Monthly Archives: March 2015

March Favorites

IMG_0257IMG_0263IMG_0266IMG_0260IMG_0265 1. Strawberries – Guys, I’ve been a crazy person just eating strawberries everyday for multiple meals. I bought these from a rand-o man on the side of the road.
2. Trader Joe’s Dark Roast Coffee – This stuff is super cheap and has great flavor.
3. Orla Kiely glass water bottle – I got this as a Christmas gift from Ray and I’ve used it everyday since. I prefer drinking from glass, so this water bottle is perfect. Also, it’s cute.
4. Rich Raspberry by Revlon Colorstay
5. In the Cab-ana by Essie
6. Cetaphil Foam Wash – We actually bought this for Ray, but I’ve been using it and have been really pleased. Cetaphil is known for being gentle on sensitive skin, and this foam wash doesn’t disappoint.
7. iZombie – There’s only been 2 episodes, but so far I really love it! It’s kind of like if Veronica Mars was a zombie.

8. Our garden – a full post about that coming soon!

Weird Shit My Husband Owns – Boots

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? If you’re interested, you can see the previous WSMHO posts here, here and here.IMG_0107IMG_0108

Allison’s take:
If you’re familiar with Ray, then you know he has very distinct style. If you catch him at work he will be wearing grey slacks, a collared button up, ox blood winged tipped shoes, and possibly a tie. Outside of work is a different story. In his off time Ray typically wears either a super hero tshirt or western button up, a vest, jeans, and boots. Always boots. Specifically, snake skin boots. He’s been wearing boots for as long as we’ve been friends.
Another thing you may or may not know about Ray is that he’s thrifty. Because boots can be VERY expensive, he usually buys them gently used off ebay. I left that tidbit of information in this post so you wouldn’t think we’ve spent hundreds of dollars on each pair of these boots. We’re crazy, but not that kind of crazy.
A few weeks ago, while we were doing a little spring (winter?) closet cleaning, I counted no less than 9 pairs of boots. That didn’t include the pair on his feet, the pair in the living room or the pair under our bed.
You might be thinking “There’s got to be an explanation. Maybe Ray moonlights as a Florida cracker cowboy at night” but you’re wrong. He doesn’t own a ranch (but maybe one day!!) or hang with cattle ever. He works on computers at a bank and podcasts about super heroes. So, Ray having 10 + pairs of boots is weird, right?IMG_0113

Ray’s take: Okay guys, so I like boots. I wear boots a lot. Up until recently they were my everyday-all-day shoe of choice. And yes, I am partial to snake skin boots, I just like them. I do not feel like it is crazy or weird that I have 10+ pair of boots though. Girls have tons of shoes, but I’m not writing a “Weird Shit My Wife Owns, 33 pair of Ballerina Flats” post. For some reason that seems completely reasonable to people.
Anyway, why do I own so many boots? Well I wear a 12 1/2 in boots, and I Prefer Tony Lama boots. That’s not a combination you come across often in the gently-used market. So 2-3 pair of those boots are for future use. I haven’t started wearing them yet, but I found a good deal on them, and pulled the trigger. They are my spares right now.
I don’t really have an explanation for the other 7 or so pair other than they all have a story. The pair on the middle row far left, were the first boots I started wearing. They were not snake skin, but they did belong to my dad. I wore them for years. Same row but to the far right  were my wedding boots. I had them patched up and resoled specifically for our wedding. They were my first pair of snake skin boots, and very comfortable. The pair on the left on the bottom row are my Dragon Slayer boots, self explanatory of course. Top Right hand corner, I wore while in Guatemala, they have paint on them from where we helped paint some houses. Bottom right were my dress boots for a while.

So every boot tells a story, don’t it? So in conclusion, not weird.

Allison’s take x2 – I love him and I actually don’t care if he has lots and lots of boots. 🙂

Around Big Brown

IMG_0223 IMG_0224 IMG_0228 IMG_0230 IMG_0231 IMG_0203 IMG_0206IMG_0210IMG_0229Spring has arrived at Big Brown! Allergies have also arrived at Big Brown! Despite allergies turning both of us into snotty, itchy, sneezy monsters, we’ve been spending a lot of time outside in the beautiful weather. We even started our garden last week! We’ve decided to be less ambitious than we’ve been in the past, only planting tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and marigolds to keep pests out. We’ve been spending time with our families, making dinners at home, working on projects, and marathoning Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What’s been going on at your house?