Friday, December 20, 2013

Schlo Mama Road Trip: Part 3

Day 3 of 3.
We made it to Houston!
Woke up in Hattiesburg, lunched in Beaux Bridge, ended the day in Houston with the love of my life.
After a year away from my husband and three full days on the road with MamaSchlo, all I wanted to do was cook a delicious dinner to share with my favorite people to celebrate this period of transition.

Part 3*
Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas

Lunch at the Boudin Store & Cajun Mart in Beaux Bridge LA
Crawdad etouffee, crawdad poboy, pork boudin balls.

Crossing the border from LA to TX 
Blue Elbow Swamp

Blue Elbow Swamp
Welcome to Texas!

Guess who is NOT the biggest fan of legless/armless slitherin creatures?

Made it to Houston.
Enjoying "Wedding Wine", 
Young's Barbera 2005
one of the three last bottles from the wedding.

Tonight Momma Schlo and I made a delicious dinner of chicken on 
salad and stuffed dates with blackberry balsamic reduction,
quite a common thing in my kitchen.
For dessert I made cookie cups with sweet cream filling 
and a blackberry topper, as seen above. 
BTW they were all amazeballs.

My mom and I had been talking about doing a road trip together for a long time. Iam glad we finally did. We didn't kill each other, we have had a wonderful time. What a kind and open person, always ready to try to make my anxiety less by consoling me or to lend a hand to anyone she meets. She is an angel. Thanks Mom, for being so patient and kind.

I am glad to be back in Texas, reunited with my husband even if only for 5 days. I cannot get enough of him, I am smitten. 

We unloaded my car and all of my worldly possessions are once again in one place. Whew. Now to celebrate the holidays and spend a few rummaging around in my boxes finding JUST the right things to take to Scotland...

Love & Light

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Schlo Mama Road Trip: Part 2

Day 2 of 3 of our roadtrip!

We got on the road a little before 9, after breakfast and applying rainex to Fancy's windshield. We hear it will rain tomorrow and wanted to be prepared. That sh*t is magic. 

I bought delicious coffee from a proper coffeeshop, barista sporting dreads... somehow I was a little surprised in the middle of Tennessee to see wonderful dreads, but there they were proving me wrong. 

Momsy and I then drove in to Nashville and saw some sights before hitting the road hard. When we arrived in Mississippi we were greeted with a beautiful sunset, purple, fuschia, blue, yellow... nice end to a long drive.

*ROAD TRIP: Part 2*
Cookeville TN, Nashville TN, Alabama, & Mississippi

Grand Ole Opry at Opry Land 
She knocked it over, she was trying to put it back up before we got kicked out!

Grand Ole Opry at Opryland

Mom and Elvis in Nashville TN

The NEW headquarters of Hatch Show Print
They moved one month ago to the Country Music Hall of Fame
 from their famous historic location
on Broadway in Nashville. 
I was hoping to have seen the original print shop but alas.
The new place will do.

Country Music Hall of Fame

Mom and the angel near a symphonic hall in Nashville TN



We made it to Mississippi!
 Love and Light

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Schlo Mama Road Trip: Part 1

I moved out of Virginia today. 
To my friends that have welcomed me in VA, Thank you for your beautiful and creative support. This past year has been a time of huge growth in my life and sharing it with you and growing together is rewarding and humbling. VA and AMGT peeps, I miss you already and I hope to see you next May at graduation (or the UK Course!!)

*ROAD TRIP: Part 1*
Arlington, DC, Alexandria, Tennessee 

We packed and loaded the car all day yesterday and hit the road early this morning. We made it to Cookeville TN, tomorrow we visit the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. 

Seeing GMU Arlington

Alexandria for oysters

Alexandria crystal player, amazing tones

Iwo Jima memorial

Arlington National Cemetery 

The National Tree in front of the White House

White House!

Smithsonian National Gallery 

My mother. She needed to erase something.

Uh... I don't think this guy feels very well...
Smithsonian Natural History Museum

Wine tasting stop #1: Narmada Vineyard

Wine tasting stop #3: Pearmund Vineyard
And in this one we are showing off our wine stained teeth, 
an offering to the wine gods.
You can't see #2. 

In which my car, Fancy Grace Manners, gets attacked by a carwash.

In which we visit GMU Fairfax main campus, 
that is George Mason leering over my shoulder.

We got to Tennessee!

In which we learn more about TN BBQ. And Sharpie walls.

So far we have been having a wonderful time :)

I am so very excited to get back to Houston to see John Darling.

Love & Light