Tuesday, May 24, 2011

And that's why you always leave a note!

Monday I had to work during the day, but in the evening we went to The Highball, along with one of my brothers, for their TV Dinner night. This week they were showing 4 episodes from season 1 of Arrested Development (season 2 is next week and season 3 the week after). 
I hadn't been to a Highball event before, so we got there early to get a table just in case it got crowded.
I had the garden salad while Husband had the Thanksgiving sandwich with onion rings.
Our friend had the Dr. Pepper ribs and an order of fries, which ended up being a lot of food.
The food is good, but nothing that makes me say 'ooh, we have to go eat at the Highball!', and it is a bit pricier than other places I like around here. It is a nice place to go to every once in a while, though, for the atmosphere, or for the free karaoke during happy hour.

Before the show, the hosts handed out paper and challenged each table to make a Bluth family crest.
After the third episode each group presented their crest and audience applause determined the winner.
We didn't win, but I love our finished design
We have Buster's hook, some bananas, a segway, a glass of wine (since Lucille is always drinking), a loose seal, the yellow part is supposed to look like the stairs from the company truck, and some never nude shorts on the bottom. Then we tried to translate "I need a favor" as best we could into Latin at the bottom.

Our friend, who is visiting from the UK, did win a free drink from the one trivia question they answered. Whoo!

This morning (Tuesday) we rented a kayak from Zilker Park. I'm always amazed at the number of turtles I see each time.
We saw quite a number of little baby ones, and even a tiny one riding a bigger one while we were out in the water.
I am completely lacking in upper body strength, so we didn't stay out too long.

I picked up the new Friendly Fires album from Waterloo Records, and it is soooo good! I already knew several of the songs from seeing the band a couple times during SXSW. The standout tracks, for me, are Show Me Love, True Love, and Blue Cassette.

Later this afternoon we went to see Bridesmaids at the Alamo Drafthouse Village, and I didn't realize it was Baby Day until we arrived, but it was the only time that worked for us, so we stayed. The babies in our theater actually did pretty well, only crying a couple of times and nothing too distracting. I do like that the Drafthouse does give parents a way to see movies without having to splurge for a sitter, but also keeping other showings quiet and free of children. It is a good compromise, and they let you know if you show up for the film and did not realize it was a Baby Day showing, they are happy to change your ticket. I cannot speak highly enough of the Drafthouse, and it is the only theater I will give my money to.
The movie was just as funny the second time around. I mentioned Kristen Wiig's wardrobe on here the first time I saw it during an advanced screening, and now that the film is officially released, I have seen loads of other people writing about it. It seems a lot of people are in love with her outfits, and rightfully so!

We ate dinner at home this evening, but afterwards we went to Gourdoughs, where I always try to take people who are visiting Austin. After learning from my first one, I don't attempt to eat one on my own because they are just so huge. Husband and I let our friend choose which one to have (and since we can go whenever we want since we live here). He chose the Black Out (which I last ate here) which consists of brownie batter, fudge icing, and chocolate covered brownie bites on the doughnut. 
It's a good thing we're working out tomorrow!

Weekend Roundup

On Thursday a good friend arrived from the UK so I have been pretty busy taking him around places in town. I love showing off Austin  to people, and since he has been once already, we could skip places like the Capitol. I am, however, feeling pretty exhausted. Husband went with him to see White Lies tonight, so I have some time to get things done around the house and on here.

On Friday we woke up early and took out the bikes to one of the Bike to Work Day breakfast stations.
We opted for breakfast tacos and bananas, although there were also bagels and muffins.
From there we road around the Bouldin Creek neighborhood which is full of fun, unique houses that I would love to live in, but they are so, so expensive. Then we headed down to the river and across Lamar before a flat tire caused us to return home.

We went and browsed around Barton Creek Square Mall, then spent most of the afternoon watching recent Saturday Night Live episodes on Netflix.
 In the evening we headed to Waterloo Records for an in-store by White Denim. They played a pretty long set (for an in-store) with songs from their new album.

By the time the in-store finished Husband was home from work, so we picked him up and went to the food trailers on South Congress.
I had been wanting to try The Mighty Cone for a while, and after reading about it in a book on food trailers at Waterloo, I decided that it was going to be my dinner. I had the veggie slider, since I don't really eat meat. Husband got the beef slider because the other cone meals came with ancho sauce, and he thought that meant anchovy sauce. He is under the impression that most Americans like anchovies, and although I told him ancho sauce doesn't have anchovies he was wary until he looked it up online after ordering.
I also got the fried pickles, which were my favorite part of the meal. They were rolled in their Hot 'n' Crunchy breading which consists of sesame seeds, almonds, chili flakes, sea salt, sugar, and corn flakes. The slider was good as well, but the patty wasn't as firm as I would like, so it fell apart while eating. The ketchup we were given for the fries was pretty good and tasted like it was homemade by the restaurant (definitely wasn't Heinz!).
I'd go back again for the pickles for sure.

After dinner we walked around South Congress a bit and found what I am stating right now to be the MUST HAVE bag of the summer:
Don't you want to run out and buy 5 right now!?
Fair enough.

On Saturday we had our last soccer game of the season. I was so muggy outside that it was like we were playing in a swamp. Even though we were down our best player we still managed to tie 1-1.

After a quick shower we walked to the South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery to have lunch at Torchy's Tacos. I almost always get the migas tacos along with the green chili queso, which is one of my favorite quesos in Austin.

Then we headed to the Renegade Craft Fair.

As soon as I saw the cat coaster by Handmade Julz I had to have it. I am a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady and our two cats are -you guessed it - orange and grey.
everybody say 'awwww'
Apart from the cat one, it was hard to narrow down which other coasters we liked because there were many designs and all of them were cute.

Husband really liked the items from pixelparty and said he wants the fire flower whenever we actually live in a place with a yard.

Of course we visited the Magnolia photobooth for a photo

We bumped into Maybe This Door and also made sure to say hello to Betsy & Iya.

Some of the other memorable items were:
The monster hoodies from Cutesy but not Cutesy
Cookie vs. Wookie by Paul Friedrich
The Conan O'Brien knit doll by CraftyisCool

After Renegade we headed to my parents' house to swim then have dinner with my family.
Later that night we went out to Barbarella for their indie/electro night which I can't really go to much anymore now that I wake up for work at 5am, but I was happy I have most of this week off and could make it.

Sunday we spent at Schlitterbahn, and it was the perfect day to go because there were almost no lines and it was a bit overcast so we didn't have the sun constantly beating down on us all day.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cloudy With a Chance for Shopping

There is a (small) chance of thunderstorms this weekend, so if your weekend outdoor plans get ruined, do not pout!
The Renegade Craft Fair is happening Austin this weekend! And it's indoors!

I attended last year, and love it for several reasons:
1.) Renegade is free to attend
2.) Interactive craft workshops (including a friendship bracelet making booth this year)
3.) Magnolia Photo Booth fun

The vendor lineup tells me that betsy & iya will be there. I met Betsy at the TxSCC in March, and she was super nice, so make sure to stop by her table and check out the fabulous jewelry!

As much as we need the rain, I am, personally, hoping that the weather stays nice on Sunday as a good friend is visiting from the UK and we are wanting to hit up Schlitterbahn. It is, after all, the hottest, coolest time in Texas.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Recent Happenings

Capital One partnered up with Hey Cupcake! to have a buy 1 get 4 free cupcake promotion to promote their new high interested account.  
Five cupcakes for $3. Not  bad!

For Mother's Day my siblings and I put together a meal for my mom and the family. My sister made these awesome s'more cookies, which are pretty much a s'more wrapped in chocolate chip cookie dough and baked. Each cookie was about the size of a small plate.

And speaking of my mommy, she was just named Crossing Guard of the Year in Austin, and was named in the Austin Crossing Guard Day Proclamation at City Hall, and given the proclamation by the mayor!
with the Mayor and other Crossing Guards and the official photographer in the way.
Husband showed us these UK road safety videos that apparently would be shown in theaters before kids movies

On May 5 we went with a co-worker of mine to La Condesa/Univision/Gowalla's Cinco de Mayo Block Party
On Friday and Saturday this week I went around playing the Austin City Limits Festival Lottery where they announced several locations each day that had scratch off tickets announcing bands who will be playing the festival and one 'golden' ticket each day would win the holder 2 VIP passes.
I didn't win. Neither did any of the people I went around to the locations with.
It was a cool idea, but poorly implemented. I don't want to complain much on here, but hopefully they listen to all the complaints (and I'm not talking about people complaining about the actual line-up) on their FB page if they do something like this again next year.

Husband and I watched Thor yesterday afternoon. I had heard good things about it, but went in with zero expectations. I'm not familiar with the Thor storyline at all, but I enjoyed it. I didn't really feel much of the connection between Thor and Natalie Portman's character. "ooh we've known each other 3 days. we're so in love! I'll never stop looking for you!" But apart from that it was a good film! If you go see it, make sure to stay after the credits for a teaser about the upcoming Avenger's film.

Today after I work I spent the afternoon making Oreo Truffles
They were super easy, but a little time consuming waiting for them to chill. I think if I make them again (and I think Husband will make sure I make them again) I'll use a little more cream cheese.
And I definitely didn't get 48 truffles out of it, more like 24.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Como la flor...

A while back I asked Husband what we wanted to do for his birthday that would be within reasonable distance from Austin for the weekend. He said said he wanted to see the USS Lexington, so we headed to Corpus Christi after he got off work on Friday. I had been to Corpus only once before for a field trip in 7th grade to spend the night at the Texas State Aquarium. My team won a scavenger hunt, so we got to sleep next to the shark tank, but I ended up being so freaked out by one shark that slowly circled the perimeter of the tank with its mouth open that I barely slept.

We got into the city about 5pm, checked into our hotel, and realized I forgot my camera memory card. Oops. After a quick trip to a Best Buy we set out for a walk along the marina.
 Along the water there are posts that mark where the different planets are in relation to the sun and each other, so you can walk a scale model of the solar system. 
We also had to stop at the Selena Memorial. I remember the news reports on the day she died, and I became obsessed with her after the 1997 film with Jennifer Lopez. I bought all of her CDs and would try my best at singing along phonetically to the Spanish songs.
Along the seawall there are also gazebos that contain plaques with information on famous explorers/shipwrecks/historical events. 
The next day we woke up early and went for breakfast at Hester's Cafe. It was a bit hard to find good recommendations for places to eat in Corpus, but Hester's had solid reviews on yelp and urbanspoon. We both ended up having the Louie Armstrong breakfast with orange juice. 
After breakfast we headed to the Lexington. 
We spent probably a good 3.5-4 hours there, and we could have seen more, but I am not fond of heat, humidity or crowds. I would not recommend visiting anytime in the summer, since it gets very hot and very humid on the ship. The do have air conditioning installed in some places, but it isn't enough, and when you are walking the length of the ship several times over, as well as going up and down and up and down steep ladders, it gets hot. 
That being said, you definitely get a lot out of the entry fee. You can explore several levels of the ship, watch IMAX films (we saw Legends of Flight), play on virtual battle stations, explore the flight deck, and more. They also have loads of photo ops set up and lots of hands on areas. 
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 In the evening we went for dessert at the Republic of Texas Restaurant at the Omni Hotel, which is a pretty fancy restaurant.
Husband had the bananas foster, which they flamb├ęd at the table.
 I went with the triple chocolate tort

Today we headed back to our regular lives in Austin.