Thursday, November 20, 2008


Tuesday morning I piled the dogs in the car to take them down to Happy Hills Puppy Farm (aka, my parents' half acre of backyard in San Marcos). The dogs love it there and it was great to see Lucy leaping over their decorative wall in pursuit of tennis balls and random woodland creatures. Tuesday was a lovely 72°, so Mel spent some time flipping around on his back, attempting to maximize sun exposure to his tummy. I'll have to start taking them down there more often.

My mom and I had plans to see the 12:00 show of "The Secret Life of Bees" since we both liked the book and were curious, despite mediocre reviews, about the movie. I was slightly shocked to see my dad heading to the car with us for such a girly movie, but then realized that's just how bored he is already. He's only been retired since September. This is not a good sign.

Someone made a crack about there not being any tickets available as we turned into the deserted theater parking lot, but we then realized walking to the ticket counter that they had cancelled all shows before 2:00 and just didn't post it on the website. Nice.

Now we'll never know what the bees are up to

Our movie plans spoiled, we came up with the idea to go bowling. We bowled a lot when Doug and I were kids. Sports not being our forté, bowling was one activity we could manage without hurting ourselves.

There's only one bowling alley in San Marcos (I still find that hard to believe, but whatever), so we made our way to Sunset Bowling Lanes, only to find it full of Texas State undergrads knocking out a course credit. I went to the wrong school. I had to take raquetball for my PE credit at Trinity, which was neither fun for me nor safe for my classmates (I had a little problem with aim).

Anyhoo, they did have one lane open, so we found some shoes, grabbed some snacks, and started bowling. I wasn't expecting much out of my performance since it's been at least 3 years since I've bowled (Wii bowling does, apparently, NOT count). So I was shocked that the first time I sent the ball down the lane I got a strike.

This was, however, a fluke.

Bowling fail

I bowled possibly the worst 2 games of my adult life, scoring an 84 and a 79. I think from now on I'll stick to Wii sports.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Rebecca and Longhorns

My friend Rebecca made a return appearance in Austin this week, changing her travel plans to spend the last three days of her trip here instead of in Houston. I was thrilled she decided to come back as I rarely get to see her. She was the closest thing I had to a sister growing up (I have one brother and she has three) and it was wonderful to get reacquainted.

Rebecca's mom, Dr. Kinslow, drove down from Oklahoma and the three of us, plus my mom, went shopping at the San Marcos outlet mall on Thursday. The trip harkened back to our annual back to school outings when the four of us would pile in the Kinslow's van and venture north to the malls of Oklahoma City to buy Guess overalls and Outback Red shirts. We were stylin'.

Thursday we failed to purchase any Guess gear, but Rebecca and I did duck into the Converse store. Good times. Anyway, it was great having Rebecca and her mom here and I hope we can continue doing a better job of keeping in touch.

Yesterday we had some folks over to watch the Longhorns steamroll Kansas. Ryan grilled some tasty Central Market meats (sausages and chipotle chicken) and we enjoyed the cool weather, good company, and a fun game.

If you didn't catch the game, check Shipley out. The good part is the slo-mo replay.