Wednesday, December 12, 2012

November in Pictures

If you're reading this from a reader of any sort- my apologies.  I just noticed that this was never published for some reason, so I'm doing it now. Nine months later.

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My new beauty. I don't take part in the Black Friday madness, but I did wander out into the fray on that Sunday and scooped this up. I was a little hesitant about the color, but I am so happy I went for it.

Mavs game with my boo.


My wreath that I made! I am pretty crafty, but this was a lofty project even for me. I love the way it turned out though!

I thought this was a cool photo of the pups. (taken with Incredibooth)

 Gotta love Trader Joe's! Everything you need to make guac in one handy container- avocados, lime, tomato, garlic, and a shallot. I can't wait until the one down south opens up!

It was only a matter of time. I wrecked my baby. It was raining, I was on a downslope, and my brakes locked up. Luckily no one was hurt, although I'm pretty sure moose got flung into the dashboard. :(

Thanksgiving prep in my mom's onion goggles.

Joshua Radin at House of Blues!

 After months of decision making, he finally got a new car. He went with a Camero SS and he loooves it. I'm so excited for him because he's always taken care of other people before himself. It's fun to see him act like a kid in a candy store every time he fires up the engine. Although I am a little worried about the black on black when August rolls around...

Y'all. This was parked outside of my apartment the other day. I was getting ready to go the Chi O Christmas Market with my mom and happened to look out my window and did a double take. I (of course) hightailed it down there to see what it was all about. Sadly, they were just slathering nutella on cold, stale baguettes. I was tempted to whip up a batch up homemade crepes and take it down to them to show them how to really showcase their product but refrained.

 We took some family photos and my sister-in-law and I thought that more than justified a little pampering at DryBar. 
My new favorite photo of D.

 Happy Turkey.

Indeed. We went through 27 bottles the week of Thanksgiving.

Cheeeeks! I just want to squish them all day long. I showed this photo to my grandparents and they asked if I fatbooth'ed her. I did not.

Baby D with her great grandparents.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Look at this Instagram


CollegeHumor's Favorite Funny Videos

I saw this on Facebook and had to share! I'm sure we can all relate a little bit.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Is it Friday yet?

This week has been a long one and I am so ready for the weekend because Dennis and I are heading south on a little weekend getaway!  I went to high school in San Antonio and while I don't get back very often, the Riverwalk at Christmas is a must-see in my opinion. And since Den has never been, I'm beyond excited to take him for the first time.

Not surprisingly, one of my favorite things about visiting cities where I used to live is eating at all of the unique spots that I don't have access to any longer. I have our plan of attack all mapped out, but the only problem is that we're only there for two days. I'm pretty sure I have more than two days worth of restaurants listed in my head.

We are driving down on Saturday (he just got a new car, so he happily offered to drive us) and staying on the Riverwalk at the Valencia Hotel. My food "hit list" so far includes:
  1. Czech Stop - Kolaches on the way down (this is a must on every I-35 road trip). 
  2. Paesano's - Hopefully it's still as good as it used to be. This is where I had dinner before my senior prom.
  3. County Line - I'm slightly obsessed with County Line and their potato salad.
  4. Las Palapas - Pure nostalgia from high school days.
  5. Longhorn Cafe - Another nostalgic one that is right around the corner from my old house. 
There are also several other old spots that I loved 15 years ago that I'm sure would not taste quite the same, but we'll just have to see if we have time. And I am looking forward to taking advantage of suggestions from friends to find some new places that I've never heard of.

I can't wait to show D my old stompin' grounds and get a big dose of Christmas cheer while we're there.

Riverwalk Lights 

Luminaries
This weekend is one of two weekends in December where they line the Riverwalk with luminaries.
Valencia
Cute little patio on our hotel.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Thanks Monday

Monday and I often don't get along. However THIS Monday has been pretty damn good so far:
  • I finally found the Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses needed to make these Chai Spice Cookies that I saw on Pinterest. I love pumpkin and really love chai*, so this recipe should be a winner.
  • I won my fantasy football match up that I thought I was certain to lose.
  • I finally got my Christmas tree decorated last night. 
  • And most exciting of all- I found my iPad that I have been missing for three months! I thought I put it in a safe place when I moved and accidentally hid it from myself, but it still didn't turn up after all the boxes had been unpacked. As it turns out, I actually left it at the Crescent when we met a client for a glass of wine. The best part of this is that ALL the photos that I thought were gone forever when my harddrive crashed are backed up on this puppy! Happy day, indeed!
*If you are a fan of Chai as well, get yourself to Trader Joe's and pick up some of their Salted Caramel Chai

Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Wish List

December first is almost here which means it's time to kick the Christmas shopping into high gear! I'm almost done and what is left I hope to get done online. My goal is to not set foot in a mall for the entire month of December. I even have the gifts I've already bought wrapped and under the tree!

Speaking of gifts, we make our lives easier and everyone in our family makes lists. I always love seeing other people's wish lists so I thought I'd share mine:

Wishlist12

  1. Cuisinart K-Cup Coffee Maker - The old roomie had a Keurig and while I'm not a coffee drinker, I did love making tea, hot chocolate, etc. I currently have a little one on loan that my parents use in their guest bedroom and I love it! Since I'm not a heavy user, I will happily give up the big water reservoir for extra counter space in my kitchen.
  2. Pearl Bar Necklace - I love this delicate necklace that I found on etsy. I actually love everything in their shop, but I guess I can't really put an entire etsy shop on my wish list... 
  3. Cuisinart Smoothie Blender - I have been really into making these for breakfast lately. I use an immersion blender, but I think this would be easier since the spinach takes up so much room. And it comes with four travel cups!
  4. Ina Garten Back to Basics - A good classic to have on the shelf.
  5. Scrap Trap - Brilliant! I am not a fan of Rachel Ray, but I have to admit that her "scrap bowl" concept does make a lot of sense for a messy cook like myself. Only this one is even handier since it hooks on a drawer and doesn't take up room on the counter.
  6. Cheese Markers - I could have a cheese plate for dinner once a week. When it's just me I don't really pay attention to what cheese is what, but how cute are these for entertaining? 
  7. Michael Kors Wrap Watch - I've loved wrap watches since I saw Jennifer Connoly wearing one in He's Just Not That Into You. I've been on the lookout ever since and this is one of my favorites that I've found.
  8. Leopard Flats - Even cuter when they are Tory Burch Revas, but that might be a little unreasonable.  
  9. Nesting Bowls - Space is obviously a hot commodity in my kitchen. These bowls would just make so much sense for my teeny apartment kitchen. 
  10. Smashbox Palette - The only Smashbox product I've ever tried has been this blush but I LOVE it, so I thought this would be a fun way to try out some of their other products. 
Funny how your wish list changes so much even in just the span of a few years. My grandmother has been giving my mom a subscription to Southern Living for YEARS and this year is the first year that she is adding a subscription for me. I can remember flipping through my mom's issues as a teenager thinking "BORING... how does she enjoy reading this? I would fall asleep!" Sort of ironic now that I'm a subscriber. I swear, one day you're vowing to never get old and boring and the next you're in the check out line at the grocery store voluntarily pulling Southern Living off the shelf to check out the latest Hill Country Bed & Breakfast while simultaneously rolling your eyes at the ridiculous "932 WAYS TO PLEASE YOUR MAN" headlines on the cover of Cosmo. 

Touché, life. Touché.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Things I'm Loving

  1. Trader Joe's Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies. Dallas FINALLY got a TJ's a few months ago and I am a little obsessed. These cookies have been my favorite find to date. If you like Nutella, you'll love these. 
  2. My sweet niece arrived on Saturday to spend a week with us! Of course I'm happy to spend the week with my brother and sister-in-law as well, but their thighs aren't nearly as fun to squish (and let's face it- that would just get a little awkward!)
  3. Christmas decor that's on sale BEFORE Christmas! I rarely wander out into the post-Christmas sale madness for fear of my temper getting the best of me while parking. So I was very excited when I saw that Hobby Lobby has all Christmas goods on sale for 50% off through 11/24! They have some really great holiday decor and their wrapping paper comes on massive rolls.
  4. Speaking of gifts, thanks to Partner's Card and a little advanced planning, I already have over half my Christmas shopping done! Last year was the first year that I made an effort to get things done early and it made the holidays so much less stressful! My holiday secret weapon is Amazon Prime. I enrolled two years ago on accident after I didn't cancel my free trial as I had planned. With the free shipping and streaming, it's turned out to be the best $79 that I spend every year. I even did some of my shopping last year from my phone while waiting to check out at other stores.
  5. Dennis and I went to see two of my favorites, A Fine Frenzy and Joshua Radin, at House of Blues last week. I loved Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy- she was the cutest thing. I told Den that I wanted to meet her backstage after the show and ask if we could be friends. I've loved Joshua Radin ever since I heard What if You. Sadly, he did NOT play that song- at one point another girl and I were screaming "WHAT IF YOU" but I don't think he got the message since he responded with "I love you, too!" Even though he didn't play my favorite, he made up for it by introducing me to his song "Today" (which would be a lovely wedding song):

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

We'll Marry Your Girlfriends

I saw this on Huffington Post this morning and had to share.... "a mother f-ing quiche."

So funny!


Friday, November 9, 2012

October in Pictures

October is my FAVORITE. It finally feels like fall in Texas, football is going strong, and best of all- Halloween!

Dinner at my parent's house. They supplied the wine, I supplied the cooking skills to make Chicken Tequila Fettucini. Fair trade, I'd say!

I was so excited to see pumpkins at the grocery store in late September. I bought one to add some seasonal flair to my front door step and some a-hole stole about a week later. My sweet boyfriend sent me these a few days later with a note that said "maybe this will make up for the one that was stolen." 

It didn't make the desire to find/punch the person that stole it subside, but it DID bring a smile to my face. We'll count that as a win.

Working on my disguise for my revenge mission.  I kid, I kid... this is apparently what happens when you attend a football watching party at a house that has small residents. 

Out for Jodi's birthday!

Our favorite dinner on our vacation. The hibachi chef was so funny and by far one of the nicest people we met in the Dominican. I love the top right photo of the lady giving Den the side eye while he caught the shrimp in his mouth. 

He got two entrees at dinner every night. They would look at him like he was a jerk at first because I'm sure a lot of people do that at all inclusives and then don't finish either, but he finished every last bite as well as the rest of mine. 

 Glass of wine in one hand and a spoon with chocolate mousse and I am all smiles.

The last Cool Thursday concert of the season. It was PERFECT weather- maybe even a little on the chilly side. My dad forgot a jacket which is why my mom is feeding him wine while his arms are tucked in his shirt. If that isn't true love, I don't know what is.

 Tailgating for Tech vs. TCU.
We hit up the State Fair of Texas the same day that Big Tex met his demise.
1. Our first stop was to get beers and a giant turkey leg. I loooove turkey legs!
2. The healthy eater humoring me while I tasted the bacon wrapped cinnamon roll.
3. Did I mention it was also fried and covered in powdered sugar?
4. He was skeptical.
5. Obligatory photo with the Ferris Wheel in the background.
6. Strapped in and ready for the first ride.
7. Y'all. These chairs were magical. They were massage chairs made by Mattress Giant and they were so amazing that Dennis and I were trying to rationalize spending $50/month for the next five years to buy one. (No one freak out- there were also half-joking discussions on who would get custody of the chair if we were to go our separate ways!)
8. The view from the Stratosphere about an hour before it got stuck up there holding 24 people captive for over two hours. Thank goodness we narrowly missed that mess- I would have freaked out.

 I chopped all my hair off! I'm having some serious remorse. Mainly because I look like a soccer mom (and not the hot kind) most of the time, but I was just so over it being long. It was constantly driving me crazy and I needed a break. I'm already looking forward to it growing back out.

 All dressed up at his cousin's wedding.

 The cutest little niece ever. 

 I had to share this one of my cousin's little girl, Cameron. I just about died when I saw this one. Who wants to be a princess for Halloween when you can be Cruella DeVille?! Homegirl has some sass to her for being so little. 

 I sure did enter moose into a Halloween costume contest, and.... HE WON! I know, I'm crazy. I really can't help it though. I have a fairly serious hot glue gun burn on my thumb from making his gondola (and a very amused/perplexed boyfriend), but it all paid off when he won "Most Creative" at the Three Dog Bakery Costume Contest.

I felt kind of bad because when they said "the winner of Most Creative, goes to... Moose!" and another girl with a lab by the same name thought it was her Moose. Um, back off lady... your lab is wearing a store bought pumpkin outfit and I have HOT GLUE GUN BURNS and a dog wearing a hat I had to pay for in Euros. I'm thinkin' you best step off.

Yes. Crazy, indeed.

We ended my favorite month celebrating Halloween as Popeye and Olive Oyl at friend's party.

Hope everyone had a great October/Halloween!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Spinach & Goat Cheese Pasta

It helps to actually publish the blog posts that you write when you have a blog. This one has been chilling in my drafts for about a week and a half with about four other half-written posts. A for effort, D for execution. 

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I'm pretty much settled into my new place and the weather has been inching towards cooler weather. Totally unrelated facts, but those two things together have greatly increased my desire to break in the new kitchen!

In the last 24 hours I've made:
  • Banana Bread
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Chicken Salad
  • Homemade Chicken Stock
  • Spinach and Goat Cheese Pasta
It looks like a bomb went off in my kitchen. I will spare you the photo. 

Banana & Pumpkin Bread recipes are a dime a dozen on the interweb, so I won't bore you with those, but I was pretty impressed with this quick and easy pasta recipe I found on Pinterest!


Spinach and Goat Cheese Pasta {adapted from this recipe}

The beauty of this pasta is that it's easily made for one or for eight- just adjust the amounts. The recipe didn't have measurements so I just eyeballed everything and it turned out just fine. These are rough estimates of measurements that I used cooking for one.
  • Pasta of your choice (I used about two cups of whole wheat egg noodles)
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 Onion, chopped
  • 3 C Spinach
  • 5 oz. Greek Yogurt
  • 2 oz. Goat Cheese
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • Handful of Cherry Tomatoes
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Cook pasta per package instructions to al dente. 
  2. Heat oil in a sauté pan. Add onions and garlic and season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Add spinach and cook down (add in batches if necessary). 
  4. Add cooked pasta to spinach. 
  5. Stir in greek yogurt and goat cheese and cook on low for 3-5 more minutes.
  6. Throw in cherry tomatoes if you fancy. I just had some on hand that needed to be used. The original recipe didn't include this.
  7. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste. 
This took me about 10 minutes total and looks/tastes indulgent without actually being indulgent (thanks to subbing the sour cream for greek yogurt). I will definitely make this one again. If you need a little more heartiness, a handful of shredded chicken would be a wonderful addition. 

Speaking of chicken, did you know you can make chicken stock with the carcass of a rotisserie chicken? I think I knew this in the back of my mind but had never tried it. Cooked chickens are a staple in my grocery cart because of the ease and flexibility. I'm so happy to put this trick in action and get one more use of of my rotisserie chicken before it hits the trashcan. 

I currently have one simmering away with celery, carrots, mushrooms, onion, garlic, rosemary, parsley, and a bay leaf- all of which I already had on hand or growing on my patio. If you want to try it yourself, here's a great blog post about it from one of my favorite food bloggers.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Back from Dominican!


Hola!  So The Boy and I just made it back from five days in the Dominican Republic and we're still dating! It was our first vacation together and we had an awesome time. If you love gorgeous beaches and fruity drinks, I highly recommend it. However, if you are looking for good food and decent service, I definitely would NOT recommend staying at Majestic Elegance

Luckily, we were just so damn excited to be on vacation that it overshadowed most of the negatives, but I thought I would do a little run down here in case anyone is looking for tropical vacation recs. 

Pros:
  • The beach. White sand and turquoise water that is crystal clear. It was BEAUTIFUL. Prettier than everywhere I've been to in Mexico- it even puts Maui to shame. Just gorgeous.
  • The rooms. Everything was very modern and well-appointed.  There was a bottle of champagne waiting in the room and a mini bar stocked with a few beers and waters that they refilled every day. No complaints here. 
  • The entertainment. Our resort had shows every night at 10pm.  Since you don't really want to leave the resort, it was nice to have something to do after dinner.  The nights we were there they did Cirque du Soleil, Michael Jackson, a magic show, and a 70's/80's show. Cirque du Soleil was good, but our favorite by far was the Michael Jackson show. 
Cons:
  • The service. Ohhhh, the service. I think that being Texans we're probably more sensitive about manners than most. People are just friendlier in Texas than in most parts of the world. But y'all. The people at the resort were RUDE. I have so many examples that I won't bore you with, but if you are looking for a resort where you get attentive service- or even service without an attitude- then Majestic Elegance is not for you. 
  • The food was hit or miss.  The restaurants that were open for dinner were all pretty decent but the breakfast and lunch spots were sub-par at best. They're also lacking in the beach bar department. They did have a waitress walking around, but no bar or casual walk-up snack bar on the beach. When we tried to go to what was considered the beach restaurant, we were sent away and told to come back with a cover up on. 
  • The bars weren't consistent. You could order a drink at one bar and order the same thing at another and get a different result. They also struggled with pretty basic drinks. Dennis realized on the second day that the whiskey and cokes that he thought tasted funny were actually scotch and cokes. I guess technically scotch is whiskey, but c'mon…. any bartender should know that you typically don't mix scotch with coke. I also tried to order a pina colada close to closing time at the pool bar and the bartender curtly responded with "No. Strawberry Daiquiri" and handed me some sort of strange rum and grenadine concoction that was not remotely close to a daiquiri. 
  • The excursions were a bit on the rustic side. See below:
Experience #1: We went parasailing on the second day. It was a lot of fun and I would definitely recommend it. However, don't expect to be picked up on a pier and gently helped onto a docked boat. They pick you up in a small boat, you wade into the ocean, and hop in. Then the small boat takes you out to the larger parasailing boat, pulls up beside it, and you have to JUMP IN WHILE BOTH BOATS ARE STILL MOVING, JAMES BOND STYLE. All the while you have three Dominican guys yelling at you to hurry because if they slow down too much, they will dunk the people that are up in the air parasailing.  I'm assuming they do this to save time and cram more people in?  Either way, it was a little intense. We had a great time though- just be warned that if you aren't very nimble, this one could be a struggle. 

Experience #2: Scuba Diving. Do not, I repeat, do NOT go scuba diving through the resort. I was told to show up at 1:30 for an afternoon dive and got update after update of "they'll be here in 15 minutes." The dive boat finally arrived at 2:30 and could only be described as a dinghy at best. It was crammed with nine other people and all the gear. They took us out in water so choppy you were flying up out of your seat with each wave. There wasn't even room to stand up in the boat, so you had to contort your body to get your gear on. To get in the water, you had to sit on the very edge of the dinghy and fall backwards into the water. The dive was fine, but afterwards is where it all went to hell in a hand basket. 

The dinghy didn't have a ladder so when we came back up, we had to take off our BCD's and then hang on to the edge of the boat for dear life while waiting to get back in. It was so choppy that while I was hanging on, my arms would go from fully extended to completely bent with the edge of the boat almost hitting me in the forehead. I literally felt like I was on that show The Deadliest Catch. They told us to hang on the edge and then kick, kick, kick with our fins on and that would propel us up out of the water and into the boat. 

Right. 

Two flimsy pieces of plastic are going to propel my 100+ (we won't discuss specifics of the "+") lb. body into this boat that is being tossed around like a toy in a hurricane? Lemme just tell ya how well that worked out: 

On my first attempt, my flipper came off. I put it back on with one hand while clinging to the boat with the other.

On my second attempt, I was successful. And by "successful" I mean that I made it into the boat with the assistance of two guys and with about the same amount of grace in which you see a walrus on the Discovery Channel attempting to launch its two ton body onto a slippery iceberg. And I was the only one who opted out of a wetsuit, so this graceful act was performed in a string bikini. Thank goodness five other people were already in the boat to witness this series of events. I have bruises all over my body from this debacle.

And then I vomited. And vomited. Annnd vomited some more.

Worst. Diving. Experience. EVER. 

Needless to say that diving boats with ladders are no longer a luxury that I will take for granted. 


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Aaaaaaall that aside, we STILL had an amazing time!

1. Pre-flight mimosas at 4am.
2. Sunrise somewhere between Dallas and Atlanta.
3. Finally {somewhat} awake.
4. Yay, we're here!

Our first day!

 1. Hitting the beach on our first full day.
2. Me pointing out to Den that I just kicked his ass at Connect Four. ;)
3. On our way to go parasailing.
4. Up, up, and away! That round cloud looking thing in the middle is our parachute.

 1. When the entertainment committee came to the pool looking for guys to participate in the Mister Sexy contest, I volunteered my boyfriend. I thought he was going to kill me at first, but he was a good sport. And I have it aaaaall on video! Blackmail material.
2. I also made him pose under the sign. He lost the title of Mister Sexy to an old man who used his unsexiness to be funny thus winning the sexy contest. Oh the irony. He won in my book though.
3. Covered in sand. That's the last time I start a sand fight. 
4. Cheese.
5. Mimosas every morning.
6. I crafted a sand turtle while Den was boogie boarding.
7. The turtle at the exact moment the waves destroyed it.
8. Boogie boarding.
9. My new favorite picture.

 1. Testing out the panoramic camera on the iPhone.
2. At the 70's/80's show.
3. Right before I almost died on Excursion #2.
4. Dinner on our last night.
5. I got back from diving and the Tech game was on AND we were winning AND there were West Virginia fans there for me to talk trash to. Totally redeemed my afternoon.

1. Showing off the bottom of my feet which were ORANGE the day after diving.  I don't know if there was a weird chemical in the fins or what- very strange.
2. One last photo in the lobby of our hotel.
3. Sad to leave.
4. See ya Dominican!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Lost Memories

Don't you just love it when something great and unexpected happens and then the universe gives you a big ole bitch slap to put things in perspective? Such has been my life lately dealing with computers and my beloved Apple products.

Low: I take my macbook in for an issue I'm having with my calendar and they tell me the hard drive is crashing.
High: Bossman freaks about me being without my files for a week and tells me to get a new one.
Low: A week later (during my move), I put my brand new macbook in my trunk while I take a load of stuff to my new apartment. Upon my return, I pop the trunk and it slides off the box it was situated on top of and lands on the concrete, corner first. 
High: Take my busted computer to Apple store to see about replacing the bottom casing that is bent open and the perhaps-a-little-TOO-friendly associate tells me he'll just replace it for me even though I admitted to dropping it "since no one wants to bust up their two-week old computer." *
Low: Major issues with back-up hard drive lead to loss of every digital photo I had prior to 2010. 

Ugh. 

Talk about a sad, sad day. All those incriminating photos from college? Gone. All the funny pictures I was saving to hold over friends' heads one day? So much for that. Basically every photographic memory from the age of 22-28 was erased. I can piece some of it together through Facebook and the blog, but there is still a ton that will not be recoverable (moose's puppy pictures for one....). I never paid much attention to cloud back-up services like Dropbox, but you can bet that I will now! 

I love digital photography and the versatility of it, but today I am wishing I hadn't jumped on the technology bandwagon quite so quickly. 

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*The experience with the perhaps-a-little-TOO friendly Apple guy resulted in the following gem from my mother: "You know Natalie, I'm happy you were able to get a new computer, but you are going to HAVE to grow up and become responsible before you get old and haggy looking!"  

I have quite the knack for getting iPhones that have met their untimely death replaced for free, but this was my first ever successful computer replacement. I guess she thinks my luck will decrease as my wrinkles increase. Gotta love moms that call it like they see it...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

September in Pictures

Fall is here! I'm happy to be a cliché because I love every part of it! Here is the beginning of my favorite season- September in Pictures!

Who says you have to go to a sports bar to watch football? I have nothing against chicken wings and beer, but sometimes flatbreads and fancy cocktails do the trick as well. We kicked off the first Cowboys game at Victor Tango's.

 I find myself outnumbered lately.

 Boys have such random things in their closets. Moose was NOT a fan of me wearing this.

 Al and I had our last "Roomie Night In" the night before we moved. We ordered take out from our favorite Thai place, played Wii, and drank wine. 

Celebrating being done with moving!

 I didn't have cable for about two weeks after moving so Super Nintendo provided some much needed entertainment. I have to say that old school trumps new school many times over in some situations.


During the move, my mom was asking me where I wanted my aprons hung, and I rounded the corner to find her wearing the statue of David apron I got on my last trip to Italy. Disturbing and hilarious all at the same time.

Citizen Cope...

 with Al and Chris!

 The concert was at Strauss Square which is usually BYOB. Citizen Cope wasn't for some reason and getting a beer was a nightmare. The venue itself was great and I would definitely go to another show there despite our issues (especially if it was BYOB).

 We went to Addison's Oktoberfest with some friends. Enclosed Beer Garden + Hay Floors + Guy with Asthma = A Little Time Spent at the Medic's Tent. Luckily, ten minutes later and he was as good as new!

 We came back from Oktoberfest to find that moose has thrown a little party of his own. He got in a lot of trouble for this one.

 Pretty fall flowers delivered to my office. 

Headed Southbound to Houston! I had a work function the same weekend Den had a wedding- both in Houston, so it was a perfect reason to take our first road trip together. It's not a proper road trip (in my opinion) without two things: Big Red and beef jerky. Luckily we found a great stop where we got both AND some good old fashioned blackberry preserves.

 Kung Fu Saloon in Houston.

Karaoke with the wedding party.

 With my parents at our party the next night.

 No Texas themed party is complete without a full-sized bronze bull, right?

 Our party hosts' dog. It reminded me of Tommy Boy... faaat dog in a liiitle bed.....

Happy Fall, Everyone!