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Jamey, the fish-flogged.

The past few weekends have been so much fun! They totally make up for the not-so-fabulous weeks in between.

For Memorial Weekend Jamey bissfully enjoyed doing absolutely nothing–although I did make some fantastic hors d’œuvre to eat while we watched the Indy 500 (on television this year, not in person), and we went to see the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was fabulous.

This past weekend was much busier: we attended the Shuttlebration on Friday, went to see the Alley Theatre presentation of Noises Off! Saturday, and had a really fun kayaking adventure on Sunday. In case you’re wondering, the Shuttlebration was a celebration to welcome the full-sized replica of the Space Shuttle that used to be at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but will now reside at Space Center Houston. It was a really fun event, and I’m glad we went. Noises Off! is a hilarious play-within-a play by Michael Frayn, and the Alley Theatre did a great production of it. Kayaking is always an adventure here because we always see the neatest things–this time we saw lots of beautiful shore birds, two deer swimming in the water, one small alligator, and lots of jumping fish, one of which jumped right into Jamey’s kayak. Watching him bounce around the kayak after it whacked him in the chest, trying to simultaneously catch the fish and avoid it while it was flopping around was so funny. We both laughed for a long time afterwards, even when we were cleaning the fish smell out of his kayak and his clothes. I wish I’d been quick enough to grab my camera, but I was afraid I would drop it in the water, I was laughing so hard.

This weekend will bring more adventures–we’re going to Dallas to see the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway, which is always fun–I’ll tell you all about it in the next blog post. In the meantime enjoy the lists and have a fabulous rest of the week!

top 20

  1. my parents, who celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary (!!) on June 11. My sisters and I are all very glad they’ve stuck by each other.
  2. Jamey, who was just appointed to be the Component Director of Technology at Region VI. I’m very proud of him.
  3. Peppermint Patties
  4. finally getting to visit the Alley Theatre
  5. Noises Off! I think that was the funniest play I’ve ever seen–and I’ve seen a lot of plays!
  6. Space Center finally getting a shuttle, of sorts
  7. learning that I’ll have a new nephew in October
  8. talking to Jamey every night
  9. beautiful summer days
  10. kayaking adventures
  11. Dario Franchitti, who won the Indy 500 for the 3rd time a few weeks ago
  12. room service
  13. The opening of a new Chick-fil-A in Deer Park. That’s the crowning glory of Economic Development in these parts…kudos to Debbie W.!
  14. support
  15. being an FIP (a Fairly Important Person who occasionally gets invited to VIP events)
  16. volunteers
  17. using the word “rats” as a curse
  18. Jon Stewart. I think I should just give him a permanent place in the top 20.
  19. acceptance
  20. The Queen of England

bottom 10

  1. Overcompensation with the A/C. It is ridiculously hot and muggy outside, but I dress for the arctic because in every meeting room I go into they’re blasting the cold air like it’s literally a freezer–I guess to keep us all from going bad.
  2. missing my sisters and their children
  3. second guessing myself
  4. frustration
  5. malfunctioning apps
  6. Falling. I seem to do it a lot lately, and it’s getting to be quite painful.
  7. lack of motivation
  8. bureaucratic nonsense
  9. people who let their kids run up and down the stairs at the movies
  10. summer re-runs
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Geez, have I really not been here since Thanksgiving? Sorry about that. It was a crazy, crazy holiday season, and I was horribly sick for most of it, but overall it was all good. Especially the Bahamas part and the part about hanging out with my family. Let me elaborate:

Jamey and my Mom, kayaking on Armand Bayou

Thanksgiving was great–my parents and Jamey’s daughter came and we had a wonderful time gorging ourselves on delicious food, shopping (me, Carly and Mom), watching football (Jamey and Dad) and kayaking (all of us). It was so good to see my parents and Carly, and I was so glad they were all able to make it. I hope they come again soon.

The weekend after Thanksgiving we went on a cruise to the Bahamas and spent a couple of days playing in Orlando. The Bahamas were ridiculously beautiful–Jamey hasn’t posted his photos online yet, but I’ll post a link to them when they’re up. We got to interact with the dolphins on Blue Lagoon Island, took hundreds of stunning beach photos, drank lots of mojitos and I won a second-place medal in the ship-board Jeopardy game. We ate tons of delicious food in Orlando, and visited THREE Disney parks in one day, a record for us! All-in-all it was a magnificent vacation, and we enjoyed every second of it.

The weekend after our Bahamas trip we went to Dallas to be with Jamey’s cousins as they said goodbye to their father, Joe Harrison. Funerals are always sad, but they’re also a great time to get together with family, and I enjoyed being with Jamey’s family as I always do.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

When we got back from Dallas I came down with a raging case of bronchitis and a horrible cold all rolled into one sneezing, coughing, nasty mess of an illness. I spent that week trying to drown it in orange juice and cough medicine before we left for Albuquerque to enjoy the holidays with the Ford Clan, but to no avail–I was sick the ENTIRE weekend, and halfway through Jamey ended with a cold as well. We were a lovely pair. Despite that, I had a great time seeing all of my sisters in one place, and thoroughly enjoyed my nieces and nephews. We shopped and wrapped and ate and shopped and played video games and shopped and then we shopped some more. I think we were even shopping on Christmas day, because some drug store had the good sense to stay open, knowing that we’d patronize them. My mom and my sisters made awesome meals, we played lots of games and had a great time watching all of the kids open their presents. I was either drugged to the gills or hacking up my lungs the entire time, but I had a good time anyway and I’m so glad we went.

We spent New Year’s at home, recovering from our sicknesses and saying a happy farewell to 2011. It was not a kind year to us in many ways, and we were really happy to toast to a new year filled with promise and happiness. We got Jamey a new car to drive to his new job in Huntsville (that’s a 90-minute drive, for those of you not acquainted with Texas geography) that he started on Monday. So far he loves it, and I’m really happy that he’s finally in a place that will appreciate his myriad talents and put him to work!

So that brings us to now, and a brand new set of lists for the new year. May 2012 bring you all of the things you’ve hoped for, as well as much happiness and good luck. Cheers!

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top 20

  1. saying hello to 2012
  2. New year, new car, and new job for Jamey

    Jamey’s brand new Honda CRZ (he gets 50 miles to the gallon on the freeway!)

  3. peach bellinis
  4. watching my nieces and nephews open their Christmas packages
  5. hanging out with my sisters
  6. getting a new mug from Kellie to replace the one I broke a few months ago
  7. The Bahamas. Beautiful, beautiful islands and people.
  8. Cafe Tu Tu Tango, an amazing Tapas restaurant in Orlando
  9. AMC Downtown Disney, the movie theater/restaurant in Downtown Disney
  10. hanging out with dolphins
  11. the return of The Daily Show after a holiday hiatus
  12. The Myth Busters “Behind the Myths” tour. I’m super excited about this because I am a nerd.
  13. staying at Jackie and Evan’s house
  14. Jackie and Evan’s dog, Morty. He’s awesome.
  15. everyone saying “Happy New Year” for the first week back at work
  16. Being told that I have good credit. You have no idea how long it’s been since I’ve heard that.
  17. wood floors
  18. www.dropsend.com. It’s a fantastic service for transferring large files, and it’s free!
  19. Apple TV
  20. The film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It was just as good as the book.

bottom 10

  1. being sick at Christmas
  2. not being able to stop coughing, even after two weeks
  3. passing along my nasty cold to my sister
  4. going back to work
  5. not having Jamey there in the morning to make me coffee because he has to leave before dawn to get to his new job
  6. irrationality
  7. The process of getting a government sales tax exemption at Fry’s. I’ve filled out the same exact same form three times.
  8. being too tired to exercise
  9. the travails of public servitude
  10. medicine overload

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