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We’re hitched!

The wedding was dreamy. We really didn’t spend a lot of time planning it, and it went perfectly! I don’t know how that happened, but it was great. We got married in the back yard of my parents’ vacation rental house in Santa Fe. We hadn’t seen it beforehand, and it was  ...

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Dogs Friends & Family

The jaywalking wrap-up

I went to the municipal court on the 13th to deal with the jaywalking ticket. I should have known I was in for it when I got a really good parking place in spite of it being the first day that the legislature meets. I got there early and waited. The judge arrived, explained the procedure, and  ...

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Friends & Family

Christmas

Christmas in Houston was fun, as always. We made it in time for tortilla soup for dinner on Christmas Eve, which was delicious. In the morning, there was a collaboration to create the beautiful and scrumptious Eggs Sardou. We opened presents at the house and then went to my brother’s for  ...

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Friends & Family

Ike

Oh, Ike. In the post-hurricane chaos, we are expecting my Nana to stay with us and my brother + fam to come to an Austin hotel (my mother somehow magically found an available room). My Nana is on the 7th floor of a building with no electricity, and my brother’s neighborhood may have been  ...

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Friends & Family Work

Back from Santa Fe

We had a good ol’ time in Santa Fe.  We went shopping and ate fabulous meals at home.  My mom and I went hiking on Atalaya Trail on a beautiful day. We ate at Cafe Pasqual on a cold, rainy day; red + green enchiladas and a Mexican hot chocolate hit the spot. We wandered down Canyon Road  ...

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Dogs Friends & Family

Champ

My parents’ dog Champ passed away yesterday.  He was a standard poodle, who was somehow both majestic and goofy.  My brother bought Champ from a backyard breeder 10 years ago as a Christmas gift for my mother.  He was lucky to end up with my parents, who fixed up his major overbite and  ...

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