The first time I heard the song Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert I got a little choked up. I assumed the song wouldn't manage to have the same effect twice, however, after seeing the video today I realized I was wrong. I think the song, which is about legalizing same-sex marriage, is absolutely beautiful. The video is equal to the music and tells such a lovely story. The cover artwork for the album features Macklemore's uncle and and his uncle's partner.
A couple years ago Ryno and I went to see The Decemberists, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings record an ACL taping. It was a fantastic show. Sadly I had to be up so early the next day, earlier than my typically early days that we missed most of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings performances. However, the more covers I hear of Gillian Welch's "Look at Miss Ohio," the more I appreciate the beauty and simplicity of her songs. I'm currently obsessed with Blind Pilot's cover of the song, which you can find on their i-Tunes Session EP. I think I'll share one of Blind Pilot's videos next week, but this week I want to share a sweet Tiny Desk Concert via NPR of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. How amazing is Rawlings' guitar work? Hope you enjoy! Have a great weekend everybody!
Do you remember the end of Father of the Bride, the 90's version? Annie is packing up her room the night before her wedding as her parents head to bed. Then due to some wedding night jitters runs into George downstairs on their family basketball court. Annie tells him, "It was so strange packing up my room. You know how you have always trained me never to throw anything away. So like I have all these ratty stuffed animals and yearbooks...my old retainer...all my old magic tricks. And I actually packed it all. I just didn't want to let it go. I mean, I know I can't stay, but it's like I don't want to leave." Today while attempting to unpack some of the boxes we haven't opened since we moved to our new place a couple months ago this quote came to mind. I have so many ticket stubs, stuffed animals and childhood toys that I can't seem to throw away even though I will never need them again. I've read suggestions before about taking photos of sentimental objects and then throwing out whatever it is. While I think that sounds great in theory, I would still struggle to part with the physical object. It doesn't seem like a photo can really convey the texture, color and weight of something that's traveled with you from city to city. Do you have an approach that works for you when sorting through sentimental belongings? I did read this post by The Minimalists, which I found helpful. I'm definitely going to be taking the "baby step" approach.
We celebrated my mom's birthday this weekend with dinner at Flour and Vine followed by ice cream at Lick. I was actually able to enjoy some vegan friendly ice cream; my flavor of choice was peanut butter, chocolate and coconut milk ice cream. It was surprisingly similar to what I remember real ice cream tasting like. On Sunday we all toured the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, which had been on our list of things to do in Austin. I didn't manage to take many photos there due to the sweltering heat. I believe the next time we visit the gardens will be during some cooler temperatures. Hope everyone had a great weekend & Happy Birthday Mom!
Since moving to Austin, Ryno and I have developed a serious love for Indian food. A couple of our friends took us to Clay Pit our first year here, and it was love at first bite. Last year I bought two Indian cookbooks, but was too overwhelmed by the spice list to ever make anything from them. However, this week we finally made a chana masala dish that we found on Smitten Kitchen, which is a food blog that my sister recommended to us. Deb, the author, of Smitten Kitchen does a great job of breaking down the difficult to find spices and also encourages you to not be so overwhelmed by the spice list. We were very excited to cook our first Indian dish at home, and I'm hoping it will happen with some regularity now.
Last night we did pop out to meet Ryno's brother for some modernized Indian dishes at Whip In. I had an Italian sandwich with a pepper chutney that was fantastic!
One of my favorite categories to collect inspiration for on Pinterest is my garden board called "the great." It's so fun to find unique landscapes or plant varieties. I love images that utilize beautiful uses of color or interesting layouts of an exterior space. Here are a few of my favorites!
We had a really relaxed weekend, which we completely enjoyed. It was the first weekend in awhile that we weren't following a tight schedule. Cyrus, Ryno's brother's dog, joined us for the weekend, much to Elton's delight. It's rare that they are able to play in a fenced off yard together, so they were having a ball. Elton kept trying to show Cyrus all the sticks he has in his yard, and there were quite a few playful bouts of puppy wrestling.
I seriously considered not watching So You Think You Can Dance this season, because I really enjoyed Cyrus as a performer last season and thought it may be best to end on a good note. I'm so glad that friends convinced me to keep watching. One friend suggested that life would be less fun without Cat Deeley, and I must say how right she was! I have loved this season of SYTYCD. On last night's show Nigel revealed that Cat saved my favorite dancer of the season, Jasmine, from being cut from the top twenty. Just another piece of evidence that Cat pretty much makes the show! I can't wait to see which dancers win next week, but until then... Have you seen Twitch's proposal to Allison Holker? They are both past contestants of the show, and it was revealed last week that they are engaged. I wanted to find a write-up with some details, however, I found something even better. Their proposal video is online! It was an incredibly sweet proposal that seemed perfectly suited for them as a couple. Ryno and I were both always big fans of Twitch; he is one of the only dancers Ryno always enjoys watching on the show. Best wishes to both of them, and the proposal video is below for you to enjoy!
We had a lovely if not somewhat lazy, long weekend. The big highlights were attending the cactus and succulent show at the botanical gardens, introducing my family to the British Sci-fi comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with a viewing of The World's End, and successfully conducting a hive inspection in one hundred degrees (that was all Ryno). We've been talking about the succulent and cactus show for the past three years, but never made it on our own. Since my parents were already going, we decided to tag along. It also allowed us to revisit the gardens, which we had only seen one other time (also in 100 degree temperatures). I think the lesson I learned last time we went to the gardens was "wear floppy hats." Next time I'll try to remember the best plan is to go when it's cooler. I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend too!
photos of our trip to the Zilker Botanical Gardens