Category Archives: Fun stuff

A beautiful mess.

One night, we went to Kate & David’s home to eat bangers and mash and make cranberry-popcorn garlands and paper snowflakes. We read tarot cards, listened to old tunes, and had a wonderful time. At the end of the evening, there were popcorn crumbs, paper clippings, and bits of string all over the living room floor. David said, “what a beautiful mess.”

We made a little video. Happy Christmas!

A Beautiful Mess from Crystal Esquivel on Vimeo.

Derby Day!


Every year, we look forward to Derby Day. We get dolled up in our finest and spend the day at a farm drinking mint juleps and cheering on random horses (whichever has the best name) and generally having a great time. This is all thanks to our wonderful friends David and Joe, who host the city’s best Derby Day party every year. (You can see all of our photos here.)

I also made a weekend video! It’s been a while since I’ve done one, and I’m not sure why. They’re so fun! Here are the basics for this weekend:

Rachel & Logan came to our casa so that Logan could whip up an amazing sushi dinner. He always goes all out – miso soup, edamame, snapper with cucumber and crab, salmon with avocado and cucumber, inari, chocolate mochi cake with strawberry gelato and tiny jugs of Yakult. He rocks.

We hung out at home with coffee and toasted, buttered baguette, and a lunch of hot dogs and mashed potatoes (we’re classy, yo). Then it was Derby Day madness! Rather than my usual dress-and-large-hat combo, I opted for a 40s look, in vintage goodness. Justin was gorgeous as always. There were Dizzy Derby races, juleps, games of corn hole, bocce ball, and all kinds of preppy fun. After Derby Day, a huge group of us cabbed over to Foreign & Domestic and ordered everything on the menu. Literally.

We relaxed at home in the morning, and then Kate and Meghan stopped in to produce a photo shoot for a local magazine on our lawn. I got an amazing vintage canning book out of the deal. In the evening, I walked down to Winflo to meet the girls and celebrate Jodi’s big win. On my walk home, I saw my friend Alex at Clark’s, and so of course I met Justin there for bubbly and oysters.

Derby Day 2013 from Crystal Esquivel on Vimeo.

Such a fun (but exhausting) weekend! I’m looking forward to some quiet time tonight. Just me, a kitty cat, and a book. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Port Aransas

Justin and I spent the weekend in Port Aransas with his family. It was so much fun! I think we were both ready for a computer-free, relaxed vacation, and this was perfect. We walked up and down the beach, tandem biked all around town, swam in the Gulf, and ate lots of great things. We each saved some of our favorite memories – me in iPhone photos and him on video.

Here’s my version of the weekend!

We had to stop in Lockhart for some barbecue! We loaded our plates with goodies at Black’s BBQ – my favorite was the fatty brisket, while Justin loved the jalapeƱo cheese sausage.


We got to ride a ferry! This was way too cool – it was really weird to be in our car and on a boat at the same time.


We walked out on the pier and saw this bird who had a fishing hook caught in his wing, and fishing line tangled around his leg. A couple of guys finally caught it and removed the hook, and the whole pier cheered.


We had lunch at Beach & Station Street Grill. The patio was lovely, and the fried flounder and fried oyster po boy were amazing.


Tandem biking was the FUNNEST THING EVER!! We biked all over that little town, and several miles along the beach. Too much fun.


I do love the ocean.


We stayed at A Laughing Horse Lodge, which I highly recommend. It is the cutest, kitschiest, loveliest spot.


These lovely jasmine flowers were right above our patio chairs.


On Saturday evening, we stopped at a local bar to have a drink and watch some basketball. Then we totally pooped out and went back to our little cabin to rest.


This is what happens when you tandem bike for the first time. You might bruise/break/hurt your toe. :)


On our way out, we stopped at Bakery Cafe in Aransas Pass, which happened to be the coolest old diner around. I had an amazing chicken-fried steak with mashed potatoes, green beans, a yeasty roll, and cream of celery soup!


Here is Justin’s version of the weekend, with music by Best Coast. It’s basically a video of me laughing a lot. :)

Port Aransas Weekend from Crystal Esquivel on Vimeo.