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Beautiful Puget Sound

Beautiful Puget Sound

Well isn’t this nice. The whole summer is gone and I didn’t post one blog entry in the entire three months of it. Probably better for you–while the summer as a whole went by in the blink of an eye, the individual days were kind of uneventful. We watched the birds, ate some great dinners at home, and took frequent dips in the pool…and we watched a LOT of Food Network, since that was the only thing worth watching on television. It wouldn’t have made very good reading on a regular basis. We did do a few things that made the summer fun, so I’ll give you a brief recap of the happenings since I last saw you (since we’re catching up and everything): 

Jackie and Evan at Bucee's

Jackie and Evan at Bucee’s

The ESC6 VGO robots with TEA Commissioner Williams

The ESC6 VGO robots with TEA Commissioner Williams

In June I visited with my sister Jackie and her husband Evan while they explored Austin for a possible move in the fall. They ended up deciding not to move there after all–Evan is instead going to be an awesome pilot in the Air Force–but we had a good time anyway. We went tubing on the Bastrop River (thank you Bastrop River Company!), visited the outlet mall, and introduced Jackie and Evan to the phenomenon that is Buc-ee’s. I got a terrific blister from walking around Austin all day, and had to get some new comfortable walking shoes. While in Austin, I got to accompany the ESC Region 6 Technology team and three VGO Robots at the Texas State Capitol. We gave three home-bound kids a virtual field trip, and introduced the VGO program to some pretty important people in Austin, like Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams and several of our State legislators. I also watched Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at the historic classic Paramount Theatre in Austin, on the same day that Wendy Davis started her historic filibuster in the Texas Senate. 

JoAn and Don in Snohomish

JoAn and Don in Snohomish

Jamey on the the whale boat. We saw three orcas, two minkes, and two bald eagles.

Jamey on the the whale boat. We saw three orcas, two minkes, and two bald eagles.

Me feeding an alpaca. Those animals crack me up for some reason.

Me feeding an alpaca. Those animals crack me up for some reason.

In July we escaped the heat for a week and went to visit my aunt and uncle JoAn and Don in Snohomish, Washington (just North of Seattle). That was SUCH a beautiful trip, and I am so glad that we went. We sat on the porch eating peanuts and solving the problems of the world, shared technology stories, toured downtown Snohomish and Seattle, drank lots of Starbucks coffee, and picked cherries and raspberries on a fantastic farm–I even got to feed an alpaca. We celebrated the Fourth of July with a marshmallow and weenie roast in my aunt and uncle’s back yard, and we went whale watching, something I highly recommend that everyone do at least once. The best part about it: the temperature didn’t get over 83 degrees the entire time we were there. The only bad part was coming home to the sauna that is Central Texas in July. Also in July: we went to a concert in Houston by pianists Michele McLaughlin and Scott D. Davis and enjoyed a really nice afternoon visiting with them the next day before they headed to Dallas. We also enjoyed visits from my cousin Troy and his fiancee Valerie, and from our friends the Geisels–we’re so glad that Nicole, Olive and Samantha stopped here on their cross-country trek, and we hope they come back again soon.

Jamey and his new toy

Jamey and his new toy

In August I co-hosted a meeting on regional economic development with Sam Houston State University’s Center for Rural Studies that proved to be a success. I think it will lead to good things in this region.  A few weeks later we went to a house concert at the lovely home of musicians Michael and Kendra Logozar in Round Rock. Stanton Lanier was the featured guest performer, and he was fabulous. As a bonus, we got to spend some quality time with Jamey’s Dad and his sister and Carly, always a good thing. Also in August: Jamey got a 3-D printer at his work, and every day he comes home with a new gadget that he printed that day. Pretty neat technology. I’ve been assured that we will have one in our home before too long. 

OK, now you’re all caught up so I will give you the lists. Hopefully in the coming months I’ll have a little bit more to say, if for no other reason than because we’ll back in prime time. In the meantime, have a great September. Enjoy!

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There's nothing liked freshly-picked Washington cherries.

There’s nothing liked freshly-picked Washington cherries.

  1. The Pacific Northwest
  2. my parents, who celebrated their 41st anniversary on June 11
  3. my nephew Jaxon, who turned eight years old on July 24
  4. Jamey, who turned 51 on August 7
  5. my sister Jackie, who turned 27 on August 8
  6. my brother-in-law Craig, and his marriage to my sister Sarah–he turned 34, and they celebrated 11 years on August 9
  7. my sister Kellie, who turned 34 on August 26
  8. access to a swimming pool
  9. the sunlight shining through the forest in the morning
  10. Robert Reich. I’m nerdy enough to have a favorite economist, and he is the one.
  11. Blue jays. They crack me up.
  12. Hansen’s Tonic Water
  13. The film We’re the Millers. Ridiculous. And hilarious.
  14. Sharing Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream with Jamey–he’s informed me that he only shares it because he loves me.
  15. cold watermelon
  16. green chile chicken crepes (my own original recipe)
  17. The new HEB grocery store in Conroe. Good for my pantry, lousy for my wallet (or rather Jamey’s wallet, since mine is perpetually empty these days)
  18. John Oliver. He did a great job with The Daily Show this summer.
  19. Being able to exercise in my air conditioned living room, in front of my giant television, with my iPad. I have a short attention span and a low tolerance for discomfort, so that’s the only way calories are going to be burned.
  20. HBO’s The Newsroom. It’s been panned by journalists across the board, but I love it. I wish the news was actually like it.

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Yeah, I lost it all. Every note that I've taken in the last eight months, gone in a flash. BACK UP YOUR iPAD!!!

Yeah, I lost it all. Every note that I’ve taken in the last eight months, gone in a flash. BACK UP YOUR iPADS, PEOPLE!!!

  1. learning the lesson…the hard way…to always back up my iPad to the Cloud
  2. bill collectors
  3. financial limbo
  4. Migraine headaches. I’ve only recently started to get them, and they are the pits.
  5. lack of cupboard space
  6. summer re-runs
  7. chemical weapons in Syria
  8. ignorance
  9. nightmares
  10. politics (and politicians) getting in the way of…pretty much everything
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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!

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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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