Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bounce, Bounce Bounce Ba-Bounce

At approximately 10:30 am last Saturday Kerry posted the below video stating that at by 2 pm there would be a Disney Princess Bounce house in her possession. What followed was nothing short of magical. 


Having access to a bouncy house may not sound like a lot of fun to you. For us, it was just plain ridiculous. 

We stopped first at Costco, to stock up on preserves. In our cart we had pasta salad, fruit, a veggie tray, artichoke and jalalpeno dip, texas caviar, a big ass thing of tortilla chips, champs, vodka, Pom juice and a Folly pack for our beer drinking guests. Costco is the perfect place to grab goodies for a last minute party. They have a bunch of pre-made items and a huge selection of alcohol. 

Here's the Disney Princess Bounce house in all of its glory. It was truly MASSIVE.

One of our friends was watching her niece over the weekend and she brought her over to the party with the promise of a big surprise. She was definitely excited once she peered in that back yard and saw the fun to be had. 

Bouncing takes a lot of stamina and man, did we feel old after a few minutes in there. No wonder parents love taking their children to parties which include one of these - it's the same reason I take Bebop to doggy daycare every Friday.




Yesterday we showed you that Bebop was quite interested in the bounce house. In case you were wondering, he did end up making it in, and LOVING the thing. Who knew?



Even Oliver got in after awhile. He wasn't as excited about it as Bebop was, but it was surprisingly relaxing just sitting in the bounce house with a couple of drinks and our pups. 

Oh, yeah there were totally rules for this thing, of which I believe we broke about half. Whoops. 

Later that night Kerry became a grill master while keeping all of her hair (last time I tried to grill Kerry was nice enough to help me light the thing and then in a flash, literally, she turned around and part of her bangs were singed off. I cannot apologize enough for this, but it was pretty funny). 





We ended the night with a beautiful sunset and as the temperatures cooled down, we sat outside, talked, and took turns bouncing around in the best birthday party investment EVER. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

This past weekend was one of those perfect summer weekends where you just sit outside with a bunch of your friends, eating, drinking...and bouncing in a Disney Princess bouncy house. Yes, we celebrated the coming of Kerry's 25th birthday with one very large, very juvenile, and very fun inflatable bounce pad. It was surprisingly aerobically challenging, and by the end of the eight hour rental we had broken approximately a quarter of their rules. Check back later this week to hear (and see!) more. 

So as we go to to our boring offices, here are a few interesting items to help distract you -

  • It's Monday, so don't skip out on your breakfast. Start the week off with a good dose of delicious and gluttonous homemade sausage gravy and biscuits.
  • When we went to this year's Record Store day, I picked up a limited edition Leonard Cohen album while Cooper picked up this great collection of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club songs which had never been released. Record Store day is a very special holiday as many important artists donate their time to put out limited pressings of their recordings available only if you visit your local record store. If you weren't lucky enough to purchase anything this year, you can now stream The Flaming Lip's album which features collaborations with such greats as Erykah Badu, Yoko Ono, Bon Iver, Nick Cave (!!!), and well, Ke$ha. 
  • Ok, these pictures of where 12 Disney families are now are fucking adorable. 
  • After reading this post about making pasta, I really want to take a cooking class . Where's a good place in Omaha to do this?? 
  • Our friend G wants to take us all camping here in the next few weeks for his birthday. He's been visiting every local outfitting store AND shopping online so he can get everything the needs to practice his survival skills out in the wilderness. By survival skills, yes, I mean the zombie kind. While for this trip we'll stay on camping grounds, if we ever feel more adventurous we could visit these abandoned towns and test our survival skills for real. 
  • Some Midwest love - here's a collection of photos taken of the people in a small Iowa town back in 1984 and now. 
  • Hey, do you like music? Do you like writing? Be a part of something at Hear Nebraska - they're looking for interns. More info here
  • Relax one night this week with this homemade lavender and oatmeal tub tea.
  • I really want to see this movie Ruby Sparks. It sounds like one of the most interesting story lines I've heard of in a long time. Read here to see why this movie is working to smash the stereotypical female character, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. 
  • Stanley Kubrick was a cinematic genius who changed how we watch movies today. Here are 30 of his most classic Cinemagraphs
  • The New Yorker's profile on Bruce "The Boss" Springstein is truly amazing. Are you going to get tickets for when he stops in Omaha?
  • OMG these reading lists from some of my favorite fictional characters is FANTASTIC. I seriously want to work to read everything Rory Gilmore has ever read.  
Here's one photo from this weekend to whet your whistle:
Yeah, it's Bebop trying to get into the bouncy house. Find out if he made it in tomorrow!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wind Down / Wound Up

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to. It's sort of my bee-day weekend, my birthday falling on Monday, and I'm having a party. Don't worry, the only way there will be crying is from having too much fun on the DISNEY PRINCESS BOUNCE HOUSE I rented. I'm turning 25 and that is sort of a scary age to me. It's like, for sure, the age that you are no longer a kid. Even though I've had a job since I was 15 and have been independent for a while, 25 is screaming in my face that there's no going back. And while that's just life, I also never want to lose the joy I experience out of dumb, little things. So yeah, that's right, I rented a bounce house and I'm havin a party and probably when I turn 30 I'll rent a god damn pony and a clown, or something. I'll be bouncin for 8 hours Saturday but we have rounded up a few choice things for the rest of you to do. The week is winding down and Wise Owl + Sly Fox and crew are getting wound up for the weekend!


FRIDAY July 27
  • Miss Meghan is going to a bachelorette party which apparently might include a trip to Dipstix. Ohhhh, yeah. So yeah, strip clubs...that's always an option on any day of the week. 
  • One of our favorite neighborhoods, Benson, also has a birthday! Benson is celebrating ONE HUNDRED and twenty five years, which makes me feel oh so young. There are tons of things going on in Benson all weekend. The fun all starts on Friday with a free show and fireworks. Check out their website here for the full schedule of all the events. I just might have to hit up a few of my fave Benson bars to start the celebration.
  • The Omaha World Herald recently put out this article on Omaha Beer Gardens. We totally agree that the patio pictured at Rose and Crown is one of the best patios/beer gardens in Omaha to drink on. Since it's supposed to cool down a tiny bit, go visit one, or some, or all, of these beer gardens!

SATURDAY July 28
  • The 125th anniversary of Benson continues with pancakes and a parade. Tell me a better way to start off your morning, I dare you.
  • I've never actually been to these, but for the 9th year running is the annual Playing With Fire blues concert at Lewis and Clark landing. I've heard nothing but great things about it and if it weren't for my puppy princess part, I would totally be there.
  • Awwww, shiiiiit. The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is in town, at a Walmart near you. Please go take your family's Christmas card photo in front of this.
SUNDAY July 29
  • Weezer, an oldie, but a goodie, is playin at Stir Concert Cove.  Weezer is the epitome and center of the music I listened to in high school and I'm sure many of you can relate. 
  • Meghan and I were just talking about how we need to see more movies and how she's planning on hitting up a matinee showing of Moonrise Kingdom at Film Streams on Sunday. With so many movies out and so many theatres, why not save a few bucks and hit an afternoon showing while beating the heat?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Revelations

I, Meghan, have had a lot of pent of aggression as of late and feel the need to express that anger and subsequent sadness in the following list. I don't want to speak on behalf of Kerry by any means, but here are some issues which have recently preoccupied my mind:

  1. I love my boyfriend as much as a husband even though we're not married. Why is everyone so eager to achieve these huge life milestones in such quick succession? Rushing into a marriage and parenthood does not mean that you are better or that your relationship means more than others
  2. I really don't care for Icky Blossoms...at all. But seriously, do not like, at all. There, I said it. 
  3. People in the Omaha scene are afraid to say what they really feel about local bands and the music they are releasing. No one calls crap music crap and no one goes out to see really great experimental bands who are challenging the type of music that's popular
  4. Omaha girls are to be seen and not heard. Meaning they are supposed to be young, stylish, and without opinion or self-worth
  5. I recently called out an acquaintance on Facebook for talking about marriage and love in the Man + Wife + God way because I think that love is so much more than that...and following my statement of question, I was made to apologize because while their form of love is acceptable, other forms are not
  6. Many local business owners who I've respected in the past, have had a taste of Omaha fame and become too arrogant
  7. I'm a smoker and a drinker and I will NEVER apologize for either of those vices even though you want to judge me
  8. I love my dog more than words can say and I worry about his eventual demise in my worst nightmares. This is my greatest fear: That he'll die some horribly painful death and I won't be able to do anything about it
  9. My parents will never understand what I want to do in my life, what I do in my free time and why I love my passions in life so much
  10. Friends are fleeting. If you're lucky, you'll have one to four friends who will love you no matter what. They know you inside and out, from the days of your youth to where you stand now and they'll always support your decisions, celebrate your triumphs, and be there when you feel at your lowest. 
That's just a few thoughts from me. I know who I am. I'm honest, direct and logical to the point where it's probably annoying. I don't appreciate other people's bullshit and I will never apologize for feeling the way that I do. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vegetarian Realness - Tortilla Lasanga

I'm an extremely picker eater. I always have been, and likely I always will be. To me, meat is just not appetizing. Now, don't get me wrong, I'll eat the shit out of some bacon or a really good hamburger, but meats like chicken and all fish literally make my stomach turn. I certainly wish it weren't so. You have no idea how embarrassing it is to go out to eat and not be able to enjoy food like everyone else. Trust me, I've tried to get over these aversions but time and time again, I just can't seem to do it. 

In my adult years, I've been slowly making more of an effort to eat better. Let's face it, the days of eating Stovetop Stuffing for dinner and not gaining 10 pounds of fat are over (though they were great, thanks college). 

My friend gave me a subscription to Vegetarian Times for my birthday last year and while some of the recipes are a little out of my skill set, most of them can be achieved in less than 30 minutes.

Last Tuesday, we set out to make one of VT's easier recipes - Tortilla Lasagna which is surprisingly pretty diet friendly at just 226 calories per serving.

Here's what you need:

  • 8-inch fat-free flour tortillas'
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 Tbs. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ancho chile powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 2 cups strained tomatoes, such as Pomì, divided
  • 1 ½ cups cooked black beans, or 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (we actually used chickpeas and pinto beans because I was an idiot and forgot to pick up black beans)
  • 1 medium chayote, peeled and diced, or 2 medium zucchini, diced (1½ cups) (Here we used carrots because I really love carrots and Cooper has an aversion to cooked zucchini on the same level as my aversion to meat)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 ½ cups grated Monterey Jack or pepper Jack cheese
Putting the lasagna together..
Now for the cooking part:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast tortillas on 2 baking sheets in oven 5 minutes, or until light brown, turning once.
  2. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes, or until soft. Stir in chili powder, ancho chile powder, and garlic, and cook 30 seconds. Add 11/2 cups strained tomatoes, beans, chayote, corn, and 1/2 cup water, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. 
  3. Cover, and cook 10 minutes, or until chayote (or zucchini or carrots) are tender.
  4. Coat 2-inch-deep x 8-inch round baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1/4 cup strained tomatoes in bottom of pan. Set 1 toasted tortilla in pan; top with 3/4 cup bean mixture and 1/4 cup cheese. Repeat layering 4 more times. Top with last tortilla, and spread remaining 1/4 cup strained tomatoes over top. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake 30 to 45 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly and cheese has melted. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into 8 wedges.

And that's it!! We hope you enjoy a Meatless Monday next week with this recipe. If you are vegetarian, please feel free to comment with your favorite meatless eats!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Support Nebraska Against Hate & Violence

I could turn this into a post about how outraged and saddened I am by the current situation we as a country find ourselves in. In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, another horrifying news story hit our local community just over in Lincoln.


No one deserves to be treated like this. My stomach turns to think about the pain, fear, and torture this woman endured. Now is the time to stand up, come together as Midwesterners and say No. This is wrong. We need to fight for change and understanding.


Click on this link , mark your calendars and we'll see you Thursday at Memorial Park.

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

I was thinking this weekend about the past and taking the time to revisit and enjoy memories of yore. This came about as I was perusing HBO GO (I don't have cable so I'm always on the look out of the best internet based TV outlets) and I saw that Can't Hardly Wait was one of the available movies to watch. Can you remember where you were and who you were with the first time you watched that movie? 

Sometimes we're so quick to move into the future, we forget about where we came from and who we used to be. I remember being so passionate about everything when I was in middle school and high school. I loved experiencing places, music and movies for the first time and taking pieces from these experiences that I enjoyed the most with me, as part of my identity of who I wanted to be. I've been feeling a little stifled lately, like I've already done it all. Summer especially is supposed to be about getting out there, trying new things and reinventing yourself. Unfortunately, this goddamn heat has totally thrown a wrench in most of those plans for me. Yeah, I'm kind of a baby and don't like to go out and canoe down the Niobrara when it's 105 degrees outside or even go for a walk with Bebop on the Field Club trail. 

As we go into this week, I want to be more ready to learn and look at  everything in a new perspective. I want to challenge myself to break out of my routine and do something good. I want to stay positive and be more like I was in the past - passionate, inquisitive and observant. Of course, Monday's are the most difficult days to get something like this started. So if you need to take another day to relax before the week gets going, here are a few links to help you distract yourself from your 9 - 5 day: 

  • I'm sure you guys are a little sick of us posting stuff about books, authors and literature in general, but we just can't help ourselves. Here's a post where a six year-old was told to describe pieces of classic literature like Animal Farm based on the book's cover. Yes, hilarity ensues. 
  • Speaking of looking into your past and defining your future, here are 30 things every woman should have and know by 30. How many items have you accomplished? 
  • Joss Whedon is one of my favorite television writers/directors. A nerdy ex-boyfriend got me into shows like Firefly and while I may have been dismissive of these suggestions before, I would definitely recommend that anyone watch Firefly today. The characters are well drawn out and the situations they find themselves in are always exciting and full of tension. I mean come on, Joss Whedon essentially created an entire new world. Here are his top ten writing tips, which I have printed out and hanging in my office now. 
  • It's back to school time for many and this time of year always makes me a little nostalgic. I used to absolutely love purchasing new folders, notebooks, pens, and highlighters. As you get older, shopping for school supplies becomes less joyful and once you're out of school entirely, well you don't buy school supplies anymore, rather you search for a job. Of course in this economic climate, finding a stable, full-time position in the field of your study is essentially unheard of. People have even started dubbing this generation Generation Screwed. Nice, right? Well, luckily the search for self and career has been a subject for many movies, the best of are collected together here
  • There's no denying it, I LOVE Larry David and his show Curb Your Enthusiasm. I see a lot of myself in Larry David's character and well, I just think he's extremely comical and entertaining. Jerry Seinfeld is back with a new web series - Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and Larry David was his first guest. Here's a link to watch the whole thing. Can I just tell you how funny I think it is that Larry doesn't like to eat "hot" things for lunch?
  • Home decorating in my opinion is one of the most fun, but most frustrating undertakings. When you move as much as I have in the past five years, really settling into a home and making it your own seems kind of like a moot point. When I do make the investment in a home, I'm definitely going to take a lot of time deciding the style and overall effect I want to portray. This set of stylish homes from stylish people is truly inspiriting to me. I think the woman from J. Crew's house is my favorite. 
  • Hey it's hot out, why not try this new hairstyle to pull your hair back for optimum coolness?
Finally, nothing gets you quite revved up for the week like a good hip hop song. Take a listen here and dance around you office/living room/bedroom in the dorkiest way possible to this - we promise it will make you feel better about yourself: 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Wind Down / Wound Up

Well folks, it's been a scorcher of a week and it looks like the weekend will be too. Despite the heat, we were able to sit outside and enjoy the weather once the sun went down a few nights this week and hope to continue to do so this weekend because we have a lot planned! As the work week winds down, WO + SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend!


FRIDAY June 20
  • I was thinking of keeping quiet and having a night in so that I could wake up early on Saturday and be productive, but DAMN, there's just so much going on!
  • First of all, to coincide with A Wilde Time at the Castle happening all month at the Joslyn Castle, the New BLK is showing the work of nine female artists in a collective art show entitled "Wilde Women."
  • Like the Cure? Like REM? Of course you do. And lucky for you, you can see see two cover bands, Fear of Ghosts and REModeled tonight at the Waiting Room. P.S., our friend Tom, also a member of Dim Light, is in Fear of Ghosts.
  • Another great show is going on at O'Leavers: Noah's Ark was a Spaceship, Buildings, and Dirty Talker are all playing tonight for a mere $5.
SATURDAY June 21
  • It's my birthday on July 30th and since my parent's are going out of town next weekend, they're taking me out for an early b-day dinner this weekend! Subsequently, since I'm single (hi, boys), Meghan gets to reap the benefits and be my date. I'm preeeetty sure we're going to J. Coco, unless I change it up last minute. In addition, my mom will be making me her heavenly coconut cake. I'll post pics.
  • Gladys Knight is playing at Stir Cove! I just so happened to win tickets via Stir Cove's facebook page so, yep, it's turned into a big of a date night for M and me.
  • Enough about me, there are actually other things going on, including Skate for Change is performing? skating? having an event of sorts to celebrate the fact that they were recently granted $25,000 from State Farm. Skate for Change is from Lincoln and describes themselves as "local group of skaters
    that are committed to giving back to the low-income & homeless in our community." There will be a food truck, ice cream, live music, and skating and all they ask is that you donate some socks.  
  • If you haven't noticed, Film Streams has been having a Jane Fonda series for Film Streams' Feature IV for the past month or so. They've been showing different films she's in, and on Saturday and Sunday will be showing a film she herself picked and that stars her father: Twelve Angry Men. This only shows once each day and then it's gone so make sure to get your tickets! And the hits just keep on playin at Film Streams, also opening today is another classic: An American In Paris.
SUNDAY June 22
  • Head to Midtown Crossing and take advantage of their lush green park by doing some yoga! This is the last Yoga Rocks the Park event and it's FREE. It will be so hot out it will be like a free session of Bikram yoga.
  • Oh yeah, there's a reason that Film Streams has been having this Jane Fonda feature. It culminates today with the lady herself, Jane motherfuckin' Fonda, and an Omaha native, Alexander Payne in conversation at the lovely Holland Center. Meghan and her actual boyfriend were lucky enough to score some tickets to this event.
  • Strange Machine both publishes chapbooks and hosts regular poetry readings. They are having one of those poetry readings this Sunday. End your weekend with some art today at 7:30 at Gallery 72.
I leave you today with Cookie Monster's latest music video, "Share it Maybe". And if you're bored this weekend, do yourself a favor and search Sesame Street on Youtube and watch a bunch of hilarious videos with different celebrities and musicians.


xoxo, KJ

Thursday, July 19, 2012

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme! List

 This week we thought it'd be fun to mix it up and pick items for each other! It was definitely fun to play virtual dress up and really think about the other's style. 

Wise Owl Picks - 
Meghan is punk rock, man. But the good kind of punk rock. And by that I mean the put together, clean, good smelling kind. She doesn't walk around with dirty, greasy hair but rocks her long red waves. She tends to wear a lot of black so with this look I injected some color with the yellow skirt. With this ridiculous heat in mind, i picked this outfit out especially for summer. The sleeveless tee adds some whimsy to the whole outfit while the neutral accessories take the outfit to the next level. 
 
WO for SF



Sly Fox Picks - 


Kerry's style is clean, casual and often plays with bright colors. She's a master at layering. When it's not 96 degrees out for seven days straight, she usually accessorizes with a cardigan or scarf. For this look I wanted to pick a color that she doesn't typically wear. That being said, her signature color is green so I did want to include that in the look. Kerry, like myself, is pale. Being pale isn't a bad thing, we know we'll never have skin cancer because we wear so much goddamn sunscreen and you look fantastic in romantic colors. Most of all, I wanted to incorporate her love of vintage style. 


SF for WO

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Song for Summer

There are some albums you always associate with summer. Those artists and songs that you first discovered on a hot summer night drive under the stars and streetlights or those songs that would always play as you went into your crappy summer job. Thinking about it, there are too many albums that I associate with summer. Most are from my early days of "indie" music discovery. You know, when there was still a Homer's at 132rd and Center and we all still bought CD's. 

Some of the music I discovered was bad, but made a lot of sense to me at the time. I, like every adolescent girl coming of age in the early 00's, knew every Dashboard Confessional song (now major ick). I also went through a small ska phase here, listening to Catch-22 and Streetlight Manifesto (also kind of embarrassing to admit now). I actually listened to a ton of Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers - bands I still really enjoy today. 

During the summer before my senior year, I went on a school trip to six countries in Europe. It was a crazy trip, I grew up a lot, realized how privileged and idiotic a lot of the kids I went to high school were, and to top it off, I became really familiar with my music collection. Pretty Girls Make Graves was one of my favorite bands to zone out on a bus to and try to fall asleep. It's really too bad these kids didn't stay around for too much longer because they were fantastic. 

Once college rolled around, summer songs became party anthems. These were the summers of Head Automatica, Taking Back Sunday, Saves the Day, Jay-Z, Kanye, The Fugees, even Arcade Fire

One song in particular always reminds me of the sweltering summer heat and even on the coldest of winter days, if it comes on my iPod, I can feel the hot, sticky, humid Nebraska air. 

In the summer of 2006 I discovered the band Interpol, which, actually not so quickly became my all time favorite band. It wasn't until a drive back from a trip up to Minneapolis that I finally sat down and listened to the records I had purchased in their entirety. I started by listening to the second record they released, Antics. This album flows together seamlessly. The songs go from very rushed, fervent lyrics and guitar lines to quieter, more deliberate crescendos of sound and emotion. Then it was on to Interpol's first album, Turn on the Bright Lights. This album is gutsy, raw and absolutely incredible. Interpol is most often compared to Joy Division (hello huge compliment) but this album is quite different from any of the Joy Division I had heard. Listening to the album, you can tell there was some planning here, but mostly the songs and sounds seem so organic they just spread from your ears to your brain, all the way down to your stomach. 

So which Interpol song do I most associate with Summer? A little ditty by the name of NYC. Whenever I'm complaining about how hot it is here in Nebraska, I always imagine how much hotter must feel in New York City with the sun reflecting off the payment, the smell of the hot city, etc. NYC is a slow song that builds to a powerful ending. I'll admit I've teared up multiple times when the line "It's up to me now, turn on the bright lights" starts. It's an evocative lyric. Take a listen here - 



What songs remind you of summer?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

And here we arrive, yet again, dear weekend you have passed us too quickly. Can we talk about this heat for a second? Man, it's impossible to really enjoy the summer season with the boiling pavements and stifled humid air. I'm beginning to long for fall weather with its layering, scarves and boots. Oh well, that weather will be here before we even know it. 

So here's to another week with weather in the 90's each and every day. Hopefully, you're in an air conditioned office with access to a computer, if so, here are some distractions from your Monday. 

  • We've said it before, and we'll say it again, we LOVE food. We especially love when our love of food crosses over into our other loves like art and photography. Here's an interesting gallery of photos of desserts that have been made to look like landscapes. 
  • This American Life is one of our favorite podcasts. Their stories and investigations into the sometimes unbelievable lives of others are always entertaining and insightful. Host Ira Glass gave this GREAT talk on how to be a successful in creative work. His words really speak to me, especially in regards to what we're doing here on this blog. When we started we didn't really know what the hell we were doing, and the truth is, we still don't. But, as we build our content and keep plugging away at posting interesting, local and relevant topics, we get a little closer to what we really want to do here, which is connect with all of you in an inspiring and meaningful way. His biggest tip? Even though what you're publishing might not be that good, don't quit because your taste and the reason that you got into it in the first place will eventually work in a successful way. 
  • Feeling crafty? Take a look at A Beautiful Mess's wood burning dog bowl project. How cute are those?! 
  • We heart Instagram. Here are 15 feeds you should follow if you're on it too. Want to see what we're up to? Find us - Meghan is  @tropicoffrancis Kerry is @kerryjones 
  • Hey it's been three bullet points already and we haven't mentioned food again - here are photographs of some of literature's famous meals from a collection called Fictitious Dishes
  • Crazy Cat GIF's. Note to self, do not buy a cat and then have a baby. 
  • Speaking of how hot it is outside, here are 30 cool dogs cooling off
  • Kerry will finally be joining me at the end of this month as officially 25 years old. Here are a bunch of things that make us feel older than 25

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer To Do: Lauritzen Gardens' Tempo of Twilight Series

This past Tuesday we headed down to Lauritzen Gardens to check out their summer concert series, Tempo of Twilight. Each week a band sets up on the patio of the gardens and concert goers can bring lawn chairs and blankets and sit around the grassy knolls of Lauritzen. There is food to be purchased, with different main courses every week, but you can also just bring your own munchies and beverages, including wine. We had our own lovely menu of pita bread, pita chips, hummus, goat cheese, cantaloupe, and, of course, wine. While we were sitting in such a spot that we couldn't actually see the band, it was shady, and we could hear the music just find. The band, The Fabulous Rogues, was a 60's cover band and played all the hits. The price of the concert is the regular price of admission to the gardens, $7.00 for adults, and then you can go walk through the gardens during the concert. We took our last bottle of wine and went to explore. 

Off we go into the gardens with the wine.


We had to stop to take some "senior picutres" along the way...


The flowers were truly gorgeous.

There is an adorable train city that, unfortunately, was not running.
Look familiar, Omaha?


Overall, the Temp of Twilight concert series is a lot like Jazz on the Green. It's in a much smaller area with less people though, and you can experience one of the most beautiful places in Omaha. We had a lot of fun and can only hope to make this the summer of picnics.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme! List

This week marks the return of one of our all time FAVORITE Omaha free events ---- JAZZ ON THE GREEN ---- AKA DRUNK ON THE GREEN!! Midtown Crossing buzzes with jazz infused music with crowds of people chatting, eating and of course drinking. Be sure to watch out for raccoon/fox tail guy. I know that description is a little vague, but trust us, if you go down to the front where everyone is dancing you will see an odd looking gentleman charming the shit out of a lot of older women. We think his most frequent dance partner is his mother. Seriously, watch out for him and confirm this for us.

Anyhoodle, here are our JOTG survival items. We hope to see you down there this Thursday!

Wise Owl Picks -
picnic


Sly Fox Picks - 

JOTG Survival Kit

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Glory to Our Forefathers - A Minneapolis Fourth of July

My brother was kind enough to host ol' Cooper and I at his swanky house in Minnetonka over the Fourth of July weekend. We had loads of fun, too much fun at least one night. And while it always ends too soon, here are a few snapshots from our venture. 
We arrived on the Fourth of July
Cool Floor at a bar called Green Mill
Bloody Mary with a side of beer at The Lowry for breakfast
My brother's adorable dog Whitney "Nippy" Houston-Francis
A Picture of the outside of the Walker Art Center
Side View of the Walker Art Center
Cooper and I sharing a bottle of wine at Lucia's wine bar

Second bottle of wine at GiGi's a seriously cute joint
Dee-licious hummus plate

Bizarro White Castle which is not a White Castle


Two for One at The Lyndale Tap House

Got to see old friends (and tall ones at that!!)
Karaoke realness at Otter's Saloon
A full day at the pool which was perfect in the 105 degree heat