My tour of DFW Hiking Trails took me south of Dallas today to Cedar Hill. The GPS said I had an hour-long drive ahead of me but it was much shorter than that. Cedar Hill State Park is actually only 20 miles from downtown Dallas and 30 miles from downtown Fort Worth (according to their website http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cedar-hill). We made it in about 40 minutes and I say WE because I got to bring a buddy today! Several friends have asked to join me on these hikes (Come on! The more the merrier! Plus I’ll need someone to carry me when I inevitably step on a rattlesnake). Today Shannon made the trip with me. Shannon is tons of fun and a fast-walker (Dang woman, SLOW DOWN!) but she also brought along a weapon, “Just in case.” It was a heavy black stick on a key-chain so I renamed it her “Bitch Stick.” Continue reading →
It wasn’t the movie itself that changed my life forever.
No, it was a Poltergeist teaser-trailer that came out several months before the movie. It featured stills and a few clips from the film that was coming out that summer, but it also showed interviews with supposed “Paranormal Experts.” They explained what a poltergeist actually was and my young mind was BLOWN. I found the first trailer on Youtube but it’s pretty crude. In fact, think it was taped by some dude sitting in front of his TV. Continue reading →
If you’re a fan of chicken, this is tastiest and easiest recipe you are ever going to try. It’s from Thomas Keller and I can give you the link but it’s so easy you almost don’t even need it. You just buy a good chicken and truss it, add loads of salt & pepper and then bake it at 450 for about an hour (until it reaches 165 degrees). Don’t check it. Don’t baste the bird. Don’t do ANYTHING. Just back away from the damn oven. You will be left with the juiciest, tastiest, nom nom nom chicken you’ve ever had. You might not even have time to Instagram a picture of it but you will WANT to because it LOOKS incredible too.
There’s almost no way to mess this up…unless you cook the bird upside down. I did this once and couldn’t figure out why there wasn’t any meat on the breast (because it’s the BACK, dumbass). We laughed about that for ages. I remember smirking about it the NEXT time I made roast chicken. I double-checked and laughed thinking, “Surely I won’t make that mistake a second time!” Continue reading →
Benjamin Orr wasn’t my very first Rock ‘n’ Roll crush. That would be Tommy Shaw, whom I saw playing with Styx on the Grand Illusion tour. I was 6-years-old and I don’t know WHY I was at that concert, but I was transfixed by his flowing blonde locks.
Benjamin Orr of The Cars was different because I loved his voice long before I saw him. It was the early 1980s and still the golden age of RADIO, so I didn’t know what my favorite musicians looked like until I saw them on “American Bandstand” or in my sister’s Teen Beat Magazine. Even then, everyone seemed focused on Ric Ocasek and his giraffe-like neck so I didn’t really SEE Benjamin Orr until The Cars Drive video. I had no idea a man could be that pretty. Seriously, even prettier than Paulina Prizkova (who after a fresh viewing, was batshit crazy in that video. Never noticed THAT before either!) Continue reading →
The next hiking trail on my “City Hikes” agenda was the Trinity River Audubon Center so I hit it last week on a warm, sunny day. It was quiet with no other apparent visitors and I was excited to have the place to myself. I was hoping I’d have better luck and see some actual animals this time and the TRAC is known for its bobcats. Continue reading →
Jupiter Ascending is the latest from the Writing-Directing Wachowski siblings. You loved their work on the Matrix but if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ve been pretty disappointed with what they’ve put out since. Expectations for this one have been high (with it’s 175 million dollar budget) but the release date was continuously delayed and those trailers were pretty freaking confusing.
I honestly didn’t expect to like this movie at all. As the theater lights went down, the critic sitting next to me said, “This movie is gonna be awful,” and I fully agreed with her. Then I spent the next half-hour being totally enthralled. Unfortunately, Jupiter Ascending is just over 2 hours long. Continue reading →
I came up with the BEST idea for a Valentine’s Day Treat!
Okay, that’s a total lie. I never come up with anything. I’m about as creative as a…SEE? I’m so uncreative that I can’t even finish that sentence.
The truth is that my husband found this recipe and made it for a Super Bowl party this weekend. The icing is such a gorgeous PINK though that I thought it would be a perfect Valentine’s Day Cake. It’s also ridiculously easy. Continue reading →
I adored Emily Trube long before we started working together at KRLD.
I would listen to the station for school-closings on snowy mornings and hear poor Emily reporting from the icy roads. She has the voice of a teenager so she sounds like someone’s really smart daughter. Maybe that’s why I always worried so much about her driving on 635 in a snow-storm. I remember laughing out loud when she warned everyone to drive slowly, “like my Meemaw!”
I loved Emily even more after meeting her though because I saw how incredibly REAL she is. People in radio often craft a persona but not Emily Trube. That’s probably why she’s so good at what she does. I offered to take her to lunch and we threw a few ideas around before I said, “Just pick you’re favorite place and we’ll go there.”
It was no contest. She chose Campisi’s but it had to be the ORIGINAL Egyptian Restaurant. Continue reading →
I’m writing this from the parking lot of an animal hospital. It is the second animal hospital I’ve visited today and the cat in the carrier next to me will not stop meowing. It’s this SAME meowing that brought us here to begin with because she’s been at it nonstop for about 36 hours. Sometimes it will slow down and turn into an “Ooo Ooo Oooo” sound. Then she’ll kick back in and scream MEOW.
Maggie has a multitude of issues (some renal, some relating to the sore teeth in her mouth) and it’s going to cost a shitload of money to deal with it all. I don’t really care as long as it stops the meowing. I’d like to say I’m worried about how scared she is or if she’s in pain but that is all outweighed now by my desperate need for SILENCE. Continue reading →
I’m writing this from the parking lot of a gym near my house. I’m hiding out here because I don’t want to be home when the woman who cleans our house gets her “Your Services Are No Longer Needed” note. Yes, I am firing her via note and I feel absolutely terrible about it. I LOVE this woman and so do my kids. They got all weepy when I told them we had to part ways with her. That’s not why I’m dodging her though. Continue reading →