We didn’t expect this show to be nearly this good. To be fair, it started a little slow, but once we got to the second disc of the first season, we were singing along to the theme song*, reveling in the catch phrases and falling in love with every character. Hanks is as funny as ever, as both Kip and Buffy, Peter Scolari was solid as his partner, and we couldn’t get enough of their boss Ruth**, the Scolari-adoring Amy and “Sunny, Sunny, Sunny, Sunny.” We flew through the two seasons and we genuinely missed watching it in the month since we finished. There was the occasional dud, but 3/4 of the episodes were just a joy to watch***.
*Seriously. Every time. I quoted it all to a co-worker recently. It’s my new party trick.
**RUUUUUTH! SO many fist-pumping-the-air moments with Ruth.
***Season one is best. Just watch the first two episodes of season two and you’re probably good. No way! Season two continues to be awesome. Continue reading
I thought this would be one of the hardest aspects of booking our wedding*. Where do you find a string quartet in Austin? Is it reasonable to expect them to be able to play Sigur Rós? I thought we’d have to try to convince some UT orchestra kids. I underestimated the live music capital of the world. Caitlin found Terra Vista Strings almost instantly** and not only were they available on our wedding date, they got back to us immediately and already knew one of our songs! And they’ll even learn the other one for free, but we’ll need your help with that…
*Me too, 100%. It was so niche (we thought)! We didn’t even know where to start!
**Seriously! I just searched “string quartets Austin” to see what kind of luck I’d have, checked out their song list, and ba-da-bing! Continue reading
While “Saving Private Ryan” may be the most difficult watch in Hanks’ catalog for sensitive viewers due to violence, “The Green Mile” may be the most emotionally draining. We watch beloved character after beloved character get executed, not to mention the traumatizing “death” of a mouse (Caitlin’s least favorite part.) It took us a month and a half to get through the three-plus hour epic, but I’m glad we finally did*. It’s a spectacular film with wonderful performances that left us feeling totally spent afterwards**. I was surprised to see it didn’t earn Hanks his fifth best actor nomination, even though the film got four nods including best picture and supporting actor for Michael Clark Duncan. It’s some of his finest work and he disappeared in the character brilliantly.
*Me too because I NEVER WANT TO WATCH THIS AGAIN.
**I was useless. I had so many things I needed to do, and did none of them. It’s not quite Requiem for a Dream-I-can’t-ever-watch-movies-again depressing, but it’s SO emotional.
Caitlin and I recently made a list of cities we needed to visit. Seattle was really high up there. I still need to take us to Bloomington one fall and we should see more of the East Coast together. But #1 on our list was Austin’s sister city of Portland. When we found out that my cousin Amy was getting married in Medford, Oregon, just a few hours away from Portland, and my cousin and aunt would be extending their trip an extra day, we decided to make it a long weekend and explore Oregon together. In the spirit of it being a Teibloom family trip, here’s the Blow By Blow (BBB) of our
four five day Pacific Northwest trip. Continue reading
Early in our wedding planning, we ranked what was most important for our wedding. Of course, getting All My Friends to play was essential. We needed to have food we would be proud to serve our guests*. Getting a photographer we trusted to capture the event was mandatory as well, but before we locked down any of those, we had to book the reception venue, since it would set the tone for everything. We needed a spot that felt like us. Hotel ballrooms and outdoor tent weddings can be quite lovely, but it’s just not us. A rock venue with awesome sound, a fun dance floor that could comfortably fit our 120 guests, and somewhere we had a special connection to. It had to be The Parish, home of our first date and many special ones since.
*This always seems to be the no. 1 complaint on any wedding reality show – bad food. I didn’t want to get wrapped up in trying to pay thousands just to impress people, but it was definitely important to us that we share some of our favorite food with our friends and loved ones. Continue reading
The “On The Run” tour could not have been better. It would take the best male and female performers alive to deliver on our sky-high expectations and, thankfully, Jay & Bey are just the greatest. We knew the 40-deep parade of hit songs we were getting and it still managed to wow us and leave us with goofy “how amazing is this?” smiles at every turn. Try to list the highlights and you’ll find yourself listing almost the entire show. It was a night deserving of superlatives, even if it wasn’t even our most favorite concert we’ve seen in Minute Maid Park. That honor still belongs to Macca, but the show was just spectacular from beginning to end. We’re still glowing from our magical night in Houston. Continue reading
This feels weird to write about. I try to remember the details, but they’re hazy. This was the first serious car crash either of us has been in. The first time I’ve ever seen air bags go off. We got off lucky. A drunk driver runs a red light and crashes into you, you don’t expect to walk away completely unharmed. We were on our way to our first catering tasting, with East Side King, for the wedding. Caitlin had her planning book in her lap and was reading questions to me aloud. “Buffet or family style?” “Ethnic or comfort food?” “Dinner or appetizers or late night snacks?” And then the questions stopped.