Sunday, March 2, 2014

Weekend Day book

Weekending

Let the celebration begin: Craig's big birthday week kicked off with a date night in to Houston and we had a nice dinner out at a place we hadn't been to since in over twenty years. Brennan's. We both love Louisiana creole cooking!

I bought this dress while shopping with Molly at a cute boutique before Christmas but didn't have anywhere to wear it, (a bit shorter than I usually wear, tights helped).

We waited outside our hotel for a taxi for quite while (almost an hour!) to go a mile and a half! I have to admit, I love people watching and I love the sights and energy of the city at night. Well, not all sights, the drunk dude, behaving very drunk and yuck, him I could have done without. But to see how many people came to his aid was endearing. People were polite and friendly all over downtown. The rodeo kick off that night made it crazy! It was exciting to see a hustling bustling city alive with excitement.


Creole cooking! Turtle soup, crab toppings, oyster BLT yum. More people watching and just soaking in the life with a nice windjammer (Oj, pineapple juice, vodka and Grand Marne').
Once upon a time we lived near downtown, near Brennan's in and around all the excitement. We hadn't been down there on a date since kids, it was exciting, invigorating and very nice!

Trading in travel points, we stayed at a Courtyard. Loud drunk hotel room neighbors kept me up. Were the walls made of paper? Then at 4a.m. "Attention, an emergency has been detected, please leave the hotel immediately and await further instructions!" interspersed with loud beeps and alarms. Down nine flights with all our tired, but all good natured, hotel neighbors, not knowing if the hotel was on fire or not. Not chaos, we were too tired for that. There wasn't sense of panic in the air, we guessed false alarm.  I counted eleven fire vehicles and ladder trucks, one tv crew, a couple of ambulances and police. Turned out to be a false alarm from an area under construction, and after 5 a.m. we we're give the all clear to go back to sleep.

Slept late and missed the rodeo kick off parade which is how I planned it. We spent the day together birthday shopping. 



After an eventful and exciting time in The Big City, we had his favorite cheesecake waiting for him back at home and a birthday song from his kids.






Outside my window...going from 75 now down to 33 tonight. I thought we were done with winter storms, not complaining! The air feels fresh!

I am praying for..for our country and those who are suffering from heavy burdens of unemployment, loss, financial pressures and mental burdens.

I am thankful...for my family.

In the kitchen...today was leftovers Sunday. We've been out and about with good left overs and sweets that need to be consumed before Wednesday. Molly is making lemon sorbet now, and we need to. Eat up or freeze the tootsie roll tastin fudge she made this week. King cake, Mr Gatti pizza, Chinese food. 

I am sharing from Facebook:



A favorite quote/verse/prayer for today...from today' Quinquagesima Sunday ( 50 days til Easter, counting today):
A Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians
(1 Corinthians 13. 1-13)
"Brethren, If I speak with the tongues of men and of Angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And if I should have prophecy, and should know all mysteries and all knowledge: and if I should have all faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity is patient, is kind: Charity envieth not, dealing not perversely, is not puffed up, is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth: beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away the things of a child. We see now through a glass in a dark manner: but then face to face. Now I know in part: but then I shall know even as I am known. And now there remain faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. "
One of my favorite things...hugs from Lilly and Ceci waiting for me when I come home from any outing.

A few plans for the rest of the week: classes, book group party on Charlotte's Web, Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, a couple of visits with friends and Stations of the Cross on Friday.

A peek into my day...Craig had promised the kids a trip to Jumping World. Had it not been for birthday weekend, I would have skipped, (especially after a color over stimulating trip to the children's museum earlier this week), the kids had a blast!

This place was heaven for trampoline lovers! A huge world with trampoline floors, bouncing slam dunk, jump into foam fall, and dodge ball trampoline courts. After an hour of constant jumping they were exhausted and hungry!



...in the little kids bouncing blow up thing. 



 I had so much fun watching her play!



their version of a life guard, except these guys got to join in the fun.
What a cool job for an energetic teen.




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