Daily Archives: December 4, 2015

All Pumpkin, All The Time . . .

We spent last night at Brandi’s since it didn’t make sense to make the 90 minute trip back to Conroe and get home after 10pm.

Jan was up about 6:30 so she could ride along with Lowell and Landon at his school drop-off. This way Jan could scope out Landon’s school delivery system for next Friday’s repeat. Apparently there is a pretty involved, computerized procedure for dropping off kids at his school, all controlled with iPads.

This let me sleep in to around 9am. Yay!

Brandi was feeling a little better this morning, but still nowhere near up to snuff. Hopefully this bug will pass for her as quickly as it did for Lowell and Landon.

Jan and I headed back to the rig around 10am, with a bunch of stops along the way. First up was the Kroger’s for gas at $1.58, nice for us now, but not boding well for any gate guarding next year.

Then it was Tractor Supply Company for a few things, before we ended up at Chuy’s for lunch. Although we’ve never eaten at this one, we’ve eaten at several others around Houston, and it’s always good.

As usual we both got the Mexi-Cobb salad, with their Creamy Jalapeno dressing

Chuy's Salad

Besides being delicious, it’s big enough that we both had half left over for supper tonight.

After lunch we headed over to Katy Mills Mall area for some shopping. Our first stop was Tuesday Morning, Jan’s favorite Christmas card boutique. They always have high-end cards at deep discounts, so it’s her go-to place every year.

Next up was the Bath & Body Works store in the mall itself to pick up some gifts-to-be, while I had a nice little nap in the car. And with that taken care of, we headed back toward Conroe.

Getting into the area, we made a short stop at the Kroger’s for a few things, and along the way Jan came across her new pumpkin love,

Pumpkin Whipped Cream

Kroger’s New Pumpkin Flavored Whipped Cream

So now she can have Pumpkin Whipped Cream in her coffee that’s flavored with CoffeeMate Pumpkin Spice Creamer. I guess I’ll have to get her some of that Pumpkin Spice Flavored Coffee, so she can go all the way with it.

All Pumpkin, All The Time.

Getting back to the rig a little before 2pm, we both ended up taking a nap before we got back to catching up by binge-watching TV shows.

We can’t really watch all the new TV shows while we’re on a Gate, so we just record everything on our DVR and then start catching up later.

So far we’ve done Big Bang Theory, and we’re almost done with iZombie. Then there’s Grimm, Once Upon A Time, Fargo, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Major Crimes, Castle, etc. So we’ve a few to go.

About 6 we checked in with Brandi, and found her somewhat on the mend, feeling better, but still not great. So, hopefully by tomorrow.

We’ve got a busy week coming up. Sunday we move over to the Colorado River Thousand Trails for two weeks. Then Tuesday  we’ll come back to Brandi’s where we’re getting together with Chris, Linda, and Piper, to take in the Zoo Lights, the Christmas Lights Spectacular at the Houston Zoo.

Then I’ll come back to the rig that night while Jan stays at Brandi’s. This will give me the couple of days I need to complete all my plumbing projects, i.e. toilet ball and seal replacement, lavatory faucet replacement, and cutting into the wall looking for my shower leak.

Then I’ll come back to Brandi’s Thursday night, Friday morning to do a repeat of Landon’s school drop-off while Brandi’s having her sinus surgery.

Then we’ll kill some time until the late afternoon when we’ll meet some friends in Pasadena for dinner and the Pasadena Opry Christmas Show.

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So, a really busy week. So much for being retired and just kicking back.


Thought for the Day:

One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain’t nothin’ can beat teamwork. – Edward Abbey