Archives for: March 2007

We thought we were enjoying the sight of a hawk soaring in the sky until it landed. We crept closer and realized vultures are just as graceful in the sky! I used photographs and video footage that we've taken of vultures since moving to Texas to make… more »
I don't know the names of these beautiful flowers. Please email me with any names you might have. Meanwhile I will continue my identification and add names as I discover them. more »
I thought it would be fun to use resources like the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website to figure out the names of the beautiful flowers we were seeing. After many hours of rubbing my eyes and flipping back and forth between series of yellow… more »
The Texas state flower is the bluebonnet. We seem to have entered the season of the bluebonnet. They are popping up everywhere. These are photos from our first bluebonnet sightings at Commons Ford Ranch Park (where we saw the vulture). Lear… more »
Yesterday, I said that Texas should adopt the vulture as its state bird, because I see vultures everywhere while the more attractive mockingbird is not nearly as visible. To be fair to my newly adopted state, I thought I should take a closer look at t… more »
I think the Texas state bird should be changed to: vulture. Currently, it is the mockingbird, but we haven't heard or seen nearly as many mockingbirds. At first, we thought we were sighting hawks. Then we realized the birds with the white tips on thei… more »
We visited the world's largest equestrian sculpture during our Dallas trip last month. Here's a movie I put together of our video footage of photographs of The Mustangs of Las Colinas: Mustangs of Las Colinas Movie See silly photos from our trip… more »
We were heading back to our apartment last weekend, when we found the entrance and exit completely blocked with emergency vehicles. It was a bit disconcerting. There must not have been too much of an emergency though, because none of the rescue ve… more »
Here are the signs I was talking about in a previous post: Does Lowes Sell Cubit Measuring Tapes. From what we have seen, these signs are always up - even when the road is completely dry with no threat of flooding. I guess they are there just in c… more »
We've found that placing a Tx Tag in the car is like carrying an umbrella on a day with a 50% chance of rain. As long as your arm is weighed down with that umbrella, it won't rain, but the moment you forget it at home, you're headed for a downpour. We… more »
It's officially spring today, and we got some proof over the weekend. Red buds are blooming everywhere. A familiar sight from our North Carolina springs. The above picture is the bright spot of a visit to our scary post office. A clo… more »
It's been almost 3 months since we first made Texas our home. And apparently that's the amount of time it takes to get the local jokes. In January, I was lost. I thought that the one-liners on Bob weren't nearly as funny as those on Simon, even though… more »
I ranted in an earlier post about the plethora of plazas in Austin and the lack of malls. This was based on our first attempt to locate a mall: Lakeline Mall. We drove down Lakeline Mall Drive and only found a Super Target in the center of a plaza. In… more »


In Raleigh, we had wolves. The sculptures were scattered around town and decorated by the people whose doorsteps the wolves called home. The art was displayed for months, then auctioned off for charity. (Red Wolf Ramble) In other towns, I have seen P… more »
It's been raining all week. Still shy of the 40 days and 40 nights, but I thought it might be good to go to Lowe's and get prepared anyway. Anyone know if they sell cubit measuring tapes? (If you haven't heard Bill Cosby's "Noah routine," there is a v… more »
Don't have an eyebrow ring A stud in my nose or chin Just got normal earrings How am I ever gonna fit in? My head isn't shaved in parts My hair's a normal shade If I don't dye it purple or green We may have to move away My clothes aren't made… more »
I miss the sidewalks we had in our part of Cary. We could walk from our apartment to Harrison and then all the way down Harrison in either direction. We had a lot of walking options - including the Greenway that ran behind our apartment complex. We were… more »


SXSW is short for South by Southwest, a huge Austin festival for music, films, and gaming. And it is going on now! A pricey wrist band must be purchased to get access to most of the week-long scheduled events. However there are some free events - if y… more »
Ronak and I got library cards last weekend for the Austin Public Library. And it seems like our luck is changing. We browsed the Milwood Branch stacks while they processed our applications, and can you believe it? The computer didn't crash! The inform… more »
Here's some footage I took of the dust storm we experienced on February 24th on our trip to Dallas, Texas. I'd never seen the sky turn such an odd color before. And the wind! Dust Storm more »
Got the over hundred Degree blues Not the weather The flu And before the flu Muscle pain Neck and shoulder inflamed It's been a Rough time With my body Unalligned Pain makes one Reflective And puts things Back in perspective What… more »

Bubble Tea

We had lunch at Veggie Heaven before heading over to the Zilker Park Kite Festival. And we had brought our beverages with us. As soon as we arrived at the festival, a woman grabbed my arm and asked, "Did you get the bubble tea here?" She was very dis… more »
As promised, here are more BIG KITES! No, I don't know what half these kites are supposed to be, but they sure are big. Maybe a colorful stingray? Big dog! Some of these kites took the combined efforts of at least three people to get… more »
There were so many great kites! Dragon Kite Mary Poppins kite. How appropriate! "Let's go fly a kite!" We liked the colors of this one. This black and white kitty kite was really twisting in the wind. Aye, we were likin' this kit… more »
Sunday we attended the 79th Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival. At first, we attempted finding parking near the park. But the roads were backed up with traffic and parking spaces were filled, so we decided to try out the shuttle buses and parked a few… more »
The weathermen are saying winter is over, and we won't be having another freeze. And Mother Nature seems to agree. more »
Ain't gonna moan No more or complain 'Bout any blues Related to paint No more notices Slid in our door Telling us one more week before The painting's done And we are free To populate Our balcony So the plants Have moved into the sun… more »
What I brought away from this trip: a feeling of not being alone in Texas. I have family here, living as near to me as my family did in North Carolina. And we have friends too. And as Richard Bach wrote in Illusions "The bond that links your t… more »
On Sunday, we met some of Ronak's family members at the Dallas-Fort Worth Hindu Temple. It was nice to see a temple in the US that actually looked like a temple. There was also a good-sized community center. Classes on language, religion, and danc… more »
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In 2007, we moved to Austin, and this blog chronicled our adaptation to Texas life: festivals, wildflowers, and bats - oh my! Then we had a baby, and that changed everything, so now, we blog about where to buy organic food, what parks are fun for babies, which exterminator is taking care of our scorpion problem. (You know, the usual parental concerns.)


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