Saint Taco

SAINT TACO: The Patron Saint of Tacos

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bourbonandabrunette asked: You had me at tacos.

Tacos rule everything around me. Very pleased to meet you, miss!

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I am woefully behind on my reading goals for the year (*queue sad violin*). It’s probably because I can’t stop watching movies and whole seasons of The Wire.

Reading goals aside, I am excited about all the great films coming out soon. I am most excited about the new PTA and the latest chapter in the McConnaissance. I am also stoked about Michael Keaton’s comeback film, Birdman, which Mani and I are seeing this Friday for opening night.

Some reasons standouts we’ve seen recently:

Nymphomaniac: We watched both volumes, all four hours. In true Lars von Trier form, it was provocative and over-the-top but did an incredibly nuanced job at exploring sexual perversion as a societal construct, lumping female sexuality into that category. This was one of the best films I’ve seen in a while.

Locke: It’s basically two hours in a car with a dude. But when Tom Hardy is that dude, those are two super suspenseful, on-the-edge-of-your-seat hours. Such a haas.

Enough Said: James Gandolfini’s second-to-last film. Just wow. What an effortless film. Not enough movies are made about middle-age love. Who knew James Gandolfini could be so charming or that Julia Louis-Dreyfus was such a great dramatic actress.

(Incidentally, we also saw Gandolfini’s last film, The Drop, starring Tom Hardy. It could have been a film written by, directed by, and starring Ben Affleck. That’s not a compliment.)

Zero Theorem: I just love being plopped down into Terry Gilliam’s fantastically demented worlds. I’m also a sucker for the futuristic/dystopian genre. Christoph Waltz is almost unrecognizable.

What are y’all watching?

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This week in food prep:

Lunches/Dinners

•I used a good part of my day off yesterday to make roasted vegetable moussaka. Moussaka is a Mediterranean cross between ratatouille and lasagna. It was labor intensive, but it is one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. 😍😍😍

•Baked falafel with cucumber-dill yogurt sauce and hummus.

•Kale salads.

Breakfasts/Snacks

•Egg muffins with veggie sausage.

•Apples with almond butter.

Also:

•My CLE last Thursday was amazeballs. The issue of race does not factor neatly into the practice and application of law. It was refreshing to hear it discussed so candidly and openly.

The keynote speaker was Robbie Tolan, an unarmed victim of a police shooting. He and his parents were 15-year residents of the well-to-do Bellaire suburb here in Houston at the time of the shooting. He was a standout baseball player at Bellaire High. While visiting his parents during college, a police officer mistook him for a car theft suspect and shot him five times IN HIS OWN DRIVEWAY, in front of his parents. Miraculously, he survived and went on to play in the Major Leagues.

However, the cop who shot him was acquitted. His parents sold their house to pay for legal representation—SOLD THEIR HOUSE—and took his case all the way up to the US Supreme Court, who overturned the acquittal this year. At this point in the story, his mom cut in and said, “I told my son that his name is on the case, but we’re doing this in the name of the Trayvon Martin’s and Michael Brown’s out there. We’re doing this so this never happens to another young man.” The waterworks in the room, y’all.

•Did my nails in China Glaze’s X-Ta-Sea. My “disco” nails are in Revlon’s Grape Shifter.

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A+ weekending:

Friday: An Austin friend crashed out at our place after DJing Katy Perry’s afterparty. She rented out the entire bowling alley downtown. The verdict? Katy Perry is very nice, has an incredibly symmetrical face and great boobage.

•Saturday: Brunch and meat-tastic bloody marys at Brick & Spoon with said friend. They have an awesome cajun brunch. I ordered the eggs benedict po-boy. The rest of the day was spent drinking pumpkin spice coffee and movie marathon-ing.

•Sunday: We treated the family to ridiculously good Chinese at Arco Seafood in the Bellaire Chinatown. We had steamed dugeness crab, walnut shrimp, salt & pepper shrimp, fried squid, shrimp dumplings, crispy noodles with seafood, fried rice, and crab & asparagus soup. OMG. I’ve been in a food coma the whole day.

I’m off for Columbus Day tomorrow. I need to run some errands, take pug to her doctor’s appointment, do chores, go for a run, catch up on some reading, and cook something delicious for dinner. It’ll be nice to have some “me” time.

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I’m on a roll. 5 workouts so far this week. I have one more lifting session on the docket for tomorrow.

The scale says I’ve dropped two more pounds. Not sure what that’s about, because I’m actually consuming more calories than prior weight-loss attempts. I promised myself that if I started tracking calories again on MFP, I wouldn’t engage in unhealthy behaviors, namely eating too few calories and not eating back workout calories. I promised myself that if I demanded that my body do strong and amazing things, I’d nourish it, not deprive it. I think my body’s trying to tell me something.

Mon WOD: elliptical

Wed WOD: shoulder press, upright row, lateral raises, front raises, bicep curls, hammer curls, bench press (went up to 70# for 3x8!), 8-minute abs, 1 mile on the treadmill, and elliptical.

Thu WOD: dumbbell squat, dumbbell lunges, calf raises, tricep extensions, stiff-legged deadlifts, and elliptical.

Fri WOD: elliptical

Sat WOD: yoga

We had spaghetti bolognese and shrimp creole over brown rice for dinner this week. Crazy good.

I’m looking forward to my three-day weekend. Not sure what to do with myself.

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I’d like to say how proud I am of my boo. He started his legal fellowship a little over a month ago. (Yay for being a two-income household again! lolz 💰). He was selected out of 10,000 applicants because there aren’t many lawyers in the country, as far as we know, who are attempting a project like his. 

He made the cover of the New York Times. He’s been in the Texas Tribune and will be in the Houston Chronicle and the Texas Bar Journal soon. We’re flying out to D.C. in a little over a week for his fellowship conference. 

For us, law school was filled with a lot of misery and doubt. I’m really happy we’ve both been able to find our niches. I’m even happier that he’s just rocking socks off left and right in his.

I’d like to say how proud I am of my boo. He started his legal fellowship a little over a month ago. (Yay for being a two-income household again! lolz 💰). He was selected out of 10,000 applicants because there aren’t many lawyers in the country, as far as we know, who are attempting a project like his.

He made the cover of the New York Times. He’s been in the Texas Tribune and will be in the Houston Chronicle and the Texas Bar Journal soon. We’re flying out to D.C. in a little over a week for his fellowship conference.

For us, law school was filled with a lot of misery and doubt. I’m really happy we’ve both been able to find our niches. I’m even happier that he’s just rocking socks off left and right in his.

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