Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Beer & Bar nuts... Girly Edition

How I make my post-work "cold one" more aesthetically pleasing:

Much better (read: classier) than this, don't you think?:

Me too. It truly is the little things in life. (sidenote: for all you spice lovers after what seems like eternity, Central Market has cayenne roasted cashews again!).

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Things I am Loving

  1. Blooming trees. I don't know what they are called, but I fell in love with them last April when my mom and I were in NYC. They are all over the place in Dallas right now and it makes me smile every time I spot one. I love the early blooming reminder that Spring is finally here.
  2. Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon... it's my new favorite everyday wine. It's around $10 a bottle and so good. We drank two bottles when I made this on Monday. (which you should make NOW, btw)
  3. Potential road trip plans in the works for Easter weekend.
  4. My newfound discovery of Jimmy's food store. More on this tomorrow, but I am literally obsessed with this place.
  5. A potential new client pitch went really well today and we got confirmation that we beat out three other agencies before even leaving the meeting. Love that!
  6. This song...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

February in Pictures

So I'm just a touch late on this considering it is the 18th, but I had already started this post before I got distracted by a plethora of different things. So to return from my blogging hiatus (also known as March), here is February in Pictures!
Moose on our first day in the new office. He was still not quite sure what to think of the fact that he had joined the ranks of the employed. But he had his fish so apparently he was ready to go!
See that smear in the street on the left side of the picture? That would be my flower pot of pansies that someone stole off our front porch and smashed in the street.
On a much more positive note, this is at my birthday dinner trying on the apron that was a sweet birthday gift from Alison! I love this and have already dirtied it up. It's almost too cute to get dirty, but it's also far too cute not to wear.
Dinner at Carrabba's. I wish that I had been able to get a good quality picture of the wording on the doggie bag to frame and put in my kitchen. I just loved this little saying!
A necklace that I got during Erika's Stella & Dot party and promptly left in the hotel during Jodi's wedding festivities. Some of my girlfriends knew how much I loved it and replaced it for me for my birthday.
Moose in the record-breaking snow. I know it looks like he's doing his business, but it's hard to photograph a wiener dog in 8" of snow without it looking like they're squatting.
My friend Mark and I on a rando last minute trip to Shreveport. It was a lot of fun despite me and blackjack not exactly getting along for the evening...
Having spent Valentine's Eve in Shreveport called for some greasy food the next day. Enter heart shaped pizza! Festive AND functional!
Jones and I after a last minute pub crawl. A lot of fun and I met a boy... a taaaall one- 6'6"*.
My neighbor playing badminton in our ally?!? I mean, badminton... really??
Dinner at my parent's house one night. Does it get any better? Oh wait, you can't see the wine. Yes, yes it does get better.
Moose making friends at the dogpark. Thank goodness it's almost Spring! (Look E... I let him socialize with a schnauzer!!)

Hope everyone had a great St. Patty's!

*Edited to add: Since the post was started apparently on March 4th, and just now got posted on the 18th, it's safe to say that 6'6" guy is no longer. It has been two weeks after all. ;)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Loss on Greenville Avenue

{photo courtesy of WFAA}

Yesterday morning I woke up to the sound of helicopters overhead. I vaguely remembered hearing my phone go off earlier and picked it up and saw two text messages telling me that a building on Greenville Avenue that was built in the 20's and held four Dallas institutions had burned to the ground. And every news station in town had a helicopter hovering overhead watching the brave firefighters attempt to put out the blaze.

Right down the street from where I live used to be Terilli's, Mick's Bar, Greenville Bar & Grill, and Hurricane. I was so sad to hear that these backdrops to so many of our memories over the last few years was now gone. Whether it was watching Tech games at Hurricane or having a chocolate martini and dinner while listening to the piano player at Terilli's, it was always a good time.

It's feels odd to mourn the loss of a building, but these places really were such a part of our lives. I had been to three out of four establishments in the last two weeks- who would have thought that such a short time later they would be gone.

My prayers go out to the families and employees of the restaurants. There has been such an outpouring of love from the neighborhood, so I hope the business owners will see this as a positive sign that they are important to the locals and that everyone is rooting for them to rebuild quickly.

Some of our good times:
Watching the Tech game at Hurricane, 2009.

Shortly after we discovered ice picks. Tech football at Hurricane, 2006.
Al and I at Greenville Bar & Grill a few weeks ago.
My parents during dinner at Terilli's, 2006.

Simple Pleasures

It seems life only gets more and more hectic as you get older. Having been a little stressed out lately along with a few of those close to me, I started thinking about how we could all benefit from taking the time to enjoy simple pleasures in life. I finally went and got a massage last night from my hands-down favorite (Abe at Avalon for all you Dallas girls.. he's amazing) and it helped me immensely. So I'm not talking super-expensive, clear your mind vacations, but just incorporating some of the small things like that that make life bearable and beautiful into our lives.

My simple pleasures tend to vary greatly based on the season, so with winter winding down, I thought I would list a few of my "winter related" simple pleasures:

1. Bubble Baths. A big glass of red wine, Michelle Featherstone on the ipod, some candles = bliss. It's relaxing, it soothes sore muscles and winter makes this even better when the water is nice and hot compared to the cool air outside.

2. When you find that perfect spot snuggled under the duvet. I'm extremely hot natured, but when winter comes, I take full advantage with a feather bed topper and a big fluffy duvet. I turn my fan on high and burrow. I'm a restless sleeper so my favorite part of the night is when I find that exact spot where I don't think I could possibly be any comfier.
3. Pansies. With everything looking so drab and dead, I love the fact that these brightly colored flowers flourish in the coldest temps. I have a window box outside my bedroom and they make me smile everytime I look at them.

4. Walking in the house after work and smelling something that has been cooking all day in the crock pot. I don't use that sucker far enough for how easy and convenient it is. I made pulled pork last week and the smell just hit you as soon as you walked upstairs.
5. Dog leash tie-out. It's such a life saver in the winter when it's cold outside. I hook moose onto it and he goes and does his business all while I'm warm and toasty inside. Our townhouse is close to a busy street so even though he probably wouldn't run off, it's not worth the chance. I love this thing more than I can even tell you. If you have even the tiniest front yard and no back yard like us this thing is a must-have. (sidenote: I never just latch him on and leave him for any extended period of time. Ever.)

6. Hot Chocolate + Frangelico. Frangelico makes even the not-so-fancy (read: swiss miss) hot chocolate taste decadent. It's delicious hazelnut flavor is one of my favorites to smuggle into movie theaters on a cold night.