Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Super Woman

Phew. It is only 2pm here, and the amount of multi tasking I've done so far today is mind blowing. So far I have:

*Woken with a sick child who absolutely let me know she needed her Mama, then promptly called and cancelled our nanny and my appointments for the day (!)

*Facilitated a plumbing appointment to clear pipes in our bathrooms

*Booked all flights for BC, myself and his mom (who will care for Iyla here at our home) for an upcoming trip to California at the beginning of May- PLUS booked the Couples Retreat we will be participating in

*Prepped for 3 listing appointments I have in the next two days and fielded around 20 other work emails

*Went to grocery store with sick toddler

*While toddler napped, cooked green curry soup from scratch (much needed for Iyla right now!)

*Cleaned up kitchen & did all dishes

*Wrote this blog entry

And now…. back to WORK while Iyla gets some much needed R&R. On the agenda for the afternoon? A lovely, relaxing walk in our gorgeous 75 degree weather. Yes, please!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Face Off at Nordstrom Rack

Let me preface this story by saying I almost never find shoes or clothing I like for myself. Even if I head to a store intending to buy myself something, I almost always leave with clothes, shoes, or toys for Iyla. I can't help it- she is so much fun to buy for!

So today I set off to Nordstrom Rack to browse the Holiday sales and see if they had any cute kiddo items. Lo and behold I found this new treasure for Iyla buried in the midst of the toddler sale rack:


Fox sweater in hand, I decided to check out the women's shoe department, where historically some of my favorite pairs of shoes have been found. I headed to the size 6 isle and got down to business. After a few try-ons I found this amazing pair of black Rag & Bone boots for 25% off the already discounted price:

I then started trying on ballet flats, which I've never owned before. I've always wanted some for business casual wear, but never found any that were quite comfortable enough. There was one pair in particular that caught my eye, and I took them out for a test run up and down the Nordstrom isle. They were comfy and cute, but I wanted to comparison shop a few other pairs before making the final decision.

As I was taking off the shoes I noticed another lady had entered the isle. We proceeded to weave around one another several times in a sort of territorial square off. 

I then headed around the corner to take a quick peek at the next isle. Upon finding there weren't any other flats that interested me, I returned to the first isle with the intention of buying the original pair. 

They weren't there.

I quickly realized the other lady had pulled them down, put them on, and was now doing her own promenade. And this was a long, full isle of shoes, folks; I was fully convinced that she had found THIS particular pair through my original modeling. 

I noticed she had one other pair of flats waiting by her purse, likely deliberating between the two. I was paralyzed, knowing that the only thing I could really do was covertly stalk her and HOPE against hope she didn't take the shoes. I had already scoured the racks and knew this was the only pair left in my size. 

The lady then turned the box on its side, slid it back onto the shelf, and went around the corner. I surmised she had laid the box that way to mark it so she could easily find it again. 

I had other ideas.

With adrenaline pumping, I grabbed the box and headed straight to the register, praying she wouldn't see me racing walking across the store. My heart didn't stop pounding until I got into my car & slammed the door, shoes in hand.

My Nordstrom trophies

It's amazing what a sense of competition can do to one's perceived value of an item! These suckers had better be worth it.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas 2014 Recap

From a night out at the Driskill to the flu hitting our home, this Holiday season certainly has kept us on our toes!

When we returned from celebrating with my parents in Houston, BC and I headed to our beloved Driskill Hotel for a blissful overnight staycation. We attended a fancy party hosted there that evening, and luxuriated in our beautiful room- complete with a corner balcony overlooking the city. Much needed and SO much fun!

Christmas Eve we took Iyla back to the Driskill, as our little lady loves that place just as much as we do:

We opened a few Christmas Eve presents:

Then more on Christmas morning!

We hosted my side of the family at our home for Christmas Day. I was set on having a nice home cooked meal, so invested in a fancy La Crueset dutch oven and served up a roast! It turned out pretty well if I do say so myself- and I am SO not a cook. Iyla also got to wear her fancy Holiday dress:

Unfortunately BC started feeling unwell Christmas Day, thinking he had allergies. On the 26th not only did my cycle arrive (super early with full on cramps!) but BC was knocked down completely with a feverish flu, which proceeded to last a good 5-6 days. We sequestered him to another room in the house filled with a Tamiflu prescription & other meds, hoping against hope that Iyla and I would remain well. I became a single parent for the duration of this time, which was exhausting and not quite the family Holiday we'd all envisioned.

Thankfully Iyla and I persevered, and BC is now on the mend! We were well enough and in good spirits to host a little gathering at our home for New Years Eve, and will make the most of these last few days with BC off of work.

Happy Holidays Dear Readers- here's to a gentle, balanced, productive New Year!