29 October 2009

Obey: austin

volcano choir- unmap
(side project of justin vernon from bon iver)

julian plenti- julian plenti is skyscraper
(side project of paul banks from interpol)

el perro del mar- love is not pop

air- love 2

26 October 2009

Devendra Banhart- What Will We Be

24 October 2009

the houses around me are so beautiful.

21 October 2009

a small update. in short.

I am very much enjoying my job. i work thursday through sunday which is perfect for me since i would rather work consecutive days. 4 days on 3 days off. in case we want to take short trips out of town or what not.

because of cutting gluten and dairy out of my diet i have been forced (well, willingly) to start researching recipes and cooking. its been nice because i have never been much of a cook. ever. i have never even had the desire to cook for myself but now i get excited about it. i enjoy grocery shopping for the first time in my life. and i am trying to shop mainly from the bulk and produce sections of our local organic grocery store, wheatsville. its very pleasing to the eyes to have a pantry full of jars (this was very much inspired by our downstairs neighbors brad and sara.)

we have been exploring a lot. mckinney falls state park. zilker botanical gardens. Pinata Party Palace. the fun part of being in a new city. but the best part about that statement is that i dont feel like austin could ever get old. there are endless places to see and things to do here. so many things remind me of richmond, which makes me smile. it doesn't make me miss richmond per say, but it gives me more reason to love it here. i do miss my friends though. i wont deny that. and i definitely miss my family. but its a little better now that we can video chat! never thought that day would come!

we have been enjoying as many meals as possible on our dining room table outside. its pretty nice to have such a big deck. its definitely acted as a second living room for us. but it has been raining a lot here which is sort of a bummer but the deck is perfect for growing things. so i have been thinking about how to take advantage of the weather. what plants are in season right now. what will be able to grow and survive through the winter. what will be able to survive the sap trees above.

Black-eyed pea and collard green soup

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 bunch collard greens, stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
2 large tomatoes, diced (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
2 1/2 cups chicken or veggie stock (or more for a thinner soup)
3 1/2 cups cooked black-eyed peas (or 2 cans)
10 dashes Tabasco
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add onion and saute until tender. Then add garlic, red pepper, cumin, and chili powder and cook for an additional minute. Toss collard greens in the pot, stir well to coat with oil and spices, and let cook for 5 min. Add tomatoes, stock, peas, and Tabasco and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 30 min. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 5.


20 October 2009

Austin’s Moonlight Towers

last night stephanie and i went on a ghost tour. austin isnt a very old city so we both knew that there wouldnt be too many hauntings to tell, but we figured that the tour would be a little more historical. which we both didnt mind- being that we dont know too much about austin. one of the more interesting stories was about the moonlight towers.

'After a string of serial murders in 1884-1885, the City of Austin proposed and funded a public lighting system for the City. The 31 Tower Lights as they were called were completed and turned on in 1895. Over the years, some have fallen victim to the weather, others to development (good and bad). In 1976, the remaining towers were added to the National Register of Historic Places.'

'Today there are 17 left clustered around the downtown residential areas of East and West Austin. You can see below that the pattern of extinct moonlight towers (in red) more or less follow the development of the University of Texas, I-35, and the north side of Ladybird Lake. Off to the Southwest is one moonlight tower in Zilker Park that, for a few weeks in December, becomes a tree for the Trail of Lights.'

'Though there are many photographs of the Moonlight Towers, the vast majority are taken during the day. Photography cannot adequately convey what they look like at night, so I suggest that while you are here, you visit one of the towers furthest from downtown to get the best effect.'

Quinoa Chard Pilaf


* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 onion, diced
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed
* 1 cup canned lentils, rinsed
* 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
* 1 quart vegetable broth
* 1 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed


1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute 5 minutes, until onion is tender. Mix in quinoa, lentils, and mushrooms. Pour in the broth. Cover, and cook 20 minutes.

2. Remove the pot from heat. Shred chard, and gently mix into the pot. Cover, and allow to sit 5 minutes, or until chard is wilted.


17 October 2009

the swell season- strict joy

tegan and sara- sainthood

sufjan stevens- the bqe

15 October 2009

this is one of the coolest stores ive been in in awhile. and that is hard to say around here. i could get lost in it for days. everything is so strangely yet perfectly placed

13 October 2009

Chicken Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Crust

1 lb boneless chicken breast cooked, diced
1 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup celery
1 medium onion
1 TBS parsley
6 TBS oil
6 TBS Rice Flour
1 cup rice milk
2 cup Chicken Broth
1 tsp salt
1 cup rice flour
2 mashed sweet potatos
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
¼ cup water

Place chicken, carrots, celery, and onions in a 2.5 quart pan.

In a sauce pan heat 6 TBS oil. Whisk in 6 TBS of rice flour to make a rue. Whisk in rice milk and chicken broth slowly. Season with salt and parsley. Pour over chicken.

In a bowl mix egg and ¼ cup of water. Mix in 1 cup rice flour, oil, and mashed sweet potato. Spread over chicken and sauce.

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown.


12 October 2009

President Obama's speech from the annual HRC Dinner (3 parts)

09 October 2009

whip it

Landon pigg- the boy who never

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down- Know Better Learn Faster

05 October 2009

04 October 2009

i just bought my tickets for opening night at the imax!
better get them now before they all sell out