Thursday, October 19, 2017

This is Us, Part 1

How Did We Meet?
For a long time Matt and I only told people we met thru our mutual friend... which is true to an extent. Think about it 12 years ago meeting and talking to someone online was weird. Trust us, it was. Who remembers Myspace? Remember how you could have a Top 5 friends list? Well my bestie Melissa told her childhood friend Matt to check out the girl on her Top 5. (chuckles) And well... Matt "Myspaced" me and we began talking via Myspace for a few weeks. Here was Matt's first line to me ever.....
"I heard you like baseball players and I am a former college baseball player"
That's it folks, apparently the line that hooked me... LOL (eye roll)!!!!!! We then talked on the phone for a week or two before the BIG first date... Christmas Day 2005
Christmas Day you ask? Yup, that evening after we were both done spending time with our families I asked Matt to go to the movies with me. In fact here is the ticket stub from our first date, it is framed on our gallery wall. We saw Rumor Has It with Jennifer Aniston and it was't very good!
Much to the dismay of BOTH of our families I like to joke that after 1 month of dating Matt spent the night at my apartment and never left and here we are 12 years later. For is we instantly just... worked. 
Our first year together was mostly spend in arenas, me dancing on the turf or court and Matt in the stands! This picture below was taken after we had been together for about 3 months after one of my AFL games. #babies
 During our first year together we bought a home, adopted our first love Oscar while managing careers and my dancing schedule. Matt moved his insurance office into a space in my Dad's building and we would even carpool to work together somedays since I too worked for my Dad.
After my year with the NBA I had saved up all the money I made that season and surprised Matt with a quick trip to St. Louis to see his Cardinals play at Busch Stadium and my first MLB game! That was a fun trip! Go Cards!
 Sometimes I look back at these photos and can't even recall exactly the moments, so much has happened since. How did the time fly by?

One and Only Palmilla

This time next week Matt and I will be in Cabo for the first time. We will be celebrating our 10 YEAR anniversary at The One and Only Palmilla!
 This is a resort I have been lusting after since before our honeymoon! I have seen Jennifer Aniston, Russell Westbrook and other celebrities vacation here and I decided this is what we need for our 10 year!
 Over the next week I am going to take you all back and tell you the story of us. If you have been following along with my blog for long then you will know all of this..... this blog is the history of us for sure. It's also hard to believe I have been blogging also for almost 10 years.
I hope you all will enjoy my walk down memory lane as much as I enjoyed revisiting it!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mountain Puppies

Elway has been to the mountain house before but Ralph has not so we decided to pack up and spend a part of last Saturday in Georgetown. On the way we had to stop at Matt's office and Elway is waiting on his Daddy to come back. They are kinda good car riders, Ralph hangs out in the back like a good boy but the puppy is a whiner! LOL! It was so funny he settled down to nap as we were exiting our exit in Georgetown!
We were going to take the boys on a walk thru town but it was really busy Saturday so Matt and I headed out for our usual stops while the boys hung at the house. I love it that places know us now and we get the local discount! The bakery knows me by name and it makes it more fun when stopping by to load up on sweets!
 After lunch Matt and I decided to take the boys on a little hike and who would of guessed it... Elway is a mountain puppy! He always had to be right up front with Ralph and when I picked him up a few times he threw a fit!
 We got to this place we love, this bridge over the water so we took a break and let the boys relax and check things out! They loved it!
 When we got back Elway just makes himself at home, laying on the couch likes he owns the place! The boys were super good and it was a great first introduction to the mountain house! I could have taken an afternoon nap but Matt wanted to head home to watch the OU game!
Our mountain puppies were pooped and slept really well that night!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tis' The Season...

Even if the cool Fall weather hasn't made its way to you yet it is STILL boot season! Boots have always been all the rage but this year stand out boots are making outfits POP!!!!!! I have rounded up some of my favorites for you all and you all can take guesses but I do own 3 of the boots below!!!!!!!
Happy Shopping friends...........

Fall Boots

Thursday, October 12, 2017


We had our first big snow this Monday and so this last weekend I did my last HUGE harvest! My garden has been very good to me this year, it takes time to get a hang of everything. I wasn't sure what to do with all my tomatoes and then I realized..... my own tomato sauce! And even if you don't have a garden you can easily make this with tomatoes from the grocery store!
 You will also need fresh herbs, these are all from my garden! I used oregano, rosemary and thyme. Later after I roasted the tomatoes I used basil!
You can use any amount of tomatoes but I used about 1 pound quartered. Then chop up your fresh herbs to add to the bowl, EVOO, salt and pepper and mix!
Throw it all on a sheet pan and into a 300' oven for 2 1/2 hours!
They will look like this when they come out, you could ALSO put this pan back under the broiler to get a little bit of charr on top to add more depth to your sauce!
This is the super easy part throw your tomatoes into a blender with a handful of fresh basil, more salt and pepper, 1 tablespoon EVOO and then 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar.
BLEND until it's the consistency you desire and be sure to taste, you might need to add more salt and pepper!
This made 1 jar exactly and this will keep in your fridge for 2 weeks or in the freezer for 2 months!!!
You can turn this into spaghetti, pizza sauce, chicken parmesan, lasagna...... the possibilities are endless! I hope you all enjoy this!!! be proud of yourself... you made homemade tomato sauce!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Last Friday on opening night Matt and I went to see the new Blade Runner movie that critics called a "Masterpiece"..... well was it? Hardly. First of all the movie is 2 hours and 54 minutes and it is a movie that felt that LONG. And the thing is at least 45 minutes of the movie were Ryan Gosling walking in slow motion, Ryan Gosling reaching for things in slow motion, Ryan Gosling standing. I am NOT kidding. The movie wasn't terrible but it wasn't great. And Jared Leto... blink and you miss him, pretty much. And sure there are several twists but they happen so far apart and the HUGE twist at the end is pretty much rushed and it's over. Sadly I would not sit thru this movie again and I wanted to love it so much.
This parody pretty much explains the movie.......... LOL

Friday, October 6, 2017

Panama Hotel

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.
This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.
Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago.
Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart

 I love Historical Fiction a novel based on truth, a real place and a book where you feel like you are getting so much more out of it then entertainment. The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is just that. So when I knew we were going to Seattle I looked up the real hotel this book took place at, The Panama Hotel and I knew I had to go.
This hotel once stood as the gateway in Seattle for the Japantown and I love seeing and learning about other cultures. It was odd I walked 2 miles to get here one morning alone and when you find it tucked away it does seem like this one place is frozen in time among new Seattle.
 Something I look for is REAL history and I was lucky to find that in 2 store front windows outside the Panama where some relics of the past where on display.
 An old suitcase, shoes, linens from the Panama and a few small pieces from the Japanese culture of days past. I will admit I wanted more but still standing in a place where beloved book was set was amazing.
 Today it is still a hotel more like a hostel of sorts and I went inside to check things out. I assume the owner gets a lot of "lookie-loos" and she didn't receive me very kindly sadly.
Overall I am very glad that I made the trek over to check out this piece of living history and if you are a book lover you should not only read this book but if you are ever in Seattle look up the Panama Hotel. Although I would NOT recommend staying there!

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