Saturday, August 15, 2015

August 2015 - Beginning to Mid

It is unbelievably hard to think not only is August's MID August. When did this happen? This year has gone by so fast and has brought about so many changes it is absolutely crazy.

After the meeting the first Sunday in August, Papa Bear and I went with the Meyers to Denman Estate Park to walk and talk. It was pretty darn hot, around 100, but all the trees provided shade and made the walk really pleasant. 
I wasn't prepared for how beautiful the park was.  
The Korean pavillion is set behind a beautiful pond and surrounded by huge towering canopy of trees.  

The pond is a half mile around and there you find the cutest,fluffy ducks, which are no doubt used to people by now.  
I was surprised how close they will let you get to them. I wished I had known, I would have brought some bread with me. 
Some of my favorite memories are going to Victoria to the duck pond to feed the ducks. Mom and I would stop at the little bread store and load up. She usually had a picnic packed and we would feed the ducks and then feed ourselves. 
There were also many turtles. I love turtles. 
I had to snap a quick picture of the baby turtle taking a ride on it's mommy's back. 
And as mentioned in my last post, Sierra has me hooked on the Doppio Con Panna. 
Lena and I went to the mall to purchase some makeup and we had to take a break to look at our goodies....
We took our break at Starbucks, of course. 
I am a sucker for matte eye shadows. Don't get me wrong, I love to have some shimmer and shine but NOTHING beats a good matte!!
Too Faced cosmetics came out with a Natural Matte palette and I HAD to have it! 
Oh my goodness... I am so in love. I have never felt eyeshadow so buttery and soft. There is literally NO fall out and when combined with Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer, these shadows stay on all day!!
My work days starts at 7:30 a.m. I apply my make up around 6 am. I usually do the gym around 8 pm and get home around 11 pm. 
When I apply the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, my shadow stays put ALL. DAY. 
I realize that a decluttering and reorganization of my make up drawer is in order. I'm embarrassed to post this photo even! My monthly make up subscriptions like Birchbox and Ipsy have really created a monster in that I am full of samples, luxury size samples and full sized items that it will take me a while to get to.  
And as if I didn't have enough eye shadows, Papa Bear bought me another new palette...because I lost the bet. HA! That man must really love me!!!
I had a really hard time deciding earlier in the week if I wanted the Too Faced Natural Matte Palette or the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar. I selected the Natural Matte then but when I lost the bet and he offered to still buy me something from Sephora... I chose the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette!! 
The BEST palette ever.  
Every single color in here is amazing.
And the smell.... oh my goodness, the smell...
Chocolate is actually infused in each of these shadows and when you open the palette you smell what I imagine Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory would smell like. 
It's heavenly, I tell you!!!
One evening Papa Bear and I decided to stop by a restaurant I used to frequent with my friend Lisa. They have delicious, authentic Mexican food.
The weather was nice, there was a slight breeze, the music was playing softly, the food being cooked outside smelled amazing... 
and the food itself did not disappoint!! It was just as good as I remembered it being. 
I have no idea why we stopped visiting Marioli's but I know without a doubt we will be stopping by regularly! 
Last weekend while cleaning Papa Bear opened Mom's doctors case of 45's and we listened to her favorites. 
She drew stars on some of her favorites. 
I loved that she had this one. It was one of my dad's favorite songs. He could definitely relate to it. So playing her 45's made me feel like she was here again, here with us.
There may have been a minor break down or two but I am so very, very happy I have her records.
Again, they bring back sooo many, many memories.
Last Saturday Papa Bear and I met Gloria for dinner at Smoke, The Restaurant.
This has got to be one of the very best restaurants in San Antonio. The flavors of the food are just unbelievable. If you want to eat inside, you will need a reservation. We enjoy eating outside and listening to the live music. The waiters are so nice and keep your glasses full.
The trees provide a soft, easy breeze and you are just in good company. 
I absolutely love this place!
This was my Urban Cowboy plate. It's brisket made into a ground patty, topped with crispy onions and served with french fries.
It is mouth...watering...good!!!! 
CC came over and brought Bella and Papa Bear made beignets for us when he got home.
Beignets were one of our favorite parts of NOLA, so imagine my surprise when I found you can find the mix at Wal-Mart. 
Too bad they don't sell the Cafe Du Monde coffee too! 
Papa sent me a text asking me what we were doing and this is the picture I sent him.... 
I don't let the cats on the table but this was a special day because.....
Bella was back in the house. 
When CC called that she was on her way and bringing Bella with her, I had her on speaker phone and my boys heard Bella meowing in the background. They got so nervous and started pacing and looking around. 
When Bella got here the got away from her as fast as they could. I guess they thought she couldn't get them up there. So I made the exception, then I cleaned the table like a mad woman!!!!

I got accepted for the work from home position. The start date has been pushed back a week. I am so excited to get started on fixing my home office. This will be one room in the house that will be all me!!!