Thursday, May 31, 2012

Concerts, Ranger game and BBQ

Well I forgot to have Michael review this post so your stuck with my hazy memory.

We kicked off May with a bang. We went to see Blake before he headed home for the summer.  The weekend after that we went to see Trish, Clint and their boys. I think I wrote about that last. We will pick up with our trip to Austin.

We went to Austin on Friday night after work and stayed the weekend with Michael's cousin Ty and his wife Allison. We didn't get to bed until 3am on Friday well Saturday morning.

Saturday Alison made brunch and she and I ended up going to take naps while the boys visited. After I woke up from my nap Michael and I went to the Tom Petty concert.  To say it was awesome is an understatement. On Tom Petty's website he said it was the loudest he had ever heard Free Fallen Sang. They played deeper tracks and of course some hits. I could listen to Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers for hours.

The crowd was so completely diverse.  You had young kids, teens, 20 somethings up to 70+ and EVERYONE was singing and enjoying themselves. I have to be honest here and say I was totally expecting to smell pot but, I never did. 

One of the most incredible things we saw were signers at the concert. I have never gone to a concert where they had signers. There were theses two ladies signing the entire night. From the opening act until the last song played these ladies were singing and dancing and signing.  It was so cool to see that. It just made the experience that much better.

At one point during the show I HAD to step out for a moment.  Normally once I'm in my seat that's it I don't budge.  So I pop out to the ladies room and on my way back there were no lines at the t-shirt stands so I went over to buy a shirt.  Of course the only shirt I wanted was in a size SMALL.  I don't know if you have been paying attention to my pictures but, a small isn't going to cover even half my chest.  So I go to the next stand that's empty and to see what sizes they have in the same shirt.  Of course it's only in small. So I say to the guy you guys ALWAYS forget about us fat chicks. The guy didn't know where to put himself.  I started laughing and he did as well. It was funny.  I get back into the concert and of course I have missed I missed some awesome song that I don't recall the name of.  (this is where I needed Michael.  I'm sure when he reads this he will be thinking it or saying it aloud)   The entire concert seemed to have gone by in a blink of an eye. If you ever have an opportunity to go to one of their concerts GO!

After the concert we head over to Alison's brother's place.  They had cooked out and had left overs so we had a bite to eat.  We hung out there until 3 AM then we head over to Ty and Alison's place  and Alison sat up for just a bit then had to go to bed because she needed to do a presentation the next day.  Ty, Michael and I ended up staying up until 6 AM. Obviously we need to get with them more often so we can go to bed at a more reasonable hour. When we finally got up the guys went and picked up some burgers and fry's. We said our goodbye to them and started heading toward home.

I was planning on coming back to the Belton area the next weekend but knew my great nephew would not be at my sisters house that weekend.  So we called them and let them know we were going to stop by to see Brody for a minute. Shortly after we hung up the phone I get a text from my niece.  Apparently my sister tells Brody I'm coming to see him and he says "OH, PRESENTS!".  She told him no that I was only bringing hugs and kisses this time.  Brody says "okay."  So you know we had to stop and get him something.  Only this time Uncle Michael had to pick something out as well.  He loved the presents but was to shy to give hugs and kisses. I got one just before he left.  We had to get back on the road because we still had a 2:30-3 hour drive home.  I sleep.  Poor Michael had to drive.

I didn't get to go back to see my family the following weekend because my back went out. By Wednesday I was using my walker/wheel chair type thing to get around and  I ended up missing work the following Friday and Monday.  I went to bed as soon as I got home from work and just rested as much as I could. I really need to get down there and visit before the reunion in July.

The next Saturday I slept all day and was feeling pretty good.  Blake got back home the end of that week and he and his girlfriend Andrea came over after 6 pm and we ended up playing games until 3 am. Yeah, I was worthless the next day.

This past weekend was a three day weekend.  Michael, Blake, Andrea and I went to see the Texas Ranger whip the tar out of the Toronto Blue Jays. We were kind of nervous because the Blue Jays have been whipping the Rangers for a while now.  I guess the tables finally turned. It was a great game.  We got them from a family friend who has season passes.  It was in an air conditioned area, with soft leather seats.  We had a free buffet until the 4th inning and free soda's.  If you want dessert or an adult beverage you have to pay for that.  They had fire works after the game but we did not go. Since we had another concert to go to the next night, we all thought we better call it a night.
Saturday we went out to Framers Branch.  They had the Gin Blossoms and Styx's come play a concert.  It was a ton of fun.  It was one of those deals where you bring your lawn chair and find a spot and enjoy.  The tickets were only like $10 bucks each.  Blake and Andrea went with us.  It was a ton of fun.  We all went around and got the free stuff.  I gave my stuff to a lady sitting next to me who was a veteran.  She wasn't able to go around to get the stuff but wanted it.  I wasn't in any real shape to do it either but I thought that was the least I could do for someone who served our country.

Sunday I didn't do a thing.  I paid for going out to much again.  But, it was worth it.  It gets old doing nothing.  I feel for my husband. He likes to get out and go and I'm just not able to go as much as he would like.  I'm trying but then I have to rest and recoup.

Monday we had off as well and Andrea's family had us over for BBQ.  It was delicious.  Good food, good company and good conversation.

Now it's back to the real world. Hurting or not I have to go on with my life. You know what they say.  Use it or lose it.  At 41 I'm not quite ready to lose it. I know I will be in pain if I play to much but sometimes you just have to live life and take the consequences. You only live once and you only have so much time to make memories with the ones you love that will take you through the times when you are old and no longer able to do the thing you once could.

Hope you have a blessed week!
Jackie

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Missing you

I finally have sat down and written all that has gone on this month.  It's been painful both physically and somewhat emotionally but a full of fun activities and just what was needed to keep a lot of the missing of lost loved ones at bay.  When you lose 3 people in one month over several years you kind of hate seeing that month come around each month.  Not to mention it being mothers day and my mom's birthday.

I want Michael to read over what I wrote before I post it. He has a better memory then I do and I want his perspective on things.  It's long so I might need to break it up in two posts.  Especially if I figure out how to get the pictures that I took on my cell phone down loaded from my email.

I've missed writing.  Not that I'm good at it but, I enjoy it.  It is good to have what we have done over the years written down somewhere so when I'm old I can look back and read and remember.

I'm looking forward to summer but, not the 100+ heat. I enjoy the longer days.  I would love to get some lawn furniture and just sit in our back yard and enjoy each other with music in the background and good conversation or even a good book.  What are your plans for this summer?



There are so many things that I would like to do with our home.  It's just going to take a little at a time. I still have not gotten all the things put back in place.  I'm in limbo because I'm not sure if I want all of it out or purge things I don't just love and keep what we do love.  What do you think?  Is less really more?


Have an awesome Wednesday!
Jackie

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Post I was supposed to write last Tues. will be written hopefully soon.

Sorry I have not written in a while.  My husband fussed at me for not letting you guys know what was going on esp. since I said I would tell you about our trip and the concert. 

My back has been out since we returned from our trip to Austin and steadily got worse until I ended up not working on Friday and Monday and had to use my walker that has wheels and a chair as a wheel chair from Wed of last week until last night.  I probably could have used it today but I did alright without it.

I just wanted to stop by and let you guys know what was going on and I will get back at it again soon.

On a good note, Michael left after work today to help Blake get packed and bring all of his stuff back home form school.  I can't wait to see by baby boy!

Hope everyone is doing well.  Have a great rest of the week.

Jackie

Monday, May 7, 2012

Weekend update to be posted on Tues.

We had an absolute ball this past weekend. I can't wait to tell all of you about it.  Right now I'm still so tired I can't think straight.  I also need to up load the few photos we took and hope and pray we got a couple of good shots.  For now, I need to get back to work and hope and pray I do not do a face plant on my desk.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Jackie

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Strange things are happening

In the last month I have seen some rather odd stuff.  One Friday on my way home from work I took a back road that takes me into a not so great area in Fort Worth.  As I'm pulling up to a stop light a notice on the back window of some guys car in huge letters was "Dimebag Johnny".  I'm thinking he must have toked one to many to have come up with that and thought it was a good idea to put on his rear window.  Can you imagine the number of times he has been pulled over and had his car searched on probable cause?  What a goof ball.  Dimebag Johnny? I have a feeling we might be seeing him on tht show the worlds dumbest crooks one of theses days.

About a week later, I am driving to work on my normal route and I see a car covered in pennies except for silver coins spelling out the word Cowboy. First it made me a little ashamed to be a Cowboy's fan. My next thought was how much money had he glued to his car? He could have had one of those standing room only cowboy tickets for the amount he put on that car. Heck it would have been less expensive to buy a sticker.

Then this morning I'm driving into work and I'm going through a school zone so we are all going 20mph.  I am looking ahead and see one of those scooters you see on commercials "flying" across traffic to get to a convenience store. I could just imagine the sound waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. You can see the guy working it for all he was worth.  He looked relieved to have crossed the street and not be splatted on the pavement like some kind of Frogger character. Some of you might be to young to get that reference.  Go google it ya whipper snapper! haha

The craziest thing I have ever witnessed was when I was around 24. I was driving home from work on 635 in Dallas. It was bumper to bumper traffic and some guy gets ticked off because he got cut off by another driver.  The guy who got cut off then cuts off the guy who cut him off in the first place.  He slams on his brakes puts his truck in park gets out and starts punching the other guy in the face. The one receiving the beat down finally got smart and started to roll up his windows.  I was directly behind them and just sat there stunned.  There was no where to go.  We were boxed in from all sides by other cars.  The guy punching finally gets back in his car and takes off.  That was not only strange but scary.

Have you witnessed anything strange, funny or scary on your drive?

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday.

Jackie

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