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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Goings on ...

I've decided I use the ellipsis too much, but can't decide what I should use instead. The boss says complete sentences work nicely for most people, but what does she know?

I've gotten to the point where I am perpetually sore. BJJ keeps me fairly beaten up, and probably contributes the most, but it's the nagging injuries that bother me the most. Right now my right foot hurts. I played golf today, and probably overdid it a bit. Friday we went bowling, and then out to dinner to plan the first annual Austin PXTX (Practice Thanksgiving - blatantly stolen from NuttNbunny with no apologies offered).

So, PXTX is the chance for friends to get together and celebrate Thanksgiving with each other vs with their families. It's also the chance to practice these strange dishes you want to wow everyone with in a low stress environment. Our PXTX is set for the second weekend in November. I think it might be cutting it a bit close, but most of the other weekends are already taken. I'm responsible for the turkey (which will be fried), and the cranberries. We haven't really nailed down the rest of the parts yet, but hope to this week.

I also added a couple knives to the collection, but haven't taken pics of them yet. Plus, my new hog knife should be finished soon. I hope to book a hog hunt this Fall, but haven't found a place yet. I do have a lead, where you hunt hogs with a knife behind dogs. That should make some interesting blog material.

Finally, I will close out with some pics of the teal hunt. Actually, a couple sunset pics, since this was a morning hunt.

A link to the large size.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Weekend whirlwind

It was a busy weekend around my casa. The inlaws where in town this weekend, which necesitated a cleaning frenzy not often seen around our house. It really wasn't that bad, especially since our housekeeper does the really hard work (mopping/vaccuming, dusting, & sheet changing). However, we did also clean out our office which was a bit of a chore, since I consider that my man cave.

Saturday had me going to the morning BJJ class. Excitement there, since we had a couple new guys, and hints of a possible 4th stripe for me. I have a seminar coming up in October, so I need to check and see if the NYC trip is going to happen.

After a shower and shave the previously mentioned in-laws arrived. After much discussion, we settled on meeting the BIL at an upscale version of BBQ. I say upscale, because the original Salt Lick BBQ is an all you can eat joint in Driftwood, Texas. This is a hoity toity version by the same name. In this case, I think I prefered the fancy version simply because I didn't feel like driving an extra hour and then waiting another 30 minutes for a table.

Sufficiently fed we decided to head back to the house to rest before heading out to the "Local Collegiate Sports Collective" or to those who live in Austin, The Texas Longhorns. The game was rough in the first half, but in the end the Longhorns dominated.

Sunday had everyone leaving, and copious amounts of fantasy football. Plus these really delicious Cheese and Bacon scones that my better half bought at Central Market. I think these might have been about 70000 calories a piece, as they were tasty, but any thoughts I had of watching my diet this weekend were blown by the new beverage I was drinking. Fresh squeezed OJ, good dark rum, ice, and blood orange Italian soda. Nice. No BJJ next Saturday, as I am going to try and hit opening teal season, so I think I will go to the MMA class tonight. Wish me luck.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

I can't believe I ate the whole thing!

Friday night we rounded up a couple of friends and went to the Brazilian Churrascaria Estancia. All I can say is WOW! We got there a little early, and while they were putting our table together we decided to have a drink at the bar. The selection of Bourbon could have been better, but the strength of the drinks was nice. They definitely didn't skimp on the alcohol. WHile waiting, they brought a basket of Cheese bread. Hot fresh bread with cheese melted on the inside. Delicious.

As our friends walked in the door, they whisked us away to our table, the restaurant was crowded, but not uncomfortably. We ordered wine and went and got our salads. Nothing revolutionary, but they did have a nice selection of heart of palm and other bits I don't eat (artichoke hearts etc).

After the salads, they brought fried yucca, seared plantains with carmelized sugar, more cheese bread. and garlic mashers. Then they started bringing meat. Sausage, pork ribs, bottom loin, top loin, filet mignon, lamb, chicken breast, and pork. All cooked to flavor (I assume they had welldone, I like it all rare).

After the meat, we decided on coffee and dessert. I of course went with the creme brulee, M went with the Mango Ice cream with Raspberry liquor. After composing ourselves and finishing off the rest of the second bottle of wine, we decided to head home. I'm still full.