Sunday, September 28, 2008

On the road again

I'm writing this post from Houston, Texas. On my drive down I expected to see a lot of storm damage or lots of darkness with electricity being out, but that is not what I have seen. For the most part, electricity has been on in the parts of the city I have traveled. I have seen minimal damage to roofs and lots of fences that are now leaning. Granted, we are staying on the west side of town, so just a little further south and we would see the real devastation Ike left.

It's been busy weekend.

Friday I got an Iphone with some gift cards I had to Best Buy and I love it. I'm still trying to figure out how to use it, but at least I know how to call people. I also got to have lunch with my roommate from freshman year at Baylor, Carrie Olander. I was able to see her precious condo she recently purchased and we ate at a wonderful little cafe, Barnaby's. We had such a great time catching up, I can't wait for future trips to H-town.

Friday night we had dinner with James, Jacob, and Heidi at Texas Roadhouse. It was a wonderful time of fellowship with some of our best friends.

Now Saturday was a different story. One of Travis' best friends from high school, Carrie, was getting married in San Antonio and he was an usher in the wedding. After doing some work Saturday morning, we made the 3 hour drive to San Antonio so Travis could be in the wedding. It was a beautiful wedding with lots of accents of brown and turquoise and a Mexican buffet. We didn't get to stay at the reception long as we had to drive back to Houston. We made it back to Houston around midnight and crashed when we got home.

It's been a weekend full of traveling for the Riley's, and unfortunately it's not going to be slowing down anytime soon! We are still averaging one wedding a month and hunting season is rapidly approaching.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Slow to blog...

I am going to apologize in advance for a future lack of blogging. Travis will be taking the laptop and wireless air card with him as he travels and I'm not able to update the blog at work. Hopefully Travis will let me write a blog and I can teach him how to post it :)


At first glance you might think I meant to write 10/4, but NO I purposely meant to type 10/40. What is this, you ask? It is possibly the greatest work schedule ever brought to life at my office.

What this means is I work 10 hour days for only 4 days a week. You might think, how can one work a 10 hour day? Well, it's easy when you have a 41 mile drive to work and getting to work at 7 and leaving at 6 takes at least 40 minutes of my commuting time (sitting in traffic). This also means I get 1 day off per week to do whatever I want.

On a typical day off I wake up with Travis and make him breakfast in bed and when he heads off for work I head out to the gym, and run any other errands. It is great to to be able to go to the grocery store in the middle of the crowds, you get in and out in an hour!

This is why I love my employer. This is just one of the many benefits I get at work...some of the other benefits include: on sight dry cleaning, free movie style popcorn on Tuesdays and Thursdays, free frozen yogurt, Sonic style ice in the break room, chapel service on Monday mornings, great insurance, GREAT co-workers, free covered parking( you never walk to a cold, wet, or hot car), and flexible work schedules. Those are just a few of things I love about my job.

I can't wait for my next day off: Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


This past weekend Travis and I headed down to Llano to celebrate Judi's (Travis' mom) 60th birthday and help them install some new floors in the ranch house. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUDI!!!

While we were there we took the opportunity to get the feeders reader for the upcoming DEER season. We went out to one of the feeders Saturday evening and took Roscoe with us. We heard a chirping noise and Roscoe took off...a few moments later Roscoe comes barrelling towards us and he is foaming at the mouth, then comes the SMELL. That chirping noise was a skunk and Roscoe found the skunk. Not only did Roscoe smell, but I smelled, Travis smelled, and Rusty (Travis' dad) smelled. We gave Roscoe a bath with a very small amount of tomato juice and scrubbed him with a lot of soap. The smell is still lingering, but not near as bad as it once was. Travis picked up 2 more cans of tomato juice yesterday...

In other news, after checking the feeders we also checked the trail camera and we found some good stuff!!! It looks like deer season is going to be good this year. We are still having some problems wth hogs, but hogs are under an open season and you can shoot them anytime of year! We saw some good sized does, some young bucks that will be nice in a couple of years and the best was Bubba the buck. He is pictured below. It's not the best picture as it is a picture of a picture....We are eager for November to arrive and deer season to begin!