Our weekend has been nice and relaxing. We had a movie night on Friday, and watched 50/50 while chomping on Good & Plenty, Sugar Babes, and Swedish Fish. Also, we got Patrick a button-up from GAP. It’s exciting when clothes fit him. The Levi’s jean search was not so succesful. Perhaps we’ll give it another go when in Dallas next weekend.

Oliver is growing up so fast! He’s like, doubled his size from when we first picked him up.

Sephora by OPI ‘Indi-go With the Flow’ over Essie ‘Lapiz of Luxury’                                                                                                                     Patrick told a story using all the silly nail polish names while we were in Sephora today

New things, with my favorite prints; chevron and stripes!

New way to store my jewelry. Makes it feel fancy picking it out every morning.

Our vegetable garden! From left to right: romaine lettuce, jalapeno peppers, & parsley!                                                                                     Oliver’s favorite thing is to eat all of the parsley when I turn my back. Little stinker.

Happy Easter Weekend!


Outfit Heavy — Fresh Start


And in honor of Springtime and Easter happenings-Image


Tonight will be spent going through all closets and drawers, picking out stuff to donate to Goodwill and alike places. It feels good to have a fresh start, and finally let go of that ratty shirt I haven’t been able to part with. Okay, maybe like 20 ratty shirts. And some stinky shoes. Shhh don’t tell.

Happy Birthday, dear Patrick

It was Mr. Pat’s 26th birthday on Friday. It’s always nice when your birthday falls on Friday, and it was the Friday starting off his Spring Break at that! Also, I am the worst, and forgot to take pictures of any birthday-related things.

I did make him a chocolate cake. It was good.

This was better:



These are some clothings I’ve donned-

You may have noticed a similar pair of “sailor pants” that I’ve worn. Well, they are my new favorite fun pants. I snagged them at Old Navy for $10 a pair. One is white with black piping, the other navy with white.

Old Navy Lubbock, how I adore your sale rack that doesn’t resemble the pricing on the website, ever.

In other news, Oliver Bean had his first real hair cut, and now he looks ridiculously funny. They left his head in a “teddy bear” cut, and shaved him down everywhere else. Now his head appears to be 3x bigger than his body. Also, PetSmart gave us a half-off  our grooming bill because Mr. Bean was the “dog of the day.”

That was my only attempt of getting him to stay still for a picture. He’s a nut-job alright. Just perfect for our other nugget, Bucket Head.

February Snow!

As I mentioned yesterday, Lubbock had a lil snow day! We were not super excited to trudge through the snow to find our car at the airport; all I can say is thank God I brought a big jacket on the trip just in case!

Naturally, when we got home, we changed into snow appropriate attire and frolicked a bit before driving out to Five Guys for lunch.


Texas Tech cancelled classes today due to the snow, so Pat and I will probably spend it doing laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning. Fun stuff.

And in other news, I’ve  been offered a job through the Texas Tech medical school. Yay! I tentatively start this Thursday. It’s been difficult these last few months, feeling like nothing would ever pan out- but 17 job applications later, and I’ve found success. I am very thankful for this opportunity.


We just arrived today from a weekend in Scottsdale. We enjoyed staying at a wonderful resort and celebrating Matt & Gigi’s wedding. It was a lovely 79 degrees all weekend long, and we got some quality time at the pool as well. We ate really well, and took advantage of the great shopping areas all along Scottsdale road.

Our cute room-

Heading out to the wedding-

The wedding was held at this pretty church-

The handsome Mr. Patrick-

Giant cactus country-

The grounds of the resort-

Grandpa Leo and Pat-


We got an unpleasant surprise when we arrived back in Lubbock today. It was 18 degrees and snowing! Quite a change from Arizona.

Don’t worry, pictures of our winter wonderland are soon to come!

Do you some crafts.

I made this wedding-dance-shadowbox- thinger a while ago, but I’m sharing it now in case anyone wants a cheap and easy craft idea.

You need: scissors, a shadowbox or larger picture frame, photos, tape, and fancy paper or cardstock. Pick out some lyrics, poetry, or literature that is meaningful to you and print it in a font you like. (I used the lyrics to our first dance, as the photos represent.)

Consider bold-facing a poignant line or message.

Paste it all together!


Also, an empty Prego jar makes for a fun addition to the mantel, perfect for springy flowers!

For my husband.

This post is in honor of Mr. Patrick. It combines 2 of his favorite things. Basketball & sweets.

I was having an awkward “team mom” moment last Thursday, snapping photos during Patriki’s intramural game, but I’m sure I’ll be happy I did this one day…

[p.s. He’s number 3!]

& now onto sweets.

I made a coffee cake yesterday.

nom nom.

Cooking and Car Shopping

Pat and I are currently sharing one vehicle, and it is getting to be that time when one car isn’t quite cutting it. I’ve been thinking about  what kind of “crossover” would be best for me, and for us, the future, etc. So far, the top of the list is the Nissan Rogue. I’ve test driven it twice, and we got a surprisingly great quote on it yesterday at the dealership.

We’ll be taking this next month to figure out our best options for financing and other super ‘fun’ things.

In the meantime, I’ve been pretty good about cooking dinner every night. [husband has been super into making our lunches recently too!]

Here’s some foods-

green peppers, onions, chili flakes & garlic

Nutella crepes for brunch

Asian marinated sirloin over rice & peppers

&& now for my biggest achievement…..


                                                                                                                                                      [yes, we know meatloaf isn’t the most appetizing thing to look at.]

This was my first attempt at one of Pat’s favorites. It was soooo good! I basically used this recipe with minor tweaks.


If there’s one thing I’ve learned about cooking, it’s that marinades make such a difference! There are so many marinades out there, and can transform your meat in amazing ways.



Silly Weather

Today we had a mini snow flurry which made me very giddy!

Bucket was curled up in his new spot by the window

Snow/wetness/slush means that I get to wear these


We got a lot done today. After my interview, I did some major apartment cleaning and organizing while Patrick played basketball. Then it started snowing. Then it stopped. So we went to the bank, the pharmacy, and the grocery store.

I made dinner with peppercorn crusted pork tenderloin and some mushroom sauce.

My speciality- shallots, garlic, mushrooms, butter & red wine


We’re hoping for some snow overnight so it will stick by tomorrow. Happy Monday!

The road back home

Today we attempted to pack up all of our belongings before we drive home tomorrow morning.

It really is amazing how much crap you can accumulate whilst on a vacation or seasonal break. It will be interesting to see how the husband is able to pack all of our stuff in the Element.

We did make a stop at the family storage units to see what we could clear out of Patrick’s. We ended up with nothing but a super nice leather and studded ottoman. Perhaps I’ll add a photo later when we’ve decided where to put it!

In other news, it was rather cold and dreary today, so I was ecstatic to break out my Hunter boots! Yahoo.

Also, I took some creepy photos in the backyard

spooky, no?


There were some funny doggies in the backyard also.


Action shot

We snuck in some grown-up stuff today too, like getting things notarized, assessing our goals and budget, and printing copies of my resume on fancy thick paper.


Our drive back home to Lubbock is around 5 hours. I will spend it preparing for my interview [aka, annoying Patrick] and perhaps starting a new book. It’s supposed to snow on Monday too. [you know what that means]





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