Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What are the odds I can talk Whataburger into delivering?

Friends, it's official: I have entered the previously unknown land of the middle aged....I have had my 10-year high school reunion. **Gasp.** That's right, over ten years ago, I walked across the Frank Erwin Center stage and graduated in a nasty maroon polyester gown from the glorious Round Rock High School, home of the mighty (fighting?) dragons.

I hope this comes as a surprise to at least a few of you (and if not, then I have COMPLETELY failed at my attempts to disguise my very dominant inner nerd), but I was Senior Class President. Part of that commitment includes the understanding that you will lead the charge when it comes to planning the reunion celebration.

January of 2002 version of me: "Oh, surely I won't be doing anything of any real importance ten years from now. I can handle, no problem."

January of 2012 version of me: "Mother of all things holy, are you KIDDING me? I have to plan a reunion?? Now??? Of all times???? Can't we wait a year...or ten???"

In my defense, if I thought ten years ago that I would be planning a massive destination wedding, grieving the loss of a parent, moving  a Goose and practicing law during 98% of my waking hours, I would have scratched that line out of the contract. But alas, that's the way the crazy world turns.

Luckily for me, you, and the other 92,353,098 people we graduated with, the axis of the earth titled towards two very capable co-hosts. I don't typically name people on the blog, for fear that you'll cyber-stalk their awesomeness, but I MUST, MUST, MUST point out that this weekend was only made possible through the hard work, selflessness and dedication of two of my very sweetest friends: Erica (of "She's not really flipping the bird" fame) and Casey. If you're a RRHS Class of 2002 alumni, their allegiance you owe. Case and Monique, it hasn't been said enough: Thank you so, so, so very much. You each did an amazing job, and Saturday was something that you should be proud of. This picture is also something that you should be proud of:

This has absolutely nothing to do with this post. It just makes me laugh. And it has an antelope, so obviously.
I grew up in Round Rock, a city consistently named as one of the best towns in America to have a family. And there's actually a massive round rock in the middle of the town, so we win on literalness too.

Saturday morning, I jumped in the car at the crack of dawn and headed West. I called E as I left Houston. I hung up with E as I pulled into Round Rock. That's right, we chatted for the entire three-hour drive. We tend to have lots of opinions about lots of things, what can I say.

As a side note, as you remember from here, my parents just recently sold my childhood home so I was crashing at E's parents for the night. (Who, by the way, were at South Padre Island with my parents for a weekend of even more middle-aged fun. They tend to lead by example.) If I had a dollar for every childhood memory of mine that included the G homestead, I'd be a rich, lucky lady. I was there so often, in fact, that I claimed a bed in the house as my own. I could have moved in without a suitcase and still managed to clothe and bathe myself for 17 days due to the amount of stuff I kept there. If we were at all attempting to recreate our high school memories (and my hangover on Sunday suggests that we were), this was probably the best place to stage them.

E and I then proceeded with a frantic three-hour dash of pickups around Round Rock: the cake, the flowers, the balloons, the squish-it-all-in-slip.

She insisted on trying it on in the aisle. Oy vey, I can't take the crazy anywhere.

We then hit up an oldie-but-goodie RR legend: Pok-e-jo's. I begged E to choose something else, but she wasn't having it. You see, even when I have a dress to fit into for a "I don't want to look like a fat kid" event, I C.A.N.N.O.T. resist Pok-e-jo's fried okra. Or Texas toast. Dangit. So, I acquiesced, ate the fried okra and toast, and sucked it all in for the rest of the night. Success on both accounts, I'd say.

Reunion-time. Being the general cynic that I am, I was pretty positive the night was just going to be filled with awkward conversation after awkward conversation. That was before I remembered that there was wine involved. Raha! Win. Honestly, as soon as the room filled with so many people who I spent a lifetime with, a lifetime ago, I was at ease. These people know me, and I know them, and there is comfort in that, even if it was wine-laced. I was so proud to see my childhood friends as happy parents, successful professionals and adorable spouses. They reminded me of crazy times, happy events and peaceful growth, all of which I needed to recall.

Shall we end on a high note? I was awaken at 6:30am Sunday morning by Ted, E's dog, throwing his fairly large body across mine. I didn't have the energy to remove his tongue from my face, nor the strength to turn my own head away from his. There was a drum-playing gospel choir singing in my brain and my first thought, other than "Must.Move.Head." was "What are the odds I can talk Whataburger into delivering?" My mascara was smeared down my face, my car was parked in a neighborhood other than the one I was in, and I had zero clue where I had taken off my wedding rings the night before. (Goose, my father and my pride would like me to clarify....this ins't a state I'm often in, nor is it one I'd like to revisit anytime soon. Exceptions must be made, though.)
Ted, the second handsomest puppy ever. (Behind Paxter, of course.) 
An all-around golden success, I would say.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Blackberries and Butterfly Crack.

Have you forgiven me as agreed? My second bout of radio silence indeed accompanied another batch of late nights and long hours, but here we are, resumed as promised. And before we get going, let's all acknowledge that this post will not meet my previously stated attempt to limit personal tellings on the blog. It is, after all, called "A Girl and A Goose." I win times infinity.

Goose started his new job two weeks ago. Since then, we have worked a combined 300 hours. I lie not. Which means the majority of our time together has involved shaving, teeth brushing, hair curling and passing like two ships in the night.

This weekend, the clouds parted and our blackberries were silent (which causes another problem all together - crap, is my blackberry broken? how many test emails should I send myself from my iPhone to make sure it's working? am i crazy?). And although what we really wanted to do was catch up on our lack of sleep, we made a point to celebrate our 104th day of marriage (it's a big one, obviously) and enjoy Houston together.

Speaking of ships (baha), I've been dying to go see the Titanic Exhibit at the Natural History Museum. Every since I read Danielle Steel's "No Greater Love" at like age 13, I've had a morbid fascination with the boat. If you're not a Danielle Steel fan, you should be. (Goose and I had the discussion one time of how she's probably one of the most successful American writers of all time, for better or worse. I think better. He thinks worse.) Spoiler alert: "No Greater Love" includes a love story, people dying, and hopeful redemption. Oh, that's not a spoiler? Every Danielle Steel book meets that definition? Veird.

I digress. The exhibit is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Titanic's sinking and includes hundreds of artifacts pulled from the boat's debris field. The exhibit was, indeed, pretty cool and fairly well done. BUT, and this is a big BUT, I think I should be hired as a comma consultant for their future exhibits...the sentence structure in the explanatory writings was so overwhelmingly WRONG, I couldn't half read the wall disclosures without gagging. My OCD brain just couldn't see past the misplaced commas, lack of periods, and double/triple spaces in mid-sentence. Self-diagnosed freakazoid.

We then wandered around the newly renovated Paleontology Hall. Have we met? If so, you probably know that I explain the pronunciation of my maiden name (which, come on, it sounds just like it looks - let's not get squirrely here...) is akin to the pronunciation of "Dinosaur." Did you just do it in your head? See, totally sound the same, yes? Moral of that story in case you missed it: I love dinosaurs.

Let's connect those dots to probably one of the greatest movies of our generation...A Land Before Time. If you haven't seen it, you should be embarrassed, and then you should click on the picture below. Then come back.

"Poor, poor Petrie."
Seriously, if you didn't click on the picture, stop now, do it, and come back. 

Now that you've seen the clip, you know that our firstborn yorkie, Petrie, is not named for a scientific dish (seriously?), but instead for a baby pterodactyl. Our Petrie is way yiddler than this guy:

Prehistoric Petrie.
A few more from our grazing. All I can think of when I see these pictures is Ross Geller. Best TV character of all times.

Ross: Does little Ross like dinosaurs by any chance?
Mr. Zelner: Yeah, they're all he talks about, why?
Ross: How would he like to come with me to the Museum of Natural History after everyone else has left, just the two of us, and he can touch anything he wants?
Ross: I just heard it as you must have heard it and that's not good. Let me start again. I'm a paleontologist, you'll be there with us and the touching refers only to bones - fossils!

And then on to the Butterfly Conservatory. Which should be called Crack for Type-As. This thing was so peaceful, Goose and I walked in and just stood there. Literally stood there.

Goose on butterfly crack.
Please note my husband's butterfly handout. He loves lists and checking things off of them, including the butterflies he has seen. Goose, sorry for any street cred that was just damaged in that disclosure. Sorry I'm not sorry.

Then we had to start moving, because they keep the massive rain forest simulation at a sweltering 80 degrees and 123% humidity. Hot yoga in your clothes, anyone?

Please ignore my man hobbit feet. I tend to have small limbs and large appendages.
Oh, and then a butterfly fell out of a tree, thudded at my feet, and made me cry. Butterfly crack does weird things with your emotions, I'm telling you.

We rounded out the day with Torchy's Tacos, a Boardwalk Empire marathon, and puppy snuggling. I opened the back door and fired up some fall-smelling potpourri on the stove. I thawed a batch of homemade gumbo and popped a bottle of our favorite wine.

Petrie, the non-scientific dinosaur dish, and Paxter.
It was, after all, our 104th day of a glittery marriage. And our blackberries were silent.

P.S. Goose said the gumbo tasted like rubber. I win.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Is Wallpaper Weird?

This will be a quick one, mainly because saying things out loud help me either cement their awesomeness or quickly highlight their ridiculousness.

As I've mentioned before, we're in the process of building a house. With that comes the ability to make certain decisions. Lots of decisions.

Including this one: Is Wallpaper Weird?

I grew up in the 90's and my design aesthetics have mostly been shaped by the 00's, both of which were generally devoid of wallpaper. And color. And most definitely colored wallpaper. But, as I have begun the process of designing our house, wallpaper continues to creep into my consciousness. It won't let me sleep at night, I'm telling you.

Here's what's been on my mind....a little of this:
And a little of that:

Right? Don't lie, you're kinda loving it too. All of these wallpapers are by Quadrille. I die.

And if you're not loving it, let's cover it in glitter and pretend this conversation never happened.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

[Insert really long time period here.]

I hate blog posts that go like this: "Sorry that I haven't posted for [insert really long time period here]. I've been busy with [life/love/happiness]."

You're not going to find any apologies here, friends. Truth of the matter is that I sometimes in life, I just have to work a lot. Like, a lot. I love my job and love my firm, which is why it is bearable. But it also means that when I am in the depths of a deal, I will go radio silent for weeks on end. 

So let's agree this is how it will go: You will miss me, I will miss this blog, and then I will come back. Deal? Deal.

Here's how my radio silence becomes bearable - during my two weeks of insane work, I also managed to sneak in a quick trip to the northeast where Goose has been training for a few weeks.

Not to be Cheese McCheeserson, but New York City is such a special place to us. At this time last year, we were seriously planning a move to the City. For one reason or another (sweaty faces, lack of closet space), we decided to stay in Houston instead, but we try to visit as much as we can. To the extent you find it remotely interesting, here's a quick rundown of what I did.

Thursday - I worked. Rats. One of the great things of working for such a massive firm is that it is pretty easy for me to pop into one of our other offices as a visiting attorney. So, I spent Thursday in our NYC office, visiting with our NYC attorneys. Our office also happens to be on 5th Avenue in an amazing shopping location. So, rats again.

How's a girl to resist this outside her door?

I scooted out early on Thursday afternoon and walked the city. I left 100+ degree heat in Houston for the mid-70's there. I win. I met up with one of my bests, Face, for a girl's night. Face and her husband are some of our absolute favorites - both in NYC and in the universe. One of the major downfalls to deciding to stay in Houston is not getting to see them every single day. (Which is how often I would be stopping by, because Face always makes us great drinks, and Winston, their bulldog, melts my heart.)

We met for drinks in a bar we've been to before. It wasn't TGIFridays, so that's always a plus. We chugged a bottle of white wine, stuffed our faces with bar food, and slammed an oatmeal raisin shot. And then, because we're generally awesome late-20's-aged women, we went to see Mamma Mia. Don't be jealous. 

My face and Face.
Also, because we're late-20's aged women, we carry flats in our purse and leave our heels on the floor.

The show was ummmmmm, terrible? Perhaps because I was secretly comparing it to Rock of Ages, which is the MOST glorious Broadway show I've ever seen. Don't be fooled though, it didn't keep me from totally singing along out loud.

Friday - I got up with the best of intentions of going to the American Museum of Natural History (think "Night of the Museum" fame). It's my favorite - especially the whale and Teddy Roosevelt. 

However, once I got out onto the city, I realized that I was a tad bit hungover, our hotel was nowhere close to the B or C line, and the museum was 50 blocks north. Um, nevermind. I went and hung out in the NYC Library instead. 

The NYC Library IS the Harry Potter Great Hall. How have I never noticed this before?
 Then I met Face for lunch at Bryant Park Grill. Lovely.

Friday night, Goose and I went for drinks to Face and husband's apartment. We also had reservations at a nearby steakhouse, but the combination of Winston's amazing face, the fantastic drinks we were offered, and the very tasty cheese plate we snacked on meant we never made it to dinner. Face and husband, thanks for having us as always, and don't think we've forgotten about Croatia. 

Mildly annoyed because Aunt Randi won't share the cheese plate with him.
Saturday - We hiked it to Grand Central and took the train to Darien, Connecticut, where one of Goose's great friends, J, is from. He graciously invited us to his parent's home for the night. 

We met all of his Darien childhood friends, had several rum and punches at his childhood yacht club, and dined on a lobster broil setup on the beach.

Not a bad view, I'd say.

J and his fiance, C, are joining us in Houston soon. Actually, Goose and J have requested race car bunk beds setup, so you can imagine where this is going....

All in all, a pretty decent break from work life I'd say.

As a general blog programming note, someone asked me the other day what my blog was about. And, although it may be true, I was strangely uncomfortable with my response: "Um, I guess, me?" Weird, huh? So, I'm making a conscious effort going forward to add non-narcissistic things here. A book review, perhaps? A few good restaurants I've been to? Ugh, I'm bored already. We'll see how it goes. Hopefully I won't have to trade in the gold for silver.

So, the radio silence is over. Proceed accordingly.