Coming Soon | Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

September 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

I read this book a few years ago and am SO excited to see the movie rendition. As a novel about a boy’s adventures, struggles and journey dealing with his father’s death in the September 11th attacks, it’s fantastic piece of historical fiction. Learned about this from LA Times’ Books.


fall | football | friends | food

September 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

I hope you celebrated the first day of fall on Friday with some pumpkin bread or a spice candle! The weather actually got in the spirit as well; it was in the 80s most of the morning! {soo chilly!} We traveled to College Station yesterday {to get beat by OSU} and I loved seeing a bunch of college friends. Unfortunately I didn’t take enough pictures.

Hey T-H-E-T-A

I also met Shiner here who sits in chairs and wears sunglasses.

#Priceless. The type of tailgating trinkets to which I aspire.

Speaking of eating. I’ve checked pumpkin pancakes and candy corn off my list, but here are more things I must make.

Pumpkin butter

¬†Spiced banana bread…with nuts, and maybe grated carrots. Must include crunchiness.

lemon pancakes with sauteed apples

biscuits + peach butter

{all via smitten kitchen. pics linked to recipes}

the weekend: {acl2011}

September 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Well Saturday will be hard to top. I had a great weekend and I must share. I’m a little bummed it’s all over.

The festival.

I’m still in shock as to how Saturday happened. First I had tickets to see my favorite band everrrr on Saturday and could have died happy. Then among the selections on my “acl2011” playlist, I jam to Fitz & The Tatrums and Arcade Fire’s most recent albums all week to gear up for the weekend {don’t knock it}. Get super excited about them only to further score tix at the end of the week with a great friend to both of these bands’ shows after ACL. #whattheheck #pinchmeplease

Saturday in reverse order….

Fitz & the Tantrums after show. Motown danceparty. Their opener Aloe Blacc was a blast as well.

An AWESOME taping of Arcade Fire at ACL theater. So much talent, so much fun, so much craziness. I missed Stevie Wonder for this and totally made the right choice.

Live, up close, musical perfection. Truly a dream come true to partake in a performance by the greatest
voices and instrumental mastery on this side of heaven… Alison Krauss & Union Station.¬† Dan Tyminski at the guitar on the right, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas left on the dobro and Barry Bales on bass. I got choked up. I took videos. I will relive them.

Oh plus friends. Dear fun friends! {thanks for taking pictures!}

In addition to Fitz and the Tantrums, Aloe Blacc and The Belle Brigade, a playlist here with more of my favorite highlights from Austin City Limits.

Back to the grind! My life is never this cool. Tomorrow I have plans to pick up some dog food and vacuum my living room. #lesigh

slap bracelet watches + kalamata olives

September 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

…and other interesting links of note.

If neon slapbracelet watches aren’t channeling your 90’s nostalgia enough, JTT reunited with his costars.

Among the many brilliant and time sucking posts over at Bored Panda, you must check out the national food flags collection.

I found this thanks to the site, and I’m ordering it as soon as I’m done with this post and adding it to my teacher supplies.

Torrentially rainy College Station would be a great market for the SamuraiSwordNinjaAutoRelease, the friendly Dual or the handy Backpack.

Speaking of College Station, we set up a tailgate for the first game last weekend. It was fun albeit hot, windy and primitive as most tailgates are. I’m moving more towards this set up.

Did you see the supernova? Did you sip champagne? {sorry, had to}

A truly fantastic {read: interesting, factual, historical, poignant} article about why you have The Most Amazing Material in the World protecting your wine.

Do you know your slang? and more word games.


September 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

This morning we watched the live tribute, listened to family members reading the names of people lost 10 years ago this morning, and heard talented children’s choirs, bagpipes and Yo Yo Ma play beautiful old hymns and patriotic music.

Must see commemorative audio and images here.

Fly the flag and give your loved ones a hug!

filling in the dance floor

September 8, 2011 § 3 Comments

For something different today, I’m showing you some progress on my house. The previously designated dance party empty front room of our house now has furniture on the floors and art on the walls. I also got to replace the ceiling fan above our breakfast table with a real light fixture, you can see through the open door below. Yay home!

The little blue piece of Lake Coeur d’Alene on that far wall looks dwarfed now. Pretend the travel souvenirs we hope to slowly accumulate are surrounding it.

kitchen wishin

September 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

Who isn’t always thinking about things they want to change about their house? Granted, I love my house and I love my fifty year old kitchen. I really do. But as I envision the “if” future of living in our house long term, hosting people, feeding kids, I naturally think about our plans to redo it. Knock down a wall, make a huge bar open to both living rooms and both dining rooms on either end.

So I must share these two pictures because I’d saved the bottom one to a decor file on my computer ages ago…that file is filled with pictures I’ve been saving and posting here for a few years. The top one is one I just saved to my Pinterest kitchen board a last week with a #thisisit caption.
They’re different views of the same kitchen. And the spoke to me at different times.

SO meant to be.

And yes, they spoke to me.

A galley kitchen with a huge, long bar. Sink and a range in the bar {facing into the house, yes} fridge, pantry, ovens behind. This could be similar to our view from the front door, looking left. Dining room on the left, breakfast table on the right. Food, kids, friends lined up on the big bar. LoOove.

Wait, there’s more. As I tried to find the ultimate source of it, I discovered it’s Ina Garten’s kitchen with House Beautiful. Ina!? My hero!? Shut.the.front.door.

More thoughts.. .Also enamored with the idea of using furniture pieces with character.

Also enamored with the idea of using furniture pieces with character. I want to figure out how to build in some cool piece like these to part of the cabinets or even as a buffet in the dinning or breakfast room.

Check back in a decade. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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