Top 10 of 2016

2016 - so many say you are a cursed year, and while you were a rough year, I don't think you were cursed.  For me personally, you were pretty meh.  I feel like I was in a holding pattern throughout most of the year and didn't make much forward movement (but staying in place is better than going backwards).  But I'm not here to complain about you, 2016.  I'm here to collect my Top Ten moments from you.  Every year for the past forever, and inspired by my best friend Daniel, I've been making a Top Ten list for the year, and I can't think of a more important year to single out the good from.  The idea is that no matter how difficult a year has been, you have to come up with the top ten significant moments from your life - the original rules were to come up with ten good things from the year, but not all significant things are good things.  So here's my Top Ten of 2016

  1. I wrote more blog posts in 2016 than ever before (but even with that much writing, my blog still seems to lack direction - get it together, Brogan, srsly).  Side note:  I also had a pin on Pinterest go semi-viral.
  2. I got paid actual money for blogging - not a lot, but still, real money
  3. I made my return to the stage and acted in two plays
  4. I completed the Run Houston Race Series
  5. Jack potty trained himself (at this party, lol)!!
  6. We went backyard camping
  7. We stayed in the Tee Pee Motel and visited the State Capitol
  8. My Mom and Dad got back together and my relationship with my paternal family is being repaired
  9. We had a HUGE plumbing back-up and had to rip out the floor to fix it
  10. I cut my hair again (because I was falling back into the pattern of pulling my hair up into a bun/ponytail)
Honorable mention:  We bought a new (to us) truck (of my dreams), and then 6 days later it broke, so 2016 got in some bitch slaps, for sure, lol.

Looking back, 2016 wasn't all that bad.  That's why I like making a Top 10 list - it really puts the year in new perspective.  Not to say that a lot of crap didn't happen in 2016, too, but even in a rough year, there's good there, too.  I hope 2016 wasn't too terrible for you, and if you feel like putting together your own Top 10 list, I'd love it if you shared them here with me.  I'll leave this link-up open all month if you'd like to add your own Top Ten or year end wrap up post!  Here's to a great 2017!!!


Weekend Snapshots 49

I'm getting oh so close to being caught up with my Weekend Snapshots!!!  Yay!!!  Things have been so crazy since October and now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!  Although just because TRF is over doesn't mean I wasn't incredibly busin in December.  Remember to show some love to my Snapshots inspiration, Ariana at 3TwentySix and be sure to look for our new Snapshots linkup format for 2017.  This week's edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by Astronaut Jack at Space Center Houston!

Saturday:  I was supposed to participate in the last run of the Run Houston Run Series for 2016, but the race had filled up before I could register (and the race schedule would've prevented me from getting to the theatre on time), so I chose to participate virtually.  I woke up super early, and went to my usual jogging trail to get in my last 5K for the year.  It was cool and rainy and perfect for running.  My time wasn't my best or my worst for the year, and considering I hadn't run other than on a treadmill in months, I'm super happy with my time.  I had to go straight from running to the theatre for our opening performance of The Velveteen Rabbit.  Dennis brought Jack to see the show and everything went really well.  They stayed during the second performance (and played on the playground), so we all left the theatre at the same time and ran some errands.  It was some nice family time.

Weekend Snapshots 48 - Thanksgiving and Closing Weekend at TRF

Finally, the last weekend of the Texas Renaissance Festival.  I'm still playing catch up with Weekend Snapshots - I'm getting close to being current on the link-up and have new plans for how the link-up will run in 2017.  Make sure to show some love to Ariana at 3TwentySix for hanging in with me on this project in 2016 - she is the inspiration for it, after all!

Thursday:  Thanksgiving Day!!!  One of the best Thanksgivings I've had in quite some time.  I mean, Thanksgiving is always a nice get together with Den's family, but this year the gathering was larger than usual, all the young cousins were there and it was just really, really nice.  We ate way too much food (Jack opted for cheese and crackers because he's a weirdo), I ate at the kid's table, and we had a nice bonfire in the backyard after dinner.

Weekend Snapshots 47

I'm still playing catch up with my Weekend Snapshots - between Faire and all the holidays, I just haven't been able to write the way I'd like, but I'm determined to get all my Snapshots posts for 2016 done before the end of the year!!!  This edition is brought to you by Dennis sneaking up on Jack out at TRF.  This was the second to last weekend of Faire and I was really starting to feel the fatigue.  Make sure to hang in there with  my Snapshots posts, to check out Ariana at 3TwentySix's posts, and look for a little change in the way the link-up is run for 2017!!!

Saturday:  Saturday morning, I had to go to the theatre to do our promotional photos for The Velveteen Rabbit.  I had to take Jack to my MIL's at an hour much earlier than he's usually up and I totally felt like a Mom Boss for getting Jack out of bed, dressed, and into the car without waking him up!!!  I haven't been able to replicate that since then, but a win is a win.  When I went to pick up Jack, he was playing with the boy who lives next door to my MIL - they've become quite the buddies.  I'm so glad he's got a friend!!!  It's tough when he's not in any daycare or preschool and I don't have any mommy friends.  That evening at Faire, we celebrate Thanksgiving with our extended family of friends from Faire.  It was cold that evening, so Jack ended up bundled up in my one winter coat.  We ate too much, and everything was delicious (Dennis kept setting aside the fried turkey skin for me - so delicious!!!)

Sunday Confessions 50

I confess:  I started my period yesterday.  While wearing my all white costume during a performance.  However, because I don't trust my body, I was prepared!!!  I was wearing two (yes TWO) pairs of underwear with a pad in each pair.  I know that sounds excessive, but better than the alternative of ending up looking like a crime scene while performing a children's play.  Take that, Mother Nature.

I confess:  I have this weird obsessions with having clean ears.  Like, I'm always cleaning out my ear canals, but that's usually not enough for me.  Like, I can SEE into Den's ear canals, and my tiny pinky fingers are the PERFECT size to dig out any ear wax I can see in his ears.  So I'm always digging in his ears (he makes A LOT of ear wax - it's a treasure trove in there).  There's something so oddly satisfying in cleaning out his ears, and although he lets me, he apparently hates it.  So now I'm going to have to stop doing it and I'm totally bummed.

I confess:  For several months last year, I was super on top of all my domestic housewifey type duties and it was the most difficult thing I've ever done.  Sure, the house was somewhat more clean (and maybe a tiny bit more organized) than usual, but I was exhausted - both mentally and physically.  Mentally because it was such a struggle to stay focused enough to do simple, basic home maintenance tasks, and physically because I'd be so lost at times I'd just pace the house not sure what to do and trying to stay that mentally focused was physically draining.  I keep thinking that if I can just figure out how to keep the house nice that everything else will fall into place - like, so many things I want to do are impeded by the fact that I need to clean up/clear space before I can begin instead of just being able to begin.  But I find it so difficult to do the basic house tasks that I'm too exhausted to do anything else.  So frustrating.

Linking up with United States of Becky

Sunday Confessions 49

I confess:  The costume I have to wear for one of the characters I play in The Velveteen Rabbit, the Toy Soldier, essentially wears all white.  I am terrified that I'm going to start my period during a performance and end up looking like I was in battle or something.  I think I would literally die onstage if that happened.

I confess:  In the last two weeks, I've eaten at Taco Bell and McDonalds more than I haven't.  I don't want to know what that's done to my blood pressure and cholesterol.  I am not proud.

I confess:  I usually end up spending at least half of every night in Jack's bed.  I know I'm going to miss the cuddles when he's a teen, but I'm desperate for a full, uninterrupted night's sleep in my own bed.

Linking up with United States of Becky

Weekend Snapshots 46

This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by an amazing sunset out at TRF.  I'm learning how to edit photos on my iPhone {afilliate} and this pic is the result of my tinkering with the editing.  Not much of note happened this weekend - just a typical couple of days at Faire.  I spent most of the weekend in pretty heavy mourning over the results of the election so I didn't leave our room much, hence not many pics this week.  Jack took a nap (shocker) and check out those lashes.  I swear boys get the best lashes.  It's also Jack's job to help Dennis light all the lanterns in our shop at sunset.  He looks forward to it all day long.  We did manage to go see the joust and Jack fed the joust horses some carrots after.  We bought 5 carrots - Jack fed 4 horses and himself, lol.

Don't forget to link up with me and Ariana at 3twentysix and have a great week!!!

Weekend Snapshots 45

The edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by Dennis and Jack working the Gutenberg Press out at TRF.  Part of the reason I've fallen so behind on Snapshots is because all the weekends out at Faire tend to run together (and I don't take as many pictures as I could/should).  There's not too many noteworthy things from this weekend, so this post is mostly a photo dump - Jack got a new fireman's helmet that he wanted to wear all weekend (until we traded hats for a little while), it was our turn to cook dinner for everyone (see that giant pork loin?!?), and Jack got some good practice in running the Press (he's known how since he was one).  Oh, and there was a great pillow fight between Dennis and Jack.  It was a typical weekend out at faire!

I'm including the link-up that matches this weekend - look for the most current snapshots post (coming up) to add your link!  Thanks to Ariana at 3twentysix for partnering on the link-up!!!


Weekend Snapshots 44

I'm back and playing catch-up with Weekend Snapshots!  It's been a month - a month - since I've made the time to sit down and go through my weekend pictures.  Like I said in this post, October made me it's bitch and I've been trying to play catch-up on all things in November.  So be prepared for a spamming of Snapshots posts, lol.  This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by Jack at the Louisiana State Fair - finally tall enough to ride the kiddie rides!!!  Lucky he is!

This particular weekend, Jack and I visited my Mom, so be prepared for lots of pics - it was Halloween weekend and we celebrated birthdays with my family, plus I took my Grandma to dinner theatre.  To say we were busy is an understatement.  Check out what we were up to and don't forget to link-up with the most recent Snapshots edition with me and Ariana at 3twentysix!

Sunday Confessions 48

I confess:  I've eaten most of Jack's Halloween chocolate.  We don't let him have unlimited access to candy and have his bucket hidden, but I can't seem to keep my hands out of it.  I'm at least leaving all the fruity/gummy candy that he likes.....but for how long?  But for how long?

I confess:  I sometimes daydream about being a stand-up comic.  People tell me I'm funny (mostly when I'm at parties or gatherings and am telling a goofy story), but I'm pretty sure I couldn't replicate that - and being a comic entails so much writing and as much as I write here and am trying to find  my voice, I'm not sure I would be able to actually write in a funny voice.  But it's fun to think about.

I confess:  I skipped going to the gym all last week (and I was doing pretty well on that front) because I donated blood.  I didn't really need to skip, but I was looking for any excuse and that was as good as any.

Linking up with United States of Becky

Sunday Confessions 44, 45, 46, & 47

I confess:  I'm behind on EVERYTHING - life, business, blogging, housewifery - you name it, I'm behind.  Which I'm sure you can tell from my absence from the interwebs.

I confess:  I haven't even turned on my computer in over a week and I don't want to think about my email inbox.

I confess:  It's felt equal parts good and bad to not be writing.  The more I don't write, the easier it is for me to keep not writing.  I even missed this month's Houston Bloggers meeting because I'm just not feeling bloggy at all.

I confess:  I don't think it's a matter of needing more time - I think I just need to learn how to manage my time.  I'm so inefficient.

I confess:  I'm embarrassed and ashamed to be an American right now.

I confess:  I'm also incredibly terrified for the worst case scenarios we're facing as a nation (and if you don't think bad shit is going to happen in the coming years, just look at Germany's history - I swear I see it barreling towards us like a freight train).

I confess:  The older I get, the more politically aware and active I become, but I know I could do so much more.  I feel guilty that I didn't do more during this election.

I confess:  I now have the idea in my head that I should run for office so I can actually affect some change.

I confess:  But I wonder if that's just a pipe dream or something I could actually do - after all, I do have pink hair, piercings, and tattoos - but if a pumpkin can get elected, surely I could, too.

I confess:  I'm equally torn in two directions - I have the overwhelming desire to get the fuck out of this country, yet I feel like this is my country and I need to stay and fight for what I believe in.

I confess:  I'm also already scared to fight too loudly and bring attention to my family that could negatively affect our being alive.

I confess:  Damn, it feels good to write again.

Linking up with United States of Becky

November Intentions

It happens every year.  I think I'm going to make it through October and November, but then November gets here and between the Renaissance Festival, our wedding anniversary, Jack's birthday, and Halloween, I'm completely spent.  October made me it's bitch like it always does.  Here we are, halfway through November and I'm just finding my footing - better late than never!  So let's get to my November Intentions with Angela from The Clutter Box and Jazmine from Fairy Lights & Dreams.

October Highs and Lows

October Highs

October is one of my favorite months, even if it slaps me around a little every year.  It's always full of a lot of highs and this October didn't disappoint.  Jack turned 4 (I can't believe how big he is!!!), we celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary with an amazing dinner at Sullivan's Steakhouse (has it really been that long?!?), and of course, we had a blast at Halloween.  Jack and I also got to see my Mom three times this month (we were there at the very beginning of the month, she visited us for Jack's birthday, and then we were there again at the end of the month).

October Lows

General overwhelm and mismanagement of time.  I'm really great at making a to-do list, but I'm awful at following through.  I knew I was overextending what I could reasonably get done with everything else going on in October, but I still think I could've managed my time better and gotten more done.

October Results

First off, let's see how I did in October.  I set lots of goals for myself in October full well knowing how crazy busy we are and that I most likely wouldn't get through all of them.  Normally, I set a bunch of goals for myself, don't accomplish the majority of them and then feel awful about myself.  Not this month - I mean, I didn't get through all of my goals, but I don't hate myself this time around.

Personal Goals

  • Workout 3 times a week every week in October - close, but no cigar.  I managed to go a couple of times a week for most of the month, then the week of Jack's brithday, I just lost my steam and had other things to focus on.  But I made a decent effort and I feel good about making that effort.
  • Use my bullet journal daily - and use my daily habit tracker - meh, sorta.  I used my bullet journal, but completely ignored my daily habit tracker.  I think I just had too many patterns I was trying to change this month and tracking new things wasn't a priority
  • Dye my hair back to a fun color - YES!!!  And I'm loving life as a pink-head again!
  • Print anniversary family photo - YES!!!  But, I still need to post our annual Reyna Family Photo here!
  • Plan Jack's birthday party - YES!!!  And it was perfect!!!

Blog Goals

  • Post 3 times a week - hahahahahahah.  no.
  • Catch up with and post regularly as part of the #FallForSYBL Instagram challenge - nope, nope, nope.
  • Add 40 new Pinterest followers.  Not sure.  I didn't write down where I was at the begining of the month because I thought I could bring up the numbers in TailWind, but I'm not paying for the top tier service, so I wasn't able to go back and look up the numbers.
  • Figure out why that share button is randomly floating at the top of all my posts & fix it.  Still need to do that.
  • Fix my Amazon Associates account - AGAIN, FFS - YES!!!!  Now if only I could start earning some affiliate income, that would be great!

Business Goals

  • Get space ready to rent - not even close.  I need to figure out why I'm dragging my feet on this one.
  • Send at least one (preferable two) newsletters - nope.  Why am I self sabotaging?!?
  • Research and place a Facebook ad (or two).  Nope.  Get it together, Brogan.
  • Set up at least one massage partnership for reciprocal referrals.  Nope.
  • Brainstorm holiday specials - kinda?  Didn't figure out any specials, but I did think about it.

Home Goals

  • Clean Jack's room and organize his toys - halfway there.  I got his room cleaned out, but I need to organize his toys.
  • Clean area of extra bedroom and set up Jack's classroom.  Nope.  I'll need Den's help on this one, so we need to coordinate our schedules.
  • Do my weekly Power Hour every week.  Nope.
  • Stay on top of the dishes and laundry.  Sorta.  The dishes piled up a couple of times, but for the most part, I kept the sink from overflowing - YAY!!!
  • Find the knobs for the kitchen cabinets and install - nope.  I'm pretty sure these are in the pile of stuff I need to clean out of the extra bedroom where I want to set up Jack's classroom, so once Den and I work together to clean that spot, I expect to find the knobs

November Goals

Seeing as how we're already halfway through this month, I'm going to try to keep my goals more realistic this month.  There are still two weekends of the renaissance festival and Thanksgiving, so I want to try to not overwhelm myself.  And whatever I don't get done, I'll try to take care of in December (hahahahaha, like I ever manage to get stuff done in December)

Personal Goals

  • Workout 2-3 times a week
  • Come up with a rough draft of a daily routine (to keep me focused and hopefully better able to get my to-do list stuff done)
  • Get my bangs trimmed

Blog Goals

  • Catch up with my Weekend Snapshots and Sunday Confessions
  • Post my November Intentions (see what I did there?!?)
  • Figure out that weird floating share thingy - srsly

Business Goals

  • Send out a newsletter - and Black Friday Deal
  • Tweak Groupon offer
  • Get space ready to rent

Home Goals

  • Keep Jack's room clean and organize/put away his toys
  • Find those knobs
  • Clean out that school corner
This list should keep me more than busy for the remaining days in November.  I think I'll be able to make a decent dent in the list if I really buckle down and try.  I definitely wouldn't have gotten as much done in October if I hadn't been part of this Blogger Collaboration.  Make sure to check out everyone participating this month and if you want to join in in December, just contact Angela or Jazmine!  Here's to the rest of November!!!


Weekend Snapshots 43 - Jack's Birthday Weekend

Ya'll, Jack turned four this past weekend.  FOUR.  I now have a four year old kid - no longer a baby or a toddler - where the hell does the time go?!?  This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by Jack's first Ferris Wheel ride at his birthday celebration at the Kemah Boardwalk.  Make sure to link up with me and Ariana at 3twentysix for our Weekend Snapshots Link-Up and share the love!

Saturday:  Jack's Birthday!!!  We started off the day with a birthday breakfast at Denny's before heading down to the Kemah Boardwalk.  I had to wake Jack up because we'd spend the day before out at an amazing pumpkin patch and wore him out, lol.  When we made it down to Kemah, the boardwalk midway was super crowded and overwhelming for all of us, so we browsed the shops for a while before riding some rides.  We started at the arcade, went to Build-a-Bear, and ended at the candy shop - perfect shopping for a 4th birthday!  When we got done with the shops, Jack had a blast running through the fountain with some other kids - yes, it's still warm enough here for him to play in a fountain in late October.  Most of the water kept missing him, but when some would get him, he'd run over to us and yell, "Water got me!!! Ha ha ha!!" and go back for more.  Then we rode the carousel and Ferris Wheel before hitting up Bubba Gumps for dinner and cake.  After dinner, it was back to the midway to ride the train.  Jack wanted to ride all the big rides, but he's not tall enough yet - I swear, that kid has no fear!  We found a kid's ride he could go on that raised you up in the air and then bounce-dropped us, and OMG, he LOVED IT!!!  The first few times he rode with me (I have to admit, it was lots of fun), but then he got brave and rode it all by himself (they grow up so fast, lol).  And finally, he had to ride with Crazy Mimi (yes, that's what he calls my Mom).  I'm pretty sure he rode that thing at least 10 times in a row!  I can't think of a better way to celebrate turning four!!!

Sunday Confessions 43 - Yup, on a Monday

I confess:
  I had such a busy weekend that I just want to sit on the couch, power watch TV, and nap all day long.  Unfortunately, that's not in the cards for me today.

I confess:  I hate pooping in public bathrooms.  My dislike of pooping in public doesn't stop me from doing it, I just prefer the privacy of my own home.  Even though I know EVERYONE POOPS!!!

I confess:  Now that I'm all caught up on The Walking Dead and I have to wait a week between episodes like everyone else, I don't know what I'm going to do with myself.  Also, I'm 100% heartbroken over the premier of Season 7.  It's had me down and depressed all day.

Linking up with United States of Becky

5 Reasons You Should Go to a Blog Conference

It's that time of year again.  Blog Elevated is happening this weekend here in Houston, and I'm super lucky to be attending (for the 4th year in a row, yo!).  I've attended the Blog Elevated conference since it's inaugural year and I hope I never have to miss this amazing conference.  I learn so much every year and make some really amazing connections with bloggers and brands, not to mention all the fun I have.  If you've never attended a blog conference before, you need to stop what you're doing and go find one to register for right now!!!  There's still time to register for Blog Elevated if you're anywhere near the Houston area.  If you're still not sure you should go to a blog conference (you totally should), here are 5 reasons you should go to a blog conference - you can thank me later!

5 Reasons You Should Go to a Blog Conference

1.  You're going to learn some amazing things.  Spending a weekend at a blog conference is like the most amazing crash course in all things blogging and social media.  You're going to come away with new skills and strategies that would've taken you a whole lot longer than just a weekend to learn.  New Pinterest strategies?  Check.  Streamlining your workflow?  Check.  Instagram growth?  Check.  Monetization, SEO, and Email?  Check, check, and check.

2.  You're going to meet some amazing people.  I make new blogger friends every time I attend a conference.  You're not going to get that from sitting in front of your computer in your pajamas attending a webinar.  And you're not just going to meet some amazing people, you're going to meet some amazing bloggers - people who truly understand what it's like to write and manage a blog (usually while juggling other commitments).  You're going to find your tribe at a blog conference.

3.  You're going to take your blog more seriously.  The first time I attended Blog Elevated, I was a complete noob blogger.  Sure, I'd been blogging for a little while, but if you look back at my blog then versus my blog today, well, I had a lot of room for growth.  After attending Blog Elevated (and making the financial investment in a ticket), I really started taking my blog more seriously.  And if you make a financial investment in your blog, no matter where you are with your blog, you're going to take things more seriously.  And that's where the real growth and return start to happen.

4.  You're going to connect with brands.  Most of us start blogging as a fun way to express ourselves, but I don't know a single blogger that doesn't want to turn their blogging presence to a financial return in some way or another.  More and more brands are realizing the benefits of working with bloggers and brands that want to work with bloggers usually have a presence at blog conferences.  What better way to establish a relationship with a brand than actually getting to meet their PR rep in person?  I can't think of a single better way.

5.  You're going to have a ton of fun!!  Attending Blog Elevated is one of my most fun weekends of the year.  I really enjoy socializing with other like minded bloggers and make the most of all the mixers and parties that happen during a conference.  I'm especially looking forward to Blogger Speed Dating at this year's conference.  As much as I like being social, I can be pretty shy and introverted and speed dating sounds like a great way to meet some new bloggers.  Blog Elevated is one of the only times during the year where I get to get dressed up, do my hair and makeup, and get to be around other adults.

Going to a blog conference is something every blogger should do at least once.  You'll come away with more knowledge than you could get anywhere else, you'll make lasting connections with other bloggers and brands, and you'll have so much fun you won't know what to do with yourself.  If you're nervous about attending a conference, check out this post I wrote about How to Survive a Blog Conference When You're Socially Awkward, Shy, Introverted, Have Social Anxiety, or Are Otherwise Socially Compromised for some really useful tips!

Have you ever been to a blog conference?  Did this list convince you to sign up for one today?  Did I leave anything off my list?  What are some of the reasons you attended a conference?  Let me know in the comments!!!

If you can't attend a conference in the near future, check out Blog Elevated's amazing newsletter, their Facebook groups, and look for their Twitter chats on Tuesday nights at 9pm central time - just look for the hashtag #BlogElevated

Weekend Snapshots 42

Welcome to Weekend Snapshots 42, brought to you by Jack's curly hair - the dirtier he gets out at Faire, the curlier his hair gets, and as you can see, we had a very fun (and dirty) weekend.  Keep on reading to hear more about our weekend adventures and make sure to link up with me and Ariana at 3twentysix!

Saturday:  Jack and I stayed in town Saturday day because I decided to take a client (mo money, no problems).  He went to Mimi's house and I worked.  I was undecided on whether or not to drive out to the renaissance festival that evening since we'd only be staying for part of the day on Sunday.  But then I realized that all the things I though I'd be taking care of around the house probably wouldn't have actually gotten done and that we won't have the chance to be out there for a few more weekends.  I threw my adult responsibilities out the window and decided to go to faire.  We stopped for snacks on the way (and our signature car selfie, this time with a donut for Jack and a burrito for me - so healthy, I know).  We got out there just in time for Dennis, Jack, and our friend, Michelle, to have a fun game of chase and throw the toddler.  Soon, it was time for fireworks and for the day to wind down.  I took some cool video of the fireworks in slo-mo (love that feature on my phone!).

Sunday Confessions 42 - The Walking Dead Edition

I confess:  I'm almost caught up on Season Six of The Walking Dead {affiliate} and I think I'm going to need stronger blood pressure medicine - I know how the season ends, who is on the chopping block to get killed by Negan, and that we don't find out till the start of Season Seven who dies, but every time a character says the name Negan I want to yell at the TV, "NO!!!  STAY AWAY FROM HIM!!  JUST STOP!!!!"

I confess:  I'm not sure which character I can stand to lose.  I know Glenn dies in the comic book {affiliate} AND I CANNOT LOSE GLENN OR MAGGIE!!!  I don't *think* they would kill Rick or Daryl (I mean, come on, is there really a show without those two???) - I think the only one I could part with would be Rosita (and that's probably why she's not the one)

I confess:  I'm really worried they're going to kill off TWO characters in the season premier - Glenn, like in the comics, and another main character, maybe Daryl, because he has a new show and has been doing more movies.  I am not prepared emotionally to see the premier of Season Seven.

Linking up with United States of Becky

Our Steampunk Wedding

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October 13, 2010.  The weather was perfect - a nice sunny day in the low 70's with a soft breeze and scattered clouds.  Dennis and I had been planning this day for 18 months; it was finally here and things couldn't've been more perfect.  Our best friends and family had come together to help us put the finishing touches on our vision and it was time for our Steampunk Wedding.

I started this blog after Den and I tied the knot and I've never written about our wedding.  Today is our sixth anniversary and now seems like a great time to write a recap of the day.  We got married under a beautiful oak tree in Kempner Park in Galveston, TX and had our reception in the Garten Verein - a Victorian era garden club for the perfect Steampunk setting.  It was a Wednesday (or rather WED-day as I had been calling it), and before the ceremony, we hosted a Victorian picnic in the park for anyone that wanted to miss traffic and drive down to the Island early.  Costumes were encouraged, but not required, and we were very pleasantly surprised when about 90% of our guests put together their own steampunk outfits!  The picnic also gave me the perfect excuse to have two different dresses for the day.

Weekend Snapshots 41 - Opening Weekend at the Texas Renaissance Festival

Huzzah and Happy Monday to you!  It's time for another edition of Weekend Snapshots brought to you by Jack out at the Texas Renaissance Festival.  It's that time of year again, so be prepared to see a lot of TRF in my Weekend Snapshots link up with Ariana at 3twentysix.  Make sure to link up with us at the bottom of this post!

Saturday:  Saturday was opening day of TRF.  We got out there on Friday afternoon to unpack our stuff and settle in- we have a bunk house behind our booth so we stay out there all weekend.  Jack was so excited about Faire that he insisted on wearing his costume all day on Friday, too, lol.  Jack got a pretty bad ant bite on his foot on Friday and ended up having to take some Benadryl on Saturday, so he was a little grumpy for most of the day.  He wouldn't let me get a pic of him, so I kept trying to sneak pics.  I finally got him to take a nap (poor guy was fighting the Benadryl sleeps so hard) and was in a much better mood once he slept and even made some silly faces for the camera.  He ate a good lunch, so I agreed to get him some cotton candy, too.  He played with some goggles and kept pretending that we were launching rockets with guns on them to shoot bad aliens.  I managed to get some good pics of the closing fireworks show, too!

Sunday Confessions 41

I confess:  Whenever I listen to a song and the lyrics are even the slightest bit ambiguous, I always assume it's written from the point of view of a vampire.  Especially if that song is even the slightest bit sexy.  Like, this new song I'm obsessed with, Gold by Kiira - totally sung from the point of view of a vampire. AND YOU CAN'T TELL ME OTHERWISE!!!!

I confess:  I'm gaining weight and I can't figure out why.  I haven't been eating that horribly and I've been going to the gym regularly, yet I'm gaining - and I don't think I'm gaining muscle even though I've been adding some weight lifting to my routine.  I can't figure out what's going on and it's driving me crazy.  I really don't want to have to resort to a diet lifestyle change as extreme as Whole30, but I'm starting to worry I'm going to have to.  I'm just not sure what's going on.  And it's frustrating.

I confess:  I feel brain dead and have no idea what else to confess.

Linking up with United States of Becky

October Intentions

It's been a long time since I've written a post about my monthly goals or intentions.  It's not that I've been skating through the past few months without any ideas as to where I want to be by the end of the month, it's that even though I give myself some goals each month, I've been having trouble reaching them.  Part of it is lack of motivation.  Part of it is bad time management.  Part of it is my ADD taking over and deciding other goals or projects are more worthy of my time and attention (so at least I'm still getting stuff done for the month - just not what I originally set out to accomplish).  And, for some reason, part of it is just me freezing up and not knowing what to do next to reach those goals (also an effect of ADD - being overwhelmed by the steps of a process if they're not clearly outlined).

So I decided to join the Monthly Intentions Blogger Collaboration with The Clutter Box Blog and Fairy Lights and Dreams to maybe help get my shit together.  I'm also going to try to narrow down this month's intentions to just a couple in each major category of my life so I don't overwhelm myself - October is a crazy busy month with Jack's birthday, our anniversary, the renaissance festival, and Halloween - oy, so much!

October Goals

Personal Goals

  • Workout 3 times a week every week in October
  • Use my bullet journal daily - and use my daily habit tracker
  • Dye my hair back to a fun color
  • Print anniversary family photo
  • Plan Jack's birthday party

Blog Goals

  • Post 3 times a week
  • Catch up with and post regularly as part of the #FallForSYBL Instagram challenge
  • Add 40 new Pinterest followers
  • Figure out why that share button is randomly floating at the top of all my posts & fix it
  • Fix my Amazon Associates account - AGAIN, FFS

Business Goals

  • Get space ready to rent
  • Send at least one (preferable two) newsletters
  • Research and place a Facebook ad (or two)
  • Set up at least one massage partnership for reciprocal referrals
  • Brainstorm holiday specials

Home Goals

  • Clean Jack's room and organize his toys
  • Clean area of extra bedroom and set up Jack's classroom
  • Do my weekly Power Hour every week
  • Stay on top of the dishes and laundry
  • Find the knobs for the kitchen cabinets and install
I think that's more than enough to keep me busy this month.  The trick is to actually stick to this list of intentions as much as possible - one of my big problems is not following my to-do list once it's made.  I'm really looking forward to getting to know the other bloggers taking part in this project - if you're interested in participating, too, check out all the info you need over at Angela's blog.

Here's to an awesome month where we all get tons of shit done!!!


Weekend Snapshots 40

Wow, ya'll, this past weekend was quite a doozie!  Jack and I went to visit Mom and the whole time we were there, it was non-stop go, go, go.  It's Tuesday and I still feel like I'm recovering from all the fun we had.  This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by Festival Plaza and the Red River Revel (one of the many things we did this weekend).  Make sure to link up with Ariana from 3twentysix and I to share the Weekend Snapshot love!  Link-up is at the end of the post!

Thursday:  Jack and I drove up to Mom's on Thursday.  While we were loading up the truck, Jack insisted on bringing an armful of his stuffed animals - so many he could barely carry them (not that I minded).  He kept dropping them and I got that cute pic of him on the kitchen floor in exasperation.  It was a beautiful Autumn day (shocker!) and when we made it to our halfway Starbucks stop we sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the breeze.  Jack kept commenting on the blue sky and then accurately explained to me why the sky is blue (or at least as accurately as an almost 4 year old can explain those things).  I'm not sure where he picked up that little nugget of information, but color me impressed, lol.  As per usual, he spent most of the trip there asleep - he really needs to brush up on his road trip companion duties.

Sunday Confessions 40

The United States of Becky

I confess:  Jack's birthday is in less than 3 weeks and I have zero dollars to get him anything.  Business hasn't been what I had hoped it would be and keeping a roof over our heads is more important than birthday presents, but I still feel like a shit parent.  I mean it's not like he's not going to get some really awesome things from his Mimis and the family, but I can't get him anything and that feels like shit.

I confess:  Part of me really wants a pet dog.  Despite the fact that we have a house full of cats (and now two outdoor cats) and totally not having the lifestyle or time (or money) for a dog.  Maybe I just want an animal that needs a little more care since it's obvious I'm not getting pregnant any time soon.  Maybe it's that Jack's favorite shows all have dogs as the main characters/focus and I think he's really love having a puppy.  Maybe I'm just a crazy pet lady and can't get enough fur babies.  DON'T LET ME GET A DOG!!!  But if I ask for a capybara, just say yes.

I confess:  I really have the urge to do something crafty.  I'm not sure what, but we have a ton of craft supplies just sitting around the house and I want to make something.  But I'm not really that crafty and I'm not sure I have the time or attention span to finish a project.  I'm trying to avoid getting ideas from Pinterest because Internet black hole.  Maybe I'll just bake something instead.  I know I can handle that.

Linking up with United States of Becky

Happy Coffee Day

As much as I love an excuse to celebrate, I don't normally pay attention to all those "official" National Day of (insert random thing here).  I just let them fly on by me without much notice or planning, but when Jihane at OnyxJ suggested we collaborate on a post for National Coffee Day, how could I, as coffee obsessed as I am, refuse?

We met up at my favorite local coffee shop, The Doshi House, to talk all things coffee and to sample some of their more unique coffee offerings.  Check out the video we filmed highlighting some of the coffees we tried and make sure to pop on over to read Jihane's full post here.  Happy National Coffee Day!!!


Fall Capsule Wardrobe - Leopard Print

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I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe.  Having a small closet's worth of wardrobe basics to mix and match in almost endless possibilities is easy and convenient while presenting a fun challenge of creating unique looks with what's on hand.  Capsule wardrobes are simple, efficient, and can save a ton of time (and closet space).  But, there's just one problem with capsule wardrobes (for me, anyway) - as beautiful as all the capsule wardrobes that keep popping up in my Pinterest feed are, they all seem a little too boring for my personal taste.  Do capsule wardrobes have to be boring?  No, not at all!  So I set out to create a capsule wardrobe for fall that's a little more funky and edgy than what's out there now.

Weekend Snapshots 39

Welcome to Weekend Snapshots 39 Link-Up with yours truly and Ariana at 3twentysix.  This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by Dennis and Jack being all sweet and lovey after an afternoon at the park on Sunday.  This weekend was pretty busy even though most of our plans on Sunday got rained out - but that's okay because I really did overbook us - I WANT TO DO IT ALL.  #fomo

Saturday:  Dennis and Jack headed up to the renaissance festival grounds to start the cleanup process before opening weekend in a few weeks.  I enjoyed having the morning and afternoon to myself - I used the time to clean out my storage area for my business which was long overdue (I really should've gotten before and after pics) and then I saw a client.  I also picked up my participant shirt and bib for the 5K race on Sunday.  My MIL came over to spend the night and watch Jack so Dennis could attend closing night of my performance and our cast party.

Momaboard Mombassador for Houston

Ya'll, I'm super excited to announce that I've been chosen to be the MomAboard Mombassador for Houston!  MomAboard is an online family trip planner that provides personalized travel itineraries for families with over 50 destinations available around the world. Each itinerary is custom made by the Mombassador from your destination city - that way you know you're getting the best insider tips on how to navigate the city, the best kid friendly things to do, the best places to eat, where to stay, and so much more.

How MomAboard Works

Planning a family vacation can be stressful and time consuming.  Finding the time to sit down and research family friendly activities, restaurants, transportation, and lodging for a place you've never been can take hours of time that aren't easy to come by when you've got a kiddo (or kiddos).  And just because you spent hours of precious time to figure out what you want to do on your trip doesn't mean that restaurant you picked is actually kid friendly or that you planned the best way to navigate the city.  That's where MomAboard comes in.  MomAboard takes the stress out of planning a family vacation by providing a custom itinerary complete with lodging options, transportation hacks, kid friendly restaurants, and the best things to see and do with your kids (and more).  You'll insider get tips about your destination directly from a Mom who lives in the city taking the stress out of planning your vacation.

All you have to do is fill out a simple form that covers the basics of your family vacation needs - who's going on the trip, what kinds of activities you're interested in doing, and how jam packed (or not) you want your schedule - and let the Mombassador do all the nitty-gritty work for you.  With just a few minutes of your time you get a vacation plan custom tailored to your family's needs!  MomAboard offers personalized itineraries up to 14 days as well as custom restaurant or activity lists. Make sure to use the code JESSICA when planning your trip (to any destination) to receive a discount and let them know I sent you!  Check out a sample itinerary here.

More Than Just Vacation Planning

But wait, there's more!  MomAboard does more than just vacation planning.  MomAboard also offers comprehensive relocation services.  Moving to a new city is daunting whether or not you have a family.  Researching where to live, which schools are best, how to commute to work, where to shop for groceries,and all the details of daily life in a new city using just the internet is sketchy at best, not to mention how much time it takes.  Whether you're moving to a new city for work or personal reasons, a local MomAboard Mombassador can compile a tailor-made profile of the city including family friendly neighborhoods, schools, available doctors, babysitters, extracurricular activities, and all the other intimate details that make a new city feel like home.

Again, all you have to do is fill out a simple form and then your local Mombassador does the rest, saving you time and maintaining your sanity.  As an added bonus, you can choose to meet personally with your local Mombassador once you move so you don't feel quite so alone in a new city.  Check out a sample city profile here and also use the code JESSICA for a discount.

Plan your vacation or move with MomAboard.  Save time, eliminate stress, and rest easy knowing you're getting the personal touch and insider info from a local Mombassador.  Click here to get started and fully enjoy your next family trip.

Sunday Confessions 39

The United States of Becky

I confess:  We just got back from the Dollar Store and we bought over $50 of stuff we don't really need - but it was really fun digging through everything.  Jack really enjoyed getting to pick things out for himself and I managed to get him some workbooks with Pre-K materials so we can start doing some school-ish stuff at home after his birthday.  At least we managed to leave there with some things that actually have substance.

I confess:  I auditioned for and got cast in another play - this one is an adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit and geared towards a young audience.  I've done children's theatre before, but it's always been with a cast of all adults - this time around, there are going to be a few adults and a few children in the cast - as glad as I am to be in another play, I'm kinda not thrilled about being in a production with kids.  I mean, I'm not really good with kids, and I'm concerned about the possibility of having hovering stage moms there, and I'm sure acting with kids is going to be.....challenging.  At least I'll be able to bring Jack to rehearsals if necessary and it's a show he can see me in - also the director seems like she'll be great to work with and I'm going to be working with another actress that was involved in the last theatre project that just finished up, so it won't be all bad.....

I confess:  Part of me has always wanted to live in an idyllic small town - kinda like the one in Doc Hollywood, or Pawnee, IN, but then I realize that 1) these places don't actually exist, and 2) I would be completely miserable in a place that small where everybody knows everybody (unless everybody was like the cast of Parks and Rec).

Linking up with United States of Becky

Weekend Snapshots 38

Welcome to week 38 of Weekend Snapshots Link-Up (seriously, where has the time gone this year?!?).  This edition is brought to you by Jack's love of his Build-A-Bear, Chase, from Paw Patrol, and his "new hugging face."  Seriously, kid?  Hugging face?  Okay.....  Make sure to join me and Ariana at 3twentysix at the end of this post to link up your Weekend Snapshots post and be sure to share the love!!!

Saturday:  Jack and I stayed home all day Saturday because Dennis was at work.  We mostly loafed around the house in our pajamas and did some chores - he spend most of the day in undies and the new pair of Toy Story cowboy boots he got on Thursday (needless to say, I'm not sharing an underwear only shot of my toddler because the internet is a skeezy place).  That evening I had a performance, so Den and Jack were on their own for the night.  On my way home, I saw the SUV in front of me flip several times and roll down the freeway embankment - it was horrific.  I pulled over to the wreck to call 911 and was amazed to see all 5 people getting out of the car.  I stayed with them until the paramedics arrived - I can't believe noone was seriously hurt - I mean, look at the damage that car took.

Sunday:  I slept in pretty late Sunday (and so did Jack).  I didn't get him to bed until almost midnight because I got home so late.  Once I got him to sleep, I was way to adrenalined up from performing and then seeing that wreck, so I stayed up half the night watching Netflix.  Jack and I had another lazy day at home doing a few chores and watching TV.  I needed to go to Costco and the grocery store for some stuff - let me tell you, Costco on a Sunday afternoon is no place for the faint of heart.  Maybe that's why Jack's "new hugging face" is so crazy.  I hate running out of staples on a Sunday - I usually grocery shop in the middle of the week in the middle of the day to avoid all the nonsense of weekend food shopping, but, alas, that was not in the cards for me this week.  After Costco, we went to our grocery store and the lot was so full I had to circle for about 15 minutes.  As soon as I got a space I look behind me to see Jack asleep.  Srsly, kid?  Nothing on my regular grocery list was urgently needed, so I decided to just go home at that point.  The rest of the evening was low key - thankfully - although I did have trouble getting Jack to sleep at a decent time - between his late nap and being up so late the night before, but you can't win them all.

I hope your weekend was as laid back as mine was.  Let me know what you were up to by linking up with us!!  And, no, I'm not topless in this picture - I'm wearing a sleeveless dress, lol.  Have a great week, ya'll!


Sunday Confessions 38

The United States of Becky

I confess:  Wednesday we had our final dress rehearsal for the series of plays I'm in.  It's the first time I've been on stage in over 4 years.  We've been rehearsing at a private home instead of in a theatre, and Wednesday is the first time we actually performed on stage - in a theatre.  The only people there were a handful of other actors, directors, playwrights, and the tech crew, but for some reason I was so incredibly nervous for our little 10 minute play.  I didn't forget any of my lines, but I felt like my voice was shaky and I definitely was trembling.  It wasn't quite stage fright - but my heart was definitely trying to beat right out my chest.  I haven't felt that particular feeling since I was 13 and had my first lead role.  Thankfully I only had a case of the nerves on Wednesday and not on any of the show days.

I confess:  I'm in this weird in-between where I'm not 100% stay at home mom/wife, so I'm having a hard time figuring out my identity - like, I "work" 3 days a week when I manage to have clients and I'm juggling blogging/random side gigs to make money online, so I feel like I have a job/jobs so I shouldn't be as responsible for home things, but I earn waaaaaaaaay less than my husband and put in waaaaaaaaaay less work hours, so I know I should probably be more domestic.  I think if I didn't have any responsibility to earn money I'd think of wifery as more of my job than I do now.  So I'm clearly having a mental disconnect between how I see myself and how things actually are.  Dennis called me a housewife a few weeks ago and my first thought was that I wasn't a housewife, I wish I was a housewife.  But upon further thought, yeah, I'm a housewife - but I'm not only a housewife which is where things seem to be confused in my mind.  #streamofconsciousness

I confess:  Have you seen this article on Scary Mommy?  Well, it's about a woman's FB post about having PCOS and the excess facial hair that can come with it (along with a host of other symptoms/side effects) and when I saw it, I burst into tears because I know exactly how dehumanizing, shameful, and depressing it is to have to shave your face as a woman.  I don't have the money for laser hair removal or to get waxed.  Plucking is out because I practically have a goatee - so I'm one of those lucky women who has to shave her face.  I've thought about confessing that here since the beginnings of Sunday Confessions, but it's too much of a shame filled topic for me to talk about.  As if it isn't bad enough to be infertile, I also get to shave my face!  Fun.

Linking up with United States of Becky

Weekend Snapshots 37

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Weekend Snapshots, brought to you this week by the most awesome pair of cowboy boots I've ever seen.  It was definitely love at first site and  I have no idea what I'm going to wear them with, but wear them I will!  Just take a moment to appreciate them with me......

Saturday:  I recently found out that the Texas Junk Company, a local landmark, is going to be closing soon.  They have odd hours and every time I've tried to go there, they've been closed, but thanks to social media, I found out they were going to be open on Saturday - needless to say, we had to go look around.  Texas Junk Company is famous for their plethora of used cowboy boots and when you move to Houston, it's kinda a right of passage to buy a pair of boots from there - I'm only about 15 years overdue.  I found this glorious pair of boots about 5 minutes after walking in - they were up high on a shelf and it was destiny that brought us together.  Den wasn't so sure, but they're my feet, so poop on him for not basking in their glory.  They fit like they were made for me and they're my new preciouses.  Jack's not too sure about them, either, but he's only 3.  Jack had fun opening drawers on all the antique cabinets and stumbled upon one full of mostly toothbrushes.  He was amazed, lol.  After digging around in the Junk Shop, we headed for my niece's daughter's third birthday party.  It was Cinderella themed and adorable.

Sunday Confessions 37

I confess:  I didn't get the email notification that my domain name expired SIX DAYS AGO!!!  Needless to say I panicked like crazy when I tried to view my blog today - so now it's a waiting game for GoDaddy to get my renewal through so everything will be back to normal.  Yeah, I'm a responsible adult.

I confess:  If the zombie apocalypse actually happens and Dennis, Jack, and I survive the initial outbreak, but then Jack gets bitten, I'm 100% going to be the crazy lady with the zombie toddler in a straitjacket and muzzle on a leash instead of the more noble alternative.  Dennis agrees with me, so at least we're on the same page.

I confess: I'm out of confessions today.  Two will have to do.

Linking up with United States of Becky

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Weekend Snapshots 36

Happy Labor Day, everyone!!!  I hope you're enjoying your last official weekend of Summer (although we technically have another couple of weeks till Fall).  I'm working today instead of taking advantage of this socially acceptable long weekend (but I really only work 3 days a week, so I ain't complaining).  But I am looking forward to seeing what shenanigans everyone is up to this weekend!  This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by my drive home from Shreveport yesterday.  My GPS took me way off the beaten path to save me over an hour of drive time!  I got to see some beautiful countryside and save a ton of time on the trip home!  Win-win!

Sunday Confessions 36

I confess:  I'm really picky about what silverware I use.  I only like to use the smaller salad/dessert forks and smaller teaspoons instead of table spoons.  And I prefer a spoon with a pointier shape vs. a rounder shape.  And what's the deal with newer sets where the spoons are really flat and shallow?!?  Ugh, that's just awful.  I also don't like my fork tines to be super long and pointy even if I'm using a smaller salad fork - I'm picky about the proportion of the tines.  Not that I won't eat a meal with whatever silverware is given to me at a restaurant or at someone's home, but I don't have to like it.

I confess:  Despite being a complete mess, I am super anal retentive with how my clothes are organized and all the hangers in my closet have to be the same color or my head will explode.  And of course, I picked out my hangers back in like 1996 when burgundy hangers could be bought, but ask me if I can find them now.  I'll let you guess what that answer is. (side note:  it's actually kinda good that I can't buy new hangers - it forces me to get rid of old clothes to make room for new clothes - otherwise I'd just keep buying new hangers and over stuff my already overstuffed closet)  All my clothes are hung facing the same way and are organized from left to right along the color spectrum - black clothes starting on the left, then ROY G. BIV, then the white clothes all the way to the right.

I confess:  I need to have all my lines for the play I'm in memorized by Tuesday - I haven't even picked up the script to start and I've had the script for longer than I want to admit.  I'm a procrastinator and will be able to memorize this relatively short play (only 8 pages) in no time at all, but I'm still kicking myself for not starting on this sooner.

Linking up with United States of Becky

The United States of Becky

Dinner Theatre at Franca's Real Italian Restaurant

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Last week, Dennis and I were lucky enough to attend the performance of, Don't Dress For Dinner, at Franca's Real Italian Restaurant's dinner theatre.  If you haven't been lucky enough to attend a show there, stop what you're doing right now and go make reservations.  For $30, you get admission to the show, a delicious 3 course meal, and a night you won't forget.

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Franca's Real Italian Restaurant is a family owned place down in the Clear Lake area of Houston.  It's been open since 1971 when it was known as Franco's Real Italian Restaurant - named after the founder, Franco Pignataro - until his youngest daughter, (you guessed it) Franca, took over in 1998.  Franca's was one of the first restaurants open in the Clear Lake area and is quite the landmark.  A lot has changed in Clear Lake since 1971, but it's no surprise that Franca's remains the same.  Their formula of delicious food, amazing hospitality, and a cozy atmosphere combine to make this place stand the test of time.  Read more about their history here.

Weekend Snapshots 35

This might just be the most boring edition of Weekend Snapshots this year.  It's brought to you by Jack's tortilla mask from dinner last night.  And features nothing but pictures of Jack's tortilla mask because we did practically nothing this past weekend, lol.  Enjoy!

Saturday:  We played Ingress on Saturday (which we haven't done in quite a while).  I hacked a Lawson Power Cube (i.e. got something rare and cool).  That's it.  Nothing else.  Super exciting.

Sunday:  Dennis played Dungeons and Dragons {affiliate} with friends.  Jack and I stayed home.  I did housewife stuff like laundry, dishes, and some batch cooking for the week.  Jack made a mask out of his dinner tortilla.  It was a much needed pajama day.

How was your weekend?  I hope it was more exciting than ours!  Share your Weekend Snapshots with me and Ariana at 3twentysix since I'm finally back on track with these posts!  Join the linkup and share the love!!!


Weekend Snapshots 34 - Geek'd Con Shreveport

Welcome to this edition of Weekend Snapshots, brought to you by Brian O'Halloran and Geek'd Con Shreveport!  Jack and I drove back up to Shreveport for this fun convention - it was a super quick up and back again day-ish trip, and totally worth it!  I went primarily to meet Brian O'Halloran (from Clerks {affiliate}, et al) and I'd totally do it again!
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