Four & Many More

This Thursday, Mr. Gray & I celebrated our fourth anniversary. We have done so much in such a short amount of time! We got married, moved to College Station, I got my first “real” job, we got our Rooster dog, Mr. Gray got a bachelor’s degree from A&M, I got a master’s degree from A&M, Mr. Gray got his first “real” job, we bought a house, we met tons of new wonderful friends, now we’re expecting Baby Gray, and so much more I haven’t even mentioned!

Friday Mr. Gray took me to the Driskill to stay for our anniversary. He planned it all himself, and found a great restaurant for us to go for dinner. After he booked the trip, we found out it was ROT Rally in Austin this weekend–it made for a louder 6th Street than usual! We loved looking at all the bikes around downtown. Some of the roads were blocked off downtown for the Rally, so we had to take a pedicab to Paggi House. It turned out to be an awesome ride with a very nice driver. He took us over Town Lake on the pedicab–so pretty!

After dinner, we met up with our aforementioned wonderful friends for a birthday celebration. We hung out and danced a little on the rooftop at Speakeasy, and then headed back to the Driskill. Mr. Gray, who has been attempting to grow a mustache, went to make an ice run after we got back, and met up with some other Aggies on the elevator. They were Class of ’10, and Mr. Gray loved visiting with them on the way back from the ice machine. The incident he loved most while speaking with these Aggies was when one of them told him his new mustache looked “rapey.” He was still laughing about that this morning.

We had a great breakfast at the 1886 Cafe this morning. (We got in too late for 1886 dessert last night–NO!) There was a girl at the table behind us drinking a mimosa, and the glass slipped out of her hand and shattered. It was crazy! I’ve never seen such a thing. She was so embarrassed, but the waitress was very helpful and understanding.

Our trip was amazing, overall. I am so thankful each and every day for Mr. Gray and our marriage. God has blessed us in incredible ways–I can’t even begin to encompass everything He has done for us. I’ve loved the past four years, and I can’t wait to enjoy many more!

Pac 32 (give or take)

Big 12, Pac 10, Big East, SEC, it’s all a big debate. Where do we go? What do we do? Who do we play? Do the rivalries stay together? Most importantly, where would we like to take a weekend trip sometime in the neighborhood of September to November? (SEC has Florida; Pac 10 has California… it’s a toss up!) Mr. Gray votes SEC (however, I happen to like California in the fall).

In the midst of all this talk of schools changing conferences and football being all shaken up, I was talking to Mr. Gray about a portion of the book The Blind Side that refers to land grant schools as subordinates of their respective state schools. Of course, as alumni of the land grant school in Texas, we absolutely do not believe that Texas A&M is a subordinate to t.u. As a matter of fact, A&M was established prior to t.u.‘s development. If anything, they’re subordinate to A&M. I think I’ll be writing a letter to Michael Lewis to let him know how The Grays (Class of ’08) feel about his reference.

Additionally, I received an email from my father-in-law today that referred to our conference play in the “Pac 32” and laughed harder than I can remember laughing in a long time. Was it really that funny? Probably not, but as seriously as this family can take Aggie Football, his joke must have caught me off guard. He sent photos of the new construction on West Campus along with his wittiness:



What’s for Dinner?

Beef… It’s what’s for dinner!

Most of the time, at our house, this is true. Sometimes, though, I can sneak in a meat-free dinner every couple of weeks. Last night was one of those nights. I scoured my cookbooks for something lighter and a little more summer feeling than our standard steak & potatoes. I decided to try making a magherita pizza. It was both simple and wonderful. Mr. Gray didn’t even complain about the missing meat!

Magherita (+ Mushroom!) Pizza

1 can Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough (yes, I cheated a little)
1 handful fresh basil leaves, rinsed & torn

10-15 grape tomatoes, rinsed

4-5 button mushrooms, sliced & rinsed

olive oil

4-6 oz. grated mozzarella cheese

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Coat a perforated pizza pan lightly with olive oil and shape dough to fit
  • Pre-bake dough approximately 4 minutes
  • Meanwhile, place basil, tomatoes, & mushrooms in a small container and add a small amount of olive oil
  • Shake to coat
  • Remove dough from oven
  • Arrange basil, tomatoes, & mushrooms on the dough
  • Cover dough and veggies with mozzarella cheese
  • Bake 11 minutes


The pizza cools quickly, so it’s best when served immediately. We used crushed red pepper with olive oil for dipping!

Even sans meat, Mr. Gray asked me to make it again sometime.