Friday, October 17, 2014

some things lately

It's Friday and I'm going to Ebola Central Dallas this weekend. I'm packing plenty of Purell and don't have any plans to get crazy and exchange bodily fluids with any strangers. I'm excited to attend my first-ever New York Giants game, but after the way they played last week (lost 27-0) and the fact that my favorite salsa-dancing player, Victor Cruz, is out for the season, my excitement is tempered. Regardless of how they play, I'm sure Jerry's House is a sight to see so we'll have a great time.

Now, for a rewind. There's been lots of stuff in my head and on my phone that I haven't shared yet.

I read this and I no longer want to enjoy my formerly beloved Two Buck Chuck, yet somehow the $4.99 bottle of wine sitting next to it is still okay in my head. Ignorance is bliss, especially when cheap wine is involved.

In September, pre-move, we went to Austin for a day for the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival. I don't know if it was the threat of rain or the glut of things going on in the rest of our lives, but I was hugely underwhelmed. The festival was as organized as it could be, but several places were disappointing and the best ones had lines we didn't feel like standing in. I think I'll sit this one out next year, but I was happy to experience it once for myself.

On the way home, we stopped in the small town of Smithville, where the movie Hope Floats was filmed. We've stopped there often and I really like the shops in the middle of town - all kinds of vintage items and antiques, a candy shop, and the world's largest gingerbread man, all in one place. Unfortunately, Sunday afternoons aren't ideal shopping times in a small town, so a lot of places were closed, but we'll definitely stop there again soon.

The BBQ Festival with the Austin skyline in the background | Smithville charm | Duncan on the trail

I've decided I love baths. We have a separate tub and shower in the new house which means the tub takes far longer to get dirty when it isn't used daily. I'm fully getting on board the "baths are awesome" train and look forward to spending lots of money at Lush soon... what do you recommend?

For the past few years, Duncan hasn't been very good on his leash. I thought a change of environment might lead to a change in him, so I've been trying to take him out for a walk every day. We've discovered lots of cute paths and trails in the neighborhood and now that fall is finally trying to come to Houston (highs in the high 80s instead of 90s, whoa), it's been really nice to be outside every evening.

There's a pumpkin beer that Andrew developed a love for a few years ago. It's a limited release, and normally there's a two bottle limit at most stores. We normally spend a few days looking for it and getting plenty of bottles so he can enjoy some now and age some for later (especially now that he has his own beer fridge...). Well, this year, I happened to go to a nearby grocery store for gas and found tons of bottles of this beer, no limits, and we were able to get all he wanted. It was a pumpkin beer miracle, I tell you! Maybe our new suburb isn't too bad after all...

And on that note, I think you're pretty much caught up, other than house stuff. I like to be nosy and read about other people's house stuff, so I will probably write a ton about that. Maybe next week. No promises, though. A month in and I still have unpacking to do...


  1. Get to unpacking woman I want to see the inside!! ;) A pumpkin beer miracle courtesy of the local grocery store, sweeeeet!!

  2. Hope Floats is one of my favorite movies. Smithville has now been added to my travel list. ;)

    Lush Bath Bombs are the best. I have to be careful with their scents though because strong scents tend to trigger a migraine for me.

    I am looking forward to a house post. I'm nosy too about other people's houses.

  3. I love Hope Floats. That town looks really cute.

    Go Duncan! I guess if I was a dog I'd be weird on a leash too. LOL. Mine are depends on the day and their moods. Gus would not walk on a leash at all when he was little, we had to drag him around.

    I cannot wait for house stuff but I understand the delay. So much to do, so little time.

    Have a great time at the game this weekend!

  4. I was just thinking the other day that I hadn't "seen" you in a while! Besides my runs, I've been taking bailey for a walk daily too (we never did that before) and I love it SO much. It's crazy what just a little fresh air will do. Our town is the same way on Sundays--everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, is closed!

  5. FOUR months in and I still have unpacking to do, haha.

  6. Ugh for a trip to Dallas just now!

    I love Hope Floats by far one of my favorite movies, I'm a little jealous you get to check out Smithville.

    Yayyy for walking with Duncan, I have not been dog walking lately and I really need to get my butt in gear and stop being lazy.

  7. Can't wait to see house stuff, especially pictures!

    Ignorance really is bliss. I like my 2 Buck Chuck cab, so I will not be clicking that link!

  8. Awe, there's Lauren! I love Hope Floats and that town sounds totally cute! I just learned how to walk dogs properly last week (and train them how to walk properly) at my humane society class. You may already know this, so tell me to shove it if you don
    t, but apparently you are supposed to walk a dog using two hands on the leash and not give them much extra space to get away from you. So you tug on them if they start to pull and say no. Carry treats when then abide. Who knew? Mac is a horrible leash walker, as he wants to pee on everything. While he doesn't really get walked anymore because we have fenced in yard, when he goes out in public..I am going to try it on him!

    I cant wait to hear all about the house! And which pumpkin beer does he like? I am not sure I have tried them all yet but I love seasonal beers!

  9. A BBQ Festival sounds so fun! Especially in Austin!

  10. Hope you had a great trip to Dallas!! The IG pictures look good! It's a pumpkin beer miracle :)

  11. ewww it has rodents and bugs in it? GROSS. thankfully I'm not a fan of it, but ew.
    i love baths :) I haven't bought anything at lush though, so let us know what you get!
    can't wait for house stuff, i love reading peoples house stuff - so nosy!
    have fun in dallas! just stay away from other peoples .. stuff.. and you'll be fine ;)

  12. What is this mystery pumpkin beer you speak of? I must know!

    Also, dammit, two buck chuck WHY?! #theagony


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