Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Brushy Creek Park

While hubby and I were out geocaching the other day, we found this really pretty park that we didn't know existed.  It was about a 4 mile walk round trip...and we picked up several caches along the way

Monday, November 28, 2011

Collard Greens

I have been so behind in posting lately.  So, no apologies or explanations as to why, just a post about collard greens.

Hubby wanted collard greens with Thanksgiving and I had never had them, but wanted to try them.  The day before Thanksgiving I went out and got all of the ingredients.  While at the store, I met a lady name Miss Mabel.  She was giving the produce manager a hard time because all of their collard greens were unappealing.  I introduced myself and told her I was going to be trying them for the first time.  She helped me pick out a good bunch of greens and gave me some pointers on how to make them.  On Thanksgiving Day, I began following the directions and somehow misread the recipe which caused me to add too much salt (1/4 cup instead of 1 tablespoon).  Hubby tasted them when I was done and couldn't even swallow the bite because they were so salty.

Determined that I was going to make collard greens, we went out the day after Thanksgiving to get more.  After some searching I found a store with some greens left.  Using the method that Miss Mabel had showed me, I picked a nice bunch of greens.  On Sunday, I made them again with a nice pork loin and this time I used the proper amount of salt.  The came out tasting fantastic.  I loved them and they even met hubby's approval (he is a tough critic).

I have found another veggie that I will definitely cook again.  They are not quick to make, but definitely worth the time.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Austin Comic Con

My vacation volunteering at the Austin Comic Con was fantastic.  It was three very exhausting days, but I would absolutely do it all over again.  My job was the registration table, so I checked in the various artists, vendors, press, guests (celebrity and non-celebrity) to attend the show.  My section also took tickets/coupons for people who had purchased their tickets online through special promotions. 

There were several celebrity guests who attended the show and they were all really nice, except for one.  Some of the guests who attended were Adam Baldwin, Kevin Sorbo, James Marsters, Hayden Panettiere, the Wonka Kids (Veruca, Violet, Mike Tee Vee, and Charlie).  There were several wrestlers and divas there like Ted DiBiase, The Honky Tonk Man, The Nasty Boys, Candice Michelle, Melina, and Maria. 

The only celebrity who was not so nice was Charisma Carpenter.  I understand she was extremely nice to her fans, but she wasn't very nice to the show staff.  I didn't get to meet her, but from what I heard, I didn't miss anything.

Check out some of the pictures from the Austin Comic Con and I will post more stories later.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


I was officially on vacation as of 5pm today.  I am really looking forward to the Comic Con and will post and update with photos when I get a chance.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Radio Station

There is a new radio station that I have found to listen to (102.7) and it is all comedy routines 24/7.  I really enjoy the music, but sometimes you just need something to make you laugh.  The routines are just 1-2 minutes each and some of well known comedians and others aren't.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Time Flies

I can't believe it has been so long since I posted.  So much has happened and I haven't even written about any of it.  Here are some of the highlights since my last post.
  • We had lots of trick-or-treaters come to our house on Halloween.  I love seeing all of the little kids.  This year the Transformer Bumblebee and Thor were the hot costumes.
  • I had a deshed treatment done on my lab mix and the groomer brushed her so aggressively that her whole back and her legs raw and bleeding.  Thankfully no special vet treatment was needed and she is back to normal now.
  • We came home one day to see a cute little hawk sitting in our flower bed.  As soon as we tried to pick up the phone to take a picture, he flew away.  He was so regal looking just hanging out in the  yard.
  • Our garden has exploded with peppers (jalapeno and cayenne).  We picked so many that we gave the neighbors a bag weighing over 2 pounds.  There are still tons of baby peppers on the plants.  My cherry tomato plant is doing great too; it has about 50 little tomatoes that we are waiting to ripen.
  • My nephew turned 3 and like a bad Aunt, I totally forgot to send him a card.
  • Hubby and I have really gotten back in to Geocaching.  Our goal is to get 100 finds per month.  So far, we are right on track.
Those are the highlights, but mostly I have just been focused on work and completing the required report for my master's project before the semester ends on 11/30.