I enjoyed pulling together Vol. I of bathroom selfies so much that I’m back with another 6 months worth! Well…6 months of the photos that I remembered taking anyway. I don’t think there any in August as I was packing, moving, unpacking, taking a quick trip to south Texas and then had major surgery, so that’s understandable. Besides that though, I have realized that 90% of the time I either don’t use the bathroom while I’m out and about, forget to take a photo or don’t have my bag in the bathroom with me. When I’m on a roll, I do them all the time, but then I forget and forget and forget. I still enjoy them though and it’s a fun way to remember where I’ve been!
Last winter I started taking phone photos of myself in bathrooms around Austin. The first one was due to matching the bathroom. The second, because I looked cute in my out-on-the-town outfit. Some were to remember how beautiful the bathrooms were. Some were to mark the occasion. Over 6 months, there were only 10 shots taken, so by no means have I done this is every bathroom I’ve been in, but mainly because I didn’t know what to do with the photos yet. Last week, I finally started an IG account separate from Manic Trout and it’s given me the freedom to post things like Bathroom Selfies. So I hope to continue the series. I’ve honestly been really into bathroom design since I was really little so this feels pretty awesome.
I was planning on writing a Deep Thoughts post today, as it’s been awhile, but then my first thought became so long, that I decided it was worth some more brain space. You see today had not one, but two situations where I was with awesome ladies whom I see at least once a month for some girl time. The first was Cynthia who came to the studio this morning so we could work together and plan out her accessories for an upcoming conference. We’ve been talking about doing this for some time and decided it would be best to bring the dresses. It was a great plan and worked really well, so yay for that! The second was lunch with Kelly with whom I have lunch every month where we gab about mostly my jewelry business and her in the works handbag business. We share what’s been going on in both and end up usually each bringing up a dilemma that we end up brainstorming over.
What is amazing is that both of these events were relaxed, chatty and super fun. I however was at one point taking notes at lunch because we stumbled upon a solution for a few problems I was having and I was afraid I would somehow forget them. Really there is no fear of doing so as I am so excited about what we talked about. This morning while I was pulling jewelry from the closet and draping it all over Cynthia, it was very clear what I needed to focus on for the next few seasons and I was so inspired to design them. On my way home from lunch, all I could think about was how much I love that women have such a natural rhythm of talking about things. The conversation always circles around and flits from one subject to the next and comes back around to touch back on things. It jumps and gains momentum as we get excited and so much is always covered! It’s pretty amazing how I felt so refreshed, inspired and excited…simply by hanging out with friends for a couple of hours each!
A side effect of the whole wisdom tooth debacle is that even when the advil is casting its pain managing web, and although the swelling has mostly gone down, the right side of my mouth is still sore. As you can imagine, certain foods just feel better to eat. Ice cream/frozen yogurt is the obvious choice and as its warming up here in Austin, a delightful one on many levels. The combination of my recent chocolate cravings and my usual fav tart/super sugary flavors not doing well with where I accidentally bit my swollen cheeks, I have had two amazing desserts this week that are so not what I normally go for that I feel compelled to share them.
The first was a combo of vanilla and salted caramel fro yo with marshmallows, chocolate, butterscotch and caramel drizzles from Yo Way in South Austin…this was so wonderfully soft to eat!
The second was the Salted Caramel shake with added chocolate syrup from Frank. Divine, and have you sensed a theme? Salted Caramel is apparently destined to be the trend ice cream of the summer, and it should be, delicious!
Admittedly, I’m lactose intolerant, so I had to come home and lie down immediately after eating these or I felt my bloated tummy would send me floating skyward. However they made my mouth feel so much better that I happily took the discomfort to sooth the pain. You know, like that guy who James Franco played in that movie when he cut off his arm off to save his life…its like that.
To catch you up on the tooth situation: I saw the dentist, he decided that as I have a small mouth (first time any one has ever said THAT!) and the infected tooth is partially impacted, he thinks it best to go to a dental surgeon. He also like the idea that once I’m under, they can just remove all 4 and be done with it. My consultation with the surgeon is next Tuesday, and then they will get me into surgery as soon as they can in the week or so after that. The dentist said that the infection seems to be quickly improving, so waiting up to a month will be ok. I just need to be careful with it…so it looks like I may have to have few more ice cream treats before this whole thing is done!
The minute I created a blog just for Manic Trout, I knew I would end up neglecting this space too often. So even though it’s the holiday madness, I wanted to share a few things that have made me smile this week…because, well, when you are in the midst of chaos, it really is the little things.
1. Adam is home for the week before he heads off to Chicago and then Las Vegas for work, we’ve been cramming in as many things as possible as we see other once a month right now. This basically means that we have been eating all of his favorite foods both at home and out and about. Its been a very yummy week.
2. One of the culinary highlights was completely unplanned but due to holiday parties taking over restaurants on a night when our plans were cancelled last minute. We we able to snag a table at Barley Swine, and made the happy discovery that they have switched over to a prix fixe tasting menu (I’m really into tasting menus right now). It was amazing and I highly recommend it! They provide you with a program of your dinner, and that’s what you see above…yummmmm!
3. After a wonderfully awesome Cyber Monday, Adam agreed to let me go to Big Top (I say let me as my candy addiction got out of control again this fall and I need someone to be the voice of reason). I have sacks of candy now to fuel me through the next 3 weeks. The highlights were of course gummies: army men, mustaches and spicy chilli peppers!
4. When visiting with our niece and nephew the other day, 4 year old Olivia was telling me about her recent meeting of Elsa at parade. She told me that when Elsa went by, she yelled “Hey Elsa!!!! I’m you’re 4th biggest fan!!!!”. As you can imagine, the cuteness of this caught Elsas attention and Olivia received both a hug and a peck on the cheek, which pretty much made her whole year. Her telling me this story made mine 😉
5. I have finally figured out the winter weather here in Austin and have been shopping a lot to make my winter wardrobe both less NY and less “summer with a sweater”. Somehow this created a weird, dancer ensemble going one evening with tights, leg warmers, hot pants and a black sweater…I don’t how that happened but I liked it, ha!
It been a short week, thanks to the flu. I realized today that this past weekend kicked off the busy season. In week #1 of the busy season, I was the guest designer at a couple of events and ended up sick. Not a good start. Hopefully the next three months will continue on a bit smoother and involve less germs. Fingers crossed. Anyway, even with the first half of the week being offline, I still managed to find a few things that tickled my fancy. What was your favorite thing you read/heard/saw this week?
1. At this point, only the camera is holding me back from jumping the iphone ship and running with open arms back to blackberry. Apparently I’m not alone as the preorders for the new passport were sold out in 2 days. Read more here.
1. My mother in law, Gretchen visited last week and while at Whole Foods asked if we wanted a few pumpkins and a mum. I said sure, we’d love them! And the preceded to feel overly proud of myself for the seasonal decor outside the front door.
2. Curious about the next big thing on the dessert scene in Austin? Three of my favorite eateries are on the list, yum! Read more here.
3. Have you seen the 73 Questions videos? I adore the interview of Anna Wintour. Watch it here.
4. As a women in my late 30’s who is childless, I have noticed that those of us in this position (especially if married and its by choice) tend to stick together. What has been brought to my attention is that women with celebrity status are questions way more about the lack of children then the rest of us. Here are a few thoughts by these women on the subject.
5. The decision for Young House Love to take a break from blogging shocked many last week, but those of us who have been reading blogs for years and years have come to see blogger burnout as the norm. The NYT seems to have just realized that it happens. Read the article here.
Next week Adam is headed off to begin training for his new job and will be in Miami for 2 months followed by a month in Vegas. If it were anyone else, they would be sent to North Dakota or something, but no, Adam will be in fabulous locations where he can golf on weekends. This is his last week at his current job so we’ll have a few days to have a few romantic dinners and true date nights before he goes, but this week seems to be a celebration of all of his favorite foods. I have not been participating in all of these meals, but due to his excitement over it, I joined him for pizza again on Monday and we’re about to grill burgers, which I eat sans bun and with a side of spinach. We’ve had sushi (sashimi for me) at Piranha, barbecue at La Barbecue, Pizza at Home Slice and Adam has had tacos from the truck down the street, P. Terry’s burgers and who knows what else when he’s been out and about. I don’t think he has realized that he’s working his way through his favorite meals, but one by one, he has been requesting them! What are your favorite foods that you would load up on knowing you’d not have them for three months?
Ahhhhhh, Friday. Really, there is no meaning in the last day of the week for me as I tend to work on weekends too but whateves, its a good day to share what excited me around the web this week!
1. Exciting news for those of us in South Austin, a Pizza and Bake Shop by the group who brought Uchi and Uchiko to Austin is opening soon, and next to it is a new Craft Beer and Coffee Shop…Stouthaus Coffee. Yay for us!!
2. Speaking of awesome things in Austin, this fall both Weezer AND The Black Keys (my favorite!) are coming!!!
3. This quote makes me happy as there is so much truth in it: “Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” – Madeline L’Engle
4. The FW14 Collection from Manic Trout is now available, and from what I hear, pretty great. What?
I hate being one of “those” people at restaurants. You know the type, the please avoid all ingredients because of my weird eating habits people. Allergies are one thing, odd diets are another. Since going paleo, I basically avoid restaurants. This pains me because I love food. But I respect great chefs too much to be a pain in the ass about my new eating habits, so I do my best to avoid most fine dining establishments and choose places to meet friends where I know I can be picky without drawing attention to myself. I also eat before I go out a lot. Besides the avoiding of restaurants, the only other time I really wish I was a little less strict with what I ate is pizza. I’m not a substitute fake out versions of food type person, but I’ll eat a burger without a bun and feel satiated and spaghetti squash really does make the pasta craving go away. But there is nothing to make the pizza craving leave. The other night Adam asked if we could go do something cheap and fun together. I suggested we head to South Congress to walk around and then made the mistake of admitting that I had been craving pizza. Within 2 minutes, I was being escorted to my car before I could change my mind. I figured, hey it’s been so song since I’ve ingested cheese or bread that I can’t remember the last time I ate them, what harm could it do?
We went to Home Slice. Because its the ONLY pizza I would ever break paleo for here in Austin. I ate two NY sized slices of pepperoni pizza and it was…spectacular! I topped them with both red pepper flakes and tabasco because that just made it all the more perfect. Post pizza, I had a stomach ache for sure, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The best part was the look on Adam’s face, he was just so excited that I ate pizza, for him. Which I did. Because he needed a win this week, and I was more than happy to give it to him. Plus…pizza.