Greg’s Wedding

This past weekend was Greg’s and Courtney’s wedding.  The main reason I took this picture was that it reminded me of the movie Fandango where I believe Kevin Costner and the female character get married in a small Texas town, complete with Christmas lights along the square, and the whole town celebrates.  Much like the movie, it felt like everyone was there at the wedding and the reception.

The Armory.

The Armory

Jake and Leslie

My wife.

This guy was responsible for flip-cup.

Someone likes the Cowboys.

Ties flipped back and a game of flip-cup was on.

See the buy in the back with the crazy hair?  That the Storm and he’s so giddy that everyone is playing his favorite game.  Look how gay (i.e. happy) and nervous he looks, it’s awesome.

But look at him now, he’s uncontrollably excited and so preparing himself for the endeavor he’s about to undertake.  Taking a shot of beer and then flipping a cup.  Nothing was more serious than this moment at this time.

Nick, Justin and Cody.

Me and the love of my life.

Finally, I leave you with this conversation, most of which is accurate:

Justin:  Okay, I’ve loaded all of the remaining beer from the reception into a cooler and it’s in my truck.

Cody:  Well, how many beers are there, you know, if you had to guess?

Justin:  I don’t know, I mean I have every remaining beer, there’s probably 50 or 60 beers at a minimum.

Cody:  We’re going to need 3 more cases of beer.

And, scene.  It may not translate well to PDB, but at the time, it was pure gold.

Herbs, Babies and Pugs

Herb Garden

Miranda’s Herb Garden

This was one of the first pictures I took with the new camera. And yes, the camera is that good, but I am not.

This week was a good week on a couple of fronts. First, I got to talk to my friend Duke on Wednesday of this week. It feels like it’s been months since I’ve had the opportunity to talk with him. Since I know that sweet, clean Duk has told Mo something that’s absolutely not true, I will combat his doings with a bit of niceness: “Mo, I am thinking and praying for you all the time, and yes, you have my permission to use the name Seth for your child.”

Although I am making an effort not to post too many links at PDB (because then it tends to become homework and not a journal), but I found this brand new website, Pugspot, a website dedicated to pugs (My wife owns a pug, and I guess you could consider that I’ve adopted her by now.) . Well, then I found DFW Pug Rescue, which is an organization dedicated to saving pugs. Being the good husband that I am, I passed them onto my wife, but now I she wants to save every one of them. I’ll be honest with you, if there is one soft spot in my heart, it is for dogs and it always makes me shudder to think that someone has abandoned or given up on a puppy dog. I’ve already told Miranda that if I had to choose one just one charity to give to, it would be the SPCA. Hands down. I don’t know if that makes me less of a man or less compassionate to human beings, but dogs are unique in that most need someone to take care of them.

Damn, I love puppy dogs.

Jackie

Weekly Observations

Olive

Olive, ready to attack.

Quick observations from this week and last week:

1. If you will venture that far into the home ware with your wife, you will notice that there is a section of coffee, notably from Hawaii and other exotic locales in most TJ Max stores. On a whim, Miranda and I purchased some of their Hawaiian coffee for nothing else other than it smelled good. Well, what do you know, it’s it makes a darn good cup of joe. So I got twice the coffee, except that it’s a specialty blend, which is a plus, for $6. Point: Seth.

2. I still hate shopping, unless it is for Texas Tech gear or electronics, most notably cameras.

3. It typically takes me at least a week to do laundry. I simply hate the process and it beats me down. It shouldn’t because it’s so simple, but it does. I used to not be this way, at one time in my life I could get all of my laundry done in an afternoon. In fact, when I was in college, I would get up very early, and go do laundry. The biggest reason why I did this was so that I wouldn’t have to talk to anyone, but I also didn’t want to waste any time doing laundry. Now, I could care less if I’m wasting time, which is incredibly inconsiderate to my wife. I’ll get better.

4. I may not be the best lawnmower, but I may be the fastest. I knew it was supposed to storm here on Friday night and so Thursday after work I decided I would mow the entire yard. Now, I knew that I would be facing a very hungry Miranda, simply because I had promised her Mexican food for dinner, but I thought I could do it in an hour and be eating my 6:30. We have a yard that makes up .70 of an acre and when I purchased a lawnmower, I wanted the cheapest one, which means that I have a non-self-propelled lawnmower. Needless to say, I get quite a workout when I mow, but that’s not the point here. Miranda saw me begin the task at 5:20. I took one break to grab a drink of water, and the lawnmower ran out of gas near the end. The lawn was mowed by 6:21, which means that had I not run out of gas, I would have mowed that son-of-a-gun in less than an hour, with a break. I am patting myself on the back on this one, it’s not an easy task, but I’ve never met a lawn I couldn’t tame.

Grace’s 5th Birthday

Grace

Grace turned five on Monday and to celebrate we had dinner at Saralyn and Darius’ home. Grace got lots of good toys and presents and has already sent a thank-you card. You never think that oversized chalk, colored pencils and posters of princesses will be a good present, but I think they were.

Jensen

Jensen was in overdrive all evening, probably due to the Easter candy left by the Easter Bunny.

Mom, Saralyn, Dad, Ryan and Miranda.

Marilea, Saralyn and Thea

Marilea, Saralyn, Thea and Mom.

Blake and Dad

Blake and Dad.

Miranda and me.

Miranda and me.

Snow in April

The Alico Building, Waco, Texas

The Alico Building in Waco, Texas.

There was snow in April. On Saturday, it snowed. It didn’t snow much, but it did snow nonetheless.  The snow didn’t stick like it did in West Texas, but here near Dallas, it was just cold, windy and annoyingly cold.  Apparently it was one of the coldest days in April in 20 years.  I have no facts or data to back that up.

I’ve got a couple of items to discuss this evening:

Item 1: Grace’s 5th Birthday was on Monday (Happy Birthday Grace!!) and I’ve got a number of pictures to post, but I just haven’t had time to upload them.  The food was delicious, the kids were incredibly hyper and although I had my doubts about the gift of extra-large chalk, I think that’s going to work out just fine.

Item 2: My great razor experiment has come to an end. On August 27, 2006 I wrote about my most recent razor purchase. My old razor died and I had decided to move onward and upward. Well, late in February, I finally ran out of razors. This meant that I used 6 razors in approximately 6 months time. That’s amazing. Not to mention, my amazingness, I also saved a ton of money. No more Phantoms or Fusions or the like. Just simple and well made disposable razors.  Perhaps at some point I’ll be able to master the straight razor which would remove the need to ever purchase another razor again.

Good Friday and the Dogs

Olive

Olive.

Blue

Blue

Zoey

Zoey and Blue.

Okay, I’ve moved around quite a bit and now after being a little bothered by the ads at Vox, I promise I’m here to stay. It’s funny how I went from a very simple design, to being obsessed with adding more and more stuff, to getting back to just pictures and writing. In fact, I thought about starting a Tumblr tumblelog, but thought that was a little too simple.

Stay with me, I’m still finding my sea legs. As you’ll notice, I’m making time to write. That and I have a new camera helps. FYI, it’s the Olympus Evolt E-500 and I absolutely love it. I may stray more towards photographs, but I’ll stay current.

This one’s for posterity.

Me

I’m here for good . . .

 So I’ve changed for good. I’m serious. This will be my new home unless I purchase an actual domain, which may or may not happen.  I really liked the Vox simplicity, but hated the ads.  I’m sorry, I’m a purist.  The only ads I want on this are my own where I’m making the money.  No reason to put a little coin in someone else’s pockets.  So now I’ll be at WordPress.  I’ll post the appropriate statement at the Blogger blog and at the Vox blog.  Sorry for changing my mind so much.