nailed it

This photo collage of Olympic fingernails made me smile.  See original and more Olympic coverage here.

A combination of pictures taken during the London 2012 Olympic Games shows athletes’ fingernails decorated with their national colors. From top left : USA’s Allison Schmitt, Hungary’s Suzana Jacobos, Britain’s Rebecca Adlington, Mexico’s Luz Mercedes Acosta Valdez, Britain’s Alison Williamson, USA’s Venus Williams, Britain’s Alison Williamson, France’s Margaux Farrell, Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte. (AFP/GettyImages) #


I’ve been thinking a lot about friendships and bonding lately.  It seems that it is of course shared experience that fuses such a relationship. And how do you make friendships last when there is no more shared experience, but only this history of it?

I can only image how these two were bonded after their experience on Everest.  Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay shared quite the experience.

(Now I’m thinking of mountain adventures….)



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weekend scene

I would say that the hubs had a very nice weekend.  He helped my Pop build a fence and then they rewarded themselves with a quick fishing trip out to the lake.  Friday’s count: zero.  However, on Sunday the weather was perfect for heading off shore and out they went again.  I didn’t want to spend another afternoon wishing I could empty the contents of my stomach, so I stayed on dry land.  Well wouldn’t you know, my absence was all it took to guarantee one of the best fishing trips they’ve had.  They caught over 5 different species (each!), and now we have fresh fish for dinner tonight!  Yum…  (I would have included pictures of what I did this weekend, but who wants to look at piles of laundry or me sleeping pool-side?)

{They fished the same location as we did with the in-laws. And I’m not real sure how that Redfish compares to mine.  It could be some nice camera trickery by my Dad!}

fearless women

Once upon a time I fancied myself a climber — or rather one who fell from tall places.  That girl has been dormant almost seven years and rarely does anything wake her.  But this video … breathtaking and awesome and a whole string of other adjectives hardly describes it.  {And the best part — there are no stinking boys around to ruin it!}

I want to be friends with these women.  Heck, I want to be them!

{originally spied here}
more here

a fish tale

During Sunday’s outing we spent the majority of the afternoon hours looking for flocks of birds working the water.  We drove from one side of the lake to the other, and then back again.  It was only in the last hour that the shrimp were running (i.e. being chased by the fish) and created a buzz.   We managed to snag about 20+ trout (a poor showing compared to his 50+ with my mom two days before) and finally on the last cast of the night I hooked a nice Red Fish.  I had a bit of a time trying to bring it in all the while trying to show my dad how to use my camera and get the net ready!


These fish are so pretty and super tasty!  But this one was put back to grow some more.

My sister always has the best luck and so merely one red fish is nothing for her, but I usually don’t have that kind of luck.  I am so sensitive to motion-sickness that I usually spend most of my time fighting severe nausea.  But it helps when you’re busy catching instead of just fishing!

The ride back to the launch was the perfect temperature and the unusual landscape made for a beautiful sunset.  It’s a whole new (and strange) world of big boats, strange smells, and weird structures around these parts.

two bridges at sunset

And because this is Southeast Texas, you never quite know what you are going to find in the water.  At first I thought it was an alligator — maybe a piece of drift wood — but the closer we got the shape came to focus and it was a wild hog!!  That hog swam from Louisiana to Texas for no other apparent reason than just to get to the other side!  Texas is so crazy!

the real friday night lights

The hubs had never been to a Texas high school football game (actually only one H.S. game ever), so on Friday, we let him experience a Texas tradition in all its glory.  My alma mater was playing its rival — a 87 year rivalry — and one of the biggest in Texas.  Over 10,000 people attend this one little game.  What’s also surprising is the fact that the High School team has a jumbo-tron with instant replay!  It’s pretty unbelievable.  I’ve not seen the movie or the T.V. show, nor are we football fans, but it was a good time and Friday Night Lights done right.