Sunday, November 29, 2009

Texas sized BBQ

When I was 11 my social studies text book had small descriptions of what all 50 states were famous for, as any child would do I quickly looked ahead to see what they said about Texas. Expecting them to maybe mention the Alamo, the Dallas Cowboys, bluebonnets or something of the like. It listed two things. Ten-gallon hats and barbeque. I told my teacher I didn't know what a 10 gallon hat was and I didn't like barbeque or barbeque sauce. I was very concerned about my status as a Texan. She explained what a 10 gallon hat was and told me not everyone likes barbeque. I told her that our textbook had a skewed perception of our state (I don't know remember my exact words, but I was opinionated then too, so you can imagine).
While I love the great state of Texas (we are the only state to ever be our own country). Upon moving to California I was quite excited about the new types of food that were offered. Gone were the days of fried items with gravy or over-sized portions. Even Mexican (which I love) isn't smothered in cheese and sauce. You can eat pretty clean anywhere you go and in the whole city there was only one place I knew of that served barbeque. And in 2 and a 1/2 years I'd never been there.

But today that all changed. Jake got a hankering for ribs and kindly suggested we go to that one and only barbeque place to see what they had. And since I'm a nice wife (and I wanted him to drop me by Target on the way) I agreed. We got there and there was a line around the building. Which would be fine except that we had our one and only torrential downpour of the year today. But people were still waiting. This only fueled Jake's fire that we would have the best meal ever. (If people would endure the elements to eat it, it had to be good). So, we waited and as we waited I realized that this particular place had pretty much one item in many different packages. RIBS. Pork, Beef, Full Rack, Half, Rack, Off the Rack, Ribs and Chicken, Ribs on your salad. So, I decided to go for it and get ribs.

I told Jake that a 1/2 Rack would do for me, but NO we had to get food bigger than my face.

You see that sauce on my face? It's too bad I only kinda enjoyed it, cause I know there's people that have died for those arm sized ribs.

So, maybe I'm not a true blue Texan after all. Who knows....

Thursday, November 26, 2009

our little guy

I forgot to tell you that Jake and I decided to expand our family a little while back.
(No, we didn't adopt another cat). We adopted a little boy from Tanzania, Africa.
Meet Khamis Benard John

No, he's not living in our house (though I wouldn't be totally opposed to it). He's living with his 4 brothers and sister at home. However, through Compassion International we are now part of his family too.

Nothing like Thanksgiving to make you thankful for what you have... and even more thankful that you have something to share.

Love to all!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Birthday Blessings

This is the cake I told Jake I wanted for my 25th birthday, but for some reason (I have no idea why) I did not receive this cake. However, I will admit he spoiled me in other ways, so I guess I can survive.

Here's to being 25... Having the day off... Having food on the table...Enough food to give away to those less fortunate... Wonderful friends...A new job...Two adorable kitties.... And a God that's looking out for me! Oh and cute clothes (and hopefully soon, new boots).

Saturday, November 14, 2009

don't call me cheapskate

I am in love with these Steve Madden boots.

Now, if Target will just re-stock all their sizes, so I can buy the knockoff Mossimo ones, because who has a $130 dollars to spend on boots alone? :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Wedding Pictures

First try, what is that face?

Second try

Third Try

Ok, fine you try...

The real reason for all these pictures.

Congrats Mark and Shierleen!

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Have you have ever shopped at this store?

Well, let me tell you I barely do because it's expensive, but their clothes are beautiful. It's a sister store to Urban Outfitters, which I have always loved but also rarely shop at.... because.... you guessed their clothes are also expensive. While Urban is kind of a young look, Anthropologie is so age and job appropriate. They also have the most AMAZINGLY cute aprons like this one

that I had Jake buy me for my birthday next weekend. Speaking of that, I may have to send him back for some other things.
Oh ya wait, I just suggested my husband go shopping and we all know that won't happen.
I must admit they do have pretty good sales, so we'll have to see what happens after Christmas. I can't wait!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Did I mention I only have a week left in my classroom as well? :( Maybe I will blog then, when I'm jobless.

I really do have pictures to post, stories to tell, concerns to vent about. The one thing I don't have is time. I also have vast amounts of Bible chapters to read and a sore throat. Maybe next week....
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