Archive for March, 2012
I was running around downtown Austin last night and was floored when I saw this. I saw a couple of interesting bands, some to listen to again and quite few that just didn’t hold my interest at all. It seems to be a recurring theme
I had a whole lot of fun running around, seeing friends, making new ones and sharing Austin with the SXSW crowds. It’s nice when the party comes to your home town and you can share the city, but it will be nice to have our space back come Monday.
I picked up T from the airport yesterday, stopped downtown for her credentials and then headed to Casa de Devota for a quick freshen up and to take Saba on an adventure. We have a routine: we head out of town for Barbeque for T to get her annual fix. It was Chisholm Trail last night and we took it to go. There is a park not far from there, in Lockheart that Saba and I frequent when we are in the area. We headed there for our dinner. We grabbed a picnic table, unrolled the butcher paper and had a feast. The stream behind us was gurgling with the water from the week’s rains; the sun was just getting low in the evening sky it was a perfect backdrop to an indulgent treat. Saba was running around, enjoying the park, getting a snack or two and it was a successful adventure.
I’m heading into the office for a few more days and then will be off for the music portion of the festival.
I went ahead a planted my garden: I was on a roll Sunday morning. I moved a bunch of dirt; lots and lots of dirt from the compost pile put it into the new garden and got the concrete blocs in place for a raised vegetable bed. The next stop was the big box hardware store for some topsoil and plants. I got the organic soil; I haven’t used pesticides since I moved in here eleven years ago. I wanted a full kitchen garden, so I was looking for what I use most. I got lots of tomatoes: seven plants since one came apart when I was pulling them apart. I found peas, squash, basil, cilantro, basil, hot peppers, red ones; I couldn’t find the green ones, but left room. I also was looking for beans, but didn’t find those either. I finished up planting just in time for the Nascar race.
I watched the Phoenix race, wishing I was back at that track. I had tickets there a number of years ago. I liked that track, it usually has exciting races, but Phoenix this year didn’t hold my attention very much. I am a bit concerned about the new fuel injection; Tony Stewart had a mishap when he shut the engine down during the caution to save fuel. It wouldn’t re-fire. There was another driver that had the same trouble and then there was the right front tires that let go twice. It was great to see Denny win, Jimmy and Chad came in 4th so it was a make up day from the Daytona DNF. I am sure the crews are tearing apart the fuel injection systems, trying to figure out what went wrong.
I was sore from my gardening adventure: I felt it on Sunday night and by Monday morning, there were muscle groups I forgot I had. I was able to get some of the kinks worked out when I took my walk for 45 minuets before kickball. I managed to get on base a couple of times and got some runs in for my team. It was a good night for me on the field.
I got up early on Saturday morning; it was a crisp spring day. I got Saba to the park, to the big box store and after a detour for breakfast; I got to the house to work in the yard. With all the spring rains we have had, the weeds are out of control. I spend the afternoon getting one garden weeded and cleaned up the fountain and the birdbath. It was rewarding to look at it this morning.
I headed down the highway to my local track, Thunder Hill Raceway last nigh for the kick off of the season. It was a chilly night and I was bundled up in my winter coat. The cars had the start of the season shine on them, the racing was exciting and there are a bunch of drivers that changed classes. I was excited to see good car counts for the first race, to see the stands full of fans. It’s going to be a good year: lots of heated competition, that’s for sure.
This afternoon is NASCAR at Phoenix.
Today its back out to the gardens: two and a half more to weed, but a slow steady approach and I will get ahead of them. I hope to get the vegetable garden moved today, maybe not planted, but ready for plants later this week.