BU Homecoming

October 30, 2010 at 6:22 PMJeremy

Last weekend was the annual Baylor Homecoming parade.  It was overcast and warmer than last year, but still pleasant.

These people were set up to watch the parade in style.  Next year I'll bring a bed and show them up.

Bear on a Segway.  Sic 'em, laziness.

BUGWB was well-represented, as always.

Run!  It's a giant bear!

I really liked this Mario themed float, "Super Smash the Wildcats".  They had a go-kart out front and the scene behind the castle had Koopas and Pirahna Plants.  Pretty authentic, but I'm not sure why Mario and Luigi have on winged caps and didn't fly once... maybe they couldn't figure out how to triple jump...

Jonathan preferred the floats that had a "CHOO-CHOO TRAIN THOMAS!" on them.

One of the groups was giving out little footballs, and Jonathan got one.

He was pretty excited.

Another appearance by the NoZe brothers.  Gotta keep up with what's going on in The Rope somehow...

Daddy, those guys are kinda weird...

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Two

July 22, 2010 at 10:22 PMJeremy

Jonathan is two!  We recently had a party for him, and knowing how much he's into sports, I tried my hand at making cake balls decorated to look like sports balls.  Very challenging, but they didn't turn out half bad:

Jonathan particularly liked the "football chocolate" and threw a fit to get more of the "laces" on the tops of the footballs.

We had the family over for cake and gifts, and everybody enjoyed watching the kids play.

Later on, after everyone had left the party, we were out in the back yard so Jonathan could practice his putting.  He put down his club and said, "Slide!" which is usually an indication that he wants us to lift him up and set him on top of his slide and then hold his hands as he goes down.  This time, however, he walked over to the stairs at the back of the playset and started climbing up.

He got to the top and walked over to the slide, sat down, and was off.  He did it again, and again, and again, and again.  While I was a little worried that he's starting to take bigger and bigger risks, I was also relieved that I don't have to keep lifting him up over and over so he can slide.  He's getting heavy.

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Sunset Cruise

July 6, 2010 at 9:10 PMJeremy

A couple of weeks ago I was rewarded for the hard work I contributed to a project we did at work over Christmas and into the new year.  Some of the bosses took the entire development team out on their house boat for a sunset cruise of the lake.  We spent almost six hours on the lake eating, drinking, swimming, tubing, and enjoying the sights.  I won't post too many photos, since my readership doesn't know any of my co-workers, but I did take a few decent snaps:

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Remember the Alamo

July 6, 2010 at 6:00 PMJeremy

Marci and I recently took a few days for a mini-vacation for just the two of us, and headed down to San Antonio.  I'm just going to go on record right now as saying that I don't ever want to take another vacation to a climate that is the same as the one I'm leaving.  Going from hot, humid Waco to hot, humid San Antonio was not the best plan.  Day 1 we parked near the Rivercenter Mall, with the intention of going everywhere on foot.  We explored the Alamo, then decided to follow the map in a brochure we'd found to visit some of the other four missions in San Antonio.  Even being a native Texan I had no idea that there were other missions besides the Alamo that were still standing in San Antonio.  It was only supposed to be a couple of miles to the next mission, Mission Concepción, but after quite a bit of walking, we seemed to still be a long way off, and we were definitely starting to feel like we were off the beaten path.  Also, as previously stated, it was hot and humid.  I did get a few "urban" shots, though, so there was something to show for our walk:

It wasn't long after the pig building that we decided to turn back and head to more familiar ground.  We had lunch along the Riverwalk and then went to Market Square.  I was still kinda interested to see what these other Spanish missions looked like, so we went back to the car and drove to Mission San José.  It was very scenic and serene, except for, you know, that whole hot and humid thing.


This is the Rose Window, one of the best examples of Spanish colonial ornamentation.


Clearly, the mission has been preserved in its original, native state.

After that, we went to Mission Concepción, which is the oldest un-restored church in America.  It was much smaller than Mission Alamo and Mission San José, but it was very beautiful.

 

After that we went back to the room, as Marci was starting to feel the effects of heat exhaustion.  She wound up sleeping for a few hours, so when she woke up we had a late dinner at a little Italian place near our hotel.

The next day we went to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels.  I didn't bring my camera, but maybe I should have given the heart-breaking sight.  Recent rainstorms caused flooding, which forced them to shut down all of the river-fed rides, which was about 90% of the old park.  It was sad, and a little frustrating, to see all those rides bone dry, and the pools filled with brown, cloudy water.  We did get a discount on admission, but it was very crowrded at the Surfenburg and Blastenhoff parks.  Still, we had a lot of fun, and while it was still hot and humid, we didn't mind much.

After our day at the water park, we had dinner at Clear Springs Restaurant, and then headed back to San Antonio.  We walked up and down the Riverwalk as the sun set, just looking at all the sights.  All in all, we had a lot of fun.

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The Chocolatier

June 2, 2010 at 7:00 PMJeremy

Over the weekend I made another batch of cake balls.  For those who don't know, cake balls are gooey balls of cake dipped in chocolate.  They're like truffles, but the ganache (yep, real word) is cake.  In a word, they're awesome.

These weren't so awesome, because they're German Chocolate cake balls, which combine two things I dislike in desserts: nuts and coconut.  Nuts I'm somewhat ambivalent to: they don't really add much to a dessert, and they only sometimes take away from my enjoyment of a dessert.

Coconut is the devil.  We're talking shaved flakes of pure, concentrated evil.  Even the smell is repulsing.

But anyway... this was my third batch of cake balls.  I'd previously done chocolate in chocolate, and red velvet in white chocolate, but some of the ladies from work (who introduced me to the concept of cake balls at the Simply Delicious bakery) had begged me to try German Chocolate, so I decided just this once to make them.

By the way, I think this is the first thing I've ever made that I would not personally eat.  I had to get Marci to taste test for me.

There was, however, a not-entirely unexpected side benefit.  I ended up with a double boiler still fairly full of delicious, coconut-free chocolate coating.

My first choice was obvious:

After that, I had to start getting creative.  I found a package of Jonathan's graham crackers:

Then Oreos: (I think Dad in particular would've been proud of that)

And Teddy Grahams:

I knew I had to stop when I started eyeing Jonathan's Vienna sausages, so I just tossed the remaining chopped pecans into the chocolate, stirred it around, and made some chocolate nut clusters:

I still hadn't used it all, and I'm not one to ever waste good chocolate, so I dumped it into the corner of my pan, thinking I wind up with nice chocolate chunk.  Instead, it oozed over onto one of the cake balls, forever ruining it*.

I called that one a tar ball in honor of the BP oil disaster.

*by "it", I of course mean the remaining chocolate.  The cake ball was already ruined by the mere fact of containing coconut.

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