Snow Day – Houston Style

The year I turned 10 it snowed 3 times. For a lifelong Houstonian that was a big deal – and it still remains a weather record. The mayor at the time jokingly stated Houston would be bidding on the winter Olympics! Growing up I remember well how my brother and I always hoped it would…

We had a beautiful blue sky day in Beijing on our first day! It is likely we benefited from the recent Communist Party meeting that was held here this week, which only happens every five years. Today are cute guide, Ivy told us about the AIPAC Conference Beijing hosted a few years ago and Beijing’s…

AND THE YEARS FLY BY…

  BIRTHDAY PARTY Last night we celebrated Russell’s 60th birthday with our children. It’s crazy to imagine Russell is turning sixty. I still remember that young, eager, somewhat rough around the edges 25 year old law student with whom I fell in love. I was very young too – just a rising sophomore in college,…

Lessons from Harvey

Last week on the way to work someone cut me off. When I tapped my horn because I was afraid the driver had not seen me, he flipped me off.  Then later I posted a comment on someone’s Facebook with some information about restoration efforts.  It was truly informational, but it was taken as a…

A Place Called Hope

Americans are a hopeful nation. Bill Clinton tapped into a hopeful America with his now famous line, “I still believe in a place called Hope”, referring to his hometown in Arkansas. He created a brand around this small town, a place that he used as an analogy to describe all of America. It worked and…

Advent – You Know that Thing Before Christmas

I love this season. As a kid and even a young mother October 1 marked the beginning of t he build up to Halloween followed by the build up to Thanksgiving and then we could finally start talking about Christmas. I wrote about my love for Fall in a recent blog. What I have noticed,…

With a Song… from My Car?

My car gave me a song this week. I know that sounds crazy, but my car does this occasionally. I usually listen to an audio book on my morning commute so my car’s audio system is always tuned to find my favorite Bluetooth device  – my iPhone. I have an Audible account so my car usually auto-selects…

Winter is Coming

Winter is coming. As much as I love fall I hate winter. I wrote about my love for fall in a recent blog. I live in Houston so my dislike of winter is not because the weather is so cold since our winter only involves a couple nights of below freezing with most days seeing…

For Better For Worse

This week Russell and I attended a couple of events celebrating marriage. The first was the wedding of a sweet young couple, Alex and Stephen. A few days later we attended a vowel renewal for one of my good friends from work, Misha and her husband, Rod in honor of their 10th anniversary. It was…

Election Day

There was a time in my not too distant past that this day, Election Day, was my biggest day of the year. Everything came to down this. I often had at least few clients on the ballot. I knew or had met the majority of state, local and federal candidates for whom I got to…

It’s a Girl!

This week I met the most adorable little girl. She is all of five pound two ounces, and she has only been in this world for just a couple of days. She has already stolen my heart though. Who knew such a little package could cause such overwhelming emotion? Her name is Vivi and she…

Waiting for Surprises

I have never been good at waiting. I am that person who turns to the last few pages of a novel to see how things end even though I have barely read the first chapter.  It is a really silly thing to do actually because after just starting a book skipping to the end usually…