Monthly Archives: December 2012

Magnificent Men of Monday

We saw Zero Dark Thirty this weekend. That was just a little bit intense and stressful. Thankfully, this face gave me comfort:

I could not remember who he was for the life of me. The second the movie concluded, I IMDB’d that fool. Taylor Kinney. Then I remembered. Lady Gaga’s boyfriend. Wellllllllllll played sister, well played.

Anyway, enjoy and be jealous.

Happy New Year’s Eve! Be safe and please don’t try to kill anyone with your car.

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A Mighty Fine Sunday

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Like A Proper Healthy Person

On Thursday, I woke up bright and early and drove to Austin to check out the new cycling and yoga studio that my sister’s boss just opened in Steiner Ranch.

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I’ve never been to a fancy pants fitness studio, but now that I’ve gone, I’m not sure I can ever go back to a regular gym. Thankfully, my sister was there and she showed me around and tell me what to do so I didn’t look like a total hillbilly.

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I signed up for a cycling class followed by an hour of yoga, then I went in the back and had a panic attack. As you well know, fitness is not exactly the thing I’m best at. I haven’t been to a cycling class in years and years and I try my best to avoid yoga. But, Sari kept talking it up and she totally tricked me into agreeing to go.

I got my body into my spandex tights, put on the special cycling shoes, and headed to class.

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Forty-five minutes later I emerged alive. It was actually really fun and I was really bummed that I wouldn’t be able to come back (you know, because I live four hours away…). The instructor was great and the room even had fans in it. I love some good fan action. It was nice to, you know, actually use my body for something other than laying. How novel.

After the cycling, I went into the yoga studio and got my stretch on. The instructor did Vinyasa flow which I actually enjoyed. It turns out, all this time I’ve been wasting my time in Hatha yoga which apparently just isn’t my cup of tea. The hour flew by and I felt amazing and like a proper hippie afterward.

Anyway, if you live in the Austin area or near the Steiner Ranch, you should go check out Resolute Fitness. Also, you can say hi to my sister and tell her how sorry you are for her that she is related to me. If I lived and loved it, then you definitely will. They also have a super fancy pants bathroom with a nice shower equipped with swanky shampoo. I know because I showered and got ready there. I sure do love a classy bathroom.

After two hours of exercise (<;- proof the world will end soon), I cleaned up and we headed to the giant Central Market grocery store downtown. I was overwhelmed with joy. They had all the apples. Every one of them. I’ve never seen so many in my life.

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I would be so broke if I lived near one of those. Oh yeah, I can’t retire because I spent all my money on exotic apples.

They also had the holy grail of biscuit making flour:

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If you bake bread, buy this flour. It is perfection, even at more than twice the cost of regular flour. WORTH IT.

After spending eighty unplanned dollars there, we had an early supper.

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After, we headed to see Les Mis. That ended up being a bit of a mess, but after driving back and forth between three theaters, we finally managed to get to one that was normal priced (Because OMFG that theater at The Domain is $19 just for the movie ticket. WTF is that???) and at the right time (I might have misread show times earlier in the day…).

It was AMAZING. I laughed, I cried, I cried some more, I got insanely jealous of Amanda Seyfried (you shouldn’t get to be that pretty and have amazing hair. One or the other!! It’s not fair!), and then I cried again. It was a holy experience to say the least.

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Also, pack some snacks because that movie is like 3 hours long. Watching the endless wailing about starvation and stolen bread made my imminent desire for a large sandwich significantly more acute. Misery! Furthermore, Hugh Jackman, take your damn kid and move. That’s basic criminal 101 in the thwarting of police. Don’t live in the same hood as the po-po. While he is learning basic criminal skills, would someone tell those rich kids that it will be hard to get the citizens to join the revolution when they have to work all day so they can eat. Barricading on a Monday is a rich man’s game. Finally, can we go back and time and recast Mr. Crowe. The entire tragedy of his demise was completely overshadowed by my complete joy that now that he would FINALLY STFU and sing no more.

After dreaming many a dream, I woke up on Friday and headed to Killeen (my hate for that city knows no bounds) to meet my bestie Allison who ditched me in September to move there with her husband. Disloyal jerk. Anyway, I’ve forgiven her and decided to meet up with her and her blonde midget for some lunch.

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I had never been to Razzoo’s before, but the menu was completely overwhelming and confusing. I could not decipher that damn thing to save my life. Luckily, the server was awesome and helped me out. Well, he helped right over to some spiked sweet tea.

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Good choice sir. O also informed me that this half-naked lady was tacky. So don’t wear beer boxes as clothes because little girls will find you tacky.

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After stuffing our faces, we decided to treat her to an afternoon at the happiest place on earth: Target.

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She was a nice little shopper and even kept my margarita mix safe for me. It was a good time.

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And now I really miss Allison and I’m sad all over again. Should have never let that jerk back into my heart.

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Cuptails

On Wednesday I headed down to Austin to get the last of my travel shots. I am so glad that torture is over. Those damn things hurt. I had to get two of them in my leg over Thanksgiving and I wasn’t sure I would ever walk again. Thankfully, I recovered and lived to get stuck again on Wednesday.

I have now been successfully vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, the flu, polio, Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and typhoid. I also got some anti-malarial pills which means I will now be much harder to kill. Well, as soon as I finish the vaccinations against clumsiness and spastic movements.

Take that Japanese encephalitis.

After my shots I went over to see my friend Chelsy and her little man. For Christmas I bought him a set of baby musical instruments because I want her to hate me and never be my friend again. At least little man enjoyed them.

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I felt bad about the amount of noise thetoys made until I found out they had made him the Super Nerd Sensory Board.

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That thing lights up and makes noise and has all sorts of gadgets that the little science nerd of tomorrow needs to get his tiny hands on ASAP. I guess that is what you get when you come from a family of math geeks and engineers. I’ve already placed an order for one in the hope that my future children can maybe be a little more talented with the hard sciences.

While we watched munchkin test Occam’s Razor, we enjoyed the best cupcakes I have ever tasted in my life from Galaxy Cupcakes in Georgetown.

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I wasn’t sure it was possible to make cake better, but apparently it is. They went and put LIQUOR in them. Real live liquor.  I know, I was amazed too. They are called “Cuptails” and we tried the Limoncello and Bailey’s Irish Cream. They were both delicious, but the Bailey’s was my favorite.

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The chocolate cake part was impressively rich and moist (<- such an awful word) and the mint frosting was out of control. I was really confused how they go the liquor in since it isn’t baked in (meaning you can get drunk on cupcakes, my world just got way more exciting…). Turns out they whip it into the frosting and insert it into the center of the cupcake.

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It was just enough to taste it, but it wasn’t overpowering. The Bailey’s, the mint, and the chocolate combination was seriously dreamy. I just about melted into a puddle of bliss on the floor. We also tried a few of the non-alcoholic variety and they were equally delicious (especially the red velvet usually, I don’t even like red velvet and I loved this one). They are also normal sized cupcakes (as in not the size of your damn hand) which is amazing because  you can try more flavors each time!

They only make certain flavors of the “cuptails” each day, so I will be going back on New Year’s Eve to try out some different ones. I am never one to say no to a cupcake opportunity, or a cupcakotunity if you will. Anyway, if you live in the Austin area, go check them out because those cupcakes are nothing short of amazing.

All in all, it was a fantastic Wednesday, shots and all. Also, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win $100 from Cetaphil! You have to leave a comment in this post to be entered.  The sweepstakes ends Monday January 7th!

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