1) I got to hang out with Rick Bayless! And by hang out, I mean attend a cooking demonstration, get his autograph, and take a quick picture. Rick Bayless has been one of my favorite chefs since I saw him as a guest judge on Top Chef and then watched him win Top Chef Masters. When I visited Chicago a few years ago, I think I had his food at least four times. I heard he was coming to a Macy's event in Houston and I had to check it out. He made horchata french toast, a beet salad, and a green drink with pineapple, kale, and mint. They gave out samples and everything was delicious. Macy's had a deal where if you bought things in the home section, you could get autographed copies of his books, so of course I did. It wasn't a bad way to spend a Saturday.
Pics or it didn't happen, right? Andrew opted out of the photo and in my head, that book was held much more naturally.
2) I found a bar and I adore it. If you follow me on snapchat or twitter, then this is old news. Other than Public Services, neither Andrew nor I really like bars. But, when I heard that a craft beer bar opened about three miles from our house, I thought we should give it a try. If nothing else, Andrew could get growlers to go. Well, we went on a Friday night and fell in love. The owners opened the place because they love beer (luckily for me, they also serve wine). They also love vinyl and encourage you to bring your own vinyl. The first night we walked in, there was basically an Avett Brothers singalong and after that, I knew we would spend a lot of time there. In the past two weeks, we have been in four times. It's so nice to have somewhere to go when you want to be out of the house for an hour or two.
They tweeted this pic of us. I like that I can go in grubby clothes. Also, we brought those records (Sgt. Pepper and Simon and Garfunkel Live).
3) I'm Yelp Elite. This shouldn't matter because Yelp is mostly hated in the food community, but I wanted to be invited to events and now I have a special badge, so it makes me happy. We can be friends if we aren't already.
4) Serial, season two. Did anyone else (grudgingly) make it all the way through? I was about to quit and then I found out yesterday's episode was the finale so I listened. There were about three episodes of the eleven that I found interesting, but this season lacked so much. In season one, Sarah's relationship with Adnan clearly colored her vision, but as listeners, we grew to like him even though he very well could be a murderer. The lack of a relationship with her subject made this season seem really detached to me. Let's hope for more from season three. (Speaking of podcasts, I listened to The Armchair Librarians yesterday. Steph and Jana are so fun - it's like eavesdropping on two friends talking about books.)
5) I should talk about spring break. I was so excited for it, but entertaining a seven year old and an almost 16 year old simultaneously is hard. We wandered around a shopping plaza and then the older one said she liked thrifting so I took her on a thrift shopping spree and she was thrilled. I took a day for myself and did nothing but run errands, go to the gym, nap, and walk the dog. Also, they built a Costco in my suburb so of course I went (I love Costco) and bought unnecessary things in bulk. And a dress and a jacket. It wasn't the most memorable five day weekend, but it was great before the work craziness of April creeps in, which seeps into May, and before I know it, it's summer and too hot to enjoy anything.
This month makes three years of blogging for me. I feel like it has changed so much, and expectations for it are all kinds of crazy. Sorry not sorry that my instagram will never be white with pops of color (when people ask me what color my house is decorated in, I tell them "it's all the colors." As is my life.) and my content will rarely, if ever, be pinnable. More posts to come, if I ever get my act together, on social media realizations and more bits and pieces of my life. That's what I like to read, so that's what I'll keep writing.