Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sorry if I offend you.....

I've got things to say today. Does that surprise you? I mean, I'm normally a pretty quiet person. I like to keep my thoughts and opinions to myself, which is why I'm so terrible at blogging, and even worse at carrying on a conversation with a stranger. But, like I've said before, I blame my parents for my quiet nature; they were always talking too much for me to get a word in! Of course, this works to my advantage when I'm out amongst strangers in the presence of my parents because they can get things done, as opposed to taking an extra 30 minutes to do anything, like me. I could use some of their gusto.

Anyway, today I've got things to say! Opinions that need to be voiced! Music that needs to be praised! And responsibilities to avoid!

So let's get started.

Normally I would in no way try to voice my religious or political opinions on here. Partly because my religious and political views have been known to change on a daily basis. Also, it's not really my place to say what should or should not be done/believed/worshiped/preached/taught/etc. And also, that's not what this blog is about. It's a place of happiness for me; a place full of cupcakes and music and pictures of my dogs. If I suddenly went all "Pro-choice" (or, to be fair, "pro-life") on you all, I'd probably scare you off. Hell, I'd scare myself off. But today I read something about the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas (whose website I will not link too. The site name is too offensive for me to type, or click on). You know them, they sang a Christmas song about Santa Clause being a f*g? And they protest military funerals? And they partake in regular demonstrations of dumbassery? Remember? Yeah, sorry for reminding you about them. I was a little upset about being reminded of them as well, until I realized that tomorrow they will be here in my state and my city and that, ladies and gentlemen, really pisses me off. Go ahead, give the article* a read. It's from the cool dudes over at TheLostOgle*. They say everything I'd like to say but am too chicken (and not quite cool enough) to say. And because they did such a good job of expressing exactly how I feel about these people, I won't say any more on the subject. EXCEPT that anyone who thinks they are doing God's work by bringing violence and hatred into this world is not only sorely mistaken, but incredibly small minded and flat out stupid. And I don't like stupid people.
*note: if you click on the word "article" it will take you directly to said article. Click on The Lost Ogle for the link to the main page of their site.

Okay, now that I got that off my chest we can move on to bigger and better things.

Last night The Flaming Lips performed a song from their new album on The Colbert Report. I, sadly and unfortunately, saw everything except the performance (damn TiVo) but I did get to see Mr. Coyne's interview, confirming once more just how much I love him. It was after the interview, and TiVo cutting off the performance, that boyfriend's brother asked if we thought we'd still like Wayne and the Flaming Lips if they weren't from OKC? I got his point; they are weird and different, and their music is loud and sort of spastic and psychedelic all at the same time, and their lyrics cover everything from love, life and politics, to aliens, pink robots and magicians. But my answer is still a very loud and proud YES. YES a million times! I'm sorry, but I just can't seem to get enough of them. Check out ColbertNation to listen to the Lips' new album coming out October 13. "Embryonic," that's all you need to know.

Have you all ever seen the video for Man Man's "Rabbit Habits?" Check it out. It will slightly weird you out and tug at your heartstrings all at the same time. Which clearly means it's awesome.

One more thing. In exactly 8 days, I will officially be a first time HOME OWNER! Anyone have a TV they want to donate to me? How about a washer and dryer? Couch? Lawn mower? Garden gnome? Clearly, I'm very prepared.

.GRACE.
1. Growing up in a family and church that taught love and acceptance for all.
2. Fall weather!
3. Buying my first piece of furniture.
4. And a set of dishes. (From an antique store...and I looooove them!)
5. Chili-Rig, my version of Chili-Mac.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Two Weeks

Not much to say today, except that I'm totally in love with this fan video of the song "Two Weeks" by Grizzly Bear. I first stumbled upon it a few weeks ago and loved it so much I immediately downloaded the song, and then watched the video a few more times. Something about the weather today really made me want to watch it again. And to share it with you peeps. So watch it. And then watch it again. It's too good to watch just once.

Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear from Gabe Askew on Vimeo.


.grace.
1. Chili and cornbread.
2. American Apparel
3. Nikkolette's Cafe
4. Bananas
5. Waking up and realizing it was only a dream...

Friday, September 11, 2009

What I've Been Up To....

Finally! Summer is over! Not that I'm a summer hater, but it's really not my favorite season. Actually, it's my least favorite, but only because the other three are so glorious, they're hard to compete with. This summer wasn't so bad, especially considering that August decided to be nice to us this year. Oklahoma summers can be brutal, and usually by the time August comes around, I'm packed and ready to move to Colorado. Or anywhere with less than 100 degree heat. I'm not really a "heat" person. Give me sleet and snow and blistery cold weather and I'm a happy girl.

Anyway, since I've been missing in action for quite some time now, I thought I'd catch you all up to what I've been doing. Which is a whole lotta nothin'. Okay, I've been doing something, but most of it is very summer related things. Pool parties, egg tosses, cupcake baking, etc. Throw in a little storm chasing here and there, and that pretty much sums up what I've been doing the last month.

Here are my end of summer pics, taken on my phone (my dad hijacked my camera for two weeks), enjoy!





Cream cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped jalapenos? Yes, please.



Egg toss for money? Done.



Chilling by the pool with my besties? Done and done.






Oh lemon cupcakes. I love you.




My summer reading list....still working on it.




Thunderstorm 1.



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And yes, I like to take pictures of storms while driving. It's very safe, don't worry.



Full Circle Bookstore, one of my favorite places in the world.




Plunko, packed and ready for the lake!



Pulling away from Grand Lake....



A pile of my dad's books. One of many. (now you see where I get it)



Cyclone Cupcakes for my niece's birthday. It was also her first day of 2nd grade. She's got school spirit!


Gigantor grasshopper on my windshield.




Two cakes stuck in their cake pans. I thought a warm bath would help pry them loose, but it didn't. I had to get rough with them instead. It wasn't pretty.




The birthday girl!!


OKC Redhawks baseball game....Thirsty Thursday!


A big ol' mess....



Makes for pretty sweet results.....(lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream. YUM)


Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing. Double YUM.


Caddo sporting a sweet 'hawk. I'm thinking about dying it blue for Halloween. Thoughts?




So, that pretty much sums up my life for the past month or so. Now that summer is gone, and fall is here (my favorite!), you'll be seeing a lot more of me here in Wallycado-land.


Especially because I have some really big exciting news.


But I won't tell you yet. Sorry!



GRACES
1. My bestie Meesh...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! (in 2 days!)
2. Excite Bots. You have to see it to believe it.
3. Interior design. Which I know nothing about, but I still love.
4. Anthropologie.
5. Vietri Italian dishes