Thursday, April 3, 2014

...the twig and the tree...

My Dreamy NY Trip From Ages Ago

Ahh, remember when I used to live in NY?
I'd go to museums on my lunch break like it was no big deal?

And I saw my little Monkey sister everyday (because we were roommates)?

And we'd pretend to be annoyed at all the tourists at Christmas time but would still go to Rockefeller Center?

 And there were dinners with these ladies?  

And we'd go to see my Little Monkey sister perform at clubs all over downtown? (This was her nod to Sally Bowles, isn't she adorable?)

 And my bestie from college was always there?  (Well for 6 of my 8 years.)

For my last birthday (when I turned Old), Monkey flew we to New York to celebrate properly.

Which meant that Bergdorf Goodman was the first stop.  

One of my gifts was an appointment to the Braid Bar at the John Barrett salon which meant no washing my hair for a week!  My dream!

Then maybe I did a little shopping . . . 

Like at Forever 21 (which might be age-inappropriate)

And the sale department at Anthropologie.
 Valentine's Day Dress . . . Check.

Joe Fresh . . .Well, I wanted this one but when I sent this photo to Magic Man  . . . 

He sent this photo back to me:

So I decided I could not buy the crazy, silver, sequined blazer.  

Instead, I chose a demure black version:
 Ha! That'll show him.  
Or me when I try to sport this in Texas and get thrown out of everywhere.

Then there was my old NY stand-by, Necessary Clothing (THEY have a retail site and Joe Fresh doesn't?!)
This is my version of the oversized Dude Sweater.

And this killed me!
A blatant knock-off of a Dries van Noten pattern!?  

Like we would't notice.  
I didn't buy this one, by the way, out of respect for lovely Dries.  

Can we discuss the state of young people's clothing?  
These were being sold and not as a joke or for a costume and there were being worn too.  I don't get it. 
 Except for the high-waisted, elastic waist versions. But those make me feel guilty for even thinking of wearing them.  Too comfortable.

Back to my birthday celebration, my lovely friends and sister treated me to a luxe manicure.  
Can you spy my Marc Jacobs socks bought that day at Century 21?  My new new favorites.

And there was so much walking.  And so many wild animals.

And the best part, our traditional dinner at L'Asso.
 How is it possible this place is still a secret and we always get a banquet table for 8 like it's no big deal?  Heaven!

And I'm kind of in love with Kirk's camera.  You know Kirk, he's my friend who got a shout out from Uhh Yeah Dude from stage.    

It was a tres short trip but one that I'm still dreaming about.
Especially since College Bestie is leaving NY soon and Monkey just had HER birthday.  

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Mini Dreamy Adventure

I think our kids will one day love Party Down as much as I do.

How do I know?  

Well Party Down was created by Rob Thomas (the writer and Uni TX, Austin grad - not the singer) and he created Veronica Mars, 
starring the lovely Kristen Bell and she's the voice of Anna, the lead in Frozen 
and they cannot get enough of that movie.  
Like most of America, I guess.

So, it goes . . .




Thank you Rob Thomas. 

But how does all this relate to these kiddies?
Because it always relates to them these days . . .

Hubbo was working one Saturday so it was the kiddies and me and I was determined to have an adventure and Rob Thomas (it's such a shame his name is the name as that one singer) was the reason.  Well, that's what I was telling myself.  

Frozen had come out on DVD and we had a copy waiting at Walmart ready for pick up and I was going to take the kids as part of a 'fun' outing. 

Before we left I told them we were going to Walmart to get Frozen and that was IT - we were not going to buy anything else.  But when we got there they asked for a drink.  I normally don't let them drink soda but, I thought as part of the adventure it could involve soft drinks.  So I agreed, 'OK, everyone can have one soda - but that's IT.'  I told them we'd get lunch and then go to a park and eat.  But then they pointed out that two of our girlies were wearing ballet flats.  'OK, we'll buy flip flops for the park, drinks, the movie and that's IT.'  

And  . . . Walmart was a breeze (thank goodness!).

Next stop, the Chinatown Center, to pick up lunch.  
But first they wanted to say 'Hi' to the statues.

Bee insisted on wearing her nehru-collared dress from cousin Aarica before I told her we were going to Chinatown.  Of course once we got there, she was thrilled by the coincidence.    

 We ordered banh mi (I told them it was bbq) from Lily's Sandwich and CC kept speaking Spanish to the cashier (I told them no one spoke English but she really wanted to communicate).  

The plan was to drive down the street to Walnut Creek Park and eat by the playground but it started to rain so we headed home.  Plus, they were dying to watch Frozen for the 100th time.   

Do you know the crazy thing?  We did all this before noon and, I'll be honest, I was a little sad it wasn't later in the day.  We even went swimming for 30 minutes and it was still mid-day.

That's where my trusted Spotify came in.  No backyard for kids to run around in so we dance in the apartment and pray it wears them out.   I only filmed my music, but rest assured it was also a mix of Disney and classic rock (so Hubbo wouldn't go crazy).   

video video

You know, maybe Rob Thomas (not from Matchbox 20) should make a show of our lives.  Then we'd really all be tied together in Austin.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ahhh, Apartment Life. Tres Dreamy...Sort Of

 When we first moved in the apartment looked like this for a while.  

But now it looks like this:

Just kidding.  It usually looks like this:

I have a bad habit of subscribing to a newspaper and not reading them right away, then letting them pile up and eventually binge reading all of them.  Hubbo once walked in and saw the giant pile on the floor and said 'Worst $20 I've ever spent.'   

I bought this table and rug when I was single the rug I wasn't crazy about but it was cheap and I needed one STAT.  Now I'm glad we have it because it's the dining room rug and if it gets drawn on with purple marker or stained with juice I'm like, 'eh, no big deal.'  Now the purple marker on the table made me a little sad but I got over it.  At least we are getting good craft-use out of it.

 We DO have two nice patios that we try to use anytime the weather is nice.  

It's like a little Mississippi (we had bonfires weekly there) - only illegal.

So what does the apartment look like when THIS guy has a birthday? 

Well, like this:

 We had: 2 twin brothers + 1 perfect mom-in-law + 1 sister-in-law and 1 husband + 3 kids stay with us 2 in a 2 bed/2 bath apt for 7 days. 
I think most people would say that might be a bit much but I happen to have amazing in-laws who WANT to spent as much time together as possible.   

Magic Man's Birthday was a week-long celebration.   

I love this because he really IS saying 'let me open my own gift.'

Hubbo and his girls.

And where was Lil'Dude?

Protecting his precious toys.