The Walking Dead Escape

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My mom is crazy obsessed with The Walking Dead.  It's her favorite show right now, and she NEVER misses an episode.  Ever.  So, naturally, when I told her The Walking Dead Escape was coming to Houston, she obsessed over that for weeks before deciding that she simply could NOT pass up the opportunity to be a Walker.  And not wanting to be a Walker alone, she bought both of us tickets.

Now, what is The Walking Dead Escape, you ask?  It's a post-apocalyptic obstacle course where Survivors run from Walkers.  Well, not necessarily run, but more like run, dodge, avoid, sneak past, out-smart, and escape from The Horde of Walkers.  All while not trying to lose their minds or become infected.  Good times!

Mom and I had to arrive 2 hours before our scheduled time to be on the course so we could get into full zombie makeup.  I'm no stranger to zombification and it was nice for once to not have to do my own makeup.  We got a quick lesson on how to be zombies, and then we were released onto the course.

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We got to shamble and moan and search for braaiiiiiins for about 2 hours on the course.  We were in a prime location, too.  The Horde we were in was the very first LARGE group of Walkers that all the Survivors encountered, and our location was perfect for creating a bottleneck that Survivors had to really swerve, twist, and get crafty to get past us.  It was so satisfying to scare the crap out of everyone.  The whole thing was SO. MUCH. FUN!!!

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Dennis and Jack came as spectators to cheer us on....although they didn't know which obstacle we were stationed at.  They probably saw us, but didn't realize it.  There were HUNDREDS of Walkers, so it wasn't exactly easy to pick us out of the Horde.  I was a little worried that Jack would get scared, but Dennis said he was fascinated by everything.  When we met up with them after we were done trying to eat Survivors, and at first, Jack was really confused by me and Mom.  He didn't recognize us, but as soon as he heard our voices he figured out who we were he ran right to us.  And he had no problem whatsoever requesting a little boobie time.

see, he wasn't even phased that I was trying to eat his brains 


Apparently, while waiting for Mom and I to get done, Jack started photobombing people when they were standing in front of The Walking Dead Escape backdrop.  It would've been great if we had remembered the makeup we were going to use to turn Jack into a little Walker.

Afterwards, we all went out to dinner; Mom and I still in full makeup.  Somehow NOBODY said anything about our appearance.  We even rode on the MetroRail and nobody said anything.  We hardly even got weird looks.  People these days....

I REALLY hope The Walking Dead Escape comes back to Houston.  And if when it does, I'm absolutely going to do this again.  Only next time, I'm going to pay a little extra to run the course as a Survivor first, then get turned into a Walker.  If this event is coming to a city anywhere near you, you should definitely check it out!

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May the 4th Be With You

In case you've never been on the Internet before now, today is Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you).  I'm all for silly holidays and observances, so in the spirit of Star Wars Day, I've rounded up some cool Star Wars merchandise for your shopping pleasure.  I only wish I was an affiliate at ANY of these sites, but alas, I am not.  So shop away, knowing no money will make it's way to my account.  Or just browse around, whichever makes you happy (and if you want to buy any of this stuff for ME, I won't object).  And because I can't just say it once, May the 4th be with you.

Artoo 2.0

Artoo and Threepio leggings

Threepio Swimsuit

R2D2 measuring cups

Toddler T's

Darth Vader and Son

seat covers

Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

And to maintain full disclosure, as much as I love Star Wars, I'm much more of a Star Trek kinda girl.

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5 Favorite Posts

Happy Weekend, everyone!  I seem to be doing my Blog Every Day in May posts a little out of order, but that's the fun of it!  I can write my regular posts, and if I'm lacking in inspiration or time, I can just look at the topic calendar and let that inspire me.  Win-win!

Today I'll share with you my 5 favorite blog posts from my archives.  I thought this would be an easy post to write, but only choosing 5 posts was much harder than I thought it would be.  But here they are, in no particular order:

And because I'm terribly indecisive, here are 5 more posts I really like:

So that's just a little sample of what I have going on in my little corner of the Interweb.  Poke around a little and get to know me....because I still haven't written an About Me section.

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Day in the Life, May 1, 2014

Here we are again, at the start of another month!  I would love to say something profound about the passage of time and how to live in the moment and not take things for granted.  But Jack has been sick, neither of us is sleeping well, and I'm just too tired to attempt to be profound.  It's the first of the month, and as you know, on the first of every month, I take one photo an hour to document my day.  I use Instagram, and (shocker) I've had my profile set on public for a month, and it's only a little weird to me.  I don't plan anything special for the day (at least not for photography's sake), I just go about my business and roughly once every 60 minutes I snap a photo of whatever it is that I'm doing.  You should really play along someday!!!

Yesterday wasn't the best of days.  Jack is still running a fever and was restless all night long.  We're not really early risers, but we slept MUCH later than usual, not getting our day started until 10am!  Dennis was off work, but we hardly saw each other because our to-do lists did not coincide at all.  And Jack was sick, so we were pretty much homebound (even though he wasn't really feverish during the day).  You win some, you lose some.

10 am
sick baby

11 am
wearing Daddy's socks

12 pm
playing with water

1 pm

2 pm
finally doing something productive

3 pm
Dennis brought me a cookie

4 pm
awake from nap, nursing back to sleep

5 pm
finally back to productivity

6 pm
done enough - still needs tweaking

7 pm
going out to dinner
financially irresponsible, but after the day we had, we needed a treat

8 pm
dinner at a food truck park near our house
we randomly stumbled upon the food trucks
we do not need to know they are this close to our house

9 pm
it just wouldn't be a day without Home Depot, now would it

I didn't get a 10 pm shot because I was putting Jack to bed.  Miracle of miracles, he fell asleep pretty easily and actually stayed asleep most of the night.  Good thing, too, because Dennis had to be up early for work the next morning, and I was planning on getting up early so I could get a few things done.

5 am

6 am

7 am
please go back to sleep
Mommy has work to do

I usually try to capture 24 full hours of a day, but I forgot to take an 8am and 9am picture because we were rushing to get out of the house to get somewhere on time.  Oh well.  It's been a crazy couple of weeks.

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April Wrap-Up and Photo Dump, Plus a Kitchen Report

April was a busy month.  A very busy month.  It's now the end of my self declared Kitchen Month, and it looks like Kitchen Month will be extended into May.  I'm not terribly surprised because I gave myself a monstrous list of things to accomplish (including things Dennis didn't expect to be added to his honey-do list), but we did alright.  Especially considering Jack has been sick off and on for the last 2 weeks which significantly puts a damper on our ability to get stuff done around the house.  And several times during the month, we chose to do fun family stuff instead of staying home and working on things.....which is okay.  I'd rather live with the house in chaos a little longer to go out and enjoy fun things as a family.

I wasn't able to cross off many more things after my mid-month Kitchen Progress Report, but here's where I am on that crazy to-do list:

  • paint the kitchen cabinets  in progress (seriously, still in progress)
  • finish unpacking the few kitchen boxes that are left (i.e. find an appropriate home for everything)
  • finally bring over the remaining kitchen stuff from the old house (I know, I know, we still have stuff at the old house)  okay, so there are still a couple of random things there, but this is close enough to being done for me to say it's done
  • only put functional/pretty things on the new open shelves I know I will change what's on the shelves, but it works for now
  • write a post about the new open shelves
  • clear counters but then they got messy in progress
  • post about our solution to our Ikea pantry that didn't fit (and yes, that happened almost a year ago SPOILER ALERT:  we didn't have to tear out the ceiling)
  • post about the new cabinets behind the stove
  • (maybe) sew curtains (or at least pick fabric?)
  • finish installing the quarter round
  • paint all trim
  • purchase and install crown molding on new cabinets to match slightly less new cabinets
  • purchase and install toe kick under new pantry cabinet
  • purchase and install plinth between pantry and wall
  • install new kitchen lights
  • purchase and install above fridge cabinet (I know we can't afford this right now, but I can dream)
  • build catwalks (again, we aren't going to have the money/time for this, but it's part of the long term plan)
  • install tile backsplash (again, no money, but part of the long term plan)
  • make/purchase spice rack* (again, money)
  • post about our "mudroom" solution at the back door
  • hang clock and wall art
  • get wall art from old house (I know, I know)  I went looking for the art I wanted and couldn't find it....and now as I'm typing this, I think I remember where I put it at the old place.....
  • make snack station and spot for Jack's kitchen toys
Right now, if I can just finish with the painting, I'll feel good.  That way I can at least put the kitchen back together and feel like I've accomplished something.  Soon.  It will happen soon.

What else distracted me this month?  Easter:  Jack saw the Easter Bunny (and it went surprisingly well), and I got to wear a cute Easter dress.  And, I have to wade through over 700 pictures for the photo goes....

The weather has been wonderfully unseasonable nice for Houston and we've tried to capitalize on that as much as we can.  Jack and I have been spending lots of time at Hermann Park, and now that he's got this whole walking thing down, we had a blast playing in The Nest.

He's also getting really good at playing at the playground.

Jack thinks spaghetti is really funny.

My MIL gave me a picture of Dennis when he was 18 months....I am now convinced that we had my husband cloned as a redhead.  I seriously thought my MIL had taken Jack for portraits and was very confused because he doesn't have an outfit like this one:

To whomever invented these grocery carts, I love you.

We had to get creative to entertain Jack in the car.  Music lessons are in his future.

Our lawnmower wouldn't start, so Dennis and Jack tried to fix it.

There's lots of construction going on in part of Hermann Park.  One day on my run, I saw the construction crew relocating a full grown oak tree.  It was cray-cray.

Easter!!!  This really should get it's own post....
this photo is courtesy of my B-I-L, Steve 

The Walking Dead Escape!!!  This should really get it's own post, too....

Jack has been a finicky eater lately, especially being sick, but he LOVES fries.  And he wants you to love them, too.

I have also amassed even more evidence that my son thinks he's one of the cats.  We need to start going on some play dates...

Jack also turned 18 months old this month.  I can't believe it!  I took a wonderful idea from Victoria over at Poverty Luxe, and decided to celebrate his half birthday.  Growing up an only child, I was very into birthdays and always noted my own half birthday, so I thought this would be a fun tradition to start.  I planned Jack's favorite dinner and I bought a cake mix.  Our day was crazy busy that day; it happened to fall on my busiest day of the week, and Dennis was working a night shift.  My plan was to cook dinner that morning and package it up so Jack and I could take it to Den's work and we could all eat dinner together.  I dropped Jack at my MIL's (who kindly baked the cake for me - I had to delegate; I was running out of time!), but that evening, when I picked him up, Jack was running quite a fever and was feeling horrible.  Dinner plans had to be cancelled and nothing was celebrated.  I felt so bad for Jack.  The very first time he ever got sick was the day before his first birthday, and now he was sick for his half birthday.  Oh well, guess we'll just have to try again next year.

One new addition to my blog is advertising and swapping.  I'm not 100% ready to charge for advertisements, but I'm all about swapping sidebar ads.  Click the link at the top and it'll take you to my Passionfruit store.  Let's share the love!!!

I've also decided to take on the Blog Every Day in May challenge from Rosalilium.  I probably won't be following all of the writing prompts, but it's nice to have inspiration at my fingertips if I'm feeling blocked.  I've definitely got plenty of exciting things to write about!  There have been some awesome stuff going on behind the scenes here, and I can't wait to spill the beans!  Good things are happening, so stay tuned!!!

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