Despite the oil in the water, we managed to have quite a bit of fun on the sand and in the pool.
June 29, 2010
June 27, 2010
Today me and a few fabulous people are participating in the Urban Assault Ride. Wish me luck. I haven’t really ridden my bike since college so I’ll need it big time. I may just have a fun surprise to share by weekend’s end too.
June 25, 2010
June 24, 2010
That Evan is wonderful goes without saying. But I’m going to say it anyways.
When I got back from Alabama, my wonderful husband had deep cleaned every square inch of carpet in our house. It seriously looked like he’d just bought new carpet, but, nope, he’d been cleaning with a power steamer for hours while I was away. I cannot tell you how happy this made me. The stains on that carpet were the bane of my existence. They came from no where and nothing could appease them. I smile every time I walk into a room now. He also installed recessed can lights in our bedroom, which meant spending lots of time in a hot attic and ramming his head into nails protruding from rafters ever so often.
That is love.
And so is this:
I decided that the smartest way to go through my review and selection of shows for ACL was to start alphabetically. It just seemed so daunting until I could divide it up into 26 letter-based categories. So without further ado: The A Bands.
I’ve decided to do my voting on 1-5 scale. 5’s are for bands I absolutely must see and 1’s are for bands that I’ll probably only hear whilst walking to the food vendors to get me a Avocado and Chicken Mighty Cone and Large Sweet Leaf Diet Peach Iced Tea Thank You Very Much.
Amos Lee- This show is a big, fat yes in my book. Listening to Amos Lee’s mellow voice and soulful guitar just makes me want to close my eyes and sway. Or better yet, slow dance. My favorite thing about Amos Lee is the magic thing that happens when I sing along to his songs:I become jazzy and soulful. Now, I have no delusions whatsoever that this is manifested outwardly, no, I know my voice is just the same and my rhythm is just as awkward but inwardly, oh yes, I am a jazz icon.
My Vote: 4 (He would be a 5 except that I’ve seen him once before, so if his scheduling conflicts with another 4 or 5 band he may end up getting overturned in favor of something new.)
Angus and Julia Stone- Hadn’t heard of this Sydney-based sibling duo before but I have to say I like what I’ve heard of them. His voice is soft and authentic and hers wavers between being quiveringly harsh and childishly sweet but somehow it all works together. They have a good variety to their music, a mix of emotions and styles. I’m a bit nervous about getting a very true experience of the band at ACL. Their live shows are often described as warm, intimate and inviting and I’m just hoping they can pull that off in a big festival environment because I think that is a lot of their charm.
My Vote: 4
Ashley Cleveland & Kenny Greenburg: This husband and wife team definitely has musical chops. She’s won three Grammys and he’s written, collaborated and produced several award winning tunes. Her specialty is gospel rock and apparently she’s one of the best, mixing hard-pounding electric guitar riffs with belting gospel lyrics. I think she does everything she does well and apparently she puts on a great live show I’m just not sure the gospel rock genre is quite for me. Although the gospel stage is the only one at ACL with shade….
My Vote: 2
Asleep at the Wheel: When I first thought of going to see Asleep at the Wheel again, it didn’t get my heart pumping. Then I started playing their music and it all came back to me. Asleep at the Wheel is iconic, not just to country music, but to ACL, they’ve been kicking the show off for years. There is just something about their upbeat jam of country swing that gets you in the mood to listen to music in the hot Texas heat all stinking day. Playing country hits like Take Me Back to Tulsa and Get Your Kicks on Route 66, is bound to get a big crowd of happy, two-stepping fans. I think I just might have to be one of them. Also, wouldn’t it be great of Willie came on stage to play some from his latest collaboration with the Wheel? I love that at ACL that is not at all a far-fetched idea.
My Vote: 3
Getting more excited for ACL everyday!
June 23, 2010
I challenge you to:
- Peel a banana
- Cut it in half
- Stick it on a skewer
- Wrap it up in wax paper
- Put in the freezer overnight
- Take it out
- Cover it with Nutella
- Take it outside
- Eat it
- And not enjoy summer.
I wager a guess that this challenge is impossible.
Go ahead, prove me wrong.
June 22, 2010
The day we arrived to the soft, sandy beaches of Orange Beach, AL several automated calls were made to homes, hotels and condos around the area. The calls had a simple message: due to oil reaching the coast, the beaches were no longer safe and the waters were closed.
54 days after the Deepwater Horizon drilling explosion the thick, brown sludge reached the shoreline and began encroaching not only on the beaches of Alabama but on the livelihood of a community as well.
The restaurants were not crowded with people, the beaches were not swarmed with tourists, the shops sat waiting and hoping for some small trickle of summer visitors.
And it all sort of broke my heart.
Yes, it was a bummer that we had 150 students at a beach of forbidden waters but that just put a damper on the trip, not our lives. Not our ability to work. Not our ability to provide for our families. Not our ability to sustain a life in the neighborhoods where we’d grown up.
I’m not quite sure how to wrap this up other than to say that I know everyone is looking for the responsibility of this disaster to lie somewhere-with the environmental lobbyists for pushing drilling into deep, unsafe waters, with BP for not using proper precautions, with the White House for their slow response time. With someone.
And I like responsibility so I hope someone accepts it.
But ultimately, the responsibility for these people and these communities is mine. These people are my family, my neighbors and it is up to me to offer them my prayers, my love and my support, to send encouragement and business how I can.
There will be a couple of Happy Alabama posts soon because really we had a great time, I just had to get all that off my heart first.
June 21, 2010
As soon as I got back from Alabama, Evan had to head to a bachelor party in San Antonio and I was off to a wedding in Houston.
Can I tell you what a smile this pile of stuff for the bachelor party brought to my face?
It made me thankful for Evan. And the LSM.
It also made me wonder why our checks still have his childhood address on them. Weird.