Archive for July, 2008

Farewell Scrabulous…

…it’s gone. One of my many forms of online entertainment. My friend Alec and I have played multiple joyous games since she introduced me to the application some 6-8 months ago. Hasbro, the makers of Scrabble have sued the makers of Scrabulous because of its similarities to the actual board game.

I’ve heard that I shouldn’t worry too much though as the scrappy Scrabulous peeps are trying to find a loop hole in the system. Let’s hope!

…and not to stir up the flames again but the following articles were interesting and proved my point even further:

Beijing’s Olympic Dress Code

-My favorite part:
“The book advises that there should be no public displays of affection, feet should be slightly apart or in the shape of a V or Y when standing, and a handshake should not last more than three seconds.”

Internet Ban

These are shaping up to be “The 2008 ‘No-Fun’ Summer Games”

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July 31, 2008 at 6:54 pm 4 comments

Heartwarming.

I saw this clip and story on the Today Show this morning. Meredith Vieira warned me to grab a tissue before watching it…..I didn’t and was reminded that the back of my hand is not absorbent.

July 30, 2008 at 2:57 pm 3 comments

For Sunday brunch…

…we visited one of my favorites. I love this place so much…the location, the ambience, the dishware, and most importantly THE FOOD! Ya know, the very thing that fuels 85% of my blog posts :-)

South Congress Cafe boasts such an impressive array of choices….the menu, well it’s dynamic and the recipes described are always crowd pleasers. What sounds better than Carrot Cake French Toast or (beyond creamy) roasted bell pepper and potato pancakes? We took along friends Kearney and Robin who had never been to SoCo Cafe and (I think) converted them to believers :-)

I always start my meals there with a cup of their Kona decaf (which comes in the purple mug), we all munched on their mini corn bread muffins and enjoyed the view from our street-side booth. For brunch I ordered their omelet special….stuffed lovingly with prosciutto, roasted bell peppers, asparagus, and queso blanco. On the side was that divine potato pancake mentioned above and fresh fruit (unwilted, just peeled fresh fruit). Alex ordered the venison meatloaf, which was of course bueno. And because each table must have ONE, Robin ordered the carrot cake french toast (it tastes like candy) and allowed us to savor its goodness :-) Next time I’m wanting the crab cakes….

Afterwards we walked around the trails of Zilker Park and happened upon the dog park. While there we talked about how awesome dogs are and uttered phrases like, “oh, look at this little guy” or “puppy puppy puppy!”

The rest of the day turned into a super lazy Sunday that involved napping under rapidly moving fans, taking walks after the sun has set, and watching the Food Network.

July 30, 2008 at 2:43 am 3 comments

As the 2008 Beijing Games draw closer…

…I ask myself why oh why are they in Beijing, China. At first I ignored all of the anti-China protests and dubbed them as over-dramatic. But the more I learn and the more I think about it….it seems weird that the Olympics, an event that promotes peace and world unity are taking place in a country that is guilty of so many acts against humanity.

The fact that China still rules over the Tibetan people and many petty crimes in China are punishable by death seems to be such an unfitting place for the Olympic Games to take place. I just see a lot of hypocrisy arising which angers me.

Furthermore, Beijing has been unfortunately dubbed one of the dirtiest cities in the world. The country’s pollution problem is being held accountable for the deaths of approximately 50,000 newborns each year….that is some stank air if you ask me! Rightfully so a lot of red flags are being raised with questions about how the 10,000 some athletes are going to fair with such conditions. Those who compete indoors are safe, however, those competing in marathons, track and field, and cycling events are screwed if they have asthma or even slight aversions to smog/dust/smoke. Especially if you take into account how much more oxygen an athlete performing at their peaks take in with each breath. Oy!

Anyway, what’s done is done. I’m sure the world will enjoy a safe….and hopefully somewhat “clean/green” Olympic Games. I just find it all puzzling!

July 29, 2008 at 6:15 pm 7 comments

Down Home Texas BBQ

This morning (around 10:30) Alex and I hopped in the car along with my parents, my brother, and his girlfriend. The plan…go try out the #3 rated BBQ in Texas. It’s called Smitty’s and has been serving finger lickin’ good barbecue since around 1900 (although under different management). Kreuz Market (the rival BBQ joint) was no less than 4 minutes down the road and is ranked #2 in Texas. We decided to try Smitty’s though because they had side options…whereas Kreuz Market is all about the meat!

The building is old and unassuming. Upon walking in your smacked in the face with a plume of smoke that smells heavily of mesquite trees while you walk down a long, dark, ominous hallway. At the end of the hallway you see the smokers, fueled by burning logs, and stock full of some serious TX BBQ! We walked in and my dad was so overwhelmed that he made us all sit first and have a “plan of attack” meeting.

PL (Papa Lewey): “Alright, alright……what does everyone want?”
in unison: “Meat!”

We ended up getting an offensive amount of meat consisting of beef ribs, brisket, sausage, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, and plenty of lemonade. You had to ask specifically for barbecue sauce as most prefer not to disrupt the purity of their beef. The ribs were by far the best I’ve ever eaten (even though I usually prefer pork ribs) they were sweet and crispy on the outside and fell off the bone. Everything else was excellent as well…although we found ourselves saying things like, “yeah, Rudy’s sausage is much better” or “I like the baked beans at Salt Lick better.”

The eating area on the inside was no frills and filled with locals….and a handful of good ‘ole boys wearing sweat stained baseball caps and tight jeans. We sat there for quite some time, polishing off most of the meat (besides one sausage) and letting our food settle afterwards. A walk around the Lockhart city square was in order upon leaving, and not long after that we hopped back in the car to make the 45 min. drive back to Austin.

It’s been 4 hours since we finished eating and I’m still suffering from the meat sweats and food coma :-) Tonight will consist of resting, swimming, and eating lots and lots of fruit!

July 26, 2008 at 8:49 pm 3 comments

Today for lunch…

…I was craving Thai summer rolls and HAD to have them! I ventured to the closest/most convenient place to get them, Firebowl. And even though my experiences there in the past have been pretty lackluster, today I left so excited about how great my two summer rolls and huge bowl of tom kha gai were. My first tom kha gai experience was at a Thai cooking class that Alex took me to for my birthday! It was good…but the lemongrass in it was way too overpowering and the chicken was tough. Today the soup was so light and refreshing and the chicken was cooked just right :-) So it was delicious and economical since I have dinner for tonight….or Alex has dinner for tonight. I like to share my food finds with the husband!

If you’re expecting a “what I had for lunch for tomorrow” I can speak pretty accurately to the fact that it’ll be pb&j, yogurt, and some almonds. Such a killjoy from today’s excitement…

July 24, 2008 at 8:40 pm 1 comment

Sold

Here Alex and I are with the KB Home Sold sign out in front of our lot…..2400 Henry Rifle Road! This Friday we have our final appointment at the design studio where we’ll sign off on our final “design” decision! Then they’ll order the materials, make a plot plan, and then….begin construction!

They say we’ll be in sometime in November….we’ll see, Alex and I aren’t counting on that. And since our lease is good ’til the end of January we’ll always have a place to call home :-)

July 23, 2008 at 5:05 pm 9 comments

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