Saturday, August 29, 2015

Life Lately

Baseball, football, painting, work and a few fun trips.  Why has it been weeks since I've posted?  My computer is so slow that it has become a total hassle to post.  Because this blog is purely a hobby for me, I only post when I really want to, and with the pain of uploading pictures, I pretty much only post iPhone pictures at this point.  Sad, I know.  It's time for a new computer!  

Things are good here, Zach is currently at a local resort with some of his buddies in a poker tourney, the results of which determine the draft order of the guys' fantasy football league.  So I'm home finishing up my latest painting (see below), grooming the dogs and catching up on some bad reality TV.  Does anyone watch the Bachelor and its various spin-offs?  SUCH a guilty pleasure.  People are willing to behave very badly to be on TV!  

Bucs looked pretty good in their pre-season game.  My boss brought a few of us from his team to see our boys play.  Not bad for a work night.

We went to a Rays game last week, courtesy of our friend Megan's boss.  Here she is at her first ever Rays game - and she got a game ball!  :)

Megan, me and Shannon

What do you think of this latest creation?  It's my last painting in the square series.  I got a little too comfortable with the squares because it takes so little skill to make a cool-looking painting.  On to something a little more challenging.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Mother-Daughter Moment

Awww, aren't we cute?  Zach snapped this shot of Mom and me snuggling on the chaise in the back yard the other weekend.  :)  We had a lovely day floating around in the pool with Mom and her boyfriend Tony, grilling out and watching the outdoor tv.  I hope you're having a great week!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Father's Day 2015

For Father's Day this year, Daddy, his wife Mary and my half brother Sam came to our house for pool time and a barbecue.  Sam brought his girlfriend and her daughter.  These are the only shots I took, but they're pretty cute.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tami's Wedding!

Last weekend, Zach and I flew to Albany, New York for Zach's baby sister, Tami's wedding.  We extended our stay and we were able to see some of Zach's high school friends and lots of his family.  I am so, so lucky that Zach's family and friends are such fantastic people.  Fun, loving and good.  

I didn't take many pictures, but here are a few shots from the weekend.  

The street in Zach's dad and step-mom's neighborhood.  (Insert smiley face with hearts for eyes.)

Tami's friend Kyle let me borrow his Tom Ford glasses.  B)

Here we are at a bar close to our hotel after the wedding.

Zach's sister Tovah with her son, our nephew David, and the bride and groom Tami and Jamie

Zach's dad's and stepmom's front yard is gorgeous, no?

These are the flowers from Tami's wedding.  Pretty and wild and perfectly lovely.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Lightning Viewing Party in Curtis Hixon Park

This post is LONG past due (as you know if you follow hockey).  Our fantastic town hosted viewing parties for the Lightning playoff games this year.  They were SO much fun.  There was music during commercial breaks, Thunder Sticks (as you can see in the below video), food and drink vendors and over 5,000 people in attendance.  Gosh, I love my city.

This is the University of Tampa, which is across the Hillsborough River from Curtis Hixon Park.  It's got great architectural features that help to define Tampa's skyline.

Here's a blurry shot of Tampa's Riverwalk, which runs through downtown, hovering over the Hillsborough River.  

And this is a shot of the Tampa Museum of Art.  The light display at night changes colors.

Here's our view of the two big screens that showed the Lightning game.  Nice crowd, right?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bird of Paradise

Our Birds of Paradise are finally blooming!  Oh... the things we care about in our 30's...

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Beach Day at Redington Beach

A few weeks ago, we celebrated a friend's birthday with his family at Redington Beach.  We played cornhole, made sand castles and reminisced on good times.  Here are a few shots from the day.  :)

I hope you had a great Fourth of July!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!

What are you up to today?  We're going to a pool party with friends and then walking to Bayshore Boulevard to watch the fireworks show.    

I'm actually pretty excited for the house party, I know the wife from book club and I met her husband once - they are both the nicest people and they are foodies, like Zach and me.  For the party, I'm making one of my favorite summer drinks, made with Peach Ciroc, soda water and a splash of cranberry juice.  I'm also making crab and artichoke dip.  Pictures to follow after the party, but first:

Brinkley does not appreciate your fireworks display.  She pouts like this, then paces and pants, even hours after the fireworks have ended.  We have tried giving her herbal supplements (which work a little) and a Thunder Shirt (which also works a little), but she's still a total wreck.  We will try not to think about while we're out and about.  :(

Friday, July 3, 2015

Zach's Herb and Veggie Garden

For Zach's birthday this year, his Mom bought him a standing herb/veggie garden.  Today, we bought the soil and herbs/veggies and planted them.  Now, we wait to see how the garden does on our side yard.  We've planted basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley, oregano, cilantro, roma tomatoes and cucumbers.  Hopefully the girls don't eat anything while we're at work! 

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Big 3-2

When I typed the title of this post. I accidentally typed 2-3.  If only!

My birthday this year was wonderful, thanks to Zach, who sent me flowers, made me breakfast in bed, bought me gorgeous Gucci sandals, took me to brunch, dinner and the movies and generally let me do whatever I wanted.  This year, my big birthday splurge was the Hamptons trip the weekend before my birthday.  Next year, we will probably do something with friends.  :)

Yes, I know how lucky I am.  Love this handsome man.