Monday, March 16, 2009

Weekend Recap

Oh my how I feel like I'm in another time zone! It's been go go go for 2 weeks now and we're in the home stretch of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo which means 4 more nights I'll be up there. Adding them all up I'll be there a total of 11 out of 20 nights. That is better then I've done in the past where I've only missed 2 nights, but it's still a long 3 weeks when I'm in the office Monday-Friday at 7am! I'm too old for this! :P

Anyway I hope everyone had a safe Friday the 13th! It was raining here and didn't get out of the mid 60's. Saturday we attended the Steer Auction where our family buys a steer each year. (No, we don't get to keep it, but it does fill up the freezer and we get the hide as well as a nice belt buckle.) This year was my husband and I's year to pick the steer. We rotate every couple of years as to who gets the hide. We already have a black one and a light brown and white one, but I was looking for a more dapple color this time. There's only so much you can do with a huge steer hide so I'm trying to get creative and see what all I can have made with it. Any ideas? I took some deer hides from my husband's last hunt and had some pillows made and I have some scraps that I can make into a belt and badge holder when I find the free time. The hide belts start at $150 all the way up to $500. I can make one for way less then that!

Ok, enough about that, back to the day. They provide a huge breakfast and when I say huge I mean a big honking steak, eggs, fruit, biscuit and gravy, sweet breads, sausage, bacon potatoes, and more.

After you eat we all move and get herded like cattle (hehe I had to say it) to relocate to the auction room.

Here's the steer I really wanted and got out bid by $500:

This year we split the total money we had to buy 2 steers:

We get our group photo taken and then off the steer goes to market. I don't know why I bother asking people to take our picture I don't think anyone knows how to zoom. I wonder why I go through the trouble of telling them how to when they're not gonna do it anyway.

We headed back home to let the dog out and pick up a friend then headed back out for the performance of Josh Turner. If you don't know who he is you should look him up he has a deep country voice and he's a cutie. :)

Sunday we attended a local brewery called Saint Arnold's for their annual Saint Patricks Day party.

They filled 2 bourbon casks with imperial stout last year and they tapped those barrels for the party. We also got a commemorative pint glass.

Drinking from 1-4pm was a little more then what I needed making it a rough start to the day today.

So now here it is on Monday and I have to go back out to the Rodeo to work a shift tonight. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and going straight home after work to my nice big bed and sleeping the night away.

This week I promise I'll have a recipe as soon as I finish uploading and sorting my pictures.

Happy Saint Paddy's Day from Thing 1 and Thing 2!!!


  1. You must be exhausted. Certainly not bored. I hope you did get some rest

  2. You are always busy busy!! Looks like you had a good time...I love Josh Turner! I was shocked such a big voice came out of him!

  3. My poor thing 1... I'm so tired for you!!!!

    I say you take all next week off and just sleep ;)

  4. Allie, this only comes once a year so enjoy every minute of it. I think you already have. How dare St. Patrick's Day come in the middle of the rodeo? It used to be earlier (I mean the Rodeo)but then there is Mardi Gras in February. Oh, I love these holidays! Just fun and you don't have to go shopping for gifts.

  5. I love you and your husband's cowboy hats. Sounds like such a busy time for you...I love Josh Turner too. His music is awesome.

  6. Looks like you had a lot of fun! I am glad!

  7. Hi Allie! Barbara Hahn told me about your blog and that you are a Houston girl well, that also makes you a soul sister in my book. Love the rodeo, miss Houston and get back home as often as possible. Great blog!