Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Best Birthday Ever!

Seriously, it was. 

Pictures coming soon...And stories...I promise.


If I had a ton of money (and world hunger was ended so I wouldn't feel guilty) I would buy this chair, so I could curl inside and read a book.

And when I got too grouchy or needed some time to myself I could throw a hand knit blanket over the hole and pretend it was my very own little fort.  Like we used to do with the bottom bunk of our bunk beds as kids.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


I was inspired by Jess's Summer (Home) Slim Down challenge and more recently by Maryellen's Freegan cleaning spree.  We live in a tiny historic home with tiny "quaint" closets which require vigilant cleaning and purging.  Plus our basement needs some definite cleaning out, since its has boxes that have moved from house to house without ever having been openned. 

So I have been sorting through our stuff, trying to get rid of things and trying to pass on some of our nicest things to different folks.  A few weeks back I found two idenical dresses in the back of my tiny closet taking up space.  They were too big in the top, but they were a nice length, had a cute belt and they were $9 at Ann Taylor LOFT a the end of last season.  But I hadn't ever worn them becasue they were too big in the top.  I rarely ever do that anymore but I hate it when I do!  But then I read where one of the bloggers I follow is pregnant and is in the wierd, nothing-fits-and-anything-that-does-looks-unfashionable phase.  So I shot Indiana an e-mail, boxed those dresses up and sent them on thier way.  She got them a few days ago and they worked!  I was so happy to do something nice for someone else, sort of randomly.  Not to get all sappy but it felt good to just put some random kindness out into the universe, because I think we could all se more of that. 

Note: Freecycling is a term I got from the redistribution website for Freegans.  To learn more see this NYTimes article from 2007. 

Jeppe Hein at the IMA

A few weeks ago T and I decided to head over the the IMA to just hang out.  Its in our neighborhood, its free (except special exhibits) and there just so much to take it. There was a new fashion exhibit I wanted to check out so we headed over there for a couple of hours.  

While we were there, a new instalation on the top floor caught my eye so we decided to head up there and check it out. It was one of the coolest exhibits I have seen in a while. It was basically an interactive exhibit where balls were released at intervals for you to follow through a complex series of chutes and tunnels and funnels.  The mechanics of it was so awesome. 


Over the Weekend

Yes, I am just now posting about this past weekend on Thursday, its been a hectic week.  But I didn't want you to miss out on seeing this beautiful shrimp chimichanga.  Yes, my trainer would shake her head if she saw that this is what I fed my hungry body after our training session last week, but oh, wow was it worth it. 

As you all may have guess, Indianapolis isn't exactly the hot spot of the Midwest for Mexican food let alone the kind of tasty Tex-Mex we grew up on.  Since relocating out of the South/Southwest, we have mastered our salsa recipe and can make pretty decent red sauce chicken enchiladas.  But most of our time has been spent trying insulting dishes and eating "cheese dip" (yup, that's what they call queso north of the Mason Dixon).  But this year we discovered this great Mexican food place that serves probably the best Mexican food we have found since leaving Texas five years ago.  The best/worst part is that its within walking distance of our house.  So on Thursday after T came home from work (and by come home, I mean flew in from the other side of the country) we decided to head over and grab a bite.  Yum!

On Sunday we went over to our friend J and K's house to celebrate J's 31st birthday and I'm not going to lie I also went hoping to hold their new baby Calvin.  K had the really great idea for J's summer birthday and because they are new parents and wanted to do something low key.  She decided to throw him an "Ice Cream Social" birthday party.  It was perfect!  And you know what?  Bonus!  K bought Blue Bell Ice Cream which is Texas based, ice cream goodness and just started being sold in Indy.  Plus the weather was cool in the shade and there was a mice breeze on their beautiful patio.  Everyone was super laid back and sort of lazy. It was the perfect way to end the weekend. 

So there was more to our weekend than food, but I guess that's what I wanted to share!  What did you do this past weekend?