Sunday, December 28, 2014

Howdy, 2015

Here we go again: Every year I make a list of goals and declarations that are long forgotten come March, but it brings me so much joy. So, with that, here are my 15 resolutions for 2015:

  1. Finally begin refinishing the headboard I planned on painting this past summer.
  2. I've been addicted to my electronic cigarette for nearly 4 years now and use it more than I ever did actual cigarettes. I sleep with it under my pillow to smoke in the middle of the night even! It's pretty ridiculous. I've started cutting back with  hopes of quitting in 2015.
  3. Make at least one phone call a week. I feel so busy with work and distant from my friends and family as a result. I'm hoping making the time will come naturally after scheduling weekly phone calls.
  4. A wetter summer! My soul felt dry this summer as I didn't swim nearly as much as I wanted to. I will make up for that when 2015 gets warm.
  5. Meet with a relator/mortgage officer to begin the home buying process.
  6. Pack more work lunches to save money and calories.
  7. Oysters, lobster, and martinis! Just a few of the items I want to consume.
  8. Be bill-free by the end of the year! Of course I'll have my standard monthly bills, but I'd like to avoid the hassle of paying them and having everything set up for automatic payments.
  9. Cook more meals at home. I've nearly stopped cooking all together since becoming a fancy lady executive and I truly miss it.
  10. As a career-oriented lady, I want to include a career goal, but 2014 was a big career year for me. I love my new position and definitely see growth outside of my office, but want to reach my peak before climbing higher. So, in 2015 I'll work on that steady climb.
  11. Eat less meat. I was a vegetarian/vegan for more than a third of my life, but that has gone to the wayside in recent years. BBC loves vegetarian food, so the only holdup is myself.
  12. Hot Springs, AZ. BBC and I had hoped to spend Thanksgiving in Hot Springs, but losing our kitty Boris threw us off kilter. I still crave the healing mineral water and a change of pace.
  13. Invite our friend Nick over for dinner, who has cooked for us many times. Recently Nick mentioned that he hasn't been to our house, so a dinner party is in order.
  14. Finish BBC's dental work. I went through the same overhaul several years ago and Brandon is nearly finished getting his chompers in order.
  15. Mexico in May. My lady friend, Karen, will be turning 30 this year and wants a girls trip to a beach resort in Mexico. I can't believe that as a Texas native I've never been.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sugar Plum Dreams

Oh holy night, how long has it been since I last blogged!? Nothing like a two week winter break and sitting at my mum's house to provide me with the free time. So, in the spirit of receiving, I provide you with my list of presents I'd like to see waiting for me under the tree when I return home:

  • We lost our sweet kitty Boris recently and I miss his black velvet fur cuddles. Nothing could replace him and our darling Cecilia is doing great as an only cat, but a pug-shaped hole is slowly growing in my heart.

  • I'm blaming my recent binge of infomercial watching on this next item. Secret Extensions!! $39.99 for a fake hair halo?! I'd be crazy to not buy this!

  • I've fallen in love with the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's tea lattes. They blend them most delicious teas with a vanilla powder to create this heavenly elixir. I've started purchasing the vanilla powder separately to recreate tea lattes at home and work. My favorite tea is their Winter Dream blend. I bought this gift set for my office's white elephant exchange and it was almost impossible for me to not pick it myself.

  • A maid service. Last year Brandon and I got a newer car before Christmas and agreed it was our family present. This year, I'd like a maid service to come in and clean from top to bottom. With both of us working so much, cleaning is one of my last priorities.
  • An ecosphere; 'nuff said!
  • As always, my biggest wish is for a dream bathroom fit for a bubble queen.
Happy Christmas, y'all! I hope your sugar plum dreams come true Christmas morning.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Long Time No Type

Oh my goodness, y'all!!! It's been over a month since I last blogged. Is anybody having withdrawals?! Are you concerned that perhaps I've died over these last weeks?! Well, the universe is still spinning and I'm still alive. My new job has become such a big part of my life; blogging, and internetting in general, are virtually gone from my day-to-day routine. I feel so unconnected to the virtual world. Does 'Lil Bub still love yougurt? Has Grumpy Cat learned how to smile?! What's the scoop? Well, here is some personal scoop about me and the new job:

  • I love the new job! Moving from my own office to a cubicle in a sea of other cubicles was, perhaps, the biggest change.  I researched cubicle etiquette online beforehand, as I had an irrational fear of being unliked by my "pod mates." Expectedly, not eating fish for lunch and avoiding strong perfumes topped the lists, but the most surprising thing I found was that you shouldn't walk through other cubicles as a shortcut across the office. 
  • My hours have become more regular; now nearly 50 hours a week instead of 60+. There was one night last week that I stayed until 10:00pm, so you can see why I was the last to learn that Robin Williams died. My source of entertainment news is now the liquor store cashier.
  • BBC works across the street from me, which provides a strange sense of comfort. Both of us are usually unsure of when we'll finish each day, so we meet up at the bar nearby for drinks before carpooling home. I love it, but our alcohol budget, and consumption, has nearly doubled. 
  • Last week my favorite colleague peer pressured me into smoking a cigarette. It's been years since I last smoked a real cigarette, as the electronic ones are my addiction of choice. The coworker was having an exceptionally stressful day, thought she overheard that I smoked, and asked for a cigarette. After explaining that I only vaporized my nicotine, I offered to get her a cigarette from BBC across the street. I grabbed two for her, but changed my mind at the last minute and was only going to giver her one as to not fuel her craving since she had quit many, many years ago. After I gave her the cigarette, she asked if I was going to join her and for unknown reasons, I did. It was delicious, but I felt like a teenager again trying to cover up the smell. Have no fear, I followed cubible etiquette and didn't over apply perfume.
  • The new job is pretty high stress. Basically, I'm the main administrative liaison for two colleges on campus, fielding all administrative tasks from purchasing supplies to hiring new employees.  I also frequently feel like Smokey the Bear, putting out fires and trying to prevent other disasters. Not only have I become an adrenaline junkie, assuming office work can give you jolts of adrenaline, but I've somehow overcome my lifelong aversion to chocolate.

Friday, June 27, 2014

5 Facts Friday: Work Edition

Oh my god y'all, this Friday has been the start of the most deserved weekend I've had in a very long time. I started my new job this week, and while I went in Monday without reservations or anxieties, most of my week was anxiety-ridden. I know I made the best decision for me in quitting both of my jobs and moving on in my career, which feels pretty darn great. So, with that, I present my 5 Facts Friday blog, the work edition.
  • I've mentioned this many times in past blogs, but for most of my adult life my grandmother has been doing my lingerie shopping. She used to send me large envelopes stuffed with my favorite undies. Over the years, those panties have taken a beating and it's time to replenish my panty drawer. I have a hard time dropping the $20 that a pair of hanky pankies cost, but I'm going to reward myself by tossing out every pair with a busted waistband. Woo hoo, brand new panties for my hoochie-coo! I'm not entirely sure what this has to do with work, but I got a raise so I can afford underwear now, I suppose.
  • My office building is now across the street from Brandon's job. I do a lot of walking past his shop to meet with clients on campus and I love being able to watch him load up his flower truck in the morning. I don't get to do much more than call out his name and say hi, but that's all it takes to brighten my day even more.
  • Another "bigger salary" splurge I'm planning is to make is my first hydrotherapy appointment in July. What's hydrotherapy you ask? Well, basically you pay a spa to take a bubble bath. I can't wait!
  • My new office has Friday breakfast! Every Friday someone in the office brings in breakfast for the whole crew. Today we had fruit, bacon wrapped dates that drove everyone wild, doughnuts, and nomosas. I'm shocked, but the nomosas were pretty great. Sure, the champagne was replaced with ginger ale, but I still had two and felt giddy. I'm crossing my fingers that next Friday we have a fancy bagel bar!

  • I haven't been able to keep up with my normal internetting this week and I'm looking forward to binging on Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge this weekend. I also have a handful of projects on my to-do list that I'm so excited to start without clear intentions of finishing them. Yay for valuing my free time more!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Evil Weevil

Earlier this week I tossed nearly the entire contents of my pantry due to a bo weevil infestation. While I'm mostly pissed off about throwing out so much food, a large portion of me is sentimental and nostalgic about my childhood. For most of my childhood, I was raised by a poor, single mother of two who cried with every lice outbreak. She couldn't afford to miss work when we were kicked out of school for hair bugs and she couldn't afford the treatments either, but lice never seemed to break her resolve quite like weevils did.

If you aren't familiar with bo weevils, they're a small beetle that eats cotton buds and flowers. Normal weevils, however, chomp on flours, grains, seeds, legumes, etc. While I actually have only experienced weevil infestations, my mum always called them boooooo weevils, so that's what I call them. Flour bugs, essentially. Here are some images:

I vividly remember my mum throwing away nearly the entire contents of our pantry while trying to hide sobs when we had our first weevil outbreak. All food in cans were washed in the sink and when the labels came off the cans, she turned eating into a game. My sister and I would grab a random unmarked tin of food, try to guess the contents before we opened it, and then eat whatever was inside for dinner. We were always on edge when it came to weevils and would carefully eat our breakfast cereal while searching for weevils floating in our milk. If we thought we saw one, my mum would come look at our spoon to inspect a charred bit of Cheerio, usually. She made a game out of most things out of her control.

After throwing away my pantry contents, washing all the food cans, and looking at my empty cabinet, I cried.  I cried because so much food was wasted, but I also cried thinking about how frustrating it must have been for my mum when we had weevils as a kid. It wasn't enough that my mum was poor and worked so hard to budget and make sure my sister and I didn't go hungry, but having to throw all that food away, essentially throwing money away, and still having to find a way to feed her children must have been beyond stressful. I feel your pain momma, I adore you for your strength, and I love you!

And in your honor, momma, I present you with my favorite mum-related hip hip song. (Sorry, Pac)

Friday, June 6, 2014

5 Facts Friday

So it appears that I'm only blogging on Fridays. Perhaps my life has gotten too busy to blog regularly, or maybe I'm just out of great things to say. Either way, I'm able to commit to 5 fact Fridays.
  • For the last week I have been doing a "clean eating" cleanse, of sorts. I chose to sign up for BuzzFeed's challenge, because the recipes looked yummy and they simplified the process with grocery lists and meal plans. So far I've done 6 days, I feel great, and have lost a little weight. While the weight loss was certainly a goal of mine, I was really looking for a jumping point on improving my diet. Since the wedding, I've been in a cooking rut and needed something to motivate me out of my kitchen doldrums and blues. I don't completely understand "clean eating," but I've learned a lot, cook more like my healthy vegan days, and will definitely continue removing processed foods from my diet and adding easy, nutrient-rich foods like flax and chia.
  • Orange in the New Black! Orange is the new Black!!! I'm so excited to binge watch the 2nd season of OITNB, but sadly cannot stay home tonight and gorge myself because BBC and Letty's Billy Squire cover band, Billy's Choir,  is playing.

  • I read this article by Questlove several months ago, it brought empathetic tears to my eyes and has dramatically altered my interactions with black men. Even typing that feels politically incorrect, but ultimately I don't think there should be anything wrong with reversing subconscious racism. It pains me to think that a black man would find it necessary to make himself appear like less of a threat to a woman he doesn't know; it's a way of life I will never know or understand. So how have I altered my interactions with black men? It may be simple and probably goes unnoticed, but I always make sure to make eye contact and smile. I don't know what impact this has had, but smiling at strangers has brighten my days.
  • I got a new job!! I will still be working at UT, but will be in a different department with more challenges. I'm pretty excited. What's most exciting is that I will only have one job from now on, as I also quit my second job! w00t t00t
  • It is a happy, happy Friday indeed. Enjoy the weekend, lovelies!

Friday, May 23, 2014

5 Facts Friday

Yay, it's Friday again. Here are some fact-a-roonies for ya:

  • For the last few weeks I have been using my electronic toothbrush as a normal toothbrush because I've been too forgetful/lazy to replace the batteries!
  • I recently discovered that I prefer jeggings to jeans because I don't have to worry about making sure my zipper is zipped up. Sadly, I too frequently forget to zip my pants.
  • My new favorite summer shoes!!! They're super comfortable and look great with jeans, shorts, and dresses.
  • Last weekend we went to a wedding in San Marcos and have since decided that we want to move there. Nothing has felt so right, with the exception of deciding to get married. The ideal plan would be that I get into grad school at UT next year and we move whenever I'm finished, which would put us at 3 years from now. However, if I don't get in then we'll just up an move as soon as I can get a job at Texas State. It's pretty exciting and we're already making our dream home list: chickens, claw foot tub, wood floors, off the water, goats, a big dog, music recording room......
  • Hey y'all, I have a favorite freckle. It showed up a couple of years ago, so she's still a fresh one. She's located on the inside of my middle finger and I'm pretty sure her name is Gretchen.

Friday, May 9, 2014

5 Facts Friday

It's Friday and while I'm dreaming of a relaxing weekend, I know that from here on out, May will be nothing but runnin' and funnin'. With two weddings, a trip to the beaches of Georgia, and lots of band gigs for the hubby, I should just kick my to-do list to the curb.

  • I'm in a Skeeball league, y'all and our team is doing pretty "not bad." We lost our first match last week by 30 points, which is only 1 ball. You earn little buttons like Girl Scouts whenever you win a match, so I'm crossing my fingers that Skeeming Bitches will be decorated after this Sunday. Also, after lots of thought, I've finally come up with my "roller name", which will be Beyonskeé. Bow down bitches.

  • Last weekend I bought a pretty vintage headboard for $10 at a garage sale. We don't have a headboard and I'm always scoping out Pinterest DIY headboard projects. It would be nothing less than a miracle if I actually repainted and installed it before the end of the month.
  • My soul feels dry. I know that sounds ridiculous, but life without a bathtub and the fact that I haven't gone schwimmin' yet is making this Aquarius crave water! It sounds crazy, but I feel restless and I really think it's because I need a good soaking. I'm going to come back from Georgia looking like a pruney lobster.
  • I'm toying with some ideas here, and it may be because of my previously mentioned "soul dryness," but here are some potential personal projects:
    • Volunteer to work with the Girl Scouts Troop 1500 that mentors girls with incarcerated mothers. It truly sounds like such a great and rewarding project.
    •  Go on a 120 day (completely arbitrary number) spending fast. BBC and I are fortunate to have everything we could possibly need and I'm disappointed with how often I interchange wants with needs. I also want to refocus my spending on experiences rather than things and a spending fast would make our goal of celebrating our 1 year anniversary in Costa Rica more of a possibility.
    • Go on a 100 day (less arbitrary number) fitness challenge. This is a slightly vain project to get back into shape, but I'm also looking for a goal that will get me back into my workout routine. While exercising might come easy for some, I need some motivating scheme to get my brain and my body working together.
  • My favorite pair of cutoffs have been retired. After 10 years of loving wear, worn out holes have emerged on the butt cheeks. But since distressed jorts are all the rage with hipsters, I've listed them on eBay and Etsy with the hopes of making $40 to help me through the grieving process.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Me Trivia

Yesterday, to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day, my department had a luncheon organized by my catering expert coworker and friend, Jessica. To encourage attendance and socialization, we frequently have some sort of contest. Last year everybody brought childhood photos to be identified and the year before there was a paper airplane contest to see who's creation flew the farthest. This year we were asked to submit random/fun trivia and try to guess who's fact belongs to whom.

While I felt like I had a plethora of personal facts to contribute, I ran several of them by Jessica first to insure that they were, in fact, little known facts. I ultimately submitted "________ owns over 100 sweaters." I have a lot of sweaters, to say the least. I was taken by surprise when nearly everyone at the table read that fact and started asking "what psycho has 100 sweaters?" "Clearly that person isn't a native Texan!" The comments continued until the department head suggested they stop lest someone at the table be the sweater collector. While I don't find my sweater collection odd, I felt mildly embarrassed, but mainly for those who thought it was strange and voiced their opinion in front of me before my identity was revealed.

Since then, I have been thinking of all the other random me trivia that I should have submitted. So, here's a list of next year's options:

  • I don't like chocolate.
  • I feel more affection towards pigeons than children.
  • My mum has 13 cats.
Artist's representation of my mum, except her cats all have human names.

  •  I cried while watching Beyonce's Super Bowl performance.
  • My grandmother sent me underwear for over 4 of my adult years.
  • I have very poor color vision. (I can see colors, but can't differentiate comparative colors like orange and red.)
  • I'm terrible at karaoke, but always sing Whitney Houston's I Want to Dance with Somebody.
  • I once saw Tony Little in a Jacksonville Airport wearing a red blazer while waiting for his Avis rental car.
Grrrrr, Tony Little

See why the red blazer is funny?!
  • Growing up, my mum told me I was allergic to egg whites and tuna. However, I have never had a reaction to either that I am aware of.
  • I don't like room temperature bananas, but I love hot or cold bananas..

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rejection, Part II: Ex History

In my second post on rejection, I'd like to write about some rejections I've personally doled out. Today, children, you will be learning about my ex history.

I'm a very lucky girl with a wonderful husband, but I certainly have been unlucky with love in the past. Recently, a few individuals from my romantic history have made it into my general internet news feeds and I thought it would be interesting to discuss some data points regarding those old relationships.

NAME: Professor Dumpster, although I knew him as Dr. Jeff
TIME: 2010-ish, for a couple months
BIO: Environmental science Professor, divorcé, father
DETAILS: Dr. Jeff was one of my first "successful" OKCupid experiences. We went on a couple of dates and I had a decent time. He would take his shoes off at bars, which didn't bother me so much as I, too, like being barefoot. (I'm barefoot right now!) The distinction here is that I would take my shoes off in a bar while sitting down. He, however, took his shoes off and walked around the bar, played pool, ordered a drink, etc. all while barefoot.
REJECTION REASON: The deal breaker for me was when he said he had a daughter that lived in Brazil and that he was happy he didn't have to deal with the normal aspects of being a father, like bed-wetting, sadness, or sickness. I definitely needed someone in my life who could handle all three of those things.
REJECTION METHOD: I just stop answering his texts, emails, phone calls, etc.

NAME: Barrett Brown
TIME: 2007-ish, various make-out sessions
BIO: Journalist, federal prisoner, friend of a friend
DETAILS: Barrett was the best friend of someone who could only be described as an ex-boyfriend, although I don't think we "technically dated." I frequently found myself angrily flirting with Barrett (you know how young girls are) and several times we would make out and then be mean to each other. One particular time, he invited me back to his hotel room. Instead of going in, we made out in my car and I left.
REJECTION REASON: He doesn't brush his teeth and I was trying to be respectful to the guy I was "dating."
REJECTION METHOD: Driving away slowly.

NAME: "Big Tex"
TIME: 2008-ish, for several months
BIO: Artist, cowboy, schizophrenic
DETAILS: I truly enjoyed this relationship. There's not much better for a wild girl in her early twenties than a cute and crazy cowboy who treats her the way a purdy lady should be treated. We drank, we danced, and he visited me nearly every weekend in Austin for fun-tastic events.
REJECTION REASON: He asked me for a hammer and said he wanted to wear my skin over his skeleton during what could only be described as a schizophrenic, drunken episode.
REJECTION METHOD: Kicking him out of my house during a scheduled visit. Having said that, we gave it another go several more times after this incident, but things kept getting crazier and crazier.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rejection, Part I: Rejection Letters

After waiting for several months to see if my wait-listed graduate school status would turn into an acceptance, I have finally received my rejection notice from UT.

Rejection letters are no longer sent. Instead, I got an email telling me to log in and check online.

While I'm truly disappointed, I'm ultimately placing this rejection on the scale somewhere between "kind of sucks" and "no big deal." Please, don't interpret that to mean that I didn't really care about getting into grad school. Rather, nothing in my life changes, I am still pleased as a plum, and I will just try again next year. More importantly, I'm not entirely sure it was the right time for me, as I still have two jobs and recently resigned my post with the Wendy Davis group due to the time commitment. So, in summary, I won't be going to grad school this fall and that kind of bums me out. And with that in mind, this is the first post of a two-parter on rejection:

I recently saw this post online of rejections letters sent to famous people. I find this pretty motivating.

Slyvia Plath Rejection Letter

 Stay tuned for tomorrow's rejection related post!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Rap Debut

Happy Wednesday, y'all. Today is a very special day for LD because tonight is my rap debut. Yes, you read that right, I will be rapping for the first time tonight at Trailer Space with The Abominable Mex, or Mex as we know him.

Several months ago, Mex asked me to rap with his ever-growing group and, while I was excited about the idea, I didn't think I'd have the courage to go through with it. We set a date, I started writing rhymes, and tonight I get up on stage to make a mild fool of myself in front of friends. It all sounds wonderful! I have 16 bars in Mex's "Trailer Space Anthem" and, naturally, was inspired by Salt N' Pepa so my lyrics are a wee bit explicit. At this point, I'm as ready as I'll ever be, but I'd be more confident if we had actually practiced beforehand.

Earlier this week I spent most of my free time focusing on wardrobe. After lots of help from my lady friends, I decided to go for a hip hop Jane Fonda look:

Get it, gurl!

I was able to find everything I needed online, with the exception of the tights which are already a wardrobe staple for me. I was also going to cover up with my favorite black-market Dallas Mavericks Starter jacket in a kid's size large for the adorable hip hop look, which I figure is the only hip hop look I can pull off.

Fly kicks courtesy of DSW:,dsw12cat460004

Sexy Maidenform "leotard" with a suspenders look to highlight my nerdy lifestyle. Added bonus for the tummy-tucking, shapewear. I figured a black bra or striped tube top would cover my girls well enough:

Gina had some excellent wardrobe suggestions and mentioned a bodysuit immediately. However, after looking into it furher, I realized she was talking about something more like this:

While green Hawiaan print isn't really my "thing", I could see myself wearing something along these lines:

After all my window shopping for an outfit, I decided I would be even more nervous looking like a fool while performing, than I would if I was just in my normal clothes. So, hip hop Jane Fonda will just have to wait for a more appropriate time, like Halloween or my second rap performance.

If you want to come see me tonight, we go on at 8pm. Wish me luck!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday Tidbits

Yay, it's April. I feel like I've been counting down the days until April these past few weeks, but I can't necessarily tell you why. Spring is here and I'm ready to get sprung. Here are some tidbits:
  • I got my nails did yesterday, y'all! I went to Paloma for one of Nails Y'all's aweschumb manicures. It was an "artist's choice" special, which removed any pressure from me to come up with a nail idea. Meghann does intricate designs and decals in both vegan polish and my favorite, shellac/gel polish. In preparation, she asked me not to peel off my current gel manicure, which is one of my OCD passions, so I honored her request and brought my rainbow jar of "nail skins" with me. I love peeling off old gel manicures.
My nail skins in a jar, while my shellac is being removed properly.

Fly nails
  • First, let me preface by saying that I don't like Steely Dan. I just don't; no explanation necessary. However, this is one of my favorite songs ever! We just watched American Hustle and the film started out with this song. Amy Adams has never looked so sexy and now I'm dreaming of Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses.

  • The only person who pranked me at the office on April Fools Day was myself. I accidentally filled my water bottle too full and spilled at least half a cup of water into my crotch when I took a sip. Meh, I've done clumsier things and fortunately, I store a pair of "emergency panties" in my desk just for this reason. I toweled off my dress, broke out the emergency pair, and finished the day without any more glitches.

  • I'm going to be a rap chick, y'all. Karen and I had a "rap group" in high school called Latino Pride. My name was 2Pāl (i.e. too pale) and we basically made up rhymes in broken Spanglish. A while back my rap friend, Mex, asked me to be a fly girl in his group Mex Mode. While I'm pretty great at joking around and making clever rhymes, I've never considered writing and performing. I have my first performance April 9th at Mex's birthday party and I'm surprisingly calm about it. Bottom line: I will either embarrass myself in front of friends or do pretty great and be able to scratch that one off my bucket list. Wish my luck!
  • Tomorrow is our 6 Month-iversary!! I'm still, as expected, wildly excited to be married to BBC. Never in my life did I think I would be so content with myself and wonderfully happy with another person the way I am with Brandon. I can only hope we're just as happy on our 60th anniversary. We'll be celebrating, simply because I want to celebrate all these small anniversaries because once they past we will only have our annual anniversary. I feel so fortunate to have this happiness that celebration just seems natural. We'll being going to Uchi and I got Devo tickets for my sweetie.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

South By South Best

Perhaps I'm getting dull and boring, or perhaps the festival just feels like it's getting out of hand, but this year I wasn't really feeling SXSW. Either way, this year turned out to my most favorite SXSW. Here are my happy reflections from my SXSBest.

The best thing this year, by far, was taking the entire week off of work without any intention of joining in the festivities. My staycation certainly turned into a SXSW party, but my expectations were low and I knew I would be happy at home if the party didn't appeal to me. I also had plenty of down time to tackle some house chores, hang out with Pam and baby Charlie, and nap!

My week started off with a bang! Egyptian Lover is a DJ from the early 1980s that BBC turned me on to. Brandon was in a breakdancing crew as a kid, with Egyptian Lover being one of his favorite beat throwers. We were both pretty excited to learn that he was DJing at Holy Mountain and quickly made plans to be front and center at the stage. It was an amazing show and we danced our boo-tays off. Last year for BBC's birthday I bought him an unopened, original pressing Egyptian Lover album. We brought it, opened in it front of da Lovah, and got it signed.

I had to pee, so the album came with me.

Monday was a very exciting day for me. I woke up early-ish (for being on vacation) and went down to Austin Pets Alive! to meet my favorite internet sensation, Lil Bub. It's pretty insane how long the line was to meet this petite puss, but it was worth the 45 minutes and the $25 donation. The event raised $7,000 and I got to say, "Howdy, lady!" to a kitty celebrity. It was the only time I've ever been star struck by a celebrity. (Or, should I say, celebr-kitty!)

This photo is a keeper!!

Here are some photo out-takes. After all, we both can't look great all the time.

Lil Bub showing me her Yoda impression!

I wonder how well Grumpy Cat is taken care of with all the events she does over SXSW, including a Town Lake boat ride. You can rest assured that Lil Bub is pampered like a princess and got plenty of breaks and alone time with her pops during the event. I snapped a pic of a little snuggle break and for reference: Lil Bub's Dude is Hot and We Need to Talk About it.

Since I had the day off, I took the opportunity to cook a 14 pound turkey Monday and host a Fakes-giving movie night with the ladies. We had a feast with all the trimmings: stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, fancy potatoes á la Bridget, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, pie, bisquits, brownies, and cranberry jammy cocktails. We watched Son in Law, being that it's a Thanksgiving movie and all, and since it was Spring Break we didn't let the party stop once the film did.

Wednesday afternoon BBC and I set sail on a Bruise Cruise on Town Lake. It was a beautiful day and the music was great: Arp, Kelley Stoltz, and Coachwhips. My favorite part was watching the sun set while we cruised to the Coachwhips. I've been on a boat before, but I was really surprised with the weak sea legs I have. It was dizzying walking around while we were sailing and I felt like I was floating on air even after the cruise ended.

Watching the sun set on a boat, y'all!

Glamorous Sherry!

We started many of our days and ended most of our nights a Trailer Space, which was a pretty great buffer from the SXSW world. Brandon played a show Saturday night and we were fortunate enough to find great parking everywhere we went. Obnox, Gary Numan, Parquet Courts, Ty Segall, The Blind Shake, Reigning Sound, and all of our favorite local bands filled out the rest of the weekend. I think my favorite surprise was seeing Harvey Sid Fisher play an unexpected show at Trailer Space. 

Harvey Sid Fisher and BBC

As always, we ended our SXSW at the best party in town, Uncle Doug's Chili Dog Fest. Eating chili dogs and drinking beer is the best way to cure a week-long hangover. We crawled out of bed Sunday afternoon to join our favorite, tired locals for great rock n' roll. And, even better, it raised money for Austin Pets Alive! and HAAM. Needless to say, yesterday was a pretty tough day back in the office.

Pretty perky for the Sunday after SXSW. I woke up like dis!

The were certainly ups and downs at SXSW this year. The insanity of Wednesday night outside of Mohawk was sobering, to say the least. Every single person involved could have been someone we knew or loved. Friday night, after an amazing and packed Reigning Sound show at Yellow Jacket, a team of under-age, skateboarding jackasses started swinging their boards at bar staff breaking noses and busting faces when they were denied entry. I heard countless other stories of assholes across town causing havoc. It's all so very disappointing, I truly feel like the festival has gotten out of control, and I hope things will be better regulated next year.

So why was this the SXSBest ever? This year Brandon wasn't working at a bar or the festival, so we got to enjoy the entire week together. Whether we were napping in the back of our car mid-day, missing all but one song of a set that we really wanted to catch, or losing our hearing at the loudest Blind Shake show ever, it was great experiencing everything with my best friend.

Friday, March 7, 2014

5 Facts Friday

Here are 5 random facts/stories about yours truly.

  • My Sophomore year in high school I wore gold eyeshadow as blush. My BFF, Karen, told me that you were supposed to wear blush in a tone similar to your natural blushing color. I agreed with her stating that that was what I did. She quickly shot me down telling me that nobody blushed gold. I'd still like to think that I could blush in golden hues if I was charmed enough.
  • Jay-Z is fixing my sweetie's grill. Well, not really, but kind of? The Grammy Organization, MusicCares, offers grants to musicians and we got one for BBC's dental overhaul. Woo Hoo
  • I like to use things until they run out. Like pens/markers/highlighters for example. I use the same pen at work until it's empty. Also, there are four rolls of toilet paper in every stall in the bathroom on my floor. Each day I only use the smallest roll in hopes of using it all.
  • I'm absolutely in love with this song right now.
  • I found a crumbly, dirty ten dollar bill on my way to the bus stop this morning!   

Monday, March 3, 2014

Oscar Madness

My most viewed blog posting of all time was my Oscar-related Oscar Schmoscar post in February last year. Honestly, I think some of my photos just show up in Google searches when people look for Rick Rubin because the post gets daily hits. Either way, I'll take those blog hits as affirmation that I'm doing something great.

Once again, this morning I did my annual Oscar tradition of trolling the internet for Rick Rubin's photo in the slew of Vanity Fair Oscar party press images. Here you go, friends:

Things got a little more stalkery than usual, because this year his beautiful lady's name was published instead of just being listed as "guest." First off, way to go, girl! Finally getting your name credited in a photo is, like, 100 times bigger than changing your Facebook status to, "in a relationship with."

Her name is Mourielle Herrera and she's an actress, not a Brazilian model as I had assumed. Naturally, I found this out through a Google search, which also led me to her IMDb, Twitter, and Instagram. And through mild prying, I found these little gems:

Ricky paddle boarding


And in closing, as a disclaimer of sorts, I'm overwhelmingly in love with my wonderful husband! Furthermore, BBC has nothing to worry about with my celebrity crush simply because no length of juice cleanse will ever give me Mourielle Herrera's bangin' bod!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Man-dresses Monday

Happy Monday! I'm never very enthusiastic about a Monday, but my eBay compulsion made my Monday morning pleasant. Here's what I stumbled upon while sorting through my saved searches for lady dresses.

Crossdressers Boutique

The Crossdresser Boutique is a one-stop, trailer park, man-dress shop that makes me very happy. I love that the proprietor models all of her listings and accessorizes with the versatility and flair of a true eBay fashionista.

My favorite listing is this sophisticated purple number, which looks great with red stilettos and red, high-gloss, Lee press-on nails. You can't buy confidence, but you could get this gown for the steep price of $25. (Shipping is also pretty unreasonable at $11.75). 

Are you looking for something more glamorous? How about this metallic blue cocktail dress ($25).

For a truly sexy look, pick up this black, crushed velvet minidress, again for $25.00.

Kudos to you, Crossdressers Boutique! Your item photos are sure to bring all the boys to your trailer park yard.