Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Things I am loving right now...

  1. My otter case for iphone #5... I feel that it may actually be safe from me for one of the first times ever! (still not immune to loss, theft, and setting it on top of the car though...)
  2. That it's a three day weekend and I have NO PLANS!
  3. Good Girls Go Bad by Cobra Starship: my new fave workout song.
  4. Fresh summer tomatoes in their prime- I plan on taking full advantage at the farmers market this weekend. (if you are a Dallasite, get them from Lemley's... he's local and legit!)
  5. That about seven people told me I should be a pro party planner after saturday... love that!
  6. That there appears to be two fun new restaurants going in on Henderson... "Park" next to Barcadia.  And across the street from Capital Pub "Hacienda"... from the people that brought you Vickery Park and Lotus.  (You can read more about it here.)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Shower Success

Pro: I slept like a baby last night.
Con: My party planning duties are officially over. :(

Jodi and Matt's shower was Saturday and it was SO FUN! The night went remarkably well, Jodi and Matt said they had a great time, and they scored lots of great things to start their married life in style. I'm kind of sad it's over because it was so much fun putting everything together for them. Luckily the bachelorette party is right around the corner!

There were tons of compliments on the food, so this Friday I will be posting most of the recipes. (I know I have sucked at foodie friday lately, but this friday should make up for the last month and then some) Here's a sneak peak of the menu, so if any of these look good come back Friday and they should be posted.
  • Fajitas (no recipe, bought pre-marinated from a mexican meat market)
  • Guacamole
  • Cheese Dip (also known as queso... my family is weird and we call it cheese dip)
  • Chicken Enchilada Dip
  • Baked Artichoke and Jalapeno Dip
  • Spinach Parmesan Pinwheels
  • Sopapilla Cheesecake Bites
  • Regular and Hazelnut Brownies
  • Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes (previously blogged about here)
  • Sangria
Lucky for us it was only 102 degrees in Dallas on Saturday. (you can almost see the sarcasm dripping off that sentence, can't you?) But surprisingly a lot of people hung out in the backyard. The evening ended with tequila shots and quite a few of us (including the bride and groom) turning the shower into a late night pool party. I would say that deems it a successful evening right there, wouldn't you?

Thank you to my aunt for providing me with such wonderful crowd-pleasing recipes and all the hosts for all of your amazing help! Pictures to come!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lucky Number Five!

After a particularly fun pool day this weekend, the beloved iPhone that I worked so hard sweet talked my tail off to get, suffered a fairly common fate.  While it was never dunked in water, apparently it got a teensy bit in it which was enough to make the screen go all crazy.  

Fast forward to this afternoon:  One hour at the apple store and some sweet talking later, I walked out of the apple store with a brand new iPhone!  I think it was a combination of the responsible-looking, bullet proof-esque protective case and a snug fitting black dress that did the trick.  (yes, I should probably be ashamed, but I'm in possession of a new iphone, so yeah, notsomuch). 

In the car on the way home I was reviewing my history of iphone ownership and here is what I came up with:
  1. Original iPhone - dropped and cracked.  Replaced free when I offered to buy a macbook in exchange for them throwing in a new, free iphone.  (financially responsible, no.  but a great decision because I LOVE my mac and will never go back to PC's!)
  2. iPhone #2 - spilled water on it at the arboretum when it was in a tote bag with a leaky soft-sided cooler.  Replaced it when the 3G's came out at full price.
  3. iPhone #3 - Set on top of car and drove off.  Replaced at discount after sweet talking.
  4. iPhone #4 - See above.  Replaced via sweet talking.
  5. Lucky #5... in possession!  4 hours and going strong!!
Considering I am running out of AT&T/Apple employees to bat my eyelashes at, I am hell bent to keep this one safe and sound.  The aforementioned bullet proof case that I used as a sympathy prop was my dad's, and he so kindly gave it to me to ensure success in my plan.

Wish me luck... I very much so (obviously) need it!

Just your typical Tuesday night...

Kidding, of course. I was shopping for the shower. But everyone at the grocery store sure did stare me down like I was a raging alcoholic fresh out of rehab. I'm sincerely hoping 40 bottles will be enough to satiate our booze-hound friends.

We shall see...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Moose Monday: Retro Version

I was looking through old pictures the other day and came across this one and had to use it.

How sweet is he?!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Revenge is Sweet

After Wylie's cute little Facebook stunt on Monday, I knew I needed to come up with something good. It didn't take me long to think of my plan. So 24 hours, two shopping stops, and a little bit of sweat later, this was the final product:




To put this in perspective, Wylie just got back from a "man weekend" that is an annual event named something involving brass balls. So to put it mildly, he is definitely a guy's guy. Therefore, I figured that gay pride stickers would probably be a great way to exact my revenge. I decided to one-up the gay pride stickers and stop by Michael's to pick up some of those family stick figure stickers... with two dudes, of course.

It worked out quite well, because for the first time ever, he decided to back into a parking spot. Thus allowing me to: a) not get caught, and b) have plenty time to gussy up his car without anyone else in the parking lot seeing me and my ample amount of gay pride.

And the best part of him choosing to back in? He drove off without seeing my work of art. Yes, he drove all the way home (on 635, in traffic). Got home, changed, drove to the gym, and drove all around the gym parking lot sloooowly looking for a parking space. SUCCESS!

It wasn't until he came out of the gym and was looking for his car, saw his make and model but thought "wait a second, that's not my car, that car is covered in rainbow stickers" that he finally realized the extent of my prank. I thought he might be a little pissed, but he called me cracking up.

I assumed we were even at this point, but apparently according to wylie, we aren't even until he "is one up". And he keeps asking me which of the jonas brothers is my favorite.... this could get interesting...

Sidenote: I have lots of gay guy friends that I love dearly. I'm not sure if you guys are regular readers or not, but I sincerely hope this post does not offend. If wylie wasn't straight as an arrow there would have been nothing funny about the above. Love you if you're reading!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

DTR via Prank Loving Coworker... Awesome.

Sorry your decision to quietly change your relationship status was broadcast to every single one of your Facebook friends
I have been dating "the new boy" for about a month and a half now. And since I dated the ex-fiance for the better part of the last decade, I am not well informed in the etiquette of dating as it applies to things like social media. It's all a bit tricky to me. I mean, when I started dating M, that kid who invented myspace was probably still in diapers.

So the running joke among my friends is taking every opportunity to ask the all-important question... "so when are you going to change your facebook status to 'in a relationship'??" {Assured we are all very mature, twenty-something women.}

Well, apparently in a serious lapse of judgment, I left my computer unattended yesterday and my lovely work brother decided to take care of this little task for me. And yes, the new boy is on facebook. It wasn't until I started getting emails saying "Katy likes your relationship status" that I realized what the heck was going on (read: 4 hours later). Thank goodness new boy was out of the office and didn't notice until I had a fair amount of time to warn him.

All I kept thinking is omg, he's totally going to think I'm going all swingers on him and run for the hills.

Luckily, this wasn't the case and we have plans tonight.

Next up: blog post regarding the revenge that began formulating in my little head at about 5:00 yesterday. Until then, enjoy this classic clip from the aforementioned Swingers:

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cherry on Top

We got home from the river at about three this afternoon, and we had so much fun! It was a great weekend and I will recap later this week when I get the pictures from Julie and the three underwater cameras that we had (hopefully, if they turn out).

How do you end a great weekend? With a lazy Sunday, of course. We went and saw The Hangover, if you haven't seen it yet, go, because it is hilarious. Not to mention that Bradley Cooper is smoking.

My favorite part:
Don't you worry your pretty stripe-ped head,
we're gonna get you back to tyson and your cozy tiger bed...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hey slider... you stink.

It’s summertime which means lots of pool days and lots of time spent in a bikini. This time of year always sneaks up and bites me in the ass and it always seems like I end up waiting until June 1st to realize that I will be parading around Dallas half naked for the next three months. But I digress...

So last night I went to the gym (yay me!) and got on the treadmill. It was shortly after I started that I noticed a faint yucky smell. Kind of onion-y. The gym was packed and there were people on either side of me, so I assumed it was the guy to my left. I kept running and before long that guy left and another one came, but the onion smell remained. Hmm… odd.

About 10 minutes in, I grab my water bottle and take a sip. You guessed it, it’s me. Apparently the onions I had chopped the day before and put in a bowl in the fridge had infiltrated their nasty little smell into everything in the fridge including the paper on my water bottle label. To make matters worse I had the fan on the treadmill on so I was probably blowing the nastiness everywhere in the gym.

Which led me to my next question… I wonder if the people around me a) noticed? and b) thought the gross smell was just me? As in my body odor…. because one would not assume a water bottle would stink and they probably just thought it was seeping out of my pores. Sick...

I can just picture the next time I go to the gym, someone walking up, seeing me on the treadmill and skipping to the one a few machines down because I'm "the girl that smells like onions". Which would be total karma because in college there was this guy in one of my mass comm classes that was of the ethnicity* that tends to cook with curry. And yeah, apparently he loved his native cuisine because he reeked of curry every time he sat down. Did I mention this was a summer session? In Lubbock, Texas? And that he was particularly sweaty? Needless to say, I relocated. Quickly.

Anyways, I figured all I can do is just throw the onions out and perhaps buy my waters at the gym until we go grocery shopping. Or, as a co-worker suggested, maybe wear lots of perfume to prove that I don't really smell. But then I'll be that girl that puts on make up and perfume before working out. Quite honestly, I'm not sure which is worse!

*I am a lover of all people, regardless of ethnicity. However, it is a fairly well known fact that any stinky food consumed in quantity can have less-than-desirable after effects. And while I don't judge, I don't particularly care for curry. To eat nor smell via someone's sweat glands.

Dallas Restaurant Review: Vapiano

I always love hearing about new, interesting places to eat in Dallas, so I thought I would share the love here on moose and lulu.

We recently had a little girls night out at this new place in Mockingbird Station called Vapiano. In three words... fresh, modern, and unique.

First let me explain the concept to you. You walk in and there is a host stand where they give you this card that looks like a hotel keycard. The bar is on the right and the restaurant is on the left. The restaurant is set up into stations, and you go to different areas depending on what you are in the mood for. When you place your order, you scan your card. Same at the bar. And then at the end you pay back at the host stand.

The restaurant is very modern with red bar furniture and light wood tables. Every table has potted herbs on it and there is also an herb garden in the middle of the dining room.

I sampled bruchetta, a basil and mozzarella salad, and tomato soup, and the others had pizza which they also said was really good. The best way I can describe the food is FRESH. I'm not sure if it was the herbs everywhere or just the quality of the food, but it was so good!

The fresh food combined with the modern atmosphere was right up my ally and I will definitely be going back to try the pasta. (Which is all made fresh, in-house, every day.)

Anyways, just thought I would share this fun little spot. If you haven't been yet, go!

Vapiano, 5319 S. Mockingbird Lane, 214-887-1557

Monday, June 8, 2009

Bose 101

This is a very popular little gadget. And for good reason... the sound quality is amazing and it's fairly portable. However, after two trips to the Bose store for "broken" sound docks, I learned something and thought I would use this blog for a little PSA:

If you own one of these and it stops working and starts making a weird clicking noise when plugged in (even without an iPod attached), unplug the back where the cord plugs into the speaker and turn it 180 degrees. Odds are it will work. Apparently the plug has to be plugged in with the writing on the cord facing up.

The thing is, the people at the Bose store don't even seem to know this (they replaced my last one bc they thought it was broken and it was still under warranty) but if it's out of warranty they will tell you that you either have to send it in or try to get an "upgrade credit", thus causing *some* out there to throw small temper tantrums at the mere thought of having to jump through such hoops for a slightly overpriced electronic device with ONE FUNCTION. Seriously, one. These things just shouldn't break that easily*.

And apparently they don't. Just flip the cord.

You're welcome.

*"That easily" being somewhat relative since this thing has made many appearances at various social occasions, including, but not limited to: pool days, bachelorette parties, ranch parties, and/or the occasional pirate party.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

What Not to Wear... Natty's Closet Edition

My mom and I had a "work weekend" this weekend. Since I have many strengths that are much stronger than my organization skills, we do this about once every two years to get my sh*t together.

Yes, I'm 27. Yes, it's slightly ridiculous that my mom should have to come help me organize, but she is GOOD. So good, I always dread her coming over because I know how tired I'll be when she leaves. But it's always so worth it!

The main problem is my closet. I just will not give clothes away on my own. So she's helpful in telling me when something is past it's prime and/or forcing me to try something on to prove that it is not an option as far as fitting my no-longer-19-year-old-butt into it.

It is particularly hilarious when she finds items of clothing that she can't seem to figure out. Like tops that wrap in crazy ways or have weird straps or necklines. One of the funniest moments of the weekend is when she picked up a long sleeved shrug. Kind of like this one:

At first she held it up to her top half and looked, but was very confused that it didn't have a neckhole. Then she held it up to her bottom half, but was very confused because she didn't think I would wear what she thought looked like "hammer pants". We were rolling on the ground laughing. Finally I put it on and showed her that it didn't need a neckhole. She also likes to comment that "40 pairs of my underwear wouldn't cover up one butt."

You gotta love moms. The weekend was pretty much one postcards from yo momma moment after another.

All in all, it was a very productive weekend that ended in a cleaned out closet with everything in its place, and an added bonus... a cleaned out garage!

The finished product, moose is very impressed that he has walking room!
Thanks for your help, mom! I love it!

*Edited to add... Okay, so maybe it still looks a little messy, but that's only because it's FULL. Before Moose would have been standing on a pile of clothes waist high. And I'm only *slightly* exaggerating.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

For Reals??

This child was, in fact, walking through Willow Bend mall this afternoon barefoot. Yes, it's summer. Yes, she's only a child. But STILL. And it wasn't like she kicked them off and her mother was carrying them. From all observation, she just jumped in the car and headed to the mall that way.

This conjured up old memories only a slight bit more trashy of witnessing people with babies in the Lubbock Walmart at 3:00am*. Who has their child anywhere other than tucked safely in their crib at three in the morning?? There are some among us that simply should not reproduce. End of story.

*Looking back on this statement I cannot think of a single good reason I would have been in that same store at 3:00am with all the riff raff. But I can most definitely tell you that I was not only childless, but was also absolutely wearing some sort of footwear.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Moose Monday

My mother's craziness has been well documented on this blog. I guess I should clarify, my mom's dog loving craziness. She loves her pups so much that she had Bossdad put in a little window in their back gate, so they could look out when they heard something interesting (note the bone design in the wrought iron). Here is moose with his cousins last week anxiously awaiting our return from running errands: