Archive for June, 2010

The Cup

I had been totally juiced for the World Cup to start this month!!! Yup, too much Jersey Shore for me.

Like the Olympics, it’s an international sporting event that occurs every four years, so of course I’m a fan. I’m a worldy one I am :-)

During our trip to Florida I was worried we weren’t going to be able to watch much, I was wrong…our mornings started off with the 9:30 game and a cup of hot chocolate (even though it was already blazing outside). It was so relaxing and so darn exciting all at the same time!

The U.S. is really impressing me this Cup, I’m so happy for them and totally stoked for us to be able to watch such exciting soccer this summer.

Landon Donovan is going down in history as one of my heroes (I want to squeeze his cheeks in the above picture) and I can’t wait to watch the start of the next round starting on Saturday at 1:30pm against Ghana!


June 24, 2010 at 10:06 am 2 comments

The Sunshine State

Alex and I have just arrived back home from a lovely stay in Florida. A state that wouldn’t have been our first choice for a summer vacation (we tend to choose cooler locales than our home state of TX for the summertime) but we were attending a family reunion there anyway so we decided to make a vacation out of it.

After two days in Orlando for the family reunion we were both ready to hit the road two hours north to beautiful St. Augustine. Orlando was way too commercial, chain restaurant dotted, and theme parky for our taste. Not to mention that the full humidity in 95 degree heat actually made my body hurt.

St. Augustine was recommended to us by fellow blogger Erin. She and her husband Chris share a home on St. Augustine Island and spoke very highly of their hometown!

We knew why as soon as we entered the downtown area (which is still said to be owned by Spain). The architecture was lovely and almost made me feel like I was walking around a small Spanish town rather than one in north eastern Florida.

We stayed at The Carriage House which I hands down, wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who’ll be in the area needing a place to rent. It was chock full of history and Americana nostalgia and was sooo adorable. As soon as we pulled into the long driveway we immediately gasped. The house was nicely set back about 25 yards from the main road and had a giant 200 year old oak tree with Spanish moss hanging from its branches looming overhead. The mossy green home had a charming balcony in the front as well and it reeked of southern charm. The house got even better as you walked through the front door and discovered its three spacious bedrooms, two baths, fully stocked kitchen, a parlor, large dining room, and a spacious terrace. And thankfully the homeowner had the AC cranked so it was a comfortable 74 degrees throughout our entire stay!

During the four days we were in St. Augustine we were able to do a lot of sightseeing, shopping, beach going, watching of the World Cup :-), and EATING. We ate really well there. Our favorite restaurant of the trip was The Tasting Room, a Spanish fusion tapas bar with great ambiance, live music, and fantastic food. We feasted on spinach and pine nut empanadas, mussels with a Thai curry broth, and seafood paella! They even had a psychic walking around that was “on the house” that entertained us while we waited in between courses.

Besides eating in many great restaurants while there we were lucky enough to visit Erin and Chris’s home on the island where they made a proper Italian meal for us. Alex and I were insanely impressed with their mad pizza making skills. Having recently returned from a special trip to the island of Ischia they brought back a recipe they sampled while there. The pizza that I will forever refer to as Ischia Pizza was FABULOUS and I’ve vowed to make it this Saturday for our late Father’s Day celebration (I’ll blog about it in detail then)! Also on the menu was a tasty arugula, corn, and tomato salad, and a scandalous dessert of homemade brownie topped with lemon marscapone and candied lemon slices. So impressive!

I was spoiled even more the next morning when Chris made me a marocchino, an Italian coffee I’d never sampled before. You can read how they make it here. The process was a bit tedious, but oh man the end result was fantastico. I literally felt like I was back in Italy sipping in a small cafe. Bravo! Moments later I was out their front door on the two block walk to St. Augustine Beach where I enjoyed some AM waves before traveling back home. Oh to live by the beach, I can’t imagine how great that would be…

With full bellies, heavy suitcases, and slight tans :-) we headed back to Austin this past Monday.

We were so excited to see Saci who had been staying with my parents the entire week (thanks Mom!) and get back to our normal grind. The week prior to going to Florida I was in Denver for a conference while Alex was in Ohio for work as well. Living out of a suitcase was growing old and we missed the comfort of our own bed. The house was EIGHTY THREE degrees when we walked inside. Yuck. But soon cooled off and we’re settling in for what may be a gruesome summer of 3 digit heat. Eek.

June 24, 2010 at 7:46 am 3 comments

La Roux

A little late for this post but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share how great the La Roux show was that we saw on June 1st.

While standing for 4 hours straight almost killed me. I’m old, be nice. Once Elly Jackson hit the stage with her red faux hawk and 80s synthpop attitude I knew everything was going to be okay. Adrenaline is a great remedy for achey legs and humid concert venues.

And just like after any good concert I’ve been on a post concert high for the past two weeks. Can’t get enough of Tiger Lily

June 13, 2010 at 6:07 am Leave a comment

the Fox Hole

On Sunday Alex and I finally stepped up to the plate and tackled a project we’d been talking about for probably a year.

Saci sleeps in a medal kennel that resides next to our bed. It’s been a constant eye sore ever since we brought her home and the Star Wars sleeping bag that was draped over it was no longer cutting it design-wise.

So we went to Home Depot, bought some MDF board that we had custom cut while there, bought an electric drill/screwdriver (finally), and came home to start on our project.

Alex was mostly in charge of building it while I held things in place and then we both painted it “Pensive Sky” the subtle blue wall color that we already have in our bedroom. And the paint was leftover from painting the walls a year and a half ago so we didn’t have to buy more. Score.

Once dry I went online here to find a cool graphic that I could just free hand onto the piece of furniture. Because Saci has fox ears I went with this and I think it turned out splendidly. I just used the accent wall color that we have on the wall behind the piece in “Painted Turtle” and mixed an orangey-red hue with some acrylic paints I had laying around.

We now call her new abode The Fox Hole :-)

June 3, 2010 at 11:11 am 2 comments

thanks Great Grandma

A few months ago my mom and I sat on her bed sorting through some of her vintage family jewelry. I’ve seen it all before but it’s always fun to re-look at things (i.e. pictures, jewelry, cards, etc…)

This time I came across a bow pin that I either hadn’t seen before or did but didn’t pay much attention the first time. I’ve had a recent affinity with bows recently and immediately was drawn to the piece that was given to my mom when her grandmother passed away years ago.

Since I don’t wear pins I decided then and there that I would have it transformed into a necklace.

I picked up the finished product on my lunch break today. oo la la.

June 1, 2010 at 10:35 am Leave a comment


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