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Hello! Look at me posting two blogs in one month. Looks like 2013 is off to a running start! 

All in all life the past few weeks has been good, with just a few small things to complain about and make it interesting. I started a new job on February 7 as the acting Director of the North Houston Economic Development Council, a job I think I can really enjoy. As some of you know, I have been in the economic development world for several years, and I’m looking forward to broadening my horizons and helping to grow the economy of the north Houston region. Watch for new economic-development type blogs coming in the next few months–I’ll expect all eight of my regular readers to follow them!

What my commute looks like on a rainy day.

What my commute looks like on a rainy day.

My job comes with an hour-long commute, something I’ve not had before and I am slowly getting used to. So far it isn’t too bad, except when it’s raining. For some reason everyone driver in Houston turns into an idiot when faced with any kind of precipitation. There’s a stretch of several miles of my commute that is a two-lane construction zone, and I drive through it with white knuckles on the best of days. So when it’s pouring outside it just stresses me out–particularly when there are large trucks on either side of me, which there often are. I have no idea how Jamey did an even longer commute every day last year. I have it much easier than he did because (a) my commute is half an hour shorter, (b) I don’t have to drive through downtown Houston, (c) my office doesn’t even open until 9 a.m., and (d) I’m only in the office three days a week.  I also know that it’s all temporary until we find a place in between our two jobs. And yet I complain. I’m the ultimate wimp.

But apart from my commute, life is pretty good. Huntsville continues to be beautiful and charming, the job is interesting and challenging, all of my bills are paid, and our little apartment is becoming more homey as we put things into their places and hang our art on the walls. It’s been pretty cold here lately, so Jamey has been making use of our little fireplace. I can’t tell you how lovely it is to come home after a long day to a warm cozy fire and the soft pretty light of our living room with Jamey and the cats waiting for me. If only I had a chauffeur, a live-in maid and a personal chef my life would be complete. 

I have to say just a quick word about football: While I have enjoyed this year’s playoff season much more than I have in the past (mostly because I actually understand the game), I have to admit that I’m a little footballed out. Also, I’m tired of the commercials. So I, for one, will be very happy to see the Super Bowl on February 3 (even if the Texans couldn’t quite get it together this year) because it will mean that football is done for a few months. 

I hope all of you have a fantastic week. Enjoy the lists!

top 20

Eat your heart out, Norman Rockwell.

Eat your heart out, Norman Rockwell.

  1. home sweet home
  2. hot cocoa
  3. using the stairs as an exercise tool
  4. having time off each week
  5. Henry and Patrick, the guards at my work who make sure I get to and from my car safely every day.
  6. my new hair salon
  7. the HEB store in The Woodlands (I refer to it as the “VersacEB”)
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. new challenges
  10. Jon Stewart. How many other comedians does Paul Krugman take to task in his column?
  11. the inclusion of poetry in the inauguration ceremonies
  12. sleeping in
  13. the Twitterverse response to Manti Te’O’s fake girlfriend revelation
  14. Tina Fey and Amy Pohler hosting the Golden Globes
  15. good examples
  16. bed linens from Restoration Hardware
  17. flexibility
  18. Evernote
  19. reconnecting with professional colleagues
  20. Google Chrome commercials

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So cute. And so cruel.

So cute. And so cruel.

  1. the return of cute, cruel shoes
  2. being cold
  3. having skin problems all of the sudden
  4. Lance Armstrong. I hate being disappointed by people I admire.
  5. baking disasters
  6. insipid arguments
  7. sneezy cats
  8. inconsistent wireless signal
  9. commuting in general
  10. commuting in rainy day traffic

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The beautiful Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque.

The beautiful Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque.

Happy New Year!

I love the year when it’s all shiny and new like it is now, with all of its promise and potential. The year 2013 is just five short days old, and while we have no idea what will happen in the next 360 days, we can hope that it’s mostly good and enlightening. 

We ended 2012 well, with a trip to the Dominican Republic. It was a fantastic vacation, and I recounted our experience in a whole separate blog post here. When we got back to the USA we were here just long enough to unpack our swimsuits, then we repacked our suitcases with warm winter clothes and flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico to spend the Christmas holiday with half of the Ford clan (Sarah and Kellie and their families stayed in California this year). We had a great time hanging out with my parents and Jackie and Evan and playing with my new nephew, Finn and trying to make him laugh and smile. Jamey went all out and made my Christmas extra special, even thought we had agreed that we weren’t going to exchange gifts since we went on vacation and got new iPhones. We enjoyed a fantastic Christmas dinner, had breakfast with my high-school friend Kevin and his wife Courtney, and ate at our favorite Albuquerque dive (The Frontier) twice.  

After we came back from New Mexico we took a beautiful scenic drive to San Antonio to ring in the new year with Jamey’s family. We enjoyed a fantastic, fattening New Year’s Eve feast (the fattening part was at my request) at Jack’s house with the fam. Then Jamey, Carly, Jack and I watched a movie (the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) until midnight, when we went outside and toasted 2013 with peach bellinis (teetotaler Jack had milk) while we watched and judged the fireworks display going on all around us. On New Years Day we ate ourselves silly with the traditional Osborne Family New Years Feast. Carly and I couldn’t stand it anymore and we went for a nice long (7 mile!) walk and felt like we earned the chance to have a third helping. A lovely visit all in all.

I’m very spoiled in multiple ways, and grateful that I have a great husband and family to share the holidays with. I’m also really happy to finally be living in the same place as Jamey. I start my new job on Monday, and I’m excited to see what that holds for me. I’m also excited to settle in to our little apartment and get to know the City of Huntsville. I don’t make New Years resolutions, but I do hope that in this coming year I can love my life and enjoy individual moments more than I have–this past year I often got so worried about the big picture that I failed to appreciate the smaller moments that make everything worth it, and I want to savor more of those moments this year. I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for me, and I’m hopeful that this new start will live up to its wonderful promise.

I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013. Enjoy the lists, and have a fabulous week!

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  1. new beginnings
  2. The music and story of Les Miserables. While the film version has its ups and downs, the music is amazing and the story is inspirational. It’s been fun to revisit it.
  3. rest and relaxation
  4. fireworks
  5. peach bellinis
  6. the Houston Texans (and JJ Watt)
  7. Texas A&M (and Johnny Manziel)
  8. posole
  9. weather cold enough to warrant a fire in the fireplace
  10. family
  11. morning walks
  12. feeling rested
  13. catching up with old friends
  14. The TED talk on the Transformative Power of Classical Music by Benjamin Zander. Mr. Zander inspires me to be a better person and a better leader.
  15. the lovely warm blankets my mom made us for Christmas
  16. new recipes
  17. thank you notes
  18. the scent of fresh coffee
  19. Joel Stein
  20. coming home

bottom 10

I wonder what our founding fathers would say about our current Congress and its shenanigans?

I wonder what our founding fathers would say about our current Congress and its shenanigans?

  1. our dysfunctional Congress (I think they’ll be on this list for a while)
  2. ruining my newly manicured fingernails just hours after getting them done
  3. large smells in tiny places
  4. the schizophrenic temperatures in our apartment: upstairs is toasty warm and downstairs is FREEZING
  5. accidentally bringing my mother’s car keys home to Huntsville with me
  6. dandruff
  7. spoiled mint (makes for really awful mojitos)
  8. unhelpful salespeople
  9. the Whataburger in Giddings, TX
  10. fake champagne

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