Happy July 4th!

It’s the Fourth of July… which means today we celebrate the fact that we are legally allowed to blow things up.

Oh, and American Independence Day, too.

However, much to my chagrin, fireworks (or explosives of any kind) are banned in the development we are currently residing in.

Dang it.

Armed with that knowledge, Sabrina and I are off on a mission this morning to find explosive materials fireworks, and set them off on the ranch. Right now, it’s still a very large piece of dirt, so there is no danger of setting fire to anyone or anything.

We hope…..

Anyway, Sabrina is especially excited about today, it’s one of her favorite holidays and she really goes all out – in fact, her ensemble consists of flag Converse hi-tops, a sequined flag tank top and flag aviator sunglasses.

It’s intense…. just like her sometimes……

Happy July 4th!




Thoughts and Randomness

Sabrina and I did something today that was so remarkable, so refreshing and (quite frankly) so rare, I felt compelled to come straight home and write about it.

Ready for this?

After I picked her up from work, we stopped at the local Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

For books.

Like real, made-from-paper books.

Not electronic stuff.

Actual books.

Watching her happily prance through the aisles while carrying a stack that was almost as tall as she is, made me realize that going to the bookstore shouldn’t be such an unusual occurrence. So we devised a plan to go more often….. like at least once a month. Or, when she’s read all the books she purchased.

Which could very well mean we go back next week.

Anyway, while I was in the store, pursuing the cookbook section (and for the record, I restrained from purchasing Lisa Fain’s new cookbook, The Homesick Texan’s Family Table). Why I exercised restraint, I couldn’t tell you…….

But I digress. While looking through the cookbook, I realized something interesting…… not at of the recipes have photos attached.

Which made me think…… as much as I try to post a (reasonably) good photo with the recipes on my blog, sometimes you just want to record something that you (and/or the family) enjoyed so much……and you stop yourself from posting because you don’t have a photo – good, bad, or otherwise.

And at that moment, I realized that line of thought was silly. Unnecessary.

Short story? Expect more recipes, which may/may not have photos attached.

And that’s the end of my short story.

The trouble of being spatially challenged

Have you ever stood and watched someone struggle for a good 20 minutes while attempting to put something together? And wishing you could step in because the solution is so apparent to you, and you KNOW they just.don’t.get.it.

Well……. let’s put it out there. I’m that person.

My problem is that I am spatially challenged. I have trouble fitting the puzzle pieces together, so to speak. So you can imagine how difficult it was for me to put the dish pack moving kit together last night.


Fortunately, Alexander stepped in before I became hostile with a cardboard box.

It was getting extreme at that point....

Anyway, he put it together in the nick of time and saved the day. Which is great, because now all the dishes and glassware are packed up.

However, that also means we eat on paper plates for the next 5 nights…….



Thoughts and Randomness

Now that I have  80 75 60% of the move under control, I feel like I can actually sit back and enjoy all these great changes occurring right now, instead of feeling constant, intense pressure to make sure everything is accounted for and planned out.

And maybe, just maybe, I will stop waking up at 2:45 every morning to write down things that I need to do.

It’s getting a little tiring.

Literally and figuratively.

Anyway, I had a funny dialogue with Alexander last night. We were sitting on the patio having our dinner, and of course conversation turned to the ranch house. He made a comment about not wanting to use his PS3 (that machine is a sore spot with me anyway, I wish it would get lost in the move) once we get to Austin, because, in his words, “I’m going to be too busy with the dirt bike and making new friends to want to sit inside all the time”.

Thank god……

I’ll tell you something else, Daisy has been very agitated with all the packing and boxes and chaos going on around the house. She has practically hot-glued herself to me, making sure I don’t get too far from her sight. I tripped over her coming out of my closet yesterday (no, not coming out that way, I was putting away clean clothes…), and again in the kitchen while making dinner. She jumped up on my chair when we sat down to eat so I seized the opportunity to take a selfie:


She was not amused……


The countdown begins….

And now….. the moment you’ve all been waiting for….. the big announcement that has been lurking on the sidelines for weeks….is to be revealed right this very minute…

Ready for this? In exactly 91 days, the posse, Daisy and myself are moving to Austin, Texas to become cattle ranchers.

The first part of that statement is true, the second half…not so much.

We are moving to beautiful, amazing, lively, spectacular Austin – not to work with the bovine species, but to embark on a new and exciting chapter of our lives. And quite frankly, it feels incredible to say it out loud, over and over again.

Although Vegas has been home for 12 years, it’s time to move on, time to experience more in life than casinos, malls full of drunken tourists, and the neon lights of the strip.

Plus, Daisy needs a cowgirl hat:


We are ready. More than ready. My to-do list is three pages long, my moving checklist is printed and ready, and I’ve spent the last few weeks on a crazy deep clean of the house, paring down and weeding out scores of items that have filled my car several times over of “stuff”….. things that have passed their prime in my world. It almost seems overwhelming, yet, it isn’t. I feel empowered with my decisions, as I have so much to gain and absolutely nothing to lose.

So be prepared for the updates and commentary over the next three months, as we have lots of exciting things happening before our move.

And one final thought for today:

“An adventure might hurt you, but monotony will kill you”…

Happy New Year! … And some exciting news

Happy New Year!

I don’t know about you, but my day certainly started off on a positive note:


2013 was a really, really good year for me… especially the last few months :)

Actually, it all started with the trip to Italy back in September (boy, does that seem like a lifetime ago!) and has culminated in the realization that I have traveled more in the last 6 months than I have in the past 16 years.

Having children will do that to you…

Anyway, I do have a bit of exciting news to share, because starting first thing tomorrow morning, we are embarking on a 3 day road trip from Vegas to Texas.

Can you say “excited beyond belief”?  I know that a road trip doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun to most people, but then again, I’m not like most people.

no comments from the peanut gallery, please…..

So stay tuned, because as internet allows, I’ll be posting pictures documenting our journey as we make our way across the country.

Thoughts and Randomness

About 2 months ago, when I learned that Google Reader was shutting down, I became a bit concerned when I thought (mistakenly) that I would no longer be able to access my old blog site, My Baking Adventures.

My grand plan was to transfer many of my posts from the old site onto this site – a slow, painstaking process, considering there are 3.5 years of entries languishing in cyberspace.

However, now that I have mastered Feedly and Bloglovin’ (but I still can’t get that dang Mac TimeMachine to work – grrrrrrrr), I am able to easily and smoothly start moving things over. And it’s not just recipes that will be resurrected, there are a few literary gems buried deep in the archives that will once again see the light of day.

So, without further adieu, here is a classic example of Alexander’s creativity and thought process – from October 21, 2010 – when he was in 6th grade:

Before you read this post, I feel an overwhelming desire to issue a disclaimer. Better yet, a warning: Alexander wrote this yesterday during English class ~he had completed his assignment and was trying to think of something to do. His teacher told him to be creative and write a short story.

So he did.

Don’t say you weren’t warned..……

Alexander’s Story – by Alexander

This is a story about a story that has to do with this story. The story doesn’t really make sense but this story is weird. I really don’t understand this story but it’s about this story. The story is interesting but nice. I didn’t know why to write this story but I did because you know it’s story-ish. I only wrote this story because I felt like it. Don’t ask me why I wrote this story.

The demise of Reader and my tech struggles

So I’ve now spent approximately 2.75 days sulking over the demise of Google reader, and during that same time, struggling with my technical inabilities to set up a new reader format.

I know, I know, supposedly Reader will continue to be available until July. However, with the way time flies these days, it’s going to take me that long to figure it all out.

I’m in the midst of trying to “claim my blog” from Bloglovin’ (I don’t even know what that means!) and transfer my subscription over – I don’t know if I’m doing this right, I suppose time will tell.

The method behind this madness is simple, I have an plan in mind to move a few things over from my old blog before I can no longer access it through Reader.

You’ll see why soon enough ……