So now...on to updates!
Noel's been working in town this entire season thus far, which has been really nice - he's been home on weekends, and we've been able to go on lots of short adventures (photos coming up later in this post).
I've been working in my new job for several months now - it's been quite a change, learning a lot of new terminology and the in-depth parts of our business. I have a window by my desk, so that's also exciting. Ok. So not exactly EXCITING, but at least it's pleasant.
The house is great! We've had several parties here, a housewarming and a Halloween party. The fireplace is awesome! Too bad it's so warm here that we only get to use the fireplace about 3 times before it's summer again. :)
The cats are fine, of course. Spoiled rotten. I pulled out the electric throw (Rachel, the one you gave me) and half the time I can't even get under it because all 3 of them are camped out there. So now, on to photos!
Today we went to the Houston Auto Show. It featured new models that (if you have the scratch) you can go out and buy. It was an interesting show, but not as awesome as a show we went to earlier in the fall, the O'Reilly Autorama. It was FABULOUS. And huge! We had no idea when we walked in the door that there would be so much there! They had old cars galore, restored to the point where they practically glowed!
Love the color of this one:
I personally am partial to fins, and they had quite a few examples of some Fin Fabulosity:
The engraved bumpers on several cars really impressed us too - it looks like filigree!
And then there was....this:
Want a closeup of the interior? Of COURSE you do:
I have no words.
(Well, I do, but they're not appropriate for a blog of this quality and respectability). Noel's comment was "It looks like a rainbow threw up." About sums it up.
Other exciting and education trips we've made? The Texas Prison Museum, of course! The museum focuses on the Wall Unit, which was one of the most notorious in Texas and housed their deathrow inmates for many years. The exhibits talked about life in the prison and featured some artwork that the prisoners made. It was seriously impressive stuff, considering it was made out of matchsticks, toilet paper, etc. If these guys had just turned their hands and creativity to productive outlets, instead of...you know...killing people...
Speaking of killing people (like that delicate segue to the next pic?), they also had Old Sparky there. Don't know who Old Sparky is? Let me give you a hint:
Yup. Old Sparky was the name for the electric chair that signaled the end of the road for 361 of the Wall Unit inmates. They also featured transcripts of interviews with surviving family members of people who were either executed or who were the victims of the inmates who were put to death. Surprisingly (or not!) most said that it didn't really help that the inmate died - it didn't really bring any closure. Anyway, the museum wasn't huge, but was certainly educational. Main lesson learned? Don't commit a capital crime in Texas.
On to other scary and potentially life-threatening events: Thanksgiving!
This year Noel decided to deep fry the turkey. I was...concerned. The deep fryers are not exactly the safest things on the planet. He had to watch it the whole time, but it came out really great! Also, it's super fast to cook that way - 45 minutes and I'm not exaggerating. We had to keep the turkey warm in the oven so I could finish the side dishes, because I wasn't ready yet!
We had a nice first Christmas time in the house too, and put up both trees again before traveling to visit family back east for a week. We had the fireplace here going some, and of course the kitties helped with the festivities:
Samson really does a great job of holding the wrapping paper down so it doesn't blow away in a gale storm. :) Also, yes, his rear quarters are that big. :)
And now that January has arrived? It's time for gardening. No, seriously. We've been working on the garden already and our first batch of seeds has already been planted. It's in the 70s here! Don't hate!
So that's the update from here! Hope everyone's doing well!