Around the World, Texas, USA

[Deep in the Heart of Texas – Spring, TX]

January 23, 2013

The stars at night are indeed big and bright in Texas. I missed smelling fresh air, driving fast on dirt roads and no coat weather. It made me question why I was living in a freezing city full of hostile busy bees. That being said maybe I didn’t spend quite long enough during my long weekend visit to my parent’s house.

Keep in mind many of the moments during my actual stay in Texas were not photographed on account of many of those times being my mom and I binging on sushi or shopping at the outlet malls. Also I had the misfortune of spraining my ankle, spending part of my morning in an emergency room and waddling around on crutches for part of the weekend.

All that being said, here is some of what did happen…

I love being served food... and outdoors at that

I love being served food… and outdoors at that [via iPhone]

My mom's meringue chocolate mousse cake

My mom’s meringue chocolate mousse cake

We stopped by my mom’s studio the first night after some relaxing and shopping (of course) and I snapped a few photos. It wasn’t really a sparring day but I guess they had gear on to practice. I couldn’t help but intervene when it came to tornado kicks. Unfortunately my being nosy didn’t work so well without having brought my gear to really get in there.

The belt stash and Jane hard at work...

The belt stash and Jane hard at work…

Ryan mugging for the camera

Ryan mugging for the camera

(My dad's pic) Clifton looks so serious I had to include it

(My dad’s pic) Clifton looks so serious I had to include it

Serious students pre-sparring

Serious students pre-sparring

 

The next day I woke up early and hit the golf course. Despite a nearly hour long frost delay we had a great time and played a round with my parents’ clubhouse friend Charlie. I also met someone who apparently goes by the name “Scary Jerry” who agreed that my golf shoes were divine.

Gleannloch

Gleannloch Farms Golf Course aka now Gleannloch Pines (post my HS years)

My too big golf shoes I grabbed from the garage

My too big golf shoes I grabbed from the garage [via iPhone]

Later on I swung by my best friend Berger’s wedding reception having missed his actual ceremony in mid January… in very cold Bloomington, IL. I have now begun to call him solely by his last name (despite the fact that I used to be the only one who didn’t) now that he has married someone named Alex as well. [Note: This post will be updated shortly with actual pictures of them together]

Alex’s dad began dabbling in wine making and had a full sampling of them out, equipped with custom label of course. I bypassed the one that “tastes like kool-aid” and settled on a blackberry jam Malbec. And of course there were cupcakes.

Envelope guest book & very detailed program list

Envelope guest book & very detailed program list

A wedding... get it?

A wedding… get it?

Alex's dad and the cupcakes which were outdoors because its not freezing there.

Alex’s dad and the cupcakes which were outdoors because its not freezing there.

Lovely new Alex

Lovely new Alex

And the original Alex

And the original Alex

 

After a quick haircut we stopped by Redfish, my favorite Houston sushi place. Note: this review is nearly completely based on their firecracker role.

Hot Chic and Susan Rolls mmm. Thought I'd never leave [iphonographie]

Hot Chic and Susan Rolls mmm. Thought I’d never leave [via iPhone]

Sunday rolled around way to fast and by then, well, so had my ankle. After my 8 am stint in the emergency room, I walked my crutches and boot to a shoot I was doing for mom’s family friends. Keep an eye out for their upcoming site and non prof work.

 

Little Smile [Wanda Strahan]

Little Smile [Wanda]

Big Smile [Wanda Strahan]

Big Smile [Wanda]

 

A few of Chris…

Little Smile [Chris Strahan]

Little Smile [Chris Strahan]

Big Smile [Chris Strahan]

Big Smile [Chris Strahan]

And of course my family got involved.

This not so attractive picture of my mom who was not happy to be taking a picture looking like this...

This not so attractive picture of my mom who was not happy to be taking a picture looking like this…

In case you ever wondered what I looked like with no make up on and leaning on a boot at 9 am

In case you ever wondered what I looked like with no make up on and leaning on a boot at 9 am

 

And last but not least, I stopped by the Houston Technology Center before my flight home for a Pseudo Shark Tank Pitch with a company trying to get into their accelerator. Oh iPhonographie.

Waiting for an nat gas pitch

Waiting for a pitch… [via iPhone

 

 

 

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