Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Throwback -- Dame's Dinner Club at Villa O

In 2013, Dame's Dinner Club was a big thing for my group of friends - I feel like we went twice a month, at least! The last time I went was in July 2013 with Casi and Lindsey at Villa-O.

Baby Spinach Salad, Capellini, and Coffee Ice Cream

Maybe we'll start going to a Dame's Dinner Club event again soon - always fun to see friends and have a nice dinner together!

Summer Adventures at Fair Park (2013)

During the summer of 2013, Fair Park held Summer Adventures. Several State Fair rides were open (Texas Star, Top of Texas Tower, etc), there were a few shows & food vendors, the Midway, and the Butterfly Garden, Aquarium, and Sting Ray petting zoo. It was a great way to experience the park & major attractions without the crowds of the State Fair. Plus there was a bar. :) Dave and I went a few times, and here is our experience in pictures ---

Riding the Texas Skyway -- 

Fletcher's - a MUST HAVE.

Swan Paddle Boats - Dave was really excited.

Views from the NEW (at the time) Top of Texas Tower -- 

The Texas Star looks like a baby ferris wheel!

Dog Show!

Texas State Aquarium -- 

Me, petting a sting ray! You could feed them sardines too!

Braving the rain and spending Dave's birthday at Summer Adventures!

I thought it was such a great way to utilize Fair Park during the summer months. Sadly, the powers at be (City of Dallas, maybe?) cancelled Summer Adventures, despite having a three-year contract. I'm glad we were able to enjoy it!

Maybe a little advertising and cheaper entrance fees?? Source

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

October 2013 Recap

October went something like this...

We started the month out with a great date night at Lucia and snagged some excellent chocolate at Dude, Sweet Chocolate.

Obviously, I spent as much time as possible at The State Fair.
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Chelsea and I caught City & Colour at The Granada

I went to the Body Beautiful exhibit at the DMA.

I watched Peaches while her dad was on tour.

I saw a Pat Green concert at The Rustic with a  few friends.

I visited England! Read about it here.
40 Things Only American Expats In London Will Understand

We sat in a suite at the Stars game with Bowling for Soup.

And we went to a haunted house in Deep Ellum!

2013 in Review

Well, this is 3 months late, but better than never! 
2013 was a pretty good year -- full of change, new things, some of the same things, happiness, fun, family, friends, and lots of love. 

Here is my 2013 year in review:

  1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? Traveled on a tour bus. Visited England (London, Bristol, Bath, Stonehenge), Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Park City, Utah. Rode the Texas Star outside of the State Fair. Took an out-of-state road trip with friends.
  2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Eh - not so much, but that's ok! I definitely made resolutions for 2014, so here's to another year!
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not in 2013.
  4. Did anyone close to you die? Nope.
  5. What countries did you visit? England.
  6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? More stamps in my passport. Larger bank account. More property. Letters after my name. 
  7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? November 1 -- new roommate!
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Taking a partially solo trip to another country. 
  9. What was your biggest failure? I guess not achieving all of the goals I set for the year? 
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nope! I don't even remember having a cold?
  11. What was the best thing you bought? Plane ticket.
  12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My family and boyfriend. 
  13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? No one appalled me, but I was disappointed by several.
  14. Where did most of your money go? American Airlines. 
  15. What did you get really excited about? Visiting England. The State Fair. Making new friends. 30th Birthday trips. Beach trip.
  16. What song will always remind you of 2012? Circle of Friends.
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a)happier or sadder?  happier. b)thinner or fatter? fatter, for sure. c)richer or poorer? richer - although not monetarily.
  18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Days at the Lake. Exercise. Volunteer. Cook. Read.
  19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Stress. Cry. Worry. Watch TV. Eat Out.
  20. How did you spend Christmas? My brother hosted Christmas Eve for my Dad's family at his house. We served Greek food, played pool & cards, and enjoyed the nice weather. Dave, my brother, mom, and myself went out for a few drinks once the family left. Christmas Day, I was with Dave's family at his parent's house for the day and at the Arcade Bar that night.
  21. What was your favorite TV program? In no particular order: Homeland. Game of Thrones. Person of Interest. Anything on the travel channel or cooking channel. Workaholics. Law & Order: SVU. Suits. White Collar. God bless DVR. 
  22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No.
  23. What was the best book you read? Did I read any books in 2013??? I don't think so... 
  24. What was your greatest musical discovery? Lorde.
  25. What did you want and get? A stamp in my passport.
  26. What did you want and not get? A repeat from last year: six pack abs. I guess I didn't really want them that badly given the little time I spent in the gym. Oh well!
  27. What was your favorite film of this year? Dallas Buyer's Club. 
  28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 29 in 2013. I had a four-part birthday celebration - Dave took me to dinner at Cane Rosso, my Mom and I went to Terilli's with her friend and my brother, I had brunch and Sunday Funday with friends, and I had lunch with my aunts and grandmother. It was a good week!
  29. What would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Less stress. Fewer bills. More travel. I'm sure that's true for everyone.
  30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? Leggings. Vests. Boots. 
  31. What kept you sane? My family. My boyfriend. New friends. 
  32. Who was the best new person you met? Christina, although, I think we technically met in 2012.
  33. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013. God doesn't give you more than you can handle.
  34. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. That's so difficult! The only lyrics I have stuck in my head are "A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E"
What are your thoughts on 2013?
(Read what I said about 2012.)

Here's to 2014!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Social #80

Sunday Social

I'm linking up with Neely & Ashley for the Sunday Social!

1. What is your favorite Holiday Movies/TV Specials?
I always watch National Lampoon's Christmas VacationElf, and old school movies: Rudolph (with the Abominable Snowman) and Frosty the Snowman

2. Do you do any volunteering during the holidays?
I volunteer at the Dallas Arboretum through Junior League, so I'll be giving tours of the DeGolyer House this year. Come see the Angels

3. What is your favorite toy received as a child for the holidays?
Go-Kart! I wrecked it two months later, but it was fun while it lasted!

4. What was your must have item in high school for the holidays? 
My parents bought me a sound bar for my Jeep in high school. It was a "must have" for me, because without it, I couldn't hear the stereo when the top was off. First world problems.

5. What do you do on Christmas Eve?
We spend Christmas Eve at my grandmother's house with my Dad's side of the family. There is lots of food & champagne -- recently, we've been serving surf n' turf, rather than turkey/ham (I mean, who wouldn't rather have lobster?)! We have a gift exchange and play several rounds of Battle of the Sexes and Pass the Pigs too

Thursday, December 12, 2013

UK Adventure - Day 5 - Bristol

I visited England in October. 
Here's an overview of my fifth day!

We woke up early to take a train to Bristol to meet up with Dave and the Bowling for Soup tour.

Everyone had a Full English at The Hatchett Inn...
Still no blood sausage. :(

...found a few things by Banksy...

...walked around the town center, had a few pints...

...and rocked out with Patent Pending & Bowling for Soup!
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We hung out on the bus after the show...
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...and headed back to our hotel.

Read about the rest of the trip here:

UK Adventure - Day 2 - London

40 Things Only American Expats In London Will Understand

I visited England in October. 
Here's an overview of my second day!

...stopped by the Southwark Cathedral...

...visited Shakespeare's Globe Theater...
Sadly, I JUST missed theater season, so I didn't get to see a play at the Globe - but, it was still fun to visit!

...visited St. Paul's Cathedral...

...and climbed 527 steps to the top of the dome!
Totally worth it for the views & fresh air! I do this in every city there is a dome - Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, etc.

I found a dragon boundary marker...

...looked around the Somerset House...
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...and visited the Courtauld Gallery.
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I went through the London Transport Museum...

...and caught a Paul McCartney concert in Covent Garden!

I stumbled across Neal's Yard...

...had my first official fish n' chips...
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I know it was a chain pub, but still so good.

I hung out in Trafalgar Square...

...climbed the lions, watched street performers, found a Texas flag, saw the Fourth Plinthand browsed around the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.

I went to "Friday Late" at the Victoria & Albert Museum...

...and ended my day on the patio with a crepe & cider!

Here's the rest of my day --

 Read about the rest of the trip here: