Archives for: May 2007

I can still remember the huge Texas bugs from my family trip across the country between 11th and 12th grade. It's said that everything is bigger in Texas, and grasshoppers and mosquitoes are definitely not exceptions. Funny how memories like that fade… more »
It rained a lot over Memorial Day Weekend. And while the rain made barbecues and picnics more challenging, it also dressed up the plants around our apartment complex. I've been amazed by the number of flowering bushes here. I may not have b… more »


Recently Ronak and I began noticing wild sunflowers growing along the road. They were usually located near busy intersections - not places we could easily pull off and photograph them. But we got lucky yesterday. We saw a field of sunflower… more »
I'm not really sure why states pick official mammals and flowers and birds, but I assume it must have something to do with state pride and probably more so with the state tourism industry. What's a postcard without the state bird sitting in the state… more »
Texas really likes its mammals. It has three state mammals: a large mammal, a small mammal, and a flying mammal. (I am wondering how many flying mammals they had to choose from for this category.) It's a lot of mammals, but at least they are all more… more »
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend. A momentous occasion, because it is Ronak's first work holiday this year - and since moving here. We are really looking forward to it - especially since we began the year exhausted from the packing and the driving… more »
I was disappointed to discover at the last minute on Saturday that the Sustain-a-Ball was a play on words and not an actual pricey, black-tie event. Beyond being a clever name, it was an event I would have enjoyed attending. As the website describ… more »
Why is it that I feel compelled to write something terribly punny about last Saturday's O. Henry Pun-Off? I will try to resist the urge, but it's difficult when I very definitely have pun on the brain. How could I not, after hours of listening to b… more »
We took so many great photos at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Here are a few of my favorites: Purple Cone Flowers Texas Yellow Stars White Gaura Field of Wildflowers in Meadow - including Indian Blankets, Texas Yellow S… more »
Some of the trees, cacti, plants, and wildflowers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center had odd names that really got our attention. Here are some of the standouts: Smoke Tree I think the "smoke" is more visible in the first photo, but I… more »
There are butterfly gardens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Plants are chosen carefully to appeal to butterflies in every stage of their development. We've had difficulty capturing butterflies on film since moving to Texas. The butter… more »
At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, we saw a number of small ponds highlighting native plants and flowers. The landscaping must have been very natural... ...because it had attracted native wildlife. This snake seemed to be re… more »
Yesterday, I forgot to mention one of the important lessons I learned while climbing the tower at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center - a lesson that involves a pushy guy and a defensive cactus plant. Ronak and I climbed the tower to get an amaz… more »
I can now cross #10 off my list of What I'd Like to See while living in Austin. We went to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center last Saturday. And along with seeing some beautiful wildflowers, we learned a lot while we were there. It's possib… more »
The weather's acting shifty Tell me when the coast is clear Should I celebrate or worry? The ungodly heat's not here We've been told to prepare For a summer that will burn Arrive early and leave late Make us for winter yearn But we're still e… more »
Ronak saw a roadrunner a few weeks back. I was so jealous. What is most remarkable is he saw it three days in a row - and on that last day, he witnessed it eating a smaller bird! Everyone in the parking lot who had a cellphone camera was filming th… more »
I'm not sure how long we'll be living in Austin, but before we leave Texas, I want to see the following things: Bats fly out from Congress Bridge A real, live armadillo A roadrunner - again real and live The Cathedral of Junk The Alamo… more »
I said "Hey" to someone yesterday and they gave me a strange look. I'm not sure what the appropriate Texas greeting is (maybe "Howdy" or "Yee Haw" or "Yahoo"), but it's definitely not "Hey." I remember the first time I was greeted with a "Hey." I was… more »
Last week, I discovered a new web 2.0 site: Yelp. It's a review site of restaurants, shopping, hotels, doctors, etc. that has been creating a lot of buzz lately. Ronak and I are vegetarians, and we struggle to find restaurants that have more than a ch… more »
This is a photo of the wildest thing we saw at Eeyore's Birthday Party. This is the biggest lizard I've ever seen out in the wild! more »
Eeyore's 44th Birthday Party was a wild event. Want to get a taste of the festivities? I made the following movie of our photos and video footage: Eeyore's 44th Birthday Party Movie More on Eeyore's Birthday party tomorrow. more »
Ronak and I really enjoyed listening to the musicians at Eeyore's Birthday Party. It brought back memories of Warren Wilson College. Anyone with a non-amplified instrument was welcome to play. We saw bagpipes, trombones, pots with spoons, acoustic… more »
Ronak and I attended Eeyore's 44th Birthday Party sans costumes. We weren't really sure what to expect, since this was our first time. I checked some of the online photos from previous years, and it looked like I might be able to throw on a tie-dy… 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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