Saturday, February 25, 2012

The stars at night are big and bright...

After 5+ years, 1 apartment, 1 house, 2 dogs, numerous fish, wonderful people, and one marriage to a born and bred (or bread, if you ask my jokester husband) Texan, I am finally starting to try and embrace my life as a New Englander-turned-Southern Belle (ha). Texas isn't so the winter. The weather beats what my loves are tackling up in New England, that's for sure. I'll take flip flops in February any day. And I mean, since I eat pavement running when it's relatively warm and dry, I'm pretty sure I'd be a nightmare running on ice. And 99% of the time, the weather, or at least the temperature, is pretty perfect for running (last weekend's half marathon NOT included)(read: thunder and lightning, sheets of rain, 25 mph head winds,and a flooded beach to run on.... score).

So to backtrack, let's take a look at how I was 5 years ago when I moved to Texas.
*I was a vegetarian
*I couldn't handle heat
*I couldn't drive my way out of a box anywhere in this damn city
*I knew NO ONE
*I had no dogs
*....I was a vegetarian

Now, some of these things I still have a rough time with. The traffic in Houston can be a total bitch...and I still get a little nervous when getting on 610 going somewhere other than Memorial Park or the Galleria.... I just get so confused! And the heat...yeah, that starts sucking around March.

But let's look at the perks!

1) My dogs are freaking amazing
(They only love each other soooooo much!)

2) I know some pretty fantastic people
(Some of the most solid girls you could ask for! You should check out Katie's culinary pov and restaurant reviews!)

3) I tied the knot with the fella I moved down to Texas for... soooo, mission accomplished.
(If you think he's a stud here, you should read his blog!)

4) I started eating meat. Lots of meat. Which brings me to perk number 5-78956892....


Last night we were lucky enough to go to the BBQ cook off at the rodeo! It's a vip event- you gotta know someone cooking to go! Donnie's mom's good friend, Adriana, and her husband Tim have a tent. I know they both aren't lacking in the kitchen department, but whooodillally... Tim can COOK! He (and a team of I think 7 other people) get together and cook up a storm for this event. Think brisket, sausage, fajitas, chicken, venison chili, ribs, wings, gumbo, you name it. If it had a pulse, Tim and his crew are gonna cook the crap out of it.... deliciously! Tim was talking numbers with us last night- they filled up 8 shopping carts at HEB (a Texas grocery store) JUST with groceries and produce, racking up bill of around $1100. Then they spent another grand+ on....wait for it....600-700 LBS of meat! 5 years ago I probably would have thrown up in my mouth at those figures. But last night, I grabbed a plate and a fork and went to town!

So. To recap. My dogs are awesome. I can run outside in shorts during the winter. (Running in a thunder and lightning storm sucks wherever you are.) And it's hard to find salad at the rodeo, so suck it up and forget that what you're eating had a face.

Happy Saturday!


  1. Aaaahhh!!!! Words can not even express how excited I am that you are blogging! Love you, love the blog! This rodeo food thing sounds amazing!

  2. I ate fried Snickers and I wish you had been there...