Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Weekend in Review

While it is officially spring according to the calendar, not all areas of the U.S. are feeling it - my friends and family in Chicago just got dumped on by another huge snow storm this past weekend.  Here in Houston, though?  The weather is beautiful!  Well, mostly.  We've had a few strings of heavy rain come through (it was pouring out all day Saturday), but as a result Spring has officially sprung!  Everything is green again and the trees are all flowering and budding (even my little meyer lemon and lime tree have new shoots and pretty little blooms on them - I didn't kill them yet!!!)  My favorite view so far is walking out the door and seeing all of the gorgeous pink buds on the little tree in the front yard (picture above) as it's so beautiful right now!
On Saturday we had a vet appointment to get the last of Pandora's booster shots and afterwards we ran a few errands.  The weather was so crummy, but we made our day better by picking up some Nobi bahn mi sandwiches for lunch and stocking up on more weird beers for S before we headed home.  After we ate lunch and gave the pup some snuggles, we got to work on our to-do lists.  I had a huge stack of onesies that were decorated a few weeks ago at B and J's baby shower that I needed to wash and dry, so I got that done.  I don't think I really reported back on the baby shower yet - it turned out so great!  A bunch of friends helped with food and decorations which both turned out phenomenal (we had guac, tamales, queso, rice, stuffed jalapenos, and salsas for food plus key lime pie and chocolate cupcakes topped with a bacon cream cheese frosting*.  The latter were AMAZING).  B and J got a ton of great gifts that will definitely help with the two little bundles of joy that they're expecting, and we also had a onesie decorating station so everyone could put their own artistic touch on some clothes for the twins.  People were SO creative!  Look at this:
So anyway, back to this weekend.  After I took care of the onesies on Saturday afternoon my super productive streak continued and I cleaned out and organized both the refrigerator and the pantry.  Booyah!  After that I wandered back to the bedroom where I found S and Pandora both in the midst of a rainy day nap (the best), so I joined them for an hour of snuggles and snoozing.  That evening we went to a friend's house for a pot luck dinner (I made rice krispy treats as both rice krispies and marshmallows were unearthed in my pantry overhaul) and to watch Hot Shots! as many of us had seen the sequel but not the original.  General consensus was that while the first one was funny, Part Deux is still better.

On Sunday the weather was GORGEOUS - 70 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, light breeze - officially spring weather.  S spent a good chunk of the day outside doing yard and garage work with Pandora hooked up to a line so she could happily explore the front yard - she definitely loves spending time outside.  I got some fresh air when I took the pup for a long walk, but I was mostly cooped up inside working on my taxes for a majority of the day - boo.  Whatever, they're done and I'm broke.  I am pretty psyched that I got so much accomplished this weekend though.  Our next big adventure?  Pandora's first training class tomorrow night...

*For the bacon cream cheese frosting, I omitted the bourbon in the recipe and used 1 Tb of vanilla extract instead.  I also candied my bacon before incorporating it in the frosting.  Just preheat oven to 350 degrees then place 8 strips of bacon on to a foil lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle brown sugar over the bacon until the it is covered with a consistent layer and pat down.  Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and crispy. 

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