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Bad and Good Monday

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life...


Bad:

(1) I didn't go to sleep until after midnight last night (umm, I guess really this morning)
(2) My alarm went off at 5:40 a.m. AND I had to get up!
(3)I had class this morning and have class tonight (7-9:45)
(4) My brain isn't really working today

Good:

(1) Weather is FAB-U-LOUS today (not too hot and cool this a.m.)
(2) I found the most wonderful Texas Tech loot at Tuesday Morning (Mom you bought it for me for some upcoming holiday)
(3) Part of the 121 Tollway between McKinney and Frisco will be open tomorrow!
(4) U.S. Open has started AND there is a ceremony for my favorite guy, Andre Agassi!!!
(5) I spoke with a guy from Del Frisco's about the crapppy lobster and he is sending me a gift certificate in the mail to make up for it.
(6) I just found out that this book is coming out in November:

Lazy Sunday

I know that so many of you have busy busy weekends. I haven't had a super busy weekend, but it has gotten to the point that if I have to leave my house on the weekends, then its just too much. I realize that I'm just too darn lazy, but honestly, since I started teaching three classes, I've been this way.

Yesterday I sadly did have to leave my house. I had to go to my cousin's twin boys 2nd birthday party. All I'm going to say is that Zack and Max were much happier at their 1st birthday than they were their 2nd. That being the case, Mom and I bailed out of there as soon as possible! Mom was meeting Dad in their Rock Start Tour Bus later in the afternoon for an overnight stay about 40 miles away from the party location, so we did a little shopping.

We went to Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx. I've been thinking to myself lately that since my Mom is now semi-retired, I should take her on a trip to Canton Trade Days. Then I went with her to Hobby Lobby and remember w…

4 years ago...

4 years ago today, something called Katrina happened to the city that I love. We all know what happened. As so often is the case with us fickle Americans, I believe that many have already begun to forget.


While things have continued to improve since the initial flood waters receded, you still see homes like this...
and once bustling streets lined with homes, still look like this...
But some of the bigger issues that still need addressing are the state of the levies and the bayou. The levies cannot sustain a category 4 or 5 today. More importantly, the state of the wetlands has got to fixed. We have to save the bayou or catastrophes like Katrina will only happen more and more often. Click HERE to read information at National Geographic about the state of the wetlands. This isn't a "tree hugger" "Environmentalist nut" issue. This is a plain and simple fact and possibly one of the biggest environmental issues in the world today. You see as miles and miles and …

Roosters Everywhere!

Welcome to my Rooster Party! At first I thought, I have a couple of roosters, I'll join the party. Then I started taking pictures of them all...and was startled to find how many I have! They are all over my kitchen! "When did that happen?", I thought to myself.



Here is how it all started...
I found this fabric that had french writing on it...AND roosters. My grandma made some valances for my kitchen windows. Then of course I needed placemats and napkins for the breakfast table...

Then I found this lamp for the kitchen at a good price and got it...
A little hook to hold dish towels...
I found this guy in an antique store. I don't think he is antique but I know that he is solid wood and could be used as a weapon... I love him. He lives on top of the ice box.
Then these pictures got added...
Then this rug. Actually this is Rooster rug, version 4 or 5. Lola likes to eat Rooster rugs when she is bored.
Finally, the last addition. I didn't have anything hanging in th…

Food for Thought

I get very upset when I hear people speak badly about Ted Kennedy. I've seen some deplorable e-mails and even read some blogs that are really disparaging. I don't care if you agree with what he stood for or not (though I'll get to that in a minute). And I'm not forgetting that he was a flawed human, but I would argue who among us is not.

The way I see it, he was a great man because he dedicated his life to public service. In my book that is one of the greatest things a person can do. It's a quality I admire greatly and feel like I don't do enough. Yes it was easier for him to be in public service because he was a man of wealth, but he dedicated his life to helping those less fortunate. He could have spent all his days doing what he loved, sailing in the Cape, but he didn't. He worked tirelessly for 47 years in the Senate. It is not "attempts by the liberals to elevate him to sainthood" as I've read many write, that has caused respecta…

A Rooster Party

It's a Rooster Party! What's a rooster party? I'm not really sure, but I think people are getting together to post photos of "their roosters". I thought it sounded wacky, so I signed up. I have a rooster or two around, I thought, why not...Good lord, I was astounded by how many roosters I have! Check it out on Friday.

Also, join the other 172 blogs participating in the Rooster Party. Go to the blog listed on the above button and join in. I discovered at the Christmas in July party that it is a great way to discover new blogs and to have your blog discovered by others.

I know, I know

I know, I know. You hate bloggers who can't manage to get it all in one blog per day, right? Well, I'm going to blame it on the lack of sleep. I must be delerious because I forgot to the post the funniest moments from today! They are too funny and I must share.

First of all, a little background on the trip down to the Children's Home... There are two of us attorneys on the case. Another lady is acting as the actual attorney on the case. She does what the juvenile wants. My role is as the guardian of the child. My role is to act as the parent, to do what is in the child's best interest and make a recommendation to the court if there is a conflict between what the child wants and what I think is best. So this other attorney has been to the Home before and rode down on the 2 1/2 hour trip.

First funny thing of the day is that the juvenile, who was being transported by his sister, headed in the wrong direction. They headed to Texarkana instead of Waco, which resulted …

Childrens Home, Dogs and Shopping

I got up at the crack o' dawn again this morning (I recognize that people wake up at this time all over the place, but not me. Or Lola.) I had to be in Waco at 10:00 for one of my juvenile's interview. I was trying to get him in the Waco Methodist Home. I hadn't been there personally, so while I was there I took a tour.

It is soooo darn nice! It's a really beautiful campus. It looks like a smaller private college or I think if I had photos and told you it was some fancy pants boarding school, you'd totally believe me. I haven't heard whether my client got in yet, but I'm sure hoping so. He is a smart kid and isn't really bad. He just doesn't have anyone capable or willing to actually parent him. Sad situation, but I hope this will save him before he goes off the deep end and can't be saved. Plus I've got no idea what to do with him if they don't take him!

As far as not finding a home... it seems that our "new neighbor" I blogged …

Ugggghhhhh!

Ugggghhhh! This is going to be the longest week ever. I just know it.

It started out last night when I was trying to mow the yard. First, I was mowing along and stepped on a rock that borders my flowerbed. The rock flipped over, and crashed into my ankle and I fell into a tree. The tree caught me, but I'm certain I was a vision of grace! Then a few minutes later as I was mowing along I heard a loud crack. You know what it was? It was the other back wheel on my mower cracking and breaking off! Seriously? I was just trying to get the whole thing mowed so I could start the week off right!

This morning of course, I had to wake up at 5:40 so that I could leave for class by 6:25. I didn't sleep all that well. You know how when you know you are going to have to wake up early and it prevents you from sleeping? That was me last night.

I have class again tonight from 7-9:45, then Wednesday and Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. and then Thursday night from 7-9:45. As if that isn't enough, I h…

New Neighbor

We have new neighbors. Well, let me clarify... A new family moved into the house next door about 6 months ago. I was happy to get new neighbors because the couple that lived there before constantly struggled to keep it up due to financial difficulties. These new people bought it and did renovations for a solid month before moving in. I was very hopeful that they would be good neighbors. Then they let all the existing grass in the front yard die and didn't mow their weeds for 3 months! My hopes faded...

The new family is a Middle Eastern family (only relevant for parts of the story below) and consists of a Mom, Grandma (sometimes) and two son's (both 19 -25 yrs of age).

Then last weekend, this guy appeared...
These new folks live on the side of my yard with the crappy fence, so a picket is missing and has never been replaced. Our new friend loves to come check us out. He even gets so excited that he paws at the fence and I'm afraid it is so dilapidated, he will come …

Petit Fours

I love petit fours. They can be a little pricey, so I decided that I was going to learn to make them. Several years ago, I tore an article out of the newspaper with a recipe and instructions for petit fours. I bought the ingredients about a month ago and since I have so much that I need to do in preparation for school starting on Monday why not procrastinate and make petit fours.

First of all, I think this was a bad recipe. But what I really learned was that petit fours are worth every single darn penny the bakeries charge for them! I threw the whole batch of cake and icing into the trash and topped off that heap of mess with the darn recipe cut-out from the paper!

In other drama...my e-bay account was hacked. I don't shop e-bay often and the other day I was trying to purchase a product that has been discontinued and I deperately wanted. I couldn't remember my user id. I kept hitting the "I can't remember my user id" button and they kept saying they had e-m…

Blocking my Chi

I went to Dallas today to meet up with a blog friend whom (or who?) I had never met in person. I met up with Robin of Spotted-Bird's Nest at Northpark and we had lunch at La Duni. After that we shopped around for a little while. It was so fun to meet someone you feel like you already really know. So I've met one of you blog friends now, several more to go!

Then on my way out of Neiman's I stopped to see my make-up lady, Lettie (make-up lady of 12 years in case you haven't heard that story). I just needed to refill a few products, but then some new colors were screaming my name. I didn't really ever get new colors for summer...well I did, but I returned them and just ended up recycling from a few summers ago.

Lettie said "You have to try this new line of make-up Kara". Lettie has never steered me wrong. She's steered me into debt, but never wrong on make-up.

I sat down and around the counter came this force of nature named Burton. Burton is fresh…

Spontaneous Shopapalooza

We've had a busy week and not really any loafing around, so Jennifer and I took a little advantage of the fact that we didn't have any pressing issues to deal with this afternoon and headed out at lunch to "run a few errands".

We did run a few errands, but it really turned into a spontaneous shopapalooza!

I got some Christmas presents and upcoming Birthday presents for some little ones that I buy for. Then it was all about me.

I got a cute outfit at the Ann Taylor Outlet: a pair of dressy capri type slacks to wear with my new tall boots when fall finally arrives, or heels now, as well as a sweater set. It was all on sale and then a sales lady gave me another 15% off. I'm there a lot. Not always for me, but I drag my friends there as their personal shopper, so the long-term employees always hook me up with a deal!

At Old Navy I got a cute top for $10 and then at the Gap Outlet I got a pair of Jeans for $24, so you can't really pass up those deals.Then I went to th…

Helpful?

This... is not helpful!
Lola loves to lay on the keyboard so that I cannot do whatever it is that I'm trying to do!

Sunny Days...

Sunny Days, sweepin' the clouds away, On my way to where the air is sweet. Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

This is just brilliant! Two of my favorites paired together...Sesame Street and Fashion!

Harper's Bazaar is doing a photo spread pairing designers with Sesame characters in honor of Sesame's 40th Anniversary. I tried to copy some of the pics from HB's website, but they came out small, so I've copied these off of CocoPerez... You can go to Harper Bazaar to see all of the images.

One of my two favorite characters, Abby Cadabby with Vera Wang... My other favorite, Elmo with Carolina Herrera...
Oscar the Grouch with none other than Oscar de la Renta...
And Diana vonFurstenberg with Big Bird.
Love, Love, Love it!

Halloween Finds

I recognize that Halloween is two and a half months away, but if you are going to decorate for it, then you have even less time. So I have put together an early bird Halloween find list for you. I have been really into looking at Fall stuff all over the place. I think because it makes me feel like cooler weather must certainly be just around the corner!

You know I purchased the Halloween Tree the other day. I will need a Tree skirt for it. I plan to make my own. I did one several years ago for my Valentine's Day tree, but I have found these online. I got some good ideas, but I really want more of a combo of all of them, so we'll see how it turns out...


I found this for you guys with kiddos. It is at Ballard Designs and is super clearanced. It was $12, but is now $3.99.

If I were a kid, I would totally want this cupcake costume from Pottery Barn Kids...
PBK also had a couple of countdown to Halloween items that I thought were cute if you had kids...

Yankee Candle has some really …

Inspiration

What a week! I finished classes last night. I have most grades done for one of my classes and will have to tackle the other one tomorrow. I had to go down to Dallas this afternoon for a continuing legal education class. I was down there trying to figure out what new laws the legislature passed this past session and how that will impact my clients. The one thing I found out that will probably impact the most Texans reading this blog is that it is now illegal to not wear a seat belt no matter what your age or where you are sitting in the car...or at least it will be as of September 1st. Yes, that means you adults sitting in the backseat.

This morning I got up early to watch Cory Booker on CSPAN. You may or may not know who Cory is. You may have seen him last weekend on "Meet the Press" with Mayor Bloomberg or in the July 27th edition of Time Magazine. Cory is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He went to Stanford and played football there, was a Rhodes Scholar and went to Yale La…

The Fight

Ladies and Gentlemen take your seats and turn your attention toward the ring. It is an epic battle 4 years in the making...The battle for lightweight champion of the backyard!

In one corner, we have Lola, the great white huntress. She is undefeated in her previous bouts with rats, mice, birds and an opossum. But this is the match-up she has longed for...
In the opposite corner, we have Mr. Squirrel. His fighting record is a little shaky, but we know he's been dodging this fight for quite some time and has even been known to taunt Lola.
Yes, that's right. We had the match of all match-ups today in my back yard.

Let me set the scene... I'm on the endless phone call with Time Warner Cable because I'm bundling services to save a few bucks. I go let Lola outside. A bit later, while still on the phone with Gayla, the TWC rep, I go to let Lola in. I see her with something. I think to myself, It's brown and fuzzy...oh what is that! Oh crap! Lola has a squirrel and it is sti…