Archives for: June 2007

The weather here has been very interesting lately. It will rain, then the sun will come out, then the sky will cloud over, then it will be sunny, then it will rain again. All within minutes or hours. Last weekend, we were eating outside, enjoying the… more »
It's been fun to watch the waves of colorful flowers shift and change. The blues of bluebonnets gave way to the reds and yellows of Indian Blankets. Then fields of sunflowers, followed by purple thistles and verbena. And now new flowers and color… more »
If I see that a carnivore has written a less than stellar review for a restaurant, my interest is instantly piqued. I scan the review for key words and phrases such as: "where's the beef?" "maybe vegetarians would enjoy this place" "buffet… more »
That is the question. Easily answered if you have a lot of complaints about a place and you are writing a cautionary (or revenge-full) review. Because you have nothing to lose. You aren't ever going back there. You are posting under an semi-anonymous… more »
Today's mystery has visuals, because we had the presence of mind to take a couple of photos at the "crime scene." Victim: Store-bought, on-the-vine tomato Origin: HEB Grocery Store, Braker Lane, Austin Autopsy Report: Victim was cleaved w… more »
We've had a few weird experiences since moving to Austin: spurting faucets, sprouting tomatoes, black spots on the umbrella plant, etc. We've taken them in stride as Austin is supposed to be weird and different. Maybe this is because Austin is situate… more »
It doesn't make sense, but I felt a sense of panic recently when reviewing an Austin tour book. I was looking at the calendar for annual fall events, and I felt my heart quicken - not in anticipation of a fun activity - but in dread of still being around… more »
I'm sorry, Schlotzky's. I was going to say so many nice things about you in my blog, but now I can't. True, we go to your establishment more than most, because we like your vegetarian sandwich and your barbecue chicken pizza sans the chicken. W… more »
We saw lots of critters when we visited the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in May: butterflies, dragonflies, bees, moths, a caterpillar, fish, a turtle, and a snake! Here's a movie of the Wildflower Center visitors we saw: Butterflies and Other W… more »
Over Memorial day weekend, Ronak and I took a scenic drive down Devil's Backbone in Texas's Hill Country. This winding road (RR 32) has views of valleys and hills to the right as you drive west. I made a short movie of our footage: Devil's Backbone Vi… more »
I wrote in a previous post (Cure for the Recycling Blues) about our inability to recycle cardboard and glass at our current apartment - and the solution: Ecology Action of Texas. Well, we finally made it to Ecology Action this past Saturday. (And it w… more »
Okay, it's really called the Republic of Texas Biker Rally, and it took place last weekend. A city of a few thousand motorcycles suddenly became the temporary home of 40,000 cycles. This was so drastic a change that interstate signs that normally… more »
Here are some websites with interesting information about Texas insects and bites: Diagnosing Mysterious "Bug Bites" - Answers questions like the following: "What could be biting me indoors?" "How can I get a specimen to help with diagnosis?" "If the… 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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