Friday, November 30, 2012

Bastrop: Up Close and Personal with the Downstairs

I really can't express how excited I was to see the Bastrop house last night (I've been knocked for calling it a cabin, which is probably valid). It's so surreal that the new house is there, and it's difficult to explain why. Walking in, I still expected it to be the old house, and even though this one is new and improved, it's obviously still very, very bittersweet. It's easy to get over any conflicting feelings, though, because oh. my. god. The new house is SPECTACULAR. It's big and lovely and impressive and homey and everything it needs to be, and I can't wait to have Christmas out there with my parents and my siblings.

And because I took a million pictures last night, I'll give you the downstairs today and save the upstairs for Monday. Sound good? Good!

Living room from the entrance.

Living room and bar area/kitchen. Sorry it's so dark, but I just couldn't wait to show you all. And yes, that is Mom over there fixing us bourbons :) In most of the pictures we can actually play "find the bourbon Natalie sat down while photographing." It's fun!


Hot mama in the kitchen.

Second oven in the pantry! All of the ceilings are 10 foot (besides the taller ones in the living room and kitchen), so the pictures look far less impressive than the rooms do in real life. I know, duh, but I had to point it out.

Awkward shot of the master bedroom.

Bonus dog kennel.

Master bathroom with beautiful beveled subway tiles. Still waiting on the cabinet to be built around the fireplace.

Up close of bee-yoo-tee-ful crystal handles:

And awesome granite countertops + sink hardware:

Other downstairs bathroom:

Downstairs bedroom that was nearly impossible to get a picture of. It's cool, trust me:

Me on giant fur beanbag:

As this bedroom doesn't have a closet, Mama found a phenomenal armoire:

Aaaaaaaaaand the bunk beds for the kids' room haven't been built yet, so that room is still to come!

That's all I have for you today! Tomorrow morning I'll get some good pictures of the deck area all furnished; the ones I took at night are almost impossible to see. Hooray for Bastrop!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A few updates:

1) I must've gained at least 3 pounds in the past week. Go Thanksgiving! And now, go go gadget motivation!

2) Our new couch came in! Quick non-styled shot:

Shot plus bah-friend:

It is, quite possibly, the best couch ever. Huge, comfy but firm, gorgeous but practical.

And 3) The Bastrop cabin is livable!! It isn't done-done by any means, but it is oh-so-very close. Mom and Dad had over 30 people out there for Thanksgiving (Joseph and I were on the Outer Banks of North Carolina so we had to miss), and I can't think of a better way to break in the new place (I mean, besides the fact that I wasn't there, obviously).

A few quick peeks, courtesy of my dad:

Main downstairs bathroom:

View of the living room from the kitchen:

View of the kitchen through the living room:

Glimpse of the master bathroom:

I promise to get you more pictures the next time I'm out there, which will hopefully be very soon!

I'm thankful for all of you, my lovely chirplettes :)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sparkle time!

A simple post today, really.

Why do I want this?

And does it matter why?

And also, is it too weird for me to throw a Selena-themed birthday bash so that I am obligated to buy this?

I would very much appreciate your feedback.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


I just realized how much I miss Glitter Thursday(s)!

I'm feeling particularly pink today, so your eye candy today has a pretty common theme. Let's start with this insane Alexander McQueen that costs as much as most cars:


As Jaime would say, worth it.

You probably need some sparkly pink Rene Caovilla pumps to complete the outfit, don't you think?:


And maybe even a spikey Barbie ring to round out the bizness:


Hey, I never said Glitter Thursday was the height of subtlety.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Completing the geekery.

This past weekend, I went to my first ever Renaissance Festival! My friend (Jaime)'s dad is an amazing potter who shows at the festival (check it), so she put the bug in our ears. Given that I am a Rice nerd, Joseph was a little shocked I hadn't been before, but 'twas the truth! We packed up the car for the weekend and headed out, and I have to say it was a total blast.

The first night, the 8 of us that were camping together sat around our little fire, drank, ate delicious chili courtesy of Ericka, and then wandered the grounds a bit. After being frightened away from a community bonfire by some amateur fire dancers, we decided our little camp was maybe the best (read: safest) place to hang out. Plus, there was still chili in the crock pot.

The next morning we were a little slow-going, but Joseph's taco-making skillz and some early morning mead cheered us up:

His utilikilt helped, too.

The theme was Bacchanalia, but I decided to go a little bit gypsy and a little bit "whatever's comfortable to wear while eating and drinking everything in sight":

And then off we went! I won't give you all the nitty-gritty details, but the highlights were definitely: baby goats, food, beer, food, and a glass-blowing show (well, and the wonderful company, obviously).

Baby goat!

SO CUTE. There were no ducks, which was sad, but I survived.


Turkey legs and fried 'shrooms!

Glass thing I bought at the glass-blowing show! Bonus hot lady glass-blower not pictured.

Coolest vase ever.

After lots more food, plenty o' beer, a Brazilian booty-shaking show (I know. What?), and hours of people-watching, we ate one more time just to be safe:

Best picture ever. Jaime and I were very happy indeed.

and retreated to our campsite to rest our feet and chat some more before bed.

November 'tis the month to be thankful, and I am more thankful than I can say for friends, fried things, Guinness, and showers after a weekend outside.