by Nicole on July 8, 2013
Sheesh, June went by so fast, and it already seems so long ago. June was sort of a weird month for us…working on getting everything back to normal after the break-in, feeling very exhausted and just kind of blah about things like cooking and cleaning and working out which turns into more exhaustion, and experiencing that feeling that everything is just moving way too quickly. I wish time could just sloooooow dowwwwn (except M-F 8-5, please go ahead and fast-forward yourself).
Anyway, here’s what we did in June!
-Cooked very little. The best thing of the month was this corn pizza from The Sprouted Kitchen.
-Saw my mom, my brother Parker, my sister Emma, and my sister Hannah when they came into town for my brother Micah’s graduation (which we sadly missed, as it was right after the break-in). Hadn’t seen my mom/Parker/Emma since January, and hadn’t seen Hannah for maybe two years? Had a fun dinner at Central Market, complete with crazy birds flying low to steal a fry or two.
-Got a new TV to replace the stolen one. This one is actually a little bigger and comes with 8 pairs of 3D glasses (our old TV was 3D also, but we didn’t have glasses). And I believe in HD now.
-Dinner at Lenoir for the first time. Were really looking forward to the crispy goat terrine, but sadly it wasn’t on the menu when we went. Our favorite was the soft-shell crawfish with sour pork sausage, thai herb salad, and fish sauce vinaigrette.
-Brunch at Jack Allen’s Kitchen, also for the first time. Had biscuits & gravy, silver dollar pancakes, migas, fried chicken & pork tenderloin, mac & cheese, pastries, and more. Didn’t end up eating anything else until 7pm that night!
-Lots of Lentil time! We
kind of really want another cat already, but we’re going to wait a little longer. We want to make sure Lentil is totally re-settled from the break-in before we spring something else on her.
-Lots of pool time! I used to always think above-ground pools were trashy, but not anymore! Having a pool in your backyard during the hot summer is the best thing ever, even if it is only 10 feet wide.
-Started the summer semester of classes. Just taking one class this term–Legal Environment in Business. Sounds really boring, but it’s actually semi-interesting.
-Rooted for the Spurs in the NBA Finals, although they sadly lost. We’re definitely missing basketball now that it’s over.
-Picked up my popsicle dress sewing project again. I’m suddenly motivated to begin sewing again and trying more complicated projects. I got two new sewing books, “Fit for Real People” and “The Collette Sewing Handbook” and really enjoyed both. Unfortunately, I read them after already being well into the popsicle dress, and so I realized too late that I made some mistakes in my popsicle dress. I’m currently trying to learn more about good fit and making alterations (to both fabric and patterns). I’ve always been a sewist focused on getting my project done, but I’m trying to take a more mindful approach now. I’m committing to slowing down, really making sure I get each step right instead of doing a rush job, thinking about how a piece I sew will fit into my wardrobe, etc.
-Got a pretty new picnic table for the backyard. Now if only we could figure out how to get rid of our mosquitos, our backyard would be near perfect.
-Threw a little summer shindig. Had Adam, Jenni, Grace, Joey, and Abby come over for swimming at our house and a picnic (deviled eggs, poblano & corn salad, hot dogs, ice cream/popsicles, grilled bread with pesto & goat cheese).
-Went to Mount Bonnell to surprise Darius’s boss for her birthday with his other coworkers.
-Got a WiiU to replace our stolen Playstation 3. It’s super fun! We’ve been playing Trine 2, Wario, Mario Brothers, and Nintendoland.
-Watched the rest of the most recent season of Game of Thrones (why, “Red Wedding” episode, WHY?), the third season of Boardwalk Empire (about halfway through), Holy Motors for the second time (probably my favorite movie of the past year), Stoker, Kill List, V/H/S 2, and Sinister. I guess since Darius was playing Wii and I was sewing, we didn’t watch all that much this month.
by Nicole on June 11, 2013
Obviously, we’re blogging less and less lately (sorry, but Instagram is just too easy). So we thought it would be fun to start a monthly series that would recap the more interesting things we did that month. Only a few weeks late, here’s May 2013!
-Celebrated Darius’s 27th birthday with dinner at Sway, which is a newish Thai fusion place in Austin. Our favorites were the “son in law” and “tiger cry”.
-Finished up my first semester of University of Minnesota’s online accounting program with a 4.0. It was way harder than I anticipated.
-Went to Jester King Brewery for the second time, this time with Grace & Joey, Adam & Jenni. All the beers were really sour/fermented this time (in a good way, but still, could have used some variety).
-Watched lots of basketball. Darius rooted for the Spurs; I was torn between Spurs and Rockets. Rockets are out, but Spurs are in the finals.
-Took a weekend trip to Port Aransas with Adam & Jenni. Stayed a few blocks away from the beach in a cute little cabin that smelled like bleach when we first arrived. Snacks and margaritas on the beach for lunches and grilled outside our cabin for dinners. One night we went into town and had really bad ice cream sundaes. Also went to Beach & Station Street Grill, which was my favorite meal of the trip–lunch was cold beers, raw oysters, fried seafood, gumbo, and french bread.
-Went to brunch at Tacos & Tequila with Grace & Joey. The buffet was pretty good and the complimentary mimosas sure didn’t hurt.
-Took Lentil to the vet for an ear infection. Giving a wiggly kitty ear drops twice per day is quite the task.
-Went to Darius’s parents’ house in Winnie, TX for his dad’s retirement party. Ate good BBQ at the party and went in on a fancy pair of binoculars as a retirement gift. Oh, and there were many cupcakes eaten…chocolate-peanut butter and salted caramel! But for me, the highlight of the weekend was taking the boat out the day after the party, pulling up alongside some wild dewberry bushes, and picking huge bowls of the little gems. We ended up making ice cream with them.
-Drove home from Winnie to discover our house had been broken into and almost all of our electronics were stolen. Thankfully Lentil was hiding under our bed and didn’t run out the wide-open, shattered back door. The last week of May was a blur of getting the door repaired, installing a security system, making a renter’s insurance claim, and waiting for things to get back to normal. People always say they feel violated after something like this, and I honestly always thought, “But it’s just STUFF.” But really, you do feel so violated, and it has nothing to do with what was stolen. My mind was especially filled with worries about them returning and about what they did to Lentil.
-Bought some popsicle fabric to start a summer dress for myself with princess seams and darts and sleeves and zippers, my most ambitious sewing project to date. Started it, but then the robbers randomly stole the pieces of the bodice that I had completed. I’m still confused as to why someone would steal them. Definitely not too happy about it, since it took me six times to get those princess seams right!
-Watched the new season of Arrested Development. We looked forward to it so much, but we were pretty underwhelmed.
-Some favorite meals of the month:
Baked falafel wrapped in collard greens
Coconut & ginger soup with spring vegetables
Baked sweet potato with greens, black beans, fontina, and a fried egg
“Wet burritos” at Casa Ole