Category Archives: Today I Love

Mother’s Day

I spent a lot of time thinking about what to get Mom for Mother’s Day. The problem is this: She is not what Society would consider a typical Mom. First of all, it’s difficult to have flowers or something delivered to her, because my parents live on 50 acres, and have a code-locked gate. Flowers would probably just sit there on the fence for three days until Mom went into town to get something.

Second of all, she is not the girly type. I can’t buy her things like makeup, or purses, or fancy watches. She would like it of course, but those things just don’t scream out to me about her when I see them. When I think of my mom, I think of all the great childhood memories she has helped us create. Like our yearly hiking and camping trips we took all over the West.

Letting us help in the yard… 

Sister helping in the Yard

 …and even letting me keep a tiny garter snake that we found in the yard as a pet when I was three years old. (Granted, I didn’t know snakes could climb, so it was only a pet for a few hours before it climbed up the stick I put in its new home – it was a very authentic habitat – and he was gone…in the house).

I was born to be a biologist.

Mom was always so crafty too. (And still is!)  She was a spinner and weaver, she would plan awesome birthday parties for us, and create great Halloween costumes, and now she has gotten into quilting.

Sister’s 6th Birthday – Pirate Theme


She made an island out of veggie dip, carrots, and celery, and the ship was made of chocolate ice cream!


My 5th Birthday – A castle ice cream cake!


You wouldn’t know it by looking at me now, but I used to love anything princess, and wore dresses A LOT.


See? Princess Dress for my birthday!

So, someone (A parent of a girl who was invited to my birthday) decided to give me talcum powder as a birthday present. Still not sure why she thought that was a gift either. But what did she think  a 4-year old did with talcum powder?!

But anyway…..

She encouraged us to pursue our interests – when I found a dead cow on our land (where my parents now live) she and my Grandma encouraged and helped me collect every bone I could find, clean them, and do who-knows-what with them.


Bleaching cow bones – a typical 8-year old girl’s summer day


When I was nine, we went up to Arkansas to visit some old family friends when they needed to do a C-section on a cow. So I got to help!

The little calf that I helped clean up after he was pulled from his momma

I remember when Mom told me they were outside with a vet – my eyes lit up, and I wanted to go watch so bad! So it turned out that we all watched and helped when we could, and my mom gave me the  job of cleaning the calf, and sticking my fingers in his nose to make him snort out all the mucous so he could breathe. BEST. JOB. EVER.

There was also my Science Fair project of taking apart owl pellets to see what kind of bones were inside!

Somehow Mom always found great learning experiences for us too. She worked at The George Ranch Historical Park for years, and my sister and I would volunteer. Some of the guys that worked there had trapped some feral hogs on the river, and decided to use them at the George Ranch (very authentic, since that’s how we got the feral hogs in the first place!) But the pigs were just a little too young when they were caught, so Mom volunteered to bottle raise one of them!

Our little piggy!

My parents were also members of the Fort Bend Archaeological Society and the Rock Art Foundation. With these two memberships, we were all able to learn proper techniques used during archaeological digs, as well as history of different areas. As a child, I remember carefully scraping away layers of dirt, and finding things that had been buried for decades. It was a great experience for me, and I would never have had that chance if it weren’t for my Mom and Dad!

Mom was always the parent that my friends liked, because she pretty much let us do whatever we wanted, and because of the freedom she gave us, we were pretty good kids. I’m convinced of that! We had no reason to rebel against our parents, because there was wasn’t much that they didn’t let us do! Just like when I wanted to dye my hair. Mom always said, “it’s your hair, and it will grow back.”

Because of my mom’s many, many interests, she has over time learned a little bit about A LOT OF STUFF. She’s not an expert on any one thing, but she knows about of lot of things, so that makes up for it. And because of her constant craving for knowledge, she raised us to always want to learn about new things, along with being respectful of other cultures, loving animals, loving books, and loving the outdoors.

Without my mom, I wouldn’t be the girl I am today, and I would definitely not have had a wildhood.

Thanks, Mom. I love you.


How Well He Knows Me

I just have to open up with this: I married a great man. He tends to spoil me, he cooks, and he’s pretty tidy.  But for some reason on Friday, he went over the top, so I have to brag about him for a minute.

On Fridays, Hubby only works half days normally, but last Friday was Good Friday, so he had the day off completely.  He was helping our neighbor plant some trees in his yard, and they were planning on going to lunch in town somewhere. However, Hubby snuck up to my office and lunch with us instead! What a nice surprise! That totally made my day. However, when I got home that afternoon, I had another surprise waiting for me:

Hubby got me a lawn! And not only did he get me a lawn, but IT WAS A FREE LAWN. Boom.

Since he was helping our neighbor plant trees, there was a bunch of left-over dirt from the ground where a tree now stood. So they took the extra dirt to his parents’ house to dump and he had a whole pallet of sod in the yard, left over from a job he did. 

So we were told to water the crap out of it, until the grass learns how to swim or grows roots. Whichever happens first. It’s already starting to turn green, too!

This was a great surprise, considering my yard did look like this:

Best. Husband. Ever.

Today I Love – Pinterest

I recently discovered thanks to That Clever Chick (my big Sis). This is a perfect way to waste spend time looking up useful things on the interwebs all inone place.

For example: looking for tasty health food recipes? Type in Healthy in the search bar, and all sorts of pictures pop up of delicious looking food. You can click on the picture, and that will take you to a corresponding website that gives you the ingredients and directions, along with other recipes on the website.

It’s a great idea because you can categorize all the things that interest you. Remodeling your house? You can collect photos of inspirational pictures of ways to paint or decorate. Feeling crafty? Tons of craft and gift ideas await!

This morning I was checking out the Fitness category, and they have tons of motivational posters and work out tips. Needless to say, I now have enough energy to run through the current storm that is terrorizing the area at this very moment.

This is one reason why the motivational stuff works:

My feet hurt, from kicking so much ass
I don’t have an unrealistic expectation to look like a model. I know my hips are much too wide for that!
I have a very reaslistic goal, to look tight, fit, and ripped.
Not scary ripped, but real ripped.
I know I’m not going to have 2% body fat like these chicks (I’m not sponsored by health food companies and paid to take supplements[those things are EXPENSIVE!]) but damnit,
Goal Legs (Not dream legs, that implies it might not happen).

Today I love-Garmin

I stole this idea from my friend, Kathyphantistic, but immitation is the greatest form of flattery, right?

So today I love my new Garmin GPS Watch.

Garmin 405CX GPS Running Watch

I bought a Garmin GPS watch to encourage myself to run farther and faster. This watch is amazing. I just got it, and have used it three times so far. It’s very user-friendly and quick to figure out which is great, because the first time I used it I was of course running, but it was also at night. That’s not necessarily the best time to play with electronics for the first time, but since it’s winter I get home after dark every day. I had no choice.

It comes with a heart-rate monitor that you wear across your chest while you run. This sounds uncomfortable, but you really don’t notice it. I have to kind of tuck it under my sports bra because they are kind of in the same place otherwise, and it would get pushed down. The bezel is touch-sensitive instead of having a bunch of buttons which is nice, and you can also lock the bezel in order to prevent accidental changes to the watch while you are running. What’s really cool is it saves all of your run info, and it will automatically transfer the info to your computer so you can track your progess!

It also beeps at you for every lap you make so you don’t have to keep checking it, you can just listen for it. I have it set to beep at every mile. The only down-side to the beep is it is really quiet, so while I run in a jacket this time of year, the sleeve covers the watch and I can’t hear it.

I’m not going to write a full review of the watch, but I would be happy to answer questions about it!