Letitia made me a purse for my birthday. Don't you love the print? Thanks, L.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
We decided to get the kiddos a vending machine. It's their high-tech lemonade stand -- a way to learn about business and making money, yadda yadda. We set it up at my office. This picture captures the only instant that they were helpful at all.
Stupid Gustav ruined my birthday plans. The threat of being unable to return to Houston means that I wasn't with my family tonight at my own birthday party. They were sitting on the deck of my parents' house eating grilled shrimp and drinking hurricanes WITHOUT ME. Oh, the injustice of it all.
[Plus, the stupid hurricane is going in at LAFAYETTE, and not for two more days. Stupid stupid local weather people getting themselves in a lather over nothing.]
So let's drink.
(makes one drink)
1.5 oz. light rum
1/5 oz. dark rum
2 oz. passionfruit juice
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
1 tsp. grenadine
1 tsp. simple syrup or superfine sugar
That's a lot of ingredients. Better to make in a batch, I say. So, yeah, blend 'em up and serve. To me, tonight.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Today is a big day in the blogosphere. It's the birthday of the three muses,
The Gorgeous Ladies of Blogging. Happy birthday to my bloggie-triplets! I shall raise a glass to you tonight. And to me, and to ... J. Crew ... and brunettes with big asses ... and cookies ... and all other lovely things in this world. It's gonna be a long night.
*Yeah, her birthday is technically one day and *mumblesomething* years behind ours, but we claim her anyway.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Check out the flickr pool.
I am an architect and have been working with programs like Photoshop for years, but Spoonflower really opened up a new world for me: fabric design. It's a service that let's you upload an image to a web site and the company prints the design as a pattern on 100% cotton fabric. Their customer service is great, and I think the fabric is reasonably-priced: it costs $18/yard, not counting shipping, and an individual 8x8-inch swatch is $5. The site is still in beta, so I had to request an invite to use Spoonflower, but a week after contacting them I was experimenting with patterns and ordering fabric.
HT: Cool Tools
Friday, August 22, 2008
Actually, we get TWO drinks this week. Who doesn't like a twofer?
First, the IKEA dinner. Carl* (Mr. Cayce) got some tickets to the Swedish Club of Houston dinner at IKEA. IKEA was having a special Crawfish Party to introduce their new Executive Chef. The chef served up some Swedish specialties: meatballs, lingonberry sauce, dill-flavored crawfish (served cold), some crispbread and Havarti. I guess you, uh, have to be Swedish to fully appreciate those things.
But it was a nice party anyway. The Swedish are very big on drinking songs, and they had a songbook at every place (along with a silly hat and bib -- also traditional). We learned a great Swedish drinking song, which went something like this:
Oh, and to drink they offered lingonberry juice, though you could buy Shiner Blonde or vodka shots, too. So the natural thing was to put the vodka in lingonberry juice, which wasn't bad. We have dubbed this notional drink the "Baltic Breeze." I think it would be even better with a twist of lemon, or even a spot of lemonade. Further experiments to follow. Cayce and Carl brought me some Aquavit from Sweden, so we'll have to work that in somehow. (Carl insists that this is a "sipping vodka." We'll just have to see about that.)
And then, back at the Carlsson huset, Carl made spicy martinis by combining Absolut Peppar with few slices of jalapeño. Now that was just painful. But Papi and the other menfolk really liked it.
So thanks for a fun evening, Carlssons -- Tack ska du ha, Carl!
top photo: David Castor
Helan Går! means something like "Drink the whole thing or you won't get even half next time."
*Carl is a badass -- he speaks Swedish, Danish, Spanish and English. In spite of being raised in Florida.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Here's the deal: the theme for the Fall Festival this year is "I Love Rock 'n Roll." So for the poster, I'd like to do something "inspired by" a vintage concert poster. The design has to really communicate "rock and roll" because the actual concert information will be replaced with info about the school carnival.
If you have a favorite vintage-style concert poster, I'd like to see it. If I end up using your design, I'll send you a batch of Nutella cookies. So put a link in the comments or email me.
Or text HOTTIE to 54321. That's another good way to reach me.
P.S. I am quite aware that Flatt and Scruggs are not a rock 'n roll act.
girl crush. I would follow her around like a drooling dweeb if we ever met.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tomorrow is Becca's birthday, and this describes one side of her personality. The other side is all sweetness and light, but watch out for this one. [I have no idea where she gets that moodiness. None.]
Dark and Stormy
2 oz. dark rum*
8 oz. ginger beer**
twist of lime
Serve over ice.
*Most traditional is Gosling's Black Rum.
**Ginger beer is nonalcoholic. You can substitute ginger ale if you wish.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Since I've been here, I've also had good ginger-spice cookies, brie baked in brioche, oatmeal, cranberry bread, Maine-style hot dogs (on the buns used for lobster rolls, with great local pickle relish), and Maine Moose Tracks ice cream (espresso ice cream with heath bar candy and ribbons of fudge).
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Oh, joy. Bravo has brought us another edition of Real Housewives. This time they’re in HOTlanta. This crew has more in common with the OC ladies than the NYC ladies. The series is set in a number of gated communities that we shall call “The Land that Taste Forgot.” SGM will be bringing you the episode recaps this fall, but first, let’s meet the cast:
(from left to right)
Lisa Wu Hartwell
OC Equivalent: Vicki
Hi! I’m Lisa Wu Hartwell! I’m a real estate agent/ entrepreneur/ jewelry designer/ children’s clothing designer/ model/ actress/ writer! I’m so busy with my seven careers, husband in the NFL, and three children that I pass off to a nanny! OMG I’m so popular and accomplished! Suck it, Kimora Lee!DeShawn Snow
NYC equivalent: Francois
Hi! I want everyone to know that I’m sweet, even though I’m as dumb as a box of rocks. My husband makes a whole lot of money as an NBA player. I’m trying to hire a nanny, governess, chef, maids and whatever else. But first I have to hire a household manager to do all that stuff for me. I need to leave myself plenty of time to stare off into space vacantly. Oh, and I have a charity foundation and stuff. I want to instill self-esteem in teenage girls. Because … it’s important to have self-esteem. You have to esteem yourself even if you’re kind of a waste of human cells.
OC equivalent: Jo's career interests and Lauri 's work ethic
's work ethic
Don’t I look like Carrie Underwood? I’m gonna be a singer, too. This mean lady at the studio was all, “well, you need to work on your singing,” and I was all, “WHATEVER. What does my singin’ have to do with it?” ‘Cause I already took a whole bunch of pictures in slutty outfits for my album cover and stuff.
At home it’s tough because it’s all on me, as a single parent. I have to be the one to teach my daughters how to whore themselves out for luxury goods. Nobody else is around to teach them that. I have to do all that on top of spending six hours a day getting my hair done.
My boyfriend is “Big Papa.” He’s so ashamed of me that he won’t even let me use his name on the show. That’s probably also ‘cause he’s still married and stuff, but WHATEVER, ‘cause you know he really loves me. Look at all the stuff he buys me. We’re gonna get married one day, I just know it.
One thing I don’t understand, though, is why all these other women keep whispering “token bitch” behind my back. What does that mean anyway?
NYC Equivalent: Maybe Jill, though you’ll tire of her much quicker.
GIRL, I learned how to talk from Ellen Cleghorne’s characters on Saturday Night Live. GIRL, I am easily the most down-to-earth of this crew, though that isn’t saying much. GIRL, I am the only one on this show with a goddamn bit of sense, but my voice will sound like fingernails on a chalkboard within two minutes. And GIRL, I don't believe in bras. GIRL.
NYC Equivalent: Ramoner all the way, topped with a dollop of LuAnn's haughtiness
My name is Sha-RAY Whitfield, and I am the craziest housewife of them all. I believe that men are men are intimidated by me because I am an “accomplished woman.” Getting divorced from an NBA player is a big accomplishment. I want you to know (within the first 60 seconds of meeting you) that I am looking for a lump sum settlement in this divorce.
photo courtesy of Reality TV World
Monday, August 4, 2008
Reading: Lighting Up: How I Stopped Smoking, Drinking and Everything Else I Loved in Life Except Sex
I think I got the idea to read this from The Happiness Project; I will be forever grateful.
Port Arthur Little Theater presents: The Music Man
That's my friend Keith on the left as Professor Harold Hill. I knew a few other people in the cast.
I know it's one of Papi's favorites; he sings the music around the house all the time.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I'm leaving for Maine on Wednesday (squee!). If you have any ideas about places I shouldn't miss, do pass them on. I am staying at a friend's house in the mid-coast area, but we will be headed to Portland at least one day. I've been here a few times before, but I'm always looking for new places to go in the area.