Travelogues: Celebrating Mom's birthday in Texas

posted on: Sunday, March 30, 2014

Boot Hill, just a few miles down the road. I tried to make friends with a donkey but she wasn't having it.

We spent the middle of March back home, down south in the Texas Hill Country. Pretty great place to spend a weekend in March. No, we didn't go for SXSW like everyone else heading down to Texas from NYC was doing that very same weekend. Instead, we went to my parents' home to hang out, see family and celebrate my dear sweet mama's birthday. Here's a confession: Mom's birthday has always fallen during SXSW and for my younger, more music obsessed self this was a timing problem. My mom is super cool so she never gave me crap about going to SX instead of celebrating her birthday on the day. So that, combined with never managing to get down there at the right time since I moved to NYC, means I haven't celebrated my mom's birthday with her in.. hmm… maybe 12 years or so? I know! I'm an AWFUL child.

Big brother chef taking care of business.

All made by my mom. The woman is a culinary bad ass.

Anyway, this one was a big one. 70. It's so crazy to think my parents are officially both in their 70s. Lots of thoughts going through my mind these days, it's really a head trip and quite an awakening. Time goes by so fast, you know. It's not just something people say, it's a real deal fact. Gotta get all the family time in that you can. We have a bit of a tradition of throwing these bbqs. Always the same band, pretty much the same cast of characters and this year my big brother and a friend of the family made the food. So good. Oh man, I'm still dreaming about this meal. There was dancing, there was fishing, there was beer drinking. All in all, a really great weekend. I'm not going to lie, every time we go down it's harder and harder to leave…

This may not be the best photo in the bunch and it may be out of focus and poorly composed, but that huge grin on my dad's face while he dances with his gal is so worth sharing. I focused more on hanging out with family and friends so I don't have any photos once the party really got going. Priorities, you know… Also, this barn will be the venue for our vow renewal party. Can't wait to decorate it and totally change the look. CHALLENGE

Photo cred goes to my three year old nephew. Always a cool perspective when you let the little dudes play with the camera.  

Walks in NYC: aimless meandering around Williamsburg

posted on: Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ohhh heeeyyyy there.

Oh hi. Hello. 'sup yo.

It's been a rough couple of weeks, y'all, complete with stomach viruses and other assorted woes, not to mention that winter that just kept on hanging on. But yesterday things felt different and I proclaimed "THIS IS GOOD". The sun was out, I left the house with. out. a. scarf. And I actually had a Saturday off, a rare and wonderful thing. I started off with brunch and a walk and a chat that lasted longer than we meant with one of my favorite gals and followed it up with a walk around Williamsburg all by myself.

It's kind of amazing how a rejuvenating a sunny Saturday free of obligations or commitments or work can be. Soul cleansing and so necessary. I'm trying hard to get back into being enthusiastic about music (which reminds me! I need to purchase those Soundgarden/NIN tickets right the eff now). So, my new thing to do after every paycheck is to go to a record store, browse the selections and buy an actual real deal record. One every two weeks. Rough Trade opened up an outpost in Williamsburg (of course they did…) and it's kind of amazing. Seriously, it makes me remember how fun it is to just browse the racks and explore. Super well curated and not so much of a selection that it's overwhelming. Not like Amoeba in LA, where I walked in and walked right back out to collect myself. So big… Anyway, this week's record was going to be the Black Angels but after a random selection at the listening station I chose Warpaint. Good stuff, y'all. And Shannyn Sossamon, my ultimate actress girl crush, was a founding member.

After Rough Trade I moseyed my way home, around the park which was full of sun worshippers and through the streets. I had some time to chill before I needed to be home to meet Alan for date night so I stopped at The Shanty, New York Distilling Company's in-house bar. I had the most delicious cocktail. OMG, seriously. It was a gin gimlet but it was spicy and perfectly composed and just all 'round awesome. I was totally that weirdo drinking by herself at a bar with her nose in her phone. I was reading a book on the kindle app, I promise! Pretty great Saturday afternoon. And to make it even more awesome it was followed up by a truly excellent date with my husband.

Days like this? This is how I'm going to get my jam back. Just you wait, just you watch. XO

At home: Quiet mornings

posted on: Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hi! Guess what! It's still cold... And tomorrow we're expecting snow. Between this never ending winter and the busy time I'm having at work (in a good way! Soooo glad my boss is back from leave) and this recent obsession with Sons of Anarchy, this little project here is still being neglected. Ah well, so it goes, right? But today is the first of March and spring is officially right around the corner. Just a little bit more to go!

While we usually spend our Saturday and sometimes our Sunday mornings going for brunch, last weekend I actually planned ahead a bit. We had burgers for dinner as a special treat for my honey and since buns come a gazillion to a package I decided I'd make breakfast sandwiches the next morning. 

I make breakfast at home so rarely that I sometimes forget how truly nice it is. Roll out of bed, toss my hair up in a messy bun and make a simple but yummy meal to be eaten in my pajamas in front of the tv. Total bliss, y'all. Really.

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