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Fort Worth Food Park

Last weekend I finally got around to checking out the Fort Worth Food Park. I have no idea what took me so long; I’ve wanted to visit since I heard about the place and especially after our positive food truck experience in Austin. Even though I’m in the area all the time, I didn’t go until my friend Devin invited me. Now I’m kicking myself for all the time I wasted!

I’m starting the blog post with desserts because I’m an adult and it’s allowed. Joseph and I had the Nuts for Kentucky and Vanilla Echo cupcakes from Red Jett Sweets. The Nuts for Kentucky was heavenly–bourbon cake, caramel buttercream, and candied pecans. I don’t know how I lived so long without it.

We went at a good time–Sahm BBQ happened to be there. Joseph had their famous “gourmet Korean tacos” as well as kimchee french fries. All delicious!

My tomato and mozzarella grilled cheese from Lee’s Grilled Cheese.

Lately, According to Instagram

The light switch in my office (home office, that is), ripped shorts with stockings when it was colder because I hate wearing jeans, black cake for lunch, Japanese lithograph I bought at Austin’s Uncommon Objects, my favorite of my several lace blouses, Salt Water Sandals.

My ankle length dress, a side pony, Texas State Capitol dome, shoes!, beautiful new forever stamps.

Joseph at Hubbell & Hudson in The Woodlands, a snarky text message from Joseph, homemade strawberry shortcake, the same lace blouse as seen above, and a cinnamon roll (I regret the day I discovered gas station donuts and pastries…)

Home Tour: Dining Room

Nearly two years after moving in and every room in the house has been put to use! That’s not to say every room in the house is done being decorated (will it ever) or remotely presentable. But the first room you see when you walk in to the house is no longer a storage room!

We ordered the dining table and chairs from West Elm four months ago. The chairs came on time, but the table only arrived last week. There was a tornado that halted our delivery. Then there was warehouse damage from the tornado. Then they had to re-order a new table. Then the table was backordered. Then the backorder was extended another month. But it is finally, finally here!

To the left is the Verona Bar from World Market. The refrigerator is just on the other side of that wall, which is very handy! Here is an Instagram photo taken from the kitchen that gives more context.

Joseph has always wanted a well-stocked bar, and we finally have one! It’s filled to the brim, so we have to keep our wine in a stand in the living room.

All the credit goes to Joseph here! I picked out the vase centerpiece, and he chose everything else!

Friendly Film

Below are the photos I took with my dad’s old Nikon SLR with my lovely friends Genevieve and Catherine. I really love playing with film. I’ve shot four rolls so far, and it’s probably time for me to start being more adventurous.

When Geneveive visited on Wednesday (see the digital portraits I took of her here) we went to lunch at a nearby Vietnamese restaurant. She loves pho and talked me into giving it a second try. I’d only had beef pho and really disliked it, but this seafood pho was delicious! I’ve been craving it since that day!

Genevieve is a talented photographer and took wonderful photos of me and Joseph. I love them! You can see those at Genevieve’s blog.

In January I met up with my friend Catherine of See Creatures. I finished one roll of film in that time and began another, which is why it took me so long to post these here. I waited six months to get the second to last photo!

We went out for lunch at a Thai restaurant, and I got to meet her adorable Japanese Chin, Bunny.

My friend Genevieve

Meet my friend Genevieve! We first met online a few years ago, when I lived in Italy and she in California. We both ended up moving to DFW but live on opposite sides of the metroplex so haven’t seen each other nearly enough. She’s moving to Seattle in a few days and came to visit me before leaving!

Yes, she is absolutely, incredibly beautiful. She is also a very talented photographer–you can see her work here. It’s not worth trying to hate her, either. She’s also impossibly sweet. I am going to miss having her in the metroplex but look forward to a trip to Washington!

Leonardo’s Guide to Napping

Hello, everyone! This is Leonardo here, Alyssa’s cat. My friend Morn convinced me to try my hand in blogging because he often takes over Sara’s blog and adds valuable insights to cat life.

So now I am going to give you a lesson on my favorite activity: napping. I’m appalled at the lack of variety in human sleep cycles. You desperately need to be taught you to do it right. Feel free to take notes.

Find the sun. This is a basic cat rule. Windows are a wonderful thing.

Don’t be afraid of heights. In the example above, I’ve settled down for a nap on the ledge of the wall overlooking my living room on the lower level.  This photo reinforces another rule: any time something looks comfortable, settle down on it immediately.  With practice, you should look like you’re on the brink of sleep within 10 seconds of an object leaving your owner’s hands.

Blend in with your surroundings. Channel your inner wilderness cat for this one. Your predators (i.e. owners) will have a harder time finding you and therefore forcing you to wake up. I’ve found that my white face can be a hinderance, so I try to hide it.

Try to look extra adorable while sleeping. Again, this will lower your chances of being forced awake.

When you need attention, sprawl out in the middle of a frequented walkway. If you look extra pathetic you might get a treat.

Try out everything. You never know what will create the perfect bed.

Things that begin horribly (like being picked up–I hate it!) could actually end up being extremely comfortable. Don’t eliminate anything.  Remember, comfort is a cat’s #1 priority.

Even if a spot is not particularly comfortable, stay there. This is your dignity we’re talking about.

Snuggle up. This is especially wonderful if your snuggling partner is full of catnip.

Never sleep on a hard surface. Find a place where your owners have left soft fabric. Bonus points if you have light fur and nap on dark clothing.

New furniture needs to be tested. You are the chosen one.

Love always (or as long as you’ll pet me),

Warmer, Warmer

I’ve hardly picked up my camera at all this year, so here are the few self-portraits I’ve taken as we approach warmer weather.

Lately, According to Catstagram

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Instagram by now, alternatively known as “Catstagram” because it is sometimes overrun with cat photos. For me it also doubles as “Foodstagram” and “PicturesInMyMirrorstagram.”

You might have noticed my blog has been pretty thin the last few months. To tell you the truth, my camera hasn’t gotten much action. I’m thankful I have Instagram to have fun with photos in a more light-hearted manner. It’s a nice supplement since I haven’t been best buddies with my DSLR lately.

The three box photos were all taken on the same day. He couldn’t decide which box he loved the most (and there was even a another smaller box further complicating his decision). Second-to-last photos are Leonardo on top of the dryer, which he somehow only recently discovered. No idea what took him so long! And the last photo was taken while we were hiding out during a tornado warning.

I promise my next post will be not Leonardo-centric!

February Family

The second installment of photos from visiting our families in Houston a few weeks ago!

My niece Daphne playing with a roly-poly.

Alena playing with my old dollhouse.

Daphne could kill someone with this look!

I hope you remember my beautiful nephew Lennon. This is his perfect little family!

The whole group!

I brought in the crocheting project I’ve been working on, but as soon as the girls saw, they insisted I teach them. They gave up pretty easily, though, and instead enlisted me in making them these cute headbands (Alena had a necklace instead–I didn’t get a picture). Avery was posing (“like I’m graduating!”) with the Nancy Drew books I gave her for Christmas.

I’m not really sure if Joseph is up to this whole uncle business. I mean, come on. Stealing bottles from the baby? Not cool.

The next day we met Joseph’s family in The Woodlands for lunch.

After we ate, we spend a couple hours wandering Hubbell & Hudson, where Joseph and I bought some of our favorites from Italy–the tea we drank a lot but haven’t been able to find back here, Hits cookies, and speck (proscuitto).


You might remember my nephew Lennon from a post last year. Well, it turns out he is some sort of mutant baby who ages at double-speed. He just passed his first birthday but looks at least two years old, doesn’t he? But he is still just about the most beautiful creature I have ever seen, so I’ll pardon his making me extremely confused.

His parents let me borrow him for some photos, which really were not difficult to get. Besides being gorgeous, he is extremely well-tempered! The best baby ever, truly.

Alena asked for a picture with her baby brother!


'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

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