Saturday, May 31, 2008

Spellbound

I try to watch the Scripps National Spelling Bee every year. I love the features they do on each kid. I love how they're at an awkward point in their life and so one 13 year old is 5'9" and the twelve year old up next is 4'10". I admire the drive and dedication they each have and desire to invest that much time into various aspects of my life now.

But mostly I love to watch because stuff like this happens:



Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

So the Borregos + Nana + Comet invaded Waco this past weekend! Since everyone is away from the house they were able to stay here instead of checking into a hotel. On night two as I was lying in my roommate’s bed and my family was sleeping in everyone else’s beds I realized how normal it felt to have them there. Sure we were not at our house in Houston, and I wasn’t even my own bed in Waco, but the feeling of knowing everyone was under the same roof was so familiar and comforting and I had a moment.

Man, the Borregos do not skimp on vacations, and even though they only drove to Waco to spend the weekend with me they treated it like a vacay. We started off the weekend by grabbing lunch at Homestead Heritage. Ever since my first visit I’ve always wanted to take my family. They are so nice there. When we first stepped in the hostess asked if it was my dad’s first time. He said that it was for the whole family, except for me who lives here in Waco and wanted them to visit. She was like, yes, she’s been here a few times, I recognize here. PS: I do not go there that often! Like maybe this was my fourth time! But I recognized her too J

Everyone loved their food, and my brother loved his all natural cola. He wanted us to buy some for him, but Blue Sky sodas are definitely $6 for a six pack and my dad just couldn’t believe it. Jacob’s reaction to the fact it cost $6 was “So?”, which makes me think of my reaction to really good chocolate. Who cares if one truffle is $5, it’s amazing! We then walked around to all the little barns before going back for some ice cream. That night we just hung out and watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

The next morning we had breakfast at Café Cappucino. We had some time before church so we went to the Bear Pit and one of the bears was out! She was just chilling, sitting with her back against the fence and her little hands in front of her resting on this stump. So cute! We decided to go to the movies to contribute to the holiday weekend ticket sales and opted for Indiana Jones. I mean, we were still full from breakfast, UBC gets out super early, it was a Sunday in Waco…who would be at the first showing of the day?! We thought we had a brilliant plan. Apparently everyone else had the same revelation ‘cause the place was packed! We ended on the second row of the stadium seating, but luckily it wasn’t uncomfortable. If you loved Indian Jones as a kid, you’ll like this movie. They totally kept the same humor, action scenes, random adventure plotline that makes you sort of want to believe that stuff like that exists (like the lost ark!? Remember if you looked at it your face melted off?!).

OK, so that night we knew we wanted to grill. I didn’t own a grill and I knew my dad was planning on getting one. I was thinking he’d me like a cheapy charcoal grill, but no, my dad LOVES to grill so that would not do. He straight up bought me a huge nice grill. We ate outside that night and then lit up the chimenea to roast marshmallows for smores.

The next day was even more eventful. We woke up and went to Lowes so my dad could get a light for the backyard (it’s pitch black out there and we can never enjoy hanging out there—not anymore!), and my mom and grandmother bought some flowers for our porch (and my grandmother had brought a DSW bag full of random plants she had pulled from her garden). Then we went to the Dr. Pepper Museum which was fun. We like history. We came home, potted flowers, my dad grilled again, and then they were off! They left me with a fridge and freezer full of food/meat. I think my dad expects me to grill daily. Luckily the current issue of Rachel Ray is all about grilling so I’ll have lots of inspiration!

Overall, a great weekend with the fam.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Yum Yum

I’m totally stealing this idea from the Stangs but I thought I should compile my own Top 5 places to eat in Waco list.

1. Homestead Heritage
I think everyone will testify that the Sweet Potato Jalapeno Soup is out of this world, but I also love the sliced brisket sandwich, the mustard potato salad, and the falafel. I never leave without getting a kids scoop of Mint Carob ice cream! The Maple Pecan is also quite good.

2. Bangkok Royal
Ok, so I never stepped inside this place when it was located in Ivy Square despite hearing how good ii was. As if Ivy Square itself isn’t sketchy enough I got my nails done at a place there and was like dunzo with it completely. But Bangkok has now moved to a super cute location downtown and I’ve finally come to my senses! I’m trying to get something new each time I go because everything is so delish!

3. Taqueria El Charro Capatio
I’m pretty sure this is the name of this place but it’s the orange taqueria on the corner of 17th and Waco Drive. Pretty good tacos al pastor, fresh lemonade, quesadillas and tostadas—staples for any good taqueria!

4. Café Cappuccino
I’m not a big breakfast person or really a pancake person, but I’ll make room for 1/3 of a chocolate chip pecan pancake! I recently took my family and we each ordered a different one to try—I think the banana pecan might be my new fav. On days that I feel that I can handle eggs I go for an egg white blue cheese, spinach and tomato omelet. I mostly stick with the BLT though since it’s pretty light (they don’t put mayo on it, PTL) and enjoy breakfast convo with the person I’m with.

5. Food for Thought
I stick with the Eden’s Best sandwich with chips and salsa here. On cold winter days the chili is pretty tasty. I also love that they sell grapefruit soda!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Summertime

I am on summer break for the next three weeks. I finished my semester around 10:30 p.m. on Friday night. My plan was to go to sleep immediately, but my body had been used to staying up so that didn’t happen. I had planned to spend at least the next few days relaxing in Waco/recovering—of course I would get sick the week of finals. But I woke up pretty early on Saturday and then after lunch decided that I would go home to Houston for a few days to see the fam and rest.

Now, I love coming home because my family is super sweet to me for the first few days. When I’m on extended stay we all get a little feisty.

A few reasons why I loved my time home: My mom and brother are still in school and my dad is at work, leaving the house all to myself all day. I wake up each morning to my little pup at the side of my bed so I can pull him by his little arms. He immediately crawls under the blankets and stretches out alongside me and we sleep a few more hours. This actually happens a few times throughout the day and I love it. He’s such a chill dog he’s totally content snuggling up to you while you watch TV or read or talk on the phone, though if it’s too loud or you move around too much he sighs heavily and lets out a little growl. Straight up spoiled, I love it.

Now I do have another dog, Buddy, but unfortunately he’s an outdoor dog. He’s so big and stinky but the absolute sweetest thing. As soon as I walked in the house he looked through the back door and once he recognized me smiled really big! It was so cute and my mother thought it was the craziest thing. Even though he’s stinky I try to make sure to go out there and give him a good pat, even though I sorta want to gag.

The only thing I really planned to do while I was home was to check out what was on On Demand. To my luck and surprise, the entire fourth season of Entourage was available and the entire fifth season of The L Word! So good! Obvs me and Comet did a lot of snuggling this weekend because of this.



I drank a lot of Jasmine Green Tea this week and am bringing some back to Waco with me. I also drank this tea out of my favorite mug which I keep here at the house. We have these pair of really old coffee mugs that have a tree on them, one in green and one in orange. I used to think they were the ugliest thing ever and I’m sure I tried to throw them out a few times, but for some reason I love them both now (the green one is my favorite).

I also love, love, love taking baths at my house. My dad always complains that the water bill sky rockets when I’m home. I usually take a bath everyday that I’m here. Favorite bath time activities include reading, holding my breath under water or lying down so that just my ears are under the water but I can still breathe through my mouth and hanging out like that for a while. I’ve done this since I was a kid. I just love to listen to life underwater.

All of the ladies in my family are beauty junkies, so I have a few favorite bath products. This time I used Honey Bath from Laura Mercier. It made the water smell great and creating just the right amount of bubbles.



I get to play Guitar Hero or talk about LOST in person with my brother (as opposed to our weekly LOST recap phone dates), unload tons of stories on my mom and listen about her new obsessions (she’s been all about the Vera Bradley for a while now), and have my dad do car stuff me or take me on impromptu coffee runs.

Overall a successful time spent at the Borregos. Our next reunion will go down in Waco in a few weeks when they come to visit me. I’m actually really excited about it!