Sunday, May 9, 2010

Art Car Parade

Saturday we made a last-minute decision to check out the Houston Art Car Parade taking place on Allen Parkway.  Though the weather wasn't right for laying out by the pool, the overcast skies were perfect for sitting curbside and watching the parade!  This free annual event is a must for any Houstonian.

Everyone was out to have a good time.  Not only were cars decorated, but bicycles as well.  And apparently the DMV doesn't mind drivers under 16 AND ignores open container laws, because there was a lot of both happening!  My favorite was the policeman who started and ended the parade.  He sounded like he was from New Orleans and thought he was on Bourbon Street.  His parting words, "Thanks for coming and next year bring more beer!"

Here are just a few of the cars that passed by.

Yay for veggies!


The Hare Krishnas know how to party!  Everyone started dancing when they passed by

Bill White's peeps came and passed out fans.  Thanks, Bill!

New Kicks

I haven't owned fashion sneakers in a few years.  Running shoes, yes, but not sneaks to be worn with jeans in public.  Even when I can wear jeans to work I usually wear cute flats.  I had to break down a few weeks ago when I knew I would be on my feet for two days straight.  I stopped by Shi, the girl Journey's store, and settled on these:

They're the Kingstons by Roxy.  I liked them because they were grey and nuetral.  My students noticed my shoes quickly and approved, I've never had such a strong reaction about something I was wearing.  Shoes are a big deal to middle schoolers.  I also got lots of reactions from my guy friends, which I thought was strange.  It's not like I never wear cute, new shoes.  I finally asked one why, "You got new shoes," were the first words out of his mouth when he saw me and he said it was because I never wear tennis shoes (pronounced "tenny."  Yeah, I'm like that).  I guess it was just a change?

What's funny is that when I put an outfit together I do consider which shoes I'll wear in hopes that members of the opposite sex will notice my cute outfit, my amazing shoes, my fantastic jewelry, etc.  Apparently, I do this in vain because those fellas are not noticing my fab stacked heels that I'm wearing to make my legs a little longer and to make us cheek to cheek (hint, hint).

But they notice fashion sneakers?  So I should stop buying heels.


Look at these cuties!

Oh yes, they are amazing, and I do not care if a guy will never notice them.  They probably will notice the sparkle in my eye and assume it's girly-giddiness from being with them. 

They'll never understand how a cute pair of shoes evokes that sparkle.

Fancy PB

On my first trip to NYC to visit a friend we were doing a bit of walking around and came across Peanut Butter & Co., a small little shop that makes PB sandwiches with different spreads and combinations.  It was random and a highlight of that trip.

FF>> eight years later and I'm doing some random healthy food shopping after a run (this happens sometimes.  I'm starving after a run and need to run in to get something quick to eat, which leads me to walking around aimlessly and just looking at everything and buying random things.  I can only justify this if I purchase healthy items).  While looking for coconut butter I spotted this:

Clearly I had to buy it.  I add a dollop to my oats, and have been pairing it with some golden raisins and occasionally walnuts.

Stop it.  You need to find this.  Chocolate and peanut butter?  Maybe I also bought the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, which is great with apple slices, and I will be buying the White Chocolate Wonderful just for kicks, even though I'm not a huge white chocolate fan.  Check out the whole line here.  Mmmm...The Heat Is On sounds amazing.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Humidity + Hair Miracle Worker

One of my favorite lines from Gossip Girl tonight:

"[He’s] the perfect mix of smart and fun. He speaks three languages, but he has a subscription to People Magazine."
Hello! They’re describing my future husband!

OK, back to bizz. My hair has been crazy here in H-town lately. I have been slicking it down with all sorts of serums to no avail. I have to stand in front of a projector screen most of the day and my shadow looks like Medusa, no lie. I decided that I needed to try out a cream-based product instead and guess what? Voila!

Thankyouverymuch Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk. I apply a nickel-sized dollop to my hair, then spritz on some Fat Hair Thinking Spray and blow dry. Super thick and frizz-free hair! I either CHI or curl it after.

Now, it’s not rainproof. It starting misting outside the other day and I came back in the building looking like Little Ophan Annie, or her brown cousin. Shame.


On Sunday a group of us drove up north to Lake Houston Wilderness Park to check out the trails we’ll be running for the Chupacabra nighttime race. Let’s just say this is going to be an interesting race!

1. Lots of roots, narrow trails, and densely wooded. We ran during the daytime and I easily lost sight of the folks running a few yards ahead of me.

2. I rolled both ankles while running. Nothing serious, I kept running, but I’ll definitely need to be careful.

3. We got lost within the first .2 mi of our run and ran straight into a family’s campsite. Oh, and not just any campsite, a renaissance festival campsite. As soon as we came upon them I thought, “Why is that young adolescent male wearing a cloak while playing horseshoes…and why is his father wearing a cloak as well?” I only saw two tents, but one of them was blue with Merlin the Magician stars all over it. Yeah, they were the real deal.

I have to say running this trail at night is going to be a little scary. When I actually think about the creepy crawlies in the woods—eek! Ok, so let’s not think about. A few more weeks until the race!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

New Music

Lots of posting this weekend to make up for my lack of the past week or two. I promise things have been going on: bridge runs, trail runs, hood runs, new shoes, and other shenanigans.

My status last night was, “Tonight's a dancing in your underwear to British pop kinda night.”

Mika helped with that! I sent out an S.O.S. a few days ago for new music suggestions, both singles and albums, and have to say I was quite pleased with three of the recommendations that came my way. I’ll put a *by the ones people suggested.

Any favorite singles or albums you’re listening to lately?

Rain by Mika
Love Mika, he's what got the dance party started last night. Think Abba + Freddie Mercury + sequins, fabulous heels, strobe lights and glitter confetti raining on you.

Rock That Body by Black Eyed Peas
I’ve been having a dance party in my car with this one.

*Your Hands by JJ Heller
Recommended by one of my most precious friends who is having a v. difficult year. This song reflects hardships and yet unwavering faith—which she totally exemplifies, yet is really hard for me to exhibit. Love you friend.

*Home by Edwards Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
Oh yes! Think Bonanza, tumbleweeds, Marfa lights and artsy self-portraits. Is that a tambourine and whistling I hear?

*Gold Guns Girls by Metric
Adding this to my running playlist. This also makes for a good dancing in your underwear song, especially if you have a pair of legwarmers you could slip on. Take a listen and you’ll see what I mean.