Monday, September 27, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Big Country Balloon ( Almost-Not ) Fest

We went over to Redbud Park yesterday evening with Grandad,

hoping to catch the balloon glow at the annual Big Country Balloon Fest. It had been drizzling, and so we even made an effort to call the organizers to confirm if there was going to be a glow or not.

We were told, yes, most definitely so.

We got ready and reached there with time to spare. We thought it was strange that we didn't see any of the balloons out, but we found a place to park, and waited.


And waited.

And waited.

David then decided to walk over to the organizer's booth/tent to enquire.

A lady said, "Oh, a few minutes after you called, they decided to cancel the glow for tonight".


Today, it had been raining all day long - 3 inches' worth of rain, in fact.

However, the rain had stopped a few hours prior to when the balloon glow for this second night was scheduled, and the sun was out and brightly shining.

We called again. This time, it went straight to voicemail.

We thought, "what the heck" and decided to go anyway, just because for no apparent reason, I had some semblance of cabin fever by then. Maybe it was from lack of Vitamin D or something.

ANYWAY, we got there on the dot tonight, and saw this...


We thought, "Great, they decided to start early and now we've missed the whole danged thing".


We found a place to park anyway, and stayed in the car.

Several minutes later, a voice came over the loudspeaker telling the "pilots" to start getting ready for an "ALL TOGETHER/SYNCHRONIZED FLAME/GLOW" or something to that effect, and we were rewarded with this...


even if it was only for several seconds.

That made me feel somewhat vindicated for getting David to drive us out there a second night in a row.

See ya next year, balloons.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Random Dinner

For some reason,

for me, it takes much longer to prepare so-called Asian Food than "Western" food. Does it even matter? All I know is that it makes me happy, and that's all that should matter.

Fried Rice with Egg & Green Beans


5 Spice Potatoes


Sweet & Sour Battered Fish w Veges


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday, Max

We had a great time at your party tonight,

and we are especially glad Jaxon has cousins his age,

sweet boy.


Oh what fun times you little boys will have together.

Oh, and here's a blast from the past - a year ago, to be exact :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Great Grasshopper Scourge of 2010

"Once every 7 - 10 years", they say

These things came a bunch of months ago, in Biblical proportions, started eating EVERYTHING in sight, and have not stopped since, the stinking b****rs.

We have lost our fruit trees, and the rose bushes are just barely hanging on.


THIS one hitched a ride with us on the windshield wiper, and stayed on the whole 7 miles at 70 mph speeds on the highway into town.

Maybe it needed dental floss at Walmart.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sad Substitutes

It's Hari Raya Aidil Fitri back home

a.k.a. Eid ul Fitr, and one of the things about being from a multicultural background/country, is that there's an amazing array of food. YUMMY food.

So while everyone's enjoying their wonderful festive fare back home, all I have is my humble letti thursday stuff, and miserable attempts at something resembling anything from home :)

Pasta with Italian Herb Chicken and Spinach Casserole


Stir Fried Noodles


Stir Fried Mixed Vegetables


Chicken and Potato Curry Puffs


Selamat Hari Raya, Y'all :)

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Far West Texas

A couple of months ago, we made a trip with Grandad to Seminole, where David grew up. Grandad's good friend and old business partner had a birthday, and we drove over there to celebrate with him.

A Masterpiece in the Making


Flat Lands....


Farm Grade Diesel Pump


Visiting with old friends


Lemons.. er.. yum?


Da birthday boy


One of the houses David grew up in...