MM: Thankful for Ty


My walking buddy when the weather was 'wondey.'

A week ago this morning, my littlest guy Ty, left our family to live happily ever after in dog heaven. As the day went on and I shared the news, everyone's reactions only reminded me how loved he was, like all dogs are.

He was the only blonde in his big litter of black cockapoo puppies.
I rummaged through old photos and remembered how happy I was to bring him home,

how handsome he was,

So much for my mom's "no couch" rule.
and how often he and Coco cuddled, like in this classic scene from Christmas morning circa 2007.

luckily, my many nieces and nephews loved their "grandog"
Over the years, my attention shifted from doting on Ty to tending to my schoolwork, cheerleading and my social life.

Caro & I took her dogs along with Ty and William's Gus to the dog park they built along the bayou.
I don't regret that, but I'm so grateful for the time I got to reconnect with him when I moved home after college graduation.

More recently, I got to dogsit and take him to work and William's. And dress him up for one last Halloween!

With that, I hope to continue to have a thankful heart and mind this month for all my many blessings.


Sense Appeal XXXIV: Wedding Edition


I spent last weekend with Laura, my brother Jimmy's fiancée, for her bachelorette weekend in Austin. Getting to know her sister, cousin and best friends with my sisters by my side was the best, so today's sense appeal is a celebration of them and their big day coming up in December.

In true soon-to-be sister fashion, I copied Laura's cappuccino order at Houndstooth, a haven for an espresso lover.

for the eyes: All smiles for the future Mrs. McConn.

for the mindCome learn calligraphy with me, so we can be as cool and talented as my sister Erin, who kills it every time someone in the family says 'I do.'

for the ears:

Coffee or Tea from Molly McConn on Vimeo.
A sneak peek at Jimmy's Q&A sesh we watched with wine and Thai take-out on Saturday night.

fashion for feel: Subtly matching black and white prints, I still love this snakeskin jumpsuit I bought off the streets in Sevilla, Spain.

William and I went here this past winter for a tasting; he loves their Vermentino for a light white vino.

for taste: We spent Saturday at Duchman Family Winery in south Austin. We snagged a picnic table to sip reds and rosés and eat antipasto.

Looking forward to a weekend spent at home as we head toward holiday season! Have a wonderful one.

Happy Holidays


I like to think the single thing I don't have in common with my favorite blogger is a full-blown Halloween fetish. Growing up, I enjoyed dressing up as Esmerelda and Dorothy then stuffing my pillow case with Skittles bags and Snickers bars, but as I've gotten older, I look forward to Fourth of July, Easter and Thanksgiving much more.

clothed in Halloween colors at Jimmy & Laura's couples' shower
I suppose that may fluctuate when I have kids of my own, but I can also foresee October becoming stressful as it seems like a social media competition these days as the kids swarm the streets to say "trick or treat."

WD's with me as far as his holiday favorites list goes, but we decided to give Halloween more of a chance this year. Here's how:

Okay, not my porch. Montrose Shop, you make fall fireplace dreams come true.
I set pumpkins on my porch after spotting the patch in the Trader Joe's parking lot.

I discovered a costume shop full of treasures thanks to my boss who sent me on a hat mission for her epic family costume inspired by Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom.

I'm ready for my masquerade moment thanks to Southern Importers, located in Midtown.
I went back days later to get an accessory for me and William to wear in Austin.

And there, we enjoyed people watching mermaids sipping martinis and finding Waldo at Lucille's on Rainey Street.

Driving home, we listened to this This American Life, only Scooby Doo scary on the spook scale.

Craving more and something sweet, we put on Alfred Hitchcok's Rear Window while eating gummy candy and kettle corn.

Okay, Boston, you win. But, Buffalo Bayou's lookin' pretty good.
On actual Halloween, the weather wound up being gorgeous, so I decided to get my steps in like all the trick-or-treaters do. Lo and behold, leaves were turning in the beautified Buffalo Bayou.

WD and I then channeled our childhood by watching an old Disney Channel Original "scary" movie: Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire. So bad it was good.

It was a very happy holiday, and I look forward to a thankful, merry ending to this year.