Hint of Fall Is In The Air

Day 4 – #100HappyDay Challenge

Stepping outside this morning to take the trash to the curb, a crisp autumn breeze greeted me. It caught me by surprise. Instead of the normal Houston heat I’ve grown use to, a cool 60 degree early morning dawned. I paused, inhaling deeply, savoring the crisp air, goosebumps rising along my bare arms. I smiled knowing that this quiet happiness was a wonderful gift to start my day. And that it wouldn’t last long, according to the native Houstonians, cool days are rare jewels in a long string of hot.


Mid-Afternoon Break

Day 3

#100HappyDay Challenge

A friend told me that there is nothing better than October in Houston. She is so right. My happy moment today was a quick lunch with a new friend on campus and the walk outside.

I’m not sure why I let the press of the day prevent me from indulging in lunch and a break from the work day. Listen to me… lunch is an indulgence! When did that become my norm? Shouldn’t it be an every part of my day? But sadly, like other things in life, I push it aside for other “more important” activities.

But maybe I’ve been short changing myself… maybe it’s time to remember that a mid-day break is more than feeding the body, it’s feeding the soul and refreshing the body.



Cooking With A Friend

Day 2 –

#100happyday challenge

There is nothing better than puttering in the kitchen. Unless it’s cooking with a friend and sharing the creation of a yummy, delicious meal taught at Sur La Table.



100 Happy Days Challenge

100happydays challenge | Can you be happy 100 days

“Every day submit a picture of what made you happy!

It can be anything from a meet-up with a friend to a very tasty cake in the nearby coffee place, from a feeling of being at home after a hard day to a favor you did to a stranger.

#100happyday challenge is for you – not for anyone else.”

How can I resist this little documentary of happiness? I honestly saw this and figured I’d have to dive in. How about you?

Day 1

@ Ritual in Houston for brunch.

I RSVP’d for this Meetup online ignoring the nerves that tend to start jumping whenever I step out of my comfort zone. But, seriously, brunch is harmless. Plus it’s my favorite kind of meal… the perfect start to my happiness challenge.

The Heights, a trendy Houston neighborhood, is about a 30 minute drive from me. The drive into town was easy on this beautiful October morning. Arriving to Ritual, I parked on the street, but they do have complimentary valet service which I recommend since parking can be a challenge. The restaurant has both inside and outside dining and has a pretty hip vibe which I enjoyed tremendously.

I met Kerrie, the host of the Meetup and what a sweetheart! She was so charming and had place cards for folks and chocolate mints! A lady after my own heart. Chocolate makes everything ok. She was an expert of putting people at ease as they wandered in. I met a great group of people that I might have never crossed paths with if I hadn’t signed up for a Meetup with strangers. LoL. I didn’t get to chat with everyone but there’s always next time.

I indulged in biscuits and gravy and a Sunday Funday mimosa. Definitely a a good way to enjoy a Sunday.



Cee’s Share Your World Challenge

Instructions: Create a SYW post. Then post the link to your blog in my comment box or leave your answers in the comments box of my blog. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Share Your World” or “SYWtag”

Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Have you stolen a street sign before?

Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

Do you have freckles?

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

I’ve always been a restless sleeper. As a child I never could figure out if I was cold or hot so I split the difference; one leg under the sheet and one leg out. I’m sure it drove my mother nuts. Today, as I near 50, I’m pretty much the same type of sleeper. My sheets tend to be a tangeled mess and are rarely ever tucked.

Have you stolen a street sign before?

Nope. It never occurred to me to do so.


Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

Yes. I always wish I could be one of those super saver types but that talent escaped me.

Do you have freckles? 

Yes. I have a smattering of freckles across my nose and on my shoulders. They play hid and seek depending on the sun exposure.

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last weekend I was blessed exploring Las Vegas. It was an awesome trip. In the coming week I am looking forward to spending time at home catching up…I might even get started on my taxes!

Recap: Long Weekend in Sin City

“Everything and anything you want to do, you can do it in Las Vegas” – Drew Carey


The thing about travel is it’s a very individualistic activity; meaning my trip to Vegas will be different from your trip to Vegas. However what else is true, we can all learn from each other. As Mr. Carey said you can find everything here  it just depends on what you want.  To recap my weekend, it was all about self care and friendship.

I bet you are curious how I did on my budget…right??? I did pretty good, in my own estimation. Remember my Vegas is not necessarily your Vegas and that equals budget too.

I window shopped.

I enjoyed the free shows.

I walked – a lot.

I got off the strip.



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All in airfare, hotel and expenses I came in under $1000. For me that’s a huge win. I could have saved even more if I hadn’t indulged myself at the Spas. But getting away is also about self care. And, repeat this mantra, I am worth it. Got it? Ok, moving on.



As I as I have grown older I find that PLAY is vastly important to me. It’s embracing friendship and new experiences even in places you have been to over and over again. It wakes us up. It lightens our hearts. So get out there and go on an adventure. I highly recommend it.