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15 Thing Friday

1. I found this months ago and loved it, but then forgot about it. Thankfully, I found it again last night. This is why you don’t sexy dance on the edge of your tub. Or, on the edge of anything for that matter.


2. I am not into “Masters of Sex” at all this season. It’s inconsistent, the characters are all over the damn place, and I miss Allison Janney.

3.  But I am in love with “Jersey Belle” and all of it’s fabulousness. It’s a reality show, but with friends who actually seem to like each other and want to continue being friends. Also, Danielle is everything.

I love it so much.

4.  Words that have a totally different meaning in the south:

What is this “goober” that is a peanut butter and jelly spread?????? Do tell.

5. While I typically abhor anything involving barbecue sauce, I love this Bacon Apple Chicken recipe. I’ve made it each week for three weeks and I cannot get enough of it.

Bacon and Apple Barbecue Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe Bacon Apple Chicken

It’s so easy and so delicious. I cook it in the oven for an hour at 375 and it turns out just fine.

6. I ran 12 miles so far this week and I am extremely proud of it.

7. I am working my way through “Call the Midwife” whilst on the treadmill and it is such a delightful show. I can’t believe I haven’t been watching it all along! I do not know what is wrong with me.

Chummy is a goddess.

8. My beloved, with short hair:

9. Just lovely.

10. When I feel down, I’ve been watching this:

I love that little booty-shakin’ turtle. Get it.

11. Showtime has been running “Save the Last Dance” and I can watch it on an endless loop. Julie Stiles is a pretty abysmal actress, but I still love it. I maintain it’s Kerry Washington’s finest performance.


12. I thought Rick Perry’s indictment and subsequent submission to the authorities would bring me joy. Instead, I am more annoyed than ever by the increased prevalence of his smug face all over the place as he weasels out of something yet again.

He should be arrested for crimes against education!!

So many feelings about this that no one wants to hear.

13. 45 days (including today and that Sunday) until Walking Dead comes back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my God. I just realized I will be out of town that day. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO!?!?!?!

14. Hello Kitty is not a kitty, but a little girl. A little girl with cat ears, whiskers, and a cat-shaped head. I don’t understand anything.

15. Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend (for us North Americans)


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15 Thing Friday

1.  There are now birthday cake M&Ms.


They taste like you have a mouthful of regular M&Ms mixed with that weird aftertaste/coating you get from eating a bunch of sprinkles by themselves (do not even pretend you’ve never had a mouthful of sprinkles. Just don’t.). I didn’t care for them. I mean, I ate them, but I didn’t love every second of it.

2. I had lunch recently at Twisted Root Burger Company which is a new place close to the university. My burger was beyond tasty and the sweet potato chips are the best I’ve ever had.

3. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Squad is back on and I’m so happy. I just love that Vivian so much, I’m going to be hysterical if she doesn’t make it this time. I love it so much.

4. I’m re-reading “Gone With the Wind” and every time I read it I wonder why I ever read anything else. SUCH DRAMA.

Feel that, gurl.

5. This cat pretty much sums up my feelings about this week:

Everything has been a mess. I give up.


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Things to be Happy About on a Friday

I decided that today I would give a list of things that are currently bringing me some amount of joy.

1. It’s Friday and tomorrow is Saturday and Saturday means sleep.

2. The toenail from the toe I smashed with a can of apple pie filling is still attached. I made it through the summer with a toenail. I’m very pleased about this.

3. Last month I sent sad Canadian Lindsey a box of Reese’s Oreos because for some reason the evil Oreo empire hates Canada and didn’t release them to be sold there. Much to my overwhelming delight, I received this incredible box of goodies from her this week:

I can attest that all of those cookies are absolutely delicious. Those maple cookies are everything. I need to buy some Nutella because that seems like a heavenly combo.  Thanks Lindsey, you’re the best!

4. I get to go a toddler’s birthday party on Sunday and see lots of sweet babies and sassy little toddlers. I’m overly excited about this. I just love stealing (“holding”) other people’s babies.

5. Today is the first day of August which means there are only about 2.5 months of summer left. This summer has been hot, but not nearly as terrible as past years so far. We haven’t had 30 straight days of 100+ degree heat and that’s a win in my book.

6. I added an Austin tab at the top! I receive emails every now and then from people coming to visit and asking what I’ve done or where I’ve eaten. I certainly still welcome the emails, but now you check there too and get information in a quicker and much less long-winded way.

I’m not claiming to be an expert and there is so much I haven’t yet done yet, but this is a list in case you were wondering where I’ve been eating since I have such a distinguished palate.

7.  Tonight I’m going to see Ray LaMontagne play at the Long Center. I am so excited as I have been waiting to see him in concert for almost a decade (for some reason Lubbock and Corpus Christi weren’t on his previous tour stops and then he just didn’t tour at all for like six years or something terrible).

This is really great timing because, as I’ve said before, he is the soundtrack to my feelings and I have so many of them now. His new album is especially lovely.

8. Prince Harry has been looking seriously foxy the past few weeks. I sure wish he would give ol’ grandpa Will some advice on how jeans should fit.

On air: The Prince was pre-recording an interview with the radio station, which will be broadcast tomorrow, to talk about the Invictus games, which start in September
9. The only way Boyhood could have been improved: Potterhood.

That gave me tears.


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Friday Things

1. I watched Snowpiercer this past weekend and I can’t stop talking about it. It was the most compelling and interesting movie I have seen in recent memory.

I don’t believe the trailer does an accurate job showing you why you should be interested, so just know,  TILDA SWINTON.

For much of the movie I forgot that anything else existed outside of it and that was really lovely. It’s in theaters, but I watched it through Amazon Instant Video.

2. Prince George and butterflies!!!

I can feel the fear in the butterfly. Prince Grab and Squeeze is far too close. Thanks, Terri. Those fat little cheeks totally made my day.

3. How German sounds compared to other languages. I love the German words for “pen” and “sex.”

4. There is now a Gordough’s Specialty Donuts trailer one mere block away from my office. We hit that up last week and I had the Mama’s Cake donut all for myself. It was yellow cake batter filling with chocolate fudge icing. It was my everything that day.

PicMonkey Collage
The only thing keeping me from having lunch there every day is that the thought of walking there in the heat overrides my desire for donuts. Come September, I am going to have a problem.

5. In addition to donuts, I have been eating a ton of Reese’s Cups. My very sweet co-workers gave me flowers and a giant bag of Reese’s Cups (full-sized cups which means my rants about the frustration of unwrapping so many miniatures worked) when I returned to work last week. It was such a sweet gesture that I promptly started sobbing in front of them. I feel so grateful to work with some many kind people and my appreciation of them grows with each wonderful bite of chocolate and peanut butter.


6. I started following my beloved German boyfriend Manuel Neuer on Instagram. He’s pretty.

I think I’ve gone full Germanophile (Deutschophile?) at this point.

7. Baby lion in leaves. This is exactly how I feel about life right now:

Thanks AndreaClaire for passing that on. That little bastard made me smile quite a bit.

8. Ladies of London is over. I need more. Now.


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