Friday, March 11, 2016

five to one on a friday

I saw Jess' post earlier this week and thought that doing something similar would be a good Friday post. I like blogging for a peek at someone else's life - what they're buying, what's happening, and how they spend their time. Here's a look at what's happening with me:

F I V E things I did this week:
1) Went to my neighborhood's Easter Egg-stravaganza with some friends, one of whom had a baby, so we didn't look like total weirdos. It was cute and there were food trucks.
2) Had dinner at Helen, which I hated on my first visit but have liked every time since. The roasted red pepper dip with feta has been haunting my dreams all week.
3) Got a pedicure with girlfriends. I rarely treat myself to one but it's one of their go-to friend dates, so I'm glad to have an excuse. Plus, OPI's Strawberry Margarita makes me happy every time I take off my shoes.
4) Took Bauer to a new vet. He has cat acne like a sixteen year old boy and I have to scrub his chin raw every night and apply ointment. He's also on a diet. He hates me. The things we do for our pets.
5) Had one of the best dinners at home, ever. Andrew made snapper, fried zucchini, and heirloom carrots with a mint tangelo gastrique for dinner last weekend. It was amazing. The fact that the cast iron pan creates smoke and I cried for two hours straight was not.

F O U R things I bought lately:
1) Sea salt spray. You guys, this is lifechanging. A friend had some she didn't want from Birchbox so I gladly took it. I cut my hair about a month ago and I'm tired of straightening it. My natural texture is ugly wavy that has been slept on, but if I use sea salt spray when I'm about halfway done blowdrying and scrunch as I finish, I get waves that are a little messy but even throughout my hair and exactly what I have wanted my whole life. I bought some John Freida spray at Target because it was cheap, but I will probably spring for the Parlour brand from Birchbox next time.
2) These flats from Payless. They're on super sale for like $12 with a coupon and I love that they're neutral but different.
3) 100 calorie packs of Sriracha cashews. Technically I haven't bought any (my friend gave me some), but I will. I don't like sriracha generally but these are delicious and spicy and a great afternoon snack.
4) I guess I'm on a shoe spree because I also got some sandals at Academy with a gift card Andrew got for Christmas (he'll never use it...). I had similar ones from Old Navy a few years ago, but they broke. These feel tougher and have a sturdier bottom. When you get older, these things start to matter, right?

not where the egg hunt was, but another pic from my neighborhood | cat Bauer, acne not shown | um, I loved this dinner so so much | that wave is courtesy of sea salt spray

T H R E E shows I'm watching:
1) The People vs. OJ Simpson - I look forward to Tuesdays, even though  I do tend to fall asleep during the episodes and have to rewatch.
2) The Walking Dead - This partial season started off so, so good. It's getting slower now, but I think the season finale will be amazing.
3) Younger - It's easy, mindless TV and I love seeing what they're wearing, as insane as some of the outfits can be. Plus a lot of the cast is going to be at the ATX TV Festival this summer and I can't wait.

T W O reasons I'm excited for spring:
1) I mention this every year, but spring break! Mine is this week and I'll be off starting Wednesday.
2) My nieces are coming to Houston! Every time I see them, we do something fun. Last year, it was roller skating. No idea for this year. Since I'm not their mom, I no longer post their faces on non-secured spaces on the internet,  but follow along on snapchat (eatdrinklauren) if you want to see what they convince me to go do.

O N E more thing I want to share:
@PeteSouza on instagram. He's the official White House photographer for President Obama. If you're the type of person who thinks any president, especially this one, does nothing but go on vacations and have fun, then please don't follow. If you're realistic and realize that of course this account will highlight the fun and fluffy stuff the president does, then check it out.

Springtime means bluebonnets in Texas so we are going to go see if this week's rain caused any to come out yet. Fingers crossed since they're a tradition in our house. Happy weekend!


  1. Your hair looks fabulous!

    I hope to see some bluebonnet pics on IG this weekend from you.

    I like this take on a Friday five.

  2. I love my sea salt spray but my hair is in such bad need of a cut even it's not helping make my waves look good.

    I loved this post when Jess did it too, such a fun format to read!

  3. So I didn't realize that pets could get acne? I mean, it makes total sense to me now but just never really thought of it as a thing. Poor kitty! I am addicted to the sriracha cashews!!!!! I buy at least two bags every week. I should get the 100 calorie packs like you do because I know I have more than a serving each time!!!! I have never had sea salt spray before but have been wanting to try it. Do you think it would work in my thin hair? Your hair looks so cute!!!!

  4. Bluebonnet season in Texas is seriously the best! I just added you on snapchat, by the way! It'll be fun to see what another Houstonian is doing! Sriracha cashews sound absolutely amazing, and like something I need to try! It's even better that they're 100 calorie packs because I'm pretty sure that I'd want to eat the whole huge bag of them! You're literally the second person to tell me about Helen today! A coworker was raving about it, so obviously I need to check it out! I'm so jealous of your spring break! I hope you have a great time with your nieces!

  5. HOW HAVE WE NOT DISCUSSED OJ?!?!?! (since the beginning lol)

  6. Um yes yes yes fried zucchini. I bought some frozen fried zucchini from Trader Joe's because I am lazy. Your cat's expression says it all about how he feels about diet + cat acne.

  7. I have TWO pairs of those Old Navy sandals. They always feel like they're on their last wear, but man, they've lasted 3 years and 2 years now. I just snagged a similar part at Target today for $12.
    Also, I have 5 more days of work and then spring break. The most wonderful week of the year, right?

  8. Food trucks at an egg hunt? That is awesome! I can't wait to get a pedicure again but with my ankle still recovering I can't get one for months probably, boo! I love love the smell of sea salt spray!

  9. Love this format! I may have to try it too.

    My spring break is this week too. But I still have to work. At least the office should be quieter with the students gone. Have fun on your time off!

  10. I've never heard of sea salt spray. Glad it's working out for you. I am loving Walking Dead. I've also never heard of cat acne, but why not? It seems animals can be afflicted with just about everything humans can.

  11. i haven't seen TWD since they ended up trapped in that train in the Sanctuary place....but i have heard that it's gotten better!

  12. okay so i didn't know cats could get acne so i should probably check my kitties chins and stuff.
    that roasted red pepper dip sounds amazing, and i love that polish colour.
    also, my hair is the same ugly wavy weird thing so i am definitely going to try that sea salt spray. i normally sleep on my wet hair and then straighten/curl in the morning so i skip the blow drying step. i wonder if i could do it on dry hair, or if i did it once, does it last through sleeps and stuff?
    the snapper, zucchini and carrots sounds and looks delicious!


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