Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tuesday Tidbits

  • This is my newest favorite song. The album version is faster and better. I pretend Britt Daniels says, "Good night, Lauren" instead of Laura:

  • I'm so in love with this art project, Some Pigeons are More Equal Than Others by Julian Charriere. Pigeons in Italy were spray painted, photographed, and then released across the city of Venice.

The bird painter at exhibition

  • Last week BBC and I watched a guy set himself on fire!Watch my crummy video:
  • The Price Is Right was in Austin this past Friday. It was the traveling version of the game show and was not recorded. Drew Carey and the big wheel weren't there either. Beth, Gina, Sherry and I didn't buy tickets, but went to the show early to register for a chance to play. I'm pretty good at winning things and getting free stuff, so the girls put their money on me, but Sherry is the one that got drawn randomly to play! She didn't win anything, but we were excited for her and danced outside of the Long Center while she bid away inside.

Gina lit up
  • I went to the Mexic-Arte Museum this past Sunday for Austin's museum day to take a look at their local Dia de los Muertos alters. Austin ISD, Girls Rock Camp, and Waterloo Records created such a beautiful alter honoring Esme with a school desk and markers to write messages to her. BBC and I couldn't stop crying, it was really very beautiful and will be up until the beginning of November. I encourage everyone who loved Esme to go take a look at it, bring a memento for the alter, and write a little note to sweet Esme.

Vibrant and full of color like Esme

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall Inspiration

Fall is my favorite season, although I'm not entirely sure we can call it an official season in the parts of Texas I've lived. The weather in Austin has been so autumnal with cool, breezy mornings and 80 degree days and I can't wait to break out the sweaters, boots, and tights. There is so much more to look forward to this season than just fashion, so here's a list of my fall inspirations and goals: 

  • Finally  visit Audra and Jamie in Dallas. This winter will mark their one year Dallas anniversary and I have still yet to make the trek. Watch out Texas State Fair, I'm coming to eat everything under the sun deep fried.
  • I so solemnly swear to not add another sweater to my 140+ sweater collection without first getting rid of one. 
  • So far this fall will be exciting for music: Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Roky Erikson, and Erykah Badu in October and Lupe Fiasco, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Counting Crows (laugh all you'd like) in November.
  • I will finally replace my broken point-and-shoot camera that I used to have with me at all times in my purse. A beer spilled in my purse while I was "exporting" it from a free beer SXSW day party, and my camera was ruined. I need to start taking more pictures of my lovely friends again.
  • I will be getting a new tattoo after the rush of money that fills my pockets post UT football season. More accurately, a cat-too. I have still yet to cash in my gift certificate from the Esme benefit auction last January and I would really like to get an image of my sweet little girl, Cecilia. Here's the style I have in mind, minus the headdress. (After all, Cecilia is Dutch and not American Indian.)

  • I've said it many times before, but I love sleeping outside, drinking outside, eating outside, and peeing outside. I would make an excellent homeless bag lady if only I didn't like bubble baths so much. This fall I want to spend a day outside eating, drinking, and cuddle-napping with my sweetie.
  • On my current to-do list I have, "make a list of things/qualities that would make me a better person" and I intend to make that list and act on it.
  • And finally, here is my inspirational image for this Autumn.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Weekend Warrior

I still feel exhausted from this past weekend: double booked weddings, double booked brunches, sloshball, and more out of town friends that I could even mention!

Friday night a gaggle of Houstonians flocked to Austin in preparation for Saturday's sloshball game. A handful of us caught up with Chad on the east side, fresh from London. I didn't last as long as the others and went home before daylight, but still had such a great time catching up. I definitely think a person can judge themselves based on the loyalty of the company they keep, and no matter how much petty drama or miles of distance may be between us over the years, this League City crew really loves each other. I only wish I had more nights with those guys, but am fortunate enough to have my own little circle of LCers here in Austin.

Saturday's sloshball was over a year in the making, since I can't even remember the last time we pulled the crew together for a game. Per Chad's request we had a Houston vs. Austin game and Houston showed up en masse. At one time Beth, Jacob, and I were moving from one team to the other trying to even out the numbers since there were a handful of Houston natives happily residing in Austin. I can't recall the score, but if you ask me it was a perfectly tied game ending with a team relay chugging contest with an undetermined winner. There is some video footage floating around that I have yet to review, but until that time my official ruling is that the game was a success! Here are some photos:

Delivering relay chug off instructions

Preparing to start the team relay chug off. Dustin, Andre, Paul, and Ike "manned up" for Team Austin with JJ, Trey, Kameron, and Sam drinking for Houston.

Perhaps I'm the only one who was happy thinking it was a tie

I ended Saturday night pretty early compared to everyone else. Group dinner at Polvo's, swimming at Carole's, a couple of drinks at Andre's, and then I hit the hay! I knew Sunday would be hectic, at best, so I had to make sure I got my beauty rest, but I never got to say goodbye to many of the Houston crew. I hope everyone had a great time and we've got to do this more often.... well, not too often because I'm still sore!

UPDATE: Here's an epic video from John Sanchez of our epic game:

Sunday morning left me with two brunch options. Letty curated an Interesting and Beautiful Ladies Brunch at Contingo, which I had to miss to attend a delicious brunch in the works at Andre's. My deviled eggs were a hit and Amanda, Andre, Danielle, and I took a few shots of the filling while I was piping it into the eggs. I gorged on cheese and fruit but didn't get to taste any of the other yummies the girls were making because BBC and I had to leave early to begin our evening wedding preparations. Unbeknownst to each other, we both RSVP'ed to attend two different weddings that were happening simultaneously, so we decided to divide our time and attend both. I felt like we were in some teen drama trying to juggle two dates to the prom; if only we each had a twin that could have helped us out.

Madison and Nick's wedding started first at Mercury Hall and was my choice for the one ceremony we could attend. Madison looked absolutely stunning and head over heels in love. The rain didn't ruin any of the charm of the evening and it was hard for me to hold back the tears as the bride cried while reading her vows. Madison and Nick have always been one of my top picks for sweetest couple, and I was so honored to watch them wed. I wish I could have stayed for the entire reception as there were lots of out of town attendees and guests that I don't normally get to see, but I had a nice time catching up during the cocktail hour.

Happy day for Madison and Nick
BBC's friends Tyson and Sarah had their wedding reception at the Broken Spoke, which fortunately for us was just around the corner from our first wedding of the night. We arrived just in time for the bride and groom to be announced, once again another beautiful couple. The dance hall looked amazing, the beer was flowing, and asking for a second scoop of country gravy on my chicken fried steak was not only appropriate, but received with a, "heck yeah!" We had a really nice time, left before the dancing stopped, and this tired lady was able to go to bed before 11pm. I think our wedding hopping was a success.

I wish every cake could be a wedding cake!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday Tidbits

  • This morning Jessica, Julia, and I decided that a perfect job would be testing out craft instructions and recipes for Martha Stewart to determine if the average, at-home, individual could be successful in the preparation.
  • On body hair: 
    • I don't shave my legs and haven't, really, for over a decade. I just don't really understand the point and I have adorable blonde peach fuzz. The other day I gawked at the thighs of a girl walking in front of me. She obviously shaved her legs, but stopped at a certain point on her upper thigh. Her peach fuzz was glistening in the sunlight and it looked lovely. I wonder if anybody ever notices my blonde fuzz and thinks it's lovely (or gross for that matter).
    • About a month ago, I stopped shaving my arm pits too. I don't know why I ever did before, out of habit I suppose. I have so few hairs that I could count them and it makes me happy. Yes, I would be that person who named their arm pit hairs and had imaginary  personalities assigned to each one of them. Carla is obviously the disgruntled housewife under my right arm who jealously plots the death of Bernice, the youthful outgoing hair under my left arm.
  • This morning I discovered something brilliant: water in smoothies instead of juice. It saves on calories and makes virtually no difference. Also, I don't have orange or apple juice overpowering the taste of my blueberries, bananas, and pineapple!
  • In more calorie drinking news: An unnamed barista friend of mine recently told me a story of an overweight patron ordering morning lattes with heavy whipping cream instead of the standard milk. I can feel my face growing extra chins just thinking about it!
  • I've had this song in my head a lot lately and BBC and I sing it to each other, the cats, and anybody else who is acting strange:

40 Year Old Boyfriend, part II

My post about BBC's birthday party was brief, to say the least, and your response has been WTF. So, per the request of my lovely readers, I elaborate.

Brandon has been such a gift to me, so it was extremely important that he have a great 40th birthday. I think it's safe to say that he had an amazing time, as did everyone else. If I do one thing well, it's throwing a party!

The party was at Trailer Space Records, his "man cave" of sorts, and the boys there were wonderfully accommodating. Spot came in on his day off to help run the show, Mitch helped out with the cupcakes and margaritas, and Ish & JJ helped throughout the planning processes. I had never seen the shop look so clean as when we walked in Sunday morning, so I know the boys worked hard to prepare. Brandon's friends (Abby Birds, The Golden Boys, Church Shoes, Coma in Algiers, Marriage, and Kingdom of Suicide Lovers) played excellent sets to a packed house and the birthday boy himself pushed the show along so we ran as close to schedule as possible. I think every band changed some words around to honor BBC on his special day, which naturally touched his heart. My boy's a sensitive one and he cried tears of joy throughout the day, even while opening his presents.

If I failed at one thing, it was keeping the drinks and food flowing. Tom served up delicious BBQ that lasted all of 15 minutes, but was worth every single bite, the margaritas turned into a lemonade-y water when cups ran out and the ice melted (Thanks Beth, Carrie, and Madison for replenishing those cups when needed!), and 12 cases of free Dos Equis can only last 140+ people an hour or so. There weren't any complaints, however, and everybody seemed to have a nice time.

Beth and I made what turned out to be a delicious, yet ugly, carrot cake per Brandon's request. I was a little embarrassed with how ugly the thing turned out considering I have, what I thought was, enough creativity to decorate a cake, but the specialty colored candles and Muppet fondant decorations put lipstick on the proverbial pig.

Having lived in Austin for over 20 years and played in dozens of bands, BBC has an overabundance of friends. It's also a testament to what a great person he is that our online invite had over 220 RSVPs. His brother drove in from Houston, a couple of friends flew in from New York, and many of his buddies from over the years came out as well. It was, in his words, "the best birthday ever" and he repeatedly told me that I had "won" even though I wasn't aware that we were having "best girlfriend in the world" contest.

I really wish I would have taken pictures, but alas it was another failing on my part. The only one I snapped was this one of my old man crashing out at 9pm after a big day of fun.

P.S. Want to know what Tom's Micklethwait Craft Meats tastes like for yourself? Help him get that trailer running with his Kickstarter campaign here!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

40 Year Old Boyfriend

This past weekend was wonderful and BBC had such a great birthday. Success!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Party Time

Yay, it's Friday! I'm really looking forward to this weekend, which will be a little hectic for me, but completely worth it. My sweetie is turning 40 and I'm throwing him a party full of margaritas, Dos XX beer (free sponsorship, y'all), some of his favorite local bands, and delicious meats 'qued by our friend Tom at Micklethwait Craft Meats.

Not only do I really enjoy planning parties, but Brandon has been so easy to please throughout the process and really only wanted to be surround by music and his many wonderful friends. We're having a day show at his favorite record store A.K.A "man cave" and expect about 150 to attend. I hope he has a wonderful time and that 40 brings him the best life has to offer. I love you, baby!

Take a listen at who's playing the fiesta:

The Golden Boys:

Abby Birds

Church Shoes:

Coma in Algiers:


Kingdom of Suicide Lovers:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Secrets Don't Make Friends

I haven't had very many things to share lately. Life is going steadily and I'm a very happy girl. Nevertheless, I want to blah, blah, blog so I've been racking my brain for a list of things to share. Here goes:

10 Secrets You May Not Know About Me
  • While I love pigeons, I don't really like birds in general. I hate noisy birds and pigeons only make delicate cooing sounds.
  • I have a tramp stamp! It's a shitty tattoo I got the second I turned 18 of my grandpaw's name and it hasn't aged gracefully over the years. BBC calls it a gramp-stamp!

  • I'm very competitive and don't like losing. That said, I've been known to cheat at board games.
  • My favorite place to shop is eBay. Some might even say I'm a bit addicted to eBay. I check 24 different saved searches daily for standard items like shampoo and Gap shoes in size 10 as well as luxury and "wishlist" items I'm hoping to get a great deal on. 
  • I lie to my dieting iPhone app excluding foods that I know will make me fat. Additionally, my user name is FattyWannaParty.
  • I LOVE buying presents for people and I've been told that I'm an excellent gift giver. I keep a running list of gift ideas for my lovies here.
  • I have a favorite freckle! It's on the inside of my middle finger on my right hand. Have a looksie:

  • While riding the very crowded bus home yesterday, a young coed tossed her backpack into the empty seat next to me, which annoyed me beyond explanation. There was barely room for people to stand and she rudely took up an open seat with her hot pink backpack. I felt like a little vigilante justice was called for, yet I lacked the courage to simply explain her shortcomings to her directly. So, naturally, I stepped on her toes as I exited the bus.
  •  Last night BBC googled my name. Unfortunately, this is not me:
Lauren Darcy Trillo