Monthly Archives: April, 2012

Garmin – Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sports Watch

I have decided I want to try running again.  I saw a training plan that didn’t look too difficult on Pinterest that I want to give a try.  I determined if I’m going to try to alternate running and walking on a time schedule, I really need a watch.  I ordered a new Garmin Watch from Best Buy today!  I can’t wait to get it!! I’ll let you know if it was worth the money once I get it in a few days! If anyone has any experience with this watch, please let me know what you think.

Garmin – Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sports Watch – 010-00863-00.


STAAR day is here!

One of the best things about my work is how everyone supports everyone else! When I got to work today, I found posters all over the 3rd – 5th grade hallway wishing our students luck on the STAAR test! I work at the best place ever! Good luck to all the students in Texas that are testing this week!



Every year we have a Family Fun Night at my school. The first few years we played a student/teacher game of basketball. The teachers had a huge advantage because they have the height on the kids. I never played because I’m just not really good at basketball and I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of everyone.

Last year they switched over to a student/teacher kickball game.  Not that I’m good at kickball, but I’m more comfortable with it.  I can kick pretty ok, but I’m afraid to catch the ball. I usually try to take a position where no one kicks the ball. I’m ok with running after the ball, so I also work pretty well as a back up in case the ball is missed and it goes in to the field.  I can also throw pretty good, so that is helpful! I was REALLY excited this year because I actually caught a fly ball!!!! I was so amazed that I jumped up and down and acted like an idiot!  I’m sure my facial expression was priceless!!!  I also got someone out at second.  I was pretty proud of myself!! The teachers beat the students for the sixth year in a row.  I know I should feel bad, but I don’t. haha!! 🙂


We bought this Lilly last year and this is the first flower I’ve gotten from it!  We didn’t even know what it was going to look like.  It’s really pretty. Looks like there are more to come!! I can’t wait!


New Floors!!!


Floors before we arranged our furniture

Ever since we built our house I’ve regretted not getting hard woods in our family room. I’m not even sure why we didn’t get them to begin with.  Carpets get so nasty with all the build up, especially with dogs. Even when my carpet cleaner was being used every week, the carpet would start getting grimy looking.

We finally took the plunge and replaced the carpet with wood floors.  We chose bamboo flooring because we heard it’s really strong and that’s good for people with dogs.  We decided we wanted to do this about 3 months ago, but I had trouble deciding what to get. We got the flooring at Floor and Decor after going from place to place, looking at options, colors, pricing, etc.

The floor guy came in and did the whole thing in one day. They did such a great job.  I’m so excited about how they look!  If you need someone to come do your floors, I recommend Scott Feller at 512-801-8966.  His crew was excellent!  He also does roofing. Now, I’m mad that I didn’t go ahead and replace the carpet in my bedroom. I think that may be next!!

Home again!

I’m back in Austin and everything is starting to get back to normal.  The only issue I’m having is with allergies.  They are KILLING me.  I’m afraid I’m going to OD on zyrtec, because I’m taking as much as I can to keep the allergies to a minimum.

Yesterday I didn’t wake up and walk because the allergies were so bad.  I made it a point to exercise in the afternoon.  I’m glad I did, because we went to Lady Bird Lake/Town Lake and walked around there.  I love walking by the water.  Even though there are tons of people there, it is very peaceful.  There are small hills there, too, so it’s a little more of a challenge than walking in the neighborhood.

After walking at Lady Bird Lake, we went to Torchy’s for dinner.  I’m pretty sure Torchy’s is my favorite place to eat.  I got queso and a baja shrimp taco.  YUMMY!! It turned out to be a nice evening.

Back to reality

Well, I’m back in Austin after a nice long weekend!  I really had a great trip to Dallas!  I got to spend a lot of time with my family and friends!  Saturday night, I went to a party at one  of my friend’s house.  There was so much food there it was unbelievable!  Mike brought two appetizers.  One of his friends he grew up with shipped Slovanian Sausage to him from Wisconsin, so he made a little appetizer with that.  I didn’t think I’d like Slovanian sausage, but it was really good.  He also made bris/apple/bacon quesadillas.  These were AMAZING!! I probably ate like 3 of them.  I hope he makes those again.

Sunday, we had a perfect Easter.  We went to breakfast at Cafe Brazil in Deep Ellum with my family and then Easter dinner at Mike’s parent’s house.  We had lamb for Easter dinner that was to die for!  I love all the good eating I did!! After I got back to my parents’ house from doing all this eating, I ended up walking on the Katy Trail.  I walked from the American Airline Center to Central Expressway.  It was a little under 8 miles and took me two hours.  After that, I went with another friend to Wing Stop for dinner.  I was afraid to get on the scale today, because I’m sure that was a five pound weekend!! I’ll get back on track this week!

Perfect day!

Yesterday was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time.  I started out the day with a walk on the Katy Trail.  That is one of my favorite things to do.  One of these days I want to stop and eat at one of the restaurants they have there.  There are two.  I’ve been to the Katy Trail Ice House once and loved the atmosphere. There is a new restaurant called the Company Cafe that I still have to try.

When I got home, my mom and I went to meet my sister and her family out for lunch.  We chose Maple and Motor as the place to go.  I had been there once before, but no one else had.  It’s a small little burger place at the corner of Maple and Motor Street.  I am going to go out on a limb and say that’s where they got their name.  They have one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten.

Later that day, I went and got my hair cut.  I went to Lure over in the West Village.  We watched them as they were building the salon and worried that they weren’t going to make it when they first opened.  That is definitely not the case now,  as they have a loyal following. I barely got an appointment when I called a week in advance.  I can see why they are doing so well, because they really do a great job and they pamper you!  They will offer you a glass of wine while you wait to get your hair cut.  They also have tea and water, but I opted for the wine.

A Leisurely Stroll on the Katy Trail

One of my favorite things about staying at my parents’ house is that they live so close to the Katy Trail.  From the American Airlines Center to Knox street is right about six miles.  Most of the trail has that rubberized surface, so it’s much easier on the body than walking on the concrete.  Today I forgot to bring my new headphones, so I had no music, but I had fun “people watching” as I walked.  I saw one lady wearing a skirt and shirt and smoking as she walked, there was a three legged dog keeping up with his family, and numerous women looked like they had probably married well.   One time I was there, I overheard a woman announcing to her friend that she was pregnant.  That one really amused me because she said she hadn’t told her family and one of the ladies she was with said, “I don’t even know you and I feel like I should give you a hug”.  How odd to tell a total stranger before you tell your family!

Creating My Own Polyvore Type Picture

It’s official.  We are finally going to take the plunge and get new floors in our family room.  We’ve been fighting the smell of dogs since we first built this house, so I’m hoping hardwood floors will help us get rid of some of those odors.  We’ve decided to go with bamboo floors because they are supposedly very durable.  I hope they are right about that!  This afternoon, I went by Floor & Decor one last time to make sure I like the color that we have chosen. I think it’s going to work.

Since I was already in the area, I decided to go to my favorite store, MARSHALLS!!! While I was there, I bought two sundresses, a shirt and a pair of sandals.  I’ve always wanted a white sundress to wear with cowboy boots.  I have no idea if it even looks good on me, but I don’t really care because it’s a look I’ve always liked.  I can’t wait to have a reason to wear this cute outfit.

I was about to put my new clothes away, when I got distracted and got on Pinterest.  While I was looking on there, I got the great idea to create my own Polyvore type picture with my own clothes.  I wish I had something to do a better backdrop, but the carpet really didn’t work.  It was kind of fun putting it all together! I wish I had a fancy camera to take professional looking photos.  I really love taking pictures! 🙂

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