2.24.2010

Iconoclasts.

my parents got sean and i hooked to the sundance channel. one show in particular, iconoclasts. amazing show, check it out. they take 2 people (famous) and put them in a room together and they talk. maybe these people have never met but they have something in common through their work, etc. last night, it was stella mccartney + ed ruscha. stella, fashion designer and sir paul mccartney's daughter (cool)! ed, an american artist out of LA associated with the pop art movement. i was blown away with the way both of their minds worked. so creative.

Ruscha has pieces in the Modern, the Tate, the Pompidou, just to name a few...



images from google.

McCartney uses all organic! no leather or fur. she's incredible! i want some of her spring dresses!!!


images from google.


2.17.2010

adventures on valentine's day!

sunday was such a great day!
pancakes and eggs for breakfast :)

we bought tickets to attend the valentine wine trail in grapevine, tx from 11-5pm!
i have done their vintage wine trail in the spring several times with girl friends, but never w/ sean.


There were 8 winery's to visit and each one had 3, 1 oz. tastings + a food sampling (some good, some terrible-but we were not there for the food, right?!). the winery's are spread out all over downtown grapevine, but all within walking distance. well sunday was FREEZING and oh so windy, but we didn't care. we refused to drive! on our walks between each winery, we would meet other people on the trail, or stop for random photos with some of the "locals".




At one point we got hungry and saw a chicago style deli! sean is from chicago, so if there is every an opportunity for an authentic chicago style dog, we are there!

(the earrings are my valentine's day gift from sean. we saw them months ago at a local gift store. everything is imported by the owners from italy. he apparently went back and got them for me :) )

after a delicious food break we continued on our way, ounce after ounce of terrible tx wine (really, not so good!). around 4:30, we came to our last winery. by this time, we were both sick of wine! haha.

earlier in the day, we had spotted another small local restaurant we had to try! so off we go! (yes, more eating!). we sat down with our signature wine glasses in hand. ordered red beans and rice and some grilled fish tacos (they were recommended to us by one of the winery's). let me just say...T E R R I B L E! the rice was completely undercooked and the fish tacos had cheese smothered all over them. i am no true food critic, but where i'm from, fish tacos SHOULD NOT have enchilada style cheese on them! in fact, i don't think they should have cheese on them at all! and i LOVE cheese! they should be fresh tasting with cabbage, cilantro, lime and a yummy sauce NOT cheese! sean and i are not complainers are not picky eaters, but this was too much. we decided we would write a note on the back side of our receipt and leave it facing up. we do and go on our merry way, vowing to never return! we get a few blocks closer to the car and realize we left our signature wine glasses from the day ON THE TABLE! too many ounces of wine will do that to you i guess. lesson of the day: if you're going to complain and then quickly run out the door, be sure to take ALL your personal belongings with you b/c you do not want to go back in! we sure didn't!!

on our way home, we spotted a bowling ally. yep, we did it! billiards and bowling and a few beers to top off our fun day!


after a few hours of recreation, and after our awful early dinner, we were hungry! or maybe i was hungry, either way :) pf chang's sounded good and it was on our way home. i called in our to go order, but by the time we hung up the phone, we were already in the parking lot. sean suggested we go in for a drink at the bar. we had one drink, but instead of grabbing our food and heading home, we ended up meeting a couple at the bar and chatting it up with them for 2 hours!! he was from columbia and she from cali. oh.my.gosh. we made it home around 10pm i think! we had a long day. from 11am to 10pm, almost 12 straight hours of pure fun :)

i love that the 'randomness' that sean and i experienced on our first date has not died in almost 4 years of dating. i love you sean, thanks for a great day and allowing me the opportunity to be random :)


what did you all do on valentine's day?
xoxo

2.16.2010

change of plans...

the plans to go to shreveport changed the day after i wrote my last post! (figures!). my parent's were unable to make the drive from nw arkansas so sean and i decided we would hold off to go when we could all be there together! we decided to just stay in tx until the last minute! next thing we knew we were in the car driving to bentonville to spend the weekend with my mom and dad.

we arrived just in time for dinner on saturday...steak + potatoes! (my request :) ) delish! after dinner, we carried our drinks to the living room where we lit a fire (with the push of a button, ha) and listened to my dad tell us stories of my grandparents when he was growing up. i loved hearing the stories and learned a thing or two that i did not know before. i think it was midnight before we all made it to bed!

the next morning (i.e. SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!) we had blueberry pancakes and thick country style bacon, mm mm! later in the day we did bacon wrapped dove on the grill. doesn't everyone have bacon TWICE in one day?! : ) this is sean attempting to "man the grill"...


our game time food was fried catfish + french fries + hush puppies + fried okra + cole slaw + tartar sauce (i made it from scratch!) + beer = heart attack on a plate! SHEESH! but man it was good! the only thing better than that menu was the VICTORY of the saints!!!!! WHO DAT!!!

the next morning we opened our blinds to find this.....


NONE of us had checked the weather b/c they had just gotten all of this snow the week before. thank goodness it was just snow and no ice! we were able to make it home still, but we had to brave a winter storm the whole way! i was so glad we were able to go for a quick trip!