Friday, March 29, 2013

The bluebonnets are here!


Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas and they only bloom for a couple weeks each Spring. We got our pictures with them last year and, in an effort to make it a Texas tradition, we snapped a couple photos this morning too. But unlike last year, it was a gray, gloomy day and Maddie was not a happy camper for this shoot so we had to cut it short. Today's lesson: It is very difficult to get a dog to smile at a camera on a tripod. This is the best we could do...

Maddie B. is actually turning into quite the little diva and her trailer demands are getting out of hand. But she's cute, so we'll keep her.
Happy Spring and Happy Easter weekend!!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Guest room turned shoe room

I am savoring every moment of having extra space before we move to a teeny place this Summer. And by savoring I mean going completely crazy converting our guest room into a shoes/accessories room where I can play dress up everyday :)

Don't worry, we are still happily accepting visitors - the purse room is a dual purpose guest room.

But the shoe room is where I now house all my heels (sneakers and other abominable footwear were left behind in the sub-par walk in closet in our bedroom), jewelry, scarves, and belts.
Scarves, swimsuits and cover-ups, belts... yikes that was a real mess to sort through!
During the process of taking over every room in our house relocating things, I packed away all my winter wear and used those nifty suck-out-all-the-air bags I got for Christmas to save space.
Fur coats shrunk down to nothing in that bag!
I also updated my regular closet to house all my summer dresses. The weather hasn't quite caught on that it's Spring yet, but it will soon enough.
I live in maxi dresses. Apparently.
Back to the shoe room. 
It is a far cry from my dream dressing rooms of pinterest, and it's a little bare save for the shoes. But it was a free (all stuff I already had) 2 hour project that is a pretty good use of space (in my opinion anyways, Andrew might beg to differ!) It also forced me to clean out my closets and get rid of 6 boxes of stuff I'm too big for I don't wear anymore.
Oh Texas, what they said is true... everything is bigger here. Especially my derriere.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Six on Sunday

1. Jewelry {somewhat} organized. I need to get better about accessorizing my outfits. I wear the same earrings and necklace everyday. Maybe now that I can see everything better I'll switch it up a bit.

2. Stovetop popcorn = my favorite! 
$1 store project with trays and shelf liner. Nowhere to hang it, but at least I used up my leftover chevron paper. 
Taking stock of furniture room by room and figuring out what to keep. Oh the joys of moving!

3. Andrew was sick all weekend. He was sick last month too. Then I was sick a couple weeks ago for Spring Break. Ugh. Looks like it's my turn next. When will it end?!

4. Long overdue task of polishing my silver. Forgot to wear gloves. Oops.

5. Taxes are filed. And for the first time ever, we owe money. :( Goodbye $280. That's like 10 pairs of shoes. I measure everything in terms of footwear. And my feet are very sad about this.

6. Easter presents! Ok, so we don't actually give each other Easter baskets or gifts normally {but maybe we should, new tradition!} Andrew got me a pair of coral wedges (and booked our hotels for Boston, Maine, and Connecticut for our May trip) and I got him a bunch of new pots and pans. I also got myself a new camera because I love my Nikon, but it's just too big to tote around everywhere and my old pocket size Canon is on it's way out.

Here's hoping next week is less expensive and healthier than this one!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Apparently I'm old, and Antlers are on trend.

In the last 24 hours I realized something of a bummer.

I got old.

I knew this would happen, but it's still an unwelcomed surprise.
Like my 6 AM alarm.
Like the {not so} fine lines on my face.
These are the kinds of surprises I could do without.

A fun surprise was when I gave Andrew concert tickets for one of his favorite bands, The Shins, for Valentine's Day. The show was last night and it was downtown. I draw attention to the fact that it was in downtown San Antonio because that equates to a 45 minute drive in traffic to go approximately 20 miles. On the long drive back home, I comprised a list of 10 signs that I am getting old...

Sign #1 that I am old: I considered staying home because I hate driving in traffic.

Sign #2 that I am old: We got to the concert an hour early to secure a good spot in line and I made Andrew wait in said line while I took a nap in the car.

Sign #3: The blue wristband they made me wear to publically out me as "older" in the crowd.

Sign #4: That said wristband allowed me to consume alcohol, but the crotchety old lady in me thinks $3 for a can of Lonestar is outrageous. I'd rather have a latte.

Sign #5: Younger, less cranky Brenda would have accepted the cold, hard truth that midgets can't see much at concerts and that this is actually a pretty decent view.

But last night when Amazon Antler lady (seriously, reindeer antlers on her head!) obnoxiously shoved her way through the crowd, only to plant herself 2 centimeters in front of me, and positioned herself so that my face and her left armpit were in perfect alignment, I had a conniption.

Here's how it went down:

Me: "Umm, Hi. I can't see the stage, or really anything, when you stand RIGHT in front of me."
Antler Lady: {nothing}
Me: {louder} "Yeah, not only can I not see (after patiently standing here for 2 hours before the Shins come on stage to ensure that I could have a good decent vantage point) but no one behind me can see either because you are wearing freaking antlers on your head!"
Antler Lady: "Oh, ok. I'll move." {Rolls eyes, looks down at phone and commences texting... Seriously. If you're going to shove me out of your way and wedge yourself in front of me at least watch the concert! She still isn't moving.}

Now people besides me are getting angry.

Random guy behind me: "Do they even allow deer here?"
Me: "Apparently, but this one could sure use some deer-odorant. Whooey!"
Antler Lady: {Not amused by my comment, but still reeking to high heaven} "FINE. I'LL MOVE!!!"

Success :)

I felt guilty for being so unusually rude, but when every single person around us thanked me for getting psycho antler a-hole (their words) gone I felt vindicated. And old for reprimanding someone in public. But mostly vindicated. At least now I could see well enough to snap a couple blurry pics...

Sign #6: After waiting 2 hours for the not so great opening act to come on at 8 - I mean their name was something to the effect of "wolf crying band" so I don't know why I was surprised. (Andrew just corrected me, it's actually "Sad Baby Wolf" you can see how I get it confused!)  And waiting another hour and a half for The Shins to play at 9:30, we didn't get out of there until almost midnight... on a school night. My knees, back, and feet ache so bad after standing for essentially 5 hours straight that I had to take extra glucosamine and chondroitin for joint support vitamins this morning.
I can feel the arthritis coming on.
Old person problems!

Sign #7: I had to plug my ears the entire sad, crying, baby wolf band performance several times throughout the night to protect my eardrums so I don't go deaf when I get old (which is apparently already happening.)

Sign #8: There was a distinct smell of marijuana in the air and my response (besides plugging my nose) was "Oh great. Now I have to get up even earlier for work tomorrow because I need to wash the weed smell out of my hair so my students don't think I'm a pothead." Clearly the 2nd hand high did not mellow me out.

Sign #9: I was starving by the time the concert got out, but all that was open was the Jack in the Box drive thru. So I ate 4 tacos. (On second thought, maybe I did get the munchies from the permeating fumes at the concert.) Hmm. But needing to eat every few hours is definitely a sign of being old. In my prime I could run on a handful of pretzels and a stick of gum. I could also fit into my clothes better. I hate getting old!

Sign #10: The Shins were awesome, but this little outing on a Tuesday night is going to take me the rest of the week to recover from.

When did I get to be so old?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spring Break in Pictures

Spring Break officially started last Friday at 4:00 pm. Andrew's parents arrived in San Antonio at 7 and it was non-stop adventure until we dropped them off at the airport this morning at 4:00 am. Y'all, I am SO TIRED!!! I need another week off to recover :)
It was a great visit full of fun trips and here are some of the highlights:

 Saturday: Dinner at Liberty Bar downtown.  Strolling along the Riverwalk and Hemisfair Park during the Luminaria (annual light show) in San Antonio.

Sunday: We spent the day in Austin during the South By Southwest arts and music festival. Lots of movie premieres (Willie Nelson and Harry Connick Jr. were there promoting a film but the line to see them was insane! Maybe next time.)  BBQ at Salt Lick and cupcakes at Hey Cupcake. The usual :)
I got the "Michael Jackson" cupcake: white frosting on the outside and chocolate on the inside.
Monday - Wednesday: Dallas.  Food trucks, museums, meeting up with family, trolley rides, jumping photos, good eating, and shopping.
 Our hotel was connected to the Galleria Mall which made me super happy! Andrew and Maddie got to catch up on ESPN (we don't have cable TV at home) which made them super happy. Andrew's dad, Warren, got to go to record stores he likes and Andrew's mom, Kathryn, got to see her niece Kim and her family who live just outside of Dallas, which made everyone happy!
Dallas World Aquarium. Super fun!
Thursday: Hiking at Enchanted Rock
Friday: San Antonio Missions, Puerto Rican diner, and Japanese Tea Garden
Thank you for coming to visit us mom & dad Hoag!

Saturday, March 2, 2013


Happy March and Happy Saturday!
Here are a few things that are making me super happy right now:
Happy for Spring Break in 1 week and Andrew's parents visiting.
We're driving up to Dallas for a couple days and staying at a hotel that is attached to a mall.
And the hotel is pet friendly so Maddie gets to come too!
Happy I finally got my hair cut (it looks the same as I always request "long layers") but there's some new highlights that make it feel Summer-y. Real pics later... I just woke up and bed head does not respect the new look any more than it did the old one :)
Happy for pumpkin spice waffles for breakfast. It feels like a cool, crisp, fall morning so why not eat my favorite fall flavored food. 
Happy doggy now that the chicken jerky recall is over and her tummy is full of treats.
Happy my flowers made it to 31 days before wilting. The begonias at least... the gerber daisies gave out a while ago. Crossing it off my 30|30 list anyway!
Happy my outfits are planned for the week. One less thing to think about.
Happy for chocolate and sour patch kids {not at the same time}. After almost 6 years of marriage, Andrew knows precisely what day each month to come home with all my favorite sweets. TMI? Perhaps, but definitely one of the secrets to a happy marriage: LOTS of candy!
Happy for a relaxing weekend and no plans.
This weekend should include some preliminary Spring cleaning, but that doesn't make me happy so it's not happening.
I found this cute St Patrick's Day banner tutorial on pinterest and there goes my Saturday :)