Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Don Strange, the patriarch of the internationally renowned catering company, Don Strange of Texas Inc., passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at the age of 69. Strange is best known for his larger than life presence, passion for his family and his life-long love of Texas cuisine. Don Strange is often credited by many for putting Texas on the culinary map.
For the past 57 years, the name Don Strange has been synonymous with world class catering and events. From a small, family-owned grocery store and party house opened by his parents, Edith and Joe Strange in 1952, Strange grew his family business to become the quintessential Texas catering company.
Strange loved Texas and promoted the flavor of the state throughout the nation from the White House, where he catered Presidential events, to the hills of Hollywood and to New York City introducing Southern hospitality and cuisine to guests across the continent and world. He was proud to share his love of authentic Texas food, such as pan de campo, the official bread of Texas, at his lavish, colorful and elegant southwest events. He was the preferred caterer for generations of Texas families at legendary ranches, haciendas and homes.
Strange was an active member of the San Antonio community, volunteering his time, talents and vision to several non profit organizations. A man passionate about food, he enjoyed educating others on the importance of nutrition and was responsible for the award winning Helping Hands and Breakfast of Champions programs for the children of Roy Maas Youth Alternatives. He often shared the use of the historic Don Strange Ranch in Welfare, Texas with families, non profit organizations and Texas companies dedicated to the future of Texas children, education and commerce.
But of all his passions, Strange’s true love was his family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Edith Strange. He leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Frances, his three sons and their wives, Brian and Shanan, Matt and Kelly, and Jason and Mandy, his brother, John Strange, his grandchildren, Emily, Alexandra, Austin, Molly, Jake, Parker and Olivia, his mother-in-law, Mary Singleton, his many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his dedicated staff, and of course his many clients and the guests he served so faithfully.
He will missed by all.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
- I miss y'all... a lot.
- My amazing boyfriend decided he wanted to give me an early birthday present: $100 "decorating dollars" - I always want to buy things for the house and he never approves because he doesn't think it's necessary. (Especially holiday decor) He always says we have enough stuff. SOOOO he took me shopping and said I could buy whatever I wanted for the house and he would not disapprove! It was so much fun... I loved it.
- It's official: I have 3 jobs. I work at RMYA from 7:45am - 8:45am Mon-Fri and then 9am - 5pm Don Strange, and then some nights/weekends I am dealing.... blackjack that is! It's actually a lot of fun. Evan's dad has a casino party company and I am now a dealer. My first party was Saturday... we had a blast! haha
- Jager is fat. Chris took the puppies to petsmart Friday and Jager weighed in at 86 lbs! Then chris proceeded to buy the puppies sonic hamburgers - proof below. Anyway, looks like I will be buying diet food in my near future.
- Chris and I are trying to save up to go to Paris next July. Wish us luck.
I hope everyone is doing well!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
I went to psychic today. My mom went to him a month ago and really like it... so she wanted me to go. It was a lot of fun.
In fact, a bunch of universities study this guy.
With out going into to much detail... he was very details and his a lot of things right on... it was weird at some points.
Overall, it was just fun. Very interesting... good time.
He said I have some of the best friends in the world and they are all really good people.
Colleen: He said you are very very bright. He said you have very happy animals and they are well taken care of. And you are a great friend.
He also said I am going to have a diamond on my finger soon. haha
Anyway... just thought you might get a kick out of my interesting adventure today.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
BUT....overall, i don't DO a whole lot... i mean some days i am working my butt off... but then others i sit and watch a movie. my daily tasks are so petty. label this... print that... copy those... call so-and-so.... schedule don's (the owner) dermatology appointment he has a rash.... you get the idea. i just feel like this time in my life is such a great learning experience... that i am missing a lot by staying at this job. don't get me wrong some days i get to meet with clients or go to an important meeting but those days are so few and far between. i just feel that i have some good talents and this job isn't letting them grow.
is it worth loosing the flexibility for a new job?
Monday, July 27, 2009
My mom and I were very confused... we had no idea what was going on so we decided to make a few phone calls. Finally, David (my semi-godfather) had the answer. A soldier from New Braunfels, Texas was killed in Iraq and his body was arriving back home. The town was out to welcome him back home and show their support to the family.
It was very sad, yet so humbling and amazing. It was just so nice to see all that support. Not gonna lie... I got a little teary-eyed.
God Bless Our Soldiers.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The weekends have also been very full... with dog-sitting, family vacation, trip to dallas.... this leaves very little time to unpack my new house! I have the living room and kitchen pretty set... the upstairs is a disaster still... I am really hoping I can get it done this weekend. Chris is working and I don't have anything planned... so it's unpacking time... finally!
So I just have to tell you about my cousin Michael. He is the "golden child" of the family. He is really really really smart. He has just taken a job in Saudi Arabia for a brand new university that King Abdullah has built. See... King Abdullah owns the Red Sea and has never allowed any research to be done there... until he hired Michael's research team a couple of years ago to come start some of the first research ever to be done there. This inspired him to build a university of science and technology (King Abdullah University of Science and Technoloby - KAUST) with a huge Marine Biology ceneter.... where Michael will be the Assistant Dean of the Marine Biology Dept. This is a great oportunity, because not only are they paying him to teach and do research on the read sea... they are also funding his other research projects... to include: Butterfly Fish, Whale Sharks, and the waters surrounding Papua New Guinea. Plus... he's only 29! I just think it's amazing what he has accomplished so far... I can't wait to see what else he does.
But anways... I really enjoy talking to him and learning all kinds of things.... Including a cool story he told me: Jonah and the Whale is a very plausible story! In fact, they are pretty certain the whale was not actually a whale at all... but a Whale Shark! Whale sharks typically feed on the surface of the ocean where plankton and other small fish are... but if a larger object (such as a human) was in the path of the open mouthed Whale Shark... it could very easily accidentally swallow a human. Males grow up to 45 feet long! Plus... when the Whale Shark cannot digest something.... they invert their stomachs out of their mouths to get rid of what they cannot eat! I just found this very interesting... so I thought I would share.
Anways... enough about my cousin.... I hope you ladies have a wonderful week!
I promise to be in touch more...
Colleen: I LOVE what your doing... Chris and I really loved that movie so I'm excited to see how it goes. Remember... patience is the hardest... for everyone! I wish you the best!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
we got back saturday. sunday we moved from our apt to our new house. so... we didn't get much of a recovery after vacation...
I will be posting pictures of disney and the new house soon!
I miss everyone... a lot.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
longview was nice. i really enjoy chris' family a lot... and i get to see them again in just a couple of days. i wish it wasn't such a long drive.
i'm ready for our vacation to disney... i need a vacation
i wish people would stop asking when chris and i are going to get married. we will get married when we want to get married. it will be on our time, not theirs. it is kinda pressuring... it is very pressuring acutally. i sometimes need to remember to pull back and remember that there is no pressure and that when we are ready we will be ready. i mean... what's the rush? i'm only 23 years old. don't get me wrong we WANT to get married... it will just happen when we are ready... emotionally and financially. is this so wrong?
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
May 22nd - Drive from CS to Longview - wedding
May 24th - Drive from Longview to SA
May 29th - Drive from SA to Longview - Todd's Graduation
May 31st - Drive from Longview to SA
June 13th to June 20th - Disney World
End of June - Move out of apartment to ??
???- Go see Michael (my cousin) before he moves to Saudi Arabia to work for the king
Monday, May 11, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
one day she says to me: "my husband need a new aggie ring - his is all worn down" I was like NO YOU IDIOT.... but i got past that comment.... until today....
she says "my husband still wears his stupid a&m ring - i don't know why he still wears it"
i about jumped across the room to hit her.... pissed me off
the nerve of some people....
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
we are catering 5 weddings this saturday... 4 of which are out of town... and its been raining... not a good combo
i am really ready to move out of our apt... i think we have found a couple of places but i don't know if they will still be available when we need a new place... we can just hope.
we have so many things we want to save for... wedding, house, vacation... why does everything have to be so expensive... we are actually saving our money really well... i surprise myself sometimes.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
ALERT: Whitney actually is going to the gym on a regular basis... and i am enjoying it!
i am ashamed to admit it: i finally got sucked into american idol.... but with that said... OMG.... i am hooked. Adam Lambert is basically amazing. I get hooked to every song he sings.
sunday night i had this urge to go get all the briggs girls from their dorm rooms and go eat some wings n more... sad day
our apt lease is almost done... so now we are looking to rent a house. such a pain. why does everything have to be so expensive... and why can't people have bigger back yards... don't they know i have dogs to take care of? :o) j/k... i think we are getting close to finding one...
i thought this was funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvMJ1Walco0
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
ever since i can remember people have always said "you are going to be so successful"... but they never told me IN WHAT i was going to be successful. i have such a strong desire to be so "successful" but i'm not sure where to start and that is where i'm struggling.... i want it too soon and too fast. i keep having to remind myself... that you have to build to succeed... and if i got everything that i wanted now then i would have nothing to look forward to.
i miss everyone very much.
Monday, March 30, 2009
it was a freezing day at the farm and a little bird was trying to stay warm. it was curled up on the ground when a cow walked by and dropped manure on the bird. the manure was really warm and the bird began to enjoy the warmth... so much so that it began to sing will sitting the warm manure. a cat heard this singing and began to explore where it was coming from. the cat discovered the manure and pulled the bird out and ate it. the bird was dead.
moral of the story: those who manure on you are not always your enemies... and those who pull you out of the manure are not always your friends
Monday, March 23, 2009
so we took advantage of the moment and slept in late saturday and man was it great. we woke up and went shopping, which was nice cause it was a beautiful day. Chris's brother was in town for a UIL competition (math and science tests) on saturday and we were going to try and make the award ceremony but didn't know any details.... Todd calls at 2:50 and says the ceremony is at 3pm... so we hurry over to UTSA to see the ceremony (that didn't actually start till 3:45) and he won 1st in number sense, calculator, and math... so he did amazing! it was nice to see him and chris's dad LOVED that we went and took pictures of Todd. Todd has decided to go to A&M next year... whoop! He has been offered a scholarship and been asked be in the honors program... he's a smart boy.
after that we went to dinner with my parents and then went home, watched a movie, and slept. we ended up sleeping a lot sunday too... i think we were both catching up on like 6 months of sleep.
sunday we went downtown to the IMAX and saw Deep Sea 3D... we really enjoyed it! after that, we met our friend Laurie to see Knowing... the new Nicolas Cage movie. it was strange. we decided Deep Sea 3D was much better.
so our weekend might not have been eventful... but it was relaxing... and that's what we needed.
and for some reason, decpite the relaxing weekend, i woke up in a TERRIBLE mood this morning... so boo.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
we went deep sea fishing... and chris caught a shark!! he was really excited... which was good cause it was a rough trip that's for sure. we were on the boat for 10 hrs! we basically came back and fell asleep. we are having shark for dinner tonight... yum... ? no, i really am excited to try it.
the puppies LOVE the beach... oh goodness, they had a blast. they are STILL recovering... haha
nothing else really exciting going on... but i will try an keep updating.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
1. i still don't like obama. i think he speaks in a condescending manner... as if we don't get what he is talking about. i can't stand it.
2. ok... so you probably know i work for a catering company. it is a well-known, family-owned company that mostly does high-end hill country events... there are 3 sales girls and me... i help out around the office... whether that means meeting a client for them or answering the phones at the office. so anyway... the girls at work really rub me the wrong way sometimes. there is one girl who i will call L... L made a comment today that i really didn't like....
she says to another sales girl "do your friends think you have a real job... cause i have to explain to my friends that i have a hard job and it's not just planning parties, but that it's real and it's so hard... blah blah blah"
i really wanted to stand up and say... YOU IDIOT! THIS ISN'T REAL WORK... i mean... yes they come to work at 9am (more like they stole in at 9:30) and stay till 5:00pm (sometimes)... and talk to clients and sit at their computer and plan a menu. heaven forbid... they have to get out of their chairs to meet a client at an event facility (this happens maybe 2 times a week). the kitchen will bring breakfast and lunch to their desk and pick up after their mess. they don't have to take out the trash or file their own files.... its all done for them. i'm sorry but it's comments like those that make me want not want to be an event planner.
my mom is the hardest working person i know.... i look up to my mom in many ways. i don't want an easy job. i want to have a challenging job. i want to be able to have accomplishments at the end of my day.
Chris and I went to college station this weekend.... it was a lot of fun. we had a really nice weekend. a couple of notes:
-it was kinda sad/scary... scary that i didn't have that security of not being in the real world yet... and sad b/c of the memories i have - we had some good times there.
- they are building so much... i won't recognize the place in a year with as much construction as their doing
- i really hope my kids go their some day
- the people are just so nice
- while it's full of memories... it's sadly not the same... knowing all the people are gone is sad.
- i miss the food. mostly, wings n more.
- every time i get chick fil a... i think of the commons
There is definitely a lot of people getting married this year!! Holy moly... more and more every day! I'm so excited for them all... It's just proof that everyone is growing up so quickly... please no babies yet... i'm not sure my brain can soak that up quiet yet. i mean we were sitting around ashley and holly's room like 4 years ago taking turns telling our "story"... and now everyone is all grown up! (I really am very happy for you Jessica... it just scares me to see everyone growing up *tear*) :o)
That's all I can conjure up right now... hope everyone has a great week!!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
love you girls
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
*obama is now our president.... it should be interesting, other than that i'll keep my comments to myself.
*rachel yeats is getting married this weekend... and i'm in the wedding. i'm kind of stressing out because i have a lot to do to get ready.
*my friend Evan Tupa and I (with Patrick (colleen's brother) as "contract help") are starting our own website building business... we have not come up with a name yet... but we have done one website and in the middle of our 2nd and 3rd.... i'm pretty excited. it won't make us rich but maybe bring in a little extra cash, if not at least keep up busy.
*i feel like people are growing up so fast and things just seem to be passing by... and the ride is too fast for people to even notice....
*i am never alone... and when i do find myself alone... i make myself so busy, that i don't even notice. i wonder what i would think about and how i would feel about my life...
Friday, January 9, 2009
so i guess this is my first post and here are some updates:
spent my first christmas with chris - amazing... 17 people together christmas morning
working at a catering/special event mgmt company in San Antonio - love it
i love my puppies - they are doing very well... jager is almost 3!
living in an apt... looking for a house soon
hopefully going to grad school in the fall
i miss everyone...