{Generator First Floor} by The Freelance Whales

Friday, July 30, 2010

Pretty sure this is my new favorite song to listen to right before falling asleep. Inspiration found at 00:50.

Click HERE to download this song for FREE.

Generator (First Floor) - Weathervanes

{Today's Letters}

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, whenever you shower & shave I know it's only a matter of time before the games begin. Four points for looking like Christmas, two points for your cat-like man prowess. Dear KP & SA in California, yesterday we received one of the most thoughtful packages of all time. Verve coffee? Love from Trader Joe's? Olallieberry awesomeness? Your support for the blog has been better than any underwire push-up bra. Dear Neftlix, when we added HomeGrown to our movie queue we thought we'd be receiving a documentary on organic gardening. Instead it looks like we'll be learning about a $5 million drug bust in New York. Awe.some. Dear Husband, last night we climbed into the biscuit and read one of my favorite books. Love you more than Chapter 2 and an extra hour of sleep.


What are you most looking forward to?

{Today's Letters & Reason #979}

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, often times I'm tempted to settle for a good marriage instead of striving for a great one. Thank you for constantly inspiring me to work towards the latter. Dear Papa, yesterday you sent me a DVD of a 340 mile kayak race you want Twinner and I to enter next year. Sign me up as long as they give out spirit points for capsizing. Dear Tour de Goatneck, t-minus 3 days. I'm committed to improving this love-hate relationship we have. Dear Husband, reason #979 why I love Thee: when working overnight shifts at the hospital you leave me Woobie art shaped like food. Thanks for being so sensitive to my late night eating. Over and out.

{Today's Letters}

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, after receiving a City Sports: New York t-shirt you decided to break it in by performing athletic charades (in your underwear). Props to you for even attempting synchronized swimming. Dear Antique Mason Jars, whenever I doubt my decision to stock up on you at flea markets I always remember how great you are for canning. Homemade pickles can change everything. Dear Torchy's Tacos, after capturing the hearts of devout taco fans in Austin you finally decided to open a location in Dallas. Here's to your Baja Shrimp taco and for making yesterday's lunch d-to-the-licious. Dear Husband, tomorrow is your last day of psych then you begin your inpatient medicine rotation. Two chest bumps and a leg shimmy for not having to commute!

{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, I like our deal: I wash your French press. You help me pluck my eyebrows while wearing your headlamp. A win-win. Dear Peaches Sitting On Our Microwave, every time I walk into the kitchen I can't help but stop and smell you. Two points for reminding me of high school and my love affair with peach Boone's. Dear Brooke Fish, our lunch date with Jude & Liam yesterday = highlight of my day. Girl crushing you. Not. gonna. lie. Dear Husband, whenever friends give us fancy Christopher Elbow chocolates they leave us no choice but to play with our food. (Insert lots of fist pumps and leg kicks for rosemary infused caramel and chocolate ginger ganache).

{Today's Letters}

Monday, July 26, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, yesterday while running at the lake we talked about having kids. This isn't something we discuss often given that you're still in school, but I'm always reminded of how great a dad you will one day be. Dear MacBook, crash #4 means Apple is sending Casa de Loerke a new laptop today free of charge. Beyond grateful for good customer service and for Mr. McFeely's speedy delivery. Dear Davy, on Friday I showed you how to rock a Woobie cape (which you wore for almost 3 hours). I definitely see superhero in your future. Dear Husband, you never cease to amaze me with your indoor picnic making skills. Here's to heirloom BLT's, homemade fries, and to one of my favorite dates with you yet.

{Today's Letters}

Friday, July 23, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, this morning I had to get up at the crack for my first day of training. Thank you for my motivational rap; Bone Thugs would be so proud. Dear Self, you know you're tired when you find popcorn in the couch and just throw it on the floor because tomorrow's vacuuming day. Pretty sure it's time for a nap. Dear New Reading Material, you make me wanna sit in the bathroom for hours reading about actions and luminosity sharpening. I think Husband's medical books may have met their match. Dear Beloved, Inception hot date with the Tyroch's tonight. Awkward sweaty movie hand holding? (Circle YES or NO).


What are you most looking forward to?

{Today's Letters}

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, after coming home from your geriatric lecture you decided to ask me out on a date. FOR WHEN I'M 80. I guess I won't have to worry about what to wear since I'll be rocking depends and a moo moo by then. Ps, how do you feel about kissing with dentures? Dear Dudes Who Read This Blog, man card still intact. I REPEAT, man card still intact. Dear Drumstick, the bottom part of your cone that's nothing but solid chocolate? Yep, that's my fave. Dear McHusband, yesterday you surprised me at the office holding this and wearing these. Four points for making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

{Today's Letters}

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, a few days ago I left you a welcome home note on our headboard. Since then you've insisted that it stays and have started calling it your dream catcher. Reason #241 why boy roommates are AWESOME. Dear Darby, over the weekend we made your creamy corn salad (non weenie version of course). It was consumed in less that 24 hours. Just sayin. Dear Indoor Soccer Game, you were worth every sore muscle and piece of AstroTurf I had to dig out of my knees. The penalty I received for yelling SH%T at the top of my lungs was simply bonus. Dear Husband, love you more than a deep cleaned kitchen with a side of folded laundry. Over and out.

{Eat, Pray, Love Movie Trailer}

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love will be in theaters August 13th. Mark your calendars, Homies.

Any feedback from those of you who have read the book?

Eat Pray Love

{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, last night we went over our Weekly Questions while we ate peanut butter and popcorn on the couch. Do you think our snacks categorize as FDA-approved servings of protein and vegetables? Dear Couple Outside of Left Bank Books, I wish I knew you so I could send you this photo. Consider it nominated for the Loerke Best Kiss of The Year Award. Dear Big Mama, Gulley & Co., our dinner Sunday night reminded me of an episode of Friend's mixed with a side of Ted Danson from Cheers. Meeting you guys was the shiz. Dear Husband, before leaving for work this morning I remember you kissed my forehead and whispered to me how brave I am. Three points for making me wanna make out before 5am.

{Nathaniel Rateliff & The Beaten Sea}

Monday, July 19, 2010

Friday night we saw Nathaniel Rateliff at The Loft here in Dallas. It couldn't have been a more intimate setting, making it our favorite show of the year.

The last time I saw them play was in Denver when they opened for Bon Iver (insert greatest road trip of all time here).

In addition to watching Nathaniel rock out to Whimper and Wail we loved being introduced to a new band called The Beaten Sea.

Marked by their beards, banjos, and a female vocalist who could rival Karin Bergquist of Over The Rhine, you can't help but fall in love. Be sure and give them a listen. You know we wouldn't steer you wrong when it comes to music.

{Today's Letters & Giveaway Winner}

Monday, July 19, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, this weekend we stomped our feet to Nathaniel Rateliff, caught up on sleep (big sigh), watched a movie, spent time poolside, tried new recipes, planned our next road trip, and made new friends. A great weekend. Dear Meghan, yesterday Husband drew your name out of his lucky hat (secretly he is giving you a congratulatory rooooaaaaaaar). Looking forward to rocking your Etsy shop on the blog next month. Dear Unexpected Package from Chicago, thanks for making it look like Trader Joe's exploded all over our living room. We promise to use your box for something productive like a robot costume for Halloween. Dear Beloved, another night on call this weekend served as a reminder that your Psych rotation has been the hardest yet. Two fist pumps for being one step closer to OB/GYN. You can doooooo it!

{Lara & Chad} Scavenger Hunt Winners

Friday, July 16, 2010

Dear Friends, remember when we hid a note in this book at the Seattle Public Library a few weeks ago? Less than 12 hours later it was found by this adorable couple, Lara & Chad.

Lara manages a high-quality nutrition based pet care store in Ballard, and Chad is a project manager for a telecommunications company. Tim and I were totally stoked when they invited us to join them for dessert at Old School Custard on Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, we had to board our ship so we weren't able to meet up with them. We did, however, take a rain check (which we plan on using very soon).

Thanks to all of you who emailed asking if our letter had been found! I think we've started a new Loerke tradition for when we travel.

Click HERE to see the contents of our letter.

And don't forget to enter this weeks giveaway! Winner will be announced on Monday!

{Today's Letters}

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, you like to cook with cumin & cayenne, know how to install light fixtures, are the the president of your PA class, and can skip rocks better than anyone I know. Have I told you lately how capable you are? Dear We Are 1976, your upcoming gallery featuring Jeremy Sharp had us at Vespa Serie Fotografica. Consider us there. Dear Ideas, sometimes when I write there are so many of you swimming around my brain that they often come out looking like this. Must. find. a. hammock. soon. Dear Husband, my favorite part of celebrating National Ice Cream Day with you yesterday was listening to you sing about how in love you are with ice cream. Indeed, the way to a man's heart is definitely through his stomach.

Don't forget to enter this weeks giveaway! Winner will be announced on Monday!

{Root Beer Chocolate Cake}

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

There is only one word to describe this cake: UNFREAKINBELIEVABLE. Lately we've consumed it for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner. (Insert massive glucose crash here). Trust us, this cake will make you shimmy and shake it's just. that. good.

Cake Ingredients:
2 cups root beer (about 2 cans) ... pick any kind of root beer made with cane sugar: Boylan's, Kemper, Whole Food's 365 Brand)
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs (room temp)

Frosting Ingredients:
2 ounces milk chocolate or semi sweet melted and cooled slightly
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup root beer
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Cake Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Spray bundt pan with Baker's Joy.

2. In a large saucepan, heat the root beer, cocoa powder, and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add the sugars and whisk until dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together.

4. In a small cup, whisk the eggs until just beaten, then whisk them into the cooled cocoa mixture until combined. Gently fold the flour mixture into the cocoa mixture. The batter will be slightly lumpy–do not overbeat, as it could cause the cake to be tough.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until a small sharp knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let cool for 20-30 min on a wire rack, then invert onto a plate.

Frosting Directions:
1. Melt the chocolate over low heat on the stove. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.

2. Take the mixture off the heat and allow to cool (we put it in the fridge for about 2 minutes).

3. Whisk the cooled mixture to make sure it's mixed well and stiff enough to frost.


Original recipe found here.

{Today's Letters}

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, you are the flea of my market, the Sigg of my bottle, and the latissimus of my dorsi. Beyond grateful to call you Beloved. Dear Ray LaMontagne, only 36 more days until the release of your new album Beg Steal or Borrow. So far it's already earned 3 Loerke fist pumps and 2 leg shimmies. Dear Shel Silverstein, your poem says that if I were 1" tall I'd have to ride a worm to school. CONFESSION: I'm 5'5" and sometimes feel small enough to do this. Dear Husband, thank you for reminding me that unless one piece of a cake is used for a food fight then it's probably not worth baking in the first place. To the moon ...

Don't forget to enter this weeks giveaway! Winner will be announced on Monday!

{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, last week it rained E-V-E-R-Y-D-A-Y. We practically lived in our jackets and wellies, but I was thankful to be reminded of our time in Seattle. Dear 2.5hr Walk, yesterday you gifted me with 4 blisters, sunburned shoulders, and lots of good conversation & laughs with CFerg. Thanks for being the highlight of my day. Dear Avis, two months ago you were brave and sent me an email. Two days ago we talked on the phone. Here's to 2nd base and to hitting a HOMER with our beloveds sometime in the near future. Dear Timosabi, last night I caught you practicing karate in the bedroom against an invisible opponent. This didn't concern me because I knew you were just finishing your fighting dream from the night before. Chop on ...

Don't forget to enter this weeks giveaway! Winner will be announced on Monday!

{Today's Letters}

Monday, July 12, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, this morning you crawled out of bed and started doing a cheer complete with toe touches and leg kicks. Your enthusiasm for each day is nothing short of AMAZING. Dear Sharp Edges, I didn't realize how many of you existed until there was darkness. Next time I'll rock my headlamp when going to the bathroom at 3am. Dear Homemade Jam, you were worth every minute of standing, stirring, and labeling this weekend. Ps, hearing your lids pop as they sealed maybe might have been my favorite part. Dear Husband, last night we sat on the couch and ate an entire jar of pickles. And I've never found you more attractive. Just sayin.

Don't forget to enter this weeks giveaway! Winner will be announced on Monday!

{Holy Giveaway, Batman!}

Monday, July 12, 2010

In honor of the blogs 3 MONTH BIRTHDAY next week, I've decided to give away our last paid advertising spot for the entire month of AUGUST. Can I get a shimmy? How 'bout a shake?

Today's Letters receives over 34,000 page views per month and is viewed in over 80 different countries. We'd love to rock your website or small business under our RECOMMENDATIONS heading so be sure and leave a comment below by SUNDAY, JULY 19th. The winner will be announced on Monday!

Ps, Husband wants you to know he is proof that advertising can work in your favor.

Happy Monday!

{Just A Boy by Angus & Julia Stone}

Sunday, July 11, 2010

{Thanks Shannon} ... Magical as promised.

Just a Boy - A Book Like This

{Today's Letters}

Friday, July 09, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, you often play the drums on our headboard while you're waiting for me to brush my teeth before bed. Reason #240 why boy roommates are AWESOME. Dear Toasted PBJB Sammy, there's just no other combination quite like you: raspberry jam, peanut butter, and sliced bananas all on toasted wheat bread. Utter P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N. Dear Nathaniel Rateliff, when I heard you were playing at The LOFT next week I hopped on my invisible horse and galloped naked around my living room. Your music is kind of the shiz. Dear Husband, sometimes when I get overwhelmed I look at this photo and am reminded that all is well in my world. Thank you for helping me untangle the nest that is also known as my brain.

Happy Freakin' Weekend!

{Today's Letters}

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Houdini, yesterday you got off early and surprised me at work. This made me feel SO LOVED. Dear Annie's Goddess Salad Dressing, currently Husband and I are going through 2 bottles of you a week. We. need. help. Dear (borrowed) Canon 5D Mark II, I think Sinead O'Connor said it best: noth-ing com-pares to youuuuuuu ... Thanks for being the wind beneath my wings in Alaska. Dear Beloved, on our walk last night you told me to look at the string beans growing on this tree. Do you know how much your imagination blesses me?

{Today's Letters}

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, this morning I found our journal hidden in my mailbox at work. Three points for writing one of my favorite letters of all time, two points for sleeping like a bear because of carrot lotion. Dear Pectin, this weekend I will sock you with blueberries and you will punch me with jam. Already looking forward to opening a jar when the first snow flies. Dear Scrubs, you are never inside out when I fold you. Thanks for making laundry even more awe-to-the-some . Dear Beloved, last night I noticed you saved me the last piece of apple pie. Pretty sure this made me want to kiss your money skin. Over and out.

{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, last night you said you loved me more than a package of Batman Stickers. Bet it won't be long before you start carving my initials into a tree. Dear Bowl of Bingers, you always remind me of country roads, The National, beehives, and one day spitting cherry pits out of AKD's pick-up truck. Thanks for being the perfect summer snack. Dear Friends, since getting an iPhone Husband has A) Stayed in bed until 10am playing Words with Friends B) video chatted me while going to the bathroom C) pretended to be a wiggly iPhone application and asked me to push his X or D) all of the above. Dear Timothy James PA-S III, today is the first day of your Psych rotation at JPS. Three words: YOU ARE BRAVE. (like brave enough to slay dragons).

{Today's Letters}

Monday, July 05, 2010

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, holy seizures of cutiness Batman. Pretty sure dancing with you at weddings has now become my favorite form of exercise. Dear Mom, coming home to a homemade apple pie and dinner in our fridge was the perfect way to end our vacation. Your thoughtfulness never ceases to amaze me. Dear Whole Earth Provision Co., shut. the. front. door. A new store at Preston & Forest?? Two points for making me shimmy across the hardwoods before 8am. Dear Sweet Beloved (who always gets two letters), our 5 mile wog yesterday was just what this mind and body needed. Thanks for reminding me that successful communication is always worth fighting for. To the moon ...

A special thanks to Taza for being the inspiration behind writing Mr. Loerke two letters. It has made all the difference in our marriage.

{Alaska} July 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010


Today we ...

Left the Emerald City and set sail for Alaska.

Two days at sea meant we ate lots of ice cream.

Read lots of books.

And got bedazzled for dinner.

We also watched the sunrise at 4a.

This was my favorite way to start each day (even though I froze my ars off).

Yesterday we ported in Juneau.

And went kayaking in the northern Pacific (where we proudly supported the McKeaigg Family Adoption).

We paddled to the Mendenhall Glacier.

And were captivated by the Alaskan wilderness.

We also paddled 5 yards away from this Bald Eagle. Uh-mazing.

Overall our kayaking experience deserved lots of leg kicks and fist pumps.

Because afterwards they fed us reindeer jerky and crackers.

While on our way back to the ship we stopped at Red Dog Saloon for an Alaskan Summer Ale and cup of clam chowder.

The day ended with this sunset which reminded us of how blessed we are to be on this trip.

Today we will experience a salmon bake in Skagway. Then head to the Tracy Arm Fjord followed by a stop in Victoria, British Columbia.

Hope to post more photos of our adventure soon!

Much love,
Em & Tim


Today we ...

Ported in Skagway, Alaska.

And began exploring the city.

We found a train going up the White Pass.

A building covered in over 10,000 pieces of driftwood.

Fudge that tasted like a gigantic peanut butter cup.

A malamute husky named Denali.

Baby Jesus on the hood of this car.

A creek for the Mr. to play in.

A truck we wanted to hijack.

And the Public Library where we checked our email (not a bad view, eh?).

For lunch we ate grilled salmon smoked with Alder wood.

Panned for gold.

And found just enough flakes to buy a pack of gum.

Then we headed back to the ship.

And watched another amazing sunset ...

Tomorrow we spend two days at sea followed by a day in Victoria, British Columbia. Hope to post more photos soon!

Much Love.

"You are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. God's place is all around us, it is in everything and in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at things."-Alexander Supertramp (Into the Wild)


Spending two days at sea means ...

Lots of whale watching.


Jumping on the bed.

Picture taking.

Titanic tributes.

And animal charades. Ps, did you know that moose have 4 stomachs?

Yesterday we watched the sunrise before passing through the Tracy Arm Fjord.

This man was kindof a magical rugged distraction. Not. gonna. lie.

We saw glaciers.





And finally the best view of them all: The Sawyer Glacier Pretty sure my crayon box shorted me this color of blue.

Overall, this was our favorite day at sea.

Tomorrow we port in Victoria and hope to visit Butchart Gardens as well as celebrate National Canada Day. We'll be returning to Dallas late Friday night and are already looking forward to sleeping in our own biscuit.




Today we ...

Visited Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada. The gardens are over 100 years old and contain 55 acres of some of the most amazing trees, plants, and flowers you've ever seen. Here are some of our faves ...

After the gardens we headed downtown to celebrate National Canada Day.

We saw flags.

Street performers.

Fan Tan Alley.

Defender 90's.

And got cavities from Roger's Chocolates.

Then we headed back to the ship for our final destination: Beloved Seattle.

Thanks to everyone who followed us on our journey! We had an AMAZING time and highly recommend adding an Alaskan cruise to your bucket list.

Normal letters will resume on Monday. Can't wait.

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