Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Gallery Flooring

I'm going back and forth on whether or not I like a combination of stone and wood for the Gallery flooring. Superman doesn't want it too fancy, so marble is out. And I want a material sophisticated enough for the dramatic layout, so wood is out.

Below is a picture of a limestone and wood combination pattern that I think is pretty. Overlook the froo-froo furniture. Our furnishings and taste tend to be much more traditional. My biggest hesitation is whether or not I might get tired of the pattern. But then again, it would only be in the Gallery.

I've been sleeping on the decision for a while. I think I'll have to sleep on it a bit longer.

new house construction

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Poor Pip

When I woke up yesterday the last thing I thought I would do on a beautiful Friday morning was visit an avian veterinarian. I never even knew there was such a thing. But that's what I did, spend almost an hour and a half at the office of an avian veterinarian.

It seems Pip, Middle's yellow parakeet, broke his foot. I suspect it happened a couple nights ago when terrorist Penny "Bin Laden"snuck into the game room to terrorize the poor fowl. I was alerted to the enemy breach by agitated squawking and quickly removed the wiry offender thinking nothing more of it.

But yesterday morning Loyal Housekeeper pointed out Pip wasn't putting any weight on his right foot. After watching him for a few minutes, it was obvious something was really wrong and I started surfing the net. A few minutes later I had an appointment with a Houston avian vet. Who knew?

Long story short, $320 and a couple x-rays confirmed what I suspected - a broken foot. The foot was splinted, meds were dispensed with instructions on how to administer them, then we were sent along our way to wait out the healing process, albeit in solitary confinement for poor Pip.

Bird broken leg X-ray

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Back at work on the House

Monday I received the re-re-revised plans from the architect. They are now 99% complete - just a few things left to tweak.

So now I'm pouring through my favorite interior design books for ideas on flooring and colors. There's so much to plan for in a 6,400+ square foot house.

For instance, I have six bathrooms to decorate. Six! I remodeled two baths and one kitchen in our current house and found the whole process particularly stressful. Now I face three times the stress?

Calgon, take me away! But wait, I need to pick out a master tub first.

building new house construction

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lots of Testosterone

I heard a high-spirited mix of laughter and bickering in the den and walked around the corner to find Superman and Oldest leg wrestling. I think the dispute was over whose NCAA bracket was better.

NOTE: I'm beating them both.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Henry James Quote

"What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character."  Henry James

The intertwining and codependent relationship between a person's character and their actions and reactions is very interesting to ponder. Does one beget the other? Or is it the other way around?

Hmm...I'll think about that today. 

But is my decision to think about this today, after reading James's quote, a reflection of my character? Or was it my character that made the determination to think about it?

Never mind. I think there's leftover pie in the kitchen. I think I'll eat it. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

First Day of Spring

Today may be the first day of spring, but this is my clan in Central Park only a few days ago. It was very cold.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

What a great place to spend St. Patrick's Day - New York City. 

Photo creds to Oldest.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Friday, March 13, 2015

10,000 Steps

Yesterday I read an author's blog post where she talked about an app she uses on her phone to monitor her steps. I've always heard you should walk at least 10,000 steps a day for fitness.

The author (and blogger) lives in the mountains around Lake Tahoe, hikes regularly with her dogs, and still has trouble getting anywhere near 10,000 steps.

This blog has particularly funny commenters, so I usually scan at least the first few comments to each post. Well yesterday's post drew a large number of commenters recommending a fancy pedometer called Fitbit.

I'd never heard of Fitbit, but did a little research, and of course had to run out and buy one. But, for some friendly spousal competition, I actually bought two.

For now, it's a total obsessive compulsive fomenter. I found myself jogging in place last night to get my step count up for the day since I got a late start.

Superman got up this morning and used his Fitbit on the treadmill to get a head start on me. He came home proudly waving his Fitbit and bragging he already had over 5,200 steps. Maybe I shouldn't have bought the dual pack.

I'm not doing quite as well. It's midday and I'm only at 2,936 steps. It's a little "linty" because I keep it in my pocket.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Finally Recognized

It's tough being a tight end on a running team. Oldest knows that all to well. You don't get many passes thrown to you, but when you do, you come back to the huddle tired and out of breath and are expected to block a giant defender the very next play, and the next, and the next.

Oldest spent his sophomore and junior years on varsity blocking for a star running back, one of the top in the state. Plenty of recognition for the star RB on a running team, but what about the tight end in the trenches who opened all those holes that allowed the RB to shine? Oldest opened them on the left, on the right, turned defenders to the inside, blocked them all the way to the sidelines on the outside. He's a team player and a great tight end.

There hasn't been much recognition for Oldest's unselfish and tireless effort until now, a few camp invitations, a handful of letters from college programs, but that changed yesterday.

We were informed yesterday that Inside Texas, a website billed as "the inside scoop on Longhorn sports," ranked Oldest as the 7th best 2016 tight end in the state.

Hooray! Finally, some one noticed.

Watch his junior highlight film and see just how good he is.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Racing the Sun

Traveling west and racing the sun. 

The sun won. 

But isn't Phoenix pretty at night?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sleeping Buddy

I'm back in Houston after spending a couple days at the lake meeting with the contractors. It was the first time I stayed at the lake alone. Well, not completely alone.

Penny was my traveling companion and sleeping buddy. 

dachshund terrier mix

Monday, March 2, 2015


I got paid today. That always makes for a good day because I don't get paid often.

I was a real estate developer in my previous life and my last project was an office condo development in the Houston area. Occasionally, an owner will want to sell their office and will call me to list it for them. The commission I got today was for selling one of those offices.

Since I've stopped building, paydays don't come very often, but are always very good days for the undulating ego of an aspiring-writer/stay-at-home mom. I celebrated by going to Half Price Books and loading up on a couple Nora Roberts books and one by Jayne Ann Krentz.

(See the corner of my table, the dog did that.)

reading nora roberts