great lengths

August 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

Well hello! School has not overtaken me, in case you were concerned. But I have been getting used to my new dog duties, workouts, husband, food, teaching, tutoring, reading, grading, cooking, cleaning, errands schedule.

The huge eye candy Madewell fall catalogue “lookbook” arrived yesterday. What a gem.

Excuse the size of that picture below, but long skirts have been catching my eye. I’m slowly getting over my memories of them as a matronly, prairiesque eighties style and mustering up some bravery to attempt this highwaisted, long skirt look.

And n a few completely unrelated notes…

This fantastic layout is not only super fun to look at but has some great ideas for looks and libations.

In case you forgot I am a nerdy English teacher, I’m excited about this book  coming out. Look into this woman’s education and experiences. She is quite impressive.


back to school

August 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

School starts tomorrow!

Today I will be enjoying a hair cut and shopping for a pen pouch {It’s true. I’m picky}. I may also take a nap. I may spend some time enjoying the two eye candy nuggets I found in my mailbox Monday morning.

S’more?! A teacher gift + puns? Not much can top that.

I carry my officeclassroomfilecabinet in a bag. And my shoulder hurts. I really need a backpack or maybe one of those super cool rolling teacher box systems. Oh heavens.

How fun is this? Sometimes I wonder if the only reason I want to have kids is to make fun food and do artsy crafts.

Tina Fey’s mother’s prayer. So great.

According to j.crew’s blog, whiich you should be following, madewell has joined the party.

Austin food trucks have spread to my ‘hood. Excited to try.

Let’s get our burger definitions straight. This is a must when people attempt to quantify the “best burger.” We need categories.

image sources @ my pinboard

movie night in.

August 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

After traveling the last two weekends it was lovely to have a simple and slow Saturday. We walked to the lunch spot. FedEx delivered our art souvenirs, and we took them to get framed. And when the Redbox rental failed to comply with our requests to play, we watched Cars. Love me a good Pixar flick. Penelope spent the day working on the slow destruction of  a new lamb sussy I got her on Friday. chewchewchew.

Turns out Taylor dislikes the yellow Sour Patch Kids. When I cleaned up after the movie, I found a little bowl of yellow Sour Patch Kids on the table next to his chair. Weirdo.

How about some Sunday links?

On another note, this is a great article in Texas Monthly.

I want to do this, and I love how the article starts.

Please, go play with this. And annoy your spouse. You won’t regret it.

Is anyone surprised that I love this site?

What’s on Taylor’s brain these days besides link #1? This. Heaven help us.

Back to School Open House tomorrow! Happy Sunday!

breakfast {waffles}

August 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

My waffle iron arrived yesterday! I seasoned it {Duh. because I’m so old school like that –wholeheartedly sold on the superiority of cast iron} and we will be enjoying waffles this weekend!

I’m also getting ready for school next week by listening to some of my collection of literary podcasts. #nerdalert. I’m hearing about Poe from NEA’s The Big Read, and Edith Wharton from Slate’s Audio Book Club. Plus  a little fun with NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts and Slate’s Culture Gabfest.

the northwest | part two | glacier national park

August 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

We hiked for three days through the backcountry trails of West Glacier National Park. True story.  Needless to say we learned a lot about the limits of our bodies (and perhaps minds) shlepping huge packs for 6-14 miles each day….we also saw some beautiful views of lakes, mountains and glacier waterfalls as we hiked along Bowman Lake and up the Continental Divide through Brown Pass.

The drive along Going to the Sun Road was also amazing and breathtaking. Endless mountains, cliffs, lakes and waterfalls. While I think we both decided that doing it differently we would have planned less distance between each camp site so we could have spent more time without the packs, at the campsites and on day hikes, we loved the cool air, stunning scenery and sharing the adventure of it all together. One of our favorite parts of the week was driving from the park back to Washington. It was just a chill four hours driving west with the sunset, surrounded by unadulterated nature, mountains, rivers, trees, plains, rocky foothills, sprinkled with the rugged old buildings of a few quaint old towns along the way. It was a welcome and much needed break from not only hot, dry Texas weather but from constant, racing technology and the daily to-do lists.

{Holcomb Vacay Check}: Together. Cool weather. Pretty scenery. Long sunsets. River Crossings. Shlepping. Trail Mix. No cell service. No showers.
{Next Holcomb Vacay Resolved}: Together. Cool weather. Pretty scenery. Long sunsets. Upscale, non-portable accommodations. Rolling luggage. Waiters. No bear bells. No mosquitoes. Hot water.

the northwest | part one | coeur d’alene

August 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last Saturday we flew in to Spokane, Washington and headed right outside the city to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho for a few days. After the trip through Glacier National Park we returned to Coeur d’Alene before flying back to the atx on Saturday.

Lake Coeur d’Alene was amazing. as was the view from my morning coffee, my lunch complete with huckleberry lemonade and the golf course. Taylor drove me through the golf course after he enjoyed a round with our hosts while I enjoyed a massage and the pool.

We strolled the town, ate, and bought some art, relaxed in the park by the huge lake and soaked up the amazing weather.

e & t go native

August 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

See you next week! We are off to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho then Glacier National Park in Montana!

We are so excited about the epic scenery and the cool air. Part of our trek should take us into Canada too!

Yes. There are bears and we are hoping they don’t desire to come this close to us.

Not to worry (?) We have one of these and some of this.

Our impressive menu includes Louisiana Red Beans and Rice, Chicken and Vegetable Risotto and Turkey Tetrazzini. At the bottom there, we have “apples” and up in the top right, I mixed oatmeal with some of the strawberry and banana variety….

Soooo rugged. Stay tuned for some undoubtably great stories.

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