Archive for February, 2011

New Music

February 10, 2011

After nearly 2 months of forgetting to activate my iTunes gift card stocking stuffer, I finally got around to it last night. It’s been so long since I’ve bought new music and my library is in dire need of some fresh tunes. Thanks to my iPhone and the shazam app I keep a running list of songs that I hear on the radio and like enough to want to download; the problem is that there are over 50 songs on my “want” list. Another problem is that I am very much a fan of downloading entire albums instead of individual songs; many times my favorite songs from an album end up being some of the less mainstream ones that I would never have found if I hadn’t purchased the whole thing.

Then I remembered that one of my favorite artists, Sara Bareilles, released a new album last fall, Kaleidoscope Heart. After sampling a few songs I downloaded it and I am in love! It just amazes me how talented she is, and that voice…wow. I first became a Sara B fan back when I was interning in Sacramento; I heard of her through a coworker who actually went to high school with her. During those 4 amazing months I really grew in my independence and self confidence since I was out on my own in a new state and I will always remember her music as sort of being a soundtrack for that segment of my life.

I’ve only had her new album for about 24 hours but I think I’ve already found my favorite song…

I can already tell this is going onto the summer time playlist :)


Goodbye Kaiser, Hello Copa

February 6, 2011

For the past 10 years I’ve been the proud owner of these Adidas Kaiser cleats; my parents bought them for me when I started the 8th grade. I broke them in during my last two seasons of club soccer and then they sat unused in my closet for a couple of years during of high school. There will always be a part of me that wonders what my life might have been like if I had been able to attend a larger school that had a soccer program; I loved playing so much back then.

When I went off to college I got involved in intramurals; I bought new socks and shin guards but kept my same old cleats. Being able to play again reminded me how much I missed soccer and I just couldn’t get enough. So after Mark and I got married and moved to Austin, I joined the Round Rock Women’s Soccer League. After playing a full year in this league I’ve decided that it’s finally time to retire the Kaisers. I know this sounds kind of silly getting sentimental over some old shoes but together with soccer in general they’ve been a big part of my life.

The new cleats are technically a birthday present but it took me a while to find a vendor locally that carried them. After some searching I found a great little soccer shop at 183 and Burnet called Soccer Post. I upgraded to the Copas which are made out of kangaroo leather instead of cow; it’s amazing the quality difference between these and some $40 cleats off the rack at Academy. Right now I’m still in the process of breaking them in but eventually the leather will conform to my feet and it will feel like I’m not even wearing them.

Here’s to another 10 years of soccer!

Friday Funny

February 4, 2011

In honor of all the snowing that’s been going on lately, here are a couple comics that can relate…

This is really indicative of how Texas reacts to snow…

For example, it snowed just over an inch last night and I didn’t have to go in to work today…woo hoo for three day weekends!

Weekend Getaway

February 3, 2011

With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season now well behind us, January tends to be a rather blah month, am I right? Just as you feel yourself getting used to being absent from work and spending more time with family, suddenly you’re back to reality, searching for something worthwhile to focus on to get you through the work week. This humdrum feeling is what inspired us to break out of our routine and take a weekend trip to Las Vegas! Mark had been visiting his sales territories in New Mexico and Nevada all last week; it was a no brainer for me to just meet him there since his flight was already covered through work.

Flying by myself for the first time, I arrived in Vegas around noon on Friday after a short layover in Denver. Mark met me at the airport and we headed straight to the closest In-n-Out for lunch. Then we checked in at the Monte Carlo, dropped our luggage and started exploring the strip. Mark has been to Vegas several times, both for business and pleasure, but this was my first visit; I found it quite fascinating that all of this craziness could exist in the middle of a desert.

For dinner that night we ate at Tao inside the Venetian and walked through endless pathways of stores and shops. On Saturday we made our first trip to the MGM to see the lions but were too early so we continued on to the M&M & Coca Cola “museums” which were not much more than souvenier shops.

That evening we took a cab ride up to Fremont street to check out the lights, do some cheap gambling and eat fried oreos {yes, they are as delicious as they sound}. One could compare the Fremont street area to east 6th street in Austin, everything is cheaper but also dirtier and full of crazy people. We had a lot of fun though and I was absolutely in love with the classic casino signs.

On Sunday we made our way to the MGM again and watched the lions snoozing on top of the glass walkway. We did some more walking around the city center area, popping in and out of shops and just enjoying each other’s company. Overall it was a great weekend filled with sight-seeing, eating out, sleeping in and basically doing whatever we felt like. Sometimes it’s nice to do things like this on a whim. :)

And no, I didn’t win any money on slots…I don’t think anyone ever does, haha.

Winter in Texas

February 2, 2011

This continues to be a humorous topic for us southerners year after year; you see, we don’t have a “real” winter, only a month long break from the summer heat. We’re lucky to have below 50 degree temps for Christmas and it’s never consistently cold {in the 30’s for more than one day} until at least late January. Then once it begins to feel like winter, a little thing I like to call faux spring hits; temperatures rise and trees begin to bud, then BAM, we get snow on Easter. Case in point: Texas’ weather is ridiculous. I digress…

The funny part is how when the temperature drops so does our productivity {at an exponential rate}; schools, roads and businesses close the instant there’s ice, sleet or snow present. It doesn’t matter that stereotypically all Texans own a four wheel drive truck, we still don’t know how to navigate in sub freezing temperatures. Can you blame us? We spend 90% of the year in a swim suit by the pool, how are we supposed to know how to deal with snow?

While the midwest and the east coast are getting pummeled by everything Jack Frost can throw at them, we’re experiencing rolling blackouts. Why is that you may ask? Because it finally got cold enough to merit running a heater and everyone in the state cranked theirs up at the same time. Our power cut out 5 minutes after I climbed out of bed on the one day of the week I decided to straighten my hair. Luckily, just after I had come to the realization that I might have to wear a baseball cap to work, the lights flickered back on and I was able to make myself look presentable in record time.

The highs are supposed to stay in the mid thirties for the next few days here so we might actually see some snow. Granted, it will be nothing in comparison to the drifts accumulating in the northern states, but hey, it’s all we’ve got. We’ll keep making our weak, mud-infused, 3 foot tall snowmen to display in our yards before what little snow that manages to stick melts away. Such is winter in Texas.

via: Real Austin Texas