Yankee Doodle Darlin’

When I was a kid 4th of July was the most embarrasing day of the year. My mom got all crazy patriotic excited over Independence Day…

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Decked out in her red, white, and blue,  Mom would parade around the house marching to John Phillip Sousa music holding an empty paper towel roll as her “baton”  ala Robert Preston in The Music Man. We’d laugh and roll our eyes at her – she didn’t care. 

 

 

 

 

Zoom ahead many years – she LOVED taking my little boys to the neighborhood July 4th Parade… I saw it as a way to sleep in a little on a day off;  thank you mom!

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Then we began to take her to the parade… it has always been a fun day for us.

Yesterday, July 4th, I went to her place – drove in, parked; heading to the entrance I looked up to a “yoo-hoo” and there was Mom in her July 4th splendor waving joyfully from her flag draped balcony – no paper towel role, tho, haha!

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I walked in to a photo session happening in the lobby.

Six of the vets who live there had just returned from the neighborhood parade. They rode in little red corvettes and waved at the crowd. One of them is 99 and fought in WWII, a real character.

Mom said she had watched them leave, roaring off in the corvettes and had gotten very emotional watching them go. It was sweet and lovely.

I was there to help sync her phone/be tech support. When I opened up her iTunes I had to laugh out loud at her music:  John Phillip Sousa!!

Her “Go USA” spirit has always been awesome… I’m proud to be the Yankee Doodle Darlin’s Daughter. 

Amy Loves her Mama 🙂

 

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Design of the Day: A T-shirt Primer

Resistance Pies is my T-shirt company. I design the graphics and sell them from my store ResistancePies.biz 

This started out a few years ago with a design showing off Austin’s weirdness – Every year in November people here start decorating the cedar trees along Hwy 360 with holiday decorations. It started years ago with one tree decorated by one family – they did it in honor of their son who had passed away earlier in the year. It was sweet and lovely.

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I guess lots of people loved this idea, because every year there are more, and More, and MORE (like almost all cool things in ATX – it has become a victim of its own self… another post on that later)

ANYWAY… four (?) years ago I designed a T-shirt in honor of this decorated Christmas Tree phenomenon – I titled it “AUSTIN TREE-60”   Is that clever, or what?

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I sold T’s on the side of the road in front of the trees… It was a fun way to be creative, acknowledge my favorite city, and make a few extra bucks for Christmas.

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Fun until I fell down the hillside of trees and tore my meniscus. Then it was no fun. 

Since then I designed T’s here and there, mostly for myself, usually with sarcastic or sly phrases…

ZOOM ahead to January 20, 2017 – or D (for dumbass) Day. The emperor-wannabe was sworn in and my depression got really real, yo. Eventually I realized that tapping into my creative self was a way to lift the dark clouds a little.

 

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Then…. Ta-Da! With help from my awesome (and equally disturbed) gal pal,  Jean, Resistance Pies T-Shirt Co. was born!  

Stay tuned to see a featured T on Mondays, and visit (buy!) Resistance T-Shirts here!

Thank you for your continued support 🙂

Amy Loves Austin

I Like Yogurt?

Superman and I are taking the Summer to re-learn everything we know about food. Incorporating an eating plan that is different that anything we’ve tried before. We’re only about two weeks into it, but already feel better and have lost a few LBs. Of course he has lost more than I … guess it’s the slowly-but-surely method for me, HA!

ANYway, I met a new friend, blogger Keri at Kitchen with Keri, super nice chica with lots of good food info and GREAT photos! She talks about making her own yogurt in one post, and it looked interesting to me. I am not a yogurt lover, in fact I think some of the commercial Greek yogurt is vile (sorry) SO making my own was not high on my list, but I thought “oh well, we’ve got milk, let’s try”

WOW! I am so impressed! It’s really easy, delicious, and fool-proof. Follow her instructions here for your own delicious experience! Thanks Keri ❤

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Ahhh-mazing yogurt!

Amy (and Superman) love the homemade yogurt… who knew?

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Who Are These People?!

This kind of stuff cracks me up!
Who are these people saying “Every Woman Should Own a Trenchcoat” or wool pencil skirt etc… They are OBVIOUSLY not Texas girls!
[If you have and wear a wool pencil skirt please send photos; I don’t think I know anyone who does and would welcome your friendship 🙂 ]
ALSO: pencil skirt of any fabric isn’t very friendly to my super sexy and abundant belly pooch unless I team it up with peplum style top or jacket, or maybe a tunic top.
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BTW: I totally hate the Experts who make the “what a woman over 50 should not wear” lists… One “no-no” list had hoop earrings on it, REALLY?!?!  I will likely be buried in hoop earrings at age 107. I wear hoops 80% of the time and big-ass dangly earrings the rest of the time. I like hoops so much I might just wear a nose ring hoop. so there
What else is on the list? Black Bikini. Every woman should own a black bikini. hahahahahahahahaha! No further comment needed, amiright?
Next list:
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Oh good! black bikini is here, too. I like consistency in rules. 🙂
Most of the items on this list are TFE – too friggin’ expensive – yeah, buying quality is a good thing, longer lasting, re-purposable etc, but quality doesn’t have to equal extremely expensive, does it?
anyway… also on the the list:
OK, Tall riding boot (brown leather) – hmmm, I do love a tall riding boot [or any boots] and I own tall riding boots, but, alas, they’re black.
That might be strike three for me… but just for fun, lets keep going. 
Next list:
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No black bikini here and the “Classic Riding Boots” could be black, I’m liking this list! AND look! HOOP Earrings, yay!!
This is the “Ultimate Wardrobe Checklist” so if we have everything on this list we have the ultimate wardrobe, isn’t that awesome 😀 
Last one [today]
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Wardrobe Essentials for Most Boring Women in the World:
Maybe I would look all ooh-la-la French Woman Chic, and that is a gorgeous look, for chic French women, but I’m a Gordita!
The neutral colors are so blah… and there’s the damn pencil skirt again. NOPE.
Amy Loves being told what to wear… haha!

Carolina League

“Isn’t this a little much for the Carolina Leagues?”

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A favorite line from a favorite movie –  “Bull Durham”

During one of the many conversations between my feminist hero Annie Savoy and Crash Davis, he asks her:

“Who are you?  Do you have a job?” and then (referring to her cute white midriff top, short black skirt and garters/stockings peeping out) he says: 

“Isn’t this a little much for the Carolina Leagues?”

HAHA! I often ask myself that when I get dressed… “is this too much? can I wear this? …”

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Note the Cons and white socks she wears in these photos… perfection with HER pencil skirt… I would wear A-line!  #lifegoals

Amy loves Bull Durham!

#Belly Pooch

FUN color combo and maxi-skirt look.
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Black, white a red… always a great combination!
Not a fan of the stripes wrapping around my bellypooch tho –
A printed anything hides pooch much better.
B/W printed maxi would be so cute here, not too full though!
Printed pencil skirt would be awesome, too, but, for me, would require longer top so I wouldn’t fidget all day.
When I wear something that I don’t feel great in I fidget with my clothes –
Terrible and totally unprofessional… I tell myself “don’t fidget, don’t fidget, DON’T just DON’T”
but it doesn’t really help… I defy myself and do it anyway.
This original look used a black shirt with white trim…
I like solid black top (way more versatile) with a chunky white necklace, not too short. 
T-straps elongate stub-legs… always nice 🙂
Amy loves Red, White and Black
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Taco Tuesday – No Va Kitchen and Bar

No Va Kitchen has $1 Tacos on Tuesday… who knew? First visit to the Rainey St eatery – on a gorgeous ATX night.
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They have an extensive whiskey menu … happy me 🙂
I ordered the Sazarac on the HH Cocktail menu
 – Mmmmmm, heavenly. 
“No Va” is a funny name – means “it doesn’t go” in Spanish… seems counter-intuitive to me. I think they got a free “No Vacancy” sign and repurposed it… Agree?
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Anyway. The menu is not Tex-Mex, but since it was Tuesday we ate tacos featured on the $1 Taco menu… Muy Sabroso!  Tortillas were small, corn and wonderful!
Non-traditional tacos, but tasty, cheap and fun.
Amy Loves cheap tacos ❤