Sunday, March 31, 2013

40 Days Come to an End

And so with the resurrection of our Lord...40 days come to an end.

My commitment was to blog each and every one of those 40 days.  While I am pleased with my consistency and frequency, I by NO means remained true to the promise.

What I came away with is the realization that some days I do not need to be sharing my feelings in this format.  There are days I feel so raw and open (by nature) writing should MOST definitely be kept private.  I also realized I want to maintain this blog, and any other for that matter, as a means of enjoyment.  This began as a hobby and so it shall remain.  

I may keep a few of the topics from "40 days of blogging" like Terribly Tuesday and Top Ten Thursday.  I really looked forward to constructing words around those topics.

But for today, we shall end with something sacred.
After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.  His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow.  The guards were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men.  Then the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid.  I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.  He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him,'."

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Memorable Meals

I was thinking about this topic the other day.  I have really had some amazing privileges in my blessed life.  I've had the ability to travel and visit some of the world's great cities.  With great cities, typically comes great food.  I think I've had enough TRULY SPECTACULAR meals to create a top ten list.  Again, these are in no particular order and in some cases I can not remember the names of the unfortunately I am of little help...but can try to describe how to locate them.

1) Paris, France:  During an international wedding celebration I remember eating at a small French restaurant in the area of The Pantheon.
I remember walking by the back side of this building and the restaurant was somewhere along the right hand side.  Of particular note...the escargot and salmon.  BEST I HAVE EVER HAD!

2) Taos, New Mexico: No idea what the name of this Italian restaurant is...but I know it was December 1994 and it was the first time I ever had gnocchi!

3) Florence, Italy: 
So I have eaten at this restaurant during both my visits to Florence.  My boyfriend was mistaken for an international soccer star so we were treated quite well.  (And his head grew ever larger than it already was.)  I digress.  No clue what the name of this restaurant is, either.  But...if you stand facing the front doors...turn towards your left and walk towards that row of buildings.  See the yellow slivered building in the middle of the two larger white buildings?  It is in the basement.  EAT THERE!  Order whatever. It's all delicious!

4) Paris, France:
While studying abroad in 1996 my parents and paternal grandmother visited me.  We spent a few days in Paris.  I was SICK AS A DOG and slept through most of the trip.  However, I did manage to make it downstairs at The Hotel Lutetia for Thanksgiving Dinner which consisted of turkey breast smothered in a frothy chestnut gravy.  Also beyond words...salt cod in tomato pots.  

5) Vineyard, Tuscany:
I once participated in a day long excursion to a small, rather unknown, vineyard in Tuscany.  It was family owned and the tour guides were incredibly accommodating and kind.  Now, a "wine tasting" in Italy differs GREATLY from a "wine tasting" in the United States.  In Italy, you do not get a "taste" get a "glass" of ALL reds, whites and sparklings!  In order to absorb the wine we were given basket upon basket of soft pretzel bread with anise seeds baked in.  As a special surprise, atypical of the excursion, the neighbor down the road provided us with two huge casserole dishes filled with pasta.  The penne was lightly coated in a hearty marinara tossed with sausage and boiled eggs....yes, BOILED EGGS.  Molto buono!  

6) Charleston, South Carolina: Poogan's Porch
A few summers ago, we ate our way through the south!  Mission: find the best fried green tomatoes!  
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By far, my favorite tomatoes were found at Poogan's Porch in Charleston, South Carolina.  These tasted very traditional (as if a little Mexican girl from the Rio Grande Valley would know) comparatively speaking.  They didn't get fancy with them or drizzle them with "this" or toss "that" into the breading.  These were simple and the sauce was tangy.  You can't see me but I am making a "blissful" face at the memory of these juicy gems!  My daddy's friend chicken and macaroni wasn't too bad, either!

7) Cozumel, Mexico (On the beach):
Hands down...the BEST guacamole I have ever had.  Their avocados were like buttery magic.  Add a hint of lime, cilantro...and a Pacifico-dressed-and I was almost able to forget my shit boyfriend who had pushed EVERY button I own on that trip...AND the terrifying iguanas lurking about. 

8) Santa Fe, New Mexico: 
Holy Mother of Tapas!  This restaurant is about the size of my bedroom.  Grab a reservation and prepare to be within arms length of your neighbor.  Try the boquerones, flat iron steak with cabrales blue cheese and caramelized onions, croquetas de bacalao and patatas bravas!  I recommend a cava...but I like sparkly!  This is a can't miss when you are in Santa Fe.  I see the chef has opened another eatery.  Excited to try it on my net trip!

9) Taylor, Texas:
Oh sweet, smoked nostalgia!  Minutes from Georgetown, Texas (the home of my alma mater) is Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas...home of the Taylor Ducks!  Many a lunch was spent in this historic building piling up on brisket...and the finest potato salad this side of the Mississippi!  I am always down for a quick trip down memory lane!

10) Rome, Italy:
I have no clue what the name of this restaurant is or where one might even begin to locate it...but it was perfection from start to finish.  It was one of those five course situations where you rolled out with your pants fully unbuttoned AND unzipped.  This was not a was an experience.  The waiter was just a hair shy of insane but he made for great entertainment.  The dish that sticks out to me is a pasta dish prepared at the table.  The cheese sauce was created in front of our eyes.  I can still taste the pasta dish.  Truly a meal I will never forget.  The company, unfortunately, was less than ideal.  But hey...I can put that behind me...but the pasta memory will live forever!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Red + Pink = Equality

Ahhhh....Tuesday!  I woke up every hour, on the hour, in anticipation of the most difficult day of my week.  I was a walking zombie by the time I arrived at work.  I spent the first 4 hours in a heavy haze of frightening presentiment, deflated spirit and general soulful confusion.  Then...I walked outside and the angels pulled back the earth curtain and invited me into the most gorgeous day!  

Today, I am grateful for the following five things:
1) I am grateful for this appearing all over my Facebook feed.  I know some pretty bad ass people.  With each new image that arrived I felt my life has miraculously assembled an extraordinary group of loving, compassionate, secure individuals who are just NOT afraid.  
2) New, Flash-dancy type tees available at Soft Sensuous Moves.  Especially grateful to my boss, Rene' Mulholland for always extending kindness and generosity to her staff.  I soaked that new shirt through in Booty Ballet this evening!
3) The unique vantage point to observe a full moon in my rear view mirror while staring the sunset straight in the eye.  Sometimes witnessing the yin and the yang at the same time takes your breath away and reminds you that polarity exists in nature...perfectly.  
4) Two incredibly kind service individuals wishing me a great day.
5) A voicemail from my daddy.  That's about when the day started to take a nice turn.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Local Tribute

I heard this story on NPR tonight.  

It does not get anymore sacred than this.  

Two beautiful, artistic tributes, to an American soldier.  May God be with his friends and his family.

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