Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Joy of Falling (Part I)

I suppose you can call us "Basic Bitches" (but we'd prefer it if you didn't) because goddamnit, we love this time of year.

Last week I had an offsite work meeting at the Lauritzen Gardens, so of course I stayed to wonder around the gardens and snap some photos since it was such a perfect fall day. Be sure to check out the garden over the next few weeks to watch the magnificent change from summer to fall. One of our favorite things about living in the Midwest is experiencing all four seasons (not to be too cliche or anything since that seems to be everyone's statement about the region). So enjoy this time before the bitter cold and gray sets in. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

The only silver lining to this week is that it marks the beginning of October, which is one of my favorite months of the year (selfishly, since my birthday is smack in the middle of it). Sure, I've had a pumpkin on my porch for a few weeks now but being in the actual month makes those spoooooooky fall-time feelings more real. So get ready to say your official sayonara to summer y'all. Fall is finally here and we couldn't be more happy about it.

What we're not happy about is that fact that we've arrived at yet another Monday. So below are some internet links to help ease the pain of starting yet another brand new week. 

  • Looks like it's going to be a pretty quiet week around these parts, but this New Lungs and Swamp Walk show at O'Leaver's is the perfect way to blow your mid-week up.  If loud, sludgy rock isn't your thing, then go see SAINTSENECA at Slowdown on Wednesday. 
  • This is pretty much my new favorite store ever.
  • Hello Holiday is one of our favorite online stores and their Fall/Winter Lookbook is TO DIE. (also, I'm gagging over these translucent sunglasses)
  • If you 1) Are a woman and 2) Have access to Netflix you're week is probably going to be spent watching Gilmore Girls, which is available to stream starting on Oct. 1. These charts should help either excite you or sway you into getting into the series. 
  • Pretty much how I plan on spending this week
  • And now of course I'm craving Pad Thai. 
  • See, this is why I don't go to haunted houses people. 
  • Let's go on an adventure and find something beautiful. 
  • Yup
  • Hmm, I guess so

Here's a quick peek at my relaxing weekend, enjoying beautiful weather with some rad folks (pretty perfect, right)

^^He's a pepper^^

^^Seen on a walk around my hood^^

^^Regal, somewhat stoned looking, Beagle^^

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Morning Meditation

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday Jams #2.39

Hi friends! This Saturday I'm bringing you an entire album as your Saturday Jam because I hope you find yourself with enough time today to sit down and listen to the whole thing. Trust me, it's a pretty fantastic way to spend an hour of your Saturday. 

Akron/Family - Love Is Simple (entire album)
I've pretty much been listening to this non-stop this week. It's just so beautiful and energizing. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Wind Down / Wound Up

As I write this there are multiple cop cars sitting outside my house inspecting an abandoned vehicle! Pretty scary! Here's hoping the weekend is quieter! As usual we've rounded up a list of events you can attend in Omaha this weekend. A the work week winds down WO+SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend!

FRIDAY September 26
  • The Electroliners, Redleg Husky, and Kait Berreckman play O'Leaver's.  
  • Tonight I will be going to my company's annual Fall outing at Vala's Pumpkin Patch! It's definitely that time of year, folks! 

 SATURDAY September 27

SUNDAY September 28
  • The newest music venue in Benson called Reverb opens today with music by Sebadoh and See Through Dresses
  • I have not had brunch in quite a while so I'm thinking it's about time I remedy that. Leo's, Lot 2, and Dario's are some of my faves!
Have a great weekend, everyone, and take TLC's advice and don't go chasin' waterfalls.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tex-Meg: Photo DUMP


^^A classy start to my vacation, the true Meghan Francis way^^

^^As seen in the bathroom of Epoch Coffee. My first indication that Austin is actually Carcosa^^

^^A must-see (and only see) for me as a huge fan of Death Proof^^

^^Inside a pizza joint in downtown Austin (sorry can't find the name of the place anymore) :(^^

^^It wouldn't have been an official trip down to Austin without some live music. Here are The Missyfits playing at Hotel Vegas. They were a Misfits cover band who played their songs in the style of  a 60's girl groups which pretty much ruled^^

^^A pretty accurate sign on South Congress^^

^^Deeelicious veggie burger at Bouldin Creek Cafe^^

^^Tacos and a view at Maria's Taco Xpress^^

^^My favorite moment in Austin - seeing Witch Mountain at Red 7^^

^^Oh god this burger at Magnolia Cafe was delicious^^

^^Not a great show, but still fun seeing Nik Turner's Hawkwind^^


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tex-Meg: Escaping Carcosa

Phew. That was a close one y'all. I almost didn't make it out alive. Luckily, on my flights home I basked in more Pizza Hut deliciousness and was upgraded to a window seat thanks to a nervous couple who wanted to sit next to each other. It's great to be back living The Good Life.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumnal Praise

Hi Autumn. It's nice to see you, your changing leaves, your spicy air, and your cool weather again. Please stay with us as long as you can. 

Tex-Meg: I in Carcosa Now

On my last day in Austin, I ventured out for yet another heat and sweat induced outdoor adventure. First we headed to Zilker botanical garden, which was…interesting. We wandered around in a bit of a haze a first. The paths were difficult to follow and finding actual plants in bloom seemed to be a bigger feat than we thought it would be. Once we heard the sound of running water, we maneuvered our way there to find some really beautiful streams and waterfalls. Like I mentioned before, this feeling of isolation, combined with the heat and some odd sights made me feel like I was in a bizarre alternate universe (aka Carcosa).

I felt more at ease during our walk around the rest of Zilker Park. When the temperature rose to about 90 degrees, I found myself looking very longingly at Barton Springs Pool, which was already buzzing with folks cooling off. The streams were filled with people on kayaks, some were working out, some playing with their dogs, and some were just taking a load off. As we crossed one of the bridge, this amazing folk music poured out from underneath us. Even after we got to the other side, the source of the music was hidden by some thick brush. I imagine this area is fairly popular among those looking to live without responsibility or materials things. 

For what it's worth, it was a pretty swell (and sweltering) way to end my time in Austin. Equal parts odd and beautiful, it turned out to be a trip I wouldn't be forgetting anytime soon.