Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sundance Square

Saturday afternoon.

The Remains Part 2

Moist chocolate cake with drunken (champagne-soaked) berries. Apparently I only thought I was full before.


The Remains

Lunch at Reata in Fort Worth.  I couldn't finish the last of my bison burger with onion, cheddar and barbecue sauce on a jalepeno cheddar bun. So good.

Three Dreams

I had three distinct, vivid dreams last night:

In the first I was with Sigourney Weaver and Samuel L. Jackson in a Jurassic Park fight for survival that took place in what used to be an abandoned mall onboard a massive colonization space ship.  The  last survivors were trying to live a normal life in the mall, thinking they were safe - then the raptors came...

The second dream had Todd and I shopping in an old-time, small town thrift/resale shop.  The store had a lot of old second-hand country furniture, plates, dishes, jars and glasses, folksy decorative things, and craft items.  Apparently for Christmas my brother and niece are getting wooden candle pillars with candles carved to look like birds.

The last dream turned dark again, and after drifting for a bit ended up being about a group of children stranded in a nature preserve and trying unsuccessfully to avoid a group of black bears.  Instead they end up surrounded by lions and bears, and the results were gruesome.  Luckily I woke up after the first mauling.

So there you have it.  I can account for the origin of the thrift shop dream, as I heard a blurb on the radio as I was coming home from work yesterday - a portion of a story where a daughter was recounting that her frugal mother had a discount card at the thrift store.  The other two dreams though - I have no clue.  I'd like to see the movie of the first one (dinosaurs in space with an Alien-ish vibe and Sigourney Weaver and Samuel L. Jackson?  Hell yeah), and forget the last one.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

If Only

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Cleanup is a breeze when you put the pictures in the wrong order.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Movin' On Up

Hello,

Just a quick note to say I've stepped up in the world and now have my own domain name.  Please update your bookmarks to www.cdsamurai.com.

Thank you.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

There Can Be Only One...Ok, Maybe Two

Let's talk pizza.

Fun fact:  Hamburger/ground beef is my pie of choice - pepperoni has always been a runner-up.

Since I've never apparently stated it before in this blog (which I find hard to believe, but it's true), Gina's Pizza in Burleson, TX is hands-down the best pizza ever.  It's a small, dimly-lit, used to be smoke-filled-and-maybe-still-is hole-in-the-wall pizza parlor and I say that with love in my heart.  Perfect piping-hot or as cold leftovers the next day, I would eat it everyday if I could.  It's my opinion, but then that's what counts in this forum.

December 2012, but also timeless
The reason I espouse this now is because I don't make it to Burleson as often as I'd like, and when I do I rarely have a chance to have Gina's.   So I make do with what I can find in these parts.

Recently I've found a close 2nd, which is what I wanted to share tonight:  Classic Chicago Gourmet Pizza.  We've gone there a couple of times now, most recently this past Sunday.

THE pizza to get is the The Great Chicago Fire, which is spicy sausage, sport peppers, garlic, cilantro and Mozzarella.

It's like eating the sun, but you keep eating anyway and smile through the tears
It definitely surpasses it's name and will bring tears to your eyes even if you ask them to halve the amount of peppers, which I've learned to do, but damn is it good.  The combination of the hot, vinegary bite of the peppers, spicy sausage and most of all the cilantro - my god, the cilantro! - is perfection.  Even though you may be shouting "fire down below!" later, it's definitely worth it.  You know what, I'm going to change that to "bombs away!", as I think that was a better description for my aftermath.  Still definitely worth it.

So, while it doesn't quite compare to Gina's Pizza, it's my local-ish favorite for now.

Friday, January 30, 2015

I Feel Boring, Oh So Boring

Not much to report right now.  Just work and winter.

So, to celebrate the tedium, here's the first picture in my "Other Photos" folder in my photo library.  This is where I stick things from other sources that catch my eye.  I stick them there to rot, apparently, because I have no idea where this came from, or why I saved it at the time.  Here it is:



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I Stand Corrected

20 earthquakes here since November. Of 2014. Two months ago. 

Yet Another Earthquake

Driving home from work I heard a report on the radio that there had been another earthquake in our area earlier in the afternoon - a 3.5 magnitude-er.

We just now had another one - very strong, and this motion was different than the ones we had experienced before. Whereas the earlier quakes we felt shook the house suddenly up and down, this one was a rolling side to side motion which started strong and tapered off after about five seconds. 

This makes 17 or 18 quakes since April. I'm losing count. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ice! At The Gaylord Texan

This past weekend we met the family at the Gaylord Texan hotel to visit Ice! featuring Frosty the Snowman.

From the official website:

"Join Frosty, everyone's favorite snowman, and his friends on their quest to the North Pole in a colorfully frozen retelling of this original Christmas classic! Favorite scenes come to life in more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, including two-story tall ice slides."

It's hard to appreciate how cold 9 degrees actually feels until you're surrounded by it for about 30 minutes in rooms made of ice and filled with ice.

We had a great time.  Here's some pictures:

Queue sign/art

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Favorites From My Christmas/Winter Playlist

Here's a few of my favorite songs and albums for the holidays:

2000 Miles - Pretenders
Arbolito - Tish Hinojosa
Old Toy Trains - Joe Nichols
Merry Christmas - Johnny Mathis
Merry Christmas - Andy Williams
The Heartache Can Wait - Brandi Carlile
Peppermint Winter - Owl City
The Velveteen Rabbit - George Winston & Meryl Streep
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio
Carol of the Bells - The Bird and the Bee
Christmas Is - Lou Rawls
Christmas Island - Jimmy Buffett
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
A Very Special Christmas - Various Artists
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Annie Lennox
Hard Candy Christmas - Dolly Parton
Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles
I Like a Sleighride (Jingle Bells) - Peggy Lee
Jingle Bell Jamboree - Keb Mo
Nanita, Nana - Tish Hinojosa
Light the Candles of the World - The St. Philips Boy's Choir
Merry Christmas From the Family - Robert Earl Keen
The Classic Christmas Album - Willie Nelson
You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch - Aimee Mann
All I Want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey

Monday, December 15, 2014

Another Earthquake

Another earthquake this morning at 6:01am.  It was a 2.7 magnitude quake.  I was downstairs on the couch and heard the windows rattle - didn't really feel it this time.

That's the 9th so far this month, and the 12th since April.

According to the local Emergency Management Coordinator "The city...continues to monitor and is in contact with seismologists who tell us the magnitude of earthquakes we have experienced is low, and earthquakes happen regularly. In fact, the UniteStates Geological Survey estimates several million earthquakes occur in the world each year and most have very small magnitudes, such as those occurring (here)."

What they conveniently don't mention is that prior to the past couple of years, earthquakes in this area were a rare occurrence, and the current earthquakes are centered near recent natural gas drilling operations.

If it's not related, then maybe it's Godzilla about to wake from his slumber.  In the U.S.

Of course; that must be it.