Last Weekend, Thirty by 30 Progress, and a Shiny Gem.

Last weekend, Phil and I enjoyed a lovely child-free weekend in Austin, while Jaye enjoyed a weekend at Mimi and Pops. We drove down on Friday to stay with our friends Chris and Laura, who are expecting their first child in just a few weeks. We spent Friday evening doing our favorite thing: playing nerdy board games! We played Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan. And I won. Of course. :-) Saturday morning, we slept in. It was incredible--what a concept. Then after a yummy breakfast out, … [Read more...]

#10: Completed, Finding a Gay Friendly Church in Dallas

Number 10 on my Thirty by 30 list was to find a church community in Dallas. I'm happy to say we've completed that! We have joined the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. We're very happy there and starting to get involved. Jaye is being baptized on Sunday. I've been attending the Moms Group on Wednesday mornings. We went to a Halloween party last weekend hosted by some church friends. And Jaye and I just got home this morning from a play date with some other church moms. To start our … [Read more...]

Veggies and More Veggies: Whole Living Challenge Week 2

Well, I survived the first week of the Whole Living Challenge. Now I'm starting week 2 of the Whole Living Challenge. How's it going? I still don't love vegetables. But I did eat a lot of them last week. Until Friday, when we left town for a Settlers Weekend at the beach. Then I cheated all weekend long and ate whatever I wanted to. And it was awesome. But now we're back home, and I'm trying to stick to week 2. This week I can add seafood tofu, beans and lentils. I'm very excited about this. It … [Read more...]

Why Can’t I Love Vegetables?!?

The 30th item (clearly I'm going out of order in completion) on my Thirty by 30 list is to eliminate processed food and learn to eat vegetables. This week, I took a tangible step towards that goal, hopefully. I started the Whole Living Challenge. The challenge is structured as a cleanse and detox, which is good, but isn't exactly my main goal. My goal is to learn to enjoy fruits and vegetables. I don't right now. When I'm hungry, I don't think, "A banana sounds good." I don't reach for fruit as … [Read more...]

Of Top Chef and Restaurant Week and Anniversaries

Phil and I watch a lot of Top Chef. In fact, we are about to go watch an episode of Top Chef Masters on DVR. While we're watching we always get hungry. And wonder if the food they are making is really as terrible or delicious as the judges are saying. I mean, if I ate something that Tom Colicchio thought was under-seasoned, maybe my untrained palate would just think "Holy  Smokes! Best food I've ever eaten!" So as I was making my Thirty by 30 list, I decided we should stop thinking and start … [Read more...]