Caitlin and I are the kinds of people who have both admitted to each other that it’s crossed our minds how we’d split our records up, if we ever broke up. We didn’t worry about who would take care of Scooby or who would get the apartment or any of the terrible things we hopefully will never have to think about*. No, no. Our minds went to our precious records. So when Record Store Day comes along in April and our all-time favorite artists are putting out super-exclusive vinyl, we get pretty worked up about it. And with my ultimate man crush, Jack White, as the official ambassador, things really got kicked up a notch.
*I’ve totally thought about Scooby before, and I’m sure Zack has, too. But like the man said, we’re placing our bets on, “This won’t ever really be an issue.” Continue reading
In issue two of Rag & Bone, we get into the R. Kelly and Phoenix Coachella collaboration*, Nate Robinson being Nate Robinson, a 60s bicycle safety video and a shark chasing a duck? After a rough week of national news, we could all use a few laughs. I know this made me smile to put together.
*I admit it: Zack watched the stream of this when they did the encore viewing, but I logged out after a bit in an attempt to get off of the internet. What kind of Phoenix fan am I right now?! Continue reading
Last week I went to whip up a batch of ‘ritas and forgot the recipe. I had to flip through pages of old RLA posts on my phone and after I finally found the Halloween post with the recipe, I realized I’d left off the part about adding the can of limeade. To make things simple, I figured why not just put all the recipes we’ve tried so far into one post with an easy guide on how to make them, a note on preparation and a quick analysis of how they turned out*.
*Zack made the collage of ‘ritas above himself. I was impressed! Continue reading
Caitlin and I have an interesting history with former LCD Soundsystem front-man and current DJ/espresso aficionado James Murphy. As we’ve documented before, Caitlin was playing LCD Soundsystem in her car the night we met and “I Can Change” has been our song ever since. When we decided to get a dog a year ago, we decided to name him James Murphy, when we still had our eye on a golden mix*. After LCD broke up, we made a deal that if LCD re-united in the next five years, Caitlin would buy us tickets, no matter where they played. If not, I’d get us tickets to any show she wanted**. James Murphy DJing in Austin didn’t count for the bet, but Caitlin still bought us tickets because she’s awesome***.
*A retriever or other big, fuzzy dog seems like the only appropriate type to take on the name Murphy. We considered re-naming Scoobs “Murphy” for all of 3 minutes before deciding it just didn’t fit.
**Sigur Ros in Iceland 2016, I’m comin’ 4 u.
***And Zack was lovely enough to break his “I don’t do musicians’ DJ sets” rule to join me, because he’s awesome. Continue reading
When Caitlin realized that not only had I never seen Prince’s 1984 classic “Purple Rain,” but our music film loving friends Lisa and Eric hadn’t seen it either, we had to correct that immediately. And what a great occasion to make our first batch of purple prince inspired ‘Ritas. Lisa and Eric offered to host, cook dinner and project the movie on their wall. All we had to do was bring materials for, and make, the ‘Ritas. Our pleasure.
Prior to the movie, Eric cooked us all fresh and amazing fajitas consisting of tons of grilled veggies, grilled tortillas, and some great sides like beans, sour cream, and cheese to mix in. We also had chips with salsa and queso, and perhaps my favorite item, grilled corn on the cob, rolled in an amazing mayonnaise/sour cream/spicy mixture with chunks of parmesan on top. Mm, mm, good. Lisa also made some fresh frozen yogurt which Zack gave two very happy thumbs up to (I was still too full from dinner to participate in eating it). Lisa and Eric’s new daughter Bea gave us adorable smiles in between nomming time, and the whole family were gracious and fantastic hosts, as always.
There are times I feel like I can’t remember life before Scooby and at other times I can’t believe we’ve had him in our home for over a year*. I remember how nervous we felt when we brought him home, worried we wouldn’t be good enough dog parents, but as I’m typing this sentence, he just came in the rock garden and jumped up on the couch next to me, and curled up into a ball. It feels so natural sometimes, even if we do still worry about him**. We never take this dog for granted though. We always talk about how lucky we are that we found him and that he’s the perfect dog for us and I really do feel that way. He’s just the best.
*I love that Scooby makes Zack feel this way, because when we first started dating, Zack never let time get away from him – whenever I would marvel at how it could move both quickly and slowly, he’d just sort of shrug. I suspect kids will do the same thing to Zack, but exponentially more so.
**It really is a night-and-day difference. That first night, I feared for him like I would a little baby. I was concerned that he’d bump into something, eat something he shouldn’t, hurt himself somehow. Now I am far more relaxed and he roams the apartment free during the day – although I do still worry about him escaping.
From that first moment where he “chose” us by climbing into our laps and melting our hearts, to every day that we get to come home to a waggy puppy tail, Scooby has surprised us, brought us happiness and anxiety, and been a furry friend that filled a space we didn’t even know was empty. There have been some unexpected costs (see: cat bite, Zack’s feet) but we’ve been very lucky that he’s been a healthy, happy puppy for most of his life with us.
We wanted to look back at the last year of having him with a brief history in numbers and a big photo gallery with captions below.
It was all set-up to be a great weekend of basketball. My beloved Indiana Hoosiers were playing on Thursday night for a chance to get to the Elite 8 and we had excellent tickets for the Bulls-Mavs on Saturday. If all went well, we’d get to see the return of Derrick Rose, after a season-long absence, and get home just in time to see Indiana play to get into the final four. It didn’t all go well. Indiana got embarrassed Thursday night and not only did Derrick Rose not come back, but also our second favorite player Joakim Noah didn’t play, and didn’t even make the trip to Dallas*. And that was all before we found ourselves getting another loss literally rubbed in our faces by the drunk lady Mavs fan in front of us, but we’ll get to that.
*Joooooooo:( This broke my heart right in half. Joakim is one of my absolute favorites, especially as D.Rose has been warming the bench, and without him, the team just doesn’t have the same heart. Continue reading
Zack and I have joined our friends Lisa and Eric in their yearly tradition of heading to the Alamo Drafthouse for the Oscar-nominated short films. In the past, we only joined for the animated shorts, but this year, we decided to go all out with a double feature of the live action shorts, and then the animated ones at the Slaughter Lane Drafthouse location. Normally I’m very squeamish when it comes to blood, so I partly avoided the shorts in the past because I never knew what I’d be getting myself into. Even though 4 out of 5 live action shorts were bloody* this year, I ended up enjoying** my favorites of the live action films more than the animated ones.
*Without trying to give too much away, our main characters in the shorts take a razor blade to the wrist, photograph thousands of murders, find themselves in the middle of a war and witness a death of a friend. Pretty bloody for the faint of heart.
**Agreed. We both enjoyed both “Curfew” and “Henry” more than any of the animated shorts.
Caitlin and I have plans this Friday night to watch the Talking Heads movie “Stop Making Sense” with our friends Mark and Amelia*. Mark has the Blu-Ray and will be making dinner, so we offered to bring dessert and wine. Caitlin’s the baker between us, so she went Pinteresting for recipe ideas. She came to me with two potential ideas. My response: “#2 by a million miles. #1 looks like poop i make after I eat paint.**” #1 is above. Good lord, why would anyone eat that? Caitlin said she was “def making them some day.***” I told her “for my funeral.” She agreed. So, if you’re forced to eat these terribly ugly cookies with plain boring M&Ms inside, don’t blame me. I’ll be dead.
*This will be my first-ever viewing and I am SO excited.
**When I was reading back over that at work today whilst looking up my link to the second recipe, I literally laughed out loud at my desk. Yes, we are adults. Sort of.
***How can you not love these?! They’re PINATA COOKIES! They actually have stuff inside!! Continue reading
Going into our second Chanukah party, I figured it would be a lot like last years. The ingredients for the party would be pretty much the same. I’d make latkes, Caitlin would bake something amazing. We’d play dreidel for quarters, invite mostly the same people and we’d even listen to the same Spotify playlist of Chanukah songs*. For whatever reason, this year felt different in a lot of ways. If I had to pinpoint why, I’d say that it was because more than twice as many people ended up coming, Scooby was here to keep things interesting and people drank a lot more which led to it getting so loud, we had to abandon the Chanukah playlist and play records. I have no complaints about any of this.
*I felt like a bit of a fake when this Spotify playlist showed up in my account, being a Shiksa and all, but we had to use my MacBook Pro to get the “best” Spotify sound. Continue reading