Daytripping

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Shot of the aquarium pyramid...

Saturday afternoon, Myron and I took a hour drive down Interstate 45 South to Galveston, TX, an island right off the coast. I’d been wanting to the see the Bodies Revealed exhibit at Moody Gardens. Moody Gardens also has a hotel-resort, a water park on premises, an aquarium and  an indoor rainforest.

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Below are some shots I took with my cell phone of the view of the bay and the grounds at Moody Gardens.

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Here is a shot I snuck at the Bodies Review exhibit. I was living dangerously as you weren’t supposed to be taking pics!

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Here is my cute hubs!! Look at that reluctant smile!

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There are tons of beautiful flowers in bloom. Spring time in Texas is gorgeous! The weather was a wonderful 85 degrees with a nice breeze coming off the bay. We are enjoying it now. By May it will be scorching!

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This cockatoo was eating a snack and wasn’t being that cooperative for my pictures but I finally got one.

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After all that sightseeing, we got a recommendation from Beautifully Complex and decided to check out the Black Pearl Oyster Bar and Grille.

I started out with two huge crabcakes! They were so good and full of meat.image

My entree was Shrimp Diablo over rice and it did have a kick!

I forgot to get a shot of Myron’s dozen oysters on the half shell. He loves them.

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Myron’s entree was blackened shrimp, crawfish and squid over rice. It was pretty tasty. We will definitely be going back to the Black Pearl.

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We grabbed some blue crabs on the way home to cook on Sunday, but they all died overnight. I think it was too hot in the garage for them. We went back to the fish market for some fresh ones, though. My husband was determined to get him some crabs!

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All in all, we had a fun Saturday. Day trips are nice!

Odds and Ends: The Birthday Friday Edition

The contract gig that I was at working ends today. So for the time being I am back to being the unemployed bride. Chin up, commenters..I have an interview on Monday and a meeting with a recruiter as well. If I don’t know how to do anything else, I know how to grind it out on a job search. With that being said, prayers are always welcome!

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Since we were talking about flowers earlier this week, one of my dear commenters and future wedding planner extraordinaire Tamara ran across a couple of inspiration boards that use the wedding colors and add in an additional accent color. Take a look see:

(Source: Dessy.com)

 

(Source: ThePlannerPages.com)

I never even thought of using flowers as accent colors or of an accent color at all. This is why blogging is so great!!  Commenters propose ideas you would have never thought of! Please know it’s appreciated!

Random Ramblings

  • My birthday is Friday. I will be 37 years old. I still cannot believe it. It seems like yesterday I was graduating from college, club hopping and watching Love Jones. Where does the time go??
  • Myron and I currently live in my 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhouse. I’d said that maybe we should try to stay there until we both turn 40 (!) in order to save some money for the home we buy together. Now I’m not so sure. My place is older and I am dreaming of having a brand new kitchen (to not cook in). I would like to have another bedroom or two as well. He needs a man room in the worst way.
  • Did I mention that while the money is great working contract, that I would really kill, stab and maim for a permanent gig? Funny how your perspective can change once you get engaged/married. While no job is ever really permanent, at least I’d get 2-3 weeks vacation!!
  • I really think I am going to need to get one more professional certification and I really don’t want to go back to school EVER. AGAIN. IN. LIFE.
  • I really would like to work for the government. I’m tired of Corporate America bullshit. If I’m going to have to deal with office politics, at least with the government I have a strong chance of not getting laid off (provided we don’t have another Great Recession again).
  • I really need a new pair of brown peep toe shoes. But I might get skinned alive if another shoe box comes through that door right now. *Hey babe*
  • I’m kinda salty that my folks bullied guilted manipulated talked me into doing something I really didn’t want to do, because we really need to be holding on that money right now. How am I supposed to be a grown up when I can’t stand up for myself?? *headdesk*
  • Speaking of money, my e-fund will be almost empty after we get married. Going to have to really grind to get it back up to a comfortable level. I like having some savings in the bank, it just makes me feel better.
  • Also going to have really look at both of our retirement savings plans. We both have not done a great job of saving for retirement AT ALL. And I have an 401K  from my old job that still needs to be rolled over somewhere.
  • Would be nice to win the lottery. I guess I should play though, huh?
  • I asked my peeps on Twitter but they had ignored me (you know who you are!) so I will ask it here: Where can I get inexpensive chocolate brown pashminas online?
  • One of my commenters (hey Ms. Tamara!) sent me a email with some awesome flower color combinations. I think I might post them up later on.
  • We have 2 cake tastings on Saturday. We meet with the photographer next Tuesday. Yay for progress.
  • We go back to pre-marital class this Thursday (skipped last week cause the other couple couldn’t make it) so I guess I’ll blog week 3 and week 4 in one post. It’s gonna be a lot to cover.
  • I’m hongry. What’s for lunch???
 
Toss your randomness in the comments.

Flower Power

Let’s talk flowers today. I admit that I haven’t thought about them very much because to be honest, they really don’t press my buttons all that much. I know they are needed for the wedding for my me and my immediate wedding party and family but I haven’t got a clue where to start.

My wedding colors are Tiffany blue and chocolate and I have no idea what would go well with those colors. I don’t know what color my bouquet should be, though I imagine most anything would go with white. Then, the other thing is flowers are just so damn expensive. I’m tempted to go to Kroger’s and buy some loose stems and get to work! I’m not really the DIY type but there are tons on tutorials on the web that I am sure I could master. I have to keep thinking about that but in the meantime I moseyed over to the Knot to see if there were any galleries of flowers that I could just start looking at to see what even caught my eye. Check them out in the gallery below.

And has anyone been to a wedding where the bride or bridesmaids carried something other than flowers?? If so, drop me a note into the comments and tell me how it looked to you. Any ideas you care to share on wedding flowers, how to get them for the cheap and still have them look decent on the day of??

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