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Zack’s 31st Birthday Surgery Weekend

10 Nov


I wasn’t looking forward to my birthday this year. After finding out I had arthritis in my foot, I wanted to schedule the surgery to fuse the joints as soon as possible. I wanted it to be after Halloween, since I was excited for our costumes, but I figured a long weekend over my birthday weekend would be a good time to do it. That way, I’d get to have a long relaxing weekend at home and would hopefully be healed in time to walk around LA, Vegas and San Diego for our January trip. Still, that meant no going out or drinking or Fun Fun Fun fest* on my birthday, as has been the plan every year since I moved to Austin. I told Caitlin I really didn’t want to do anything, but she insisted on doing something special** and she ended up making it one of my favorite birthdays yet.

*This was the hardest pill to swallow.

**I wanted to be the Leslie Knope to Zack’s Ron Swanson this year and not do some big huge party that he didn’t want, but rather allow him to choose his own adventure. Continue reading


Halloween Couples Costume 2015 – Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham

1 Nov


If anything, I’m surprised it took us this long to dress as Stevie and Lindsey*. Caitlin’s been pushing for it for years, often dressing like Stevie on non-Halloween days**. I was worried I couldn’t pull off Lindsey and that no one would know who we were. Of course, Caitlin pulled off a perfect Stevie. I think I did a decent job with Lindsey***. And it may not have been our most recognized costume, but we loved doing it and those who got it really appreciated it.

*SOMEbody was not thrilled to dress as “a guy from the 70s” (what he thought everyone would think he was dressed as), which is really why it took us this long. I knew that the coolest people would get it.

**She’s one of my heroes, what can I say.

***You were great! Continue reading

3rd Time’s a Charm at Oddball Festival

18 Oct


For the third year in a row, we headed to the Circuit of the America’s race track for a stacked night of stand-up comedy. Caitlin and I bonded over our love of music festivals, but I’ve found myself getting even more excited about comedy festivals lately* and this one is a special one-day treat. You get two legit arena headliners in Aziz and Schumer, three theater-level comedians in Jeselnik, Thune and TJ Miller, a couple up and coming comedians you may not know, but are more hit than miss and it’s hosted by the Roastmaster General himself, Jeffrey Ross. All that packed into 3.5 hours makes Oddball a must every year for us, so we were happy to return for the third year of the touring fest.

*I don’t think I’ll ever make this claim, but I have definitely felt expanded by the comedians that Zack has opened me up to. There’s enough love in my heart to go around to various artistic endeavors.

Our comedy-loving friends, Madison and Katie, came by to pre-game the show with sandwiches and fries from Sputnik washed down with pumpkin beer*, as we talked and half-watched the second half of the A&M-Bama game. Once it was clear A&M wasn’t coming back and we’d drunk all the pumpkin beer, we hopped in the car, much to Scooby’s chagrin, and headed to the race track.

*And Coke for the ladies, since I am still recovering from a cold and Katie has a bebe growing in her body. Continue reading

Dog Days of Summer 2015

24 Sep


It’s been a busy summer here at RLA headquarters, but for whatever reason* we haven’t been posting lately. We’ve been doing the same kinds of things we usually post about, traveling for a wedding, going to Schlitterbahn, drafting fantasy football teams together, getting surgery and flying to Kansas to visit Caitlin’s side of the family. But because of a mix of a lack of pictures, no “we gotta write about this” stories from our travels** and generally being busy, the only blue and pink we’ve been writing in have been a last round of wedding thank you cards. But after two of my oldest friends and RLA’s most dedicated readers, Jonathan and Danny, both asked when they’d get a new post on Tuesday morning***, I decided to wrap up the last couple posts in a quick hit mega post.

*Because it’s been TOO busy! I’ve been working 12 hour days and we’ve been on what feels like a billion flights. No downtime. But, we’re glad to have been out, livin’ life.

**I personally disagree. I mean, nobody got a tattoo or met a billionaire or anything, but we have some pretty great stories. See for yourself!

***Thanks for caring, guys:) Continue reading

Rock Love Pre-Wedding Photos

20 Jul


This wedding photo-filled post covers our rehearsal dinner and the moment right up to when the ceremony started. Our photographer captured some beautiful family and friend pics at Torchy’s for the rehearsal, in two hotels as we got ready, in front of The Parish with Scooby and inside just before we walked down the aisle. He seriously caught so many magical moments. It’s exactly what I hoped for. Continue reading

Rock Love Wedding Dance Party

12 Jul


“Let’s eat cake and dance until they make us stop.” This was how I ended our thank you speech and, thankfully, our friends and family took us up on our desire to dance our newly married butts off until midnight. Once the cake was cut and gobbled up, Caitlin changed into her Pumas*, the band took the stage for an hour and a half and our DJ took us home with 45 minutes of jams that kept the party going. We were told over and over that “I’ve never danced so much at a wedding” and we have the pictures to prove it’s true. Our photographers’ 8 hours of pictures ran out before the last half hour of the night when I stage dove**, but as you’ll see, they captured some pretty epic dance moments.  We’ll go through the night in reverse order, from the end of the All My Friends set up until the cake cutting in the last post. There’s a ton of pictures to get through, so let’s get into it…

*In large part, out of necessity — I managed to get a charlie horse in BOTH of my calves when I sat down to eat my cake, and despite some stretching and massaging the spasms would return off and on while I was dancing the rest of the night.

**Probably for the best. Continue reading

Rock Love Wedding Photos: The Ceremony

7 Jul


Prepare yourselves for the photo dump of the century! We have tons* of amazing photos from the wedding that we want to share, so we’re breaking them down in a few posts. This one features the ceremony, and we’ve included the text from ours — what our officiant said, what we said in our vows, the reading we had our friend Monte do, and the speeches** later in the evening from our dads. Thanks for sharing in our memories, and stay tuned for more amazing photos (featuring serious dance face***).

*634 to be exact, from our incredible photographer Stefano.

**The next few posts will be very picture heavy, but this one’s a lot of words, since we have all the speeches in here, but we’ll try to space it out with some great ceremony pics as well, so stick with us. 

***There are so many ridiculous pictures of all of us making hilarious sweaty dance faces that it made me wish we could get a professional photographer for all our parties.

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