I was blessed to celebrate my birthday yesterday with my family yesterday. We had lunch at one of my favorite places in SATX, La Gloria. Husband and I went there last year for my birthday and loved it. They have these great life-sized metal art figures in the front. Perfect picture taking spots. They also just added an outdoor, fully-stocked bar.


Menu Board complete with metal Ants crawling around it.

My regular…Pollo en Escabeche Sopes

I’m wearing an Eddie Bauer Crinkle Dress in Plaid. I am in my normal size 6. It was nice and casual and cool for the day. I added a Cole Haan purse I received for Christmas and my new Christian Louboutin Brown Espadrilles.

MamaBella, AudreyBella, La Senora-one of the art figures, MomoBella

Husband and The Boy shopped at Anthropologie for my presents this year and they did good.

Lunar Cycles Top in Dark Orange

Here’s a teaser for “Super Shoes-day” next week…While shopping at one of the little boutiques in Boerne, a small town nearby, I found these TOMS. They are the Bimini Stitchouts in Yellow. Unfortunately the TOMS site only has two sizes left in the red. I love the yellow and the Top-sider accent. I took a 7 1/2 for three reasons. 1) I really wanted them but this was the smallest size they had left. That immediately told me they were very popular and I would be hard-pressed to find this color in my size elsewhere. 2) They run slightly smaller than my Black Glitters, which are a 7. 3) I really wanted them. I read in some of the reviews that a lot of people are going a half to a full size up in these.

Have a Great Day! I have a busy day and weekend ahead of me preparing for our party tomorrow. See you “Shoes-day”!

Oh…and Feliz cumpleaños to Gigi and Dina!!! Have a wonderful birthday!

Today was an eventful day that showed what was really valuable and precious to me. We are in a pretty bad drought and heat wave right now in Central Texas. Most of the area is in a burn ban and my neighborhood is in a Stage 4 water restrictions. This basically means outside watering one day a week, during specific times, with a water hose, no sprinkler and no watering on the weekends. It may not seem like much but when you have an acre of brown grass and gorgeous oak trees struggling to find water underground it matters a lot.

So imagine my shock and slight fear when The Boy calls out, “Mom, you gotta come see this.” and there is black smoke billowing up in the air behind my fence. A neighbor behind me, who has given the neighborhood HOA problems for many years, decided to burn trash and junk. Hoarding doesn’t even begin to describe the mess in and out of this person’s house and cars and he had just started a fire in an extreme drought and low water levels in our tanks and aquifer.

The Boy grabbed the video camera, because isn’t that what kids do these days. We are lucky he did because we were able to give it to the Fire Marshall who will try to build a case of arson against our neighbor.

I told The Boy to grab the pets and we left the house. I grabbed nothing. No shoes, clothes, bags, computers, pictures…nada, nothing, zilch. Because it’s all just stuff. I didn’t even have my wedding ring on. And it didn’t bother me. I wasn’t worried about anything in the house or the house itself, just my family.

We came home about a half hour later, when I didn’t see smoke in the air any longer. Luckily we only had minor damage on our back fence and along the fence line.

I’ll be back to posting on my stuff tomorrow. Because even though it’s “Just Stuff”, I love using it and it makes me feel good.

What would you grab if you only had a few minutes?

I first saw this on Slastena’s blog and it has been making its way around so I’m jumping on board.


A. Age: Not 40! Yet…(I have nothing wrong with being 40. It just seems I have been waiting a really long time to turn 40.)

B. Bed size: King and love it!

C. Chore you dislike: Laundry – specifically folding

D. Dogs: Two…Gus and Bella, who have both made appearances on the blog. Sammy, the cat, has been known to grace us with his presence too.

E. Essential start to your day: Getting everyone out of the house. On weekends, it’s coffee.

F. Favorite color: Green

G. Gold or silver: Silver

H. Height: 5’2″

I. Instruments you play(ed): none

J. Job title: Consultant

K. Kids: The Boy

L. Live: San Antonio (Go Spurs Go!)

M. Mom’s name: RosaLinda (She has a middle name too!)

N. Nicknames: Aud

O. Overnight hospital stays: When The Boy had Achilles lengthening surgery I stayed with him. Otherwise, none. Not even when I had The Boy. I was in and out in less than 24 hours. Crazy huh?

P. Pet peeves: Bad spelling and grammar are my biggest. Drives me nuts.

Q. Quote from a movie: “A pen. I gave her my heart…she gave me a pen.” Favorite move EVER!!

R. Righty or lefty: Right

S. Siblings: 2 brothers

T. Time you wake up: Between 6:30 and 7 a.m. – I try to wake up on my own and not by the alarm.

U. Underwear: Yes

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Black-eyed peas

W.What makes you run late: Right now…Angry Birds

X. X-rays you’ve had: Dental

Y. Yummy food you make: Double chocolate chip cookies

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Penguins