Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring Break 2013

Last week was Spring Break from school, which really isn't nearly as fun when teaching is just a side gig and you have another full time job to do.  But this past weekend, I took a little trip out west to see friends and have a little fun.

On Saturday morning, I flew to Midland.  This is Lola and me waiting for my mom for a puppy hand-off...

If you don't notice it, let me point out to you, that apparently I look very terroristic in the above pic.  I got sent through the body scanner at the airport and then patted down.  Sheesh!  I guess there are lots of blonde terrorists carrying Vera Bradley & Louis Vuitton, and wearing crocheted Tom's these days!
I got to Midland and my friend Suz and I shopped around a little bit, but we spent the better part of 5 hours planning where we are staying during an upcoming June vacation.
Sunday morning we got up and drove 2 hours to Lubbock.  We got to hit up some of our favorite spots, the first of which was Spanky's for burgers and fried cheese...
For dinner, we raced a incoming storm, to get to One Guy for his heavenly calzones...
By the time we got there, it was full blown dust storm, but we ducked our heads and ran.  It was a great dose of West Texas... sand in your eyes, sand stuck to your lipgloss, sand between your teeth.  But the calzones were worth every bit of it!
Then we were off.  Off to see the men we had traveled to see... Bon Jovi!
They are coming to Dallas in April, but it's a Thursday night and I have no local friends who are inclined to go with me.  When I saw they were playing Lubbock on St. Patrick's Day, I knew that I needed to travel to my friend who would be happy to go with me.
Funny story:  When we bought tickets, we ended up with behind the stage tickets.  Partly because we waited too long to buy, and partly because we had no desire to pay the super high prices of the "good tickets".  So we reasoned, that being stuck with a rear view of Jon Bon Jovi wasn't the worst thing in the world.  Then later, we noticed that they had changed their website to say, "partial obstruction".
So, Sunday rolls around, and close to the concert time, we hear they are selling single tickets here and there for $50 each.  Then we notice an entire row on the floor has opened for some reason.  We buy a second set of tickets, and then went to the ticket counter where we convinced the people to refund us for 2 tickets, so we got a total upgrade for FREE!
This was a pic from our new and improved seats.  See section 108 over on the left side of the pic behind the stage (below 208)?  That's where we were suppose to be...
We were so dang happy with our good fortune!
I really wanted to smuggle in my real camera, but due to the dust storm, I decided to not try.  I didn't want to have to turn around and go back to the car.  So all I had was iphone and my crappy point and click (just on a side note:  if you do not have a DSLR, how do you live?  seriously?  i wanted to throw my dang point and click as far as i could several times.  grrrr!)
Here is some iphone video of the very beginning of the concert...

These guys are just so great in concert.  This is my 4th Bon Jovi concert.
I have loved Bon Jovi since 1986 when "Slippery When Wet" came out.  I was 10.
I remember being so excited when they released their "New Jersey" album in 1988.
Something tells me that today's 10 year olds won't be going to watch One Direction play 27 years from now.  Just a hunch.
At one point, Jon came out from the main stage and was even closer to us!
Are you freaking kidding me?  I mean, this was awesome!  Probably even more awesome because we had been anticipating crappy seats for the past couple of months.
 Here's the iphone video of one of the songs when he came up close...

 All through the concert, they would let us walk up pretty close to the stage and take pics, which was awesome.  
Another iphone video from the encore.  You can't have a Bon Jovi concert without "Livin' on a Prayer"...

After the concert, we took a little walk down memory lane (mostly because we were parked in memory lane's parking lot!)
It was so much fun.  We made the very scenic drive back to Midland on Monday
 and I flew back to reality.
Bon Jovi fan 4 ever!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Perot Museum

Today was Lisa's birthday, and she wanted to go down to the new Perot Science Museum in
downtown Dallas.  Before we left, I was trying to hustle up and finish some work, so I ran out and left my camera at home.  So, only a couple iphone pics on this post!

Lisa & Jennifer in front of the museum

If ever there was a doubt, that I missed my calling...

If ever I had a second of thought, that instead of the law, I should have sought out science...

Those doubts were dispelled today!

(but let's be honest, those doubts were never really there in the first place!)

I found most of it to be incredibly boring! 

This giant sea turtle skeleton was pretty darn cool though.
and this guy was really big

After the museum, we went to lunch at Neiman's before heading back home. 

I think the museum is really great.  Kids would probably love it, so if you have some, I'd say it was worth a trip.  It's just not really my cup of tea!  But it was a good outside-the-norm kind of outing.

happy birthday lisa!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thursday's Thoughts

{1} Royal Baby News:  the world has been buzzing about Kate's alleged slip of the tongue this week when she received a teddy bear and said "I'll give it  to my D....".  Of course everyone is assuming she was about to say "daughter" when she caught herself. 

I hope that is the case.  I want Wills & Kate to have a girl.  I want this first born girl to be the future Queen without having to let later born boys supersede her.  BUT... I am just not letting myself go there.  I'm not getting my hopes up.  I'm assuming that she was about to say "I'll give it to my Dog" when she thought better of it.  She may have realized people wouldn't like her re-gifting to her dog.

{2} The Bible:  Did y'all watch part one of "The Bible"?  I thought it was pretty good.  Here are my thoughts:

~I greatly enjoyed the burning bush that Moses saw.  It reminded me of these Chihuly pieces...


~The ancient egyptians look pretty Goth with all their eye make-up.

~How long do you think it took Isaac to get over the fact that his Dad was about to sacrifice him?  God telling him to do it or not, I would think that would take a day or fifty to get over. 

~ The second plague (frogs) reigning down on the Egyptians would have done me in.  I would have not lived to see any additional plagues.  Seeing the 5 seconds of it on screen almost did me in!

~The Passover scene was kind of creepy.  I mean, I guess there is no way to depict 1st born sons being snuffed out that isn't creepy, but still. 

{3} Taylor Swift:  I'm not really a TaySwift fan.  Her music isn't really my cup of tea, but I just cannot get over her dating life.  She had a thing for a while where she dated older guys (John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal), now she is on the kick where she is dating young 18 year old boys (even ones still in high school- Connor Kennedy).  Everyone knows that she writes songs about her exes after she breaks up with them.  Which is fine.  More power to you sister.  But now she is all hot and bothered that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made fun of her at the Golden Globes?  I mean, if you are going to put it out there time and time again, don't be shocked and scandalized when people comment or even poke fun at you. 

{4} Filibuster:  I'm all sorts of excited that on Wednesday, Washington saw a full blown Mr. Smith goes to Washington-West Wing Stackhouse filibuster!  A filibuster is of course the act of talking a bill to death.  You have the floor as long as you hold the floor.  The Senate changed the rules where today, all you have to do is say "I'm filibustering" and that's it.  But Rand Paul, bless his heart, decided to put up a good old-fashioned talk until you drop filibuster!  Love It!  I want the Senate rules amended.

Thanks for reading my Thursday's Thoughts.  Yes, these are the things that I sit around and think about!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cooking with Pinterest

This semester, I'm not teaching any night classes.  I teach in the daytime (I kind of take a long lunch two days a week), and then I'll have another one of those weekend classes that lasts 3 weekends in April.  I haven't had every night free in almost 5 years!  I'm finally getting used to actually keeping food in the house to cook dinner every night.  

Being sick of the same old stuff, I've been hitting Pinterest up for new ideas.  The past 2 weeks I've had great success as finding good things to cook.  Here are 3 of the thumbs up recipes:

(1) I like to cook several things that need cooked chicken as a base.  I tend to either boil the chicken, or put it in the crock pot to cook, but then it just tastes so blah.  I ran across this recipe for a great way to cook chicken with flavor...

(2) I have been having a real craving for Broccoli Beef and this was a good recipe...

(3) I made this recipe for Lasagna Rolls, but I tweaked it.  I followed the recipe exactly, but I shredded two chicken breasts (from above) and added that to the cheese mixture.  I think they looks so fancy, but it was really pretty easy.  I froze half of the recipe to cook at a later time.  
It was really very good...

Have y'all come across any new good recipes?  I'm always on the lookout for something new to try.


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