the secret lives of prothros.

May 13, 2009

music makes me (fill in the blank)

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 10:28 pm

Music is one of my favorite things in the world. It is one of the quickest mood changers I’ve ever known and there is such power in it, that to be honest, I find it odd. A few notes pieced together can just move me to a mellow or happy mood. Its weird for sounds to have such power right? Now, I’m not musically gifted myself, which is sad because there is part of me that really wonders what it would be like to stand on stage, play a song and watch a crowd of people go through a mood transformation. It really must be surreal.

As for little unmusical me, I’m just glad to be a spectator. This weekend my sweet husband got us tickets to go see matt nathanson and jack’s mannequin and it was so wonderful! The show was sunday night at stubb’s, the weather was warm but breezy and we got a great to spot close to the stage.

The true surprise of the night was Erin McCarley, who was the first opener. I had no expectations since I’d never heard of her but we were both soo pleasantly surprised. She’s a dallas, tx native and has a beautiful voice and a lot of talent. When you watch her, you can’t help but like her, she has this raw kind of sweetness to her and songs that you start singing before you even know the words. She did a cover of  the suzanne vega song tom’s diner (the one that sounds like i dream of jeannie) with her keys player doing beat box and i didn’t realize it wasn’t a track until halfway through because he was good. We came home and bought her album (the first I’ve gotten in months) to listen to while we painted the living room. You should check her out, blue suitcase is currently my favorite song on the record.


Then Matt Nathanson, oh dear, how i loved him. From song choice, to stage presence to witty banter and a cover of jesse’s girl, he really was everything i’d hoped for, which is impressive because my hopes were set high. I’d been hearing of his great concerts since before I even started listening to him, so with every song of his i became a fan of, my expectation grew, “gee, i’d like to hear this in concert”. The only downside of his show is that it wasn’t three hours long, because I would have stood there the whole stinking time.


Finishing the night off was Jack’s Mannequin. They were great and talented, though my least favorite of the night, which is just a function of how much i liked the first two. I would like to take this opportunity to just get something off my chest. DO NOT wear a band’s shirt to their concert, ESPECIALLY if it is for the current tour and you bought it five minutes ago at the merch table. Jack’s Mannequin’s fans were the worst I’ve ever seen with this. There are exception for homemade shirts and shirts supporting the little known opening band but that’s all. Thanks.

I love concerts and this was one of my favorites. It has left me craving another though, so I ask, who would YOU like to see in concert?


May 8, 2009

great american house warming.

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 10:58 am

this past weekend we got to go visit the lovely new home of mr. & mrs. bearden. there house is so cute and comes complete with pecan trees out back for pie making! as always, hanging out with the LSM was jam packed with fun. we played doms, enjoyed a rousing game of kickball, ate queso etc, and partook of general merriment. though i have to say one of the biggest highlights of the weekend came early on friday. if you were there, you probably already know what i’m talking about, luke the bear. friday night we took a field trip to the best german place in texas, the bavarian grill. we enjoyed schnitzel, german pints and the musical stylings of the accordion player. well, when the time comes for a little audience participation, our very own luke friesen is chosen to play the part of the bear in one of the songs. he stands up alongside other patrons, who are sheepishly playing their respective parts, a small moo from the middle aged cow, a quiet yodel from the man in the hat and then the bear enters the song, and luke is not one to disappoint, he lets out a RAWR like you wouldn’t believe, causing the girl next to him to literally shriek in surprise (conveniently she was playing the part of the screaming girl). we all raised our glasses high, quite proud and amused with our friend. but it didn’t end there. you see, this song has about 9 verses, and you better believe that every single time it came to that bear, luke bared teeth (no pun intended) and let out a commanding RAWR, while the other patrons, grew more sheepish and giggly as time passed, likely out of intimidation for luke’s mad bear skills. “moo, moo, yodel-a-he-hoo, arf arf, RAWR, ahhhhhh” it’s a funny thing to write about, but we were quite pleased with our friend’s performance.

here is the best picture i got of the bear-man, excuse the graininess

May 6, 2009

cinco de mayo.

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 3:54 pm


So here is the recipe for a lovely cinco de mayo.

Friends+perfect outside weather+margaritas+cool lights outside+delicious food=lovely cinco de mayo

Now Evan can help you with the margaritas and the outside lights, he hung the variety above off of cables suspended on trees in the backyard. All in less than two hours, I might add, and they look beautiful! Since he doesn’t blog much, I’ll be posting about the food.


Marinate flank steak in mixture of:
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 cloves minced garlic
juice from two limes (4 T)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 t salt
1 t ground black pepper
1 t ground white pepper
1 t garlic powder
1 t chili powder
1 t dried oregano
1 t ground cumin
1 t paprika

let it marinate overnight, or better, 24 delicious hours.

cook it on the grill, serve on tortillas (i preferred corn) with grated cotija cheese, avocados, sour cream and the two relishes listed below.

THE BOY RELISH (due to the heat factor)

toast 4 mexican chile pods over the stove

toast the following vegetables at 400 degrees F for 20 min

2 large chopped tomatoes
2 chopped jalepenos
1 white onion, quartered
4 cloves of garlic, peeled
salt and pepper to taste

when they’re all done toasting, throw it all in a blender/food processor to make the hot salsa relish


mix together
1 chopped white onion
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 juice lime (2 T)


In a crockpot combine:
3 cups pinto beans
1 yellow onion, peeled and halved
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
2 T minced garlic
5 t salt
2 t fresh ground pepper
1/2 t ground cumin
9 cups water

let it cook on low for 8 hours

strain the beans out and either mash them with a potato masher OR use a hand/stand mixer to blend them

mash/blend and add water until you have your desired consistency.

p.s. the great bonus about these beans is they’re healthy! no lard or nastiness you find in other refried beans! and as one who loves beans…these were awesome!


add a 3 ounce pack of lemon jello to 2 cups of boiling water, dissolve.

beat 8 ounces of softened cream cheese until creamy

gradually beat in 6 ounces of thawed lemonade concentrate

stir in lemon jello water.

stir in 8 ounces of cool whip and a cup of raspberries (frozen are fine and cheaper!)

Pour into a graham cracker crust and refrigerate for 4+ hours

p.s. this recipe makes enough for two pies, which is why there is one in my freezer for later this week. yay!

There are also recipes for homemade mexican rice and a yummy homemade salsa, that I can throw on if someone wants them, but for now chick-fil-a and schmalls are calling my name.

Some cuatro de mayo business!


May 1, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 3:18 pm

so i’ve started working two days a week.

the thing is my work feels so much more like play than work.

i get to take sweet little kidlets and teach them how to swim. not boring ymca swim class style. we take pancake naps, slide down slides, superhero chase the bad guys under the water, and eat lots of m&ms.

it’s a terribly fun and fit way to spend two mornings a week.

plus i get to see cuteness like this all day.


i would also like to give a special shout out to our dear brad wilcox who was recently accepted into graduate school for hotel & restaurant management. hip