Gearing up for Art Car Weekend!

what a productive weekend we had. we put the finishing touches (at least for now!) on CARpe Diem. we did the last little repairs, washed it, glued all the marbles on, and cleaned out the inside. man, that car is big! it seemed like we had so many marbles, but i’ll have to admit it looks a little skimpy now that they are on. i just need to make some more…like 500 more! i think the car is going to look really great once it’s all decked out. we can’t wait for the parade next weekend.  Check out other pictures of CARpe Diem here.

The Cure rocked my world!

We got to see the Cure last Monday night. It was a highly-awaited concert for me. It was supposed to take place last October, but it was rescheduled for some reason. So I’ve been waiting for a year for this great event! And it was awesome. Jay didn’t feel that he could do the concert justice by writing about it, so he left it to me. 🙂 And I had the best time. It was basically the concert I’ve wanted to hear my whole life. Well, my whole life since I loved the Cure which has been since 1992. That’s right. It’s been a 16 year love affair! So the concert. First of all, we had great seats. They weren’t the best seats in the house, but they were still pretty awesome. The concert was at the Toyota Center, and we had floor seats. And they were right on the aisle, so I could stand in the walk way and have a fantastic view of Robert and the gang. The set list was so great. It was a mix of all the albums I love. They played a ton of old stuff…most of my favorites. It was really cool when they played Pictures of You. Everyone was singing along. It was like the whole stadium was singing. Even Jay said that he knew many of the songs. And there were a lot of them! The band played for 3 hours. The encores were the best! They were definitely my favorite part of the show. They had three of them, and during the last two, they played about half the songs from Boys Don’t Cry. It was so much fun. I just couldn’t stop dancing. I think Jay had fun too! The lighting was also really cool. During a few of the songs, they had these twinkle lights glowing that just made the place magical! Here is the set list:

Intro (Adagio For Strings), Out Of This World, Want, Fascination Street, A Night Like This, The End of the World, Lovesong, A Boy I Never Knew, Pictures Of You, Lullaby, Maybe Someday, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, The Perfect Boy, Kyoto Song, Hot Hot Hot, The Only One, The Blood, Sleep When I’m Dead, Push, How Beautiful You Are, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, A Letter To Elise, Us Or Them, One Hundred Years, Bloodflowers

1st encore: Plainsong, Disintegration
2nd encore: Boys Don’t Cry, Jumping Someone Else’s Train, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab
3rd encore: A Forest

So after such a great show, I went to work on Tuesday to see where else they are going on this tour. It turns out that they are going to be in Charlotte, NC while we are in Tennessee. It’s only four short hours away from Gatlinburg. I asked Jay if we could go, and he said no. But I’m still asking. I think we should. What do you all think? 🙂

now I have my very own computer crash helmet…

So our weekend was pretty low-key. It pretty much consisted of a little shopping and a ton of television! On Friday evening after work, Jay and I attempted (with no luck!) to acquire a couple of accessories to make our bike riding more enjoyable. We went out for dinner and then drove out to Cycle Gear only to find that we were too late. The store was already closed, so we had to come back on Saturday morning. But when we did, Jay got a cool grey jacket and I got a new (computer) helmet. 🙂 Actually, I got my helmet at a different cycle shop (A.J. Foyt Cycles), but anyway let me tell you, I am in love with that helmet. It makes riding totally awesome. It was always fun, but with a full face helmet, riding is much quieter and way less windy!

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Chocolate Martini

Oh, and Jay and I tried these over the weekend…

Chocolate Martini

1 oz Godiva Chocolate liquor
1 ½ oz vanilla vodka

Mix vanilla vodka and chocolate liqueur in shaker filled with ice. Strain into a martini glass.

They’re delicious!

Trailor Trashin’ Hoe Down

Okay…I’m a little scared at how much all my friends enjoy pretending to be white trash. Hehe…Jay and I went to my friend Lisa’s “Trailer Trashin’ Hoe Down” out in map(Rosharon|Rosharon, TX) (which is located about half-way between Alvin and Angleton…it’s so small, it doesn’t seem to be on the map!) on Saturday night, and let me tell you, it was a real experience. There was a birthday cake of towering Twinkies and Ho-hos, cheeze-whiz and spam galore, and even an expandable plastic camp jug full of the most potent, Robitussin-like jungle juice ever. And were the guests ever caught up in the act. There were fake tattoos and country hick accents all around. I really felt like a trip to the local Wal-mart was the only thing that would have made the evening more complete. And trust me, I’ve been to the Wal-mart in Alvin; we would have fit right in!

Check out the pics here.

Iron Butt Weekend 2005

Well, I woke up to freezing cold, pounding rain this morning. What a change from just a few days ago. The weather was so perfect this weekend that I think Jay and I took advantage of every minute we could. On Friday evening after work, we braved the Houston traffic to have dinner with my family in Clear Lake. Afterwards we stopped by to visit Jonathan and Delena in town. We ended up fixing Mojitos (mmm…) and watching The Terminal.

On Saturday, Jay and I went for a bike ride up to map(Coldspring|coldspring, tx). Jonathan told us about a perfect, little country road that snakes through miles and miles of hilly landscape. The ride was awesome although the trip home was a little windy. Hehe…okay maybe it was a lot windy. I totally felt like I was going to blow away. Wheeee….

We had a pleasant surprise on Saturday night to learn that our friend, Jake, was making a one night appearance in Houston. He was on his way from Costa Rica back to New York and had a lay-over. So we went to visit him in Katy.

Sunday was so pretty that Jay and I decided to go on another bike ride to Katy to visit his parents. We went all the way on back roads, and it was a relaxing ride. In all, we rode 218 miles this weekend! Hmmmm…not quite ready to join the Iron Butt Association, but we’re on our way! In the evening, I made Jay tofu broccoli stir fry for dinner and a pineapple upside-down cake for dessert. Then we just watched our shows and chilled.

Upside Down Grapefruit

Well, the week has really flown by. I can’t believe it is already Friday! The weather has been amazing, but alas, I’ve been stuck inside doing homework the past couple of days. So I hope Mother Nature has a little sympathy for her old friend, Gwendolyn, and treats us to a glorious weekend. Well, the week was pretty uneventful except that Jay and I got to have dinner together on Wednesday and then work on the website. (hehe…and when I say we worked, I mean he worked and I watched.) But really, I think he has done an amazing job on our site, and I love it!

Hmmm…so I had planned to make a pineapple upside-down cake for Jay this weekend, but I might have found something even better…grapefruit upside-down cake! Yes…this will both satisfy his desire for cake and my new-found addiction to grapefruit. (I don’t know…I’ve been eating at least one a day for the last two weeks!) Mmm…citrus…
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