Houston Rodeo

    The Houston Rodeo.  Where do I even begin?  Last weekend was the end of the month long Rodeo here in Houston.   The Rodeo is a serious way of life for the people involved.   There is an entire livestock center where all of the animals are kept.   Surrounding the animal stalls are aisles upon aisles of shops where you can buy any Western themed item that you could have ever imagined.  I certainly have never seen anything like this before and was definitely on the edge of my seat watching all of the events!    
    We were able to get up close and personal with the animals.  🙂

    After all of the walking, Patrick and I stopped for a bit and got ourselves a “Texas Pedicure,” ….. we’re definitely going native now.

    Once we had our fill of the livestock show and had enough browsing of all the shops, we headed to the stadium for the Rodeo.  
    So glad my family (sadly minus my older bro) was able to come into town!
    In addition to the normal rodeo events (like barrel racing & bull riding) there were also a bunch of surprises in store, for a first timer like me.  Horse racing for one?  It almost felt like I was watching the chariot race in the movie Ben Hurr!  Very intense.  
    And the other big surprise: Mutton Bustin! Basically this is like bull riding, but for five year olds.   These little kids climb on up a rather large sheep, hold on tight, and see how long they can stay on.  In the end, usually two or three out of twenty kids stayed on longer than three seconds tops.  Check out the video below. 🙂 

    To top off the evening, we stayed in our seats while we watched the arena transform itself into a concert venue, hosting (one of my favorites) Hunter Hayes. 

    The city of Houston truly transformed itself during the month of Rodeo.  Cowboy boots and hats became a common sight to see.    If your planning a trip to Houston, make sure to visit in March, you don’t want to miss the Rodeo! 
    TN people, I’m taking reservations for next year. 🙂

    Five Little Things

    I’ve been a busy bee this past week and have not had any time to blog.  This weekend I’m planning on reading a new book and being just a little bit too lazy for my own good.  But for now, here are a few tidbits of what I’ve been up to lately. 
    ONE:  I ordered this hammock from Amazon about a year ago, with intentions of hanging it up at our outdoor wedding.  Somewhere in all the craziness of that day, the hammock was forgotten.  But alas, months later, this cute little hammock made its way to Houston with my parents during their recent visit.   My husband and I found a stand for it for just $45 off Craigslist and voila: a fabulous new addition to the backyard.
    TWO:  I joined a book club! Hopefully this will be a great way to make new girl friends who also share my love of reading. This month’s book is The Perfume Collector.   I’m only about 8% in (according to my Kindle) and I can tell that this is going to be a wonderful read.   The book is about Grace, a married socialite living in London.  Not sure of how she feels about her situation in life, she suddenly receives a letter from Paris stating that she’s inherited a massive fortune from a complete stranger.   I’m expecting from this point, a wondrous adventure to ensue? The book has rave reviews so I’m sure it won’t disappoint. 
    THREE:  These. Shorts. Are. Amazing.   I recently purchased these Pilcro white denim shorts from Anthropologie. (I’m actually wearing them in the picture up top).  I have never once worn shorts so completely comfortable yet flattering as well.  They are just long enough and short enough at the same time, if that even makes any sense.  But do yourself a favor, and get some of these shorts.  
    FOUR:   Living in the Heights in Houston, its almost mandatory to have a bicycle.  It seems like everyone in the neighborhood is out riding their bikes on the weekends.  My husband and I took the plunge and each got ourselves a shiny new bike.  We acted just a tad impulsively, but we figured why not go for it now, when we can at least get a few months riding in before the dreaded Houston summer heat makes us never want to go outdoors again.   
    I picked out the Linus Scout.   Its got that vintage-y feel that I love, but its also a great street bike.  Only time will tell if I’m feeling hip enough to don a sun hat on a ride, like this stylish girl posing above. 

    FIVE:  Earlier this week, my hubs and I headed out on an evening bike ride, and wound up at Good Dog.  Formerly a food truck, Good Dog is now a brick and mortar hot dog serving restaurant that artfully creates delicious dogs.   I chose the Chicago dog.  I’m proud to say I didn’t pick off any of the pickles or peppers, a first for me.  But this will not be the first time that I will be stopping here. 
    Thanks for letting me share these little tidbits of my life with you! 🙂

    Tonight’s Dinner & My Favorite Blog

    Cheerio Mate! 
    This morning I was flipping through a few of my favorite blogs and I came across this absolutely delicious looking recipe, that I will be attempting to make for dinner tonight.   Its from my favorite blog: The Londoner.  Rosie, the blog’s creator, is such a quirky, interesting, and stylish person.  Not to mention, she’s British. And I love all things British.  A lot of her blog posts have actually inspirited a few of mine.  Just thought I’d share her blog and this steak and taco recipe with you all.  Happy Saturday!  
    Check out Rosie’s fabulous London life: here.

    The Beatles for President!

    My wonderful parents just left town after a fabulous (but not long enough) visit to Houston.
    My dad is the ULTIMATE Beatles fan so visiting these famous Beatles statues was high on his to-do list.   Funnily enough, I had no idea that these 36 ft tall statues were here, let alone one block from the Target that I frequent ;-).  You never know what is around the corner. 
    Houston Beatles Statues Trendy in Texas

    Not only does this little statue park feature the very important Beatles, but there are also busts of all of the US presidents.  As well as some prominent Texans, because how could we leave Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin out? 

    I couldn’t resist spinning around in the amazing weather.  It sure does feel like Spring outside. 
    Get the Look: 
    It was a fabulous weekend having my parents and younger brother in Houston.  We managed to eat out  for …. every meal, which was definitely an adventure.   We also visited NASA and kicked our boots to some tunes at the Rodeo.   Can’t wait for them all to come into town again! 

    Hope everyone else is having a good week, spending time with family, and enjoying this lovely weather!

    Irish Wanderlust

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  
    This is a special holiday in my family, because my mom’s side is 100% Irish.  When I was a little girl, my mom once told me that my Grandpa was a leprechaun.  You bet I believed her!  
    A few years ago, I studied abroad in Wales and my mom hopped across the pond to visit me.  We squeezed in a few wonderful days in Dublin and the Irish countryside.  This short trip was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and I can’t wait to go back to Ireland again someday.  Thought I’d share some pictures of our little trip on this special day. 
    During our quickie visit to Dubiln,  we made time to visit the Guinness Factory.  After a long tour of the factory and visit to the museum, we climbed our way to the sky lounge where we had a Guinness (or two) whilst overlooking the city of Dublin. 
     We felt a bit of luck o the Irish that day.  There happened to be a rainbow over Dubin, like it was just for us.
    To finish off our day in Dublin, we had dinner and drinks at Oliver St. John Gogarty’s Pub.  My mom and I split an Irish cheese & meat board.  This could possibly be one of my favorite meals.   To top it off, a little due of Irish folk singers entertained us all evening long. 
    Day 2 of our weekend in Ireland consisted of a guided tour of the County Wicklow, the Irish countryside that borders Dublin.  We hiked through a little Monastic village, saw the Guinness Estate, and even got to see the bridge where that pivotal scene from the film P.S. I Love You takes place.  Our tour guide sang songs for us as well as took us to this fabulous little place for lunch.  My mom and I split a shepherd’s pie and our trip was complete. 
    I hope you guys enjoyed my little blast from the past! Reminiscing over these pictures has me itching to go back to Ireland.   Wanderlust really is a disease and I am unfortunately infected.  😉  

    Weekend Life

    A lot as well as not too much has been happening here lately.  So, I thought I would share a few snaps of what we’ve been up to these past few days!
    Saturday we went to one of the many farmer’s markets in Houston.  This one was in Upper Kirby.  Twas pretty nice….but I don’t think anything could compare to the Knoxville’s Market Square Farmer’s Market.  Definitely miss that every Saturday.   We did find some great things at this market, and definitely didn’t leave empty handed.  

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many carrots in my life!  
    Saturday, Patrick and I visited Houston Dairymaids, conveniently located super close to us in the Heights.  This has been on my H-town bucket list for a while now.  

    Each week the dairy maids bring out six different cheeses for their customers to try.   They also suggest different wine/beer pairings for the cheese.  This experience was heavenly…AND FREE!  Unless you decide to take home some of the cheese with you, which we did, it’ll only cost you a few bucks.  
    Couldn’t leave without getting a picture of myself by this sign.  
    Oh and….
    A week ago I refinished this dresser, finally.   Expect a post with before and afters to come soon!
    Hope everyone is having a relaxing Oscar Sunday!