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polish day: bremond, texas + polish pickle 5k // festival 2015: day 1

2015 July 2


Hi remember me? I’m the girl on the left, Makenzie! I used to co-write this blog with Dena – then I made Dena do it all by herself. I’m now a GUEST BLOGGER. After re-reading my previous posts on this blog, Dena asked me to write a post about polish day because we couldn’t stop laughing at my old posts!

The first stop on any of our roadtrips is SAWN-EEY (that’s our dena/mak lingo way of saying sonic). I got a chicken tender kids meal and a cherry pineapple slush. Dena got a grilled cheese kids meal and a cranberry slush. We shared a cookie dough and brownie blast.

PINEAPPLE CHERRY SLUSH: 2 out of 5 STARS. I liked the cherry chunks


COOKIE DOUGH/BROWNIE BLAST: 5 out of 5 stars – tasted like cake batter


FRIDAY NIGHT: First part of polish day festival - setting up the night before. This is the Bremond, TX press office and the apparent center of the edgy and booming Bremond social scene. Kidding – it’s not booming or edgy but the press office was the official headquarters. It’s an office that time forgot – there’s newspaper clippings from the 80’s, old posters and flags, and I was too afraid to check the contents of the staff fridge.



Here’s Dena re-uniting with her old truck that moved to the country when it’s brakes stopped working and then door kept flying open on the highways of Houston. Dena since then got a cute VW Golf but due to forces of nature, Dena is now in the market for a new car. I guess she forgot about the non-working brakes and flying-open doors threatening to throw passengers out, because she keeps trying to convince her parents to let her bring her truck back to Houston to be her permanent car. Riding around in the truck all weekend brought back memories – like the time we tried to stuff 4 people on the bench seat and my then-bf thought he was stroking my arm but he was really stroking dena’s bf’s arm. Nice.


Dena said “TAKE A PICTURE OF ME IN FRONT OF THIS SINKHOLE” because she likes to put inside jokes in her blog. This one goes out to a special someone. After the sinkhole picture, we went to the street dance which actually turned out to be street karaoke and some drunk locals kept hogging the mic. Uncomfortable.


SATURDAY MORNING: The first part of the day is the Polish Pickle Run which Dena’s dad founded in the…90’s? Something like that. I entered the run expecting a nice, easy jog – but turns out my race number was #5, I was categorized as an “invited competitor”, and everyone expected me to do well SO THE PRESSURE WAS ON. Spoiler alert – I placed second in my age category but I think it’s only because there were 4 of us to begin with – I was something like 130th overall. My time was still pretty good considering I’ve been pretty injured/not running all spring. Thankfully I had a pain free run and I’m still feeling good!


In the long sleeve white shirt is dena’s cousin will johnson – he’s a Texans rookie and everyone’s very proud of him. Dena’s dad announced it and I think Will was mostly just very embarrased. (Also, what is my face/belly in this picture? I swear it’s only pooching out because my number thing is making it do that).


The start/finish line! It was raining and miserable but actually kept the temperatures down.



Post-race timekeeping. Are entrants allowed to place other runners? Probably not. (but it’s a small town, so anything goes)


The prizes for the race were medals, money and pickles (the pickles were made form dena’s nana’s recipe). Also a raffle for a calf and hay bales (or cash equivalent). I really wanted to win the calf – the guy who won took the calf instead of the cash which I guess is unheard of?IMG_8852

IMG_8998us! I used to only wear that black dress for work but it made a pretty good road trip dress – stretchy and comfy but still looked sharp. (get ready for a “day 2″ post later this week. lots and lots of polka dancing pictures!) and if you still can’t get enough, check out previous years PP day posts: 2014 polish day // 2012 day 1 //  2012 day 2 (the 2012 ones make us laugh like crazy. so check them out, or at last re-check them out if you like us)


houston events calendar: june 29 – july 5, 2015

2015 June 29
by dena

houston events calendar june 29 july 5 2015

monday june 29, 2015:

tuesday june 30, 2015:

wednesday july 1, 2015:

thursday july 2, 2015:

friday july 3, 2015:

saturday july 4, 2015:

sunday july 5, 2015:

on going events this week:

the unwedding of the season: the summit

2015 June 25
by dena

IMG_8787what a fun excuse to get all dressed up. this is probably the first event in years makenzie and i didn’t ride bikes to – and honestly, it was nice to arrive and then start sweating opposed to the opposite. trying to explain what this event was, to people who didn’t already know about it (which was only like people at work and semi-friends who aren’t cool enough to get invited – because it seemed like pretty much everyone got invited) was confusing, what is an “unwedding” they’d ask. it’s just the fun part of the wedding, i’d say, skip the ceremony and go straight to the reception! but in other words, it was just like a local music show, except the drinks (in tiny tiny cups) were free and everyone really was dressed up.









houston events calendar june 22 – 28, 2015:

2015 June 21
by dena

houston events calendar june 22 28 2015

(anyone know where i was sunday evening? this picture gives a hint.)

monday june 22, 2015:

tuesday june 23, 2015:

  • tiki tuesday . the nightingale room . 4pm – 2am . FREE
  • yoga . discovery green . 6:30-7:30pm . FREE
  • level 1 improv . beta theatre 2420 pierce . 7pm . $

wednesday june 24, 2015:

thursday june 25, 2015:

friday june 26, 2015:

saturday june 27, 2015:

  • yoga . discovery green . 9-10am . FREE
  • workshop: studio lighting for portraits . houston makespace . 11am – 1pm . $
  • pride parade . houston city hall . 12noon – 11pm . FREE
  • class: leather jewelry basics . houston makerspace . 2-5pm . $
  • in-store: shinyribs . cactus music . 3pm . FREE

sunday june 28, 2015:

on going events this week:

sunday streets // third ward open house: houston makerspace + TXRX

2015 June 15

IMG_8751i had an interview yesterday for a new hip houston podcast (put on by some way cool folks). it was a mega honor to be invited on as the FIRST guest, and although it won’t be streamable for another month or so, it gave me a new perspective on the work i do here at panchoandleftey and burst of energy regarding blogging and my place as a houston culture blogger. so get ready for more follow up event posts + pictures of me out and about + reviews of things around town. as always – leave me a comment and//or talk to me in person if you see me in real life.

remember last month when the sunday streets happened on the east side? makenzie and i beat the rain and checked out the new houston makerspace location + toured TXRX’s newest shops in their space. (kinda wish we would have gone later on two wheels and hung out with all our guys on bikes friends – but we went early for the goodie bags). i love love loved the jewelry classes i took from claire webb at makerspace last year (i’m wearing two of the rings i made as i type this) and for my next thing i get interested in // get obsessed over // master and move on …. calligraphy! anyone else want to take an intro class with me?








IMG_8771weirdest thing about the TXRX tour was walking into their bike workshop and seeing my old wheel – the one that got run over when i was hit by a truck a few years ago. (don’t remember that? read about it + see pictures of my butt HERE) i knew the bike tour group made 1000 paper cranes to hang off it but didn’t know where it went. so that was weird.

houston events calendar: june 15 – 21, 2015

2015 June 14
by dena

houston events calendar june 15 21 2015

this week’s calendar goes out to all-y’all who come back again and again. especially if you spent part of sunday afternoon with me and microphones in a bright green living room – you know who you are.

monday june 15, 2015:

tuesday june 16, 2015:

wednesday june 17, 2015:

  • show: slo + space villiams + monrose + lo-fi eyed . the summit . 8pm – 12midnight . $(?)
  • show: hestina & devil killing moth . la playa 2719 alabama . 9pm . FREE

thursday june 18, 2015:

friday june 19, 2015

saturday june 20, 2015:

sunday june 21, 2015:

on going events this week:

houston events calendar: june 9 – 15 2015

2015 June 9
by dena

houston events calendar june 10 15 2015

yikes. not to make lame excuses on the internet or anything, but my sunday night turned out different than expected and left my monday a mess.  blah blah blah i’m at black hole working on the rest of the week’s calendar right now. so give me a minute and i’ll post it!


tuesday june 9, 2015:

wednesday june 10, 2015:

  • houston cooperatives business plan pitch night . start houston 1121 delano st . 6:30 – 8:30pm . FREE
  • movie screening: back to the future . houston public library downtown . 8pm . FREE + allen oldies band + free snacks and pop shop houston activities

thursday june 11, 2015:

friday june 12, 2015:

saturday june 13, 2015:

sunday june 14, 2015:

on going events this week:

houston events calendar: june 1 – 7, 2015

2015 May 31
by dena

houston eventsc alendar june 1 7 2015monday june 1, 2015:

tuesday june 2, 2015:

  • core focused yoga . discovery green . 6:30 – 7:30pm . FREE
  • bootown: neo benshi . pj’s sports bar . 8pm . $5

wednesday june 3, 3015:

thursday june 4, 2015:

friday june 5, 2015:

saturday june 6, 2015:

sunday june 7, 2015:

on going events this week:

  • maravilloso! 2015: the water festival . friday 6:30 – 9pm  // saturday 4-9pm . discovery green . FREE


houston events calendar: may 25 – 31, 2015

2015 May 25
by dena

houston events calendar may 25 31 2015monday may 25, 2015:

  • it’s a holiday!

tuesday may 26, 2015:

  • yoga . discovery green . 6:30pm . FREE

wednesday may 27, 2015:

  • i’m going to a birthday party, what are you doing?

thursday may 28, 2015:

friday may 29, 2015:

  • instore: the zuni mountian boys . cactus music . 5:30pm . FREE
  • art opening . houston center for contemporary craft . 5:30pm . FREE
  • art opening . anya tish . 6pm . FREE
  • art opening . blaffer art museum at UofH . 7pm . FREE

saturday may 30, 2015:

sunday may 31, 2015:

on going events this week:


houston events calendar: may 18 – 24, 2015

2015 May 17
by dena

houston events calendar may 18 24 2015

monday may 18, 2015:

  • nothing . unless you’re a friend of mine going somewhere with someone …

tuesday may 19, 2015:

wednesday may 20, 2015:

thursday may 21, 2015:

friday may 22, 2015:

saturday may 23, 2015:

sunday may 24, 2015:

on going events this week: