Dapper Birthday to you.

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For this Throwback Thursday, I am posting the invite I made for Nick’s 30th birthday a few years ago, since his birthday is right around the corner. The theme of the party was that Nick was a gentleman now that he was 30 (aka OLD). His cake was shaped like a top hat and I bought him stocks and a shaving kit.

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That time we had Nerd Garage Sale.

Nerd Garage Sale

For Throwback Thursday I thought it would be neat to show you all this dorky thing I did a few years back. My husband and I, being tremendous nerds, had accumulated many toys and general geekery over the years. There were items we were happy to keep around, but we had a lot of things we hadn’t used or looked at in a long time. A Sonic the Hedgehog lunchbox. A Transformer Mr. Potato Head. Princess Amidala Barbie. X-Men comics from the 90s. My shameful anime collection from high school. Lots and lots of things. So we decided to sell them!

We’d seen tables like this at the yearly arcade expo in Houston, so we paid for a table and invited our friends to offload some of their old stuff as well. We made a couple hundred bucks above and beyond the table cost and I’m pretty sure the above image, which was our craigslist ad, is the reason why.

I used to work at a candy store.

I used to work at a candy store.

We’d get shipments of both candy and fun non-candy at the store. I’d say the stock was about 50/50. One of the vendors we’d get items from was Gund, maker of adorable stuffed animals and more. We got in these boxes of awesome dragon themed items and one of the boxes had little dragons holding a wire with a clip on it.

“They’re photo holders!” my manager explained. I’d never seen a photo holder and certainly couldn’t imagine them selling well. The manager agreed it probably wouldn’t be a hot item. I mentioned that they looked like they were holding little signs. I mused, “What kind of sign does a dragon hold anyway? Something advertising that he burned a village?” YES. DONE.

I busted out the markers and made signs for the dragons as well as burning buildings (you can kind of see them in the back). And they sold LIKE HOT CAKES. My manager was SHOCKED. I was especially happy to hear that one was being purchased to go to the room of a child patient down the road at the medical center. My dragons were spreading joy… and fire!

The Maple Leaf Pub

The Maple Leaf Pub

I suppose this is a late addition to ‘things I miss about Houston’. This is a picture I took once on the patio of a bar there called The Maple Leaf. It was our hockey bar, the only one in the hot and humid area so-far-I-could-tell. It was a nice bar. Plenty of seating, as long as it wasn’t playoffs. Trivia on Thursdays which was also a cheap ‘Steak and Potato Night’. One of the tables was IN an honest to god penalty box. A PENALTY BOX.

Things I will miss about Houston #2

Things I will miss in Houston: House of Pies. The only pie I’ll eat here is strawberry, but the greasy spoon fare has been a staple since I first moved here 8 years ago. We made a point of taking out-of-towners here, usually before heading to the airport. My husband made a habit of checking to see what silverware was magnetized. The Club Breakfast comforted me after late night work evenings. I’ll miss it.