Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekend Road Trip

I love a good road trip, so when my friend Mandel said she was coming to Houston and wanted to meet-up in San Antonio I was thrilled. I lived in San Antonio for several years as a kid and since moving back to Texas I have only gone to San Antonio for work. We talked about coming up with a solid plan, but ended up flying by the seat of our pants instead. She found a nice Mexican restaurant on the River Walk, and I brought along my Frommer's guide book. We opted to follow the Frommer's "Walking Tour: Downtown San Antonio" map; it was concise, but hit lots of great landmarks. Among several other spots we saw the following:

The River Walk

The Alamo

Mandel & Me @ the Alamo

Market Square 

We had a lot of fun sight-seeing and shopping all afternoon. It was so fun to have her in Texas, even for just an afternoon! I hope you all had great weekends too!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Birthday and other Instax shots

 The first couple shots are from this summer when Ryno's brother came to visit before he moved here in November. We climbed to the top of Mt Bonnell and took these shots with the city skyline behind is very small in these photos. Then there is Elton's Christmas shot opening his present from the "grandparents." Next is of Ryno with his birthday pound cake and the Happy Birthday candles reset after we already ate three-quarters of the cakes. Finally, my birthday photo with a Vivo rita. Sorry for the delay on these. Hope you enjoy them all the same!

the life of a (skee) baller

It's been another busy week, and I couldn't be happier that it is finally Friday! I'm sure you all are excited for the weekend too. I have a lot to share with you again this week starting with last weekend. As part of my extended birthday celebration me, Ryno, his brother and a few of our friends went to Highball for some drinks and activities. It was our first time there, so we weren't sure what to expect. We had a lot of fun playing skee-ball and watching Matt take any opportunity to sneak in some bowling. The bowling lanes were exported from the oldest bowling alley in New Orleans. They have the old school ball return and everything. Unfortunately, we didn't reserve a bowling lane ahead of time and they were all booked so we stuck with skee-ball. As it turns out we're all terrible at skee-ball, although it didn't help that our machine didn't count the 100 slot or the 10 slot. Granted we only hit the 100 once, but it is still wildly disappointing to have your efforts completely lost. In the end we had 30+ tickets (don't least we didn't resort to cheating), which we used to buy Highball stickers. We discussed the faux mustaches, but since both boys have real mustaches that seemed like a waste.

Me with the "Game Over" sign and no score

Ryno mid-roll
Thursday night I went to meet a friend for some antique and vintage clothes shopping on South Congress. We started and ended at Uncommon Objects. It is a well known antique store in SoCo. They always have the most interesting selection, and they do a wonderful job with their displays. While there is so much to see it never seems unorganized. I picked up a post card for my collection there. Even though it sort of breaks my rule, which is to collect places I have been before, it was too beautiful to pass up. We ended our night at Snack Bar with some delicious Migas and Mexican Cokes. It was a lot of fun to take our time and catch up while checking out all of the great shops!

all photos shot with my Droid Incredible

my postcard find. bluebonnets are my favorite

Friday, January 21, 2011

Dead Man's Bones

Did you know that Ryan Gosling has a band with his friend Zach Shield's called Dead Man's Bones? I definitely didn't until today. I saw this video at Alamo before Blue Valentine, and really loved the song. I  assumed it was just Gosling messing around, but I loved the song so I looked for it only to discover they have an album called Dead Man's Bones as well. Thanks Wikipedia!

Catching up

Where to begin....

I can't believe so much time has passed since the my last note. I apologize for semi-falling off the face of the earth, but it all started with the flu. I was watching the Golden Globes Sunday night excited to come here to talk fashion and thoughts on awards Monday, however, by morning I was not fairing so well and spent my day in bed. Tuesday passed the same way, and by Wednesday I was just excited to be eating (even just a little) again. So I'm sorry I disappeared, but I'm back to full strength and ready to recount the past week!

So let's start with my last post: Ryno's birthday. We had such a fun night celebrating Ryno's birthday with friends, blueberry cobbler, pound cake with candles, good beer and trivia. Also, since that last post I celebrated my birthday. It was a bit more low key and we celebrated with enchiladas and margaritas. However, I would say both of our birthdays this year pretty much fit us to a T.

*Pictures to come once I get them scanned.

Last Saturday we went to see Shearwater at Central Presbyterian Church. It was a beautiful venue, but we did end up bailing early as it was a four hour show in church pews...not the most comfortable seats. Plus it was a cold, rainy night and being home under a warm quilt sounded ideal. However, we had great friends with us, which definitely made the evening for us. Plus beforehand we enjoyed dinner at our friends' new place. It consisted of grilled cheese, some rocking taco soup and a king cake we brought to add a bit to the festivity of the night!

Shearwater @ Mean Eyed Cat in 2009 by 3rdparty!

Our tickets via my android phone

Then Sunday Ryno and I ventured out in the weather to see a movie at The Ritz downtown. It's the original Alamo Drafthouse, which happens to be our favorite spot to catch movies. It's guaranteed good drinks, good food, nice servers and good movies if you choose wisely. We decided to check out Blue Valentine with Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. They both did an excellent job in the movie, and of course it was all very well done. So much so that Ryno and I both left feeling low. We came home and cheered up over same king cake (yes, we bought one for ourselves too) just in time to watch the Golden Globes.

Source: Pink Sherbet Photography

The Ritz on 6th street shot on my android phone

This all brings me back to where I started, the 2011 Golden Globes. In some ways I feel that my getting sick allowed me to be more prepared to talk about the Globes, since I was able to catch all the "news" that followed about it. First of all, did you know they cut to Brangelina 14 times during the show? I actually guessed it was somewhere around there, since I made several comments to Ryno about how I could definitely do without watching Brangelina snuggle and put on her lip gloss during peoples' acceptance speeches. Thank goodness Ricky Gervais hosted; he definitely helped lighten the mood. It seemed kind of tense this year with all the celebrity relationship drama. As for the Red Carpet portion of the night, I loved Olivia Wilde's Marchesa ball gown and Natalie Portman's Viktor & Rolf dress. However, my favorite part of the evening was when Colin Firth won for Best Actor in The King's Speech. You go Darcy! If you didn't see The King's Speech, I think it is a must see. I plan to own it as soon as it releases on blu-ray.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband! I love you so much, and had so much fun celebrating your birthday with some trivia and beers!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Hello doctor!

Today my sister got her doctorate in Medieval Architectural History. Congrats big sister we knew you would pass with flying colors. We are out to celebrate in your honor!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Goodbye 2010...a little late!

It has been an amazing decade. The past ten years have held many of my best memories. Now I am sharing them with you, and officially saying goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011 even if I am a little behind!

10. We moved to Austin, Texas

09. We adopted Elton

08. We bought our 1st house

07. We got married

06. Ryno proposed to me

05. I moved to Alabama to be with Ryno

04. I started dating Ryno

Really back in the day photo

03. I graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Design
     & studied abroad in Europe

Me & my friend, Laura, in Rome Italy

02. I moved to Atlanta a city and state where I knew no one

Me in Little 5, Atlanta GA

01. I graduated high school

Me with Chris & Em doing our Charlie's Angels pose.
I give you this is not high school, but these are my
two best friends from high school.

Monday, January 3, 2011

My 2011 Reading List

I've spent most of today searching for our new place. It is one of my resolutions and as our lease is running out here, I thought it was probably time to get a jump on things. However, there is always room for distraction, and today I came across this list on Elizaphanian of 100 books from the BBC. The average person, according to the BBC, will have read 6 of the books on the list. The idea is to copy the list and place an x beside the books you have read. If only the movie could count for some of these! I have read 15/100 so far.

BBC 100 Books:

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (x)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (x)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (x)
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (x)
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (x)
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (not complete, but a lot)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (x)
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (x)
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (x)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (x)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen (x)
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy.
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (x)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (x)
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth.
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding (x)
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (x)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (x)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo 

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 2011

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all are having a great New Year's Day. Ryno and I spent our New Year's Eve on 6th Street in Austin. We saw the disco ball drop outside of club Pure. Then we spent today walking with Elton at Zilker Park.  I took some video, and if any of it comes out well I will share it here. Also, I'm going to recount my best moments from the past decade. It was just too good of a decade for us to not spend some time looking back and sharing. So look for that in the next few days. As for 2011, I am so excited it is here! I can't wait to see all of the new things we discover after spending our first full year in Austin.

Enjoy the rest of your New Year's weekend!