Sunday, April 24, 2011

Three Lions on a Shirt

We have several April birthdays in the family and due to everybody's varied work schedules, we also usually have trouble celebrating holidays together on the actual day, so on Friday we all got together for birthday/Easter dinner.
My sister made the adorable chick cake pops, and we had individual cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes.  

On Saturday I decided to check out the Austin Women's Clothing Swap. It was slightly less cut-throat that the one I went to for the TxSCC, but there were also less items and less people ahead of me in line. Inside they had everything on hangers on racks, which made it easier to look through, and there weren't people grabbing handfuls of items to sort later. When I got in (I was probably the 15-20th person in) there was no one at the shirts rack, which was towards the back, so I decided it would be best to go there since I would have first dibs. I picked up 4 items, of which one is too small. Everything else was pretty picked over by the time I finished that rack, but I was happy to come away with something.
I got complimented in line for my shirt, which I picked up the other day at The Limited.
I had an important meeting to go to, and wanted a nice shirt or outfit for the day. As is typical with me, I found several items I liked, but nothing for the event I specifically set out to find something for.
Shirt: The Limited | Shorts: Forever 21 | Shoes: gift from friend
Summer is starting to rear its ugly head, so shorts just seemed like the way to go.

Saturday was also St. George's Day, so Husband spent the day in his England soccer *ahem* football shirt and hung up a massive England flag from our balcony.
Shirt: England national soccer jersey | Jeans and Shoes: Topman
In Catalonia, they celebrate la diada de Sant Jordi by exchanging books and roses. One of my favorite classes in college was Catalan Cultures and was taught by a professor named, of course, Jordi. And he flew in a writer from one of our required reading novels who was named... Jordi! Needless to say, it is a popular name in Catalonia. I told Husband I wanted to celebrate the Catalan way, but did I get a rose? nope. Did I get a book? nope.
But he did take me to Which Wich, so all is well.

Then we headed over to The Highball since they were letting local vendors and artisans sell their wares. I didn't see anything that tickled my fancy.
We went to the Drafthouse to see what was on around that time, and we were just in time for a showing of The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
When purchasing the tickets we had our choice of a coupon each to Old Navy or a full sized Ban Deodorant.
The film was an eye-opening look into product placement in movies. It doesn't judge too much one way or another saying that product placement is bad, but it wants people to be aware how you are being marketed to.

Today I had to work, which made for an uneventful Easter.

How did you spend your long weekend? (If you were lucky enough to have extra time off work)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Random Recitals

Piano at the Long Center
This month Austin is the host city of Play Me, I'm Yours which is an internationally touring art project by Luke Jerram.
 There are 14 pianos around downtown Austin for the public to play on and decorate.

 We visited the one at the Long Center a couple days ago, and saw a couple more while on a bike ride today.
Pfluger Bridge
Pianos on Bridges Make us happy
Let's Pretend We Are ROBOTS!
Focus one point and BREATHE
We rode on the new Pfluger pedestrian bridge extension since it opened up a couple months ago. From the road underneath, the bridge is really ugly, but the inner part while riding on it was surprisingly nice.
We rode by Husband's favorite building in all of Austin.
And admired the old section of railroad bridge that is still up behind the music hall.
South First Bridge
Especially due to Reggae Fest, it has been quite crowded around these parts this weekend, so although there are a number of the pianos in close proximity, several of them had crowds of people around, so we didn't bother stopping at some. I'd like to go back and see more of them, since it is fun to see how people decorate them. So far the Long Center one is my favorite.

You have until May 1 to check out all the pianos!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

My Thursday is Your Friday: My weekend starts now.

I, along with several of my coworkers, just recently changed shifts and teams at work, so a bunch of us got together for dinner and drinks on Sunday. Sort of like a happy hour, but we called it sad hour cause we wouldn't see each other so much anymore.
I immediately grabbed this dress when I saw it because I liked the Peter Pan collar.
Dress and cardigan: Forever 21  |  Shoes and owl neckace: Primark

I stuffed my face with chips, salsa, and creamy jalapeno dip at Chuy's. Although I really liked everyone on my old team, my new schedule is working out much better for me, even though it has been hard to get myself out of bed much earlier than I'm used to. A couple more days and I'll be in a good routine.

Last night Husband and I attended an advanced screening of Bridesmaids. Honestly, I'm not a fan of Kristen Wiig when she's on SNL, but I really liked the film! I was mainly seeing it because I like Maya Rudolph and heard some good things about the film when it showed for SXSW, but I hadn't seen any trailers or really know anything about it.
There were loads of supporting actors/actresses I was surprised to see. Chris O'Dowd from The I.T. Crowd (playing the male love interest, no less!), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Matt Lucas (Little Britain),  Ellie Kemper (The Office. Fun fact: Jon Hamm was her drama teacher at school in St. Louis).
What's really funny is that half the lines in the trailer didn't make it into the actual cut of the film.
Kristen Wiig's wardrobe for most of the film consisted of cute dresses with blazers. I'm actually quite jealous of her clothes and her figure in the film. She looks great for 37! 

It's not out for another month (May 13), but I highly recommend you grab a couple friends and go see it when it comes out. Even husband, who was indifferent about going, was pleasantly surprised and left the theater talking about how funny it was.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A little catching up

I'm still here!

Things I have been up to:
-I joined the co-ed soccer team Husband plays on. In the first game I played last week, I think I impressed him. He's never seen me play any sports before! I am a very competitive person, so I wasn't afraid to get in there and be aggressive.
Five minutes before the end of the game the other team was close to scoring, and I was near the goal and was able to kick it away. Unfortunately after kicking the ball my foot continued on full force into the bottom of an opposing team member's cleats.
I spent the next three days hobbling around with a swollen, purple toe (which is thankfully not broken, and just slightly pink a week later)
The team we were supposed to play today forfeited before we could play, so I've got another week to recuperate.
We had gone to the San Marcos outlet malls the other week to get Husband new running shoes, and I was amused by all the amazing savings!
a penny savings?!?! BARGAIN!

-Husband and I checked out the film Rubber
Some people at the showing thought it would have worked better as a short rather than a feature length film, but I liked it. It was silly, but I thought all the scenery and the look of the film were nicely shot.

-We also tried out Tarka Indian Kitchen which has a similar feel to Pei Wei, but with Indian food. I had the aloo ghobi and some naan.

Naan is one of my favorite things to eat. In most supermarkets in the UK you can get mini naan breads which I used to heat up and make bruschetta topping for a nice snack (several times a week :-D  )
I love that there are so many vegetarians choices on the menu! I can see us going back for takeout when we want something quick and delicious.

-There are a lot of squirrels near our complex. This afternoon we saw some squirrel grooming on a branch. One was stretched out with the other one picking things out of its fur.
Then we noticed this little guy a couple trees over looking like "when it is going to be my turn?"

-Tomorrow I switch to an early work shift. It is going to be hard getting in a habit of waking up super early, but hopefully it will make me more productive after work!

I will try to take more pictures this week.