Monday, August 23, 2010


We bought our tickets for Hawaii. Permasave mode is on.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My Concert Resume

Taken from Austin's facebook note. and embellished.

-BEN FOLDS/Rufus Wainwright/Ben Lee: August 13, 2005, City Market, Kansas City, MO.
Attended with Laura June Ponath and Blair Miller

-SCHOOL OF ROCK AUSTIN: January 20, 2006, Redrum, Austin, TX.
Attended with Lauren Kessler, Justine Shaw, and perhaps other girls from Blanton Four.

-BEACH BOYS: February 17, 2007, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Attended with Austin and Kerry.

-LITTLE RICHARD: March 24, 2007, University of Texas West Mall, Austin, TX
Attended with Lauren Kessler, Justine Shaw, and Austin.

-ALICE COOPER/Blue Oyster Cult: August 11, 2007, Sedalia Fairgrounds, Sedalia, MO (Missouri State Fair)
Attended with Austin, and (I think) Alex Bergman, Michael Hogan, and Eric Thomas.

-BLUE OYSTER CULT/Rockus Circus/The Krayolas: August 25, 2007, Sunken Gardens Amphitheater, San Antonio, TX
Attended with Austin.

-AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL: September 16, 2007, Zilker Park, Austin, TX.
Bob Dylan, Wilco, The Decemberists, Regina Spektor, Stephen/Ziggy Marley, Devotchka, The School of Rock All Stars.
Attended with Hank mostly.

-RUFUS WAINWRIGHT: March 5, 2008, Bovard Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA
Attended with Richard Fletcher.

-FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS: April 24, 2008, Amoeba Records, Los Angeles, CA
Attended with Alex Yeh, Jon Cronson, and Richard Fletcher.

-NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, April 29, 2008, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Attended with the entire UTLA crew.

Attended with Elliot Smith.

-HARRY AND THE POTTERS: Summer 2008, Lawrence, KS
Attended with Jonas Davidow, Colleen VanBuskirk, Ethan Miller, Kuran Bricker, and Austin and Alex Johnston. Hopefully I didn't forget anyone.

-AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL: September 26-28, 2008, Zilker Park, Austin TX.
The Foo Fighters, Beck, The Raconteurs, The Mars Volta, Conor Oberst, Erykah Badu, G. Love & Special Sauce, Band of Horses, Silversun Pickups, Gogol Bordello, Vampire Weekend, Slightly Stoopid, Fleet Foxes, MGMT, What Made Milwaukee Famous, M. Ward, Octopus Project, White Denim, School of Rock All Stars.
Attended with James Stevens.

-MATISYAHU: November 11, 2008, Stubbs BBQ, Austin, TX
Attended with Chris.

-GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY: November 14, 2008, Stubbs BBQ, Austin, TX
Attended with Chris.

-GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY: January 30, 2009, Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX
Attended with Chris.

-BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: January 31, 2009, Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX.
Attended with Chris.

-CAKE: April 28, 2009. Stubbs, Austin, TX
Attended with Chris.

-BRYAN ADAMS: June 2, 2009. Paramount Theatre, Austin, TX
Attended with Chris.

-GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY: July 17, 2009. Whitewater Rocks Amphitheatre, New Braufels, TX
Attended with Chris.

-COUNTING CROWS/Augustana: August 3, 2009, Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX.
Attended with Chris.

-JOURNEY: September 29, 2009, The Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX.
Attended with Chris.

-AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL: October 2-4, 2009, Zilker Park, Austin, TX.
Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, The Decemberists, The B-52s, Coheed and Cambria, Andrew Bird, Flogging Molly, Citizen Cope, Phoenix, Bassnectar, Brett Dennen, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Girl talk, Passion Pit, White Lies.
Attended with Chris.

-GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY: July 17, 2010, Whitewater Rocks Ampitheatre, New Braufels, TX
Attended with Chris, James Rexroth, Jaime Geil, Natalie Navar, Joseph Mattingly, The Woodards, The Wolfes, Hector, Mia, David Fajardo, Nick Salinas, and I'm sure there are others.

-DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: September 10, 2010, Houston, TX
Attended with Chris, Eric Weiss, Matt Probstfeld, and Monica Robb.

-DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: September 11, 2010, Dallas, TX

Attended with Chris, Eric Weiss, Matt Probstfeld, Mae Sattam, Mark Brennan, and Jessica Bush.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Frei

Once I graduated college, it seemed like everybody started doing it. This weekend I watched Charlotte and Andi do it in Chicago.

I met Char during college orientation, the summer before freshman year. She was the first person I'd ever met named Charlotte. In August, when classes started, she lived in the dorm right across the hall from mine. We ate breakfast together every Thursday- thus forming the Blanton Breakfast Club (BBC). As many freshman women do, Char, I, and the other girls on our hall often times discussed the big moments of our futures: weddings, careers, families, and places we hoped to visit. Charlotte was always, "1st: my career, 2nd: my travels, and maybe sometime... my marriage." That's why when she went abroad for school, fell in love, and came back engaged it was really hard for me to believe. However, after witnessing their beautiful ceremony I completely understand that this is the path for her. Andi is the perfect match for my friend; he brings out her very best. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Frei!

In other news, Chris and I ate way too much food whilst traveling. I'd visited Chi-town with Jonas for spring break a few years back, and the food was definitely my strongest memory. Possibly the best pizza in the US. Chris and I also dined on gourmet French appetizers, Goose Island Beer, and some fantastic sandwiches. And to make eating so much seem slightly less painful, we walked nearly everywhere. Not only was the L tons of fun to ride, it seemed clean, safe, and reliable. Oh the irony, as my credit card statement brings me back to reality, we're moments away from booking our next excursion. Details to come if it's ever finalized...

Sunday, August 1, 2010

so domestic

If I haven't already explained- my new job is an approximately 5 minute drive from our apartment. My new job has a kitchen fully stocked with coffee, salad, tomato, milk, bread, and generally- lunch meat, easy mac, soup, chips, pretzels, etc. and almost every soda imaginable. My new job also requires a 40 hr work week- generally 8am-5pm with an hour for lunch. Oh, and my new job also has "summer hours"- aka you can leave at noon on Fridays. So, I don't have to deal with any traffic, I don't have to pack my lunch in the morning, I don't have to buy lunch-type of foods anymore, and I technically, don't even have to stay until 5pm every day. Because 8am-4pm x 5 = 40 hrs a week.

Getting home from work at 4pm instead of after 6pm has added a whole other part of my daily routine. Instead of coming home exhausted, I'm delighted there are still 4 hours of sunlight! I can now go for a run, take a shower, read a book, watch Oprah, and make a solid dinner meal.

At the old job, I'd go to Sprouts every Sunday to buy my weekly salad ingredients for lunch. Welp, now there's no need to bring salads- they give it to us! This causes one change to my dinner meals, as now our fridge is empty of veggies. So, yesterday I dragged Chris to one of the many Austin Farmer's Markets. It was better than I'd imagined. With live music, tons of free samples, jewelry, and PEACHES. We bought the most delicious peaches I've ever had. And a cilantro cream salsa, an eggplant, yellow squash, and a zucchini. I cooked the latter ingredients into some sort of Eggplant Parmesan/Baked Penne masterpiece that I will definitely repeat later in the year. The success of that meal motivated me to make a cheesecake today. It's still cooling, but cross your fingers it will come out delicious as well. I'm going to top mine with peaches!