Where we ate today….

Breakfast at Round Rock Donuts. Suppose to be world famous and now we know why. Never had donuts like these before. They are a yeast donut made from a recipe that is 90 or so years old and the are orange in color. Awesome and they were still warm when we got them, which is even better. We got there late in the morning and had to stand in line but what was really crazy was the drive-thru, out of the parking lot and down the street. We’ve heard around the holidays the line can take up to one hour!


For lunch, we happened upon a taco shack. Yes, it was a shack but it was packed so we knew it had to be good and we were hungry. It was Sunday so they had a gospel band playing outside in their court yard and when they broke out into “O, When The Saints Go Marchin’ In” a dance line formed complete with folks waving scarfs in the air. It is a great place to people watch and apparently, shoes were optional and dogs where welcome. But what really mattered was the food. Our tacos could not have been any tastier and the whole meal for the three of us was $8.95. Guy from the Food Network had visited the place and left three or four signed pieces that they hung on the wall.

What sealed the deal for me to go back again was when we left and Matthew asked, “Can we go back tomorrow?” Here are some pictures of the place.

The outside:


The inside:



Matthew’s Take On It…

We were driving to the library to return some books this morning when we saw a man running down the street for exercise. He was wearing small running shorts and shoes. That was all.

Matthew says from the back seat, “Mommy, he’s not wearing any clothes!” I said, “Well he has on some clothes, shorts and shoes.” To which Matthew replies, “Well, I think he forgot something.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Random Picture of the Week #2

Weekend before last we went to the Pecan St. Festival in downtown Austin.  It was several blocks of vendors, artist, and performing artist along with food, petting zoos, and bounce houses.  We met up with our friends Goeff & Elizabeth and their friend Stephanie and wandered our way through the maze of amusements to be seen.

I wanted to share some pictures of the street performers we happened across.  They were extremely talented and humorous but kept it at a family level.  The pictures below are of them:  the woman juggling fire torches while standing on the man’s shoulders while he hula hooped and they both simultaneously  rotated in a circle.  You don’t see that everyday.  We left a tip.



And here they are knocking a bread stick in half while in the mouth of an innocent bystander.


Can’t Imagine…

…what the woman who had the face transplant is going through, day to day, or what she has already endured.  Today on the news, they showed how she looked after 30 reconstruction surgeries before the transplant.  That’s 30 surgeries!  I’ve had 3 in my entire life, all relatively minor, and loathed them all.  The anxiety while waiting, not knowing, and the recovery are all unpleasant to say the least.

She had her face basically blown off by her ex-husband with a shotgun in 2004, survived, suffered through the recovery and I am sure, the stares of countless people.  Now she has several more surgeries to go through and has to come to terms with the new face in the mirror.  She will never look like the face she was born with.  Her identity forever changed by one person’s evil, self-serving desicion.

Her name is Connie and she has two children.  Her ex-husband received a seven year sentence for what he did.  Doesn’t seem fair, does it?

Random Picture of the Week

Since we bought a decent new camera, Tony and I decided we should put it to good use and have a picture post every week. They will be random and about whatever we like or find interesting. It will be a good way to keep friends and family updated on what we are up to, as well. Not that we lead terribly exciting lives but it will be a way to stay connected with those we miss back in Paris. I am probably not organized enough to keep it on the same day of the week either, adding further meaning to the title “Random..”.

So this first picture is of one of my favorite places to eat since we moved to the Austin area, Home Slice. Best Pizza Ever! It is very much a small, very popular,  hole in the wall place with some inside and outside seating. Very casual, you can watch the pie makers fling the pizza dough high up over their heads from the small and some what dark interior. You can order the entire pie or by the slice, which will mostly fit on the paper plates they serve it on. They have great salads, too. Just be sure you know the difference between the half and whole order. I had the half order of the outrageously delicious pear gorgonzola salad with a slice of margarita pizza and had to ask for help to finish it! Tony graciously obliged. Hope you all can come try it one day with us.

The second picture is of the awesome graffiti outside this place, too.  I love the look of it.



Posting Funk…and not the good kind.

I have really fallen behind on posting.  We have been busy but every time I start to write I go completely, blank so I will do what I do best:  ramble.

The house is starting to come together and yesterday I finally got to hanging things on the wall.  I dearly love this house but it is “builder vanilla”  right now.  The walls, carpets and fixtures are all off-white or neutral and I am not up to painting 10 ft.

ceilings yet.  I want to paint the walls and ceilings the same color but Tony is not sold on it yet.  Maybe he’s right.  I bet that would make a mess!

Matthew and I did manage to plant some flowers in the front of the house.  It looks better, at least like some one lives here.  The previous owners let everything the builder landscapped die,  even the two trees in the front yard.  It looks strange that every house in the subdivision has two trees out in the yard but not ours.   Makes us look like tree haters instead of tree huggers!  I do not know what kind of tree to plant.  I just want something that I do not have to constantly pick up after.

Tony is killin’ em at his new job.  He has the ability to make things run so much more efficiently that I think he has improved some people’s quality of life.  He is happy and he is awesome.  I am so proud of him.  I hope to get back to being productive myself some day.   Maybe if things go well I can get back to school in the fall!  Here’s hoping!

I have been reading my friend Dee’s blog a lot lately.  She is a talented writer and and interesting person and I love how she tells a story, too.  There is a link to her site on ours.  I suggest you stop by and read sometime.  It always brightens my day!

Matthew is growing by leaps and bounds lately,  physically and mentally.   He is only two feet shorter than me now (I’m 5′ 8″) and he has been blowing Tony and I away a lot these days because he is reading words on his own.  He has been able to memorize word spellings for a while now but he is now reading and sounding out words on his own that he has not been exposed to.  He looks over Tony’s shoulder while he is on the laptop and tells Tony words he sees on the screen!  Mommy and Daddy are impressed!  He also has shown to be a very good kid when it comes to interacting with other children.  He can be very gentle with younger kids and probably waaayy more patient with difficult kids than I can be.  He must get that trait from his Daddy.  It will serve him well in life.

On a somber note, I was heart broken to hear that the body of the eight year old girl from Tracy, CA was found in a suitcase in the middle of now where.  That poor family.  I saw the mother on the news today and she could not even talk she was so racked with grief.  I can’t imagine some evil person taking my child.  I have no idea how any one could do such a thing but it seems to be happening more and more now a days.  Infuriating, heartbreaking, so utterly wrong that the most evil acts are committed against the most innocent of our society.  The family has my prayers.

Guess my mind was not as blank as I thought it was.  I just had to post this picture of Matthew.  It makes me smile every time I see it.   He didn’t want to wake up and the sun light was bright through the window.  He put the blanket over his head and I had to pull it up.  I know he is four be I am still afraid that he will suffocate!


What to do now…

Tony is at work. My family just left. Now I have to figure out what to do next. There is so much that needs to be done, I have no idea were to start. But I guess I could just forget it all and go shopping. That wouldn’t be very productive, would it?

Maybe I will go work on Matthew’s closet…

MONEY Magazine’s Top 10 Best Places To Live In America

I found this article on the Round Rock city website about MONEY magazine’s 2008 Best Place To Live In America.  Round Rock landed no. 7 on their list of America’s most livable cities. This definitely makes me feel better about our recent home purchase. Don’t get me wrong, the house is pretty much my dream home and I could stay there for a very, very long time, if not forever but lately all the news goes from bad to worse considering the economy, job loss and real estate markets and just about everything else.  It was making me nervous about the house we just closed on. As much as I LOVE the house and feel we got a terrific deal, I found myself asking Tony if we did the right thing financially.

It was nice to see a positive article about the community we hope to put down roots in.   All the media negativity, as much as I try to put it in perspective, can leave you with a sinking feeling. I am thankful that Tony’s job is very secure. We are very blessed. Now I just need to convince all my friends and family to move here as well!

Here is the complete list.

Top 10 Best Places to Live in America for 2008

  1. Plymouth, MN
  2. Fort Collins, CO
  3. Naperville, IL
  4. Irvine, CA
  5. Franklin Township, NJ
  6. Norman, OK
  7. Round Rock, TX
  8. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD
  9. Overland Park, KS
  10. Fishers, IN