{Bybel Abode}

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The Bybel Abode has been ours for 8 days.

We had 25 friends show up and help us move, have taken 20+ trips to Home Depot, deconstructed and rebuilt 1 pantry, had 2 contractors out to visit, 2 bedrooms washed and ready for paint, 1 bedroom primed, 1000 boxes to still unpack, installed 6 rolls of shelving foam to cover our nasty kitchen shelves, had 1 stress-induced migraine, taken down 8 window fixtures and doors, drawn 2 floor plans and consumed 1 bottle of wine and a cigar while enjoying our new backyard.  And that’s the just the stuff I can remember right now.

Pics coming soon.

Happy home improvement, friends!
{Devin}

Throwback Thursday: {2nd Anniversary Trip}

There is seriously a curse on our anniversary.
Our honeymoon forever set the bar too high and after last year’s hillbilly hoe-down (no seriously, there was actually a {prostitute} involved) we thought we’d “play it safe” and have a nice little staycation in Dallas.

And God laughed and laughed and laughed at poor Devin Bybel and her need to control and plan everything to a “t.”

Let’s begin.

It all started with a Groupon.  The ever schwanky and raved about {Adolphus Hotel} which is described with words such as “grandeur,” “luxury,” “elegance,” and “4-Diamond” was offering us regular folk an opportunity to stay in their lovely establishment at just a fraction of the cost!  Oh, how many nights I laid awake counting my lucky stars.  A night at The Adolphus…how magical!

And that’s pretty much where that party ended.

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We arrived and valeted our car (for the low low rate of $35/night – kill me now) and let the bellman know that we had dinner reservations and would need the car later this evening.  “Just come down 5 minutes before you need to leave,” the Bellman said.  So many lies.

A 4-Diamond welcome never occurred as the front desk agent never even bothered to ask how we were or what we were doing staying at their “elegant” palace.  But she did use her finger to point to the escalator that would take us to the elevator.  Thanks, lady.

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Arriving in our room we got ready for our dinner and being the control-freak I am, we arrived TEN whole minutes early down at the valet.  And we watched the clock tick-tick-tick.  5 minutes…10 minutes…15 minutes…lots of valets running around but no Bybel car in sight.  Twenty minutes passes and now we’re calling the restaurant to tell them we’ll be late for our reservation.  Perfectly pissed = Devin. Continue reading

{On the Docket: August 2014}

Is there anybody else out there who can’t believe it’s August already?  holy smokes.

Well, it’s here.  We’re only 4 months away from another Christmas (huzzah!) and us Dallasites are enjoying a nice, cool summer.
And to celebrate the hopeful coming of fall and a summer that doesn’t make me want to kill myself…we’ll be partaking of a LOT of food (as per usual).

{Whole30}

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This time we’ve got my sister and dad on board!  Welcome to a world filled with vegetables, good fats and some meat.  Goodbye, Sugar!

Brunch Date at {Oddfellows}

New friends, new restaurants and new coffee.  I. can’t. wait.

{Dallas Farmer’s Market Summer Cooking Classes}

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We’ll be getting our Asian Inspired Summer Cuisine on.

{KXT Summer Cut}

Because {Valise}.  ‘nough said!

{Dallas Restaurant Week}

Great friends and a 3-course meal with wine at {Cadot}.

Like I said, lots of food situations happening.

What do you have going on in August, friends?
{Devin}