Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this day of Lasagna and Apple Pie (in our house, at least), I wanted to take a moment to give thanks and wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Remembering: Inspiration Speakers

I get to hear inspirational speakers quite often in my job.
A LOT of them.
I am known to tweet out quotes from their speeches that I want to hang on to...

And a few stay in my mind, my memories and challenge me to think.
So, I decided to spotlight a few here...
Google them - it's worth it!

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

Amy Purdy

Simon T. Bailey

Dr. Randal Pinkett

Marshawn Evans Daniels

Dr. Jen Welter

Richard Montanez

Jonathan Sprinkles


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Remembering: Blessings

I am thankful that I get to do what I do for a living (and have for seven years now).
I am thankful that I work for a company who empowers me to help others.
I am thankful that I (am told that) make a difference.

I believe that we need to give everyone a hand up, not a hand out.
I believe that everyone should get an equal opportunity to compete.
I believe that we can all make a difference.

Some days, I struggle - but would life be worth living if I didn't?
Some days, I don't want to get out of bed - but I do.
Some days, I wonder if I am making a difference.

And as my major work event comes to a close today, I am so blessed that I am able to be a part of it.
To the ~1,500 attendees - Thank you.
To the speakers - Thank you.
To my team members - Thank you.


Friday, November 02, 2018

#FridayFinds - Yala Kol

It came to our attention recently that we have gotten into a rut when it comes to restaurants.  We eat the same things over and over (whether it is what I cook or where we frequent).

So, we are trying to try some ne
w places.
First up - MBB wanted to find a good Gyro.

I did some searches and found: Yala Kol
It had good reviews (4.3 with 120 reviews) and some comments raved on the Gyro...

Both MBB and I enjoyed, though I have to admit
that our other Mediterranean restaurant keeps the #1 title here.

Chicken Shawarma w/ Rice
Huge portions - half of mine went in a box.
NOTE: The sauce is a little different than traditional.
Overall, this is probably a repeat as MBB was happy with the Gyro.
I thought that the Chicken was very flavorful and the rice was different (in a good way, except for the lima beans!).


Friday, October 26, 2018

#FridayFinds - Rosie's Italian Diner

For our anniversary a few weeks ago, MBB and I decided to try a new restaurant.
We have not had the best of luck with Italian restaurants in Toledo (see here and here).
But Rosie's had great reviews, so we thought we would give it a try.
And we are glad we did!

Hot Mama Bread w/ cheese
Very Yummy!
For some weird reason, the picture I took of my "Rosie's Caprese Salad" is gone.
But let me tell you - it was not a normal Caprese Salad and I would definitely order it again!
Even MBB showed some interest in it (and he is NOT a fan of Caprese Salads).
Chicken Alfredo
Overall, MBB was happy with the al dente noodles and thought that the sauce had good flavor.
He didn't think it was as good as Olive Garden's, but he definitely wasn't unhappy with it.
Lasagna Bolognese
EXCELLENT!  I think this is the best lasagna that I have ever had.
MBB agreed that it was better than Olive Garden and Las Vegas's Battista's.

Apple Crumb
(this may not be the real name - but the desserts aren't listed on the menu to help me)
Since it was our anniversary, we got a dessert to share.
I promise - there were two spoons (MBB already picked his up).

Overall, this was a definite winner (great since it was for our anniversary).
It is a bit higher in price, but so well worth it!
Next time, we are going to try to sit on the patio (weather permitting).

The desserts are all (except the Tiramisu) still made by Rosie (the owner's mother).  The Tiramisu is made by the owner's wife.  How do we know?  The owner's son was our waiter and share that information while he was showing us the dessert tray.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

#CraftyTuesday - Cousins

One of my cousins is expecting her first little girl.

Since I was already working on Zilla's new quilt, I decided to make her one too.

In my opinion, it is easier and faster to work on multiple quilts at once...
Don't ask, I can't explain...


Friday, October 19, 2018

#Friday Finds - Parrino's Oven (Dallas)

I was in Dallas for a work event, yes - again, this summer (yes, it is taking me a bit to post these).
We were staying at Hyatt Regency Dallas and decided to give one of the hotel restaurants a try: Parrino's Oven.

Overall, it was good - but I would probably try something else next time I'm in town.

I think this was the house salad, but I'm not 100%...

Margherita Pizza (my favorite)

Carne Pizza


Warm Chocolate Cake w/ Raspberry Sauce

? (Even looking at the menu, I can't remember what this was called)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Remembering - Zula

Sometimes, life gifts you with absolute love and happiness and joy.
And that described OB's dog, Zula, perfectly.
She was amazing.
She loved all (except when her daddy was petting another dog).
She knew no evil, because she had no evil.

And she loved trucks, especially her Papaw's truck.
Which in the end was her downfall.
She loved them so much that she didn't understand that they could hurt her.
And hurt her the delivery truck did.

OB was able to hold her and shower with love as she took her last breath.
And she now will travel with her daddy wherever he goes.

It is times like this that I have to remember and hold onto the memories of that love and happiness and joy.  Cause when that love and happiness and joy is suddenly gone, it hurts - real bad.

Love you Zula-girl.
Nana and Papaw are so glad that you were able to visit and share your love with us before you were taken to the Rainbow Bridge... way, way, way too soon.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

#CraftyTuesday - Swingzeebo

MBB saw a picture on Facebook that put a creative idea in his head and couldn't let it go...
He designed and built it (with the exception of pouring/laying the concrete).

I tried to get some pictures of it throughout the process:
Forming up the shape for the concrete.

Concrete poured with the center left open for the firepit. We buried the first row
of bricks so that there would be a barrier between the fire and the concrete.

We didn't leave it perfectly smooth, because we were
afraid it would get slippery when it got wet.

The firepit makes an appearance - we bought two kits and combined them into one to keep little bodies
going a 100 miles an hour from falling in.  Once the boys get older, we may take off the top row.

The frame starts to go up. I swore that I took more pictures
during this phase, but I can't seem to find anymore!

We put some stain on the gray tubing that holds the electric wire so
that it would blend in a bit with the wood and not stand out so much.
Introducing: The Swingzeebo!

Since I took the final picture, we have made a few changes:
 > We are now leaving two bays open - one for entry (front) and for firewood retrieval (back).
 > MBB added cross braces in each upper corner and it is much more stable now.
 > Added two bottle openers spread out through the posts.

Some details that are real noticeable in the picture:
 > We have three double outlets spread out through the posts.
 > There is a light switch for the lights.
 > The three potted plants have lavender in them to try to make it a mosquito - free zone.
 > There is a blue tooth speaker up in the top (what I call the rafters).
 > We bought two strands of lights from Costco, but one was bright enough on its own.

We have just a bit more to do:
 > Buy more seating for one bay (the patio chairs showing in the two front bays belong on the deck).
 > Stain the wood (since it is treated, we will need to wait about six months to do this)
 > Figure out something for garbage.

Just a side note - the squirrels thinks that we made them an obstacle course.
We have a great view of them "playing" from the dining room window.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Blog Changes

I have decided to make some changes...
Not sure why, it just feels right.

First off, I am taking the ads off of the page...
They annoy me...
And don't provide any benefit...
So - they are gone!

Second, I found a new theme/background.
I had to make sure that the previous white text could remain (since my links are hard coded white)…
I think I was successful.
Not sure how long I will keep it as I am not a huge blue fan...
But hey, change is good!

If anyone has successions for any other changes (topics, hashtags, pictures, etc), just let me know!