Friday, July 29, 2011

What should we do in Portland and/or Cleveland?!?!

I have been crazy busy this week trying to get the FLEAS out of our house (thanks a lot, KHRYA!) and finalizing the plans for Chris and I’s epically amazing 11 day journey across America. We leave next Thursday for a week in Oregon and then we fly straight to Cleveland, Ohio. Lots of travels, lots of plans.

In Oregon, we’ll be staying with many others from the Kapka-side of the family in the northeast part of downtown Portland. After about a week in Oregon, we’re flying straight to Cleveland, OH. I used to live in Ohio, as did my parents, and grandparents, however the primary purpose for the trip is for the wedding of two of our ol’ kickball friends in Youngstown, OH.

Any recommendations for places to eat, drink, and be merry? Yes please!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kick, Clap, Speaker

This past weekend marks the one-year anniversary of starting up my blog again. It also marks the one-year anniversary of working at LIM. Oh, and the one-year anniversary of the Canyon Lake weekend.

I failed to go into great detail in last year’s post, so I’ll explain a bit more this time around. Last summer, James and Joe decided it’d be fun to rent a lake house to celebrate their birthdays, and enjoy the Ghostland Observatory concert just down the way.

The house we rent is about 30 minutes away from the concert venue. It also sleeps nearly 20 people, and even more with air mattresses. So, all of us friends get to play family for the weekend, as we prepared meals, cleaned the kitchen, played beer pong, relaxed in the water, and had two-not over until 4am, no wait, 5am dance parties. Some of my favorites:
Family Dinner


oh but wait...


And finally... The Epic Dance Party #2

Natalie hit it on the nose with her reflection, as I too have to remind myself nearly every weekend. I am so fortunate to have finally found good friends family. I love you guys!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Lover's Dictionary

This summer has been full of fantastic reads.
I started off on a darker path with:

And after I had my full fix of sad, I took a complete 180 and tore through these two.

Both of those took about 10 minutes, and were just the fluffy fix I needed to accompany my beach towel and bud light girl.

While in Katy, I read The Lover’s Dictionary. It took no time at all to finish, and would make a really cute little gift-style book for the lover in your life (however, it’s about heartbreak too… so that might send the wrong message).

The author, David Levithan (who also wrote Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) goes through the dictionary (yup, A to Z) picking various words, and relating them to his personal stories about relationships and love. As I read it, I flagged a few words that particularly stood out to me. Chris is never that interested in things from books I read, so I figured I’d share them here. That, and I have to return the book to the library.

My favorites from The Lover’s Dictionary:

aloof, adj.
It has always been my habit, ever since junior high school, to ask that question:
“What are you thinking?”
It is always an act of desperation, and I keep on asking, even though I know it will never work the way I want it to.

candid, adj.
“Most times, when I’m having sex, I’d rather be reading.”
This was, I admit, a strange thing to say on a second date. I guess I was just giving you a warning.
“Most times when I’m reading,” you say, “I’d rather be having sex.”

paleontology, n.
You couldn’t believe the longest relationship I’d been in had only lasted for five months.
“Ever?” you asked, as if I might have overlooked a marriage.
I couldn’t say, “I never found anyone who interested me all that much,” because it was only our second date, and the jury was still hearing your case.
I sat there as you excavated your boyfriends, laid the bones out on the table for me to see. I shifted them around, tried to reassemble them, if only to see if they bore any resemblance to me.

posterity, n.
I try not to think about us growing old together, mostly because I try not to think about growing old at all. Both things – the years passing, the years together -are too enormous to contemplate. But one morning, I gave in. You were asleep, and I imagined you older and older. Your hair graying, your skin folded and creased, your breath catching. And I found myself thinking: If this continues, if this goes on, then when I die, your memories of me will be my greatest accomplishment. Your memories will be my most lasting impressing.

Oh, and the NYT’s review made me smile too. So here it is.

Oh, and NPR's too.

rest, v. and n.
Rest with me for the rest of this.
That’s it. Come closer.
We’re here.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Never Seemed so Strange

Last weekend Chris and I took a 2.5 hour escape from Austin to spend some QT with his parentals in Katy, TX. We also visited with a few other Houstonians including my ol’ college roomie and the greatest TSTV Live Sports Director of all time.

Please excuse the up-the-nose shot of me.

One of Chris’s closest childhood friends also lives in Katy, and a group of us caught the Friday night Astros game at Minute Maid Park. I have never been to an indoor baseball park, and the whole thing was pretty weird. I bet it cost a fortune to cool that place down! But when it’s 98 degrees and nearly 90% humidity, one really appreciates the A/C.
Yep, we are inside.

Oh, and halfway through we moved to the left-field side. It has a better view of the jumbotron.

So, Minute Maid also has a retractable roof. Stellar. At the end of the game they retracted the roof and we got to see about 10 minutes of fireworks. Because of the Great Drought of 2011, Austin counties are currently under a severe burn ban. Thus, these were the only fireworks we saw all weekend. Eh, works for me.

After the game we stopped by Little Bigs in Montrose. I highly recommend the Frozen White Russian. I should have splurged for my own instead of just sampling Chris’s. The next day, we ate dinner at George’s with his parents, then met up with fellow Austinites, Brian and Jessica, at the Petrol Station. I liked that place so much I just wrote it a 5 Star yelp review. On Sunday night, the four of us cooked one of the greatest Fourth of July meals I’ve ever had. I made Caprese Salad (again!), Chris grilled some steaks, and his mom made LOADED roasted veggie skewers, baked potato salad, and boiled shrimp. More veggies please? And, a weekend in Katy is never complete without hand-washing my car, watching lots of cable TV, and playing a few hours of wii.

Oh, and we stopped at Sonic. Once on the way there, once on the way back. Half-price drinks everyday from 2-4pm!