Greg & Jacky’s Wedding

Today Seth & I celebrated our 2-year anniversary of being engaged (well, I did at least) so it was only fitting that we attended a wedding last night. It’s been probably 4 months since we’ve gone to one…which is probably a record streak, considering the matrimony madness our friends have gone through over the past couple of years.
Poor Greg was suitemates in the freshman dorms with some of the guys from LG. He put up with their pranks, jokes, and endless hours of Playstation and still wanted to be friends. Imagine that. We’ve gotten to know Greg & Jacky pretty well over the years. Both are accounting nerds like myself and as of a few months ago became our close neighbors in Spring Trails! We share the joys of home ownership, mexican food, and complaining about work. :)
The lovely bride & groom…Mr & Mrs. Babcock! The only words I can think to describe this wedding are…exquisite, gorgeous, breathtaking…I could go on. WOW. It knocked our socks off!! Every last detail was covered and the flowers and dresses were so beautiful.
Dave instructed me to take this picture because “nobody back home will ever believe he was at the Houston Junior League” :) Needless to say, he was pumped.
All the boys

Seth and his hot bride

Check out the back of her dress! Ah…gorgeous. I think we might be in the background of all the cake-cutting pictures – sorry guys!

Seth & Greg…one with yardwork, budgeting, and golf.

We got moves. We know.


Now I have to hand it to them…this was a first. The wedding party got down with their bad limbo-ing selves and had a blast. It was really funny to watch…can you believe Jacky limboed in that dress??

County boys at a “big city wedding”. It was pretty exciting for them.

Zach & Lindsey…poor thing drove down from Abilene…again.

What a fun time! It was nice to see old friends and party with our bad selves. :) Congratulations Greg & Jacky!!

The Summons

No, it’s not my new favorite movie.

No, it’s not the latest John Grisham book I’ve read.

This time folks, it’s the REAL DEAL.

I have come to dread jury summons over the years for some reason. I think I am petrified of being chosen as a juror for some monster case that never ends…which requires me to live in a hotel, not being able to see my friends and family, and stay awake for hours on end in an old smelly courtroom listening to people argue. (The staying awake issue is for another blog, another day) This fear most likely dates back to the OJ Simpson trials in the 90′s. For some reason, I still remember most of it pretty vividly. I remember rushing home from school to hear the latest updates from my parents. I remember kids lining up at the pay phone in the school cafeteria during 6th grade lunch, trying to get ahold of their parents, trying to find out what the ultimate verdict was. I remember Liz T. (yeah guys…I don’t forget any of you!) yelling out “not guilty!!!” and everyone dropping their jaws in shock.

Hold up. I know some of you are either thinking 1) what?? pay phone? what are those? is that like a cellular phone? OR 2) you were only in SIXTH grade when that ended??

Anyway.

I remember stories of jurors trying to find a way out of the trial. It was too much. It was too emotional. I remember that substitute jurors were assigned and had to sit through it as well. Bloody gloves, news cameras, “exhibit A’s”…THAT’s what I think of when I think of jury duty.

Clearly, this re-affirms any doubts you may have had about my over dramatic-ness. But I mean really…you never hear anyone say, “Awesome! I got a jury summons – yes!!! Can’t wait!”

The only positive thing to come out of this is that I get out of work and don’t have to take personal time. But I think I’d almost rather be at work instead.

So to make things worse, I decide to report for “duty” using the online system. This was given as an option instead of appearing in court on Monday, April 14th (the DAY after the MS150. Like I’m going to want to report anywhere, right?). It asked me simple questions about my name, address, sanity…

So then I start thinking…”how can I possibly get out of this??” The county courts must REALLY like the sound of my name (i.e. Mary = old fashioned name = strict moral values??) because this isn’t my first time to get called….nay, not my second either. This is my FOURTH time to be summoned and for once, I have no excuse to get out of it. Called 2 times in high school between October and May of my senior year (I had hit the golden age) and once in college. All 3 times I met the full-time student qualification. However, since I am not a full-time student, mom, felon, military or government official, or insane, Montgomery County wasted no time making their move.

Let’s back up a second. I had a mini-brainstorming session last night with Seth about how I could prove to be “not of sound mind”. I mean, what does one have to do? Run down the interstate naked? Lock themselves in a closet for days on end? Because whatever it is, I could probably do it. However, I was then criticized by said husband for not being a good American citizen and performing my civic duty. Whatever.

So to make a long story even longer, I am hereby due to present myself in court at 9am SHARP in Conroe on Monday morning. Yeah. Stupid online system actually chose me to be a juror. I didn’t even get to answer the questions like, “do you believe in the death penalty?” or “do you believe people are innocent until proven guilty?” where my answers could have possibly been my ticket to safety. Good news is, I can’t recall any celebrity murder cases in the Montgomery County area lately, so hopefully it won’t be as bad as I think…

Couldn’t Help Myself…

REALLY couldn’t help myself. I don’t want to bore everyone with another blog today, but really, I have to. 1) Because Seth is not here to listen to this and 2) The Bachelor is KILLING me this season!!

I haven’t even gained my composure to read Lincee’s recap yet. I cannot believe these girls. They are NUTS! Apparently The Bachelor has become a full-blown season of “Bachelorette’s with Talent”. They are pulling out all the stops. Never mind sharing small talk about your personal hobbies and interests. Never mind getting to know each other. Just try to jam as many as your secret talents as possible into the 20 seconds you have with him and let her rip!! I don’t know if I have them all named, but here are my thoughts so far on the girls:

Ashley: Oh brother. Grow up. A bit immature for the show. You flaunted your rose like you just won the blue ribbon in the jump roping contest at field day. And I’m tired of these “I’ve been looking at your lips” lines. Really? Guys fall for that??

Robin: Mixed feelings. Liked her a lot last episode. Questioned her this time. Something bothers me about her. I don’t know if its her voice, pouty face, or what

Amanda: Really like Amanda! And bless her heart with the hiccups. It could be worse though. Like stress-related gas! I think he did good giving her the first rose. She doesn’t seem as dramatic and skanky as some of the others.

Erin H: Hilarious. I’m a little sad she had to go home. She always took the words right out of my mouth when she had her one-on-one time with the camera. Perhaps a bit too much makeup. Maybe a little heavy on the lipstick. But funny nonetheless.

Marshana: Oh my. This is not going to end good, I promise you. Seems a bit needy and insecure to say the least. And for some reason, I keep thinking “Simba” when she comes on the screen. I don’t really know how that relates except maybe Simba = Lion King = Africa = Marshana?

Holly: Think she is really cute. Looks like one of our neighbors actually. If she’s not too ditzy she might have lasting potential. Especially after seeing next week’s previews. And who doesn’t love a children’s book author?

Erin S: New York has a shortage of hot dogs. You need to get back to your daily post!

Kelly: That voice. Husky!

Amy: Reminds me of someone I used to know. Don’t really have an opinion on her.

Kristine: EYEBROWS. Wow. If she’d take care of those monsters it might not be so bad. But boy are they thick. It’s the only thing I can focus on when they show her.

Noelle: Seems really sweet. One of the ones I thought might have lasting potential. But maybe not because she is so quiet and timid. And she hasn’t exactly sung a song or played any sort of instrument yet. Earth to Noelle…it’s the new “strategy” this season!

Shayne: Are you freaking kidding me? No way. Please send her home. She reminds me EXACTLY of Juliette Darling on Dirty Sexy Money. Her voice drives me nuts. Her whining drives me nuts. And yes, I am 88% certain she is on the show for her 15 seconds of fame. My mom thought she’d make it to the end. NO WAY BECKY, not gonna happen.

Carri: Walking example of putting it all on the line. Singing opera during your face time with the Bachelor = not appropriate.

Michelle P: clarinet…cat?! (that’s what I wrote while taking a few notes at the end) 1) I hate cats so it really made it worse that she was saying how her cat was the love of her life 2) I love dogs so maybe I would be bawling about Maggie after being kicked off – hard to say 3) She tried REALLY hard.

Ok, I’ve calmed down a bit now. This really was an episode to watch with some girls. I should’ve been forewarned. And for some reason it hasn’t been recording on the DVR either! What? I used to bet my LIFE on the dependability of that thing. Watching it on abc.com isn’t quite as fun. I’ll have to work on that. And it’s quite possible I have way too many things set to record on Monday night. But who can even remember after the ridiculous suffering we’ve gone through with the recent strike? I taped anything and everything!

Suckers

That’s what we are. Big time suckers. I’m a sucker for clever marketing schemes. Seth can’t resist “as seen on TV” products. Those of you who’ve been around for a few years know about the pride Seth takes in our knife set.

It’s not just any ol’ knife set, folks. It’s the RONCO Six Star 20-piece knife and block set.
“…and don’t let the low price fool you – Ronco Six Star knives won’t perform like a discount kitchen knife. These sharp stainless steel knives can tackle anything from carving to chopping to paring… and so much more”

According to the infomercial, they also cut everything from concrete blocks to soda cans, and they can still slice cleanly through a tomato.

AMAZING. Why wouldn’t he have bought them, right?

He also fell for Mighty Putty – “great for anything from your smallest craft projects to your largest home improvements! The easy way to fix, fill and seal almost any surface, and make it last.”

ALL FOR THE LOW LOW PRICE OF $19.99!

BUT WAIT!!!

If we had ordered NOW (then), Mr. Infomercial would throw in THREE FREE TUBES of the powerful bonding epoxy stick for NO EXTRA COST!

Do we get sweet deals or what?

Don’t even get me started on the swivel sweeper, mop h20 (this one’s in the works), “best of the 80′s” or any other crap…I mean lovely item he’s found on the tube.

Now I, on the other hand, am not completely blameless, as I have a hard time restraining from “new” products. And unfortuantely, it doesn’t really matter what it is. If there’s a commercial for an all-new ice cream snack…don’t worry, I’m on it. For example:

YUM! Why didn’t they think of this sooner?? (p.s. check out Blue Bell’s website for all their new products on the market…they have some delicious sounding ice cream flavors in the works)

This is the reason I was given a budget for the grocery store. Most girls get a budget for their “personal shopping needs”. Like the mall. Or the salon. Unfortunately, I have completely blown it and my husband is on to me. I’ve now been instructed to “make a list” and STICK TO IT. I “cannot” buy anything that’s not on the grocery list, no matter how tasty, how urgent, or how necessary.

But ladies, good thing we can find a loophole in every poorly formed, not well-thought-out-enough agreement (especially ones that involve shopping). You should SEE how long my grocery lists are now!! :)
Here is another example of a grocery must-have that I’ve already mentioned several times. Filling? No. Satisfying enough as a morning snack? Not really. But they are so wonderful. Honey Butter is by far the best…but the only other one I’ve tried is pizza (which tastes like pizza goldfish). 80 calories of pure goodness.

Ok, well I’ve already had lunch but now I’m officially hungry again. Perhaps I should look into any recent job openings at HEB…..

Banana Walnut Brunch Squares

3 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 (17.5 oz) can Pillsbury Grands Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (I didn’t use these)
1/4 cup maple syrup
Banana slices, if desired

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat eggs, bananas, and sugar with wire whisk until well blended.

Separate dough into 5 rolls; set icing aside. Cut each roll into 8 equal pie-shaped wedges. Gently stir dough pieces into egg mixture until well coated. Spoon mixture into sprayed dish; spread evenly.

In medium bowl, mix flour and brown sugar. With fork, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle mixture over dough mixture in dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until center is puffed and set and edges are deep golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix icing and syrup until blended.

To serve, cut into squares; place on individual serving plates. Drizzle icing mixture over each serving; garnish with banana slices.
1 serving: 440 calories, 21g fat, 58g of carbs….
Uhhh…don’t pay attention to the nutritional info…focus on the taste!!!

Always a Road Trip…

Someone once referred to us as “Weekend Warriors”. Sounds super cool, I know. The kind of people who always have to leave town for SOMETHING when 5 o’ clock Friday comes around. We have enjoyed a couple relaxing weekends at home, but on Friday we once again hit the road… destination: not Houston. We spent the day in LG for the Anderle’s annual crawfish boil and then drove to SA town to spend time with my family (sans Emily) for the rest of the weekend. Gotta love the trusty old civic that gets us to and fro. Never mind the radio that doesn’t always work. Forget that “clickity clack clack” that happens when you turn left. Focus on the mpg. 34 to be exact. My husband’s pride and joy. It’s almost like he created the fantastic gas mileage – he’s THAT proud. And that 2-door is sooo comfy on those 4 hour car drives to SA. Very easy to stretch out, nap, relax, etc. Even better with the dog in the car (luckily we had a break from that this time around). It’s always fun and easy to de-stress though when we’re “home” and with our family. Sorry I don’t have any pictures – I truly intended to take some but again, the camera was left in the car.

On to brackets. We did fabulous on the first day – 16 for 16! I had a feeling I was really onto something this year. Last year my husband ridiculed my March Madness bracket…I changed it…and then my original one was practically a winner! I haven’t let him live that down YET. So, it works out perfectly that YOURS TRULY is once again in the lead. Not that I’m doing great, but I’m beating Seth, so that’s all that counts. 34 for 49. Almost 70%! Gonzaga and Purdue’s losses really threw me though.

All in all, this is a boring blog. I’m aware. Give me some time to come up with some new material. I got some new magazines in the mail this weekend when we were gone so I’ll flip through those, find the latest info, and give you a summary. Oh, but I will post a recipe for a coffee cake I made for breakfast last week. Super easy and pretty good!

Ten Thursday Thoughts

1. “For God so Loved the World…”

How humbled should we be to celebrate the meaning of this Easter weekend with loved ones and our Christian families! Jesus paid the ultimate price so we wouldn’t have to. Take time to praise Him for the amazing gift of grace we’ve received.

2. Less than one month to the MS150. Almost at the $1,000 mark for fundraising. Cumulative fundraising is over $4M!!!

3. While at the doctor’s office this morning…after stepping off the scale…the nurse responded with a “wow. (pause) i didn’t expect you to weigh THAT much.”

…I’m still not sure whether to take that as a compliment or not…

4. At said doctor’s office, I received a tetanus shot that has effectively numbed my left arm. Then the nurse missed my vein taking blood. Why does everyone have it out for me today???

5. Yes, to answer the many questions you’ve formulated in your head…I am overly paranoid about my health. Doctors love me because I make them money. Insurance companies hate me, because I actually get my money’s worth outta them. But I believe in the importance of seeing the dentist every 6 months, a yearly physical and bloodwork, plus any other yearly exams. You just wait. One of these days, I will be so on top of things, that the doctor will be able to catch a rare disease before it’s “too late” and you all will be so thankful to have me around for 80+ more years.

6. Can’t wait for the Ags to BTHO BYU tonight!

7. Can’t wait for UCLA to kick our butts in the 2nd round…solely for the sake of our bracket though. There’s a lot of cash up for grabs, people!

8. We are about ready to celebrate our 1 year anniversary with Maggie. Sadly, she will not get to spend Easter with her loving parents because her un-loving grandparents got new carpet and have exiled her from the house. :( :( :( Thankfully, Buster & Berkley have taken her in for a weekend sleepover party. And I bet she doesn’t even notice we’re gone!

9. New episodes of The Office will be coming to YOUR living room in April!

10. Can you tell I’m running out of things to say?

We will be making quick visits to both SA town and LG this weekend. Thank goodness tomorrow is a holiday because I can’t imagine squeezing both of those in without it. Did I mention I have worked more four-day weeks than five-day weeks since coming to APC? WHOOP!

Bloody Brilliant!

I think I might have giggled while watching The Bachelor last night. And when I giggle during a TV show, you know it’s going to be good! It was just so refreshing – FINALLY a Bachelor with a personality. Saying I have been disappointed with some of the last few seasons is putting it lightly. What happened to the good ol’ days with Bachelor Aaron and Bob? Or hello, Andrew Firestone?! I won’t argue that Brad Womack was good looking last season but he was a bit of a dud. Andy Baldwin (gag), Prince Lorenzo (double gag), and company may have had entertaining women on the show but otherwise weren’t much to brag about. At least in my opinion. I just ended up losing interest and reading the recaps instead. But Matt Grant, my friends, is a man worth watching.


Not only is he bloody good looking but he can keep up a conversation without it being painfully awkward, he’s got a sense of humor, and quite possibly has a lot to offer us this season (i.e. his sweet dance moves). Never mind the crazy chickens all vying for his heart! After seeing several of the ladies offer up performances of their special “talents” (i.e. musical ability, ripping through beer cans with their bare teeth, etc), I got to thinking…what talent might I offer up to grab the Bachelor’s attention? How could I really make a lasting impression?

-Serenade him with a quick sonata on my French horn?
-Wow him with my funny jokes?
-Demonstrate how quickly I can type?
-Write him a clever poem or two?
-Sing my own special rendition of “Say My Name”?
-Bake him some bread?

I’m assuming that all these (and more) are what really sealed the deal for my husband. I guess special talents really do help. I mean, how could anyone resist? It’s totally obvious to me now why I am the object of Seth’s affection.

We shall see what this upcoming season has to offer. I’ve already got my eye on 3 girls who I think have lasting potential. This was supposed to be the year I gave up on this reality TV phenomenon that has rotted brains of Americans everywhere (well except for SYTYCD for which I will remain forever faithful). I suppose I’ll have to have one last go at The Bachelor…

I would write weekly recaps, but unfortunately that’s been done. Sooo yesterday. Looks like I’ll need to come up with another clever way to make a name for myself in this world of blogging…