Saturday, February 21, 2009

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day for us this year was a day to just be together and go wherever the day took us.

Our first stop was the downtown farmers' market. Although it was quite chilly, we thoroughly enjoyed some hot chocolate, a mushroom empanada, a migas breakfast taco, and some chocolate covered cocoa beans. The live band also added some entertainment as we wandered through the local vendors. The market as a whole was much smaller than it probably is in the summer, but needless to say, we did not leave unsatisfied.

From there we decided to seek out a large Austin postcard wall mural that Jen had seen on Flickr (a great place to search for pictures of anything and everything you can think of), armed with a camera.

After driving around, looking at the South Austin neighborhoods, we decided some tex-mex would hit the spot. Lucky for us, the famous Matt's was not too far away. 

No Valentine's Day would be complete without something sweet, so we found our way to the one and only Flip Happy Crepes. (Watch them beat Bobby Flay in a throwdown here!) 

After waiting in line to order, we passed the time waiting for our order to be ready with a friendly game of Uno..

..and a not so friendly game of Connect Four. 

Jay may or may not have won every game. Jen has no comment.

It was all worth it.

Hope your Valentine's Day was all you had hoped for!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

radio program

I heard this on the radio while driving home from work and ended up sitting in the parking lot to hear the end.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thought for the day - wind chimes

It's the simple things in life that really make it go from good to great. I forgot how happy wind chimes make me. The sound of the wind rustling through the trees mixed with the delicate little chimes lightly clanging happily together has such a relaxing effect. Surprisingly, they bring on nostalgic feelings, as well… my grandparents’ old farm, the volunteer housing courtyard at Mission Honduras, my backyard at home in Arkansas… all different but equally memorable. Times like this really make me miss my family... We have some sleeping bags and a very nice blowup mattress. (And it even holds air again!) (hint hint)

As I sit on the back porch, sipping my Earl Grey green tea, looking at the cloudless sky, listening to my neighbor’s porch chimes chiming away, I can’t help but realize how incredibly happy I am to be right where I am. Come and join me. I have an open seat and some extra tea.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Trailer Food

Lately we have been frequenting a trailer on South Congress that sells cupcakes... oh man are they good. The Michael Jackson Whipper Snapper is our favorite so far (chocolate cupcake, cream cheese icing, shot of whipped cream injected into the center of the cake).

Next on our list to visit is Flip Happy Crepes. Anyone up for a smoked salmon w/ herbed cream cheese spinach and tomato crepe along with a whipped peanut butter w/ dark chocolate sauce, bananas and almonds crepe for desert? All of this served out of a trailer, of course! :)

We love living in Austin...


Due to the growing trend and the increasing distance and time zones between us all, we have decided to undergo the upkeep of a blog. Hopefully this will not make unnecessary the beloved phone calls from friends and loved ones, but will help all to feel a little less distant and out of touch with our life.

We want to be able to post together and separately, so if the post ends in: "jxxc" we posted together, "jmc" Jen posted, "jwc" Jay posted. 

We're THAT awesome... and are trying to make our blog as complicated as possible... :)