Archive for April, 2011

April 29, 2011

Confession Friday

It is Confession Friday!  Here it goes.  I had no interest in the royal family until last week.  Then I chose to record the royal wedding on 3 different channels.  The 3rd was an impulse record as I was running out the door this morning.  I can’t believe I almost forgot about E!  I can’t miss anything.  I caught the kiss and a few highlights on the news to satisfy curiosity until I can torture the poor fiancé this evening with non-stop DVR playbacks.  What do I think of the event so far?

  • I think Kate’s dress is a little boring.  She got upstaged by her sister.  Okay, maybe “upstaged” is a little strong, but sis looked amazing in her form fitting, cowl neck gown.  Kate’s constant ear to ear grin made up for it.
  • Dear Victoria Beckham…I don’t love the moo moo.  I get that you are pregnant, but you aren’t going to a funeral.  And show off that bump instead of hiding it.
  • For some reason I feel the need to wear a hat today.
  • Thank GOD there was a second kiss.  The first attempt made a little concerned about the wedding night activities.

I expect that the Browning-Sanford wedding will get the same coverage…no?

April 27, 2011

Life Rule #15

You will always be better off not clapping in rhythm when watching a musical performance.

April 19, 2011

The Need for Speed

It was 6 am and it was just me and the open road.  I felt the need for speed.  Very fast speed…

I rented a car for a day trip to Austin.  I love a good game of rental car roulette when I travel.  The possibility of getting a lime green Scion adds a little excitement to an otherwise predictable business trip.  I wasn’t up for surprises on a road trip though.  I splurged (with company money) and upgraded!  Then upgraded again with a little charm at the counter.   Mamma was riding in a fly Ford Edge with plastic dubs and a faux wood grain finish.  At least it had Sirius.

Back to my need for speed.  Oh wait…Enterprise put a maximum speed of 80 on the car.  What?  It gets better.  The car has a warning sound when you hit 75.  I got passed by a c.1985 Honda Civic.  The hatchback kind.  At least I had Sirius to make it better.  Oh no.  Enterprise also put a volume control on the stereo.  I made this discovery when I was attempting to drown out my own singing.  Those men at the counter did not think I was so charming when I returned the car.

April 14, 2011

Urbano Cafe

BYOB and amazing food…it doesn’t get much better than this.  I’m not talking about the crappy pizza and sandwiches you get at most BYOB joints, but 4 star dining and no cork fees.  Some friends introduced us to Urbano Cafe, a charming restaurant in the ghetto.  I was looking forward to the meal for days and it didn’t let me down.  Mussels and venison carpaccio…mmm.  We enjoy good food but we also enjoy good beverages.  This leads to quite the tab at the end of the night.  That’s not the case with Urbano.  Make reservations because the place is tiny.  The tables are even smaller and you are packed in tight with everyone else.  Exactly the way I love it.  Cozy and unpretentious.

Urbano is next door to Jimmy’s Food Store, so you can make an evening of food and drinks.  Get wine and  gourmet snacks for later at Jimmy’s then head to dinner at Urbano.  If the market is closed or you forget your beverages, you could ask the gentlemen across the street if you could buy a couple 40s off them.  I am sure they would oblige.

Our orders for the evening are below.  We highly recommend all of it and please don’t stop there.

  • Venison Carpaccio
  • Mussels Special
  • Caprese S’mores
  • Pulled Pork Poppers
  • Pumpkin Ravioli
  • Pork Chop Special
  • Beef Tenderloin Special

Bon appetit!

Urbano Cafe

Jimmy’s Food Store

April 9, 2011

Just One

The fiance: Do you feel like going home or getting a drink?
Me: I could do TCT or Eno’s.
The fiance: Definitely TCT, but just one beer.
Me: Yeah…just one.  God, I really want a beer.
Me: Does it make you hot when I say that?
The fiance: Giggles

April 7, 2011

Baby Pact

The fiancé and I keep getting the baby question now that we are engaged.  The mom car doesn’t help either.  We are a long way from making a baby, but we did make a pact last weekend.  We will have NO plastic furniture or accessories in our home.  Plastic in primary colors does not coordinate with our sputnik chandelier and cowhide rug.  Naïve?  Nah.  Isn’t the kid supposed to conform to our taste and lifestyle?  It doesn’t care if the nursery is baby blue or a sexy gray, but mama does.  The fiancé even created some mid-century modern Lincoln Logs with real wood.  It was sort of an accident, but they are bad ass.  Now I just need to package and market it.  It will certainly be a hit in the cliff.

Speaking of babies, I attended a baby shower last night and walked away with a load of new knowledge.  That’s not hard to do.  And it’s probably time for me to learn.  Do you know that babies have poop bags?  I would rather save money and use Lucy’s bags from the dog park.  They both smell like powder and serve the same purpose.  I also learned that moms change over 7000 diapers over 2 years. WHAT?!  That is reason enough for me to never touch a diaper until it is my own kid’s.  Hell, I may even delegate that duty to someone else.

Last night was my first baby shower that didn’t serve alcohol…maybe that’s why I learned so much.  When my gf Jenn had her baby, I sent her sangria recipes so she could be adequately prepared for my attendance.  Brilliant plan on my part.  The other non-moms loved me.

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