I’m back in Texas…

… where I belong.  I have a ton of pix to show you- which I just spent the past 45 minutes uploading and somehow they have mysteriously disappeared. So I guess you will just have to take me out to lunch if you would like to see them.  

Since I have no interest in talking about the election results, I will recount once more for those of you who do not already know, that when I landed in Abilene on Sunday night I was met by a handsome man, down on one knee, wanting to know if I needed a ride home from the airport.  Hee hee- just kidding- I mean asking me to marry him.  I said YES YES YES and he let me keep this pretty bauble: 


divine, gorgeous, dazzling, alluring, stunning, resplendent

divine, gorgeous, dazzling, alluring, stunning, resplendent

So Will & I are getting married! No date yet, but I will let you know.  I am crazy about this man as you all know and I can’t wait to see what our future together holds.  

Now- one more very serious order of business: I need a name for the coffee shop!  Time to get creative! I mean dig deep.  I want something catchy, not boring.  Give me your craziest ideas and suggestions. If I find THE ONE among your suggestions, there will be some very handsome coffee related rewards in it for you.

Week in Review

As most of you know I am in New Jersey for a couple weeks learning the “coffee biz” from my Uncle Mike. What a week it has been so far- I am learning SO much. I am more excited than ever about what we are going to bring to Clyde when we open our shop there.  The only thing I think that has been harder than I expected is the early mornings- I am talking the dawn of time itself. Every day.  By 9 every night I am falling out of my clothes and into bed.  Here’s a few pix from the week so far….. 



 Higher Grounds Coffee House

Higher Grounds Coffee House


Drink Menu

Drink Menu


Here we go....

Here we go....


my first successful foam!  cappuccino anyone?

my first successful foam! cappuccino anyone?


my first good shot of espresso (yay yay yay)

my first good shot of espresso (yay yay yay)


Uncle Mike (in blue) chatting up some of his customers

Uncle Mike (in blue) chatting up some of his customers


Tonight I am going down to Atlantic City with my Uncle Dave and Aunt Debi, so in my next post I will show you some pix of this area and some of the fun stuff I’ve been doing outside of the coffee shop.  I miss everyone, but I can’t wait til we get this going in Clyde.  What a great time we are going to have!  

Oh yeah- I almost forgot: last night there was this guy with just a guitar singing at the shop and he wanted to try out a song he’s been learning- a song that has really touched him and he loves it so much. Then he sang “I Loved Her First.”  hee hee hee> Maybe we can get somebody to sing that in our shop!

Creative Slump

If it has to do with opening a coffeeshop, I am ON. Research, on. Planning, on. Believing God for it, on.  

If it has to do with any other type of design, writing, or creativity in general, I have felt OFF.  No homemade cards. No theme parties. No interesting blogs.   

Wanted to write some more, but I got nothing.

What Color are You?

This is neat: Pantone has a Colorstrology chart that tells you what your birthday color is. Mine is January 29th, “Keepsake Lilac.”  It says, “Born to make a difference, it is not uncommon to find you out in front of an audience. Although you are very tender on the inside, you are not afraid to go after what you want. Faith and the spiritual side of life can help move you through many obstacles. There can be a struggle between your need for partnership and your need to be alone….”  Hmmmm.  Whatever. True or not, its a fun little distraction.

Hurricane Will

On September 1st Will (and company) left for Baton Rouge to turn the lights back on after Gustav. For 12 days I filled my time with making coffeeshop plans and doing coffeeshop research. I hung out with some of my girls and did a couple of designer-y jobs. I fed the dogs, played with the dogs, and let the dogs sleep with me under the covers.  I had the baby for a couple of nights and I watched a bunch of movies I have not seen yet. BTW- I strenuously recommend  “Martian Child,” with John Cusack. Will came back last Friday, the 12th, as Ike was zeroing in on Houston.

Saturday night we went to the fair and ate. No, we gorged ourselves is a more accurate description of what happened there.


We ate pepperoni pizza, sausage with swiss cheese & mustard on a bun, a turkey leg, a foot-long corn-dog,  Aggie fries with chili & cheese, lemonade, sweet tea, and a couple bottles of water.  Then Will won me a GIANT dog by getting 4 softballs to stay in the tubs. This totally blew my theory that the people walking around with the biggest prizes are actually hired carnies who want you to think that it’s easy to win the big prize.  While the lady was getting my big dog off the ceiling, I told the guy next to me the secret to getting the balls to stay in there so he could win the big prize too. Oh- I almost forgot: I rode the mechanical bull twice! It was so fun, and waaaay harder than it looks.  Of course I was thrown off almost immediately both times- that was the best part!

Sunday, we went to church then out to lunch at Abuelo’s. We napped all afternoon then made chinese food at home for dinner.  I also spent a great deal of time doing laundry this weekend in case Will had to leave again for Hurricane Ike.  

Now it’s Monday afternoon. About 30 minutes after I pulled the last load of laundry out of the dryer this morning Will called and said, “Okay we’re leaving again.”


“About lunchtime.”

So I pulled everything back out of the dresser and back out of the closet and packed it all back up again.  If you saw the news this morning (or anytime this weekend) you have an idea of what kind of mess they are headed towards.

 I have retreated back into our bed with my laptop, my phone, a diet coke, the remote, and the dogs. I have a feeling that this trip may be longer than 12 days.  I have some extra hanging out time if anyone is interested. Time to design, time to play, time to see movies or stay out late. Time to drink coffee, margaritas, whatever. So call me!

Hey- also: if anyone needs some cash, Chef Joel needs workers for two huge parties this Saturday, so call me ASAP if you can work!

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