Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
This past week I picked up a new necklace. I think it's going to look fantastic with a black turtleneck this winter. What do y'all think?
I finally hung my favorite painting on the wall. This is my favorite piece of art that we own. It's Rembrandt's Esther. The original hangs in the Pushkin Museum. I would love to see it in person but I don't think we have any plans to travel to Moscow anytime soon.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
The Houston Aeros warming up before the game
My adorable husband wearing his new Aeros hat
Our $20.00 Nachos!!! Yummm, check out all those jalapenos!!!
Mascot Chill E. Dog dancing to Billy Jean. My husband and I loved when he would throw his head back like MJ use to do. It was so funny...
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I must share with y'all a fabulous shop called, BROWN, located in Houston, Texas. It's filled with so many wonderful unique pieces. I love the chandeliers! I love lavish chandeliers because they remind me of Europe. Look at the fork and spoon piece. Isn't it fantastic?
Monday, October 12, 2009
My hubby (far right) was second up for "Mr. Catfish" in Covington, LA.... Don't y'all think that middle kid who won is creepy? The twin boys reminds me of my twin sisters when they were kids (except they aren't boys, LOL)...
Hubby is about 4 years old and he was really into Lone Ranger. Check out those pants? I told him he needs to get a pair of those for when we hit the town. I'm sure people wouldn't forget his name in pants like that, LOL....
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I think 90% of us have made that mistake of cutting our hair super short before. I was a thirteen when I asked my mom's hairdresser to cut my hair into a short sassy style. It was the early 90's and I wanted to look like Josie Bissett off Melrose Place (old school Melrose) but it turned out more like the lead singer, Mike Score, for the Flock of Seagull's (not cute). Thankfully those newsboys hats were in style that year while it grew out.
Did y'all see the Jimmy Choo "Blyth" collection? I love this bag! It's large enough to be a decent mid size tote but elegantly shaped. And those side straps gives it a little devilish personality. Yes, I really like this bag. Will my husband let me drop $1900 for one, ummm....gotta say no. But hey, a girl can dream. The name makes me chuckle because theirs a burned out desert town on the border of California/Arizona called, Blythe. We drive right through it on I-10 between L.A. and Phoenix. When we are back in California visiting relatives Richard likes to tease snooty strangers by telling them he's from Blythe just to watch their reaction. He gets them going for awhile until he finally reveals that he's not from there. It's hilarious to watch their eyes when he talks about killing rattle snakes for lunch, LOL! Guess you have to be there. It's late and I'm heading off to bed. Have a fabulous weekend.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
I'm wide awake and can't sleep. It's nearly midnight and I'm watching House Hunters. I'm addicted to this show. Why? Have no idea. I'm obsessed with international House Hunters. I would love to buy a villa or beach cottage as a vacation home. There's so many wonderful places to visit. I use to want to buy property down in Costa Rica but in the past 10 years it's become too commercialized (too many Americans).
I think if I were going to buy a vacation home I would buy a villa outside of Madrid, Spain. Spain is awesome, food, clothes, shopping, and sights. We were suppose to go last year to Barcelona, Spain with another couple but were were right in the middle of our move. They had a fantastic time. I wish we could have gone but I'm sure we'll be able to go soon. Where would you buy your vacation home?
Friday, October 2, 2009
I just learned that the twin girls I use to nanny for are attending Yale University and are on the rowing team. I'm so very proud of them. I believe I began watching them when they were at the age of 7 so it's a bit difficult to imagine they are enrolled in college now. Very strange and it makes me feel older. Not old but older, LOL! These two were "real" characters. I have so many hilarious stories about my nannying days. The twins parents were both Cardiac surgeons and weren't home much. The girls had been raised by nannies and by the time I arrived they had earned themselves quite a reputation.
Being the youngest in my family I had absolutely zero experience with children. So, you could imagine the trouble we got into. Also, being from a middle class family with five siblings taught me to be thankful for what I had and I tried to teach those same values to these girls. They were not your typical 7 year olds. When I met them they were receiving a weekly allowance of $200/each and they were spoiled rotten. They were always doing something to the poor housekeeper and also the previous nannies. However, growing up in a household of six girls (me #6); they didn't have a chance. I was always two steps ahead of them. I believe I was the only nanny that disciplined them and told them "no." Believe it or not they didn't mind when I cut their allowance to $10 a week, made them earn it through chores, taught them to be respectful to adults, be compassionate towards those less fortunate, and made them arrive on time for their appointments. I also hugged them a lot and told them how special they were to me. When the time came for me to move on I remember they begged me to take them with me. I sobbed all the way home. I'm so proud to see the women they have become and I hope that I played a small part in it.
I remember a funny story when I was their nanny. We had to stop by my 1 bedroom apartment so I could pick something up before heading back to their gigantic Victorian home. This house was beyond beautiful. They even had their own rooms custom built so the fireplace and bookshelves were at their height. They also had their own private terrace and outdoor furniture (just what any child needs). So that should give you a clue of what they were use to. Me, I lived in a new 1 bedroom apartment across town near the college. It was my first place and I supported myself all on my own and was enrolled in school. I was so proud of myself and of my humble dwelling. I was totally taken back and caught off guard by their reaction....
Twin #1: "What are we doing here?"
Me: "I have to stop by and pick something up. It will only take a minute."
Twin #2: "Gigi, I'm hungry."
Twin #1: "Me too. Can we order room service?"
This stops me in my tracks as I realize that they believe this is a hotel room. "Um, this isn't a hotel. This is actually my apartment."
Twin#2: "You mean you live here?" Eyes wide and mouth hanging open.
Me: "Yes, this is my home."
Twin #1: "But it's so small. I mean you could fit your entire house in my bathroom." She's probably right.
Me: "Well, yeah but it's just me and I'm in college." I'm actually embarrassed and trying explain my situation to a 7 year old.
Twin #2: "You should really think about moving into a bigger house. I mean, you don't even have a garage."
Me: "Well, that takes money and when you're in college you don't....most people don't have a lot of money because they are in school so they rent apartments."
Twin #1: "You don't have any money?!!! Shocked at the realization that not everyone is well off. "We can ask mommy if you can move into the guest house. It's much bigger than your house and nobody lives there."
Twin #2: "And at least you will have a pool and garage."
Me: "Well, I actually have access to a pool." I pull my drapes open and point to the complex pool. Thinking that this will make my situation look brighter.
Twin #1: "Do you know those people?" I shake my head no.
Twin #2: "Gigi, this IS a hotel not a house.
Twin#1: "And it's not a very nice one."
Twin #2: "Yeah, I mean you don't even have room service."
I don't think I'll ever forget that conversation, LOL!