Friday, October 23, 2009

OU/TX 2009

It was an AMAZING weekend, even though we lost. Sigh. The game was a brutal four quarter long defensive struggle, and by halftime, I was already exhausted. I truly hope Texas is able to win out this season and play in the big game (cause we certainly won't be there). But enough about that, let's get to the fun part! Well, first, the stuff before the fun part...

Early last week my car gave me some problems (steering wheel shaking and a lovely burnt-rubber smell) and after taking it to my uncle's shop to get it looked at, it was determined that under no circumstances should I be driving it to Dallas. WHAT?! My whole weekend appeared to be ruined. Mom and I talked it out, going back and forth between go or no-go. Luckily Steve was planning to be in town on Thursday, and would be headed to DFW on Friday. Steve graciously changed up his plans a bit and I was able to ride with he and Cliff to Dallas on Friday. YAY! We met up with my Mom in Fort Worth and agreed to meet at the Cotton Bowl the next morning, a few hours before the game so we could find tickets. Mom and I stayed in Addison Friday night and it only took us about 40 minutes to get to the stadium and park.

We immediately were on the lookout for tickets, and we definitely weren't the only ones. We got extremely lucky and found two tickets together on the 40 yard line, OU side (though it was only one section over from the OU/TX split) upper level, row 8 for $150 each. Mom then found one more ticket for $125, and Steve found his ticket for $150. There were definitely more people looking than selling.

We headed into the stadium about 45 minutes before the game to find our seats and watch the teams warm up. The energy in the stadium was just insane! I've never experienced anything like it. Steve came over and sat with us for the second half, so he and my Mom were able to cheer for TX together. The rest of the game just flew by and before I knew it, it was over. We lost 16-13 (we were a 3 point underdog going in, funny). That makes us 3-3, losing those three games by a combined total of 5 points. Yeah that sucks.

We stuck around for the festivities, well, actually Mom and Steve left me standing by myself while they participated in the revelry, but that's OK. I got some great photos! We met up with my cousins after the game and commiserated a bit (all but two of us being OU fans). After the game, Mom and I wandered around the fair, OK we got kind of lost, but whatever. We finally made our way to Big Tex with tickets in hand, found the guys and got in line for some lunch and much needed beer. We roamed around for awhile, sampled a bit of the fair cuisine (funnel cakes and fried banana pudding) and then made our way to the concert stage for the Miranda Lambert show. I've always liked her music, but after seeing her live I am definitely a fan. She's just amazing!

We parted ways after that and went back to the hotel and crashed. Mom and I met up with Dad at the Stockyards in Ft. Worth on Sunday. We went to Joe T. Garcia's for lunch, great Mexican food, and GORGEOUS place. I mean gorgeous. And it's huge! Courtyard after courtyard, flowers and fountains and trees...all tucked away in the Stockyards. Seriously awesome. We wandered around the Stockyards for a bit, and then I headed back to Abilene in Mom's car.

That had to be one of the best weekends I've ever had. And I'm still not recovered...looking forward to a weekend at home.

Oh, and BOOMER SOONER. I'm a faithful fan to the end.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

scrap flowers*

I'm a blog reader. It fuels my creativity. A lot. And a few weeks ago I rediscovered Heather Bailey (I bought some of her Trash Ties several months ago). She is a fabric designer, among MANY other things, and she posted a little tutorial for scrap fabric flowers. I'd been looking for something cute to put on my crocheted hats, and this was perfect!

Took a trip to Hobby Lobby, bought some cute fabric, felt, and pin backs and went to town. Here are a few of my creations. I'm thinking about putting the little one on a headband.

I'll be posting these (along with my hats) on etsy in the next week or so, stay tuned for that! If you happen to be in Abilene, you can come out to the Solid Groove Festival at Play Faire Park on Saturday, I'll have a booth there! Check out the poster here.

*this is not the fun DIY I promised, that is coming soon!

Monday, October 05, 2009

The weekend...

Friday night I had the privilege of shooting photos at the David Crowder Band show at Beltway Park. I've seen them before when I was in college, and I'd really forgotten how amazing they are. Incredible show! *I promise I will post photos in a few days*

Saturday Roxie and I packed up the car and made our way to Play Faire Park for the annual Bark in the Park, benefitting the Taylor-Jones Humane Society. A few friends (and their four-legged friends) joined us at the Dog Park table. We sold homemade dog treats, had petitions for people to sign, and Roxie was in the costume contest. She was the most adorable bumblebee you've ever seen! :) It was quite busy and we had a great time mingling with fellow dog-lovers. We have a meeting this week with the city council, and hopefully we'll have a lead on some land for our dog park!

After sitting outside in the wind for several hours, my head was pounding and Roxie was exhausted so we went home to veg for a bit (and watch football). I jetted over to Goodwill and bought 10 fun t-shirts for a project I did on Sunday (stay tuned for photos and a DIY!). Saturday night brought sadness, as my Sooners broke my heart again with a 1-point loss. I guess you just can't be awesome every year. Sigh.

Sunday morning service at Beltway, then I embarked on my sewing project! All I can say is, you're going to be scouring through your dressers, local thrift stores, and garage sales for some vintage tees after you see this DIY. I made two more last night...