Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Texas 730 (That's 2 Years)

Today marks 2 years since we moved to Texas. Last year we posted some things that we had learned about our new home after living here a year. Who knew that there was so much more for us to learn! Here are some new "facts" that we wanted to share...


You can, in fact grow tomatoes here...
And yes, they are delicious.


It is really hot...
OK-we already knew this, but on certain days we are reminded of this fact a little more than others. P.S. Della has officially lived more of her life here in Texas than she did in California. This means that she is more Texan than we are.


Texas has it's own unique breed of ticks (of course) called the Lone Star Tick (double of course)...
Archer models one that he caught in the above picture.


The Duff sisters...
You're welcome world.


It is acceptable to use the word "Indian" when referencing Native Americans...
For example "In Archer's Kindergarten play, the Indians taught the Pilgrims to bury a fish with every corn seed they planted."


The 4th of July is waaaay more fun here...


BYOB applies to fancy restaurants...
One of our favorite restaurants La Parmigana. Their Northern Italian dishes are amazingly good. Anyway, you can walk in and wait for a table but the owners prefer that you make reservations and in my mind this practice=fancy. Recently, while we we enjoying a classic seafood calzone and the three cheese ravioli, we were a little surprised to see that the party next to us had brought their own cans and bottles of beer in a cooler (pictured above under the man on the right's feet). Not only did they bring their own cans, they also brought those foam insulators for cans (beer cozies?) in many fashionable designs such as "cammo" and "NASCAR". I wish had gotten the memo, maybe I wouldn't have felt so out of place!


Silver Alert (do you like my special effects?)
Yes, it is really called a "Silver Alert" when an elderly person goes missing. All the Amber Alert signs light up across the state with information about the missing person in hopes that they will be found. A friend pointed out to me "It seems like Texas is always losing old people!" I have started to notice that this is kind of true. We hardly ever see signs alerting us to a child abduction (thank goodness), but we have seen Silver Alerts posted on signs more often than not.


GUNS!
OK-so I made this sign on the computer, but I really did see a sign with this exact wording on it while driving. At first I didn't get it. What are you going to do with a gun, shoot the hurricane? Then I realized that the author of this sign was referring to looters. Nice. I can finally rest know that our extensive CD collection that spans the 90's and my obscene amount of scrap booking paper is safe from natural disaster-created theives! Phew! There is a corner by my house that seems to attract a lot of people selling their wares on the side of the road; fruit, pecans, honey, birdhouses, fleece blankets with tigers on them, etc. A few months ago we noticed a new roadside vendor. He sat in the blazing hot sun behind a card table with a large handwritten sign that he had duct taped to the front of it. The sign said "AMMO!" Is that even allowed?


Wes Anderson is a native Houstonian...
Mr. Anderson filmed "Rushmore" at a few different Houston schools. The fictional Rushmore Acadamy's mascot is the owl, which is also the mascot for Rice University here in Houston. I always thought that was an odd choice for a mascot. Just sayin'.



VBS!
For those of you not "in the know" VBS stands for "Vacation Bible School" and it seems like just about everyone attends at least one session during the summer. I am not poking fun at VBS, I am glad that I live in a place where there are so many church-going people. I do find it a little much when the children say "Hoo! Hoo!" instead of "Amen" at the end of a prayer. But that's just me. Below is an ad from Hobby Lobby advertising that all VBS crafts are 50% off...





2 comments:

Science Teacher Mommy said...

Your color progression tomatoes are just so cool. We never had any luck with Houston tomatoes, but yours look fabulous.

Tick = super gross. I'm sorry you didn't get a picture of some pus-filled fire ant bites. ;)

Been missing Texas this week. I just loved our ward there. Say "hi" to the Houston temple for us next time you get down that way.

Amy said...

Who doesn't want to live there!