Switchfoot in St. Louis

21 02 2010

This past Monday we headed to St. Louis to watch Switchfoot in concert.  As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve been extremely excited about this for a while.  And in the end, it was even better than we expected!

The concert was at The Pageant, the same place we saw MuteMath.

During the beginning of the first song we wondered where Jon’s voice was coming from.  Then we looked behind us and lo and behold there he was!  He then came up to our long table and stood right (right) in front of us and sang (and held my hand).

And during the last song, Jon jumped up on our table to sing again!

They were magnificent!  True San Diego Rock!

And we had a great time!

We then stayed the night at the Moonrise Hotel which was right by the Pageant.

This awesome staircase changed colors!

Another view of the lobby.  They had a retro lunar theme.

So, we loved spending the day together, seeing Switchfoot do their amazing thing, and staying in a swanky hotel.  Hopefully we’ll get to do this again sometime!

Note:  These and a few more pictures can be found in a Flicker set found here.

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Valentine’s Pictures

21 02 2010

Here are some random pictures from Valentine’s Day celebrations at our home.  All of which somewhat pertain to food…

Here was our table setting for Valentine’s Day:

And here are some of the foods Mom fixed for us the day before V-Day:

I hope your Valentine’s Day was a great one!  Love from the Muse and Murse!





The Adventures of the Ploxen and the Return of the Plooster

1 02 2010

Our corner of town evidently attracts strange types of animals.  What kinds of animals, you ask?  Well, plastic ones.

Case-in-point Number 1: The Ploxen

Meet George and Larry.

Larry (the one on the right) is a joker and a ham while George (on the left) is kind of the straight man.  They are closely related to the common ox (plural “oxen”), but since they are made of plastic they are, in fact, Ploxen (pronounced just like “oxen”).

Ploxen are natural protectors and tend to be as faithful as Horton himself.  Eric and I are lucky to have such great neighbors to the East.  They are committed guardians of their covered wagon and all the traffic that passes by.  (Though I have a sneaking suspicion that in the middle of the night they climb in there and watch a movie or two on television.)

I met the Ploxen by chance when road renovations changed my route to work for an entire year.  Seeing George and Larry there in the morning and evening always managed to bring a smile to my face, no matter how bad the road conditions at the time were.  Since then, our roads have been fixed and I practically never see good ol’ George and Larry.  Though, I think of them time to time and even drive by to visit on rare occasions.  And seeing them still makes me smile.

Case-in-point Number 2: The Plooster

Meet Sunny.

He is our friendly neighborhood Plooster.  Like the Ploxen being closely related to oxen, Ploosters are close cousins to average roosters.  But once again, being plastic is what sets Ploosters apart.

When we moved into this part of town we immediately noticed Sunny.  He has a bright and cheery personality which makes him stand out among his drab surroundings.  But within just a few months (perhaps due to the crazy road construction, once again) Sunny left us.  He has told me that during that time he went for an extended vacation down to Acapulco, Mexico to visit a distant relative.  I doubt that he needed the distant relative for an excuse to get away from the crazy road work to go lounge on the beach, but that’s beside the point.  When we noticed that Sunny the Plooster was gone we were deeply saddened.  Every time we drove past his old spot we would mention how we missed him.

[Cars are shown to illustrate Sunny’s large size.]

But…Eric was thrilled to notice that Sunny had returned last week!  And he’s all rested up and as shiny and as cheery as ever!  Admittedly, for the longest time we used to call Sunny a Plicken (like “chicken”) but my dad recently corrected that huge mistake.  Good thing, too, we wouldn’t want to upset Sunny and give him another excuse to leave us.

Now all is right with the world, with the Ploxen to our East and the Plooster to our West.  Perhaps our neck of the woods will attract some more plastic animals soon!  We can only hope…

*Note: The creative rights and credit of the names Plicken, Ploxen, and Plooster belong to my dad.





Good Day Off

18 01 2010

Today was a holiday and tomorrow is Eric’s first day of his last semester for his Bachelor’s degree.  So, Eric and I made sure to enjoy our day of freedom.  We slept in, enjoyed a couple of locally made smoothies and watched “Leap Year.”  We both laughed a fair amount during the movie and thought it was really cute.  Might share more about that later.

Today was a very good day.  Hopefully tomorrow will be too, but that’s a whole different kind of “good”.

We hope your days are good as well.





Going to a Switchfoot Concert!

10 01 2010

Switchfoot has been one of my favorite bands for a long time now.  They call themselves “San Diego Rock” and are often categorized as alternative or even Christian rock.  Their sound is great, always.  Their lyrics tend to carry good meaning.  And if that wasn’t enough they are heavily involved in artistic and activist/charitable work.  Put that all together and you have one extremely awesome band, to say the least.  I’ve seen them twice in concert.  The first time was a long time ago when the band was still starting out and the second was a few years ago.  And let me just say, they put on a superb show.

Well, we got word a few days ago that Switchfoot is going to play in St. Louis in February.  Eric and I have waited somewhat impatiently for Switchfoot to come to good ol’ Missouri, so the moment the tickets went on sale for this concert we seized the opportunity bought two.

We are beyond excited to go see Switchfoot!  Pictures will definitely be taken and stories told.  Though, I don’t plan on living behind the camera this time around, I have to make sure to enjoy the music and the moment as well.

So, all of this to say, we’re counting down the days…

*Pictures found on Switchfoot’s Official Site.





Letter to My North Face Beanie

8 01 2010

Dear Dearly Departed North Face Beanie,

I’m sorry that I dropped you on the way in to work this morning.  Once I figured out you were gone I searched high and low to no avail.  I’m seriously bummed that you are gone for good.  You were so nice, warm and soft.  We’ve been many great places together, as I’m sure you remember.  Ah well, it’s over.

My sincerest wish is that whoever found you either really needed a warm hat or that finding such a treasure as yourself made their entire year.  I hope you move on and have a marvelous life and that you understand as I move on as well.  I took my first step towards that this evening as I purchased your identical twin on the North Face online store.  We hit it off and I think there is definitely a future there.  May the same be true of you and your new owner.

Warmest wishes,

Kara “Sky” McGinty





Welcome Frank!

2 01 2010

Meet Frank the Script Typewriter.

Isn’t he handsome?

Frank Navasky joined our family right before Christmas.  He waited patiently for a new typewriter ribbon so he could appropriately introduce himself and I finally got around to fixing him up this weekend (and got lots of ink all over my hands in the process).

You can find his letter below.

Click here for a larger version of the letter.

Indeed, you will be seeing more of Frank and Nancy here on the Muse and Murse blog.  Nancy also got a new ribbon for Christmas and is excited to type to you all once again!