2017. Every day. (02.12.17)

I love taking pictures, the every day, the mundane, the big, the fun, the celebrating, even the hard. Images I want to remember.  So, this year, I’m documenting my everyday. A photo a day for my FB/IG and then writing the stories of each on my blog weekly. 
So, welcome to (February) 2017!

Sunday was our annual Rodeo Committee fundraiser and it was a great night out with friends, good music, food, drinks lots of money raised and all for a good cause! We will support almost 9,000 contestants in over 20 contests during Rodeo Houston, and our fundraiser helps feed and provide awards to our contestants.  After 20+ years, I got out my blue and gold FFA jacket and wore it with my sequin skirt.  It was such a fun conversation piece, so many friends and those I don’t know have stories of their jackets, which I loved hearing, even though my jacket is now “vintage”.

Little Auggie digs out a random toy from the toybox every now and then and then entire night I was home Monday he played with this credit card. It makes a crackling noise and I guess he had his mind set on that toy for the night because he kept it close.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Despite being single, I’ve never really dreaded or hated Valentine’s Day like some really do. I certainly don’t find my worth in my status on February 14th of any given year. It is definitely a wonderful life and I am so blessed with people I love and dearly cherish from so many walks of life who are a part of my life.  And, I’m not saying that to “dismiss” my desires of marriage, but again, marriage won’t define me. This has been a really full season of life for me with a lot going on, it is one that I know the value of having a running mate that would “do life” along with me. As I age I see more and more the importance of that vs any sort of initial romance that certainly cools with time and as reality sets in of the every day.

{02.14.17 – Bonus}
Auggie had his phone as toy of choice on Valentine’s Day…he just called to say he loves you.

Wednesday night was a treat. My parents drove down to treat me to dinner for a Valentine treat and they came bearing yummy treats too! We tried out a new to us neighborhood Chinese restaurant and all had really good food. Everywhere I’ve lived there has been great Chinese food nearby, and so happy to have found a new place close by, despite having now lived here for a year!

{02.15.17 – Bonus}
Wednesday was the HISD State of the Schools event and seems like every now and then I’m taken back to my road show days where life was lived loading and unloading dollies of product and booth building supplies.  I snapped this as I was hauling a dolly of equipment for our workforce display at the event. Those road days were hard work, but so many great days in that year of life!

Snail mail is one of my very favorite things. So, I was surprised to receive this note in the mail at work from someone at Texas Workforce regarding my presentation from a couple of weeks ago. My job certainly has very hard aspects, but I love the work that I do and connecting education to industry, so this card was unexpected and much appreciated words of affirmation of my presentation.

Friday I took the day off to attend the Trailblazer Luncheon which is another fundraiser for Rodeo Houston. My dear friend and former colleague is on the committee and she hosted our table. The luncheon honored incredible women contributors to Rodeo Houston, included a runway fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue and a few boutiques to shop as well. More coming on one of those boutiques, a great story of products and artisans. Stay tuned for a what I wore post!

Saturday night I attended a school fundraiser with my dear college bestie. I have written about her a few times regarding ALS as her husband was diagnosed with ALS a little over 2 years ago. I was thankful to be able to hang out with her for a fun night out on the town, we worked a couple of stations, had a good meal, got to visit and catch up which of course always includes a lot of laughs and a few tears too.  She is an amazing wife, mama and friend; my heart is so heavy for them and the daily battle they fight on this road with ALS. Despite all the circumstances though, her faith remains the strongest and she is determined their story will change lives based on how they walk this road.

{02.18.17 – Bonus X 4}
Saturday also would have been Barney’s 11th birthday, so Auggie got a new toy and a slice of (squeaky toy) birthday cake to remember my little Barney. He also got a haircut, so shaggy dog no more!

The barber shop wore him out!

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  1. Laurie S on February 21, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Angie! I love reading your weekly synopsis posts and learning what you've been doing. You have great style with words. Auggie certainly adds to your life… love his cute toys. Sharing the news that we have adopted a young dog. Her name is Daisy; she's had a rough life but we hope a steady environment will help rebuild trust and confidence. We are learning lots from each other in just 3 days. Thought of you and Auggie and Barney as we brought Daisy home. ��

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