Thursday, May 29, 2008

I jinxed it

As expected, I was extremely bummed to hear reports that Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson were spotted out and about this past weekend in Dallas. I can't help but think that this is karma kicking me in the rear for calling Jessica a dumb blond on my blog. Sorry world!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hot Dog Heaven

I was cooking dinner last week when Freddy called me in to the living room. He announced that the show he was watching on the Travel Channel had inspired him to add something to his “bucket list” or, more accurately, START a bucket list. A bucket list, for those who don’t know, is a list of things that one would like to do before they “kick the bucket”.

What was this totally awesome thing that inspired my dear 26-year-old husband to start his own bucket list? It was a show about the best hot dog stands in the United States. Freddy wants to visit them all before he dies. Correction. All but one. The one in New Jersey fries the hot dogs and places them in pizza bread with fried onions and fried potatoes. Judging by the looks of these things, a trip here might have to be the last thing you do on your bucket list. DISGUSTING!

The one I found most interesting (and most likely to visit) was...
The Varsity.

It's the Worlds Largest Drive-In. The Downtown Atlanta location is on more than two acres and can accommodate 600 cars and over 800 people inside. On days when the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets are playing a home game, over 30,000 people visit The Varsity.

Legendary Volume: Two miles of hot dogs, a ton of onions, 2500 pounds of potatoes, 5000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili are made from scratch daily.

It just so happens that my boss, who is from Chicago and loves hot dogs, called while Freddy and I were having this discussion. I mentioned to him that two of the nation’s best hot dog (stands? Stores? Restaurants?) are located in his home town of Chicago. On Saturday Freddy and I got an invite from my boss to meet him (and another co-worker and her husband) at a hot dog (stand? Store? Restaurant?) the next day in Dallas called Wild About Harry’s. They serve Chicago-style hot dogs and many other style hot dogs but are also known for their custard.

Sidenote: Heroes - My husband for smiling every time I pull out my camera when I know that what he really wants to do is toss it in the trash can.

So, I ordered a Chicago-Style while both my husband and my boss ordered a Chicago-style AND a New York style hot dog. I was a little apprehensive at first – steamed poppy seed bun, hot dog (obviously), mustard, onion, relish, tomatoes and a pickle slice – BUT I LIKED IT! For those inquiring minds who want to know, I believe the New York style hot dog is just the bun, hot dog, spicy mustard, sauerkraut and maybe some onions. I also had the custard – plain old vanilla with m&ms. It was yummy, too.

New York on the left. Chicago on the right.

My Chicago. I took the peppers off.

Danny had some issues with the hot dog, which is understandable considering the amount of toppings on those things. Plus, he ordered a jumbo.

Wedding Season has begun

Wedding Season has begun. And I love it. I love weddings! I loved MY wedding! If I could afford it, I would have a wedding every year. Before someone suggests that I leave the world of non-profit events to pursue a career in wedding planning, might I just say that I have already thought about that and no. Not just no, but HECK NO! You could not pay me enough to put up with pissy (putting it mildly) brides and their mothers. Nor could you pay me enough to give up that many weekends a year. No way.

Back to happy wedding talk…Freddy’s high school friend, Clint got married on Saturday to his sweetheart of…6 years?...Kelly. The wedding was beautiful, the reception was a blast. A good time was had by all.

We had two and half hours to kill between the wedding and the reception, so Rachel and I went to the mall where I bought this cute black clutch. This is me making fun of the women who "talk with their clutch" much like one would talk with their hands.

Chay, Morgan and Freddy. Buddies for a long time.

As you can tell, Rachel are already on our third glass of wine in this picture. The entire night carried on in this same way.

We make friends wherever we go. This is a high school friend of our husbands and a new friend of ours - Jessica.

Paul. We liked Paul. Paul was beaten down by us early on in the night. Paul is a published author. When I find his book on Amazon, I will let you know and you should all buy a copy.

Friends. Wherever we go. What did I tell you? Note the disinterest that Paul has in this picture. I told you we beat him down. Okay, mostly I beat him down.

My husband and his best friend, Morgan.

Don't let us fool you. We really love each other.

Awwww....Better you than Chay. Right, Morgan? Please don't shoot me for that comment. It's only a joke.

When Baby's Away

When baby's away...Lesley and Brian will play - with me and Freddy!

Last weekend (as in the weekend before Memorial Day. I am a little behind on posting. I say that a lot, don't I?) Lesley and Brian dropped adorable Hudson off at Brian's aunt's house in Dallas and went to downtown Fort Worth to let loose. Thanks for inviting us, Lesley and Brian. We had a good time.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Rootin' for a break-up

So, I didn't want to post about this until it was "official" because I didn't want to jinx it, but who knows when the long-awaited break-up of Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo will ever be official?!

I can't explain WHY I don't like them together, I just don't. Okay, maybe I can explain. You see, back in the day - summer 1997 to be somewhat exact - my friend Kambree introduced me to a band called 98 Degrees. She saw them perform at her cheerleading camp and insisted that I go with her to Six Flags the next weekend to watch their concert. Reluctantly, I went and sat amongst 30 or so 12-year-old girls (I was 17, remember). Before the concert even started, Kambree told me of her plans to rush the stage. I begged her to stay seated in our front row seats. She didn't. But neither did I. Thus began my love affair with 98 Degrees (Drew Lachey specifically).
I was excited when Jessica and 98 Degree-er Nick Lachey hooked up and later married. I was a faithful viewer of Newlyweds. But when their marriage ended, so did my tolerance for the dumb blond. I don't hate her. I don't. I just don't want her to date anyone I like. Since I like Tony Romo (not as much as I like Peyton Manning, though - that would be ridiculous!), I don't like Jessica and Tony together. At all.

And then there was the pink jersey incident. I like professional football (that's a bit of an understatement). I like pink (kinda), but I don't think that the two should mix except under one very special circumstance. Breast Cancer. Brett Favre's wife can wear a pink jersey until the cows come home and it would not bother me one bit! Other than that, let's not sissify the NFL with pink jerseys. I know my thinking here is a little anti-feminist, but I can't help it. Stick to the official team colors, people!

Jessica, I wanted to like you and Tony together. I really did. So, why did you have to ruin it by showing up in a pink Romo jersey? Why not blue, Jessica? Why not blue?!

Sure, Tony is a HORRIBLE singer, but I think that it is cute that he doesn't care.

I want Tony Romo to find himself a plain, ordinary, every-day Fort Worth girl. Yes, I realize that I did not say Dallas girl. I would prefer him to marry a Fort Worth girl, so shoot me.

Let's keep our fingers crossed that the rumors are true. I don't like wishing unhappiness on anyone. So rather than hope that Tony dumped Jessica and left her broken-hearted, let's hope that he "set her free to be with someone better-suited for her".

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mother's Day - A late posting

I am a little late in posting about our Mother's Day, but better late than never, right? The pictures are out of order, but I am sure that all of my blog readers are smart enough to catch on.

We started the day at our house. My sisters, brother-in-law and parents came over for brunch. Since my birthday was the 10th and Cathy's is the 16th, we also exchanged birthday presents. You will see some in the pictures.

After brunch, Freddy and I headed to Wylie to celebrate with his mom and to see the renovations taking place in their master bath. My in-laws are SO HANDY! First they laid hardwood floors throughout their house and now they are remodeling their bathroom - THEMSELVES! I should have taken pictures, but I didn't think of it at the time. Sorry!

For Mother's Day, we gave Freddy's mom wii Dance, Dance Revolution. She asked for it. She loves it. She didn't want to get off of it!

Sorry for the bad photography. This is Freddy and his super thin mom, Lynn!

She loves her Dance, Dance Revolution!

Christy, Mom, me and Cathy.

For our birthdays, our parents gave us pink tool kits. Good thing Freddy looks good in pink because he is the one that does all of the fixin' around the house. Look at Lola. She is SO FUNNY!

My sisters.

I was trying to take a picture of Charlie, but Lola wanted in on it, too.

Charlie and I are more than just brother and sister-in-law. We are GREAT FRIENDS. Right, Charlie?

My dad tried to warn these two about what they were marrying in to. Good thing they chose to ignore his warnings.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Huddie Bear

Since I don't have kids of my own, I like to post pictures of my friends' kids.
These are pictures I took of Lesley and Brian's son, Hudson Brooks Hamilton, at my birthday brunch last Saturday morning. He is just as sweet as he is adorable!

This picture is a little blurry, but I wanted you to see how he gives kisses. TOO CUTE!

My Birthday!

I had a fantastic birthday this year!
The day started off with brunch at La Madeline with Lesley, Hudson and Sara. May I recommend their crepes romanoff? They were really yummy.

Unfortunately, Lesley had to take Hudson home for his nap so she wasn't able to join us for pedicures. The salon by my house gives THE BEST pedicures ever! - It's the basic pedicure plus paraffin wax on your feet, a hot rock massage, a hot towel wrap, etc. Sara's sister, Jodie, and Sarah T both met us up there.

After the pedis, Freddy and I went shopping for...My new Calphalon stainless steel pots and pans. You know you are officially grown up when you ask for pots and pans for your birthday!

After the shopping, Freddy and I went to Massage Envy and got back massages - in separate rooms. I've been surveying people about this. I ask them if they would prefer single rooms or a couples room if they were going with their significant other to get massages. While my research isn't complete, I found that most - not all - married couples prefer separate rooms while unmarried couples would prefer the couples room. Give them time, I say. Give them time.

I told Freddy before we went in that all I wanted was to get a non-talking massage therapist. I jinxed myself. I got the new guy, second day on the job, who talked the entire time. I tried to give him small clues that I didn't want to talk - like one-word answers, hmmms, uh-huhs, etc. Yet, somehow he did not catch on and he told me EVERYTHING about himself. The only good thing was that I guess he liked me because he gave me an extra 15 minutes for free!

After massages, we went to dinner - just the two of us. I love going to dinner with my husband! I love spending time with him period. He is an amazing husband, my perfect match. (Awwwwww...)

After dinner, I opted out of dessert and we went home to spend the rest of the evening relaxing on the couch and hanging out with Lola.

What a great birthday!

Friday, May 9, 2008

The Great Game

I am a P1. If you aren't a P1, you have no idea what I am talking about. Sorry.
My favorite radio station is 1310 The Ticket, Sports Radio. So, when they announced that there would be a charity baseball game between Team Musers (the morning show) and Team Hardline (the drive home), I was ALL OVER IT! Here are some pictures. I apologize for the random order.

George. Who doesn't love George?

My all-time favorite, Mike Rhyner.

Freddy and I before the game.

Freddy and I after the game.

Me and Michelle.

Chris, Patrick and Freddy.

My handsome husband.

If you are a P1, you can appreciate this picture of Gordo. Hilarious!

This game was so much fun! It was full or errors and bloopers. The final score, coincidentally, was 13-10, Team Musers.

Happy Thursday of my Birthday week to me!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mayfest Pictures

This is the best we could do at the end of the Mayfest trip. Hudson was tired and Lesley and I later discovered that we had slight sun burns!

This was a fun start to my birthday week! I can't say that my birthday week has been exciting since. It has only consisted of some dog training (both good and bad sessions) and the replacement of my Tuesday night Butt, Legs and Tummy class with a Cardio Max class. It kicked my butt, legs, tummy, arms, back...I will definitely be going back because it is an awesome challenge!

Tomorrow, however, will be exciting. Freddy and I are going with Chris and Michelle to The Ticket's Great Game. Stay tuned for pictures! Oh, and I tried to add the Charlie bit my finger video, but I can't figure out how to do that yet. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.