Guy and countless other characters.

Cheryl hosted her annual party. She was a peacock. And it was awesome.

Elaine was a koala...her pouch was quite handy for carrying cupcake wine. Her boyfriend was the tree. Most creative couples costume award.

Double rainbows, koala + tree, hunted by Katniss. Nora doesn't do costumes. But we were glad she was there.

And then this crew of a housewife, rockstar, Katniss + Nora went to Velvet Taco for a lil snack. Where we ran into Owen Wilson. Like the real life one, not in costume. He and Katniss had quite the conversation...about Dallas private schools? Not awkward at all.

Then it was Saturday night costume repeat at Stan's. 
When the Tepper's throw a party, they never disappoint. 

Also, I was attacked by Old Naked Guy. (aka Dub Daggett)
And Liz was a pink crayon!


Oh. And nephew Baby Luke was all of the below. 
His mom couldn't make up her mind. 

And then he was worn out. 
Presumably from his mother playing dress up with him.

Sorry he hijacked my bloggy. 
But not really sorry. Because he's so cute I can't help it. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Carrie! {blown away tour}

Spontaneous country music on a Wednesday night? Wait, sorry? Carrie? As in Carrie Underwood? 
Oh yes. That will do.

Co-worker conference call: Hi Lauren, what are you doing tonight?
LJ: Oh just a lil happy hour with Lindsey...what are y'all doing?
Co-worker: Oh yeah? What are you doing after?
LJ: Ummm...going home?
Co-worker: Maybe you want to go see Carrie Underwood instead?
LJ: TONIGHT?! Yes. Yes, that will do.

Let's be very clear on one thing. Carrie can SING. And sing she did, for a solid hour and a half. We're still not sure how she didn't pass out. 

She had only five outfit changes - and one was shorts and a t shirt. We were expecting more. But she also flew across the crowd perched on a glass bottom platform. We weren't expecting that. 

 She brought out Hunter Hayes to sing with her. He is adorable. And we immediately loved him. Who cares if he's twelve?

The best part - her Remind Me duet with Brad Paisley. It was almost like he was there. I mean, come on, it's kiiiiinda like he's on stage with her. That's cool.

 And of course she closed with Blown Away. Twister, blowing down house and all. So good.

  I wish I had pictures of the hilarious man sitting to my left. He was alone. Wearing an Affliction serpent t-shirt. Clapped aggressively. Loved Carrie unconditionally. The situation was hilarious.

Thanks for sharing your Wednesday night with us Carrie. Loved it much!