Sunday, January 31, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
It was Tony's annual Latin Lunch. This year a group of us gathered at La Mexicana. Lunch became dinner because we didn't order until 4:30PM. We were busy catching up over cocktails while playing Lotera!
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
This was a souvenir from one of my co-workers. It was a thank you for giving her jalapeno cheese biscuits from The Czech Stop in West, TX.
And so, this was my view from The Calvinator's Upper Kirby Crib on the morning of the Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half Marathon. The Crib is just a few short steps from Mile 6. Eminem has 8 Mile, I have Mile 6. And this is how I saw it that day. If you want to see my tweets, follow me on Twitter @absolutrunnr
|Cops blocking Richmond Avenue @ Kirby Drive (looking south).|
|Looking north on Kirby.|
|Crowd and well-wishers/supporters start to gather.|
|I incorrectly inflated my bam bams but they worked for awhile.|
|Do not panic. There is no reason to run.|
|Beginning to thin out.|
|Fat heads always liven things up. It WAS a street party at Mile 6.|
Friday, January 22, 2016
It is nice to go to the expo without the anticipation churning in my stomach of having to run a full or half marathon the next day.
Sometimes it pays to look up. This is in the lobby of the Hilton-Post Oak.
I went to Highlands, TX
Because Houston has such a diverse economy, people work what many of us would consider unconventional hours. The refineries, the medical workers, and even companies that have their global headquarters here, have people working around the clock.
Houston is the United States
Monday, January 18, 2016
When I awakened on Monday morning, my newsfeed was filled with tributes to David Bowie. He died on Sunday evening after a bout with cancer. It was not publicly known that he was ill. And even more bizarre, on his birthday, January 8, he dropped a new album with a song titled Lazarus.
I only saw David Bowie perform once. It was in Dallas at Reunion Arena on October 10, 1987, when his Glass Spider Tour came to town. As expected it was a great show. Here is the set list from that evening.
One of my all time favorite lyrics is from Let's Dance. It is, "Put on your red shoes and dance the blues."
I heard someone on the telly talking about why we mourn people we've never met (in the context of artists, musicians, actors, etc.). And what they said made sense. It's because these people shared their talent and took us to another place. And such was the case with the incomparable, David Bowie.
A real Facebook friend of mine shared this on her page. I had never seen it. You'll love it!
Thursday, January 14, 2016
And considering the score, it didn't happen. The Texans lost to the Chiefs 0-30. Even when that guy ran 106 yards on the opening kick-off and scored, I really believed it was going to get better, and it didn't. I guess there is always next year.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Which means that the Mystery & Fantasy Mardi Gras Party is almost here. Because I was out of town on Sunday, I was unable to get the invitations, so Ken retrieved mine for me. I had an EPAH Board Meeting and went to his place to get them.
This theme could be interesting.
The previous evening, family and friends gathered at Mt. Olivet Funeral Home for a rosary and wake. It was in the same room as my dad's rosary.
It had been a long time since I'd been in St. Andrew's. I think the last time I was there was for a wedding. It made think how a church can be a gathering place for good times and bad. It is also the church where my high school junior class had Mass on Ring Day. #memories
Following the Mass, we proceeded to Mt. Olivet Cemetery when many friends and relatives are buried. It brought back memories from my dad's funeral in November 2011. And like my dad, Uncle Ralph was a military veteran. Along with this comes the honor of having a flag draped on the coffin and presented to the family. It's very moving. When the flag was presented, the presenter, on one knee said, "On behalf of the President of the United States and the people of a grateful nation, may I present this flag as a token of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service your loved one rendered this nation."
Following the internment, we took my mom back to the house. I loaded up The Cal Mobile, got The Calvinator and we were on our way back to H-town with a stop in West.
The funeral was scheduled for January 4 so...I loaded up The Calvinator and headed back to Ft. Worth on Sunday. The entrance to Westpark Tollway isn't too far from The Crib and even though traffic was probably going to be light, I decided to go ahead and take the Westpark to the Grand Parkway...and we were on our way.
I've portioned it out and froze it so that I can enjoy it for awhile.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
So...what did I see on January 1? I saw a bundle of balloons at Kroger on Studemont. It screamed Happy New Year!
Kroger was just one of many stops for the day: FIT; Fiesta; H-E-B; a New Year Day's brunch; DSW; and Sports Authority. I so needed to do laundry because I was heading back to Ft. Worth on Sunday but I just-didn't-have-the-energy after I made a batch of Jambalaya and Posole.
I think I have determined that I really enjoy spending New Year Day with friends more than I ever enjoyed spending New Year's Eve out and about. There is some sort of faux expectation that accompanies New Year's Eve. I have a hard time explaining it. Plus, it's never fun starting the new year with a hangover.
If you've been following me for awhile, you know that I have gotten way behind with my posts. For the most part, I've been taking the picture(s) of the day and then playing catch up. Also, if you've been following me, you know that I attend St. Anne Catholic Church in Houston and typically once a month I help with a 5:00PM Mass.
I guess it was appropriate that the year ended with me back at church on the evening of 12/31/15, as an extraordinary minister for the 6:00PM Mass. Some people know that January 1 is recognized in the Roman Catholic Church as The Solemnity of Mary and is a holy day of obligation. New Year's Day is not a holy day of obligation.
I was quite content being at church on the evening of 12/31/15. It seems that toward the end of the year, the were numerous deaths within the families of my circle of friends. There were also many people who became ill. The prayer list has been long. So rather than makes plans to be out with the amateurs, I went home after Mass; after counting my blessings.
The Christmas decor was still up. This church is so beautiful on the inside, it really doesn't need much decor. And all through Mass, I kept staring at the poinsettias so I thought I would share that with you.
So...on my way to some place fast but out of the way, I decided to go to Fat Bao which is next door to The Calvinator's Crib. It took me a few minutes to figure out the menu but then I discovered the lunch special. I ended up with chicken and pork belly and homemade potato chips. #notbad
Monday, January 4, 2016
Sunday, January 3, 2016
And let's not forget the reason for the season.
And, speaking of all things spiritual
I spent the morning in the kitchen preparing lasagna. I cheated on some of the ingredients because I wasn't cooking in my own kitchen and had to improvise.
So...when it was done, I snapped this photo. It sort of looks like a pan of enchiladas.
When we rounded the track I caught this view of the eastern sky.
I spent the afternoon cooking additional sides to accompany the traditional tamales. And, while cooking and preparing for the evening, I realized I had left a present at home and ventured out to Target.
Caught my breath, changed clothes and we were off to 5:30PM Mass at St. George Catholic Church.