The month in pictures

November 2, 2011 | 12 comments

Between Halloween, All Saint’s Day Mass and the John Paul II Center benefit dinner last night, I don’t have time to write anything today. So how about some pictures from October?

The Texas Alliance for Life benefit dinner was a highlight. There was a huge turnout, and Lila Rose gave a fascinating speech about her history of pro-life work. (That’s Abby Johnson introducing her in the picture below.)

Texas Alliance for Life

Pretty much everyone we knew was there. I sat at a table with some good friends from our parish.

Texas Alliance for Life 2

After the event wrapped up, some of us relocated to the bar to continue the evening. I enjoyed chatting with Elizabeth Lange, the Development Director for the Catholic Center at the University of Texas; Elizabeth McClung of the Austin Coalition for Life; Live Action blogger Jewels Green; and Unplanned author Abby Johnson.

I also loved talking with author Kris Detrow (on the right, with Jewels Green on the left). There was a crazy woman in the background, but we had her escorted out by security.

Just to make sure the craziness reached epic levels, it just so happened that that was also my day to cook for our priests as part of our parish meal ministry. To make things easy, I got them some meals from this local place called Mel’s Meals, where they make fresh, healthy, homecooked meals for delivery. (The stuffed dates are my new favorite dessert.)

Fall is the tail end of our long birthday season around here. My 97-year-old grandfather isn’t able to get out to do shopping, so he made my daughter a batch of mini cookies using a recipe he created himself.

The kids loved them, of course, and it was so nice for him to have a way to give back.

Then Monday was Halloween. We carved a pumpkin using a kit with a design template, and I was amazed at how well it turned out!

I forgot to do anything about a costume, so I went with my old standby: Uma Thurman from Pulp Fiction. All it requires is a white shirt, black pants, and a black wig, so it’s perfect for me. Not nearly as creative as my neighbor the cowgirl.

My husband got out his favorite costume, of course. Only he was too tired to do it right: He didn’t feel like finding his black turtleneck and long black pants to complete the look, and kind of slacked off with the stuffing that makes the fabric smooth. I warned him that nobody would take him seriously.

(By the way, this is exactly why I don’t usually use his first name on the blog: It’s slightly disconcerting to clients when they Google their attorney’s name and see pictures of him dressed up like a giant banana.)

I can’t believe November is already here! I hope you had a great October as well.


  1. Christine

    Love the banana guy with the flip-flops….AWESOME!

  2. Cat Ames

    You look awesome with black Uma hair! And that pumpkin was amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Michael

    My first thought is “There’s always money in the banana stand.” (TV show reference.) ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Kelly the Kitchen Kop

    That is CRAZY how much a black wig can change your look! Makes me want to play around with wigs just to mess with people. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a friend who changes her hair depending on her mood, and not for Halloween.

    Thanks for the belly laugh AGAIN with the banana suit comment.

    Kel p.s. I love Pappy, he’s so stinkin’ cool.

  5. Rachel

    I enjoyed the pictures! Your granddad’s cookies look scrumptious. I wonder if he would share the recipe?

  6. Kris Detrow

    Jennifer, you TOTALLY look like Uma Thurman. Only prettier. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Trisha Niermeyer Potter @ Prints of Grace

    Looks like it was a fun, full month!

    Photos when short on time to write are a good idea I might have to use as well. Things have been rather hectic this week!

  8. Jamie

    I just love pro life speakers! Also, those cookies look delicious!

    For Love of Cupcakes

  9. Jenna@CallHerHappy

    You know, I forget sometime that Halloween for the rest of the country doesn’t mean covering up your costume with a large winter jacket or going as an Eskimo every year. The picture of your husband in shorts and a t-shirt caught me off guard. I was thinking, “Man, that guy must be FREEZING!”


  10. JC

    That is a pretty awesome pumpkin. The closest I came to doing a Jack-O-Lantern was decorating a small pumpkin with my wife at our parish fun festival: and it was one of those “stick these pieces on the pumpkin” kits, like Mr Potato head but with adhesives.

  11. Claire

    Wow, you look saucy with black hair! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. MrsDarwin

    Oh Lord I miss Joe so much. I wish I could have seen you two walking down the street, you all sleek and cool in your white shirt and black wig, and him in shorts and flip flops and banana suit. You guys put the awesome into Halloween.

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