Friday, October 31, 2014

Wind Down / Wound Up

Did we scare you?
Happy Hallowiener y'all!!
There's so much going on this weekend, here's quick peek at spooky scary happening around Omaha...

FRIDAY October 31st
  • Check out some of these spooooooky nearby destinations.
  • There's a free Halloween party at O'Leaver's which is bound to get...creepy.
  • If dancing is your thing, head to bOo gOo at the Slowdown.
  • Don't feel like braving the crowds of kooky folks? No worries - go to Filmstreams where you can see a double feature of Blood for Dracula and Flesh for Frankenstein.
  • Secret Weapon is a great cover band, so if you want to get down to some sweet tunes, head to The Waiting Room tonight.
  • You'll find Meghan up in Benson (yes, she's braving the crowds) at Reverb where some of her friends - Noah's Ark Was a Spaceship and See Through Dresses - will be playing spooky covers of songs.
  • If you find yourself up in Benson, Beercade is turning their basement into a nerd dungeon or something and games down there are free starting at 9!
  • The Sydney in Benson is also hosting some Halloween festivities with DJ Dave Goldberg and a costume contest where you can win a $50 bar tab! Use is toward future Soul Nights!
  • Our typical spot on Halloween is Brother's Lounge, but with the lack of the Misfits cover band this year, we're still mourning the loss. However, if you want to keep your tradition going, Ron Wax is a fantastic band that you certainly won't be disappointed in. Be sure to dress up because they have a costume contest where you can win a $50 tab! Kerry actually won the year she dressed up like the Statue of Liberty!
SATURDAY November 1st
  • The only thing on your agenda today should be eating candy and drinking lots of water. If you're up to it, treat yourself to a nice breakfast. I plan on being horizontal all day and possibly building a blanket fort of warmth.
SUNDAY November 2nd
  • There, don't you feel well rested? If you want to do some online shopping today, we recommend hitting up Hello Holiday and using code NOVEMBER to get 20% off, ending today!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Patching & A Lifelong Fear of Haunted Houses Unconquered

Vala's Pumpkin Patch has been an Omaha staple for quite some time now. I don't think you could find one person from around these parts who doesn't have a found memory at Vala's. Pig races, bonfires, pirate boats, spooky haunted houses, Vala's is truly a magical fall kingdom. Even as it expands further than either Kerry or I ever imagined, it still holds that whimsical fall feeling. Leaves crunch beneath your feet, the smell of cider and fire fills the air - it's all just too wonderful. As an adult, it hasn't lost its luster. Even though I was unable to conquer my fear of haunted houses (I even stood in front of the "kiddie" one for ten minutes and still couldn't bring myself to go in) it was a lovely trip regardless. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Look at Halloween Costumes Past

Oh Halloween. We <3 you with every ounce of our being. We don't plan for you very well though. Alas, necessity is the mother of invention…and some pretty rad costumes. 

Probably my all-time favorite Halloween. Kerry's Statue of Liberty is always a gem and my DIY Kessler bottle was pretty rad too

Kerry really goes all out, this DIY owl costume was AWESOME and she was super warm in the sweatshirt

In college, my friend Sarah and I went as the villains in Funny Games

Last year was all about Kraftwerk

A sneak peek at this year ---

And don't forget about Bebop ---

He makes a very sad unicorn...

And a pretty sad taco…

Also, never forget ---

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Get Up In Them (pumpkin) Guts

The last time we talked about pumpkin carving was two years ago and let's just say a lot has changed since then. Not about the pumpkin carving itself. There aren't really too many new advances you should be aware of, but running across this post from 2012 was a nice reminder on a personal level of why we "do" this little blog here - to preserve our memories and their lives as they were and where they are now. 

Yeah, I just got all sentimental talking about pumpkin carving. That's probably a pretty good indicator how much I enjoy this time of year (again, top two holidays for me). 

Recently, over at my new beau's house, a group of friends gathered to carve some pumpkin guts over music by The Cramps and a silent Nosferatu playing in the background. It doesn't really get much better than this folks. 

My friend Laura really went for it this year when she decided she wanted to carve a pumpkin in the likeness of the fall night sky on the prairie in the Northern Hemisphere. And well, she succeeded, especially with the help of her power drill. 

Finally, we were all done (I made the skeleton hand while the boys went with classic Jack-O-Lanterns).

A closer look at Laura's amazing work ---

Black cats and pumpkins were meant for each other, don't you agree?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

Phew, that was a hell of a weekend filled with a lot of fun. Darn you work week for appearing once again. At least we have All Hollows Eve to look forward to at the end of the week. May we suggest you spend the week doing very spooooky activities like carving pumpkins, watching scary movies and drinking cider? Come on, don't leave us hanging. 

If you're looking for a way to distract yourself as you ease into the work week, here are some internet links to help ya out. 

  • Holy shit you guys, The Met is currently doing an exhibition called "Death Becomes Her" and it's everything. Seriously, who wouldn't want to look at mourning garb from 1815 - 1915. Seriously, who?! 
  • Speaking of which, we're still mourning the loss of Oscar de la Renta. Here are a couple great retrospectives from Honestly WTF and the gals over at Go Fug Yourself
  • Follow this Instagram account immediately. 
  • I've recently found myself back on a big Tumblr kick. These 10 goofy blogs are exactly why I lurve Tumblr so much. 
  • I seriously can't get over the beauty of these travel and landscape photographs circa 1983
  • A ranking of every sweater worn on Twin Peaks was crying to be done. Thanks to The Cut for undertaking this very important endeavor
  • Flowers in place of guns really sums this up to a tee. 
  • I'm very confused by this
  • But at least I'm really enjoying these minimalist horror movie posters from MTV. 
  • I know I saw this a lot, but let's go on an adventure. What do you say? 

A look at my life lately - it's always about leather and puppies in leaves 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday Jams #2.43

Call me nostalgic, but I'm in the mood to reminisce this week.

Mazzy Star - "Fade Into You"
Just duh. This song is pure beauty, a classic.

Sneaker Pimps - "6 Underground"
Sweet 90's realness.

Poe - "Hey Pretty"
Jesus, I listened to this song a lot circa 2002.

Garbage - "#1 Crush"
Yeah, it's from the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack

Portishead - "Glory box"

Jesus you guys, there's so much more of this. But this is enough for now.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wind Down / Wound Up

YEEEEEEEHAAAAAWWW! It's the weekend y'all and we couldn't be happier. This weekend is going to be IT. It's going to be about taking advantage of everything you can before the weather craps out on us and we all tailspin into a depression because it's too cold and the sun goes down at 4:45. But enough of that pessimistic outlook. Here's a look at what's going on in the FAIR city of ours this weekend! 

FRIDAY October 24th
  • The Joslyn Art Museum is hosting a fabulous party in honor of their new Andy Warhol exhibition. For only $10 you can check out the art, see a drag show and dance the night away all at the museum. How rad is that?! 
  • Don't feel like you've totally gotten into the Halloween spirit yet? Head to Fontenelle Forest where you can listen to some spooooky ghost stories.
  • Our friends are playing a show at O'Leaver's tonight - check out Ooquoa with BOTH for only $5
SATURDAY October 25th
  • Maybe you're the type of person who likes to dress up and act like a zombie - boy have we got an event for you. It's the annual Zombie Walk in Benson today starting at 6. We recommend checking out the rooftop view at 1912
  • If you're feeling sultry, head to House of Loom for their Annual Vampire Masquerade
  • You DEFINITELY don't want to miss this event hosted by the Nebraska AIDS Project. Again, for only $10 you'll get to rub elbows with the likes of Alyssa Edwards and Shangela (if you don't know who these two queens are, then you're visiting the wrong blog). Oh, and the event also supports an amazing cause in our town too, so double bonus. 
SUNDAY October 26th
  • YOU GUYS IT'S GOING TO BE GORGEOUS TODAY. Break out those shorts and find a patio to spend the day on. Brunch on a patio at Lot 2, move over to Krug or Jake's for afternoon drinks, then head down to La Buvette for dinner. Just promise us you'll spend at least the majority of the day outside, ok? Thanks.
  • While you're on your tour de patio in Benson, you'll likely run into all of the madness that will be Omaha's First Annual Ramen Noodle Fest. Our friend Sara Blake is one of the talented folks involved, so this is bound to be a great event. 
  • If you're more into drinking beer, there's a Pumpkin Harvest Festival down at The Crescent Moon this afternoon from 1 - 6. No cover charge and there's going to be a boat load of great beers and foods
And if the above isn't inspiration enough to get out and about this weekend, we present you this - 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Adventures in Weight Watchers

For almost two weeks now I've been a Weight Watchers convert. In this time I've lost a little over 5 pounds and not driven myself entirely crazy (I even ate Bronco's last week and still lost weight!).
Probably the most helpful part of doing the Weight Watchers program for me is tracking my food. This way I feel held more accountable for what goes in my body and it especially makes me plan my meals ahead of time. By and large (pun intended) my biggest (again pun) contributor to my weight gain has been the fact that when I get hungry, I get lazy. I just want to eat something that's quick and easy. There's practically no time for me to make something for myself that's remotely hungry before I rip someone's head off and/or pass out from exhaustion. Dramatic much? Yes, but it's literally what I feel like when those hunger pangs start to take over.
Slowly, I started planning meals. Lunches and dinners were pretty easy, but I've always been at a loss when it comes to breakfast. I've tried it all and pretty much hating everything except for biscuits and gravy or some sort of eggs benedict concoction lathered in Hollandaise sauce.
When I saw this recipe on Weight for healthy muffins, I was intrigued. One evening this week, I tried it out and so far, am very pleased to begin every morning with a muffin and some fat-free vanilla yogurt. It's a 3 point breakfast that typically keeps me filled until it's time to head off to lunch.
Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins
(this is a recipe for mini-muffins, but I make regular sized and multiplied my point count by 3)
Preheat oven to 375ΒΊF. Coat 36 mini muffin holes with cooking spray (use three 12-hole pans).
In a large mixing bowl, combine yogurt, milk, oats, vanilla extract and egg; set aside 5 minutes for oats to soften and then stir in banana.
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into yogurt mixture to moisten ingredients (do not beat - the dough will be very thick). Reserve 1 tablespoon chips; stir in remaining chips.
Spoon batter by heaping tablespoons into prepared muffin holes; sprinkle each with a few reserved chocolate chips. Bake until golden brown and a tester inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, about 15 to 18 minutes. Yields 1 muffin per serving.