Category Archives: Random Thoughts

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living.

– Nelson Mandela

Corners of my home

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This little corner of my kitchen makes me happy. Those are my favorite spoons, including that weird plastic one that reminds me of one my mom used to stir sugar into iced tea. That’s my beloved Vitamix base, which makes awesome smoothies, acai bowls, and liquados. There’s my little coffee cup, and a bunch of bananas that I won’t finish and then they’ll get too ripe and I’ll promise to bake something with them and then they’ll start to smell and Justin will throw them away. There are bars of chocolate from Los Angeles, and soft, local butter in the crock. There are jars of salts, a bowl of sugar cubes, and my old cake stand that never gets used for cakes. There’s that cord hanging down from the under-cabinet lights that Justin added for me, and it’s wrapped around that orange bowl that I painted at a pottery studio for a friend’s birthday years ago. There are the root vegetables, and the granola for smoothie bowls, and too many almonds, and that tiny jar with just one square of chocolate that I refuse to throw away. There’s the pretty vintage tea jar filled with Justin’s favorite peppermint tea, and the jar full of sugar that makes me think of an old diner.

It’s a lovely little corner.

Randoms

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This weekend we attended our very first ACL Festival. After over ten years of living in Austin, we finally went – but only because a friend gave us free VIP passes for the Friday shows. :) We had a great time wandering around, hanging out in the VIP Grove, snacking on foodstuffs, and listening to awesome music. It’s hard to decide on my favorite – Vampire Weekend was incredible live, but my favorite memory was at the end of the evening, when we decided to head home, and were caught up by an amazing show by Kaskade, along with a rainstorm that left all of us dancing, drenched, and happy. It was something I’ll never forget.

We also got to see The Book of Mormon at Bass Concert Hall, which was hilariously irreverent, with amazing performances and themes that were thought-provoking. Overall, it was a fantastic weekend.

In other news, I watched Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, which I had been meaning to watch since the Austin Film Festival back in 2010, and only got to tonight. It’s hilarious, and it’s a lovely ode the the horror cabin-in-the-woods genre. Definitely worth watching (especially if you’re a huge fan of Alan Tudyk.)

Here in Austin we’ve had lots of rain, and cloudy days, and a bit of fall-like weather, though we’re still a ways out from boots-and-sweater time. At least I can wear jeans without sweltering.

Oh! And I’ve fallen in love with Trader Joe’s, as probably everyone assumed I would do. It’s like a Whole Foods or a Central Market, but less expensive, and with more awesome convenience ingredients. I can buy pre-chopped organic Tuscan kale, peeled and diced fresh butternut squash, autumn-spice tea and speculoos cookies, miso-ginger broth and inexpensive organic, cage-free eggs. AND they have cheap bubbles, which we have renamed chubbles. And best of all, it’s just a few minutes from our house, so I can hop on over any time.

Other recent things:

  • I read The Name of the Wind, the first in a trilogy of long but amazing fantasy novels about a badass named Kvothe. Book two is waiting for me at the library, and I plan to start reading it tomorrow.
  • I’ve started reading The Tender Bar after a strong recommendation from a man named Peter who we met at the bar at Jeffrey’s one evening. This is why I love dining/drinking at the bar – there is so much potential to meet and talk with amazing people. And find new books to read.
  • I’m slowly working my way through the first season of House of Cards. I love it, even though it is so much darker and skeevier than The West Wing. Somehow I am rooting for the bad guy, and I feel okay about it.
  • I bought Nigel Slater’s newest book, and I’m slowly devouring it as I did The Kitchen Diaries, and Ripe, and Tender. God I love Nigel Slater.
  • I got a new fall haircut, with bangs! I’m super excited about it, because it’s exactly what I wanted, it’s easy to style, and it feels fantastic. I’ll try to post a photo soon.

I hope you all have a fabulous Columbus Week! ;)