Monthly Archives: June 2009

Good Saturday


One of my favorite people ever is my sister Yarbs. So it is so great (SO GREAT!!!!) that we are in the same city – makes H-town all that much better. On Saturday, we spent most of the day together, she came over early to help with get started with the much belated scrapbook I told Boom’s mom I’d make her of the 40th anniversary party we kids threw for them last year. (It is done! Woot woot!)


Then we headed to Farrago in midtown for brunch (after trying Indika and Gravatas – lunch is not popular for restaurants, evidently). Then onto the Wortham for Swan Lake! It was great, but also really long. And very traditional – I think I like ballets that are a little bit more modern. Not totally modern, but just slightly.

Yarbs got me an awesome pair of Derek Lam oversized sunglasses – she had been complaining about my old, out of style shades for a while.


Aren’t they cute?! The best part is that they are pink on the inside! I really love them, and have totally been needing a new pair!

We’ll be celebrating again, once I can get her gift ordered and here! I know what I am getting her, just need to execute.

Flocking to the Zoo


This past Thursday, RAH and I flocked on over to the Houston Zoo – I had not yet been to the zoo and was curious about their new young professional group. I was worried it was going to be hot – and it was a bit warm, but there was a breeze and it cooled down quite a bit by the end. It was a really good time! We met up with K, a new friend of mine that I think is hilarious. She had a posse with her, so we just hang out with them all.


Here’s K – wearing a strapless romper! Very cute and stylish, but using the restroom would be annoying to me.


RAH had a really good time – and she was right – it was a nice mix of folks and ages. Not the usual suspects like when I go to any performing arts young professional event. We were with the elephants!


Here’s the baby – I think he is just 3 or 4 years old. But still weighs tons! I did feel bad, as the zoo was small and the elephant area was very small, with 4 elephants in it. I was glad to hear that they do brain stimulating exercises with the elephants, so that is a good thing.

After my trip to Africa many moons ago, I am torn about zoos. They are a good way to continue the species and have people experience animals that they likely would never be lucky to see in their natural habitat, but the spaces are so small. On the way to the elephants, we passed the leopards – their cage was quite small as well! I really felt bad for them, as they are used to being able to run and stretch their legs. [sigh] I guess zoos are necessary. But still made me sad for the animals…

So cultural!


Last week, Boom and I went to the Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant for the first WAC event we were able to attend – learning about Indego Africa – a non-profit that helps Rwandan women earn money from their handicrafts while training them so that they can someday be more self-sufficient.

It was really interesting – learning about the non-profit as well as checking out the Blue Nile.  I really want to go back and try the restaurant not during an event.  It was quite well attended, which is good.

We also went to Grooves Restaurant and Bar – for an opera event.  It is in the Third Ward, so I don’t think we would have ever just happened upon it.  I like being brought to places that I likely would never go to – ’tis a good thing.  And the HGOco opera / blues project was really quite interesting.

Scenes from a Birthday Cookout…

IMG_2737Here are the hosts – J&J, with us bday girls!  S&J’s backyard was perfect for the cookout!  We really love them – they are such a great couple!

IMG_2731Yarbs and I  – Yarbs is like my show pony.  I can take her anywhere and people always love her!  She is so cute and fashionable, and nice and laid back.  She can easily talk to most anyone and is very likable.  All my friends who have met her really like her!  What’s not to like?!  (And we are the Darling Mermaid Darlings – a sister synchro swimming team!)


New friends (LB and A) and old (R and Yarbs) all together!  Fun times – it was a little warm when the party first started, but then it cooled off and the breeze picked up, which was nice.


The HAWC ladies together again – show how the JLH brings people together!  I am (kinda) sad that I am not in a community placement where I’ll see the same people week after week – it is a good way to get to know new friends.

The birthday cookout was a really good time.  It was super casual and laid back, which everyone enjoyed.  And we hired a guy to help with the party – so he grilled and kept food stocked and did all of the cleaning up afterwards – it totally rocked!  Nothing better than for Sunday to be a Funday!

I *heart* Boom

tingjohnSix years ago I married the most wonderful man I know – Boom!  We are so lucky to have found each other – and I am particularly lucky as Boom has a high tolerance for the crazies!

In the 9+ years we have been together, we’ve traveled from coast to coast in America / Central America (Belize, Costa Rica), Europe (France, Germany, Czech Republic), South America (Chile, Bolivia), and to Asia (all over China, twice!).  We’ve been / are homeowners in two different states, and adopted a dog-ter, Ruby.

We’ve been through so much, and I couldn’t ask for a better partner.  I just wish I could be a better wife – as we all know, cleaning and cooking are not my strong points.  Good thing Boom didn’t want to marry a housekeeper, rather a crazy / sporty / crafty / particular girl.  I really am the luckiest person I know!

Lucky Girl

My birthday was on Wednesday, and I really am a lucky, lucky girl!


Birthday calls from the whole fam!

Musmie is overseas in Taiwan (and she usually never remembers my bday!), Dad- who I don’t think has ever called me on his own for my bday and then Yarbs, of course – she always remembers!


Box of cupcakes waiting for me at work!


T-shirt from LB from one of my favorite downtown lunch spots, Frank’s.


A GC from the Targ from 3 of my co-workers.


Boom made homemade crab mac’n’cheese – very yummy and very rich


A package of goodies arrived from Coco – and the goodies are from Mozambique!

‘Tis a good thing to be so loved! And the celebration didn’t stop there (more on that tomorrow)…

My new favorite website / blog…


This website is chock full of ideas of things to make!  So all I need is more time… but I love seeing all the possibilities… and starting my mental list of things I want to do… too bad that list is a mile long!  Maybe one weekend I can set aside for a intense craft session with myself.  I think I would really love it!