Monthly Archives: March 2011

slack·er noun \ˈsla-kər\

Go ahead…you can say it…slacker. It’s true, I know I’m a slacker and I’m sorry. Really, I am.  I’m sure you are all just completely torn up about this, but I’m glad to see that you were all able to go on with your everyday lives without a recent update on this here blog of mine. So yeah, I guess I’m not very good at this, but I’ll post something new soon. Promise. In the mean time, here’s a little something to tide you over. Shake the Dust…

Oh, did I mention I have to get up in 3 hours for work? Tell me why it is I do this to myself?? Goodnight.

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“Rivers and Roads”

So Saturday night I decided that Erin and I should hit up the Granada Theater to catch a set by a new favorite band, The Head and The Heart. I was overly excited when I found out that she would be in town on the date because I really wanted to go, just not by myself.  So after the cupcake fiasco we headed up to Lower Greenville in Dallas and found a spot in line amidst a sea of hipsters. Not long after, it was brought to our attention that the show was…dundundun…SOLD OUT!  Sad day, sad day indeed. I was really looking forward to seeing The Head and The Heart live, here’s why:

This is what we missed out on, this video was taken at the show at the Granada which we were not hipster enough to attend (we did attempt to sneak in the backdoor, but unfortunately some members of the stage crew were taking their smoke breaks at that time directly in front of the open door…fail).

Here they are performing one of my favorites. Be careful it will be stuck on repeat in your head…for days.

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“the cupcake boss”

So I know you don’t necessarily need a play by play of my sister’s visit to the Lone-star state, but I did say I would get you some more details, so here we go. If you’re under the impression that Erin’s break somehow revolved around food, than you’re on to us! It’s true, we like food. We like food a lot. When you live in northern Michigan you don’t get many options when it comes to dining. Especially if you’re wanting some tacos, maybe some enchiladas, a big ass burrito…you’re just not gonna find it, at least not like you do in Texas. Thursday and Friday were rather uneventful, we found a deal for BOGO Chipotle burritos, which I guess is an event in itself. You had to go watch a trailer for a new show on NBC called America’s Next Great Restaurant, then “like” their page on Facebook and print your coupon.  Easier said than done without a printer, but we managed.

Later, Erin and my friend Liz went to Uptown to get pedicures. They had quite the adventure and both went away with freestyle nail art on their toes as a result of an impromptu nail art throw down and practically a marriage proposal. We finished off Thursday night with Chad at B-dubs (a.k.a. Buffalo Wild Wings) with fifty cent boneless wings and a nice theological conversation about life, love, happiness, the pursuit of God… you know your typical sports bar banter.

I’m skipping Friday, because this really isn’t all that interesting to read.

Which brings us to Saturday. Remember my little cupcake project? The one where I was going to make some cupcakes for my friend’s daughter’s first birthday party? Some cupcakes may be an understatement. I’m pretty sure there ended up being a total somewhere around seventy cupcakes and one GIANT cupcake. I may have gone a wee bit overboard which I tend to do. A lot. Most everything I set out to do also takes much more time than I plan. I spent a good majority of Saturday morning/afternoon making Swiss Meringue Buttercream and ordering my “assistant” around.  The Lighthouse kitchen was Cupcake Central and I was the grand master or the “cupcake boss” which is what Erin chose to call me all day. Here’s a behind the scenes picture…crunch time.

everyone’s a little crazy in the kitchen

I ended up with 5 types of cupcakes in all, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, coconut and snicker-doodle. Along with 3 different frostings. The double chocolate cupcakes were the crowd favorite and also the first chocolate that the birthday girl has ever indulged in.  I have a feeling it’s all down hill from here for her, I could see it in her eyes.  I do have to give Erin some mad props for her cupcake arranging, she’s really good at presentation and staging things so that was her task, along with ensuring that the GIANT cupcake got transported safely from Midlo to Waxahachie.

ensuring safe transportation

Erin "staging" the cupcakes

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Locked Out

Have you ever had that sinking feeling in your stomach the second you lock your car door and slam it shut?…Oh crap, my keys.  Yeah, I’m rather used to that feeling actually. I would say I’ve probably locked my keys in my car a total (give or take a few) of 5 times over the years. It just happened again. I don’t know what the average is, but I feel like 5 might be a lot. Luckily I’ve never had to pay someone to come and rescue me, for that I’m thankful (knock on wood). My friend and I did try to get help from a police officer once, but he didn’t really seem to care that two young ladies were stranded in the Starbuck’s parking lot at 11:00pm with no one else around.  Whatever Mr. Po Po, we don’t need your help anyway because we’ve got an old pop up window shade,  the patience of Job, and a little mad skill. I’ve locked my keys in my car enough that I carry a spare key in my wallet just in case.  It doesn’t help when you leave your purse in the car. Oops.

Lucky for me tonight, I had a spare key at home on the bookshelf and people around to give me a ride to go and get it. No big deal this time thank goodness.  Speaking of getting locked out, I did get locked out of the house the other day.  That was a little more work trying to break in and climb through my bedroom window. I had a few bruises for the next couple of days, which made the story a little more interesting, but that’s a whole ‘nother story for a whole ‘nother day.

Anybody have any good “locked out” stories?

P.S.- Has anyone checked out the moon the past couple of nights? Spectacular!! Looks like it belongs on an old movie set.

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We ♥ Waffle Fries

Wow…this week somehow grew wings and flew by, leaving my hair blowing in the wind as it breezed right on past. Ha! Who am I trying to kid, since I decided to try dreading my hair it doesn’t really blow in the wind anymore.

On Tuesday night, my sister Erin flew in to spend her spring break with me and our brother Chad (unfortunately not on the days of the week, which come to think of it would have been much cheaper).  Erin is currently studying her brains out in order to earn a degree in nursing. She’s only 2 months away from graduation so a few days away from the stresses of her everyday life are just what she needed.  We tried our best to squeeze in as much Texas as we could before she had to head back to the mitten this morning.

We started the party around 11:30pm on Tuesday night.  Being the great siblings that we are, Chad and I made her wait at DFW for an hour after she landed before we could come to pick her up. It was worth the wait though, because after the airport we headed to the Pizza Lounge to share a large Classic Flip and lounge around on their leopard print couches.

(This is Erin.  I’m still trying to remember that I have a camera on my phone and should use it. So sorry, no pictures of us together or any of us at the Pizza Lounge)

Wednesday…Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday! We made the mistake of thinking Wednesday was free FRYday at Chick-fil-a.  I can only think of two explanations as to why we would have done such a thing. 1. Laziness. We were both too lazy to actually click on the links that people had posted on Facebook regarding Chick-fil-a giving away their beloved waffle fries to actually read to see what was going on.  2. I have to believe that subconsciously we knew that free FRYday would make the most promotional sense on a day like… FRIday. We just needed an excuse to make the trip.  Once you’ve made it there, obviously there’s no turning back. We got to enjoy waffle fries AND conversation with one of our dearest friends Natalie.  So in the end we agree that Chick-fil-a waffle fries are delicious however you get a hold of them. Whether they’re free or just a good excuse to hang with friends…get some.

More on Erin’s visit hopefully later this week, but no promises, still trying to get the hang of this thing.

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