Saturday, October 29, 2011

Work trip

This past week I took my semi-annual trip to the field for work.  One of the cons of this trip is the EARLY schedule.....flight leaves at 6 am. One of the pros is that we fly on the company plane, so we can arrive at the terminal at 5:55!  And since we fly into an airport much closer to our offices, it becomes an extremely productive 2 day trip.

view from the sky as we take off

beginning of the sunrise from above the clouds

on the ground in Goodland, Kansas

my job for the trip.....counting, counting and more counting!

a front blew in during the night and we were greeted with 4-5 inches of heavy, wet snow the next morning - glad I got all my counting done on day one!

view of the inside of the plane before we left to come home

icy, wet crystals on the windows

clouds on the way home

and back to the city......

Monday, October 17, 2011


So, I've fallen down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest.  Basically it is just a little corner of the interwebs where I can make pinboards of things that I want to remember from my web wanderings.  I can follow my friends boards and borrow their ideas or browse the many many other boards out there from folks I don't know.

There are decor ideas, food ideas, travel ideas, fun architecture ideas, ideas for the future (wedding/kids).  It can be a HUGE time-sucker, but I think it is a great way to organize all the fun things that are out there.

So, tonight, I finally executed the first idea that I found on Pinterest. This Pizza Snowballs recipe looked yummy on someone else's pinboard and I snagged it for my own.

I had all the ingredients in my fridge, so I decided it would make a quick, easy dinner.  First, I cut up the biscuits and turkey pepperoni slices.

I just layered them with cheese in the muffin tin, rather than mushing it up into a ball.  Probably would have worked a little better to actually mush it all together.

But, it still looked yummy after about 18 minutes at 350 degrees,

I also warmed up a bit of pizza sauce (that is also a fridge staple for me) to dip in.  I don't think it would have been as good without the dip.

Definitely a keeper .... and one that could be played with/adapted for whatever "toppings" are on hand.

(note: I used 3/4 of a regular size canned biscuit, 3 slices of turkey pepperoni and a few small sprinkles of cheese per muffin cup -- probably could have used more stuffing to balance with the biscuit)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ten on Ten - October 2011

reminiscent of my first 10 on 10 post....but with a new bed!

my semi-monthly platelet donation - and donor council meeting

platelet donation in process

on the way back to the office, there was a strange metal "wall" where I could see through to the bus transfer center

recently replaced upper left photo in this collage frame .... guess I need to update the rest as well!

ALCS Game 2 - "watching" online while I work

great fall display in my office building lobby - this pumpkin is covered with what looks to be scrap wood

Bonus time!

after a LONG, HOT, DRY summer, we got some much needed rain this weekend - only 1 inch at my house, but 4-5+ in other areas nearby

library books waiting to be read

new laptop (my old one was stolen about a month ago)

Head here to see other blogs participating this month!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Weekend with Emily

Friday, I met Heather, Mom, Emily & Anna about halfway between to pick up Emily for her first solo weekend at my house.  Friday night when we got home, we made pizza, watched Monsters, Inc and enjoyed a treat of "poptorn" and m&m's.

Saturday morning, we got up and got ready to go out on the town.

First stop, the playground at Cottonwood Park.

After playing for a while, we wandered through the Arts Festival and Emily enjoyed some time drawing on a chalkboard in the kids area.

After the arts festival, we headed to Northpark. While waiting for the crowds to die down a bit at Build-a-Bear, we headed to the Dallas Public Library branch.  Emily LOVES to type and so she really enjoyed some time on the "patuter."

She also enjoyed playing a game of Dora.

Finally we made it to Build-a-Bear.  Please meet "Owl."

I think Emily loves him. :-)

After lunch at Chick-fil-A, we headed off to find another playground.  The day was warming up, so some of the equipment was kinda warm, but Emily still really enjoyed playing.

We wandered through the flea market at Junkadoodle and then headed home.  Emily loves playing with my yo-yos - though not in the usual way. She just winds and unwinds the string - over and over and over and over again.

And finally, crashed out at the end of a long fun-filled day.  (the night wasn't quite so peaceful for me - I was up sick all night long. boo.)

Today, Emily had no interest in going to her own class or to Kidz Journey at church, but she was very well behaved regardless.  We had lunch at Wild About Harry's and I think she thoroughly enjoyed her chocolate custard with sprinkles. She was even so kind to share with me (though I certainly didn't enjoy it the way I normally would)!

After lunch we headed back to the halfway point for the exchange.  I was very, very sad to see her go.  Will definitely have to start planning her next weekend visit!!  

Emily - I love you very much and I'm so glad you came to visit! Come again soon!!