March 2, 2016

currently: a rodeo ode

The Rodeo officially started yesterday. This means that there are a lot of people stomping around Houston wearing cowboy boots and cowboy hats. There are also a lot of people stomping around Houston wearing...other odd things. Such as a full on Indian headdress and fox jacket thing, Pocahontas style. Or shorts that don't even cover butt cheeks. Which apparently works when you pair said non-butt cheek coverage shorts with cowboy boots? I digress. We spent this past weekend at the Cook-off which is a thing, a thing that people do the weekend before Rodeo. Look it up. Google can explain it better than I can because I would explain Cook-off with 3 words: 1) BBQ 2) Boots 3) Beer. But that doesn't even begin to describe the spectacle that is Cook-off. Let's move on to my Currently ode to the Houston Rodeo...

Currently March
That I knew how to two-step. Apparently it's kind of like a rule that you have to know how to two-step in order to get an official Texas driver's license. I made that up, but that is sure as heck what it felt like last weekend when we went to Cook-off and everyone and their grandma's goldfish keeper were two-stepping their booties off (here the term "booties"  refers to both cowboy boots and one's gluteus maximus) (hashtag two birds, one stone).

To Rodeo! Duh! Get with it! This weekend includes plans to hit up the carnival and the wine garden. Next weekend's plans include DARIUS RUCKER (!!!) and his VIP party that we will totes get invited to. 

Brisket. Whatever party tent we were in for Cook-off had the best brisket. The best! Side note: According to the Cook-off judges it was not the best, but if I were a judge it would have been #1. Side note over. YUM. I want that brisket again. Why didn't I bring home leftovers? Riddle me that. Brisket and eggs? Double yum. Da-yum, Emily, shut up about the brisket already. 

It was really good. I'll leave at that.

Per Freddie's request, we went to purchase for reals cowboy boots last Friday night. Why the Rodeo horse crap are boots so expensive?? Am I missing something? Did I just grow up in the wrong state where "cowboy boots" were $30 at DSW? Two pairs of boots and cough several hundreds cough lots of money later we had cowboy boots.

And I can't decide if I completely hate or love them. I'm straddling that hate/love fence and getting a nice straddle stretch while I'm there waiting. I've always hated cowboy boots, but much like the can't stay in Texas until you learn how to two-step rule, I feel like you can't stay in Texas unless you own and continuously wear cowboy boots.

Ask me again in April once my feet heal from Rodeo wearin' the crap outta those boots.

That Texas really is its And it's still completely foreign to me. Yeehaw!

Linking up with Anne and Jenna.


Kayla MKOY said...

Have so much fun this weekend!!!! Sounds like an amazing, country filled time. I don't have legit cowboy boots or BOOTY shorts but, can I come join? ;)

Hippie in Heels said...

Yeeee haw! BBQ, boots, and beer? Count the Nelson's in!!!! My cowgirl boots are from Amazon and totally "city of Atlanta" style so not real at all. I am excited to hear all about your weekend! HAVE FUN!

P!nky said...

So fun, I love me some brisket, oh em gee soooooo goood! I can follow a two step but can't do it myself. Have a blast!

Veronica Lee Burns said...

SO much to love about this post! 1. you're making miss my hometown BADLY! 2. oh the rodeo! I once saw Hillary Duff perform at the rodeo, yep that's a true story 3. Boots are SO expensive, so much so that I lived there 18 years and never bought myself adult cowboy boots (though I did have some swanky pink ones as a kid). They are on the list though if we ever move to Florida, I doubt I'll wear them much. 4. Did I mention I miss Houston?

lil desiqua said...

Cookouts and brisket and beer sound AMAZING, and now I want some! But um, what's Rodeo? Either way, it sounds like a lot of fun!

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

Haha love this post so incredibly much! Two stepping is definitely a Texas thing! At the Aggie Fish Camp they actually had the Aggie Wranglers (an amazing country & western dance team at A&M come and show us Freshman how to two step so we wouldn't embarrass ourselves in college. My husband and I later took classes from them in school and it's so much fun to still go out and dance!
And yes, real cowboy boots cost way too much money! I got my boots right before that dance class, and I still wear them! So even though they're expensive, they'll last your for years! I have to admit, I only wear mine to the rodeo, and when we went to Nashville, last year, but my husband wears his boots all the time!
I hope y'all have fun at the carnival and wine garden this weekend! I think we're going to finally check that out next week! Don't forget to see the livestock show too! They have a ton of pregnant animals and moms and their babies that are so adorable!

Ashley said...

Ok, the people watching sounds AMAZING!!!

And because I am your friend, I just you tubed Two Stepping.

I expect a full video of you and Freddie doing this (in those exact outfits as the you tubers) in no less than a week. ;)

Erin LFF said...

I love that it's just called the Rodeo. Simple and to the point and apparently you better be there if you live in TX?! :) I would LOVE a pair of legit boots- the only ones I've ever owned (in the past) were definitely the DSW type haha. I can't wait to hear all about the fun you're gonna have this weekend!

Emily Ballard said...

YUM now I want bbq!!!!
hahahah sounds like you had a blast!

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

Just thought you should know that I can't not say "Rodeo Ode...eo" in my head when I see your post title. Hashtag funky fresh rhymes.

Clearly you need to get yourself on YouTube and watch some two step videos!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i bought 2 pairs of cowboy boots in nashville in 2010 for $300. i have worn 1 pair twice, and the other zero times. sigh. seemed like a good idea at the time.

also, randomly, i have a large butt. haha. so most shorts don't cover my cheeks. big butt problems.. anyway. so i don't wear shorts, because that is not cute on anyone!

Ashley Greenwell said...

Yummmm brisket is so good! Have a blast at the rodeo!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

This sounds like so much fun! Especially the brisket...yummm.

Sarah said...

I think its perfectly acceptable to talk about brisket all day.

Anne said...

We were amazed when we browsed the boot shop in Austin how much those things cost! But clearly you need them right now... this all sounds so very fun and delicious and Texan!

julie @ a hopeful hood said...

hahahaha best intro to a currently post ever! haha i love it. and have fun at the darius rucker concert! so jealous :)


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