Sunday, April 10, 2011

Unintentional hiatus

Apparently as soon as I started this blog, I decided to take a break! That isn't actually the case, life just gets ahead of you sometimes, or it does to me at least.

Hubs and I recently returned from our belated honeymoon to Tokyo and I feel as though we are still trying to catch up. Ten days is a long time to be away from the new house, old dogs, and various other aspects of the day-to-day.

I have, however, amidst all the craziness picked up a new skill in the past couple of weeks. I learned (after fiddling with the propane tank for about half an hour) how to grill. No longer must I wait for Hubs to come home, have a day off, etc. I am now The Grillmaster (self-proclaimed). I have grilled kebabs, Tilapia, burgers, brats, you think of a grillable meat and I have mastered it. This is a particularly useful skill living in Texas as you can pretty much grill year round. I am thinking grilled turkey for Thanksgiving this year. Maybe....

In the spirit of "catching up" as I am right now, expect many posts in the next few days. I definitely want to share highlights of my trip if for no other reason to assure that post-Tsunami Tokyo is operating as usual. My thoughts and prayers join the thousands of others going out to Northern Japan and I do not in any way intend to make light of the atmosphere in Japan at the moment. Hopefully the stories and pictures I share will give a glimpse of the wonderful, hospitable, and culturally rich experience Hubs and I encountered.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Springtime in Texas

Don't blink or you'll miss it. The blissful two or three weeks when the once-in-a-decade ice has melted but the hundred days over 100 degrees hasn't yet begun. I am referring to the Texas Springtime. For me, it means that Fredericksburg peaches are just around the corner and flip-flops are now everyday appropriate footwear. Of course, living in Austin, flip-flops are pretty much appropriate year round.

This morning I packed away all of my Valentine papers, heart stickers, and XOXO stamps and brought out my Alice in Wonderland stamp collections. And yes, you read correctly, collections, plural. I suppose I still want to take tea with the Mad Hatter.

I also tried Disc Golf for the very first time today. Hubs is basically an expert and even bought me a few "girl" discs to practice with. Although my hand-eye coordination skills left much to be desired, I did thoroughly enjoy being in the woodsy Disc Course soaking up some sun.

Who ever thought I would actually look forward to being outside, let alone playing a sport! So far, am loving 2011.