Friday, April 1, 2016

five things lately

Five on Friday is my favorite way to update you (and remind my future self) of what's been happening lately.

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.


  1. OMG, fellow Top Chef fan geeking out over here! I can't get beyond ep 1 of season 2 of Serial - I have tried listening several times. I thought it was just me, and your points for why make a lot of sense.

  2. I love that you included pictures of you, it's not something you normally do and I love seeing your face!

    Sometimes I wish I liked to drink just so I could find a bar, like you said someplace to go when I don't want to be at home.

    I didn't do Serial this season, something about it just didn't appeal to me so I skipped it. After your review I'm glad I did.

    Sometimes my IG looks perfect if the sky cooperates but my pictures of other stuff are never and will never be perfect. White with pops of color is boring anyway.

  3. I should have done a five on Friday post, it would have made more sense for my post today! My Instagram will never look perfect either, I don't even bother! Who wants all white backgrounds all the time? I want to see real life!

  4. That's what I like to read too, so I'm happy.

    I do any reviewing on Trip Advisor. I'd do yelp but TA is easier for me. You deserve those event invites!

    I didn't do Serial because I was put off that it was a well known case. Thanks for the Armchair Librarians shout out!

  5. I'm with you on the IG thing. I'm going to share pictures that I like without a "color scheme." That shit drives me bananas. Also, you're inspiring me to get more active on Yelp. There are good places in our little suburb but they're hard to find. I wanna be the person who finds them!

    Also, Avett Brothers singalong? Sounds like my kinda place.

  6. That's so awesome that you got to go to that event and meet one of your favorite chefs! I always get excited about eating at Top Chef restaurants, I don't know what I would do if I got to meet one! Hooray for finding a new bar near y'all! From snapchat it seems like y'all have been venturing there a lot! Costco is seriously the best! Sam's doesn't have anything on Costco!

  7. Ahhhh so cool that you got to meet Rick Bayless and hang out with him! How did you get to Yelp Elite status??? I want to get invited to Yelp events!!! I guess you probably need to leave reviews and stuff right? Haha I dont think I have written a one but I can change that to sit with the cool kids. Love that you guys found an awesome bar close to home! Happy three year blogiversary!

  8. Pics or it didn't happen! :)

    I stopped this season of serial after 3 or 4 episodes. No one cares about him. He's an idiot who thought he was a revolutionary. You're right: we allll cared about Adnan. That was journalism. This season is not. And there's no ending in sight that I can see...I mean, we'll get the update on the evening news eventually.

  9. That bar sounds like such a fun place! I listened to the first two episodes of this season of Serial but I was not into it at all and didn't listen after that. I hope the next season is more like season 1!

  10. That sounds like an awesome bar! Drake would love it. I am not a bar fan myself, but I think even I would like that place. :)

  11. i didn't listen to season 2 of serial.. i did hear mixed things. i can't wait to listen to steph & jana's podcast, it sounds fabulous. and yay for finding a bar, and wearing grubby clothes. i wish we could find something like that as well. and i feel you on blogging or social media in general, when we bought our house i wanted everything to be white and pretty and it's just not realistic. everything gets dirty and i hate it. i like colour! we have a couple pieces of white furniture like bookcases, and it was probably the first time that i was like okay no screw this - i was looking on pinterest for pretty bookcases and all of them had weird things and barely any books. no! bookcases are for books. sure, i have other things, but for the most part, they aren't pretty but they hold all of our books, which is pretty to me.

  12. Yay for being Yelp Elite! I also really wanted to take my dad to that Rick Bayless thing. He was in town when it was happening but it was so far away and I didn't want to try bringing June to it. She can't be trusted in public anymore.


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