Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme!

So we have arrived at the sacred day of All Hallows Eve, well at least it's sacred for some. While we've been loading you up with Halloween based ideas all month it's time to cope with the fact that soon it will be November and with it comes another major holiday (and election!).

This week we're taking it old school and just gonna show you the shit we've been obsessed with. Is it cohesive? Probably not, but goddamn we love it all. Only some of it we've invested in (but if we could, we'd buy it all!! The world is our oyster!)

Wise Owl Picks - 
kj obsessed



Sly Fox Picks - 

Loving...


Monday, October 29, 2012

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

If I had to describe my mood these last few days in one word, that word would be: Lazy-Bones. Ok fine that was a two word hyphenate, but you get the idea.  Maybe the weather is to blame. Maybe it's a hormonal thing. Either way I have felt all sorts of out of wack and the only seemingly possible thing to do is stay in bed all day and catch up on TV (this is exactly how I spent my day yesterday. I never even put pants on). How, oh how, do I get out of this slump?

Well, at least we can look forward to Halloween this week. This past weekend we did a lot of celebrating at Slowdown, Crescent Moon and Jake's (hence why I stayed in bed all-day Sunday). I think on the actual day we're skipping the festivities around town to hand out candy with our dressed up pups. Let's just hope the kids aren't too afraid of them...or us.

So while Halloween's just a few days away, here are some internet findings to get you through the day:
  • I'm not going to lie, I did not spend too much time figuring out a costume this year. I stink. If you're looking for a quick DIY, make this fox mask!
  • You'd be stupid to miss this show on Tuesday.
  • Who knew Wes Anderson and Kanye went together so well?
  • The First Wives Club may have made this song popular again back in 1996, but this awesome video gives a more relevant take on the Leslie Gore hit (PS yes, that's Lena Dunham)
  • With this week marking Halloween, it's only fitting that we take a look at famous author's epitaphs. 
  • I have had a serious lack of motivation and focus at work recently. This letter from Charles Bukowski might explain why.
  • Tom Hanks + Slam Poetry + Full House = MY CUP OF TEA
  • Clueless is the film of the 90's as far as I'm concerned. Luckily Man Repeller agrees
  • This Tumblr of fairy tales for twenty-somethings is genius. 
  • I'm trying to fit all the Halloween posts I can this week. That being said here's a really good list of the 25 most memorable moments in horror movies.  
  • Speaking of great moments in horror films, here are 10 equally creepy songs to be murdered to. 
Happy Halloween Week Everybody! Here's a picture I snapped this weekend at the Slowdown, Kerry was nice enough to let me borrow her beard the night - 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wind Down / Wound Up

One of my favorite weekends of the year is finally here! I love, love, love Halloween weekend - the one weekend a year I can dress up all crazy and act a fool without feeling any sort of remorse. This weekend's list will definitely be focused on all the spooky scary goings on this weekend. We hope that you have as much fun as we do this weekend. As the work week winds down, WO + SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend!

FRIDAY October 26

SATURDAY October 27
  • The Slowdown continues raging with Freaks Of The Night, a costume and dance party. If anything, go to see Plack Blague, a very appropriate act for Halloween! 
  • Esoteric Velvet is hosting a holiday trunk show. Yes, please, we want to go look at jewelry.  
  • Uh, we just discovered that the Frenchee of the month at B & G Tasty Foods is bacon, egg, and cheese. We love breakfast at any time of day and definitely need to get one of these before the month is over.  
  •  They got what you want, they got what you need: the Just For Her Expo claims that it "combines everything women want and need under one roof for 3 exciting days of shopping, pampering, fun, and learning everything they need to know". This is being held at the Century Link Center and I'm kiiind of interested.
SUNDAY October 28
  • Jake's is hosting a pumpkin carving party whilst screening It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Mix some good old fashioned fun with a mixed drink. 
  • If you aren't tired yet, go check out Cursive and Minus The Bear, also at The Slowdown.    

Have a fun and safe weekend, kids! And to get you even more pumped for the festivities we leave you with our favorite holiday jam: 
  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vegetarian Realness - Cuban Black Bean and Potato Soup

Sitting down to write this post, I just realized that it has been a fucking minute since Megan and I have cooked something together. With Fall weather comes Fall foods and there is nothing more Fall-like than soup in our minds. Tonight was SUPPOSED to be 75 degrees and I thought it would be too warm to make soup, but Nebraska tricked us again and brought us a chillier night so we decided to make Cuban Black Bean and Potato Soup, a recipe Meghan found in Vegetarian Times.

This recipe was extremely easy to make, which is definitely something we always look for when making recipes, especially on weeknights when we've put in a full day's work and are cranky and want our food RIGHT NOW. Take it from us - if you can chop up some veggies, you can make this recipe!

The ingredients you will need are: 
  • 1 medium onion, diced (1 ½ cups)
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced (1 cup)
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced (1 cup)
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 6 cups cooked black beans, divided
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced (2 ½ cups)
  • 2 Tbs. white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs. fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 bay leaf  (we actually did not use a bay leaf because we find it hard to pay $4.50 for a bottle of leaves)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Diced red onion and green bell pepper for garnish (we did not do this either)
Some (but not all) of the ingredients              

Like I said, if you can chop veggies, you can totally make this recipe. Next you will:
 
1. Sauté onion, bell peppers, and garlic in saucepan with a little water or vegetable broth over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until vegetables soften. Transfer to blender, and purée until smooth. Add 3 cups beans and 6 to 7 cups water; purée until mixture is consistency of thick soup. (NOTE: We probably only used 1-2 cups of water. The main reason is that I have a very small food processor and we had to do this in small batches. The next reason is after we had added the 1-2 cups the mixture already was at the consistency we preferred.)
Sautee realness
Puree-ing beans!
2. Return mixture to saucepan, and add remaining beans, potatoes, vinegar, cumin, oregano, bay leaf, and salt. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, 20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft. Remove bay leaf. Garnish each serving with diced red onion and green bell pepper.

Potatoes, beans, and spices added!

And simmmer!
We also found that added a little Sriracha (aka Hot Cock) adds just a bit of flavor and kick to the soup which we felt was missing. If you didn't want to add hot sauce, I think another great option would be to buy some jalapeno and add that to your pepper/onion mixture and blend.


Overall, this was a really delicious and filling soup and could be used as a base for some much more elaborate soups. We could see trying out different variations in the future by adding corn or sweet potatoes into the mix. We are definitely trying to be more pro-active about MAKING food and are even discussing hosting a Friends-giving of sorts so stay tuned to witness more of our trials and tribulations in the cooking world!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme! List

Tis' the season. No, not THAT season. We're talking about Halloween season. We have parties to go to this weekend and neither of us even know what we are going to dress up as! To aid us in our search, this week's G!G! list is all about costume possibilities. Not only for us, but our pooches as well! Unfortunately, we are NOT into the typical sexy kitten costume. But luckily for you, we do tend to opt for the more ridiculous (which is why you see some of these examples on MEN). Here's a picture of us on Halloween last year:


And here are each of our picks for our very last minute costumes this year. Make sure to check back next week to see what we actually decided to be!

Wise Owl Picks -



werewolf bar mitzvah


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Scouring & Devouring Omaha: Dixie Quicks

I was a little stumped when thinking about where to go for my coveted birthday dinner. I thought about it, and I thought about it when one of my friends suggested we go over state lines to visit Dixie Quick's.
 
I hadn't visited Dixie Quick's since it moved to its Council Bluffs location but I remember it being one of the best breakfasts I had ever had in my life. Dining at the new space is a delight. With a  warm atmosphere and bright spirit, their wide variety of delicious foods will leave you satisfied and full.
 

When we arrived, there were only a few tables taken. I had made a reservation, and by the time 7 pm rolled around the restaurant was filling up fast, so I would recommend calling ahead to secure a table. There was even a wedding rehearsal dinner going on in the party room in the back (PS what a great idea! I would LOVE to host some big celebratory family event here). Their decor is both clean and creative with light fixtures and doors hanging from the ceiling

And tables topped with old record covers under thick silicone tablecloths. 


We sat at our table which faced downtown Council Bluffs, huge windows make it a good people watching spot. Too bad it was such a cruddy night last Thursday.


On the table were adorable old chalkboards with the night's specials. 


One of my favorite parts of dinning out is ordering a nice bottle of wine. Luckily, Dixie Quicks has an extensive wine list too.
 

Other than the night's specials, there's a huge chalkboard in the middle of the restaurant listing their full menu. They also just started serving breakfast all day in case you feel like getting some brinner.

Cooper opted for the Shrimp Chilequiles special. A massive amount of shrimp coated in a spicy chili sauce on top of a bed of corn chips packed a lot of power. 

I went with one of their many delicious sounding dinner omelets which was filled with apple strings and blue cheese. There was copious amounts of blue cheese slathered inside of the fluffy, buttery eggs which at times was a little overpowering, but with the right amount of apple was perfect. Oh yeah, I also got a side of mashed potatoes because, well why wouldn't I?

Overall it was a wonderful birthday dinner. I couldn't ask for anything better. After our meal we walked around the RNG Gallery next door which is ran by one of the restaurant owners. 
 

So go enjoy a nice meal over in Council Bluffs. And be sure to annunciate the restaurant's name because you don't want people thinking you went to a Dixie Chick's concert like my mom did. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

What a beautiful weekend we just had! I love when it's late October and you can still find yourself sitting out on a patio. As always, it goes to fast. So here we arrive at the beginning of another work week. I'll be spending my week working on converting our basement into a practice space. Oh, did I not mention that Cooper gave me a drum kit for my birthday? 

If you need a distraction from the mundane Monday blues, here are some internet findings for your fancy - 
  • Since we're getting closer and closer to Halloween, here are 15 scary movies to stream online this week. We recommend you want these with the lights on.
  • Have you figured out what your going to be for Halloween yet? I'm always so annoyed when you go to those big ass Halloween stores and the only "women's" costumes you an find are super slutty. Can someone explain this phenomenon to me? Look here to see this ridiculousness in comparison to men's costume options. Of course, here's the most classic example:

  • We're kind of addicted to Twitter. I was very hesitant to start, but now I just can't stop. Here is Twitter being used in it's best way as authors try to pen 140 character novels. If you're on Twitter, you can follow this blog @WiseOwl_SlyFox or us individually @tropicofFrancis and @kerryjones5000
  • Speaking of novels, enjoy this look at the ten most twisted couples in literature. 
  • I don't know if I've ever mentioned this here, but I LOVE George Michael. It's not even a guilty pleasure anymore, I unabashedly subscribe to the church of GM. This collection of love songs written about women by gay men includes a tune from Sir Michael himself from his days in Wham!
  • I wish Kerry would dress up little Ollie like this. Totes Adorbs.
  • I just can't help myself with the Halloween links - here are 18 looks into a few couple's 10/31 nuptials. 
  • Watch this trailer for new film Save The Date. I hope it comes here soon!
  • Another social networking site we adore is Instagram. If you're out there too, here are some tips for taking better photos. 
  • Last Halloween related note - watch this supercut of 50 television characters in costume. I vote Penny and Max's costume as the most hilarious.

And here's my obligatory "Look how adorable my dog is" contribution. What a weirdo - 


Friday, October 19, 2012

Wind Down / Wound Up

Happy Friday, everyone! I am writing this on Thursday night before I go out for Meghan's birthday celebration. It is cold and rainy and windy right now and I hope that changes before tomorrow. I'll be staying in tomorrow because I've invited my high school squirrel friends over to see my new home and catch up, but there are lots of things going on for you busy bodies to do. For your convenience, we have gathered some of those things here! While the work week winds down, WO + SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend!

FRIDAY October 19
  • We had no idea the Omaha Lit Fest was a thing until about a week ago, but we sure are glad we found out about it! This year's fest is especially interesting to us as its focus is on women writers. The tounge-in-cheek writing on the website is also worth checking out for pure entertainment's sake. The fest celebrates mostly local female writers and is going on both Friday and Saturday.
  • ANOTHER celebration of local talent is the 2012 Local Filmmakers Showcase. The showcase is curated by The Faint and held at the best theater in Omaha, Film Streams. This showcase starts today and runs through Thursday!
  • Do like I do and huddle up inside with some friends and maybe try out some booze injected cider or hot chocolate!

SATURDAY October 20
  • It has been a hot minute since I've been to a movie. Well, I guess a few weeks. There ARE a few movies out that I do want to see, including Argo and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so I'm thinking Saturday would be the perfect day to do this. 
  • It does look like the weather is going to be pretty nice on Saturday and the perfect way to spend the day and celebrate the seasons is to make the trek to Vala's Pumpkin Patch. This is just one of those places you HAVE to get to every few years and a place we've been going to since we were just wee ones. 
  • Speaking of movies, Tales of the Night opens at Film Streams. This looks incredibly interesting and is a collection of six animated shorts that tell fables that are set all over the world.

SUNDAY October 21
  • Aw shiiit, Omaha Farmers Markets is having a bonus market this Sunday at Aksarben so for all you folks who missed the "last" market last week, you can still stock up on veggies to freeze for winter!
  • Don that tweed suit you bought at Goodwill and go for a bike ride. That's right. Sunday brings to you the Omaha Tweed Ride, a bike ride around midtown.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

HBD, HBIC

Happy Birthday, Miss Meghan!

Hope these Office birthdays give you a laugh while you are at your office!

 

So Here We Are...Goodbye 25

The subject of age is one that has never bothered me too much. Some women lie about their age, others playfully evade the question. For me, age has always been an allusion. Never a true indicator of who you are or what you've done. Sure, as we age we gain more experiences and a better sense of self, but still year after year we feel the need to make some commemorative effort to celebrate our accomplishments. This year I'm not in too much of a celebrating mood. 

Don't get me wrong, I love my life here in Omaha. I just don't believe that our ages have a whole lot to do with how we choose to spend our lives. I've had many experiences where people have been surprised by how old (or rather young) I am (this could be due to the fact that my lovely Cooper is six years older than me). So why do we focus so much on how one measly year shapes us? What's the big deal with turning a year older? 

Now, don't get me wrong, I sure do like the attention October 18th brings me. And not only do I get this day to myself, but I share my birthday with two pretty amazing people - my dear friend Chris Mungin and Cooper's mother, Sue. 

So how am I spending my 26th birthday? By working of course!  Ha, other than that Cooper and I are heading over to Dixie Quick's for a bite to eat, then we'll probably end up at Brother's for some drinks with friends. A pretty low-key night, but absolutely perfect. 

On a side note, check out this awesome birthday present I got from my friend Sam in Austin. It combines three of my all-time favorite things - poetry, dogs, and Jimmy Stewart of course, which I've already written about here