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My favorite shelf at Hubble & Hudson, one of the many discoveries we've made while exploring North Houston.

My favorite shelf at Hubble & Hudson, one of the many delectable discoveries we’ve made while exploring North Houston.

Ah, the weekend. Finally. I shouldn’t complain about my weeks, I know–they technically end on Wednesdays, and I usually spend Thursday and Friday being a complete sloth. But I love the weekend, and wish that it lasted a lot longer. I’m sure I’m not alone there.

So the last time we got together you could hardly recognize me because I basically looked like a cross between a panda bear and a kickboxing match survivor. I’m sure you’ll all be glad to know that I’m cured of my mysterious allergic reaction, thanks to the miracle of Prednisone and a fantastic medicinal cream made from Mometasone and Eucerin. I’ve also learned that I’m allergic to several different trees, multiple weeds, and pretty much every kind of grass that grows in the Piney Woods. But now that we know that I can avoid the outdoors on super pollen-y days, and I’ll faithfully smear my medicine on my face every day to avoid another outbreak, and life should be good.

Life IS good, actually. We’re having a grand time, alternately exploring the area and vegging out in our cozy little apartment. We go exploring often, and the backroads drives are incredible out here. We’ve found some fun shops to visit (mostly shops involving food in some way), and we’ve had a good time looking at land and dreaming about our future house out in the country (but not TOO far out in the country).

On a professional note, I have a new blog called The Texas Business Blog. It’s designed for businesses that are locating, relocating, or expanding in the state of Texas, and it goes through all of the resources available in the Lone Star State for those types of businesses. That may bore some of you to tears, but if you’re a business or finance person, or if you’re an economic development geek, it may prove to be a good resource for you. Check it out.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend. Enjoy the lists!

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  1. Friday
  2. pre-spring weather
  3. WWNO, the public radio jazz station out of New Orleans
  4. brevity
  5. Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen in The Woodlands. Jamey took me there on Valentine’s Day and now I want to go back and eat everything on the menu!
  6. Talking to my grandfather. It gives me perspective.
  7. Melissa McCarthy
  8. Hubble & Hudson, your one-stop-shop for essentials like saffron ice cream, duck bacon, black lava salt and  truffle oil cooking spray.
  9. fresh basil
  10. Pioneer Woman recipes. I’ve never tried one that wasn’t out-of-this-world delicious.
  11. seeing deer on my way home from work
  12. having reserve funds
  13. the Academy Awards and this awesome Mashup of the Best Picture awards throughout the years
  14. taking the scenic route
  15. Patrick, our security guard, who volunteered to fetch all of our cars and park them close to the front door because it was raining.
  16. the satisfaction of a clean kitchen
  17. progress
  18. this post from my photographer friend Pin about finding a bald eagle nest
  19. Photo Stream
  20. sunsets that take your breath away

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Not so fond of rats.

Not so fond of rats.

  1. rats (of every variety)
  2. parking in downtown Houston
  3. confusion stemming from people not reading email messages completely
  4. getting a rubber check
  5. the sequestration chicken game
  6. missing out on important family events because I live so far away from everyone
  7. people who drive really slowly in the fast lane
  8. the Apple desktop Mail client–it’s surprisingly clunky and difficult, for an Apple product
  9. megalomaniacs
  10. Doing our taxes. We don’t even technically prepare our own tax return–we send a giant pile of receipts and tax forms to our CPA and he does it for us, but I still hate it.
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This looks like me right now. Only the panda is a lot more cute.

Hello! It’s me, Stacey! Oh, you don’t recognize me? Perhaps that’s because my entire face has been taken over by an allergic reaction to some yet-to-be-identified irritant. And boy, is it irritating!

I used to be not scary to look at. But now I resemble a character in a novel about weird creatures with strange eyes. Since we last chatted (does a blog count as chatting?) I have developed an allergy to…something. I have no idea what it is. Next week the allergist will poke me in the back with a million needles filled with every allergen known to man and we’ll see which one of them lights my fire. But in the meantime my skin is blotchy, my eyes are swollen, and I have rings around my eyes that make me look like a raccoon or a panda bear or some other cute animal with cute black circles around its eyes. Only my circles are red and puffy and not at all cute. I would say that I look like a victim of domestic violence, but Jamey has been the opposite of violent–he’s been super sweet and sympathetic and hasn’t laughed at me once, even though I know I look pathetic and ridiculous. So instead I’ll say that I’m the (temporary) victim of domestic allergies, and I am armed with prednisone and some sort of cream that will evidently give me some relief. I’m very grateful for those.

So many great places to explore up here!

So many great places to explore up here!

In other, non-pathetic news: We’ve discovered some great places to explore in our new neck of the woods. I learned how to make a killer calzone, and can’t wait to try it again. We found a place to recycle our cardboard in Huntsville, something we didn’t really expect to find for some reason. My niece Olivia turned eight years old and had a tea party to celebrate. And I joined the nerdiest club in the entire universe, the Houston Economics Club. So it’s not all allergies and misery. I just enjoy a good pity party. 

I’m going to go now and lie down and put cucumbers on my eyes. Y’all enjoy the lists, and maybe next week I’ll have some news about what kind of allergy shots I’m getting. I hope everyone is happy and allergy-free.

Oh, PS: I post this blog to Twitter and LinkedIn, so if you don’t already follow me, give it a try. Or you can just subscribe to the blog and it will come into your inbox unbidden. 

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Olivia

Olivia

Ella

Ella

  1. My nieces: Olivia turned eight on January 27 and Ella turns two on February 9. They are the best nieces in the world, and I”m not at all biased.
  2. sympathy in my time of self pity
  3. my sisters, who go out of their way to make every birthday a special one for their kids
  4. Prednisone. Amazing stuff.
  5. Finding out that I somehow missed a new Holmes/Russell book from Laurie R. King at the end of last year. I’m so excited to read it!
  6. While we’re on the subject, the television show Elementary. I’m admittedly Sherlock Holmes-obsessed, but it’s a pretty good show.
  7. being able to work from home
  8. supportive people in my life
  9. Bob Costas
  10. nerds
  11. trailblazing
  12. rediscovering the Denise Austin Pilates/Yoga Workout (I have abs! Who knew?)
  13. Siri
  14. My fellow Board members and the Executive Director of the Texas Independence Trail Region. What a great group of people!
  15. art on the walls
  16. movie night
  17. The Da Vinci Code
  18. Anne Burrell
  19. 360i, the agency responsible for the most timely Oreo Cookie ad ever
  20. The Great SuperBowl Blackout. That was the best 35 minutes on Twitter I think I’ve ever enjoyed. Even better than the Manti Te’o fake girlfriend revelation.

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Chart is from WILLIAM D. TOWNSEND, O.D.'s article "The Wicked Itch of the East" posted on www. optometricmanagement.com

Chart is from WILLIAM D. TOWNSEND, O.D.’s article “The Wicked Itch of the East” posted on www. optometricmanagement.com

  1. whatever evil allergen is responsible for the current state of affairs on my face
  2. SuperBowl calories
  3. disappointment
  4. insomnia
  5. rediscovering the Denise Austin Pilates/Yoga Workout (I have abs. I remember now.)
  6. The over-zealous pedicure lady who scraped my feet raw with that grater thing. Sometimes callouses built by years of wearing four-inch high heels should just stay where they are.
  7. anxiety
  8. Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti breaking up. They were such a cute couple!
  9. uncooperative yeast
  10. Go Daddy. That ad was something I wish I could un-see, and not because it was a cute girl with an un-cute guy. It would have been gross with anyone.

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