Dec 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from Honey Boo Boo

The amazingness that is Honey Boo Boo and her family recently posed for a quick holiday pic at a Georgia flea market (that's not made up):


Let's break this down for a second...

Mom: Actually a pretty normal face for her.
Sugar Bear: He's a sweet man.
Chubette: You love to see camo at Christmastime.
Punkin: What's her neck doing? Also, bravo on the normal nice outfit.
Anna and Baby Kaitlyn: A pretty good looking baby, honestly.

...then we get to Honey Boo Boo herself.

WTF is that green hair thing? Did she get it at "SSHHH, it's a WIG"? She's the best. Really. You can't train that kind of charisma. I honestly have no idea why she hasn't won any pageants.

Thinking back for a quick sec to the Kardashian Kristmas Kard, I can't help but think that on the wide spectrum of culture, I might have more in common with Honey Boo Boo and family than the Kardashian Klan. Talk about a sobering thought.
Dec 23, 2012

Christmas Tour De Texas v. 36.0

I'm literally reposting my exact post from last year. Once you read it, you'll realize how amazing and semi-insane it is that my parents have now done this for 36 years. It's kind of awesome of them.

Every year my family and I embark on a Christmas sojourn that rivals almost any road trip on earth. We started the Tour De Texas Today. Here's the route:


First, we leave from Houston (1) and head to Ozona, TX (2), which is where my dad is from. We enjoy Christmas Eve dinner and festivities with that side of the family. Then, Christmas morning, we have some "Santa time" and head to my mother's hometown, Pampa, TX (3) in time for Christmas dinner and festivities with that side of the family. A couple days later we'll hit the road back to Houston (1), which is the hypotenuse of the whole thing and the most excruciatingly long drive ever in the history of all time.

According to Google Maps, the total drive time is approx. 23 hours. RIDICULOUS. But, it's broken up over several days.

We've done this lit-relly every Christmas of my life. I honestly don't know another way. My parents started this tradition before they had kids and it kind of just stuck. It's going to be weird one day when I don't do it anymore (assuming I have my own family one day, but we aren't really anywhere close to that happening). I love seeing EVERY SINGLE person in my family for Christmas, it's great.

If you don't hear much out of me...that's what I'm doing. I plan to attempt mobile blogging...

So, what inefficient absurdity does your family insist upon at Christmas time?
Dec 21, 2012

Friday Newsflash!

Yes folks, it's back! And hopefully it's as great as ever.

1. The Kardashian Kristmas Kard has come out ...

... and its as absurd as ever. Though decidedly less asinine as the last two years (here and here), it's still pretty ridic. They do look pretty happy and cheery, which is an improvement. But, whats the deal with the not-alive kitty in the box?  But really, what is that? This whole scene is so just ludicrous to me. My family could not be more different than these jokesters.

2. What would the newsflash be without a little space nerdery? Welp, this could take the cake. Science out of the UK cites a planet that could, maybe, possibly, be supporting sophisticated life. More sophisticated than us! A mere 12 light years away, there's a star similar to our sun called Tau Ceti with five planets orbiting it (this is actual real fact). It's visible with the naked eye:

The furthest planet from the star, named Planet E, is the right distance and temperature to have a climate very much like ours. The planet is also MUCH older, so its conceivable that its inhabitants are much more advanced. This excites me to no end. Let's think for a second about these supersmarts living out there knowing all the stuff we don't. Do they know why there's a dead kitten in Kardashian Kard? Bet not.

3. We haven't even talked about this:

Kate Middleton is pregnant. PREGNANT. As you know, the Royal Wedding was a big event for me. I'm so addicted to WillKat, it's unhealthy. I want to be a princess. I want to be a pregnant princess. This is the most important bump watch of my life ... and that's a statement coming from me. I haven't even dreamed about her getting fat and undesirable as a preggo ... also a pretty significant remark. Royal bump watch will remain a news item for me indefinitely, so just strap in for lots of chatter about it.

4. There's now Girls nail polish:

So, Girls is one of the new things I've gotten addicted to while we've been away from each other, but more on that later. I have some questions about this nail polish line. First of all, why does the set cost $45? That's alot of money for nail polish, and I buy the good stuff. Aren't the Girls barely paying their rent? Isn't that part of the Girls' appeal? How did they decide on the colors for each character? I like Shoshanna the best but am the least like her. How did they not read my mind on that? Also, I'm super annoyed at this brand expanding to stupid lady products. Girls is better than that. Or so I thought. I'm not better than it though, I like all the colors alot and will probably pre-order. Dammit, I'm such a slave.

5. The world didn't end. Really. I must admit, I was looking forward to feasting my eyes on something like this:

Yesterday I had this whole, "what would I do if today was the last day of Earth", ex-essential crisis thing. Like which love ones would I call, where would I take the Prince on his last walk, what would be my last meal, etc. (The answer to the food thing is chicken nuggets and macaroni & cheese, btw.) Now I guess we just go back to perusing the internet for nail polish and  princess baby bumps. It brings some sobering reality to my life. Womp, womp.

Back to Christmas elfing! Thanks for coming back friends. Feels good!

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Dec 20, 2012

Insta + Lately

Though I'm kind of feeling like I'm in a girl fight with Instagram over this new terms of service nonsense, I'm LOVING my sweet blog friend (and fellow Austinite) Jenn's new link up:
Here are a couple little goodies I've been Instagramming lately:
Both boys have now partaken in the annual presh-fest that is the reindeer cat hat. It is a hat for cats. And we make them wear it. Comedy gold.

The Ginger recently took me on a stay-cation at the historic Driskill hotel in Austin. Get a couple of whiskeys in him and the man cannot resist serious cowboy faces. That's especially exhausting in a hundreds-of-years-old Texas hotel.

Company Christmas party. Fancy. 

Scroogey poodle. One of many random "I love this creature, must photograph" moments I have each day.

Zilker Park Trail of Lights. What is it called when kiddy things can double for romancey things? I don't know, but I love it.

Welp, that's all folks, go check out Jenn's blog!

Dec 19, 2012

Literally Nothing Else On My Mind Today

How could there be when THIS is happening around the internet:



Yes folks, that's right. It's a precious apricot toy poodle taking itself for a human-style upright walk:


It's almost the same size as my prince baby and has nearly an identical (albeit apricot) face. I can't stop watching. 

My favorite hashtag that I almost never get to use: #poodlenews

Dec 17, 2012

Calling all Instagrammers!

Have you heard of Instaclaus?


It's a super cool Instagram-based giving campaign. Here's how it works: check out their site, choose a kid you'd like to help get a gift this year, then Instagram photos of their item with special hashtags. When each kid gets five uploads, they get the gift!

Why not help out?!

While you're at it, find me on Instagram here.

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I'm Baaa-aaack!

Well hello there blog world.

What's shakin?

Long time no see!

I've been on a little bit of a hiatus. No big reason, just needed to take a step back, think about my Poodle-izing and refresh a bit. I've got a brand spankin' new design! I'm still working out a couple of kinks, but I love it! I've missed you, blog world.

This fall, I've been in somewhat of a whirlwind. A tornado storm of FUN, if we're being honest. Here's just a quick photo recap.

I've been...

...discovering new cities:

Nashville, TN

Tuscaloosa, AL

...and making new friends while I'm there:


... reconnecting with and celebrating old best friends:


... learning how to make Thai food:


...enjoying Movember:


 ... learning how to make home-brewed beer:


...welcoming new little lovebugs into the world:


... bringing the Ginger home for thanksgiving:

(...and letting him talk me into going to Sears on black friday. HUGE mistake)

... getting weird for another Halloween:


...attending another ACL festival:


 ... kickin' it with my closest partners in crime (of course):


...and now am officially in holiday mode:



PHEW! I'm a lucky little lady when I look at it all this way.

I'm happy to be back. I'll be resuming my normal blog-reading, too, so leave me some lovin and I'll be sure to check out your blog!

XOXOOX. Missed you.

Sep 4, 2012

#hiatus

I've gotten a couple of emails from you sweet cheeks out there in cyber space (and in real space). I'm taking a controlled/planned blog break.

I actually don't like it. I miss my little creative outlet. I feel alot like Dra-mona at times:


But, I'm in the midst of brainstorming some new ideas and getting my design totally redone, which makes me feel more like crazy-happy-eyes-amona:


Also, just to be honest, I've been absurdly and stupidly busy. Between work, trying to lose 234 pounds before a 6-week wedding-athon this fall and trying to stay in touch with friends, I've got some stuff on my plate. This sums that up:


...which doesn't help with the weight loss (FML).

So, hang tight. Trust me, I'm not turtle timing over here. Me iz bizzy.
Aug 3, 2012

Vacay Recap: Newport!

For the second leg of the journey (read about the first here), Ginger and I headed up to Newport, RI for a music fest. The sweet thing that he is, he gave me the tickets for my birthday back in April (!). I'd been excited about this jaunt for months.

One of the coolest parts was the house we got to stay in:

It belongs to a member of his family and was an amazing and impeccably maintained (and free) 1940's time machine. Semi-creepy at times, but mostly awesome.

Newport Folk Festival
Once we were all settled in, it was on to the festival. It was a really cool venue. It was held of a peninsula across the bay from the main part of town so we had to take a boat to get to it! So fun. Here's some shots from the fest...

1 - Water taxi to the fest. WTF?
2 - New delicious beer discovery: Newport Storm's Rhode Island Blueberry
3 - Standing in the back of the crowd with the ocean super close.
4 - At times the weather sucked. Bad weather = license to get totally silly and weird.
5 - The boats parked in the bay listening to the music. Totally the way to do it.

Cliff Walk
Just steps from our little house was the awesome Newport Cliff Walk. It's a 3-mile walking trail that goes around, you guessed it, the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It was stinking breathtaking:

If we lived there, the Prince and I would go every day.

The Mansions
The big nerd in me had to do at least one historical thing while we were there. We toured two of the historic mansions in Newport - Rosecliff and The Breakers. It was RIDICULOUSLY beautiful and even more interesting. It's pretty mindblowing how old they are. Also, you automatically feel like you're really fancy and in Downton Abbey the second you walk in...

I loved every single second of the trip. Can't wait to take another one!
Aug 1, 2012

Vacay Recap: NYC!

Last week I had a FABULOUS vacation up to New York City and Newport, Rhode Island. The trip was originally planned to see a music festival in Newport, but we tacked on a few days in the big city just for fun. Some highlights:

Sightseeing in NYC
Here are a few favorite stops. I apparently have a thing for parks/outdoor spaces. Wonder why NYC didn't turn out to be for me...?
1 - Peaches at Union Square Park Farmers' Market. I love this spot. It's so close to where I lived briefly in the city. Such a strange little farmy oasis. Tasty peaches, too.
2 - Grand Central Station. It never gets old to me. 
3 - The arc in Washington Square Park. When taking this picture I over heard some people speaking French who were all excited about this little didy. Don't they have this kind of crap everywhere over there? I like the pic.
4 - Mid afternoon snacks in Bryant Park. We fancy.
5 - Central Park. Heaven.

Baby Mason Theis
One of my best buddies (and one of the first in our little group) just had a beautiful baby boy. I was lucky enough to pay that little dude a visit and snap some photos....
I can't even talk about how swoon city that third one is.

Favorite friends in the City
Ginger and I both had some great buds to visit. One of my college besties hosted us all week and showed us around Williamsburg. We tried out fabulous bars and restaurants. Miss her lots. Brooklyn > Manhattan.

Travels to Rhode Island
I love train travel. I really do. It feels so romantic and old world. I was just waiting to see someone on the platform sprinting after the train to profess their love to someone. Our experience was truthfully a little stressful and early in the morning, but wonderful no less.
Once we got to Providence, we had to rent a car to get to Newport. Two Texans with iPhones do not experienced New England navigators make. That's all you need to know about that drive.

Stay tuned for lots more soon on the Newport leg of the trip!

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