Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Weekend Fun

Dallas has been serving up some wonderful weekends lately. The Nasher Sculpture Center in the downtown Dallas arts district has Summer movie nights every Friday during the warm season. It has been hotter than hot here, but with a glass of wine and a late evening start time, we were able to beat heat. Entry into the center allows you to browse their collection, listen to live music, grab a drink and settle on the lawn. They just so happened to schedule one of my all-time favorite musicals (Dreamgirls) for last weekend's viewing, so I had to get in on the action. It proved to be one of my favorite Dallas nights ever! Let it be said that I fully intend on returning the favor to Brad in the form of an activity of his choice, even though I think he had a great time, too. However, I am also biased, I hold onto the notion that J-Hud is good for all ages (and genders)...

I spent the earlier part of Saturday morning with my co-worker on a mission to find Dallas' best garage sales. We drove around the Lakewood area as if there were no traffic laws. I actually ran through a stop sign at one point because I was so focused on getting deals. It was all worth it in the end because we happened to fall on vintage glory. I, of course, was not even looking for anything specific and managed to spend some money (only $22.25) on a few steals. However, Leah was the true winner for the day. I didn't snap any pictures, but she walked away with a perfect rug and versatile dresser that she has already re-finished and put in her new apartment. This was her first experience with garage sale joy and it made me so happy to share it with her. Now, if only I could find a place to wear my sequined belt...

my vintage carry-on! (I'm thrilled with this purchase!)

I didn't get these, but Mom - how cute would these be in the baby closet? Sparkly Converse!

Last but not least - a Monday funday! It has been awhile since I've really reveled in a good early week funday. Brad and I used to hold strict rules for our fun Monday plans, but things started getting busy and we couldn't keep it standing any longer. This week we planned to go to the Rangers game together, when our friends, Lu and Mitchell, walked in. Laura and I freaked out, thinking it was some huge coincidence until the guys told us they had it planned the whole time. I love a good secret (maybe because I'm so bad at keeping them when I'm the holder...) so it was fun for me. A perfect example of how sometimes it's just in the small things. Rangers win, hot dog dinner, and good company - great night all around.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wish List {Pretty Books}

I have a terrible habit of making wish lists. Potential vacation destinations, restaurants to try, that must-have little dress, etc. It's not that I'm full of wants, it's just that great things pop up and I like to remember them! Some of my recent wishes are these pretty book covers by CB Smith. F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my all-time favorite authors, creating some of the best characters in American literature, so it seems only fitting that the cover art would be just as memorable.

His books are timeless and now the covers are, too. Love that.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Thank you, Ray

Man, what a Tuesday. My day started off with a 5:45am raccoon scare and I have yet to recover. By "raccoon scare," I mean a gang of three raccoons were frolicking in my backyard when I opened the door and screamed loudly, leaving one to run frantically INTO our fence and scurry off, the second to run up our tree, and the third to run UNDER my car. Suffice it to say, it has been one bizarre day.

Anyway, work also got the weird memo - so we're comin' full circle over here!

Thanks to NPR, I've had something to cheer up my afternoon. Oh,'s been awhile.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Meep Defined

Some days you just need a little sweet - and today is one of those days.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lake Days - pt. 2

This past weekend at Ali's lake cabin was a complete success. If I can measure my level of enjoyment on the soreness of my muscles, then it was the best ever. I just can't say it enough, lounging around a lake with the sun beaming overhead always happens to sum up the better part of Texas. When I think of fond memories from my childhood (or adulthood, for that matter), I directly correlate them with a Summer day on the water. Here are a few pics of the "cabin" - when what I really wish I would have captured is the outdoor shower that someone took advantage of. That, and pictures of people...and by people, I mean cute Hank (the Labradoodle).


Other notables:

I'm dying a little inside to make these. I had my first-ever toasted marshmallow shake at Stand during my NYC trip and have been dreaming about it since.

Great Summery tune in the husband and wife duo from Denver, Tennis. Download "Marathon" and bop around.

Also, this couldn't be more genius.