the secret lives of prothros.

May 26, 2010

austin city limits

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 12:35 pm

I’m quite excited about this year’s ACL festival.

In fact, I’m so excited that my “I need to know every option so I can make the absolute best possible decision” brain is kicking into gear quite early this year. I’m going to start sifting through the line-up and hopefully listen to something from every band so I can make an assessment and then make the most amazing possible three day schedule.

So expect some band talk upcoming.

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May 24, 2010

a new skill.

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 9:13 am

Oh I’ve got lots of skills.

Bow-hunting skills.

Knife-hunting skills.

However, this weekend my lovely friend Lauren and I decided to work on a skill more essential to survival in our tough, real word lives: shirt-folding skills.

We decided to learn to fold shirts like the cool Asian ladies, and for that matter my dear friend Jesse Garner.

We haven’t perfected the symmetry of the shirt fold yet, but we can definitely fold a shirt twice as fast.

And twice as fast is ninja fast.

Teach yourself:

HERE.

May 18, 2010

dinners.

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 11:43 am

This weeks dinners, a disclaimer, and an impulsive grocery trip confession:

DISCLAIMER: We have lots of fun visitors to Austin this week so most of these meals have a high probability chance of rotating or getting kicked to next week.

CONFESSION: Yesterday at the store I was collected all the makings for a delicious slow cooker pot roast meal. Then I turned and a corner display caught my eye. I gave in to my impulsions and I strayed from my list! Terror. I replaced an entire pot roast meal worth of food and replaced it with two simple and ridiculous items.

A pound of ground beef

And a box of hamburger helper.

WHAT?!? I don’t even have nostalgia about hamburger helper. I have no idea what came over me. I’m sure though there is a meaning behind the madness.

My most likely theory at this point is that there is a severed finger in the box and I’m going to discover it and call Mr. Boyardee or whoever makes that stuff and then he’ll give me a million dollars never to tell anyone. So you’ll never know if I was right or not.

My second theory is that I suffer from small seizure of brain craziness. This theory is supported by the fact that I’m pretty certain I threw away an entire bottle of Tide last week. I got it from alice in the botched order, used it for one load of laundry and never saw it again. I mean how can you throw away something that weights 8 lbs without noticing?!? There may also be a gang of underground detergent thieves who supply to laundromats and dry cleaners, which would bring is back to theory one.

Yes, theory one indeed-dilly-doo.

MEALS:

MONDAY: Baked pork chops and creamed spinach

TUESDAY: Baby Back Ribs and Brocoli

WEDNESDAY: Grilled BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad and Green Beans

THURSDAY: Hamburger Helper! Holla!!

FRIDAY: Wine, Cured Meats, Cheese, Bread and Olives

SATURDAY: Grilled Shrimp and Corn

SUNDAY: Eating out.

May 12, 2010

i want to live where the green grass grows.

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 8:09 am

And just for the record, now I do.

My fabulous green-thumbed husband re-seeded our entire backyard last week.

Horrible, painstaking work.

You should be excited because the wonderfulness that is my husband will be blogging for the first time in two years about our new baby lawn.

That is almost as exciting as the grass that started popping up in our backyard six days after he seeded it.

Or more exciting. I haven’t decided yet.

May 11, 2010

customer service

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 3:48 pm

Today customer service made my day.

Unfortunately, reaching customer service usually means you first have to be disappointed, which I was. This morning my first package from alice.com arrived. Alice.com is a site where you can order non-perishable items for your home-anything from toilet paper to coffee. They develop  a calendar for you of when you generally run out of standard items and then send you reminders to place orders and deliver all the products to your door. No fee. No shipping charge. They also apply any available coupons to your order automatically and allow you to price compare online. All in all: cool beans.

I received an alice.com gift card earlier this year and had been waiting to spend it. They have a 6 item minimum per order so I was waiting to run out of staples. This week I did it and placed an order for: laundry detergent, dryer sheets, dish detergent, dish soap, bug spray and mascara.

My order arrived today in a boring plain brown box and the dish soap had leaked on to everything. Gross.

I was unimpressed. Where was my cute alice.com box? Why was everything gross? How could I send this mess back and get reimbursed? So I called alice.

And I hung up feeling as if I’d won the lottery- the small scratch off kind where you win a few bucks. But still! I won the lottery, I mean c’mon.

The representative told me that packages should always arrive in pretty alice boxes and that the package must have been damaged in shipping. Apparently, UPS is supposed to automatically send it back to alice at this point but instead they took all the nasty soap soaked stuff threw it in a new box, cut out the old label and sent it my way. How kind.

She found a report of the UPS damage and the package being delivered anyways. She apologized profusely and told me the protocol. They were re-sending my entire order and crediting my account with $10 for the inconvenience. In addition, she told me to keep everything I could salvage from the first delivery. CHING!

Aside from one or two dryer sheets, everything was salvageable after some rinsing.

Which means I now get two of everything I ordered for $10 less than I’d expected to pay for one set.

I just love companies that own things and work to make it all better.

Sign yourself up for some alice.com.

May 4, 2010

a happy discovery

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 9:24 am

I drink both tea and coffee slowly.

Painfully slowly.

That means I get nasty stains on all my mugs.

Stains that don’t come off in the dishwasher.

I discovered recently that the stains will come off in a matter of seconds if I rub some baking soda and a little warm water on them. Eureka!!

I am now trying this method to clean everything. Molly is next.

May 3, 2010

plants!

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 2:57 pm

Ok. I know I’ve been overdoing it on the plant posts lately so I promise this will be the last one for a while. I just needed to announce the verdict:

our mystery plant is a jalapeno plant!

We’ve gotten our first budding little peppers and I cannot wait to pluck a jalapeno for some of Evan’s queso. Maybe soon we can grow all of the necessary produce ingredients for queso in our front yard.

Here are are other two garden club members: Sage and yellow onions (which can also be harvested as green onions)

We are currently accepting naming nominations for all of our plants.

Because plants should have names.