Monday, July 13, 2015

summer life lately

Full disclosure: This post was mostly written so my blog doesn't only become a vessel in which I do nothing but post about books once a month. At least I'm honest.

So - life lately. June was a busy month and I can't believe July is nearly half over. Since I last posted, here are some highlights:

- We had a shelf in our kitchen/breakfast nook that had all of my favorite things I've collected over the past few years. Little antique knick-knacks that I fell in love with and had to have. Not necessarily expensive, but all received as gifts or purchased because I loved them. Well, the shelf fell (I think the lawn people slammed the gate on the other side of the wall too hard) and nearly everything shattered. I know it's just stuff and there are far worse things in the world, but I'm still not over it.

- The 4th of July happened. My work friend turned local friend invited us to hang out with her friends at one person's house on the lake. Fireworks on the water didn't suck and the company was great. I baked a yellow cake with chocolate frosting from scratch. Sadly, it was a little dry and dense, but gold star for effort and not using a boxed mix.

- I'm newly obsessed with Yelp and I want to be elite. Are we friends yet? I'm trying to only leave reviews for places I've been to more than once, but if they were awful, I'm leaving reviews, too. No one really takes Yelp too seriously, but I hear their events are great and I wouldn't hate going to some.

- Our Napa trip will be here before I know it. What comfy shoes do you wear for travel? Are there comfy shoes for guys that aren't sneakers? Any lightweight jacket recommendations? It will be in the 60s in the evenings and the wine caves might be cold so I wanted something easy to bring along with me that wouldn't be too obtrusive if I need to wear it to dinner.

- Since I asked you for shopping recs, I have a few of my own. I recently picked up this bag at the Bass Outlet and have gotten tons of compliments. I have it on the pink side now and it's great for work - I can throw in all my purse stuff, lunch, a cardigan, an umbrella, and anything else I need for the day and still look put together. Way better than the cloth shopping bags I used to tote around and it was only $27 in store after coupons. I also bought L'Oreal heat spray recently (around $4 at Walmart) and it's going to be my new go-to. It smells great, makes my hair so soft I couldn't stop touching it, and my second-day hair is much straighter and less frizzy than it was when I used other brands.

- Food-wise, we haven't done much that warrants a long post. We went to Killen's with a bunch of Andrew's BBQ friends and I met another BBQ wife! She totally got my "pain" of having to wake up early, wait in line, being tired of meat, taking pictures before eating, helping to choose an instagram filter, and all of the other stuff I thought I was the only wife silly enough to suffer through. Now I'm excited for Andrew's next BBQ trip to Austin because I'll have a friend there! We tried the newly opened Bramble on Saturday and it was so casual but well put together that I just wanted to sit there all night. I went to Mala Sichuan, which is authentic Chinese food, and I didn't care for it at all. I don't like Americanized Chinese food, and now I know I don't like the real thing much, either. I'm sure there are more, and I check in everywhere I go on Swarm, but if I put them all in one paragraph, you'll probably judge me.

- I'm trying to commit to using the treadmill desk during lunch at work and I finally got a card so I can use the (free!) neighborhood gym so I can keep eating the way I mentioned above. I know how important balance is, so the easier it is to move, the more likely I am to do it.

Lakeside July 4th View | My cake, with DIY patriotic pinwheels so it would be more festive | Bauer trying to take attention from my book | Bramble - love the concrete floors, raw wood, Edison bulbs and turquoise and red color scheme not visible here.

Other than that, I've been reading a ton. All will be reviewed in tomorrow's post. I also have some half-written posts of things that happened a while ago but I never talked about that I'm thinking of packaging as Throwback Thursdays. That's still a thing, right?


  1. Shelf things are always chosen with care so I get why you're sad/mad about it.

    I love that being a BBQ wife is a thing, I would have never thought of such a thing existing. I wonder if there are BBQ wives in other parts of the country or if it's a Texas specific thing?

  2. Are you talking like old lady comfortable shoes or what?

    I'm still dying over your shelf. I would've cried for sure.

    I'm glad you met another BBQ wife. It's nice that you know someone going into the next weekend.

  3. I love that bag! I still use a back pack to carry all of my work stuff. I really need to upgrade to something more professional. I get mistaken for a student on campus all the time. ;)

    Super cute cake! If there is one thing I know about baking, it's that practice is the only way to learn. Kudos to you for baking a cake from scratch. :D

  4. So I'm finding this whole BBQ thing fascinating because we don't do anything like that in the UK. You may have to explain it to me like a proper simpleton. As for comfy shoes, I recommend Toms, unless they're too much of a preppy cliche (I don't know, I'm clueless about fashion), but I have a pair and they're super comfy and surprisingly sturdy. They're unisex too.

  5. Yay for another BBQ wife/new friend! I totally understand the shelf. You pick stuff because you love it so of course it's sad when it all breaks. I have no shoe suggestions for Napa but have a great time!

  6. I really didn't know BBQ'ing was such a "thing." Now I know! For comfy shoes that aren't sneakers for guys? Converse. Sperry's. They make a cloth one for men (but you can't wear socks obviously and depending on if he gets cold or not as I would be in the 60's). Gosh. That's a tough question, but my husband has both of those for travel. For me I like converse, Tom's, Sperry's and I have a pair of ked like old lady grasshoppers. Sometimes comfort is more important than fashion. I so want to go to Napa. There are wine caves? I don't even know what that is but I'm sure I want to do it.

  7. I would be upset about the shelf too. It's been so hot here my hair is starting to curl mid-day I need to check out that spray. I am impressed you can use the treadmill desk, I am not coordinated enough to type and walk.

  8. I would love to use a treadmill desk! Sometimes I feel so lazy after just sitting for nine hours! Your 4th of July celebration sounds like so much fun! And I give you major credit for not using a boxed mix!

  9. Bring a cashmere cardigan to Napa and have a blast.

    I'm sorry about your shelf :(

  10. Your cake does look so festive!! OMG I would totally still be upset about the shelf, hello favorite things. I'm so sorry. I'm happy you met someone in the BBQ circle (cult, club, anonymous) :) I'm always on the search for comfy walking shoes, we always walk a ton on vacation too. I have two pairs of fyre's they are ok, but I can't ever wear any of my flats for days, I need to change them out.


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