Sunday, September 20, 2009

Can't stop redecorating

I don't know what's gotten in to me lately, but I can't stop redecorating. I can't stop shopping for nick-nacks (or nick-nicks as we call them, thanks to the Van Fleet's movers a while back) and throw pillows, making lists of home projects, planning, planning, planning. I just hope that some of this planning actually materializes into awesome house-ness. We went to IKEA yesterday for shelving, and I found a photo ledge to help put up these canvas board paintings my brother did a while back. Sooo happy about that, since I didn't want to frame them, but didn't know how else to get them on the wall!

I am hoping that I will have fabulous pictures to post soon!!!

The weather is getting cooler, and I think Fall is officially here, which I am so excited about. I can't wait to get out in the yard and prep it for the coming winter. I have big plans for a veggie garden for next year--and actually getting to use the compost I've been working on. Recently it's a bit wet because of all the rain we've had, so I need to add some more brown to balance that out.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I am also hoping that this coming week goes by quickly. I have really been loving the weekends lately, and not so much on the work front. Nothing terrible to report, but it's work, and I prefer relaxing.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Houston and Charlotte

Over Labor Day weekend, Jim and I went to Houston for his college buddy Jordan's wedding to the lovely Aimee. I was excited to go, since this was the first time I had seen Rice, where Jim and Jordan met in college, and the town that Jim speaks of often (and not too fondly, in general). I had a great time on the trip, and was pleasantly surprised by Houston and all it had to offer. I will mostly just post pictures here, since I am drugged up on pain medication from getting my wisdom teeth out yesterday.

The wedding was absolutely beautiful! Very modern, with vintage touches, and the bride was truly glowing and happy and fabulously gorgeous! The groom looked awesome too, in his sharp new tux, which he seemed quite pleased with.

The House of Pies, where we ate breakfast our first morning there. They offer more than just pies, of course.


Jim at The House of Pies.The pies of The House of Pies.

Welcome to Rice University!
Founder of Rice, Mr. William Marsh Rice. He is buried under this statue, making Rice the largest private cemetery in Texas (I believe).


Jim under the Sallyport, which welcomes you into Rice's Quad.
Jim's residential college, Baker, was under construction, and therefore we couldn't go in to visit. Doesn't look like anyone will be living there this year!

More construction at Baker College!

Jim has talked about Freebirds since we met. It's his favorite burrito in the world. Two thumbs up, indeed, Jim!

Preparing to have his mind blown by his monster (that's the size of the burrito he got).


Digging in!

Savoring...

This is my burrito. I am usually not very excited by burritos, since it's usually just the same stuff everywhere (and for whatever reason, most places don't believe in heating up their fillings?!?). This one was quite delicious--lived up to the hype!

I made wedding bells in honor of Aimee and Jordan out of my foil for the "Foil Objects Wall" they have at Freebirds.

The proud artiste!

Minute Maid Stadium.
Downtown Houston!

Fun animal topiaries!
They had so many!

Before the wedding started. What a beautiful sanctuary they had set up. I would never have guessed that a wedding in a hotel would be so beautiful!


The dinner plates were so beautiful! And the food was delicious!

We sat at the Cornwall table.


We elected Evan "Duke of Cornwall" by the end of the evening. Very fun guy!

Dad giving a speech about Aimee and Jordan. Cheers!

Thank you, Aimee and Jordan for hosting such a beautiful event. This was the first time I had met either of them in person, and enjoyed such a fun weekend. Can't wait to visit again (or have them visit us!) Have fun in Costa Rica!

Back in Charlotte, we got to meet several babies for the first time. An unusual friend of mine, Charlotte the spider, has taken up residence on our back door. At first I was very annoyed, and wanted to get rid of her, but then I became amazed at her perseverance--every time you open up the back door, she has to rebuild a bit of her web, in which she had created 2 egg sacks. This is after the second one yielded lots of baby spiders--those are the little spots everywhere!


We also got to meet our friends Sarah and Morri's baby Miriam. She is an absolute peanut--so cute and adorable!!! I'll post pictures of her soon--have to get them from Jim's phone, since our camera battery was dead by then!

And then, just before we left for Houston, I found this fabulous couch at our Salvation Army just up the road. I love that place!! We got this sofa, in great shape, for $80. I am planning on removing the skirt to make it a bit more contemporary. I'll also get some throw pillows to break it up a bit. But I love it!!!




And finally, here's me and my wonderful nurse during my recovery this weekend. My cheeks are big anyways, and this just makes me look ridiculous. I hope the swelling goes down before I go back to work on Monday!!