April 7, 2011

So, it’s been a while….

I know, I know! You can’t start a blog, and then give up a week into it! (Well, actually, you can…for proof, ask me how many different homepage names I tried before I found one that wasn’t taken…)

Anyways, where have I been? I meant to write a post last week explaining that I’d be gone for a week because the Explorer (my Dad’s nickname for Tompall) and I were headed out on a little trip. You see, a few weeks ago was Spring Break (yes, even law students get Spring Break!) and we’d been planning a little road trip…which was sadly cancelled because Explorer couldn’t take the week off from work (he has one of those real jobs where they make you come in every day).

SO…instead of traveling during UT’s real Spring Break, I spent the week studying (and went to visit my parents for a night) and Explorer and I planned to go away a couple of weeks later.

I won’t tell you all of where we went just yet, because I want to show you some pictures first from our trip LAST Spring Break. (And I don’t have the pictures from this year uploaded yet, so I can’t post any of them.)

Here’s one from last year:

We’re watching the sunset at a ranch in far West Texas. From there, we went to Big Bend National Park:

We had planned on camping and hiking in the park for the rest of the week. It was at the point that we set the precedent for every trip we’ve taken since (this was our first roadtrip together): we can’t stay in one place for longer than a day or two. For whatever reason, we need to move, to see, to experience AS MUCH as we can fit into a trip. We woke up the first morning in Big Bend, and wanted to keep going. So we did. We went to Terlingua. Then we wanted to keep going. So we did. We followed the Rio Grande to Presidio, and then kept on driving until we were in El Paso. And then we kept driving. Somehow, we ended up in Taos, New Mexico.

Rio Grande:

El Paso:

Taos:

Oh yea, there was snow in Taos! We hiked up Mt. Wheeler, and camped right where we’re standing in this picture. It was hot and sunny when we took the picture. It was neither hot, nor sunny three hours later. In fact, we spent the night huddled together in the tent cursing our brilliant idea to camp in the snow, on a mountain, in March!

The next morning, we hiked back down the mountain, and checked the temperature gauge in the car. Guess what it said? 21 degrees. And this was two hours after the sun had come up. I didn’t even want to think about what it had been during the night.

We turned those seat heaters on right away, and skedaddled off to find ourselves some pancakes and hot coffee before we had to start the long drive back to Austin.

March 20, 2011

Sunday Funday

Tompall is obsessed. Ob. Sess. Ed. He’d eat only Tapioca if he could.

Since we go through so much of it, I decided to make it instead of buying it.

I used this:

And it worked. Of course, I doubled the recipe on the back of the box because I knew we’d go through it quickly, and ended up with four little jam jars filled with Tapioca.

It’s pretty easy to make, too. You just boil the little Tapioca balls, and then mix in some coconut milk and sugar. I also threw in a bit of shredded coconut just for kicks.

I ended up with this:

That’s Emma, trying to figure out what on earth is in that jar.

Tompall hasn’t woken up yet from his Sunday mid-afternoon nap to be my official taste-tester, so I’ll have to let you know how that goes. I’ve never made Tapioca before, so this was an experiment. Maybe some things are just meant to be bought?

March 17, 2011

Breakfast

It’s always a struggle for me to eat something healthy in the morning. I think it’s because I’m a morning exerciser, so I get back from my run, or spin class, or whatever, and I’m so hungry that I just grab the easiest thing (oftentimes peanut butter and jelly spooned right out of the jars…I know, gross, right? WRONG! So good!).

But I’m trying. So today I made myself a quick yogurt parfait with nonfat vanilla yogurt, strawberries and blueberries. YUM!

Oh, and today’s run was particularly interesting because I took BOTH dogs out with me.

It was Emma’s first time running on the trail, and she was fantastic!…well, kind of…I did feel as though I was being dragged around the 4 mile loop, but I’m still giving her a grade of “fantastic” because to be honest, I’m just impressed she made it the entire way. Guess I underestimated puppy legs!

Chico, of course, was perfect, and tolerated being tied to a 5-month old puppy for 45 minutes as only the best of us could.

I’m off to visit my parents in Houston today. Very, very reluctantly, I’m leaving the dogs here in Austin with Tompall. Probably. I might cave and dog-nap them before he gets home from work.

March 16, 2011

Is this normal?

Don’t most dogs eat standing up?

I keep telling her she’s going to get indigestion.

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March 16, 2011

Who am I?

Awww hell…I don’t know! My name isn’t really Bonnie, it’s Sarah.

Hi!

That’s Tompall beside me. His name isn’t really Clyde. His middle name isn’t Clyde either. It’s Harry.

So why Bonnie and Clyde? Long story. I’ll have to tell you later. The short of it is that I’m in love with the romantic notion of wild adventures and notorious rule-breaking with the person you love.

But remind me to tell you the long story, because it’s good. It’s got fear, joy, tears, laughter, and an ending that’ll warm your heart. It involves these two nuggets:

They’re the real Bonnie and Clyde, a.k.a. Emma and Chico. I’m obsessed. I take pictures daily. Hourly.

Well, we all live here in Austin, Texas, and do our best to cook up as much trouble as we can. I cook, eat, run, bike, study, (oh yeah, did I mention I’m a law student?) and travel. Sometimes all in one day!

I’m looking forward to telling my stories…I think I’ve got some good ones.