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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Viva La Fiesta!!!

It's April in Texas and that means it's FIESTA in San Antonio!! My dad lives just west of San Antonio and he grew up in SA so it's his hometown. Since 2003 (I moved to Texas in summer 2002), we have gone to Fiesta events. It's one of my favorite times of the year. We have a great time together going to the different events.

This year, I drove up on Wednesday, April 24th, with Peanut in tow. Peanut loves my Dad's house as do I. We have our own room and bathroom here. My Dad always makes us feel comfortable and welcome. It's a wonderful thing.

So, here is a recap of our Fiesta week events:

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Arrived at Dad's house around 4:30 p.m. Had tacos for dinner. SO DELICIOUS! My Dad makes the best tacos ever.

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
We went to The Alamo and toured it and the grounds. Very beautiful. Then, we stopped to talk to some Marines who were set up outside. There was supposed to be a Marine band playing outside The Alamo, but they didn't show up, so we decided to head to my very favorite Fiesta event - NIOSA (Night in Old San Antonio).

Sign at Sauerkraut Bend
NIOSA has tons of vendors with different food and music. The area is divided into countries. We visited Irish Flats where we got excellent potato skins. Then, we headed to Sauerkraut Bend where we indulged in some German food. I had bratwurst on a stick with mustard and Dad had the same, plus a bratwurst in a bun with sauerkraut. We then moved on to the Mexican food outside where we had pork tamales and I also had a burrito. We headed over to a music area where I spotted some ice cream and had that. Then we headed to China where Dad got some Chinese Apple Pie, which was apple pie filling in the same stuff they use to make won tons. He shared some with me. It was delicious. We then returned to the pork tamales.

I then spotted some corn on the cob and ate that followed by a snow cone. Yes, I was feeling rather full after all of that, but that's NIOSA and it's delicious! Dad and I took a rest on a bench after consuming all of this before making our way to the car and home for a much needed rest. We watched Murder in Suburbia on Netflix, which was a very funny and good mystery series.

By the way, I do not normally consume that much food in a single sitting, just for the record. But all bets are off once a year at NIOSA :)

Friday, April 26th, 2013
Menu at Fiesta Gartenfest
We headed over to St. Mary's University for the Jazz Fest. We listened to some good music, talked a bit, and Dad had a hot dog while I tried the popcorn. We then headed to Fiesta Gartenfest, which was a German festival. We way over indulged there, but it was easy to do. We had bratwurst on bread and German potato salad. Then we hit up the pastries. We had German chocolate cake, Dad had apple pie and apple pastries. I had white cake with frosting and ice cream. It was so good, but we were absolutely stuffed when we left. We felt we wouldn't need to eat for days.

Saturday, April 27th, 2013
We slept in and relaxed in the morning. In the afternoon, we headed to Bill Miller's BBQ and had some great brisket and sides. We then headed back home to collect Peanut and take her to Brackenridge Park and the Japanese Tea Garden. Peanut loved the park and the tea garden! She had so much fun exploring new territory and walking the trails.

Japanese Tea Garden
I rode the Brackenridge Eagle, which is a miniature train that goes around the different park areas. It was a lot of fun! And then Dad and I walked with Peanut through the park. We ended the day at the Japanese Tea Garden, which is very beautiful. Our last stop was a quick visit to Alamo Stadium, which my Dad remembered from his childhood. It was a very cool stadium, they are doing renovations right now, but I can see how great it once was so I look forward to seeing the completed renovations.

After visiting the stadium, we headed home making one stop for me to get a snow cone. I love them, but do not eat them that often so I'm taking advantage of this mini-vacation to indulge. We got home and watched Murdoch Mysteries on Netflix, which is a very good show.

Sunday, April 28, 2013
We slept in and started the day with a great breakfast of Belgian waffles and sausage. Delicious! We headed to the 10th Street River Festival, which it turned out was already over although it shouldn't have been since it was advertised to last until midnight tonight. Oh well, no problem, we went over to Market Square, which was really hopping! We walked around, looked at some shops and just browsed through the vendors. Then, we headed to San Jose Mission Fest. On the way, my Dad pointed out some places from his childhood and young adult years in San Antonio. He also stopped at a snow cone booth we saw, which was very sweet  (pardon the pun) since I love snow cones as previously stated. My Dad knows I love them so he stopped and bought me one when he saw the stand.

At the San Jose Mission Fest, we walked around the booths and heard some great music. We watched the kids play in the child area for awhile and it was fun to see them having fun. Then we headed back home, stopping at Subway for a double grilled chicken salad, which was delicious. We arrived home and I took a refreshing shower before settling down and watching some Charlie Chan and Nero Wolfe. My Dad and I share a love of mysteries in general and we both love Charlie Chan and Nero Wolfe. It was a perfect way to end the last day of Fiesta.

Peanut and I are not looking forward to going home tomorrow. We love hanging out with my Dad. I am so blessed to have a fantastic father in every possible way!!



Sunday, April 21, 2013

Work It!


We all have sites we visit often such as Facebook or Youtube. But there are some other cool sites out there that I visit so I thought I would share these in a post. These are work-related except for the last one and could be helpful to others:

1. Ask a Manager. This site is written by a former manager of a non-profit and she answers business-related questions about everything from resumes to office politics. Other readers respond in the comments as well so it's a good site to get some advice on everything work-related.

2. Small Business Blog. Several business owners write in different blogs on this site about business-related issues. Interesting to get work-related insight from the top. 

3. Not Always Working. Stories of bad customer service, bad bosses, and bad co-workers.

4. Salary.com. Great articles on workplace issues.

5. Overheard in the Office. Funny site of things people have overheard in their offices.

6. Lifehacker. Tips and tricks for getting things done!


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Suspect


I’m going to go ahead and say it – please remember that the man they've arrested in Boston is a SUSPECT. He has not been found guilty of the bombings. I am inclined to believe he did it, but then I've also seen innocent people convicted by overwhelming circumstantial evidence. I know as a lawyer and a former journalist that all the facts are not often revealed and some of what is reported is totally false.

SO…I would urge everyone to calm down and take a breath. Let’s not convict anyone in the media or in our own minds simply because we want to feel like we’re once again safe


Thursday, April 18, 2013

April is the Cruelest Month - T.S. Eliot


I think April is bitter. Maybe it's because it has all the rain. Or maybe it's because April is sometimes that in-between time from Winter to Spring and no one really likes it. Or maybe April has been angry ever since Hitler was born this month and now it's just letting go of even trying to be nice. I don't know. But this week alone has been tragic in many ways:

1. Monday, April 15, 2013: Bombs explode at the Boston Marathon, killing three, injuring dozens more.

2. Tuesday, April 16, 2013: Sixth anniversary of the Virginia Tech school shooting.

3. Wednesday, April 17, 2013: Explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant. Many presumed dead, many injuries.

4. Saturday, April 20, 2013: 14th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Also, the day Hitler was born. 

If anything happens today or tomorrow, I'm going to be very bitter myself. Yesterday, I also found out that one of my law school classmates was in a terrible bicycle accident and has been in a coma for the last 10 days. I was not particularly close to this woman, but law school classes are divided into small sections. There were 80 people in our section so we all knew one another, if not well at least we knew of each other and we have been very supportive of each other in many ways. Hearing that one of our own has had a terrible accident is hard. 

In addition to the events listed above, these are other historical events that occurred in April:

April 4, 1968: Dr. Martin Luther King is assassinated.

April 11, 1970: Houston, we have a problem. Apollo 13 oxygen tank explodes.

April 15, 1912: Titanic sinks.

April 18, 1906: San Francisco earthquake kills 4,000 people.

April 19, 1993: Waco compound of David Koresh seized, 82 people die.

April 19, 1995: Oklahoma City federal building bombed. 

April 26, 1986: Nuclear reactor at Chernobyl explodes. Many killed, massive injuries that continue for decades afterwards.

April 29, 1992: Riots erupt in California when the Rodney King verdict is announced. 

Seriously April? GO HOME, YOU SUCK!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston

Marathon running requires discipline, determination, dedication. It pushes the body to its limits both in training and when running the actual race. The runners who qualify for the prestigious races are particularly impressive. To run the Boston Marathon, a woman in my age bracket (35-39) must run a marathon in 3 hours, 40 minutes or less. That's 26.2 miles in less than four hours. If you broke it down by miles and minutes (which simplifies the marathon process tremendously, but for the sake of argument, we'll do it here), you're looking at running those miles in less than 8.5 minutes each. For every single mile.

This monumental achievement is not easy and that is why the Boston Marathon is one of the most sought after races. It's a hard race. You must qualify for it. There are hills. And yet, tens of thousands of people every year hope to qualify.

This is why the tragic events today at the Boston Marathon take on even more horror. The people who run this race and their supporters have already gone through hell to get to the race and to run it. To be subjected to the horror of bombs going off is just unfathomable.

My prayers are with the runners, their families, the victims, and the entire city of Boston. Understand that blame should be placed only on those who planted these bombs. This was not a question of lack of security. This was not a conspiracy on behalf of Obama or Republicans. This was a tragic event and should be viewed as such. 

BUT! Just as marathon runners rise each day and continue to run, so shall we all run the race to justice with Boston. 


Saturday, April 13, 2013

This, That, Some of the Other

Things I've found funny and/or that I can relate to. 
Happy Saturday!!

There would be less workplace
shootings if we had nap time at work.

Yeah, pretty much.


Well, now that you mention it...

Highest dosage possible please!














Pretty sure it's the latter.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Beauty of Life

There are so many beautiful things in life! When in this last time you stopped to watch a tree being gently swayed by the wind? When did you last enjoy the sound of rain coming down while you were inside your cozy house or apartment with a cup of tea? What about the feel of your dog or cat's fur as you pet them?

How often we rush through life, forgetting to enjoy these very simple, but very meaningful, pieces of beauty.