Friday, August 29, 2008

Fetish Friday

These are Ellie's teeny tiny feet. She came along with her parents, Wendy and Blair, to Lucas's birthday party tonight. We all fell in love with these cute shoes. Sadly, there wasn't a brand printed on them. Good luck finding a pair of your own.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Your Vote Counts

Ben has this shirt up at a new website he's trying called uneetee.
Go check it out and vote for his shirt if you like it.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

big pimpin'

This is how I rolled home from church today:
Ben took the bumper of the car to use as an object lesson for sharing time today. Then after church he volunteered to switch cars so he could take Lucas home while I took care of YW stuff. As I walked to the parking lot I was greeted by this ugly car with an overbite and a tumor. Utterly embarrassed, I climbed into the driver's seat and weaved my way out of the parking lot stopping several times to explain myself. Driving home I got several stares of wonderment, but I just smacked my gum and pretended everything was normal.
It's always more embarrassing driving a car with damage to the front of the car because they people assume your the idiot who was tailgating. But in reality, I had nothing to do with the accident. Ben was stopped at a stop sign for crying out loud. The other girl was the one who didn't turn the corner in her land and knocked the bumper off.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Fetish Friday

I try to squeeze every last bit of fun out of summer while I can, which is why I chose this very summery shoe today (school starts next week in Austin). This is Breeze by Bettye Muller. She's on sale from $395 to $150, which is always exciting. If you have a hot little red party dress, this shoe would love to accompany you to your next function. You could put a red flower in your hair to make the look complete. Ahhh.... Summer.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Fetish Friday

Sometimes on F.F. I just need a good laugh. I saw this Steve Madden and immediately thought of Cosby sweaters. You could get this shoe for $99, order a Cosby sweater for $375 and you would be set. Maybe you could hang out in Pee Wees Playhouse or something because I can't think of anywhere else this would be acceptable.

Bye Bye Beardie

When Lucas and I came home from Albuquerque we were greeted at the airport by a hairy form of Ben. I don't know if Lucas recognized him right away or not. Ben hadn't shaved the whole time we were gone, which was fun for him. And I guess his coworkers liked his new facial 'do, but his coworkers are... different - you know, austin artsy type (come to think of it, I think 3 other graphic designers have beards).
We agreed (which apparently means I told him) that he would shave it off before our weekend at the beach. Ben wanted to keep it for our vacation, but I prefer to have a kissably soft husband for vacation. It was ok for a few days while he was working since I only saw him for probably 4 hours this week, but for 4 days together, I wanted my Ben back.
Last night before Ben and Lucas got in the shower Ben reluctantly started the shaving process. I remembered that both my parents had requested a picture of the beard, so here's it is after one stripe shaved down the middle.
While Ben was shaving, I was printing maps for our trip to Port Aransas. Every few minutes he would come in and show me his progress - like the horseshoe mustache, then the porn star mustache, which was revolting, eventually he was back to Ben and I was happy again.

Guys, you have to learn that girls do not like facial hair. Has Santa or Castro ever been sexy? No. Even if facial hair looks good (George Clooney), it's not fun to kiss. You can't get a good seal and it scratches your face. Smooth is good. A nice manicured scruff (just a few days worth) is hot - even though it scratches our faces - but it has to be manicured - no cheek scruff.

Ben can grow a beard whenever he wants, as long as I'm not in town and as long as he doesn't have any important meetings. Sorry for being a meanie.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Trash the Dress

When I got home last night from my trip, the CD with the rest of the pictures taken at Memory Lane were in my mail box. If you feel like ruining your wedding dress or taking some other fun pictures, call Val and Bryan from Lightwave Foto.

Monday, August 11, 2008

chocolate takes the cake!

My mom and I made two really good cakes last week. I'll look extra shapely in my swimsuit next weekend because of them...

The first was a chocolate cake with mint filling and ganache frosting. I wanted to make it for my nephew, Aaron, who thought my chocolate mint brownies were the "best he's ever had!" He said this cake could be his birthday cake this year.
We wanted to play around with the ganache again, so for our next cake we got a bit fancier. We were going to just do chocolate cake, raspberry jam filling, and ganache frosting.
Instead, for the filling I put layers of rasberry jam, ganache, whipped cream, then whole raspberries.
The outside of the cake was inspired by Jenna Bush's wedding cake. I put a thin layer of ganache on, then stripes of thicker ganache. For the top we poured the ganache over the cake so it would drip over the stripes.
It was wonderful and tasted like something from a bakery. It was an expensive cake, but a keeper for sure!

You aren't really supposed to refrigerate ganache - it doesn't look as pretty and it gets harder, but this cake had to stay in the refrigerator due to the whipped cream. I think next time we would wait to pour the top ganache on until about 30 minutes before serving, then it would stay shiney and gooey.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

it's time for the country to unite!

I read a great article in Newsweek today. It wasn't about how that young guy is too much like a celebrity or how that white-haired guy is old and senial. Instead, it was about something really important.
It is time that we all stand together and and end one of the most tragic fashion nightmares the world has ever seen. Not banana clips, not tapered jeans, but Crocs. The time has come for everyone to stop buying boat shoes and support companies whose corporate policies do not involve making people look like clowns.
*Before you ask, yes, I have a pair of Payless crocs for Lucas, but he's not even 2 yet. They are cute on tiny feet. And you can wear them in your garden, where they were intended to stay - right next to the garden gnome.

for the record

In ABQ so far my mom and I have killed three scorpions, transported one tarantula to the other side of the fence, and killed one centipede. What the heck?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

FYI - sale!


Just wanted to let you know that Layers has some of their swim suites on clearance. $15 for tops and $10 for bottoms. A lot are only in XL, but there are a few in all sizes. I just thought everyone should know because every girl needs a least 4 swimsuits.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Dolly vs. Delta

I was just thinking back to Hurricane Dolly. Seriously, World Meteorological Organization... Dolly? If Hurricane Dolly would have had a better name it would have gotten much more tv time. What is so threatening about a storm that goes by the name of Dolly? All I picture is a big Dolly Parton twirling around above the ocean with her super-sized hoo hoos, painted on jeans and her blonde wig. She could barely hurt a fly while she shakes her tambourine against her sequin covered legs.

You know who would be a better hurricane? Delta, that's who. Imagine a raging, ticked off Delta Burke twirling around above the ocean. This ain't no "Suzanne Sugarbaker" Delta Burke. It's a Delta Burk ticked-off-beceause-she-got-fired-from-Designing Women-for-gaining-weight Delta Burke. Imagine the big black hair, the deep blue eye shadow, red lipsitck... and bad 80's suit. Now that's a storm.
Actually, now that I look at a pic of Dolly... I might take it all back.