from this rock star...


I will never forget the day my mom called me and told me her diagnosis from the doctor was breast cancer.  I am so thankful each and every day as that moment moves farther and farther into our past. Each year, we come together to celebrate the survivors and those that are still fighting.

In addition to my mom, we have been racing walking for Jenn for six years now.  I know I don't tell her enough or maybe ever (???) how proud I am of her.  No one should have to face a diagnosis of such magnitude at such a young age.  This year, we had an extra reason to celebrate as she will become a mama in a few short months! 

Our survivors!

Until next October!


And just like that...I am 30. 

I didn't have time to ring in 30 on my actual birthday due to my work schedule, however, P had a few tricks up his sleeve. I came in to work for a bit this past Saturday before Parnell and I headed to dinner.  Well, as we walked in to Ocean Prime and were led to our table, I saw a few very familiar faces!


P had rallied a few of my favorite troops for a birthday dinner.

The evening was complete perfection topped off by this amazing cake from Sara's go to bakery, Steins.

Between Facebook Posts, texts, calls, and gifts, this girl (woman??) felt the love.  Thank you to everyone for making the first days of my thirties not so terrible.

Cheers to this new decade and what is to come! 


I shamefully went to the fair twice this year.  I felt I was taking one for the team since Parnell had not been??
We headed out after work this week and enjoyed the most amazing weather and zero crowds...perfection. 

They scanned our tickets at the entrance and I had a Fried Sriracha Ball in my mouth within 4 minutes, like you literally could have timed me. P was terrified watching it all play out..."babe...relax...breathe..."

From there, I grabbed the Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil which took the prize this year for best taste.  While it was pretty good...Sriracha got robbed and remains the better taste in my non expert fat opinion. 

In between my food fest (P had yet to consume anything), we popped into the car show.


The people in the car show (and fair in general) are terrifying. We saw things that we will never be able to unsee.  
I am shocked that we still had appetites, but we are persistent and we don't give up, so onward we went. You will never guess what P ordered at the next stop...

We ended up passing the sausage tent...which looks slightly different from the last time I saw it.  Clearly I am not the only immature fair patron.

To wrap up our evening,  we grabbed an order of  the good ole tried fried and true... 

Oh Deep Fried sweet little things. 

Until next year Big Tex!


Let's go back to last Friday when I was attempting to purchase all the umbrellas each CVS downtown had to offer (no seriously).  My coworkers and I were running  driving to each location and loading up due to the 80% chance of rain in the forecast...for our outdoor event. #joy

Now let's dig even deeper back to when I pulled out my personal credit card that looks similar to my company card and ran that for half of my charges.  #doublejoy 

Oh but wait-then there was the time I called the Wells Fargo fraud department because "someone spent $1433.00 at CVS Friday and it was not me".  Cue awkward moment after 15 minutes and three associate transfers when the puzzle pieces fit together and I had to tell said fraud department that it was in fact me.  

Lock it up Whitney.

For the record, this portion of our purchases still resides in my trunk...if it starts me.


This weekend was pretty uneventful for this lady. We had an event at work on Friday and then I took Saturday to do all the things I had zero time to do Monday-Friday.  These things ranged from taking Oliver to the vet to starting How To Get Away With Murder (what? I didn't say they were important things).
I made up for my lack of activity by attending the Mavs game with P and the Hutchings on Sunday.  Said Mavs game was attended using the tickets P won gambling at Lyle and Jordan's engagement party.

Oh and you may have noticed some changes on this little blog of mine...oh the priorities you come up with on 3 glasses of Pinot Noir, Hocus Pocus, and Chinese delivery.
I don't quite comprehend computers and HTML jazz so I have enlisted Chase to like...fix the things that are't working.


Natalie and I attended a work sponsored cooking class this week at Sur la Table. Not only did it sound fun and interesting, but it was BYOB to boot! IN!

I can't tell you exactly what we made because I left my recipe sheets in the kitchen when class was  I guess that means Parnell is never getting a duplicate of our creations at home. 

This salad was amazing, however, raw purple onions with your COWORKERS is comical.  I made it a point to limit my socializing after course one. 


Natalie and I were waiting for people to hate or pass up their chocolate lava cake but sadly no one did.  That little ramekin delight was like world peace in a cup...AMAZING.

Cooking classes might be my new thing.  Having someone else mise en place and clean up after you while you sip wine?? Don't mind if I do...


I am a liiiiiittle/a lot late to the game on this one.  A few weeks ago, P and I attended an engagement party for Lyle and Jordan who will be tying the knot in February.  It was a 20's theme, so being the lazy couple we are who don't really do costumes (sue me), we dusted off our flapper gear from Jenn's 30th birthday

In typical Whitney fashion, the majority of my photography centered around food... well...the dessert table.

While I was eating cookies, Mr. Parnell posted up at the black jack table (fake money people, fake money).  After devoting the majority of his evening to winning, he walked away with some awesome seats for an upcoming Mavs

Prizes are neat.


First of all, thank you SO much for all the kind words and messages yesterday! Parnell and I absolutely felt the love and appreciate it oh so much.

In an effort to cheer this little blog of mine up and help you to make informed decisions with your overpriced fair coupons this year, I present to you my State Fair of Texas 2014 food review:

Natalie and I participated in our company fair day last Saturday and took the food map very seriously. 

Erin and my little man Hicks were also able to join us for this calorie fest.

Ok ok so...worst to best...drum roll....

Fried Breakfast for Dinner

Verdict: Meh
Pictured above is the HALF order...that was still way too many tickets.  This item could have been solid but the creator chose to throw cinnamon roll bits in the mix with all savory ingredients. No, no, and then no. 

Fried Texas Bluebonnet

Verdict: Meh
The very center of this concoction was legit.  However, the remainder of the dish was nothing to write home about. It was, in lamest terms, the baby of a scone, blueberry muffin, and white chocolate bar...fried.

I wanted to hug Natalie...she had been looking forward to this moment for weeks.  While it definitely was not a waste of coupons and calories, it was not what we had hoped for in our dreams.

Fried Butter

Verdict: Used to be cooler
This was not my first rodeo state fair. I have had fried butter every year since its creation.  It used to come with the option of garlic herb sauce as to make it a savory dish.  This year, the only option was honey as a topping.  Don't get me wrong, this little sopapilla wannabe was not gross. however, its savory cousin is...well...better.

Fried Picnic on a Stick 

Verdict: Still Pretty Cool
Fried spicy chicken bites and pickles, battered and then fried again and served with ranch?? What is not to like?
If you are 13 years old like me and find this picture...ummm...funny looking...then you will also appreciate this image:

The strategic placement coming out of the word "sausage" was just too much for my immature mind. Who knew the state fair was so phallic?? 

Fried Texas Sweet

Verdict: Cool
This was a combination of buttermilk pie, pecan pie, and peach cobbler served with ice cream.  I give them extra points for the precious presentation. 

 Fried Jambalaya

Verdict: Still Legit 
I had consumed this tasty delight before and put it on my "must" list again this year.  These little pockets of goodness are delicious on their own but then they go and throw those onion rings in and BOOM.  Sold...

Fried Thanksgiving Dinner

Verdict: Still Amazing 
I will never tire of this gem.  I was so THRILLED they had it again this year.  Fried balls of stuffing and turkey served with gravy and cranberry dipping sauce...genius...delicious...

Fried Sriracha Balls

Verdict: Winner...we should have ordered more
These balls of pure delight were not easy to find (ended up being inside the food court) but man oh man were they worth it once we did. 

I may or may not/do already have another trip to the fair lined up in my future.  I will be visiting my Sriracha balls again as well as trying to throw some different options into the mix...stay tuned...