Well I know you all probably couldn’t sleep last night for wondering about my new blender and how it all worked out. You’ll be glad to know that it is everything I dreamed it would be.
I’ve made two smoothies thus far with the flax seed flushed with inert gases and they were both delicious. And I adore the single serving cups. It’s a genius idea.
(I wish I could update you on who would win between a puma and a shark, but there’s no way to know for sure.)
But I went back to HEB yesterday because we are now on the verge of a Winter Storm Warning. Which in South Texas means that there’s a slight chance of rain and temperatures that may dip into the low 30′s. Otherwise known as ICEAPOCALYPSE 2014!
I loaded up on ingredients to make all manner of soups and stews and hot beverages and as I unloaded the groceries P asked, “You know it’s supposed to be in the 60′s again by Saturday right?”
Well. Yes I do. But I get excited about the thought of an ice storm and having to huddle around the fire like the Ingalls family. Which probably explains why one of my favorite things to play when I was little was a game I called “Covered Wagon” that basically consisted of me pretending my bed was a covered wagon and that I was one of the Ingalls’ girls crossing the Minnesota plains in the dead of winter.
Okay, so I have a few things to tell you that are actually kind of important for a change. And so I will put them in list form.
1. Book Signing Locations and Dates
As of right now I have three book signings for The Antelope in the Living Room scheduled. There will probably be more, but I wanted to give you these dates and locations now because I’d love it if you could make it to one of them because that’s so much more fun than sitting alone in a book store.
San Antonio: Feb 4th from 6-8pm at Barnes & Noble San Antonio – San Pedro (321 NW Loop Road)
Houston: Feb 15th from 10:30 to Noon at Books A Million at Katy Mills (5000 Katy Mills Circle)
College Station: March 1st from 10:30 to Noon at Barnes & Noble (711 Texas Ave.)
I’ll keep you posted about additional dates as I get them.
2. Still Creek Ranch Fundraiser in College Station
Still Creek Ranch in Bryan, TX is the only long term boarding school & safe house for trafficked minors that currently exists in the US. They are not an awareness campaign, but deal with rescue and restoration of life.
On Thursday, January 30th at 7p.m. there will be a fundraiser/concert on the Texas A&M Campus in Rudder Auditorium featuring All Sons & Daughters, which happens to be one of my very favorite groups right now. Check out stillcreekranch.org for more info or buy tickets at restoreher.eventbrite.com
Tickets are only $20 and all ticket sales go directly to rescuing & restoring victims of sex-trade who are given healing, home, & a future at Still Creek Ranch.
3. Conversion Diary
Yesterday I met my friend Jennifer Fulwiler for lunch at the Gristmill in Gruene, Texas. And I didn’t order the chicken fried steak because I’m on my healthy eating kick and now I have regrets.
I always love reading what Jen writes, but I cracked up when I read the post she wrote yesterday about the twenty-two things she learned in her first ten years of parenthood. Hilarious and so true.
4. Miri Attwater series by E.S. Ivy
Caroline has officially decided that she likes reading books on her Kindle more than normal books. I’m hoping it’s a phase because part of my love of books has to do with how great a new book smells and you just can’t replicate that on a Kindle.
E.S. Ivy is actually a regular blog reader and she told me about her Miri Attwater books last year. I downloaded them for Caroline and she really enjoyed them. They’re perfect for girls in the 8-11 year old range. A great fantasy adventure story. You can find the first in the series here and the second one here. Best of all, they’re free right now.
And now I’m off to go finish some laundry and evaluate all my various soup/stew options to determine which one will be the best to get us through the ARCTIC BLAST ’14 as we face being iced in for about twenty minutes or so on Friday morning.