Taking Back My Twenties

Stampede 66

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 | 1 comment

Oh hey.

I’m just getting around to posting about the lovely dinner I had Saturday night. We’ve been holding on to a gift card from Matt’s parents for quite some time – saving it for a fun surprise. We didn’t have a single thing planned last weekend (I’m loving this!), so we got dressed up and walked down to Stampede 66. It’s a Texas themed restaurant, by chef Pyles – one of my favs.

We both started with cocktails. I ordered a mint julep and asked for a Texas bourbon. It was perfect!

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We debated if we should waste space on bread, but we simply couldn’t say no to jalapeño cheddar cornbread. We also ordered the jam of the day, which was strawberry. Both were superb!

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I was curious about the frito pie (with house made fritos), but didn’t want to fill up on chili with so many entrees to pick from, so we asked if we could just get a cup and they said yes! The chili was delish and quite rich.

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We shared the redfish with fried crab and a mole verde sauce. The crab and the sauce with the fish made for an incredible combo. Sadly, there was only a tiny bit of crab, and once we ate it, the fish was rather bland. I loved the sauce though.

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We also ordered brisket with house made pickles and ranchero beans. Our first round of brisket came out cold (weird), so we sent it back. The second round came out sizzlin’ and was divine. Maybe the best brisket I’ve had? The sauce was perfect.

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We went all-out and finished the meal with a triple berry cobbler. This was on the savory side, but the ice cream balanced it out and the crust was an awesome texture.

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Overall, the service was excellent and most of the food was fabulous. The restaurant is decorated with lots of Texas stuff, which does make it feel a bit touristy. It’s a cool vibe, but something about it felt a little empty, even though it was full of people. I think it was just the spacing between tables.

I’m off to bed. Enjoy the rest of the week.

PS: thanks for all your comments on bed bugs. Who know you were all experts! I read the comments and did some more research, and I don’t think I have them. It still makes me a little uneasy having bites on my legs, so I may still have the situation checked out:)

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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 | 19 comments

-My car broke down at 5:55am on Monday morning. What a start to the week!

-I went to the grand opening of the J Crew in my neighborhood – the food was excellent, but everything was $89 or $98. When did sweaters and shirts become so expensive?

-Matt and I tried a new restaurant: Scotch & Sausage. Most of the dogs are $6 – $8 and the fries are amazing – giant and crunchy on the outside. Loved it!

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-We also tried a Spanish tapas place, and for the first time in my life, I didn’t like pork belly! It was fried and drizzled with chocolate, but too rich. Sounds enticing, right?

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-I led a parent presentation on student success tonight. I was super nervous beforehand, but was surprised at how at-ease I felt once I got started.

-Since I’ve started working in a nut-free environment, I actually think my cravings for peanut butter have decreased. I just ordered Nikiki’s Cake Batter Coconut Butter and can’t wait to try it!

-I think something is biting me at night. Could I have brought home bed bugs from Turkey?

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Life in Order

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 | 2 comments

I’m about 4 weeks into work and I’m finally starting to breathe. It’s been both wonderful and challenging to create my role – I have so much flexibility yet there are so many questions and things to figure out along the way. I’m really trying to get some organizational systems in place to make my job easier down the road. Simple things like trying to figure out how I want to organize my spreadsheets of students and if I want to take meeting notes and student updates on my iPad versus pen and paper have been challenging because I keep going back and forth and need to just decide! I used to rely on a planner, but I’m trying to use an electronic calendar now. Despite the little things, I can’t believe how much I’ve accomplished in just a few weeks and I’m so happy to be using the knowledge I gained in grad school. It’s slowly coming back to me and now I’m in the swing of things. I’m still feeling so lucky to be working in such a supportive and creative environment. After so much uncertainty over the last year, I can’t tell you how good it feels to know I’m in the right place.

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I’ve had lots of fun weekends this summer, so last weekend was dedicated to getting organized. After being out of town and putting everything on the back burner since starting work, I really needed to get my life in order. I’ve never been so excited to sleep until 7:30, eat nut butter, and go to bootcamp on a Saturday morning! Oh how life has changed in the past couple of years. I also cleaned, did laundry, roasted vegetables, filed receipts, organized my tangle of jewelry, and paid the bills. Saturday night, we grabbed dinner at the bar across the street with friends and spent hours talking. Matt and I split a few things, including a huge, juicy pimento and bacon burger. I feel rejuvenated!

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See ya.

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