An evening out

IMG_5669Husband and I bought tickets a few months ago for the Mumford and Sons concert.

You won’t be surprised when I tell you it was awesome, right?

It was pretty cool. And in the middle of a race track, no less. I think I enjoyed the concert they played at Stubbs a few years ago only because it was a more intimate venue and we were close enough to see them in person and not just on a big screen, but the concert at the amphitheater was also amazing. Just in a different way. Love them.

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200th Post?! / Anniversary Dinner Date

Two hundredth post?! I wish I had something to give away, but alas, I’ve got nothing but my love for you.

And, actually, as I think about it, that’s really not as exciting of an achievement since I started blogging in 2007 or 2008; I average less than 20 posts a year if you look at it like that. womp womp. BUT, I did take a a couple of long hiatuses from blogging a few times (read: I forgot I even had a blog).

Consistency is apparently not my strong suit. But here is a blog post about our anniversary dinner date that we went on two weeks ago.

And because I know you’re not sick of me pushing Mumford and Sons on you yet, I’m just going to share this link on NPR and this link on youtube with you so that you too can marvel at the talent in that room.

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There is a place in the Lone Star State that imports lasagna from heaven.

Would I lie to you?

Not on purpose.

This lasagna, and everything on their menu, is delightful. Husband and I ordered appetizers, salads, and two entrees.

Then we ate it all and rolled ourselves out to the car like Violet Beauregard.

How could I forget the ravioli with beet filling??

Divine. I’m sad that we have to drive so far to eat there, but it’s worth it.

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I’m making another one of these cakes today for no other reason than my mom (Hi, Mummy!) said that she caught up on reading my blog yesterday and she can’t wait to try the cake I was raving about. And I, being the genius that I am (but not really since I’ve been trying to avoid sweets), offered to make the cake today since she and my dad (Hi, Dad!) are coming up tomorrow with some projects they’ve been working on for the nursery.

Have I told you how grateful Husband and I are for my parents’ help with the nursery? They came up one weekend with a small arsenal of tools and helped husband put down laminate wood floors and new base boards and trim. Baby girl’s chest of drawers is the same one my mom shared with her sister when they were little girls. And the glider that I spray painted white last weekend is from my grandmother’s house. This time they’re bringing up the cushions for the glider that my mom re-upholstered, a wall shelf with hanging hooks below that my dad made and the mirror for the chest of drawers that they stripped, sanded, painted and are planning to attach to the chest tomorrow. I don’t like to brag, but my parents are the best. So I will make them whatever kind of cake they want, whenever they want it and as long as someone is not already sleeping in it, they will always have a bed to sleep in at our house.

In other nursery news, after getting estimates from three different contractors over the last week, we scheduled a handyman to do the last finishing things in the nursery! I’ve been waiting for this for weeks. I’m so excited to get everything set up and arranged. The anticipation is almost more than I can handle. So I’m going to go make a cake and not eat the batter or icing.

Babel

Cause I know that time has numbered my days
and I go along with everything you say
But I write home laughing, look at me now,
the walls of my town they come crumbling down
and my ears hear the call of my unborn sons
and I know their choices color all I’ve done
but I’ll explain it all to the watchman’s son
I never lived a year better spent in love
Cause I know my weakness, know my voice, I’ll believe in grace and choice
and I know perhaps my heart is farce but I’ll be born without a mask
Like the city that nursed my greed and my pride I stretch my arms into the sky
I cry Babel, Babel, look at me now,
the walls of my town they come crumbling down
You ask where will we stand in the winds that will howl
as though the sea will slip into the cloud
So come down from your mountain and stand where we’ve been
You know our breath is weak and our bodies thin.
Press my nose up to the glass around your heart.
I should have known I was weaker from the start.
You’ll build your walls and I’ll play my bloody part.
To tear, tear them down.
Well I’m gonna tear, tear them down.
Know my weakness, know my voice.
I believe in grace and choice.
I know perhaps my heart is farce but I know that I’ll be born without a mask.

If you were wondering

if you should buy Mumford and Sons new album,

the answer is an unwavering and emphatic yes.

More like a YES (bold, italics and capitals just to re-emphasize the strength of that endorsement).

Mumford and Sons take everything that was perfect and lovely about their first album and re-energizes and re-invents a new level of perfection in Babel.

This new release was much anticipated in our household (probably 95% me, 5% husband – he was excited, but I’m not sure it was as much like Christmas morning for a six year old for him as it was for me).

I’d love to say that my not sleeping well last night was due to anticipation of this album, but it really wasn’t. I was excited, but I would have been more excited to sleep through the night without my hips sliding out of socket repeatedly only to wake bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning ready to allow my ears have a party.

Love this song!

One of the blogs I regularly read, probably either dooce or Girls Gone Child, posted this song a week (or more?) ago. And since then I’ve listened to it a few more times. But this evening I downloaded the album and most of the songs are rocking my world.

Songs for You

There are so many good songs out there in the world right now. Here are some of my favorites. Take a listen. Have a dance. Report back on what you’re listening to.

The Lumineers – Ho Hey. Love this song. When I’m tired of hearing of Florence + The Machine “You’ve Got the Love” as Husband’s ring tone, then I’m definitely switching to this one. “I belong with you. You belong with me. You’re my sweetheart.”

The Shins – Simple Song. I confess I haven’t watched this video so I can’t be held responsible for the content. If I were responsible, I would have watched the full video before I posted. But in truth, the song is so good I can forgive the content (unless something really awful happens and then I go back to having a disclaimer about not being held responsible for the content).

Young the Giant – My Body. Loves it.

LP – Into the Wild. Loves it more.

The Givers – I saw You First

Of Monsters and Men – King and Lionheart. Truth be told, I love their whole album. LOVE it. Preview it on iTunes and then buy it. It’s beautiful.

I’ve also recently bought Fun.’s album (alright), NEEDTOBREATHE’s album “Reckoning” (bought it several months ago, but me likey!), and The Lumineers self-titled album (bought it on Friday – good so far). I don’t usually buy many albums, we have a stellar local radio station that plays LOTS of my favorites without playing boat loads of commercials.

I couldn’t leave you on a post of favorite music without including a song from my favorite album of all time. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. And I love the way Matt Nathanson describes the entire album:

“Paul Simon’s, ‘Graceland,’ is a perfect album. I can’t believe that human beings conceptualized and executed such a perfect album. The lyrics, the melodies….completely original. Completely familiar. Completely transcendent. Music rooted in history, but beaming in from mars.”