Weekend Vacation

Cocktails & Pizza

Sometimes it is important to just get away and do stuff that is completely out of the ordinary; doing it with people you love doubles the fun. That is exactly what I did this past weekend.

My husband had to be in Dallas for business, so I took the opportunity to go up and spend time with my brother and niece. This was an every summer event during my niece’s formative years. After her parents divorced I would spend a week with them; she and I would do crafts, manicures (which later evolved into spa days), cooking and just hanging. She is super special to me.

Friday afternoon was “Bro-time.” Just me and the younger brother hanging out and catching up. It is always fun. The plan was to go out to eat Vietnamese food but by the time Audrey arrived we were two cocktails in; pretty soon it was three for us and two for her so we ordered pizza and stayed in. Nothing like pizza to soak up the excess alcohol. Lots of laughter later, Audrey and I departed for our girl time.

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Lifestyles Unlimited – Which One Is For You?

Life Lessons From The Newspaper

Growing up reading the daily newspaper was a vital part of daily life. I have so many fond memories connected with this daily ritual. Whether it was The Valley Morning Star in Harlingen, Texas, the Orange County Register in Anaheim, California or the Houston Post and Houston Chronicle, newspapers helped shape my life. It was a rite of passage – a very grown up thing to do.

Small town newspapers are the best. On road trips, I still stop in each small town to buy a paper to read that evening at the hotel. Often these are just a weekly editions, full of the latest comings and goings. All the news that is fit to print including social events to arrest records, editorials, school activities, a comic or two, and sometimes still, a Bible verse. These papers are the very essence of small town life; a treasure worth clinging to.

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The Great Dish Debate – Which Side Are You On?

The event that launched this new phase of my life was…washing dishes by hand. I know. It sounds ridiculous but it is true. Something as simple as performing the very first chore I was allowed to do as a child brought a profound sense of satisfaction that is all too unfamiliar in homemaking these days.

Washing dishes is one of the most maligned of household chores. Who (of a certain generation) could forget Madge and her wisecracking Palmolive commercials from the late 1960’s?

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