Archive for March, 2009
The past few weekends here have been absolutely gorgeous as most of you know because I just can’t shut up about it. In honor of how painstakingly gorgeous it’s been we decided to trek around Austin this past Sunday and take some pictures! There turned out to be a lot as we both had quality cameras in our possession and looked like a couple of crazy tourists snapping away. I wanted to slap the “cool kids” with their skinny jeans and tattoo sleeves and wave around my “Austin Papers” that state that I’ve lived here for the past 20 years…and still just can’t get enough! Enjoy the pics.
I guess these pictures/weather can explain why Austin has been a city on the grow for the past decade. Which is cool. But I think we’re full…traffic already blows chunks and home prices are becoming more and more expensive by the day. We’re always up for visitors though, I kid…kind of.
I bought the above monitor in 2003 and am so thrilled that the design and look of the piece is still totally relevant and looks great! Just to clear things up, that’s not my desk space. Just another cool office I found on a design blog. Our office is kind of in shambles at the moment and needs lots of TLC.
This image series kind of breaks my heart. I really want to interfere, scoop up the puppy and love him/her. I’d also give the cat some sort of fish treat for providing comfort to the puppy. These are the kinds of things I think about…
Yesterday I went on a quick trip to Home Depot to pick up sand to weight down an umbrella stand we just purchased for the backyard. It wasn’t my fault that the sand is kept in the landscaping department. I “stumbled” across yet another cart of succulent treasures and found this adorable little pot for him to live in.
I needed them both really badly. He’ll be my company at work…for moments when I need to stare at something really cute and pretty.
P.S. There was a matching red and orange pot that I cannot get out of my head….
You know your husband is the cutest nerd EVER when he goes on a man date with another coworker to the Austin Symphony to listen to them play video game soundtracks. I’m not making any of that sentence up! Alex and his friend Bob met up this evening with video game t-shirts and headed downtown for a night out. First they’ll “man it up” at Hut’s, an Austin institution for the best burger you’ll ever eat and then off to the Long Center for some gamer music at its finest!
So I have the house to myself this evening! What to do, what to do?
I started by cleaning out the pantry. Wooo out of control! “Hey, it needed to be done!”
Then bought a tub of Peanut Butter Cup cookie dough from some neighbor kids I’d never met before. I couldn’t say no. “Hey I’m your new neighbor who’s too cheap to buy a tub of $14 cookie dough!” Those kids’ll get ya every time. I’ll always have popcorn, wrapping paper, and cookie dough on hand thanks to them.
Next I made myself some marvelous Chicken Coconut Curry and Roasted Asparagus. I feel the need to capitalize the food items because food is really important to me. And may I add that I left the Roasted Asparagus in the oven just long enough (with salt, cracked pepper, and olive oil) that the ends were crispy and amazing times ten, NO times a MILLION! I literally closed my eyes while chewing.
While I was still eating I popped in Mama Mia, my mom had lent us the DVD weeks ago and we never got around to watching. Ask me why we didn’t watch it two weeks ago when I suggested it to Alex! No need, it was because it wasn’t widescreen and he literally said, “I refuse.” SNOB!
So I watched it with Saci and we had a great time! It was corny and cute like all musicals. And I have to throw this out there because I’ve seen two movies in the past week where a wedding scene was dramatically interrupted and I HATE THAT! I can’t get over feeling anxious and stressed out for the person in the movie that would be thinking, “THEY’RE RUINING THE WEDDING!” ugh. so yeah, if you haven’t seen it…there’s a wedding interruption. Beware.
Finally I took a bubble bath with what was left of the luxurious bath bubbles and put on about ten different types of lotions and oils. Saci the dog sat on the bathroom mat looking even more concerned than usual. There could have been a number of things that had set her off. (1) I had Little Wayne playing kind of loud from the bedroom whilst in the tub (2) She was probably worried that she was about to get her first bath in the new house or (3) It’s usually her father that takes the baths and uses all of the luxurious bath bubbles.
So now I’m sitting here…contemplating my next move. I’m pretty sure I’m going to pick up It Sucked and Then I Cried from the night stand again. It’s a book I’ve been waiting for for at least three months written by Heather Armstrong, creator of one of my favorite blogs. I got it in the mail 3 days ago and really love it so far. I love her cynical/honest/hilarious/dramatic stories and think how lucky I am that I’ve never had to clean dog vomit off me, the dog, and the car while being 4 months pregnant and experiencing the worst nausea ever created by man. She’s currently on the book tour and I’m greatly anticipating her stop in Austin on April 8th. I even took a half day off at work for the occasion…so maybe I’m a huge dork just like Alex.
I bet he’s swaying to the gamer music as I type. Sweet sweet nerd.
Yesterday evening in Austin and its surrounding areas was CRAAZZYYY! There were “beware of hail” reports throughout the day, everyone rushing to make sure their cars were under covered areas.
My mom called me at 4:30pm and told me I should leave work early as it was on its way and I had a small window to make it home. Thank Jeebus I did, a good 5 minutes after I pulled my car into the driveway it sounded like rocks were being thrown at our windows. Saci the dog flipped the hell out and didn’t know what to do with herself. I looked outside to see almost ping-pong sized pieces of hail falling all over the yard, bouncing about. I peered around at our neighbor’s driveways and felt super sorry for them as their cars were still parked in their driveways.
Unfortunately, Alex insisted on stopping at the grocery store on the way home because it was taco night and we were in need of Julio’s Salsa. His Acura was stuck out in the hail but luckily didn’t receive one dent. I’m super surprised by that one!
Hopefully our roof is fine, we’ll have to have someone check for damage…fingers crossed! My parents however, were not so lucky. They live 15 minutes south of us where the brunt of the damage occurred and had both of their skylights busted. My poor mom was home by herself and called me frantic because glass busted through the skylight and fell into the kitchen. Hail and rain making themselves home in the kitchen.
Coming into work this morning I heard that there were reports of baseball sized hail in various parts of the city and coworkers who had their windows busted in their cars. Stupid stupid hail. The National Weather Center even stated that Austin had the largest hail in the nation yesterday…wahoo!
The above image I got off an Austin news site of the crazy cloud formations from last night. I took some video and a picture or two from our house that I’ll post later on.
You all heard about our great concert experience with Miss Adele. At the end she took a pic of the crowd, as she does for all her shows. It was posted recently!
Find us! (I’ll give you a hint, I’m wearing my glasses, I’m behind a girl with a brown v-neck, and I’m totally cheesin)
Tammy Bruce was on the Laura Ingraham Show recently and called Michelle Obama “trash.”
Quote: “That’s who he’s married to, what does that tell you? This is what we’ve got — you know what we’ve got? We’ve got trash in the White House.”
So the only thing I can think of is that Tammy Bruce must be blind, deaf, and on crack. I really can’t think of ANY other explanation.
I’ve been following a lot of design blogs lately. I could spend hours (well maybe not hours) scrolling through lovely photos of kitchens, outdoor patios, living rooms, etc. My favorite design sites are:
I’ve been seeing a lot of spaces on these sites lately with exposed brick…and me likey. I keep imagining which wall in my home would work best being “exposed.” I hear faux brick walls are le suck though, my friend whose family owns a duplex in Rhode Island have a faux brick wall from the 70′s installed by the previous owners…you can guess how beautiful that is.
Alex has a friend who recently had her boyfriend break up with her. His reason:
“I want to hang out with my friends more and I want to learn Spanish.”
…someone needs to learn to multi-task!