Lost in Drawers

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New Orleans City Park

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While we try to visit New Orleans every few months, this was our first time to City Park in the northern part of the city. The park is a beautiful and very large 1400 acre complex that has something for everyone. We got the sounds of Jazz Fest brass bands, echos of The Black Keys on the main stage, actors performing Shakespeare in the park, we got some bicycle riding in, enjoyed the fresh air, people watching among the always kind people of NOLA and New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden. The great joy of New Orleans is always the feeling you get when you arrive and you hear that random and unexpected music playing in the air and the city comes alive. It’s a great place to be, and can we just say how we had the best grilled cheese of our entire life at Il Posto in Uptown. A great first day back in our favorite city. More to come…..

(And lastly, can I just say that these new shoes I purchased are the most bike friendly shoes I own!)

Critical Cycles

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I’ve waited patiently for this little beauty of a dutch style bicycle to come to my door, checking the windows constantly every time the FedEx truck drove by our new little house. And she (yes, she) finally arrived today! I sold my not-that-old bike that I had customized to a very kind and chic girl a few weekends ago. So, it was time to finally find my own dutch style bicycle I have been dreaming of for a long while. I was fortunate to find it at Critical Cycles. And I love it! Love, love, love it! The dutch style of bicycle is really cool and practical, with a step through frame and upright position, which is a must for any of us who don’t ride clothed in too much spandex. We added Emory’s basket, and I am sure my husband will think of a thousand ways we can make this bike even more my style. Quite the pick-me-up that was much needed after this long week!

And nothing ends a post like a little Emory Holden action. We HAD to get these Mickey Mouse shirts at Petsmart, if we didn’t purchase them it would have been a crime against nature, I tellz ya!

Russh Issue 40

 

The Great Fort Worth Food Truck Race!

Good golly, this city of ours is growing up before our eyes.  In years past, the idea of the food truck was something most residents of our city either ignored or were downright scared of.  The food truck truly is the stepchild of the food service industry, typically only welcome on construction sites and at marginal street fairs.  But thanks to progressive cities nationwide and exposure of the trend of gourmet trucks via food-centric television, there seems to be a developing race of sorts.

Food trucks are in Fort Worth, and more are arriving each day.  Here we present a handy guide where the movement is and a sneek peak to where it is going (and where you should go).

Salsa Limon – Berry St in the TCU district

Great and quite bold location across from Fuzzy’s Tacos on Berry St.  Serving up their take on Mexico’s wonderful fare of street tacos and tortas among other things. Bo claims he could gain 90 wazillion pounds on this cuisine.

 Ssahm Korean Tacos - truly mobile w/ Wednesday stops at Apple off of University Dr

Based on the style made popular in L.A.’s huge food truck scene, Ssahmn is know for their unique creations and is a welcome new addition (Your Wednesday food plans are now set) to the Fort Worth scene.  If you are the type of person who appreciates tradition balanced against innovation, this is your food truck of choice.

Il Cane Rosso – Thursday evenings in front of Times Ten Cellars in so7

We are going to bet you’ve never had or even seen pizza prepared from a trailer, but now you can prove us wrong.  Fort Worth is a haven for wood fired pizza, we both love Rocco’s and Brix and now you can have it on the go when this great pizzeria on wheels. Seriously, do we ever have to cook again?

 Red Jett Sweets – Coming soon!

Okay, Lost In Drawers is all about a sweet treat.  Redd Jett Sweets is adding a truck to their rapidly rising catering business and we could not be more thrilled about this.  Because everyone needs a sweet finish to their taco/burger/hot dog/sandwhich entree.  Well, at least we do.

Taco Heads – Behind 7th Haven off of W. 7th

The first truck to park it on W. 7th (to our knowledge and eyeballs) Taco Heads has a simple menu of super fresh and well-seasoned and spiced street tacos with gourmet preperation.   And thus, their standard has led the way for a lot of what you see happening west of downtown.

Good Karma Kitchen – Coming Soon!

Don’t worry our vegetarian and vegan friends!  Good Karma is almost here to keep your love of fresh vegetarian and vegan satisfied!  Promised to be coming soo, we are really stoked to see true culinary diversity  in a truck not centered just around meat.  We all need more veggies, and what better way than to get it from a truck!

Enticed Gourmet Shaved Ice – various, now including Fort Worth!

Umm, yes please.  This has been a long time coming as shaved ice is the king of all the ice + syrup treats.  Enticed is a Dallas-based operation but Fort Worth’s food truck scene called and Enticed is now heading our way.  It is still hot, so you bet you will want to keep up with their Fort Worth location stops.  Your sense of happiness will thank you.

This by no means is a comprehensive list, Fort Worth has and is getting a lot more trucks than this – a food truck park/meet-up spot is in the works – we hope that, like us, you will get out there and eat mobile!  We hope to catch you in line sometime soon.  We’re sure Bo will debate salsas or how best to cook pork with you…well, until Heather tells him to pipe down and leave the hungry crowd to salivating for all things food trucc cuisine.

Photos courtesy of Google Images

Life is not a straight line

Life is not a straight line.  It is not a a graph chart, with simple peaks and valleys that chart our progress to some eventual ending that is satisfying to us.  We want to simplify the process of living and create a set of assurances that life will end up in our favor.  Religion and much of the modern Western church culture is built around this idea.  And as the world becomes even messier and burdened by the weight of faux celebrity and instant gratification, these assurances have less and less meaning.  We need a different way, because everything in our world says the old way is not working anymore.

We both grew up in various traditional Christian church structures, where one’s worldview was filtered through a set of rights and wrongs, things to do and things to never do.  While we did not live in the era, the whole concept seemed to be more about the simple life that American culture tried to create in the 1950’s.  The American dream made room for a safe God to regulate a safe world of black and white morality…where simple virtues were to be admired and a multitude of sins were to be condemned.  The modern church of America held a mirror to colonial Puritanism and not the cross of Jesus.  The Christian worldview was set in place, and it it felt comfortable as narrow as it is/was.  We “sleep safely in the hands of men.”

When we met, dated and got married…each of us had experienced a lot of disappointment at the hands of religion. It has never been a question of our belief in God (we do) or if we follow Jesus as we understand him (and it may surprise you) or whether or not we feel the Spirit is moving in all things and all people…because we do on all accounts.  But the fact is that there is a point that most people of our generation come to face and it is this: if I choose to embrace who I really am as a person, do I fit the mold that the church says is acceptable.  This has been our struggle as we have moved through several church environments in the last few years.

We feel, fundamentally, that the dream of God is for us to fully embrace ourselves as God created us.  For us, this means embracing our passions – from the role of fashion in living well, to writing to inspire and challenge the norm, to giving to the poor, to embracing a life together that expresses a fierce love and a gentle kindness.  We will not apologize for what this presents, from embracing creativity and frugal use of what we have been blessed with to our insistence that we will love those who have been placed in our lives – not matter if they are Christian or not, no matter what race or ethnicity they, no matter if they are gay or straight, no matter if they are rich or poor, only that they are honest about who they have been created to be.  This seems to pose a problem to much of what church in America is built on, the concept of are you in or are you out.

We don’t think church is about a group of people who think alike and consider their particular group of people the greatest thing since electricity, or at least sliced bread. Nor do we think that church should be a group of self-titled outsiders who consider their brand of anti-church church the true alternative to bible-thumping bigots and narrow minded souls.  We have struggled with the divide between orthodoxy and reform, between traditional and post-modern or emergent or whatever is hip among 20-30somethings pastors.  We have worshiped and joined and led both types of church bodies. And here we find ourselves looking for a new church, and wondering what is possible for us as we look to bond our self-truth with a community truth built by people.

What is church to the people that attend?  Do we want worship that moves beyond cheese and into true emotion?  Are we seeking preaching that moves away from promises of a better life and into what does suffering look like on a Tuesday morning?  Do we want community that embraces us as equals and friends or do we want a quiet harbor where we feels safe after all the storms of the last few years?  Do we want all of these things?  Is that much even possible to expect from a church made up of people? People have hurt us and many of our friends, some in the church and some who do not see how the actions of others can be swallowed up in love.  We want desperately to move from going to church, even church led by family or friends, just because we feel we are supposed to and to find a church that makes us feel we are closer to a God who wants us to be ourselves and use whatever that is for something greater than ourselves.  We want honesty, we want truth, we want kindness that leads to a fierce love – of God, all of creation, of truth beauty creativity and passion…all to make a eternal future that is as it was intended to be.  That is a real community as we see it in the story of scripture.

Honest and free, because life is complex and beautiful and not a graph chart in a cloud room we cannot see.

This is our hope.

Bo

P.S. Sorry this is long but sometimes it’s better to be open than short? eh…eh?

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The Modern

It is no surprise that Bo and I love our city’s many museums. We have been to The Modern many times before but had never gone on a First Sunday Free day. So, we decided to check it out. Fort worth residents definitely know when and where to find free air conditioning and something interesting to do.  The Modern currently is featuring much of the best of its collection…really opening the vault for some works that we hadn’t seen.  It is a nice mix of art from all mediums, and something worth checking out any day of the week.  The Modern is quite good these days, with good featured collections and the Magnolia At The Modern film series.

Jackson Pollock and Warhol dreams,

Heather

P.S. This is what I wore today.  I know, know…you are waiting with “anticipation.”  But this top I’m wearing was quite the battle. We were at Thrift Town and a girly almost took it out of my basket. She told me she wanted it and stormed off.  Quite the thrift store debacle.  It was all in good fun. I’m sure! Anyway, back to the outfit: the top is from Thrift Town, the skirt is actually a dress (I use this trick a lot) and is from the best Goodwill around and the shoes are from our local mega-thrift store McCart Thrift.  On a side note, the Modern today was a fashion utopia as everyone was extremely well dressed and if I had a few more guts I might have got some shots of these great people.  And though I am nursing a Summer cold, thanks to a good lunch at Gloria’s and a raspberry cupcake a good Sunday was had for Lost In Drawers in our fair city of Fort Worth Texas.

Pop-Up Magnolia Beach

Well, we are many days into the Texas Heat Wave of 2011 and many of us are searching as what to do to survive…physically, emotionally, mentally.  The folks over at Creative Magma in the Near Southside had an idea.  So why not a pop-up beach along Magnolia?  From the smiles on their faces, we don’t think you need sand to make a beach.  Yet another reason we love Fort Worth.

All Photos & Content found on Fort Worthology

Anthology Living With Substance & Style

All these images scanned by Lost in Drawers.

Want more amazing images go to Anthology Magazine, and drool and get majorly inspired!

Pretty Pretties

Ok, it’s Thursday and We love a Pretty Pretties Tumblr day!

We hope you do too!

head on over to proof of my existence, SVC, on receiving a curios shell, matchbox tumblr

Lula Issue 12

Now, I feel I can post these Lula magazine images, even though this is a husband and wife blog because A. Bo surprised me with this issue and B. the are pretty inspring. I think you may agree? A lot of amazing magazines came out and I’m trying with all I have to catch up. Now onto Anthology magazine issue 3 and Russh magazine issue 39!

Let the dreaming begin!

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