Friday, November 13, 2015

High Five for Friday (11.13.15)

1. My annual trip to visit my mom and sister - and enjoy a few days of fall in the Midwest - was one of the best we've had. Lots of laughs, plenty of shopping, good food, great wine, and if you can believe it, ALL FOUR of my planes were not only on time, they were EARLY. Hallelujah!
The only picture I took on our trip was
of the sunrise as I flew into Houston.

2. On Sunday morning and in preparation for my return home, Tom, Grandpa Paul, Will, and Hallie cleaned the entire house, bought groceries, changed all of the sheets, and did three loads of laundry. I may have found a box of 56 taquitos in the freezer, nearly all of the leftover Halloween candy mysteriously missing, all of Hallie's socks in my sock drawer, and the bathroom rug lying on top of a bush in the backyard, but for a foursome that doesn't necessarily shine when it comes to domestic tasks, they did a fantastic job.

3. I finished The Hunger Games earlier this week, hope to finish Catching Fire tonight, and plan to crack open Mockingjay tomorrow night. I'll be more than ready when, in just five days, my friends and I settle into our movie theater seats to enjoy the Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 double feature!

4. November 13th has finally arrived! Tonight my sweet girl will take part in her very first stage production: The Nutcracker Ballet. She can hardly wait to sweep her hair up in a bun, put on her make-up, step into her Magic Mouse costume, and scamper on stage to battle the Rat King in front of a packed house. As she so eloquently explained to me just before last year's dance recital, "I like to dance, Mama, but I LOVE the stage". The stage loves you back, sweet girl, and I can't wait to see you shine on it tonight.

5. Happiness Highlights:
My Christmas cards arrived! This year's photo isn't my best work, but
my subjects and assistant were grouchy and uncooperative so the fact
that I managed one satisfactory photo means the shoot was a success.

He's hanging backwards over my shoulder…and giving
me an excellent back massage with his little kitty feet.

Banners stocked in the Target OneSpot disappear quickly, so my
friends and I have a policy: if one of us spots affordable holiday
banners, we buy them all. On Wednesday night I bought six of
these, and just like that, we're all ready for Christmas. 

We finally got Tux microchipped this week. He did NOT
love the experience, but he thoroughly enjoyed the vet's sink.

Happy Friday, friends!

Linking up with High Five for Friday!


  1. I still have yet to read the Hunger games books!! I have to start them!! Best wishes to your daughter and the play! =)

    Have a great weekend! Melanie | Toots + Dill

    1. Oh, you definitely should read them! I hesitated at first, thinking that because they were categorized as "young adult" books I should probably skip them, but now I'm on my fifth or sixth time reading the series! (Not sure if I should have admitted that… :))