Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Valentines, Rodeo, and a Happy Birthday!

What makes a great Valentine's gift....? Why, tickets to the rodeo to see Josh Turner of course!
Last week Mr. San Antonio took me out to dinner and bought me beautiful yellow/orange tulips and surprised me with tickets to see Josh Turner. Josh Turner has one of my all time favorite songs, "Would you go with me".
 
"Would you go with me if we rolled down streets of fire
Would you hold on to me tighter as the summer sun got higher
If we roll from town to town and never shut it down

Would you go with me if we were lost in fields of clover
Would we walk even closer until the trip was over
And would it be okay if I didn't know the way

If I gave you my hand would you take it
And make me the happiest man in the world
If I told you my heart couldn't beat one more minute without you, girl
Would you accompany me to the edge of the sea
Let me know if you're really a dream
I love you so, so would you go with me..."etc.

The concert and rodeo were great. I've briefed you on some of our previous rodeo experiences. This time did not include a roller coaster held together with duck tape and super glue. But we did see bull riders and the FFA kids chase down calves. And we once again marveled at how different city life is from country life.
 
Before the rodeo I attended a women's retreat with our church ladies. We talked about resting and the character traits that emerge from a woman when she is truly at rest with God in her soul. And we talked about relationships and the importance of having deep friendships with other women. It made me so thankful for all the friends in my life and especially for the girls who I can talk to about anything. And made me realize I should call them more often!
 
I'd like to end by saying "Happy Birthday" to my wonderful husband, the one and only Mr. San Antonio. Today we'll be celebrating with lots of family at his parents' house. But last night I wanted to celebrate just the two of us so I baked him a cake. It was a chocolate bourbon bundt cake. And let me tell you... it was not for the faint of heart. Or for those under the age of 21. Here's the recipe if you'd like to try it for your next celebratory event... http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chocolate_bourbon_cake/  like the fact that it's Tuesday. It's ok, I won't judge you if you sometimes need chocolate and bourbon to get through the rest of your week.

Till next time,
The PB

Friday, February 11, 2011

Search for a new nest

For the past few months Mr. San Antonio and I have been on the search for a house to buy. Our desire for a home was originally fueled during the months of summer when we were on our diet of salads and ice cream, and risked blowing a circuit because of all the fans we had plugged into the outlets.


But as the weather became more pleasant, our search took a back seat. We would occasionally call a realtor to request a tour of a home, but over and over again we would walk away feeling that our apartment was more appealing than the house. And you know if we think the apartment trumps the house - then the house must not have much going for it.

Then January hit, and Texas has not been spared the Arctic conditions that have surprised the south this winter. After two weeks of wearing our ski clothes indoors, waking up to snow and ice, and having our little portable heaters consistently struggle to pass the 55 degree mark, we decided to renew our search.

This past weekend we drove past a house we had seen online. As we peaked through the windows, snuck into the back yard, and tried to act as though we weren't creepers, we began to fall in love. The house is vacant, and we immediately called the number on the "for sale" sign to request a tour. Two hours later we were inside and while we maintained neutral faces and asked practical questions like "does the house have central AC and heat?", we were secretly picking out paint colors and imagining our future children playing in the backyard.

Now it has been a few days, three out of our four parents have also peaked in the windows, and we're in conversation with our own realtor to make an offer.

When did I get old enough to buy a house? Since when does the fact that the garage has washer/dryer hook-ups make me want to jump up and down and do a jig? How did I get to the point where the idea of power washing the limestone exterior sounds like a fun weekend activity?

The house is definitely not ours. There still needs to be an inspection to make sure the add-on in the back isn't going to collapse on our heads. We need to make sure the wires hanging out the sides of the house are indeed up to code, and I'd like to inspect the stove to see if it breathes fire.

But that hasn't stopped Mr. San Antonio from waking up in the morning, having dreamt of installing crown molding.

We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, please send us a box of warm air so we can take off our gloves. It's hard to type like this.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Ok... this is a cold front

 Today we woke up to this! There have been rumors all week of our city getting snow... but I was skeptical. But when I was awoken by a text from my boss saying he was delaying our start time today, Mr. San Antonio and I got up and saw this out our window!

 We celebrated by making pancakes (a total splurge on a weekday) and bundled up and went for a walk around the silent city.

Here is one of the main highways that cuts through the city. It was completely deserted.

The sun is clearing up the roads and Mr. SA finally headed to the office a few minutes ago. In another hour or two I'll probably venture out as well.

In the mean time I'm huddled around our two space heaters that are registering 58 degrees right now (a HUGE upswing from the 46 degrees they registered last night); and looking at houses for sale that have heat, and central AC, and all those other little things that this Pampered Bird longs for.

Stay warm friends!

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