Sunday, July 24, 2011


...a new blog by yours truly!

I still heart Texanthropology, but I thought it was time for a fresh start, a fresh design, and a fresh focus.

So! I hope you will join me over at my new blog, Lettuce Beef Friends.

Thanks for hanging out here with me, and I hope we can still beef friends!

Friday, April 15, 2011

So I think I can dance.

Are you looking for someone with abundant enthusiasm and highly unique moves to come to your dance party? Well, I am that person. Allow me to provide photographic evidence from two recent weddings I attended. Proof that I don't just cut a rug -- I eviscerate that rug with razor-sharp dancing stilletos, then I douse it in tiger blood and set it ablaze with my smoldering dancefloor facial expressions. I've conveniently named each dance move for you, so you can request your favorite one when I come to your dance party.

***WARNING: I don't think you're ready for this jelly.***

These first three are from our friends Claire and Ryan's awesome wedding at Mercury Hall right here in the ATX.

The Hallelujah Double Reverse Flip-Off.

The Raise Your Hands If You're Sure.

The High Five Me, Sister.

These next several are from our friends Madeleine and Matt's wedding in LA. (At the Hollywood BOWL, y'all. We have fancy friends.) Matt has this move called Dance Rambo that really deserves its own post entirely. Perhaps its own whole fan club.

The This Drink Is Rather Tart, Come Try A Sip.

The Naughty Velociraptor.

The Here Comes The Airplane.

The Praise Jesus. (Subtly different from the Raise Your Hands If You're Sure.)

The Mm-AHH Went The Little Green Frog.

The Oh No You Di-in't.

And my all-time favorite: Atomic Jazz Hands.

Obviously you want me at your wedding, bar mitzvah, office holiday party, gala, mixer, or retirement dinner. Just tell me when to be there.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I love you more...

A couple weeks ago, I noticed that the "I love you so much" graffiti/street art adorning Jo's on South Congress had a new counterpart across the street at Snack Bar. And it made me giggle with delight.

I took these photos when the Lonestar Roundup was going on, and I loved this tough-looking chick and her tough-looking dog next to the graffiti.

Monday, April 11, 2011


Currently mourning the passing of one of the loveliest weekends of the year so far. I miss you, awesome weekend! You were taken from us too soon.

In memoriam, I'd like to post a photo I took at the knitting-themed picnic (or pic-knit, if you will) that kicked it off on Friday evening. I was so lucky to be invited by our awesome friend Catherine Smith, who works with renowned knit bomber Magda Sayeg, aka Knitta Please. I've been a fan for a while, so I was very excited to meet Magda. The Franklin BBQ, delicious cocktails, and delightful details didn't hurt, either!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Austin Bakes for Japan - Success!

You guys! I had so much fun donating my amateur baking skillz to the Austin Bakes for Japan bake sale. I baked Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Cupcakes with a buttercreamy (super creamy!) vanilla frosting. Since baked goods needed to be individually packaged, I ventured out to Hobby Lobby the night before and found these sweet little plastic ice cream dishes. Put two of them together, and voila! A perfect, cupcake-sized package. (Major credit to Kathryn for pointing me to the cup-on-cup idea! Um, and OH YEAH, for organizing the whole bake sale shebang! She's seriously awesome.) If you look really closely, you can see the awesomely not-horrible, hand drawn Texanthropology logo I got a while back from Horrible Logos for 5 bucks. (FIVE BUCKS!)

Some cupcakes before they went into their packaging. I like to squish down the raspberries a touch so they look like little hearts. (Don't worry, I definitely washed my hands so no boogers got on them.)

This baker's slogan is "Come and bake it," which is an adorable nod to Texas history and makes me believe that I should probably be friends with these people. Our shared interests are baking and Texanthropology, after all!
Look how much awesome baked goodness! Guess how much the five different bake sale locations raised. Guess.

Austin Bakes for Japan raised more than $11,000 for AmeriCares' efforts in Japan! WHAT! Crazyawesometown, right?! Go team!

P.S. You can still donate! Go here.

P.P.S. It got super hot that day, and when I went back later to check on how the sale was going, I saw that all that creamy frosting had melted flat onto my cupcakes, and the raspberries were sliding forlornly down the side. Le sigh.

P.P.P.S. BUT! Apparently people continued to buy them anyway! Also, my neighbor had no idea the cupcakes were by moi, but she purchased one for a whopping $5 donation 'cause she thought they were so purty. AW!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Texanthropology Bakes For Japan!

Some of my food blogger friends are putting together an awesomely massive citywide bake sale to raise money for victims of the disaster in Japan, called Austin Bakes for Japan. How sweet, right? I myself am getting into the mix and will be baking some delicious vanilla cupcakes with fresh fruit topping to be sold at the Hotel San Jose bake sale location. Get all the deets via my Austinist article here, and see a preview of the treats I plan to make below!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

2010: Year of the Theme Party - Part Two

And without further adieu, here is Part Two -- further proof that 1) Austin is awesome and 2) so are my friends.

More 2010: A Year in Costumes!

ThrillerFest: Thrill the World 2010
This was our second year participating in Thrill the World -- the effort to set the record for the most people simultaneously dancing MJ's "Thriller." Whilst dressed as zombies. AWESOMETOWN. This time the hubs and I went as a pair -- zombie Lucy and Ricky. I gotta say, this might have been my favorite costume of 2010, though I have to deduct points for the difficulty of removing clumpy latex zombie-skin from my face at the end of the night.

We decided to take our zombie show on the road after the official Thrill the World event, and we ended up the night at Lustre Pearl where we largely remained in character the entire time, as evidenced by the zombie-hooping you see here. But, BUT! The best part of the night was when we put "Thriller" on the jukebox and all performed the dance, in unison, in the middle of the bar. The owner happened to be there and was so impressed that she demanded an encore performance and insisted on buying our drinks all night. I ask you, people, does it get better than that?

'90s Dance Party at The Highball
We didn't realize this wasn't actually a costume party until we got there and there were 3 of us dressed up in '90s-themed outfits. I wonder if people just thought I had an odd fashion sense... You will recognize my outfit from Part One's '90s Sitcom Party, though I slightly re-worked it to make it a little more Britney Spears "...Baby One More Time" than Clueless. A subtle distinction.

Tour de Fat
Every time the Tour de Fat from the New Belgium Brewery comes around, I spend the entire day repeating, "This is my favorite day, you guys. YOU GUYS. This is seriously the bestest day of all the days. FOR REALS." Because it totally is. It incorporates all of my favorite things: costumes, bicycles, and beer. AND this year it also incorporated Port-aoke. Do you know what that is? It's karaoke IN A PORT-O-POTTY. Not a functional outhouse, but one of those giant ones that's had the potty part replaced with a full-on karaoke set-up. We may or may not have been singing a Britney Spears song with great enthusiasm here.

What on earth are we wearing?? Who knows/cares!!! BEST DAY EVER!

Halloween Party at My Work

I'm Madeline, I'm Madeline! Do you recognize me from the children's books? I was incredibly proud of myself for sewing this dress with my very own hands. In the costume contest at work, I even won a major award: "Most Adorable." HA!

HalloweenOn actual Halloween, most girls like to make themselves look appealing. I like to go the other way and look crazy/disturbing. Here I'm a "fallen beauty queen," complete with floor-length sequins, "oopsie baby" belly, empty bottle of wine, smeared lipstick, cigarette, and askew tiara.

Christmas Cookie-Baking Party

My lovely friend Andrea had us ladies over to her house to bake Christmas cookies. They were amaaaazing -- she added almond extract to the icing, and I couldn't stop eating them. I supplied aprons for everyone to wear, and I think it really added to the experience.

Hideous Christmas!
I mentioned Hideous Christmas here before, and I was so proud to host the inaugural Texas edition in 2010. Yes, my puffy-sleeved ball gown is a repeat, but be honest -- if you owned that bad boy, wouldn't you look for any excuse to wear it, too? My handmade headpiece, however, was new this year and required a 2-foot clearance in all directions.

SO! That was 2010 as told through the many get-ups and get-togethers throughout the year. I can hardly wait to see what 2011 will bring.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2010: Year of the Theme Party - Part One

I was looking back through photos from 2010 to see if there was anything worthy of a year-in-sum blog post, and, indeed, a pattern emerged.

Outlandish costumes!

Theme parties are one of my most cherished pastimes, and I do believe that we managed to squeeze in more theme parties and costumes in 2010 than in any previous year. In fact, many people who met me in 2010 have no idea what I actually look like because they only ever saw me "in character." This makes me feel more proud and accomplished than it probably should, but hey! Whatever! I lived the dream! The dream of my inner five-year-old who wants to play dress-up like it's her job.

For the award of "Most Outlandish Costumes Worn In One Year By A Person Who Is Neither A Professional Drag Queen Nor Lady Gaga" that I just made up and bestowed upon myself, I would like to thank my very obliging group of friends and the city of Austin for providing such a theme-party/costume-friendly environment. THANK YOU! *tear*

So, for your viewing pleasure, I present... 2010: A Year in Costumes.

James Bond Party
Way back in early 2010, when my hair was still blond, our friends Nick and Jess threw a James Bond Party. We all had hilarious, made-up Bond movie names, but I am old and senile and can't remember any of them. I think we made use of this Bond Girl name generator, however. Also, I baked blondies for the occasion, and the recipe is still saved on my computer under the title "Blondies. James Blondies." Heh.

Capitol 10K
People tend to wear way crazier stuff to run the Capitol 10K than our semi-matching, vaguely late-80s/early-90s get-ups. We'll have to get a little more creative this year.

'90s Sitcom PartyI kind of cheated on this one because I was from a movie (though it later became a sitcom!), Clueless. (It was my homage to Brittany Murphy. Poor Brittany! :( )Can you guess the other two sitcom characters with me?

Girlie Sleepover NightI hosted a girlie sleepover night and clothing swap, and my friends Claire and Annie supplied enough mumus so that each of us could wear one for the night. Pajama party! My husband liked to imagine that there were pillow fights and jumping on the bed, but no.

Pirate PartyFor weeks I'd been moping around because the Alamo Drafthouse was throwing an ALL YOU CAN DRINK pirate party ON A BOAT for Talk Like a Pirate Day, but it was 60 bones and I didn't have that kind of booty. I had even entered and lost an online drawing for free tickets, but THEN the Twitter gods smiled upon me and offered me a pair of tickets after the winner of said contest couldn't make it at the last minute. So with less than an hour until the pirate ship left the dock, I called up my buddy Arin and said, panicky, "Can you be dressed like a pirate in 30 minutes?" She could, of course, because part of being my friend means being prepared for spontaneous pirate dress-up opportunities. I don't recall the names of the two wenches between us in this picture, but they were our new very best friends that night. Also, do you like my scary hook hand? Arrrrgh. Thanks to all the free booze and piratey giddiness, I definitely was suffering from a touch of the scurvy the next day.

Buena Vista Social (aka Cuba Party)
An excuse to wear something unwieldy on my head AND drink Cuba Libres? Yes, please!

Los mustaches!

But Jess definitely took the mojito-flavored cake with her handmade Cuban cigar costume. Viva la theme party!

Yelp's "Puttin' on the Ritz" Roaring '20s Party
Mike and I went to an amazing '20s party put on by Yelp at the Speakeasy (of course, right?). Free food and drinks, a casino, burlesque dancers, strands of pearls, Yelp schwag, and a photo booth, ha cha cha!

And that, friends, is only HALF the theme parties from 2010. Stay tuned for Part Two!