Monday, April 29, 2013


The previews for NCIS say to stay tuned for the final three episodes. It doesn't say if it is the final three of the season or the series. I haven't found any info saying the series is coming to an end, but the teaser makes it sound as though it is ending.

Does anyone know if NCIS is returning next season or if this is the last season?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Austin Food and Wine Festival

This weekend was the Austin Food and Wine Festival. I would have love to have gone in the hopes of meeting Andrew Zimmern, but the ticket costs were way out of my budget. They ranged from $250 to $850 for both days. There is a food and wine festival coming to Round Rock soon, hopefully those tickets will be more reasonably priced.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Dog's Purpose

If you are looking for a book that will tug at your heart strings and make you want to hug your pets, you should read this book. Although, if you are an emotional person, I wouldn't recommend reading this book on an airplane or in the airport like I did.

Friday, April 26, 2013


Lately I have been reflecting on where I am in life, where I want to be, and what is important to me. Work used to be my primary focus, but now I no longer feel that pull to focus as hard on work as I once did. I feel it is now time to focus on me, family, and not letting work dominate my life.

Hubby deserves for me to not be stressed all the time. He deserves for us to be able to just relax and have fun.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

American Airlines Sucks - Southwest Saves the Day

This was my worst travel experience ever. I left Tuesday for a business trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. Although getting to the Austin airport was a challenge (there was an auto/pedestrian accident that blocked traffic for a while), the flight from Austin to Dallas was on time and okay. Then in Dallas, my flight to Charlotte was delayed an hour. This part of the flight was not too bad, it's the return home that became the nightmare.

I arrived early at the Charlotte airport and started noticing that all of the flights out of my terminal were delayed. So when my flight took off on time, I was pleasantly surprised. Then the fun begins. About 45 minutes in to the flight, we begin smelling something that smelled like a cross between burnt food and cigarettes. Just about that time the pilot announces we are turning around and going back to Charlotte because if this unknown smell. When we land, our plane is instantly surrounded by firetrucks. When landed really hard and they actually escorted us in. They wouldn't let us off the plane until they knew there was nothing on fire outside. Then several firemen come on board and ask us to get all of our luggage and get off.

Once off and back in the terminal, they didn't tell us anything for a long time. When several of us started asking and complaining, they started trying to find us other options. One option they did offer me was a US Air flight that was leaving in about an hour. It is now about 9pm and our flight originally left at 7:15pm. Even though American and US Air are technically one company now, the person helping us couldn't book us in their flights, so we had to go over to the US Air terminal to see if there was an opening. There wasn't. So, we had to go back to the American terminal. About that time they tell us another plane is coming and they will get us to Dallas tonight, put us in a hotel, and find us connecting flights on Friday. They were supposed to feed us on the plane, but that didn't happen.

We arrive in Dallas at 1am. The Super 8 hotel they booked us in never came to pick us up. When I called to complain, they said the shuttle stopped running at 1am and the airline told them we would be there by 12:30pm, so when we weren't there, he left.

It is now about 2am and I am beat. I have been up since 6. The flight they booked me on was to board at 7:50am .I would have to be back at the airport in 3 hours. So, by the time I would get to the hotel, I would have to come back.

I checked for flights on other airlines, but nothing was available. I thought about renting a car and driving the remaining 3 hours, but they were all closed. I called our company travel agency emergency line, but no one answered.

I decided to book a flight on another airline at another airport. Southwest Airlines to the rescue. I booked the flight, called the cab to take me to the other airport. and am now waiting for my 6am flight home. When I got to the new airport, Dallas Love Field, everyone was super nice. One of the security guards showed me to a new lounge they just opened and are letting me and a couple of others hang out until it is time for our flight.

I can definitely say, I will NEVER fly American again. In addition to this horrible experience, their flight attendants are not very friendly and they don't seem to be very good at handling situations that don't go as planned.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Day of Geocaching Fun

Yesterday, hubby and I had a full day of geocaching. It was great to spend the whole day not worrying about my presentation, or work, or things that needed to get done around the house. We reached a new record of caches found in one day, 27. We also saw a couple of cool things. We saw a couple of baby doves sitting on their nest (I accidentally scared the mama dove) and we saw a Brown snake having lunch. I am really scared of snakes, but he was small so I was able to stay near him for a while before I just had to get away.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


I planted my garden this year and then we had one last freeze, which killed a couple of my tomato plants.  I replanted those and then last night we got a nice and hard rain.  I am hoping the rain didn't uproot some of the new seeds I put in this week.

We have items planted in both the garden and in pots this year.  In pots on the porch we have:  potatoes, arugula, baby carrots, spinach, apple mint, and chili's.  In the garden we have roma tomatoes, husky cherry red tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, spicy bell peppers, green bell peppers, purple bell peppers, string beans, and snow peas.

This year we planted things we love to eat and cook with, so I can't wait for everything to be ready.