May Long

Happy May Long Weekend!  Got back from Chicago earlier this week and the days just flew by.  Fun pictures to post later on but for now it’s time for bbq’s, boats and time at the lake.  Have a great weekend!

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Bash / Cinco de Mayo DIY’s

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and though historically we are celebrating the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla traditionally and socially its a day to enjoy the rich food and traditions of our neighbors to the South.  We are having friends over tonight for a little fiesta and I made these garlands to hang around the house. Here is the DIY from Oh Happy Day!  Have a great weekend!

PS  It is also the Kentucky Derby this weekend.  Cinco de Derby!  Here is a great mint julep recipe:

julep1 Classic Mint Julep

2 oz bourbon whiskey (I use Makers Mark)

1/2 oz simple syrup or a level teaspoon of sugar

2 fresh mint sprigs

Gently bruise 1 spring of mint in the bottom of glass with the simple syrup or sugar. Fill the glass with crushed ice and add half the bourbon.  Stir.  Top with more crushed ice and the other half of the bourbon.  Garnish with the second mint sprig.  Serve with a straw.

But don’t forget to use your mint julep cups!  During the year I use mine as vases.  They finally get to fulfill their mint julep destiny.

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Revisiting

This past weekend had an its-been-a-while-since-I’ve-seen-you theme to it.  First, I re-watched one of my favorite sports movies, Breaking Away.  It was filmed at my alma mater, Indiana University, and focuses on a group of friends finding themselves and competing in an annual bike race called The Little 500.  This weekend was the Little 5 in Bloomington so it felt appropriate to watch it and introduce some bike loving friends to a classic sports film.  The trailer is awful (so 1979) so here is a scene.  Two characters not in this scene are a lanky and hilarious Daniel Stern and an abs of steel Dennis Quaid.  It was Daniel Sterns first movie!

Next, on Saturday while reading a book about 20th century architecture and design I came across Gerrit Rietveld’s Schroder House.

Rietveld Schröderhuis (Maison Schröder de Rietveld)

The house looked so familiar but I couldn’t place it.  I kept reading.  It is in Utrchet, Netherlands and is one of the most famous examples of the De Stijl style of design.  Then it hit me.  The summer after high school while traveling in Europe I biked past this house!  I was with my friend and her sister, then a second year architecture student, who told us about this influential home.  Silly story to share but it made me really happy that I had seen such an important architectural gem in person!

Also revisited this weekend:

Goldfish snacks!  So good!  Why do I not always eat you?!?

Nirvana Unplugged in New York.  We listened to this in the car all weekend long.  More specifically we listened to this song over and over and over again…beautiful and raw.

And:

Late afternoon naps.  I never nap and after a late night Saturday and a super active Sunday morning, I plopped down in my sunny bedroom and took a 45 minute nap.  Amazing.

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Blue Skies Weekend

Have an fun weekend!  Skies look clear this weekend so yeaaaa for sunshine!  We are starting to check things off our spring / summer to do list.  This includes a shellfish cookout over a fire pit and a long Sunday hike.  More on the list next week.  Enjoy the weekend!

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Getting busy

Today is certainly a busy day.  And not just today.  From now until Monday night it will be non-stop.  No complaints.  I mean, these next few days are filed with finding friends an amazing intern for their design company, getting my hair cut, running group, oh…and going to nyc.  Yippee!  See you next week!