Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Elegy For A Pair of Born Sandals

I've had to say goodbye to my beloved Born sandals.  My woe is boundless, my sorrow inconsolable.
They were the best made, most comfortable, and longest-lasting (8+ years) shoes I've ever owned.  Would that they could have lasted a lifetime were it not for my own folly.
But hark!  There is a spark of hope!  Weep not (did I say inconsolable?), for I have found suitable successors!  My heart leaps for joy!

Born "Hyde" sandals.  Somewhere between 8 and 10 years old.  I'd still be wearing them had I not got them covered in mud and clay while digging up sprinkler heads, didn't wash them off very thoroughly, didn't dry them at all, then left them in the garage sitting where the trash and cat litter accumulates waiting for trash day.  I'm surprised the stink lines didn't manifest in the photo.

Born "Osmond" sandals.  Tres similar, no?  I obviously like the fisherman style, and Born's quality and durability has been so great they're the only brand I'll buy.

Monday, July 13, 2015

If You Truly Want To Know The Cause Of The Downfall Of American Society...

...then look no further than you local Walmart.

Where people spend their money on crap (yes, I went there) like this

Friday, July 3, 2015

Salmagundi

Getting ready for a two mile walk this morning, I grabbed my socks and shoes and headed downstairs.  When I realized I had two different socks my first thought was "You mean I gotta go all the way back upstairs to get another sock?"



Work brought in Cafe Max this week for month-end lunch.  Always delicious.
Chicken, pasta and fruit salads

Friday, June 26, 2015

I Am An American

I have always been proud to be an American.
Today, my government is proud that I am an American.

Thank you


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Peanuts Movie

My new desktop wallpaper:

The Peanuts Movie
Check out the trailer and other photos/videos/posters/shop at http://www.peanutsmovie.com.

When I was in elementary school I would repeatedly, and I mean repeatedly, check out the hardcover Peanuts comic strip books from the school library.  It's from those books that I learned what the words "quaff" and "sarcasm" meant.  I also had my own books (I don't know how many times I read "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night".  I had a Peanuts bedspread, puzzles, and one of these:

"Melted plastic popcorn" Snoopy.  In a dark room your could shine a flashlight through it and it would project "stars" through all the little holes.  Photo via Pinterest.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Texas Flood

Nearby.  This is normally a large parking lot, park and trailhead.

1 week ago
1 week ago
Today
Today
Today

Sunday, May 17, 2015

It's Not The Heat...

Well, we haven't floated away yet, but the humidity inside the house is stifling - I'm all clammy.  Hope everyone else is doing ok.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Reata Lunch

Sliced bison, cheese and egg sandwich on Rosemary bread. 




Sunday, April 19, 2015

Healthier Eating And A Treat

Lunch today:  baked salmon, rice, corn, green beans.

Rice made with our new Zojirushi rice cooker - was able to set it in the morning and program it to be done at 12:30. The rice was perfect. 

And for the treat:  a Bodum coffee press. Simple to use, dishwasher safe, and the coffee is rich with a depth of flavor not found in an everyday coffeemaker. 

Both were ordered and delivered yesterday within 2 hours at no extra cost using the new Amazon Now service.  You can order for delivery within an hour for an $8 fee, but you can get an order within 2-3 hours for no charge. We ordered for 2-hour delivery, and it still arrived within an hour. Very nice.









Sunday, April 12, 2015

Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo

Saturday's lunch at Anamia's:  Shrimp sautéed in garlic and lime on a bed of vegetables and rice, preceded by a batch of fresh, made-at-the-table guacamole.

Anamia's Tex-Mex

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday Lunch - Easter Edition

Barbecue baked chicken:  chicken breasts marinated in a mixture of barbecue sauce, orange marmalade, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper and celery seed, then baked at 450 for 30 minutes.

Roasted new potatoes:  Yukon gold new potatoes sliced in half, then quartered, then tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, a little garlic powder, and rosemary.  Cooked on the lowest rack at the same time as the chicken.

Sliced carrots:  canned carrots heated on the stovetop with little salt and a tablespoon of orange marmalade.

Rounded out with hard-boiled eggs and garlic dill pickles.

Pretty easy and tasty, and not too much of a strain on my diet.

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