Today I'm looking for wall composition inspirations. I promised Ryno I would try to get our artwork on the walls. It has been a year in the new home after all. Displaying artwork is the hardest piece of decorating for me within my own home. Somehow the decisions seem so permanent to me, which is silly since it's one of the easiest things to change. A few inspiring ideas...
Happy Friday! I'm excited to kick off the weekend with a song from the new Jenny Lewis album... I adore her! A friend sent me this article about Lewis' new album, Voyager. It turns out Lewis produced all but three songs with another favorite artist of mine, Ryan Adams. I can't wait to listen to the entire album when it releases next week, but for now I'm enjoying the new music videos for Voyager. If you appreciate watching artists at work the video for "She's Not Me" is pretty amazing too.
Ryno and I have found the strategy that works best for us is he primarily cooks, and I do most of the grocery shopping. We certainly lend each other a hand with said tasks as needed, but as a general rule this system is the simplest. When we lived in Alabama I very much enjoyed grocery shopping, because the store was empty no matter when I went to shop. However, in Austin I have yet to find an empty grocery store or even one with light traffic. As a way to encourage myself to go I sometimes offer myself a reward. It can be a wide variety of things, but I try to keep it around five dollars or less. Sometimes I buy flowers for the house, other times a cold beverage, but the prevailing winner of my "reward" system is a magazine. We don't have any magazine subscriptions, so every now and then an article catches my eye and I'm hooked. Today, my magazine of choice was Austin Monthly magazine. I'm excited to dive into the headline article "Austin Hidden Gems." I'll let you know if I find anything exciting to share!
It's already Wednesday, so I've certainly fallen behind schedule. I still thought it would be fun to share our weekend. We went to Gruene with a couple of friends from school who also live in Austin now. Cooder Graw was playing at Gruene Dance Hall and it was packed. We weren't familiar with Cooder Graw, but it's always fun to take a day trip to Gruene and enjoy a meal at The Gristmill. We had a really great time two stepping and listening to the band. Then Sunday we visited the bee hives, which are filling up with honey! It's been so exciting watching Dad and Ryno work out all the new steps of collecting and bottling honey. We've also had the joy of sharing our honey with friends, which is the most exciting bit for me!
We're planning to listen to some live music and catch up with some friends this weekend. I also hope the weather will stay a little cooler so we can finally accomplish some yard work.
This week's music pick is due to SYTYCD. The opening act this week was a slow hip hop routine to "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith. I really loved the routine, and I think the choir featured in this song makes it really beautiful.
We spent the past weekend in Alabama with Ryno's family at Lake Guntersville just outside of Huntsville, AL. We had a chance to catch up with some old friends before heading to the lake house. It was great to catch up and see how much their boys have grown!
The remainder of the weekend was spent relaxing with family and celebrating Ryno's grandfather's 90th birthday! Granny and Granddaddy are an amazing pair of people, and we were so happy to celebrate the occasion with them!
Today's music share is a throwback. It was a mega-smash in 1981; the most popular song that year. Ryno had never heard the song, and I think showing him the music video first may have been the wrong way to introduce him to it. The video is a bit on the ridiculous side, but I love Kim Carnes' raspy voice. Plus the song is just pure gold. Hope you enjoy it too! Have a wonderful weekend! We're harvesting more honey next week, so I'll be back with an update then.
The "just a minute post" is one of my all time favorites to share (see where the inspiration came from). The idea that it is a brief snippet of what is happening lately is such a nice, simple thought. However, I went back to review them today and noticed something odd. I've only ever done them in July with the exception of last year when I also made one in November. The funny thing is that I'm so concerned I'll over use the idea I have managed to only do them once a year. Lookout I plan to remedy that oversight! I hope you enjoy them too as there will be more to come!
Making... tons of new recipes from the Summer cookbook
Watching... So You Think You Can Dance — yay summer tv!
Reading... Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
For me truly kicking off summer starts with watermelon. Ryno, Elton (he loves it) and I have already consumed at least three watermelons. On top of that I enjoyed my first watermelon margarita at dinner the other night. I'm not sure how I've missed the sheer joy of a watermelon margarita all these years, but it was delicious and seems pretty straightforward. I'm going to test out a few of these recipes (here, here and here) with the next watermelon we pick up.
We finally collected honey from our hives this weekend! It was so exciting to taste the raw honey (we didn't even filter it before trying it). I had my first taste of honeycomb, which was an exciting moment for me. Although, I felt guilty having the comb knowing that bees exert so much energy to produce it. I'm not sure if it was the year worth of anticipation or the fact that it's the freshest honey I've ever had, but it was delicious! I snapped a few photos of Ryno harvesting the frames filled with honey along with a photo of the jar of honey too. We are planning to harvest more next week, so hopefully by then Ryno and my dad will have a great system together so we can start truly collecting!