An Interview With Jason (My 100th Post!)

I borrowed these interview questions for your spouse/significant other from Jess of IROCKSOWHAT.  I just thought it was a really neat idea, and I actually learned a few new things about Jason in the process.

1.  What was your first impression of me?  This girl doesn't feel the need to fill every second of silence with mindless chatter.

2.  How accurate do you think it was?  Totally accurate.  I feel like no silence between us has ever been awkward silence, just silence.  And silence is okay.

3.  What is your idea of a truly romantic evening?  Having a delicious dinner, a few drinks, perhaps going out to movie or watching one at home.  Just enjoying each other's company; that's all I need.

4.  If I promise not to get upset, can you tell me something you'd like to change in me but don't have the nerve to tell me?  There's nothing I would change about you.

5.  If you weren't in the profession you are now, what would be your dream profession and why?  A chef because I love to cook.

6.  Apart from the obvious one, what other two areas of your body are the most sensitive and most responsive?  My earlobes and my side.

7.  Can you name the three qualities that attracted you when you met me/got to know me?  (1) Your lips (2) You're a very cool character.  I never felt that you were trying to impress me; you were just being yourself, and I could tell.  (3)  And you accepted that I was the same way.

8.  What is your dream destination and why?  Argentina because of the diverse climates throughout the country and the different types of food and culture.

9.  Which is your favorite movie of all time and favorite scene in it?  I'm not really an "of all time" kind of person.  Nothing comes to mind.

10.  Which fruit or vegetable do you think I resemble and why?  A tomato because I'm not quite sure if you're a fruit or vegetable, but it doesn't matter because you're delicious.

11.  Can you remember your earliest childhood memory of fear and that of happiness?  Fear - when there was extreme weather...I think a tornado was nearby, and our dog Spot was outside, and I was really worried for Spot and afraid he would be taken away by the tornado.  Happiness - going to see my grandparents in Dallas.  I always loved my grandfather.  I was obsessed with that man as a kid.  It made me happy getting to visit him and spend time with him.

12.  Who is your favorite aunt/uncle/cousin and why?  Uncle Jimmy because he's easily relatable, fun and nonjudgemental.  He's the most like me.

13.  What are the qualities that draw you to people that you can base a friendship on?  Similar interests, people who are more introverted than extroverted.  I don't like people who force themselves on you.  I like relationships and friendships to evolve more naturally.

14.  Your first crush - what drew you to him or her?  I remember a girl in preschool who I had a crush on, and who knows what draws a preschool kid to have a crush on somebody?

15.  Your first date - where did you go, what did you do and how long did the relationship last?  We went to a middle school party, hung out and played video games, watched movies.  It lasted three weeks, maybe two...I don't know.

16.  How have you coped with break-ups in the past?  Complete severance.  At least at first.

17.  What has been your scariest dream?  I had a dream when I was a kid that the Wicked Witch of the West was chasing me through the Looney Tunes logo, and it never ended.  

18.  What has been your most frequently recurring dream?  A theme of being at work and something goes wrong, and I have to deal with the fallout of it.  Things just get crazier from there and it's totally unrealistic.

19.  What has been the best decision you've ever made?  To interview for a manager position at work because I had never planned to.  I was asked to by my boss.  I don't think I would have ever done it if she hadn't nudged me to do it.

20.  What decision do you regret the most?  Moving out of my parents' house so quickly.  I moved out before I was ready, and I was still struggling before I went to college and wasn't able to do well my first few years of college because I was having to work and make ends meet.

21.  What has been your proudest moment?  Graduating college.

22.  If you won the lottery, what are the first three things you would do?  Turn off my cell phone, invest in Google and take you out to a nice dinner.  What are five things you've been longing for that you would buy?  New car, new house, home recording studio, new guitar and a new fridge because I know you want one.

23.  If your house was on fire and you had the chance to save only five things, what would you choose?  Fozzie, Hunter, Maeby, You and my guitar.

24.  If you were asked whom you would like to be born again as, the answer would be... myself.

25.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor, favorite junk food and favorite dessert?  Blue Bell Tin Roof, Tin Roof and Tin Roof.

26.  Whose wardrobe would you most like to own?  I don't know.

27.  What's the one argument your parents had that you would like to avoid with your partner?  My parents never argued in front of me, so I don't know.

28.  What is your favorite asset/body part on a man/woman and why?  Lips, because they gotta be so kissable.

29.  What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?  That last question.

30.  If our relationship doesn't work out, do you think we could remain friends?  I don't want to think about that.  I would hope so.

31.  Who are you closer to - your mom or dad?  I don't think I'm really closer to either one of them.  I would say I'm equally close to each of them for different reasons.

32.  What is your favorite song and why?  "Mystic Rhythms" by Rush because of the atmosphere the song invokes and a little because of the memories.  I first bought the album back in 2004 when I was first really getting into Rush and that song always stood out to me.  It was on an album that a lot of Rush fans don't really like.  I'm one of the only people who really loves that synthesizer period of Rush.

33.  If somebody handed you a magic lamp and granted you three wishes what would they be?  Not all the money in the world, but enough to live comfortably and not have to work.  To be able to eat whatever I want and maintain perfect body mass index and be totally ripped.  And "world peace."

34.  What upsets you most in a relationship and what makes you the happiest?  When the other person is upset, and there's nothing I can do about it because I always want to, but I can't.  The synergy of a relationship makes me happiest, being so intertwined that you kind of know what the other person is going to say or do, but in a good, non-predictable way.

35.  What is your perception of how other people see you?  They probably think I'm a bit of a jerk.

36.  If someone told you they saw me with another guy, what would your first reaction be - she's cheating on me, he's probably an old friend or I need to get to the bottom of this?  He's probably an old friend.

37.  Can you think of something you craved for when you were young, but you were denied?  No, nothing.

38.  Have you ever found yourself attracted to someone of the same sex?  No. 


Let's Talk Television: Drama

Because I am so into TV these days, I wanted to dedicate an entire post to my favorite shows.  Prior to some serious list-making, I decided to group the shows based on three main genres - Dramas, Comedies and Dramedies (drama-comedies, duh).  In addition to these genres, I am also going to discuss a couple of my favorite miniseries'.  So without further ado, let us begin.


Why I love it.
Well, it's my all-time, hands-down favorite show so I don't feel like I should have to explain myself anymore than that, but I suppose I'll indulge you.  The show is centered around the Fishers, a quirky family that runs (and lives in) a funeral home.  It is very dark, heavy and emotional at times, but occasionally you'll catch yourself laughing hysterically.  The main reason why this is my favorite show is because every single episode is flawless.  Some shows will have an episode here or there where not a whole lot actually happens and you get bored and are tempted to get on Twitter or check your email, but NEVER during Six Feet Under.  It is so so so incredibly entertaining and rich with drama, you will never want to stop watching.  I was devastated when I had finally watched the entire series; I wanted more!

Get excited.
The ever-so-sexy Justin Theroux makes an appearance in a few episodes!

A "younger" Dexter is the middle brother of the Fisher family and he is in a romantic relationship with a buff, black cop that sort of resembles Sgt. Dokes in Dexter.  Kinda funny, but off-putting at the same time.

Best Character.
Claire Fisher (Lauren Ambrose).  Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, but she's such a fun, creative character.  She wears her heart on her sleeve which causes a few problems for her, but it's fun to see her figure things out and make her way out of adolescence.

Worst Character.
Brenda Chenowith (Rachel Griffiths).  This woman just always rubs me the wrong way!  She always acts like her life is so complicated, and she and Nate are never on the same page which is annoying.  She also kind of reminds me of an ostrich for some reason.  I sort of feel sorry for her toward the end of the series, but not enough to not hate her.


Why I love it.
It taught me how to make meth.  Duh. (Only kidding)
Let's see...there's a lot of blood, crazy drug lords and crackheads, but it's mainly great because of the acting.  Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are actor gods basically.  You can almost feel their anger and their pain during all of the wild circumstances and predicaments they are thrown into.  

Get excited.
You will see half of a man's face blown off.  It's pretty awesome.

There is a crackhead prostitute named Wendy.  She is gross.  Oh, and if you don't like purple, brace yourself for any and all scenes that Marie is a part of.

Best Character.
Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).  That guy takes a million beatings and is quite good at looking "throwed."

Worst Character.
Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).
He can be funny, but mostly he's just annoying and kind of grosses me out.


Why I love it.
Jason and I recently watched the first two seasons of this show, and I immediately fell in love.  I just ooh and aah at everything - the time period, the music, the fashion, the hairstyles, the gangsters, etc.  It's just such a wonderfully intense, dramatic show.  Most of the characters are even based off of actual historical figures present during Prohibition.  Who doesn't love a good "based on true events" story, eh?

Get excited.
Michael Pitt is shirtless quite a few times.

Steve Buscemi is shirtless quite a few times.

Best Character.
Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt).  Young, restless soldier returning home after fighting in WWI trying to find his abandoned place back in Atlantic City.  He's pretty much a walking corpse without fear, and a handsome boy to boot!

Worst Character.
Jimmy's deranged, psycho mother Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol).  She is just awful and controlling and sickening.  She lusts after her own son and makes everything miserable for him.  Manchurian Candidate, much?


Why I love it.
Mad Men isn't just a show about advertising in the '60s.  It's largely about the role and attitude of women during the era, and as the show progresses, it has a lot to do with the rise of feminism and the partial liberation of women.  I say partial because, of course, in many ways we still have a ways to go here in 2012.  Aside from the serious stuff, it's got super sexy actors, old school charm, superior dialog and a wardrobe to envy.

Get excited.
If you're a '60s fan like myself, you'll drool over the nods to prominent historical and social events such as the JFK assassination, the British invasion, the introduction of LSD and the Civil Rights Movement.

Sometimes, especially in the first couple of seasons, the chauvinism can sting a little, but hang in there, the tables do start to turn.

Best Character.
Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss).  I just love her transformation from the start of the show to where she is now in season five.  She is for sure a character to be admired.

Worst Character.
For the most part, I like all of the characters, but I'm not the biggest fan of Lane Pryce (Jared Harris).  It's mostly the accent.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm not too keen on foreign accents.  


Why I love it.
Now I know many former True Blood fans have given up on this show, but I still adore it.  Granted, it has gotten super crazy, but that's partly why I love it.  It's obviously not supposed to be real in any way, shape or form; that was a fact from the start, but how can you not love all the new creatures they bring in each season??  Let's see if I can name them all - vampires, werewolves, werepanthers, shape-shifters, mutant evil shape-shifters, fairies, witches, demons, voodoo spirits...and I think I got everybody in there.  So outlandish, so steamy, so violent, so fabulous!

Get excited.
Joe Manganiello is the cream of the crop as far as werewolves are concerned. Hot, hot, hot.

This show is not for the squeamish.  There is an excessive amount of blood-sucking.

Best Character.
Do I really need to say it again? I think so.  Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello!)

Worst Character.
Well, as much as I hate to say it, I'm really sick and tired of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin).  She is a severe waffler if I ever saw one, and her voice just isn't cute anymore.


Why I love it.
The story line is just so very original.  How clever to come up with a protagonist that's a nerdy blood spatter analyst who leads a double life as a sociopathic serial killer but knows how to channel it to benefit mankind.  Yeah, it gets a little out of hand from time to time, but with all of the idiot chumps running rampant in our society, can you really blame him?  Michael C. Hall is an absolute doll as Dexter...a doll that's out for blood, that is.

Get Excited.
Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 are super entertaining and television gold in my opinion.

Season 5 is a different story.  Not sure what happened here, but the plot was boring and whoever decided it was okay to cast Julia Stiles was on some serious crack.  NAP ALERT.  Season 5 is the reason Dexter is so far down my list of best dramas, basically.

Best Character.
Aside from Dexter, his wife, Rita (Julie Benz) is my fave.  Yeah, she goes a bit insane and judgey in season four, but it's okay.  She deserves to be like that. Period.

Worst Character.
Well, Lumen Pierce (Julia Stiles), but I'm also not too fond of Lt. Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Velez).  She's a pill that I refuse to swallow.


Why I love it.
It's about a female detective not afraid to get her hands dirty, go a little schizo (literally) and break some laws to find justice for a murdered teenage girl's grieving family.  GIRL POWER!  Mirelle Enos is amazing as Sarah Linden.  She may be little, but she is fierce.

Get excited.
As a viewer, you kind of get to be a detective yourself because you only know as much as Linden and Holder, so you're ingesting each piece of evidence and trying to piece together the puzzle as well.  I guess it's not that much different than other cop shows on TV, but still, it's a little exciting, right?

There are a few episodes here and there where not a whole lot happens, so it can move a little slow at times.

Best Character.
I'm partial to Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman).  He's an interesting, ever-evolving character.  Just when you think you've got him figured out, something new is revealed and he's nothing like you thought.

Worst Character.
Pretty much everyone in the political side plot.  That stuff just bores me for whatever reason.

8.  LOST

Why I love it.
As crazy and bewildering as it was, there is no denying this show had some of the best writing ever at times.  What a cool scenario...plane crashes out on some deserted island and a ton of people actually "survive" and have to figure out what next.  I love how season one takes a special look at each character individually to illustrate how they ended up on Oceanic Flight 815.

Get excited.
This show is a roller coaster.

This show is a roller coaster.  Many things will happen that leave you with puzzling facial expressions and endless questions floating around in your brain.  You think you will get answers in the next few episodes, but it doesn't happen.  The show is called "Lost" for a reason, people.

Best Character.
James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway).  I found Sawyer's story to be the most interesting, and I found Sawyer to be the most attractive.

Worst Character.
Not a fan of Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson).  He is a mousy little weasel, and I just don't like him.


Why I love it.
It's teen angst at its most brilliant.  Plus, I am obsessed with Claire Danes!  She's been one of my favorite actresses for a long, long time.  Who better to represent all the tears, diary entires, bad friendships, psychotic thoughts and school girl crushes of high school hell than her?  No one.

Get excited.
It's the Nineties.  This means nineties music, nineties plaid, nineties hair and so much more!!  Just relish in the possibilities.  Oh, and Jared Leto is in it pre-30 Seconds To Mars, so yeahhh.  Dreamboat. 

It can get pretty dramatic from time to time.  I remember the Christmas episode in particular being especially weird, but hey, it's a drama and it's TV, so what didya expect?  Gotta keep those ratings up so it won't get cancelled...

Best Character.
I've got to go with Angela Chase (Claire Danes).  Her teenage mood swings are just too good to deny her of this.

Worst Character.
Rayanne Graff (A.J. Langer).  Rayanne is Angela's new BFF that her mother does not approve of, and I have to say, I'm with Mom on this one...that girl is rude and just plain annoying.  I don't care how many times the show tries to make me feel sorry for her; it's just not going to happen.


Why I love it.
This is a recent favorite, and I have to admit, I'm only at the beginning of season three, so my opinion is strictly limited to what I've watched so far.  With that said, I'm surprised I actually enjoy this show.  It's not something I would normally be into, but it caught me off guard and I'm quite pleased.  I get such a thrill from watching a bunch of rich kids screw up their lives and then sit back and relax while it all magically falls back into place.  Oh, you little Upper East-Siders.

Get excited.
Lizzy McGuire is currently on the show (at least the part I'm on) and it's pretty fun watching her try to be deviant.  

Gossip Girl makes you think it's okay to drink underage and go out on school nights without parental supervision.  Look out.  It gets WILD.

Best Character.
It varies depending on how their attitudes change throughout the show, but currently, Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) is my favorite brat.  I hated him at first, but he has definitely grown on me.  There's just something about that low-whisper and charming eyebrow raise.

Worst Character.
Well I don't like Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg) because she's pure evil and every time I look at her I see Harriet the Spy.  And I don't like Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) because I don't like Blake Lively.  She sounds like a 40-year-old.  

This concludes Part One: Dramas of my "Let's Talk Television" post series.  This one took me forever because I had a little mishap and accidentally deleted it when it was almost complete the first time, but I'm counting on that not happening again so hopefully i'll be back with Dramedies real soon.  You know you love me.  xoxo.  (hehe, I had to).


MUSIC MONDAY & Another Update

As a HUGE Bee Gee's fan, (I swear I'm not just saying that because one of the members just died like everyone else tends to do.  I seriously have been a fan for going on 24 years now thanks to my Dad) I would like to dedicate this installment of my Music Monday to the ever-talented, beautiful soul of Robin Gibb.  This one's for you, buddy.

Aside from mourning the loss of Robin Gibb, I've been keeping pretty busy with work and naps mostly with a little bit of physical fitness (how 80s does that sound?) mixed in.  Jillian Michaels has been kicking my booty with her 'Ripped In 30' DVD.  Say what you will, but she is the peanut butter to my jelly.  I have been so sore for the past week because of these interval workouts.  The DVD also comes with a free download of her meal plan.  I've been looking through the recipes, and I'm really excited to try some of them.  Speaking of meals, Jason and I did good this week.  He made some ridiculously delish turkey and chorizo tacos with fresh avocado, cilantro and sour cream one night last week.  Friday evening we hosted dinner/movie night with our friend Amanda and I made homemade tilapia fish sticks with asparagus sauteed in a balsamic-honey mixture with garlic and pecans.  Amanda brought some almond croissants from central market for dessert that were so so scrumptious.  Needless to say, we ate good that night.  Last night I made Asian turkey lettuce wraps with zucchini chips - also wonderful, and tonight Jason made spinach-stuffed chicken with cilantro-lime rice.  It's been a week full of delightful eats and treats that's for sure!  Now, I'm about to catch up on this week's episode of Girls.  Which reminds me - I'm planning a blog entry about my all-time favorite TV shows and characters and recent favorites.  Basically, it will be all things TV as it pertains to the land of Kassie.  Trust me, you'll enjoy it.

Bye for now, lovers.



Quick Little Update

Happy Tuesday, friends!  And happy day off to me :)  So far this morning I've been doing a lot of planning and not a whole lot of doing, haha.  Good or bad, that's just how I function.  I'm a girl of endless to-do lists, never-ending website bookmarks, mini-notepads and planners scattered around my apartment, and an array of random notes saved in my phone.  Some of it will happen, but most will not, at least not in the near future.  I've really been trying to watch what I'm eating, and I think I've made some good base decisions for a healthy lifestyle.  I used to drink at least one soda a day, but now I hardly ever drink them unless I have a bad craving and, in that case, I'll allow myself to have one because I don't want to completely restrict anything - that will only make me want it more, and I refuse to be miserable.  I don't eat as many sweets as I used to either, aside from the batch of homemade peanut butter cookies I made just last night, ha!  I've started making protein shakes for breakfast which will hopefully speed up my metabolism, so I am told, and I'm going to start taking my lunch to work instead of eating the employee plates the kitchen prepares.  I'm sure those are loaded with fat and calories.  Each week before we go grocery shopping, Jason and I plan out two dinner meals each to make the upcoming week.  So that's what I've been doing this morning - picking my meals.  I'm really excited to try these recipes I found on EatingWell and Taste of Home.  I'm going to try homemade tilapia fish sticks with sauteed asparagus in a pecan-vinaigrette, and Asian turkey lettuce wraps with grilled zucchini.  Both of these meals sound so delicious and are both still healthy!  Amazing.

I'm on a mission to finally lose a little weight, get healthy and make
good decisions!  I'm ready to look like this:


Flashback Friday & A Few Links

My Mom and I at a friend's birthday party // November 2009

Good afternoon, gals and gents.  Hope everyone's Friday is off to a nice beginning.  Mine has been treating me right so far.  Woke up around 9 a.m., read a couple chapters of The Hunger Games, had some honey greek yogurt with granola, berries and coconut for breakfast, and now I'm just relaxing before I start laundry and a little cleaning around the apartment.  I am also currently relishing in the sounds of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally (better known as Beach House), as their new album, Bloom, is streaming on NPR.  So far, "Other People" and "Troublemaker" are my favorite tracks.  

Here are some creepy stuffed animals I found on HelloGiggles.

Something I'm going to try out today - who knew there are so many different ways to clean with distilled white vinegar?!

Check out this post on Keep Austin Stylish about a vintage boutique here in Austin called Charm School Vintage.


Get Pumped: May/Workout Playlist Post

Once again, I'm inspired by Danielle of Sometimes Sweet and her workout playlist post.  I've decided to share some of my own favorite tracks from my workout playlist.  These songs absolutely never ever fail to get me goin' and feelin' like a hot, relentless piece of woman!  Just try them out for yourself next time you plan on hitting the gym/trail/sidewalk for some body and mind blowing cardio.  Do it.

Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix) - Kid Cudi, MGMT, Ratatat
Like A G6 - Far East Movement
God Killed the Queen - Louis XIV
Jump Around - House of Pain
Money On My Mind - Lil Wayne
High School Roaches - Bass Drum of Death
Scream - Misfits
Save Your Soul - She Wants Revenge
I Just Wanna F - David Guetta, Timbaland, Fergie
Big Pimpin' - Jay Z
The Inch - Peaches
Sleazy - Ke$ha
Treats - Sleigh Bells
I Know What I Am - Band of Skulls
Alive - Kid Cudi & Ratatat
It Ain't Love - MSTRKRFT
I Don't Wanna Fall In Love - She Wants Revenge
Need You Tonight - INXS
I Started A Fire - Jaguar Love
Helena Beat - Foster the People
Smile - Slim Thug
Engine No.9 - Deftones
E.T. (Benny Benassi Radio Edit) - Katy Perry
Man Down - Rihanna
I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges
Colossal - Wolfmother
Crazy On You - Heart
Girls Girls Girls - Motley Crue
Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

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Greetings on this bright Monday afternoon!  Today for Music Monday I thought I would throw not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR songs at you.  I'm pretty sure you can handle it.  I believe in you.  So, lately I've been giving Sleigh Bells' newest album, Reign of Terror, quite the listen.  My favorite track off the album so far is "Leader of the Pack."  If you've never experienced Sleigh Bells for yourself, your ears are in for a pop-infused, noisy treat.  We saw them live at Coachella back in 2010, and to say they are entertaining would be an understatement.  They're an absolute ball.

I'm pretty sure everyone has heard of Sonic Youth one way or another.  They've been around a while now, or shall I say, were around for a while - the group allegedly parted ways last year when band leaders and lovers, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore announced their relationship was ending.  According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, the group is on an "indefinite hiatus."  Anywho, "Sunday" is one of my top five favorites from Sonic Youth.  If your a Macaulay Culkin fan, you'll like the music video for this song.

Ah, Warpaint.  Such a phenomenon.  I used to despise bands with a strong female lead and/or singer, but I have since changed my opinion due to the influence of a number of leading ladies - Karen O, Kim Gordon, Bethany Cosentino, Jenny Lewis, Alison Mosshart and many more.  This band, however, blew me away because it's entirely made up of enthusiastically talented estrogen.  They are truly a revolution in my mind.  The song "Baby" is gorgeous and completely breaks my heart every time I listen to it.  

Lastly, Lou Reed.  What can I possibly say about this rock god that would do him justice?  Probably nothing, so I'll keep it short.  Listen to "Satellite of Love", watch Adventureland and shoot some heroin.  (totally kidding about that last one)

Here are some fun videos in relation to each of the above artists:



Flashback Friday: Me, Jason and my precious Nana on Graduation Day


Obsessing over: GOSSIP GIRL.  I have never kept up with the show, but only watched a few episodes here and there with my roommates in college or on the occasional it's-a-lonely-night-and-there's-nothing-on-TV moment.  I recently noticed that it's on Netflix Instant and decided to give it a shot.  Well, I am hooked now.  I finished the first season yesterday and watched the first three episodes of season two when I got home from work today.  Right now, I am LOVING Chuck (whom I previously despised) and, of course, Dan owns my heart, and Serena endlessly annoys me.  I'm very interested to see what path the plot takes because it has relentlessly held my picky attention thus far.

Eating: way too many sweets!  I swear my job will be the death of me.  I feel like I'm constantly snacking on something whether it's cookies from the kitchen or gifts from guests, there are always yummy, tempting treats sitting in the back office.  Today, there was a huge platter of sweet breads in celebration of Cinco de Mayo and my boss brought back some sampler desserts from his lunch downtown.  I have GOT to cool it with the sweets.

Anticipating:  My trip to Portland with my best friend, Jessica!  We're going in late July, and it's a first for both of us.  We've already got our spreadsheets and to-do lists stacked high, and we're staying at the coolest hotel ever, Jupiter Hotel.  It's an old motel from the 1960s that has been renovated and converged with a bar and music venue/club.  I just can't wait!  Is it July yet?!

Now,  I'm off to lounge with J and stuff my face with some Ben & Jerry's half-baked.  Enjoy your Friday evening!


A Date With the Night

Greetings, peeps.  I actually had last Sunday off - the first Sunday I've just been given the day off in forever (without requesting it off).  And, lucky me, my sweet Emily was in town for a visit!  It was such a treat to get to go out on a Saturday night.  I'm usually getting into bed when the rest of the world is getting ready for a night out on the town.  Poor pathetic me, huh?  I had such a great time venturing up and down Rainey Street with Emily, Sarah and a few of their friends.  We spent most of the night sitting outside under the Austin sky, and of course we ended the night with some delicious food at 24 Diner.  I can actually say I didn't get home until 4 o' clock in the morning!  That NEVER happens, haha.

Before Emily left on Sunday, I met she and her friend Mark at Taverna for brunch.  We enjoyed some amazing crabcake eggs benedict and $1 mimosas to our hearts' content.  It was a delightful and much needed break from the daily grind.