Thursday, November 21, 2013

reunited and it feels so good

Above is this year's Christmas card. Just kidding, but can you believe we found 6 matching gingham shirts for $3?

What a fun weekend it was in Dallas, Texas. Callan was working at The Color Run this past weekend and Kev, Molly and Grady managed to find some cheap flights to join him and we had little reunion. It was such a treat to spend a couple days with these people. We miss them so much and are always reminiscing on how nice it was to be 5 minutes away from (or living with) all our best friends in Provo. It was great showing them our little home and city.
 This was taken Friday night at the Crow Collection of Asian Art ^_^ This was pretty cool cuz there was an Ai Weiwei which we pretty much stumbled upon and the Dallas Museum of Art is huge and always enjoyable to walk through. Kev is an art history major and I always like seeing and hearing about his favorite pieces. Besides sharing Dallas' art scene, we ate a lot of delicious foods including the best BBQ I've ever had and discovering a new donut place. If you've never been, Dallas is predominantly eating and shopping, so we tried to show our friends the best of it. We also shared our favorite little shops in the Bishop Arts District, which I talked about in my last entry and the craziest antique/thrift/vintage store we've found, which I talked about a few months ago. Also it is mandatory to at least visit the JFK memorial and Dealey Plaza if you are in Dallas. The 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination is tomorrow and it is so surreal to live a few miles away from the site of such a historic event.
Here's the main reason we got to see our friends last weekend. Callan works for The Color Run, the Happiest 5K on the Planet! It was pretty happy and I got a free tutu. It felt good to get some exercise and since hurting my foot last winter, I was proud of myself for running all 3 miles. Above is Callan leading the party and dancing with him.
The Neiman Marcus flagship store is right in downtown, only a few blocks from our apartment building. For most of November the windows were veiled and said their holiday displays would be revealed on the 16. Ta-da! The Neiman Marcus Crawl. This is literally a mini maze through the store windows of Neiman's. You had to sign a waiver and the average age of participants was 6. When Molly and I got in line they looked at us to sign and then looked around us to see where the children we were supervising were. Oops, we're doing it. Earlier that night Molly and I walked through and cried over Louboutins and I have to say the Crawl was 100% more satisfying.

Sunday was 85 degrees and our little Utah eskimos got to go swimming and sunbathe with us. The days with our friends were too short but we were so thankful to spend the time with them and miss them already. So now you should visit Dallas and we'll show you a good time.

Friday, November 1, 2013

awk-tober

Happy November, month of giving thanks, turkey, shopping and my birth. October was a busy, busy month, hence my lack of blog updates. In summary, this was October with the Kutneys.

At the beginning of the month we went to the State Fair of Texas which was quite a spectacle. Texas has the biggest state fair in the country and it lasts almost a month. The beginning of October was still hot, hot, hot but we braved the heat to enjoy the farm animals (yeah right), weird exhibits, butter sculptures and of course the fried food. Visiting the fair took me back to my senior year of high school and pretending to be the queen of the sweet Lampeter Fair. Another story for another time my dears. The best of the fried food was the fried Reese's cups and fried PB&J. 
 We also discovered a new favorite neighborhood in Dallas called Bishop Arts District. Preston read some reviews for the Spiral Diner & Bakery, a completely vegan restaurant and bakery. Obviously I was skeptical because I LOVE CHICKEN and like vegan what? But it was so delicious and the whole time I kept saying "No meat?!" Right nearby was this little neighborhood of trendy shops. Above is a picture from my new favorite store in Dallas called Society. It's an interiors shop but mainly sells delicious smelling candles. If Tumblr were a store, it would be Society. We also discovered a pie shop that sells pie by the slice called Emporium Pies and the sweetest little store called We Are 1976  that sells all things Asian and cute. It was almost annoying how adorable everything was. Also I am concerned why I have been suppressing the all matching kitty stationary, pencils and pencil pouch side of me. I bought a little notebook adorned with bows to help revive my Asian schoolgirl side.
Another fun part of this month was visits from friends!! Come visit us you guys, we are actually kind of fun!! AJ Swartwood came a couple weeks ago for the Texas A&M vs. Auburn game and was staying in Dallas so we hung out with him and went to the Dallas Museum of Art's "Late Night at the Museum" night and introduced him to the best cupcakes in the world. The same weekend Nate and Zoe Bleak were in town and we spent a few hours with them looking at the JFK sites. The following weekend Spencer Montgomery was in town for an interview and we had dinner with him. It was so fun to see friends from school and hear about the cool jams in Provo. So if you miss us, come visit and we'll show you a good time. We probably miss you too :)
Last weekend was our Halloween. We dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Fox from The Fantastic Mr. Fox NOT that terrible music video "What Does the Fox Say." Honestly 24 people asked us if that's what we were and we both had no idea what they were talking about. I thought it was only a song because my spin teacher would play it during class, but I never knew it was accompanied by such a weird and stupid Youtube video. No guys. Mr. and Mrs. Fox. Much, much later that night we went to a Daft Punk tribute. What better group to see play a tribute than one where you don't know what they actually look like and it's all electronic music? This was really fun and probably the latest we've ever stayed up in our lives.
And now for the grand finale of October which literally happened yesterday. I went to get a shot at the doctor yesterday morning. After receiving the shot, I felt lightheaded, passed out and hit my head. I woke up on the ground, cried a lot, called Preston and we went to the ER. I was diagnosed with a concussion and was told I had undergone a vasovagal syncope due to the shot. I've gotten lightheaded giving blood before but never passed out. I got the same shot a few months before and walked right out of the doctor's office feeling 100% normal so it was unusual I had such a different reaction yesterday. Above is my only proof I was in the hospital minus the paperwork they gave me which I probably shouldn't post on the internet. Preston probably has an embarrassing picture of me in the ER but the world has yet to see that gem. 
It feels so weird that only Preston and my managers at my jobs know about my accident. I guess that's what it's like when you're alone in a city. I think that's why I cried a lot. I don't mean for this to be a depressing post. I'm really happy in Dallas, honestly. It's like a big new adventure. But I do miss my best friends and having more than one person know about the comings and goings of my life. 
The weather is considerably cooler and this month is full of things to look forward to. Hope everyone else had a great October. Happy November!