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A little Lola

It's been quite some time since I posted anything about my baby.  Here's what Lola's been up to this week...

This is a photo of my home office. While I work, she drags toys and bones into the office. 
Cast of Characters from left to right (names as Lola knows them):  Mouse in Overalls, Lola (of course), Minnie, Curvy Bone, Ellie, Orange Bone, Piglet, Wiggle Bone, Pink Bone, (another) Wiggle Bone & Wiener Dog...

This past weekend, she was sitting like a statue.  She didn't move for several minutes.  While I think she might have been stoned on Sudafed for her allergies, I still thought she looked cute...


And that is what spoiled Lola has been up to!

Les Miserables

I love Les Miserables.  I have seen it twice in Dallas, on Broadway in New York City and in the West End of London.  I often listened to the entire soundtrack as I drove between Lubbock and Nocona because there was no radio reception and that was way before the time of ipods.  It was an easy CD to keep in my CD changer and it would keep me alert with all the singing along that I did (my poor dog Macy had to listen!). 

If that wasn't enough, I recently had a friend move to a street called Bastille and I cannot drive to her house without singing to myself "...Do you hear the people sing?  Singing a song of angry men.  It is the music of the people who will not be slaves again!".  Total dork, I know!

Anyway, I'm super excited that the teaser trailer for the new movie adaptation has been released. 



I think it's going to be phenomenal.  Just look at this lineup:

Tom Hooper (of The King's Speech) is the Director.
Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean.  Let me repeat... Hu…

Can't Get Enough of Ryan Star

Ryan Star was in Dallas on Monday night.  Woo-hoo!  Of course I headed down to Deep Ellum to see him. 
My friend Abby thinks that he always looks angry when he sings... I say it's intensity 
But he is really the nicest guy you'll ever meet, and I was happy that I snapped a photo of him looking like it...
It was a great show.  I finally got to hear him sing one of the songs I've always wanted to hear him sing live.  I got a few hugs after the show and we discussed his going back into the studio to turn out a new record soon, his coming back to Dallas with his full band next time, and what he is reading now and reading next. 

He also mentioned that he knows I come to all his Dallas shows and how very appreciative he is.  Nicest.  Guy.  Ever!  Hope that doesn't ruin his Rock Star image.

The trip home...

Our short little road trip came to a close on Tuesday.  We woke up to a foggy morning on the Mississippi...

We didn't head back via the same route we traveled on Saturday though.  We drove north a bit and headed towards Vicksburg.  On the way to Vicksburg, we took a little off the beaten path stop by the Windsor Ruins outside of Port Gibson, MS. 

Windsor Ruins was formerly known as Windsor Plantation.  It was a 2600 acre plantation.  The home was completed in 1861.  Sadly the owner who built the home died only a couple of weeks after the completion at the age of 34 (kicking the bucket not long after building a grand house seemed to be a constant theme among these grand homes).  The home survived the civil war and was occupied by both Union and Confederate troops.  Mark Twain even stayed at the home and used the roof observatory to look out at the Mississippi River.  Then a guest at a dinner party was careless with his cigar (or cigarette) and burned the whole place down on Februa…

Monday in Natchez

So a week ago, I was on my second full day of my Natchez tour of homes.  We started the day's tour with Monmouth.  Monmouth has been turned into a hotel and restaurant, so it only offers tours at 10 a.m.

Monmouth had Zuber paper in the entry hall...
Aside from it's beauty, another thing that I love about the Zuber murals is that he often depicted places that he had never actually been.  So he just used his imagination.  In one house (Rosalie, I think), the Zuber paper was of scenes from India.  But Zuber had never been to India, and in his imagination, there were pyramids in India.  Here in Monmouth's murals, Zuber painted scenes of America, but he had also never been here.
Boston Harbor complete with it's moss covered trees...
And Niagara Falls with sailboats bobbing around...
Obviously, two things you'd never really see!

Here is a Waterford Chandelier that was originally a gasolier...

After our tour of Monmouth, we drove by a couple of other homes that you can to…