27 November 2011

The bike

I hopped on my bike for a few days over thanksgiving break to meet up with some cross country cyclists who were passing through the hill country, where I was going to be anyways. I had a great time finding out new things about familiar towns as well as meeting great new friends. More soon!

14 November 2011


I went to Austin a couple of weeks ago to visit some friends and have a mini reunion with a bike team I was on a few years ago.

We had an alumni tailgate while watching the Longhorns beat Texas Tech. We had some breakfast tacos, breakfast beers, and camaraderie, and we got some good group photos.

Then I met up with some friends at the Jester King Brewery. It's out in the hill country a bit, but it's totally worth the drive. Beautiful brewery (looks like an old farmhouse) and delicious, wonderful beer. Their Wytchmaker Rye India Pale Ale was my favorite.

Then, we went out to the Salt Lick, which is renowned in these parts for their fantastic barbecue. They have expanded since I've been there last, which may or may not be a good thing, but they still make a damn good plate of barbecue.

All in all, a fantastic weekend.

I'm looking forward to seeing these folks again this weekend for the Renaissance Festival. Who doesn't love dressing up in ridiculous costumes, drinking beer, and walking around all day checking out the other ridiculous costumes, awesome music, and jousting??


Lest you think that all I do is garden, I also enjoy a frosty beverage from time to time. This was taken Saturday at the monsters of beer charity festival - a beer fest with at least 50 breweries from all over the US. I was serving for Saint Arnold, one of Houston's most well-known craft breweries.

This was also the kickoff to Houston Beer Week. They were raising money for a couple of charities, including Friday Harbour, which helps provide free housing for families traveling to the area to undergo cancer treatment. Great day and a cool event! If I can find more pics from the event I'll post them up here as well.

13 November 2011


Found this little guy in the garden this morning. Awesome!

10 November 2011


Just a quick picture of the carrot sprouts I've got so far. I thinned some lettuce and broccoli today, still have more to go. Still no rosemary or garlic, hopefully soon!

09 November 2011


I've got sprouts in the garden! I'm super excited because that means I haven't killed the plants (yet). So far, I'm looking at carrots, broccoli, lettuce, and peas that all have sprouts. Garlic and rosemary...not yet. I'll be thinning them out soon and hopefully can transplant some to another planter. It's amazing how small a 3' x 5' box becomes when you actually start using it. Stay tuned!!