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well, good heavens…

inadvertently continuing the candle trend…

discovered kentucky for kentucky via instagram today. don’t get me wrong – i’m as proud a texan as these kentuckians are to be kentuckians, but i must say we seem to sit on the same side of the table when it comes to our colloquialisms & what’s on our plates.

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the ya’ll sweatshirt – $50.00

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fried chicken scented candle – $22.00

*images property of kentuckyforkentucky.com.

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houston restaurant week – 2013.

houstonians, shine your silver.

yesterday marked day 1 of the 11th annual Houston Restaurant Weeks – since it’s inception in 2003, local area restaurants have dedicated a week to donating a portion of their profits to the Houston Food Bank (as well as the Montgomery County and Galveston Food Banks this year).

This year, the city-wide charity dining event is from August 1 through September 2, 2013; you can find a list if participating restaurants or search by menu, cuisine, neighborhood, or even meal (ex. breakfast) via the Houston Restaurant Weeks main site.

Here’s how it works:

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according to a KUHF news radio excerpt i heard, Brian Greene, CEO of the Houston Food Bank stated, “There’s over 170 restaurants that are participating and most of them are doing a $35 prix fixe [price fixed] three-course menu, some of them have a $45 dollar version and the food bank gets $5 or $7 of that. So you get a great dinner. So this is basically Houston’s best restaurants showing off.”

Houston Restaurant Weeks used to be only a week long when it first started in ’03, and raised $5,000. Last year, it managed to raise $1.2 million for the Houston Food Bank – here’s to record-breaking and full bellies for everyone!

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*srcs: kuhf.org, houstonrestaurantweeks.com, houstonfoodbank.org; images property of houstonrestaurantweeks.com.

the big show – 2013.

checked out this year’s “big show” at lawndale art center – here’s some of my favorites.

(advance apologies for the use of a camera phone and not being able to remember all the information for each piece…)

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the crowd.

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Tender Neck, 2012 – Casey Arguelles Gregory

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L to R: Judith with the Head of Holofernes, 2011; Cleopatra’s Feast – Chadwick + Spector               (Click Image for Artist Website)

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Untitled, 2013 – Eduardo Portillo

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Nice Cliff, 2012 – Felipe Contreras

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Lawndale – NE exterior wall.

the scene.

*images property of gloria c. and imunlisted.wordpress.com

grimy styles.

ran errands today to rewind (2007) by grimy styles.

discovered these guys way back in the early college years – my two favorite tracks, jr. kong pt. 1 & jr. kong pt. 2 still take me back to when good friends and i used to listen to them live…

jr. kong pt. 1 –

jr. kong pt. 2 –

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*Audio tracks purchased property of g.cheng & imunlisted.wordpress.com; album art property of myspace.com/grimystyles.

cards against humanity.

this clever card game just ate Apples to Apples for lunch.

who knew hilarity would ensue when i went to spend an evening with some old college friends? someone pulled out Cards Against Humanity, and soon we were all red-faced and doing our best to keep our seats, much less not  spit beer out at each other. so impressed was i that i just bought my own deck via Amazon – CAH allows players-to-be to print their own cards from the site for free, but for $25, why not share the love and fiendish joy with the creators…

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happily, no beer was harmed or wasted in the playing of this game.

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behold – wit in a box.

*images property of gloria c. and imunlisted.wordpress.com & gamechurch.com, respectively.

puppies for breakfast.

jenga and i attended Puppies for Breakfast last weekend and had a blast!

i was surprised and impressed at how many breeds were represented… from dachshunds to german shepherds to cocker spaniels to large breed poodles and even some pointers, and i think i saw a finnish spitz! here are some of the belated pictures we (jenga gets credit for being my sometimes tripod quadripod) snapped, as promised – see the whole set on Flickr.

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bulldog puppy!

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pit bull guffaw. ❤

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(schnauzer?) pup in a cool T…

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tangled in balloon.

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sunday-best chihuahua.

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while both cute, this gray pupster got my vote for cutest face…

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jenga mama having a grand ‘ole time.

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catahoula mix puppy? (mini-sophie!)

*images property of g. cheng & imunlisted.wordpress.com.

unspeakable cruelty.

OH MY GOD.

Just heard this story on news radio and had to pull over to share it. These sub human beasts should be thrown into a pit of vipers.

How can this be protected by the First Amendment?! The First Amendment protects speech, NOT conduct. The Founding Fathers would be weeping if they knew one of the most important protections we have was used to shield these disgusting sadists. They should be charged with animal cruelty, obscenity, and whatever else can be thrown at them. What a frightening, heartbreaking absence of empathy.

If people can treat animals like this and not be deservedly punished, I shudder to think of how we are going to improve the general safety of our country when it comes to preventing violence and getting justice for the wronged. In light of the recent tragedies in Boston and West, TX, this is just another disheartening low.

Please read ahead with caution; not for the faint of heart.

http://www.khou.com/news/crime/Judge-dismisses-charges-against-couple-accused-of-torturing-of-animals-204211521.html

Asbury-Hall Wedding

this past weekend, i was proud and honored to be able to serve as the maid of honor at my best friend kat‘s wedding.

we’ve known each other since 1st grade and have been close friends since middle school – i’ve also grown very fond of her now-husband, wyatte, and am so happy for them both. i wish i could have gotten as many photos as i usually do, but thankfully, they had a much more qualified professional photographer on hand! i can’t say it would have been worth trading being able to really immerse myself in the day – from helping matron of honor joy get kat ready, scrambling to put out the expected little fires, making new and seeing old friends and signing as the happy couple’s witness on their marriage certificate. (oh, and also that part where i blubbered tearfully through my speech…)

wishing love and all the best to the new mr. + mrs. hall!

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my gift to the bride.

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the dress.

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pre-wedding imbibing…

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joy lending a hand…

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details, details…

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…and more details!

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maid of honor, bride and matron of honor…

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kat’s paternal grandmother proudly shows us her rhinestone tie necklace…

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kat and her mother hamming it up for the professional photographer…

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…x2.

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three generations…

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down to the final minutes… (the bride carried silk roses, the bridesmaids carried handmade feather fans).

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the bride’s cake…

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…and the groom’s dr.who themed cake!

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…and of course, photo-booth photos! (L-R: groom + groomsmen, wedding party, groom + bridesmaids.)

*images property of g. cheng & imunlisted.wordpress.com.

the bridal shower.

very belated – my dear kat‘s bridal shower.

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(…i would also be very remiss not to share that the matron of honor, joy, made all the food herself! see the complete photo set here.)

*images property of g. cheng & imunlisted.wordpress.com.

2013: day one.

hello,  2013…

i got to spend the last day of 2012 with some old friends from college [Texas A&M] – how can you go wrong with good friends and home cooking? although the night started off with us catching up on news of jobs + mortgages, which of our fellow Aggies were married or engaged and lamenting our inescapable aging, we eventually shook off the cobwebs and summoned our creaky old bones to have fun like the good ol’ days.

here’s to another new year!

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kat + nic manning the kitchen…

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hog + venison sausage – shot by andrew and sent off to game processors by spencer…

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nic’s green bean casserole…

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our self-proclaimed “grill master” (andrew) hard at work.

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my contribution of smoked ham soup…

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fajitas (via rob + spencer), anyone?

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trying to remember the rules to “kings” turned into a group effort…

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prost!

*images property of g. cheng & imunlisted.wordpress.com.