Sunday, October 26, 2008

thaKing and I had a nice and uneventful weekend. Yet, I did leave him at home yesterday to go to Keeneland and bet on Curlin in the Breeder's Cup. The horse of the century was upset because I bet on him. I'm sure of it. Sunday was spent going to the Green Expo downtown. We learned interesting things about composting and concrete homes. We capped the trip downtown off with signature hot chocolate from Starbucks. Mmmm.

Once home, I started whipping up one of my fall favorites...butternut squash soup. It is the epitome of fall in it's color and aroma.
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

This morning I enjoyed flipping through the PB November catalog while I drank my coffee. Every space is warm and inviting. There's no arguments of what's for dinner, whose parents' house are you going to for the holidays. If you lived at the Pottery Barn everyone would come to your house for the holidays because it's so fabulous! On second thought....maybe I don't want to live at the Pottery Barn.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

We have had a ton o' fun tailgating the last two weekends with the Zegafuses. I'll be the first to admit we are fair weather fans. So given that it was maybe 50 degrees last night, when the temperature had just been 85 degrees for last week's game, we weren't exactly acclimated to the cool front moving through. UK was down 20 to 7 with about 10 minutes to go in the game. Not believing that an offense that had struggled so much could even make a comeback and win, we left to return to tailgating. We met up with the Zegafuses and listened to the game on the radio. What?! UK proceeded to score two touchdowns and were leading. As the fireworks were blasting from UK's last touchdown, we rushed back into the stadium to watch the final ticks off the clock. What a great comeback! Sorry we didn't believe, Cats! By the way, remove temporary tattoos using alcohol or else risk actually removing skin.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Can anyone tell that much of a difference between the above shoes? Granted, the upper shoe is hairy and has a more refined classy print...but for $24.99 at Target v. $268 from J. Crew, I can totally rock the bottom shoe. Besides, I will then have more $$ to buy an outfit at J. Crew!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I am a bad blogger...but I have been relishing in actually being town for the weekend and not having anything I HAD to do. We just got back from the Austin City Limits Music Festival. It was a great time and I will go back, assuming the band schedule is acceptable. However, I have to tell you, the first two hours of the first day of the festival, I was thinking I would never make it through the heat and dirt for two more days! We were listening to 'What Made Milwaukee Famous', doused in SPF 30, in 90 degrees. I was sweating and my sunscreen caused all dirt particles to stick to me. I am slightly OCD so this was not a happy situation. But I decided we paid money to be here all weekend, 200,000 other people were making it, so could I. Through port-o-potties and all I managed to keep it together...until it was time to see MGMT. Out of 130 bands playing at the ACL, This was the band I came to see. Apparently, everyone else did too.

We made our way to the small stage (ACL didn't comprehend the draw either) 30 minutes ahead of show time to cop a spot. Needless to say, we were in a sea of 90,000 people, I was hit in the head with some passers by folding chair, I could not even see MGMT, but I could hear the band. In order to get my MGMT fix I am now threatening to take off to Chicago or NY this month to catch the remainder of the US tour.

Despite that too close for comfort experience, we saw great artists/bands such as Manu Chau, Gnarls Barkley, Old 97's, John Fogerty, Allison Kraus & Robert Plant, Band of Horses, Gillian Welch, Vampire Weekend, Silversun Pickups, Beck, and the Foo Fighters, just to name a few. Old 97's were my fave...perhaps because we were shaded from the sweltering Texas' sun and there weren't a billion people at Zilker Park yet.

We had two days to kick it in Austin, outside of the ACL. I love it there and I want to move to Austin. Maybe I can get BRR to open a satellite office, but then again, does TX even have reciprocity? I ain't taken no more bar exams! Anyway, the city where W. resided as the governor of the big red state, is friendly, progressive, and environmentally conscious. thaKing and I were eating lunch in SOCO, and a woman sitting next to us asked if we would watch her stuff while she went to the restroom. Of course we obliged, but we were both shocked at the trust this person held. The same afternoon we were walking back to our hotel, on the trail around Town Lake. There was a woman just napping on the hillside. I want to live there, where you can nap in the middle of the afternoon, or anytime, for that in public and not be bothered.

Our last night in Austin was spent watching the bats fly out in downtown Austin and by catching Dale Watson's performance at the Continental Club. 750,000 bats live under a bridge right in the heart of Austin. It was an amazing sight to see them flying out into the night air, but not photographable due to the darkness and their speed. Jeremy had seen Dale several times before. One time was a Lynaugh's which resulted in Dale writing a song, Kentucky in a Spin, about the night's events. We talked to Dale, bought him a tequila shot, and danced to Kentucky in a Spin. This was all way more fun than getting hit in the head with a camping chair.
Two presidential debates remain and here is a great drinking game, thanks to the Dooce. Everytime McCain says 'Maverick', drink a shot of vodka! Too bad I didn't think of that last week for the VP debate. Or if the game had been every time Palin winks, drink, then I would not have been able to make it to work Friday morning.