I finished a painting/collage I’ve been working on for a little while called, “The Boat”. It is for my brother-in-law BJ, was is a big boater up in Seattle. This is his boat with a bunch of old nautical photos and diagrams formatted behind it.
I worked on a looping background for the Austin Stone Community Church’s Easter service at the Frank Erwin Center. The concept was that the “rays” represented what Christ went through during the Easter weekend. First, they assemble from the ground into a “crown of thorns” of sorts. But these thorns quickly turn into the shine of his real crown. And finally they explode into the sky to represent the resurrection. And then it loops.
Back to Santa Fe for now. On our second day there, we at a French breakfast place that had some good crepes.
There’s a bunch of antique/art stores in Santa Fe, I’m a sucker for old labels.
The church next to the hotel we stayed at has this staircase that was supposedly carved out of one solid piece of wood. It’s supposed to be a marvel of architecture and engineering, and impossible to figure out how they did it. Sounds fishy to me, but, like the kid from ‘Angels in the Outfield’ said…”Hey, It could happen.”
Saturday, March 26 Editing is harder when the subject is sentimental, and therefore this week’s posts will be longer. Also, since I believe my wife and I are the only ones that actually read this, that doesn’t really matter. Alli and I went to Zihuatanejo, Mexico for 8 days/ 7 nights. Zih is a little fishing village on the Pacific coast in Southern Mexico. It was totally awesome. This is the view from our room at Las Brisas del Mar.
While we were having lunch, this little boy had the tiniest dog and Alli thought it was going to drown… but it made it out alright.
Pretty much immediately, we got wet. I like how her nails look on the blue background.
Here’s a view of the hotel.
The first night we were there was the Food & Wine Festival’s ‘32 Tastes of Mexico’. We walked to it and saw these signs on the way. Zih is very near to Ixtapa and close to Acapulco.
This makes me think of ‘The Mask of Zorro’ where Zorro has to free all the slaves from the mine. But it also shows you how they are developing the town.
The Festival was on La Ropa Beach, and it was hard to miss it.
Zih is great because the village-folk all hang out on the beach, and Ixtapa is the touristy part of the area, so it was never really crowded.
They placed a car in the middle of the beach.
Really beautiful setup with all white decorations.
We got there really early, so we got to watch the sunset. Pretty.
Those are goats.
I really liked the staff’s shirts.
They were not afraid of getting burned.
They gave us cool trays that had holes for your wine glass.
Octopus. Delicious! Everything was unbelievable.
I believe this is the duck.
Rick Bayless gave a little presentation after everybody ate.
I’m not big on tequila. But the margaritas they had were aight.
The festival was probably the highlight of our trip, it was seriously some of the best food ever. But we definitely had lots of fun the rest of the time. I will try and get day 2 up as soon as possible! Stay tuned.
Back in December, Alli’s family took me along to see Santa Fe, and it was a great time. I will have installments of those pictures, because there a lot that I thought worthy of a post. These are from the first day and what we encountered as we walked through the most popular parts of the city. This gets me excited because Alli and I will be off on another trip tomorrow, to Zihuatanejo, Mexico!
After the day of walking we rested in the hotel lobby for a little while and had a drink. The hotel lobby also was a really interesting background for a few portraits I took, like the one of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan. Alli also grabbed the camera and took one of me. She’s pretty good!
The church right next to our hotel during the day and at night.
Pass this house everyday on the way back from work. It kind of sticks out in the neighborhood because it’s the only yard with really green grass and well kept paint. Reminds me of Savannah a little bit.
Alli painted me these three little paintings for my desk. I’m trying to decide if I will add something to them to jazz them up a bit or just leave them be. I think I’ll cut out small pictures and paste them on. Any ideas for what I should put on there?
Sunday, March 20 The traffic back home was super terrible. It took 3 hours just to get to Waco from Austin, normally a 1.5 hour drive at most. It was a total of 5 hours in the car by the time we got home to Dallas.
We stopped at a Fazoli’s.
Either the crowd at Fazoli’s were High Schoolers, or college-aged kids are seeming really young to us these days.
We watched the UT/Arizona game in traffic, and since I was cheering against the Longhorns, the outcome made the drive a bit more bearable.
Saturday, March 19 My good friend from High School, Adrienne, got married this weekend at a church that’s across the street from the UT Tower.
I like this shot because it looks like this is a movie about the guy with the nice haircut.
The happy couple.
On the way to the reception.
My friend Pan, looking GQ as always.
This was the best first dance I had ever seen. There were more dips and spins than I’ve attempted in my life. And to top it off, it was to Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love” which is featured in Back to the Future.
I walked to the doctor’s office today from work, only about a 10 minute walk, but it was a beautiful day. These were taken with my iPhone. The first picture is the building that I work at for those of you that didn’t know. The last picture is to let you know that I made it.
A couple weeks ago we went to the Allen Outlets and bought a pizza stone for making our own pizzas. This was our first attempt, which left the kitchen a bit of a mess, but the mess was proportional to the tastiness of the pizza.
It was my father-in-law’s birthday yesterday and we celebrated by going to “Celebration” tonight. Last time we went there was a big catepillar in Alli’s salad, so we all got a free dinner out of it. Bill and Nancy still had their free dinner coupon so they used it tonight.
We went to a wedding this weekend which had a band at the reception. They were actually pretty good, but the best part was that the white, mustached man on the left sang both Usher’s and Will.I.Am’s part in O.M.G.
Alli is almost done with her surgery rounds, but I’ve grown to see that cooking is something that I can ACTUALLY do. Here’s some more of my creations.
Here I am on the way to making another Greek Salad, this time as a side.
It was a side to lamb. I figured I should give it a try since it was the recipe of the same chef that I had ordered it from in New York.
Then I made these Melon Slushes from a cantaloupe we bought at the farmer’s market. There is also pink lemonade concentrate and ginger ale in it. They were really refreshing.
For my first pasta dish, I made Spaghetti with Red Bell Peppers and Kalamata Olives. It tasted like The Olive Garden. There was a lot of Parmesan cheese in it.
For a side, I tried to make a Chilled Avocado and Mint Soup, since it has been so hot out, but it was probably my first two thumbs down dish. It was too minty or something. The flavor was just something that you became weary of. Although, it did look cool, so it took very good pictures.
I went to Whole Foods and got a Salmon, big enough for two meals, so that I could experiment. The first night I cut the skin off the part I wanted to cook, which was really hard, and I never want to do again. Then I marinated it in an Asian flavored mixture that had Soy Sauce, mustard, Bourbon, and maybe a few other things. It turned out suprisingly good. Alli previously thought she didn’t like Salmon, but now she does. :)
Alli made cookies! She got the recipe from Molly in our home group and they are good! Even better with ice cream.
For the second part of the salmon, I left the skin on and cooked it in a skillet, one side on the stove, and one side in the oven. Then topped it with a tomato vinaigrette. We also made Hush Puppies! They were kind of scary because you fry them, but the dough was really sticky, so it was hard to figure out how to put it in the oil with it in a ball. We took the picture with our two most successful tries.
And we had breakfast for dinner the other day. Ricotta Pancakes with Orange Syrup. They were fun to make and really good. Probably the least healthy thing I’ve made too. But we made the Orange Syrup by boiling orange juice with orange zest, water, and sugar. I learned words like blanch and julienne.