August 24, 2010
Sorry this isn't a more entertaining post, but I don't know how to put the actual video on the blog. Maybe one day I'll get that figured out. Until then, enjoy!
August 22, 2010
Some of the injured players (including Dez Bryant) warming up
On the third night, we drove to Ventura to have dinner. We ate at a really good italian place called Cafe Fiori. Lori and I really liked the way the streets looked in Ventura so we made Matt risk his life by taking a picture in the middle of the street.
Lori and I in Ventura
After dinner we decided to head back to Oxnard and check out their local bar. We were basically the only ones there. Not much going on on a Monday night in Oxnard, CA!
Felix Jones! I wanted to do a Hog Call, but I refrained.
One night we went to Channel Islands Harbor and had dinner at a really great seafood place. Afterwards we were determined to find a place to go on the beach. It was freezing! We were just excited to see the ocean!
Before we had to go back to the airport, we decided to hit up In-N-Out burger one more time, then we drove over to Universal Studios. We walked around in the shopping area called Citywalk. Lots of celebrities are spotted there, unfortunately it wasn't our lucky day. Its a really cool place though.
Lori and I in front of the Universal Studios fountain.
All in all, Cali was fun. I wish we could of done more sightseeing, but we were there to work. The weather was amazing, the food was great, and I got to sell all our amazing Cowboys gear all week. Thanks to all our supporters in CA! We had a great week, and broke a record for the most dollar amount sold in a training camp, and we still have one more week to go.
August 11, 2010
Bill will be here to hold down the fort. I don't think he's too upset about bachin' it for a week.
I hope to have lots of pictures and stories to share when I return! GO COWBOYS!
August 3, 2010
Chicken Orzo Salad w/Goat Cheese...
What a lovely alternative to a heavy pasta dish. This is almost like a salad. In fact, you could add it to a salad, or leave the chicken off and serve it as a side dish with your backyard BBQ. It was super delish!
1 1/4 cups uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
3 cups chopped grilled chicken breast strips (such as Tyson)
1 1/2 cups trimmed arugula
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup prechopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
6 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well.
2. Combine pasta, chicken, and the next 6 ingredients (through oregano) in a large bowl; toss well.
3. Combine vinegar, oil, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle vinegar mixture over pasta mixture; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.
July 28, 2010
Bill coming in from the bike to transition to the run.
The finish was also on the bridge, which was really cool. This is Bill coming into the finish line!
July 21, 2010
We had a fun time out on 6th street Friday night. I haven't stayed out that late in while! The next day we woke up and had lunch at a cute place on Lake Austin called the Hula Hut. It was super hot outside, so we made our way to the mall to waste time. While we were there we all got our makeup done for the wedding. That was fun!
The wedding was at a really pretty Methodist church downtown. Laura's dress was sooo beautiful, and the flowers were amazing.
The Grooms Cake! Woo Pig Sooie!
The beautiful bride and groom
The girls with the groom
The wedding lasted late into the night, so we just crashed after that. There was A LOT of dancing! The next morning we all woke up and headed home. It was a great weekend hanging out with friends and seeing people I haven't seen in a while. I believe that caps off my wedding season!
July 14, 2010
Anyways, Bill did great! He wanted to beat his time from the 1st one, and he did! He finished in one hour, that's 3 minutes faster than last time. He's really been working hard and getting his weight down, eating healthy, and staying in shape. It payed off. He finished 4th in his age group and 49th out of 150 overall.
So proud of the hubby!
Coming up next... Waco Tri on July 25th. An Olympic length triathlon in Waco, TX.
July 7, 2010
there were two things i could think of as presents i wanted for my bday. so, that is what bill got me. well... sorta. i knew we would be in destin on my bday, and they have a fabulous outlet mall there. i looked up the stores and saw they had a Perfumania and a Le Creuset outlet store there. i am down to the last drop on all of my perfumes, so that was gift number one. a gift card to the perfumania store. i wanted to find something new, but they don't have the perfumes out where you can just sample yourself. you have to get them to spray it on a card for you. so, i just stuck with my old standby, Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue. Love it!
i did not receive a cast iron skillet as a wedding gift, nor have i gone out to purchase one in the 2 years we've been married. this is something that i've been wanting. and i've been eyeing all the lovely le creuset skillets and cookware. so this is my second gift. a gift card to the le creuset outlet store. i was able to pick out a cast iron skillet, a stockpot, trivet, potholder, and basting brush with my card!
overall, i had a wonderful birthday. i'm so thankful for all my gifts and how thoughtful everyone was. now this year needs to go really slow, because saying 26 really sounds old!
July 6, 2010
The next day was my BIRTHDAY! The big two.five. Unfortunately we woke up to thunder and storms rolling in. And what was sitting on the counter next to my doughnuts when I walked in the kitchen? A ginormous tar ball!
So, we got dressed and headed to the outlet mall. We spent half the day there, then came back to the condo to celebrate my bday. I got some great things!
It rained the rest of the day, so we gave up on the beach that day. We got dressed up for dinner and went to a new restaurant in Destin called Louis Louis. It is owned by the same people that opened Red Bar in Grayton Beach. If you've never been there, you are MISSING out! It has the same sort of vibe, and delicious food! The crabcakes are to die for! These are also the same people that own Cafe Prego in Little Rock. You know its good!
Before dinner, we were goofing around. This is what we got.
one good moment on the beach.
Isabelle and me with our matching swimsuits.
Luckily we got one clear night to take some pics out on the beach.
Bills family left a day before we did. And what do ya know, Friday was the prettiest day we had. We literally went down to the beach at 8 am and I didn't come in until 5pm! I got a little sunburned, but it made up for the 4 days of rain!
All in all we had a wonderful trip. We almost canceled in fear of the oil ruining it, but I am so glad we didn't. The oil was present, but the beaches were still open and you could still get in the water. The rain did put a damper on the trip a little, but we made the best of it. It was relaxing and nice to have some time away from work. I can hardly wait until next year!
June 24, 2010
anyways... i can remember making them with her. she would always let me be the one to press the seams together with a fork. ugh, my mouth is watering. i think i'm going to have to go on a mission to figure out how to make them. there are tons of recipes out there, and my mother and i have tried to make them before. but, its all in the crust. no one makes crust like my g-ma did. so, i might just have to develop a little test kitchen of my own, and try to find the closest thing to it.
June 14, 2010
This was a sprint distance triathlon. a quick race, but a good place to start. There were 150 competitors in the race. Bill finished with a time of 1:03:00, 49th overall, and 7th in his age division. I am so proud of him!
June 11, 2010
You leave Arkansas full of drama and what do you get at USC? More drama. You're coaches and administration have failed you. Actually you failed yourself. Mitch, you could of had a bright career as a quarterback at Arkansas and quite possibly could have had a slim shot at going pro. At least make a practice squad. Instead you keep the bench warm and watch your dreams pass you by. Maybe the AFL needs a quarterback?
Damien, you excelled at USC and you might still have a shot at stardom, but who looks at teams that don't make a bowl game? And that's sad, considering how many bowl games there are now. Too bad. It wouldn't surprise me if your family was living rent free though.
And Pete Carroll. Pete, Pete, Pete... Way to jump ship and abandon your team just before you know it's all gonna hit the fan. Looks like you and USC are full of liers and cheaters. What a great example to set for future students. And those poor recruits, if they only knew.
Karma sucks doesn't it?
Oh, and Layne Kiffin, you should have stayed in Gods conference a little longer. The SEC will always be the best!
Best of luck at the bottom,
June 9, 2010
i ate 2 big pieces of it! i sure hope it makes good leftovers!
June 3, 2010
i'm bad at remembering to be all "pioneer woman" when i'm cooking and taking pictures of each step. so, i don't have a picture of the finished product, but trust me when i saw its awesome!
here's the link to the recipe: Coconut Cream Cake. so, if you like coconut, but not an overwhelming amount of it, this cake is for you. the pecans add a little extra to the cake as well. it would probably be tasty to toast the coconut before putting it into the cake too. look at me getting all fancy! the only change i would make is in the icing. it calls for pecan pieces, but i would probably omit or chop them up next time.
i'm gonna go get me a slice....
How cute is that? I would love to have an Arkansas one and a Texas one. It would be fun to wear them together, and if God ever moves us anywhere else, I could get one of that state as well. Sort of a fun way to represent where you came from and where you've been. What a good conversation starter they would be, right?
The website I found only offers 14k gold ones, and I think I would prefer a sterling silver. None the less, they are cute and sorta quirky at the same time.
June 2, 2010
Lori and I in front of the Brooks and Dunn truck
The whole gang at the concert
Sunday we all went to Six Flags. Bill and I are not really big on roller coasters, but I sucked it up and rode a few. Bill wouldn't give in. It was super hot, but we had a lot of fun. I didn't get any pics unfortunately. That night we all went to dinner, then Lori and Trevor left us for the Four Seasons Hotel. The next day was their anniversary, so they decided to spend one night there. The rest of us went to a little bar in uptown called Stonleigh P's.
May 24, 2010
1st up was a bridal shower for Laura Allen. She is a friend from high schools fiance. She is from Austin, so they had a bridal shower in LR for all of Blake's friends and family. It was a very nice shower, and so nice to meet the bride to be. They will be getting married in Austin in July, and we are looking forward to attending the wedding.
After lunch with mom and the BFF, I ran home to change clothes and head to the next event. This was a wedding for a friend that we used to attend church with when we lived in LR. Her daughter was getting married. It was a lovely wedding and so good to see all our old church friends. We miss them dearly.
After that, I went home to rest for a bit, and get ready for the 2nd wedding. This wedding was for one of my very dear friends, Ashley Gibbs. Ashley and I have been friends since the 4th grade. We spent a lot of time together when we were younger... carpooling, cheering, making up dances, and just being goofballs. The wedding was at Wildwood Performing Arts Center. This place is out in the country, surrounded by nature. They even have a butterfly garden there. Its a beautiful place. It was lots of fun seeing old friends, and spending time with the besties.
Here are a couple pics from the wedding...
I told Bill going into this weekend, that I didn't mind if he didn't attend the weddings with me. As much as I enjoy being with the hubby, and want him by my side at events to show him off, it was good being able to hang out with old friends and not worry about him feeling left out. I know he was disappointed he didn't go with me (sarcasm). He enjoyed his weekend by meeting and working out with his triathlon coach, playing golf, and having dinner with his best friend.
Now, I'm looking forward to next weekend so much I can hardly stand it! Lori and Trevor are coming to spend the weekend with us. Some other friends are coming as well. We're going to a concert, Six Flags, maybe Billy Bobs, and celebrating Lori and Trev's anniversary!