Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Faves

Woo hoo for Friday!  I couldn’t be happier to see you. 

  • Although I was a little sad not to be watching the Aggies last night since the A&M/LA Tech game was postponed until October, I am even more excited for the game now because we got tickets!  We are headed to the great state of Louisiana with our good pals Jaime & Emily in October.  My family will be there as well, and I know it will be such a fun time! 
  • Also, only 8 more days until the first Aggie football game at Kyle Field #bthoFlorida 

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  • I had some limited success at the library last night – two of the books I wanted were available… the others have pretty lengthy waiting lists.  Joys of living in a big city, I suppose! 
  • Austin is going dove hunting this weekend, so I’ll be living the single life doing the following: laying out at the pool reading my new library books, cleaning out some of our closets (joy), grocery shopping, doing some cooking for the week.  I might even get crazy and put out some of my fall-ish decorations.  Is it too early for that?  A weekend with some down time is going to be so glorious!

Happy Friday my friends!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Books on my “to-read” List

One of the best things about reading other blogs is the book suggestions other bloggers post from time to time.  These are the books that have made it on to my list to read in the coming weeks.  I’m planning a lunch time trip to one of the branches of the Dallas Public Library near my work and a post-work trip tomorrow to branch near where we live.  Most of the books I want have pretty long waiting lists, so there might also have to be a Half Price Books trip this weekend…

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Divergent (and the rest of this trilogy) by Veronica Roth

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Darlings by Christina Alger

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead

The Expats by Chris Pavone

Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter & Yankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton

Always Something There to Remind Me by Beth Harbison

Crossing my fingers for some luck at the library!  Any other book suggestions for me? 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Our Weekend

After FOUR softball games on Saturday, we finally got home and I crashed pretty hard.  Hard as in, I went to bed at 7:30 on Saturday night.  And it was glorious! 

Now to rewind just a little bit, this was my solution to our almost empty fridge for supper on Saturday night.  Austin took a little convincing to my “rabbit food” tendencies, but I could eat this every night and be happy as a lark.  Cheese plate = best supper ever.  Boys will probably never accept cheese and crackers as a meal.   


We had a wonderful Sunday at church – our Sunday school class was full, the sanctuary was full for the preacher’s new sermon series, and Sunday night was packed as well! 

In between morning and evening church, we played chess.  Isn’t that table so neat?  My great grandfather made it, and I am so glad we have it thanks to my Mammo! 

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This week I am saying some extra prayers for my friends & family in South Louisiana and Mississippi.  I hope Isaac is somehow not as bad as it is looking like it might be. 

We are also counting the days until our first football game on Thursday – BTHO LA Tech!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

What’s Been Going On

Hello!  We are up bright and EARLY this Saturday morning to head to the city tournament since we won our softball league.  A whole day of softball… thrilling!  Since I last posted, here’s a little taste of what’s been going on via Instagram (I’m @emwall22). 

The most exciting thing that is not pictured is that I hit a bird on my drive home on Wednesday :(  so sad!  I got tears in my eyes for a second, but I wasn’t too torn up seeing as how it was a nasty pigeon and not a cute bird.  It did make an AWFUL noise though.  InstagramCol.Top row: Austin was very excited to get his duck stamp in the mail yesterday; the Big D skyline on an evening walk; new hair ties from Anthro that I am completely obsessed with.

Middle row: my basil plant is growing flowers… not sure why; a baby saltine – how cute is that?!; I pass a McAlister’s on the way back to my office every time I go to a certain hearing office, and sometimes I just need an Arnold Palmer.

Bottom row: cute place-cards from last weekend’s wedding that I hung on to; my manicure from last Saturday lasted so long; nectar of the gods. 

Happy weekend!  We are off to dominate the D-League playoffs!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012



Seeing these on our fridge is getting me pretty excited for football season!  I love seeing our schedule up at the top with all the SEC team logos.  Next Thursday is the Louisiana Tech game in Shreveport, and I so wish we were going!  My parents are going, but we decided it would just be too much to try to get over to Shreve and back on a Thursday night.  We need to figure out a plan for watching that game in Dallas with some friends.  I think that’ll be a great excuse to make/eat some festive tailgate snacks!  Time to create a “Tailgating” board on Pinterest…

The anticipation and excitement of this football season is so fun to think about right now.  I am sure that come October, I might be getting tired of the trip to and from College Station, but right now I can’t wait.  One of the things I am most looking forward to about the first home game on September 8 is seeing the newly renovated MSC.  I have not been back to campus since it has been opened, and I can’t wait to walk through and see everything!

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I worked in the MSC all throughout college, and I’m sure it will make me feel old to be back there surrounded with all of the current students who seem SO young these days.  I’m just going to remember that I get to sit down at the football games and they don’t!

Thanks & gig ‘em!  Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Neighbor Bread

A new next door neighbor moved in fairly recently, and this weekend I made a “welcome to the building” loaf of bread for her.  It was a little later than I probably would have preferred, but hopefully it is one of those times where “better late than never” applies!

Saturday morning before some of the wedding festivities we had going on that day began, I made a loaf of this delicious blueberry banana greek yogurt bread.  Luckily, there was enough left over for a mini loaf that Austin and I split for breakfast.  Saturday morning baking is a good thing. 



I have made this bread before, and I absolutely love it.  It is a wonderful alternative to traditional banana bread, and the blueberries give it a little bit of a “summery” touch. 

After I gave this loaf away, I was still in a baking mood, and made a version of this zucchini oat raisin bread for us for this week.  These breads have been great for cleaning out my fruit bowl and veggie drawer – the banana bread used up two of my over-ripe bananas, and last weekend’s zucchini from the farmer’s market went in loaf number two of the weekend!

Any other good bread recipes I should try?  

Monday, August 20, 2012

Jen & Conner’s Pretty Wedding

I have to apologize for the first few pics… I didn’t realize for the first part of the night that my flash wasn’t on when it should have been.  Austin was really thrilled that I have had my camera for five months and couldn’t figure this out on my own… ANYWAY, we had a wonderful time celebrating Jen & Conner this weekend.  I am sure I’ve said this before, but the best part about all these weddings is getting to catch up with our college friends and all be together again. 

Austin & Jared knew exactly where to go…


{rehearsal dinner @ Cyclone Anaya’s}

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There were crazy thunderstorms going on in DFW on Saturday, so it was nice that the wedding party got to ride to the reception on a charter bus!  It felt like a slightly grown up version of an Ol’Ags date party :)


The reception was at the McKinney Cotton Mill – such a cool space!  I already have a little love affair with McKinney going on, and this place only made me love it more. 


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Cute boys in their linen suits and seersucker ties.  Another perk of all these weddings is all the cute additions to Austin’s wardrobe!  Since Conner helped me purge Austin’s wardrobe of cargo shorts long ago when they were roommates, I am not surprised that he picked out such a handsome wedding look.  Congratulations Conner & Jen!  We had a wonderful time celebrating with you!  

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


August’s card-of-the month.  These just keep getting cuter!


Del Frisco’s potatoes.  Since it’s Restaurant Week in Dallas, we went on a date to Del Frisco’s on Monday night, and the potatoes were so very delicious.  Luckily, we have leftovers!  A Monday night date night was a great way to start the week – we are going to have to do that more often. 


Paul Ryan.  I am coming around to the VP pick and enjoying learning more about him since the announcement last weekend.  I especially liked reading the below quote (from Mike Huckabee’s Facebook page).

“What’s the real reason Romney picked Ryan? It might have less to do with politics than you think. While pundits who see the whole world through the prism of politics are debating the reasons Romney picked Ryan, Romney’s former co-workers aren’t surprised at all. They say the pick is right in line with the way Romney made Bain Capital a success. Instead of surrounding himself with yes men, Romney sought out really intelligent young executives, who were analytical, data-driven and not afraid to challenge the boss if they saw a flaw in a plan or had a better idea. One former Bain partner said that’s exactly what he sees in Ryan: Not a bull-slinging politician, but someone who’ll bring real ideas based in fact. The Internet satirist Iowapundit may have put it best when he said Ryan represents Obama’s worst nightmare: math.”


I am off to write a thank you note for a wedding gift.  Yes, a wedding gift for our wedding that was over a year ago!  This weekend in Austin we received a beautiful crystal bowl that was a very belated wedding present.  The fun never ends :)  Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Buddy’s Birthday Weekend

After we {barely} won our softball game Friday night, we came home and packed for a weekend in Austin to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday.  We hit the road bright and early Saturday morning and had a pretty sunrise to watch on our drive. 

We went to a jam-packed antique mall and I came close to walking out with a fur coat, multiple vintage globes on stands, and a really cool looking blue and green fan.  But, I powered through and managed not to make a purchase.  Now that I know about that little gem though, we will have to pay it a visit once we enter the world of home-ownership.

Most of the afternoon was spent in the back yard laying out and swimming until it was time for the main event.  Buddy’s birthday request was that we all did a segway tour of downtown Austin on Saturday night, so we all showered up and made the trip downtown in our wheels for the weekend – a 15 passenger van.  I am sure we were quite the sight!  Oh and I have to mention that I forgot to pack anything segway appropriate, so thank you Casey for braiding my hair and letting me borrow some clothes… and shoes… and earrings!  


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I spy a creeper’s eyeball.

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There were a few arm wrestling matches to kill time…




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We segway’d all around the Capitol, by the Driskill Hotel, and really just all over downtown Austin.  Despite a few run-ins with some downtown crazies, including a man wearing a bat hat, we had so much fun zipping around.   

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The night ended with birthday cake baked by Casey!  Happy birthday, Buddy!! 

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