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Modern Housewife

Most people say Sunday is for laundry, but I say Sunday is for blogging. I haven’t done a recap type post in a while, so I guess it needs to be done. Its summer time and a lot has been going on!

This week was incredibly fun because there were two holidays! Gay Pride, and the 4th of July, I am so excited because that means only a few weeks until my birthday AND no work AND fireworks. So we went to my friend Mels house to watch the fireworks on his rooftop deck.

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Soooo it was a beautiful view and the only picture I got was of the sunset… BUT fireworks are so pretty that I get mesmerized and I couldn’t be bothered to pull my phone out to snap pictures.

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Gay Pride Parade was also last Saturday and boy was it a party

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Some of the greatest costumes and characters come out during gay pride. It was also led by Annise Parker, who just may be the coolest mayor.

The week flew by and the next thing I knew it was the weekend again, and I was house sitting this weekend, so naturally there was a raging party and we destroyed the house. just kidding!

I was just thrilled to spend some time alone and to cook in a big ole kitchen!

Friday night I made pasta:

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soy beef crumbles (delicious, and taste just like beef), spinach, diced onions, toasted pine nuts, cooked in olive oil, lemon juice and various random spices.

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I have also really been trying to be super healthy this summer, so I created a new page on the blog called Healthy lifestyle, which will include healthy recipes I make, and maybe some fun workout stuff…just maybe…

So i included a salad at dinner:

Dark field greens, with craisins, feta cheese crumbles, and avocado slices with a cilantro lime dressing.

MMMMM, i’m starting to feel like a modern housewife.

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Saturday night my friend Beth and I went to an arts market in the heights then to Coco’s Crepes on Grey. If you have not been there, i think it is a Houston must.

so now it is sunday, im on the couch working on some art work which has not happened in a while, so I am feeling good. I may be feeling new because I have been alone and relaxing, or because I got a new haircut… who knows.

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ya like??!?!?!

—-Jacqueline

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Hello wonderful boys and girls,

My life is so great! thanks for asking, how is yours?!

But really, everything is grand. I am the happiest I’ve been in a while, due to a list of things. One of which being that I was able to go back to my hometown this past weekend for a music festival and see all the people I adore oh so much.

I love the city I live in, Austin is perfect for Nadeen. You all know this. But the feeling I get when I am driving back home to Houston, the comfort that goes through my body when I am driving down 610 South. I hope this feeling never fades.

This may seem selfish and annoying of me. But before I left to Houston, I made a list of the people I really ACTUALLY wanted to see, and I made a list of the few places I wanted to go. I have the tendency to want to please everyone else in the world except for myself, and I made sure I would not do this on my short getaway. One of my top priorities on this list was going to eat at the bagel shop with one my favorite people in the whole wide world.

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Lexy and I have the common hobby of eating. We love to eat, so much. And I love her because she is one of the few girls I know who doesn’t feel guilty about it. We are proud to say that we spend 80% of our lives searching for the next place to dine.

While in Houston, I was also able to reconnect with a very very, very old friend. His name is Erik. Erik and I had the height of our friendship about 5 years ago, and unfortunately lost touch since then. However, the comforting part of this story was that hanging out with him was exactly the same that it was before. Don’t you love people like this? Genuine people. Who stay true to themselves, and don’t just adjust to what others want them to be. Erik has been doing really cool things with his life, and in a few weeks he is going to hike the Appalachian Trail. I honor his appreciation for nature. He just started a blog where he will update us on these adventures! Go add this to your bookmarks and watch this goofball discover more and more everyday 🙂

http://erikkjellsapplachiantrailorbustblog.blogspot.com

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Now on to the reason I went back home, Summerfest. Music festivals are always fun, but when you’re listening to a great song, dancing, and you look around to see your best friends dancing and smiling with you, it’s the greatest, most unexplainable feeling. I wasn’t a huge fan of the lineup this year, but these guys made it all the best.

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This is Mr. Harrison. I heart him with all my heart. Such a positive and happy friend. No need to complain bout a thang in life. Oh, and he’s hilarious. You should get to know him.IMG_5874

Jacque in front of the crowd. We didn’t think it was possible for them to fit this many people at summerfest….so pretty much, if you’re claustrophobic, this is not the place for you.IMG_5875

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It was effing hot! This was halfway into my transformation of becoming a lobster. Or perhaps, my true latina side actually starting to come out. IMG_5877

From the joy you see in their faces, you can tell something beautiful had just happened. (Hint: the box of beer)
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Everyone enjoys each others company so much. Have you ever seen such big smiles? Doubt it.

My favorite show of the weekend was The Postal Service. I never thought I’d be able to see them live, and their music takes me back to my awkward days as a freshman in high school. I was sad that I would have to see them alone because most of my other friends went to see Calvin Harris who was playing at the same time. Then I found THE BEST people to see them with. These two guys appreciated their music as much as I did, and I love them for that.

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Okay, so if there were a section of craigslist where you could search for a partner in crime to take with you to a music festival, or anywhere, this guy would be the #1 candidate. I kid you not, when I say he DOES NOT stop dancing. And singing. And laughing. And may I add, that it is so contagious. IMG_5892

And this leads him to stand out from the rest of the crowd, and find old friends! (Typically, it’s impossible to find anyone at summerfest because you get no signal and its so loud, etc etc)

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And then we find this guy, Mitchell. Who we love and resent at the same time because he managed to get into the festival by trading his harmonica and a magnifying glass to a security guard at the entrance. While the rest of us used our precious money to save up and go. But all is well, because really, this kind of stuff only happens to Mitchell, and I believe it’s because of the generous man that he is, asking nothing in return. What goes around comes around.

And then we dance….

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Summerfest, you sure did treat me well. And I dream of the next time I will see your face again.

Till next time,

xoxo,

Nadeen Abou-Hossa

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Three heel clicks then I’m home

Well, what I really meant was three hours… But if prefer the heel clicks to hours any day. It has been some time since we have posted but school gets really busy around finals, if you are in college you understand. You have those last minute tests, papers and projects followed by two weeks of final exams, packing, and trying to say goodbye to who you spent your time with through the year. It’s a really sad time, especially saying by to those graduation seniors who you have gotten so close with…

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Luckily some will still be here^^^ thank goodness for that.

But other friends have gone to far away places and I am not sure when I will get to see them again. Even though I will miss all of them I could not wait to come home, as I finally got to yesterday.

I packed my car as much as I could. No idea how I fit in my bike, tv, tons of bags of clothes, mattress topper, pillows, hangers, art work, etc. it was definitely riding low on my three hour trek back to Houston.

I was so happy to be greeted by my mom and puppy on the patio! And got to wake up to this this morning

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Here are just a few photos from my sophomore year I had stored on my phone :

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One of my best friends

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A senior I will miss making me laugh while pissing me off at the same time

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The most relatable person I have ever met

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People I have known from the beginning

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Someone who changed my life

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The best of the best

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My first and best friend at Trinity

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Road trips

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White chocolate…

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The person I can always go to, my sister

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Friday bike rides

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And of course, my residents.

I am so happy to be home in Houston and see what the summer has in store.

The day I moved home, nadeen moved into her co-op arrakis and I hope she has pictures for us soon!

—–Jacqueline

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Momentous living.

The title of this post seems like a cliche. And you know, it probably is.. But as Randy Pausch says, “cliches are cliches for a good reason..” Oddly enough this post is really about Randy Pausch.

I’m writing this post under the lime green glow of the lights on the megabus. Sitting next to a complete stranger, but wondering why I don’t feel like a stranger at all. Finally feeling a bit more comfortable in my own skin. I am leaving behind a very spontaneous weekend in Houston and heading back to good ole’ San Antone.
I feel like this post may be a bit unusual for me, these whole deep meaningful posts are usually from nadeen but I am feeling gladly inspired tonight. Inspired by a book.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

If you have not heard of it I highly suggest, and pretty much demand that you go get it this week.

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It has become not only my favorite book. But a personal stack of pages I want to live by.
After Randy was diagnosed with terminal cancer at a young age with a recently growing family he decided that he has way too much knowledge that his kids will never get to grow up on. These life stories and lessons he leaves behind are great inspiration for not only his young children but for anyone looking to appreciate life just a bit more.

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This book, life guide, has really changed my tiny outlook on this huge universe. I, and most people I am in communication with, focus on our day to day life and the turmoil it brings us. We take it to heart and let it break us down like it will change our whole life. I’ve decided that this is no longer how it will be for me.
Everyday is special and it’s time to live in the moment.

My trip to Houston could be what brought this on. My reasons for my trip were family related. My grandmothers birthday party, and to visit my very elderly sick grandfather. Seeing family members in their sickly condition and watching them decline makes me want to thrive everyday I am still walking and breathing.
Friday was a bit lazy until I got to catch up with a friend I met this summer, Matt. (Hi). We went to get some drinks and to see a cover band. Way fun and I managed to snag one picture.

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Matt tells me these lights are new, I like them a lot.
Saturday morning we hit up the farmers market

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The rest of the day was filled with sunshine and happiness. As everyday should be.
The rest of my weekend, filled with family as it should be.

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I love my sister.

I just want to put a few of my favorite quotes from The Last Lecture in here:

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

“Look, I’m going to find a way to be happy, and I’d really love to be happy with you, but if I can’t be happy with you, then I’ll find a way to be happy without you.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

“Too many people go through life complaining about their problems. I’ve always believed that if you took one tenth the enrgy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

“educators best serve students by helping them be more self-reflective. The only way any of us can improve—as Coach Graham taught me—is if we develop a real ability to assess ourselves. If we can’t accurately do that, how can we tell if we’re getting better or worse?”

I hope you all feel inspired enough to grab a copy of this book, or of your own life.

—-Jacqueline

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Cramer Family Special

So while Nadeen was having a blast in Austin at the lights festival and much more, I ventured on out to Denver, Colorado for my first trip up north!

My best friend at Trinity is this crazy chick named Caroline, she is super super awesome and has always been a great friend. She happens to be from Denver, where one of my best friends from Houston goes to school. It’s a win-win situation. So when the hell week people describe as finals was over, sorry I am an art major…., I ventured out to Denver with Caroline!

We stayed at her wonderful home, spent soooo much time by the fireplace, drank gallons of warm tea and hot chocolate, and went on many adventures.

Day 1: Well we had a little bit of a tough time actually getting our butts to Colorado after our pilots got redirected to another city! So we had to wait like 2 hours longer for them… cmon guys. When we finally arrived in Denver, it was BEAUTIFUL. The Denver airport is really really cool and they are known for their famous blue bronco statue.. if you have not seen it… you are in for a treat.

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This thing is massive with glowing red eyes and actually killed the artist when it fell on him. Yikes.. It doesn’t really make me have faith when I am about to get on an airplane.. We spent the night on Caroline’s couch just being cozy and staying warm because it was 30 degrees!

Day 2: This day the weather was AMAZING. Clear blue skies, a little windy, and I can’t even to tell you how amazing the Colorado air is.. So crisp, I have never had a better hair day than the ones I spent in Colorado. On this day we went up into the mountains, which you can see from Carolines house!! Keep in mind, I have never seen mountains… We ventured up to red rocks ampitheatre!

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Then we went to a REALLY cute little town, GOLDEN, Colorado. Yes, named after me, duh. This is where Coors brewery is and apparently Blue moon as well (Caroline and I’s favorite beer)! Colorado school of Mines is also located in this adorable mountain town!

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Day 3: We went to Downtown Denver on the RTD which is like Houston’s light rail. It is a super awesome public transportation system that is cheap to get a ride into downtown, so we went to the 16th street mall, it is famous because it is just a bunch of stores on the street and people walk along it. Most of the stores are chains and there are 5 starbucks’, but it was such a neat place. They have random painted pianos everywhere that people will just play for the public.

ImageThat night we went to Johnson & Wales University to visit Ann Marie! I have blogged about her before, she goes to baking and pastry school, so she made us delicious pancakes for dinner! We went back to downtown and went to this awesome ice skating rink that was the size of a small store and it was only $2 to skate! They play music and there are really hip people so it was really fun.

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Day 4: IT SNOWED. That is all you need to know, Jacqueline’s first snow.

Here is my reaction to the snow:

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Normal, right?

Here is Carolines:

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After hardly making my flight on Thursday afternoon, I am now back in Houston until January 12th and plan to have many more adventures!

Also: Reunited with Nadeen. Hallelujah!

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” Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.“~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

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