the second anniversary

Today, Mare and I celebrated our second anniversary together.

We started late, but we were able to get plenty accomplished before she had to get to work.

I had bought her some clothes in San Francisco that we had to return to the one location they have here in Austin, but we both had the chance to explore Highland Mall for the first time. I was under the impression that it was a run-down mall, but I was so wrong.

Northcross Mall is the run-down mall in these parts. We went by that one yesterday to pick up some booster packs and even took a stroll around the building to check out what was going on. It just seemed depressing.

We ran across another Gamefellas/Moviefellas, the same company that we went to Northcross Mall for yesterday, in Highland Mall to our surprise. They also had booster packs. They had ones that they were out-of-stock of in their Northcross Mall that I was looking for, so I bought the six they had.

After the mall, we went to Hula Hut for our anniversary. This was the first place I took her to when we first went out. Coincidentally, the hostess sat us at the same table from the first time we went together. Mare had the Grilled Hawaiian Chicken, and I had the Beef Fajita Pipeline Enchilada. We concluded with an über-sweet piece of flan.

The food was A+. The enchilada was huge. The service was good, and the atmosphere was also good. We ate there around 3pm on a Sunday, and they were still a bit busy. They are a real tourist attraction, because that was what I mostly saw for guests and those who didn’t seem like tourists came off as Austin’s fashionistas or business-types enjoying a late Sunday lunch dressed casual with friends or family.

After Hula Hut, we went by Austin Books. We noticed someone at the restaurant had an Austin Books merchandise bag slung over her chair and decided that we’d visit to pick up the first and second issues of The Umbrella Academy. When we arrived, I looked around for the title and then asked one of the guys where their back issues went because I noticed they were missing. He said they were in their storage unit, because they were planning on doing some remodeling. Mare got the first volume of Strangers in Paradise. The clerk praised the title while he completed her purchase.

We made it back to my apartment with enough time for her to get ready and go to work. We managed to get plenty done in three and a half hours.

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the margherita variant

Last night, Mare and I made a delicious margherita-style pizza.

Ingredients

  • pizza dough
  • about ¼ cup of pesto sauce
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, sliced about ¼? thick
  • 1 8-oz. can of mushrooms, drained
  • 1 12-oz. package of fresh mozzarella, sliced into medallions
  • about 5 tbsp of Parmesan cheese
  • about ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 450°.
  • Pour the extra virgin olive oil on a baking sheet and spread it evenly with a cooking brush.
  • Stretch the pizza dough on a baking sheet.
  • Spread the pesto sauce evenly on the pizza dough.
  • Evenly place the Roma tomotoes on top of the pesto sauce.
  • Sprinkle about half of the Parmesan cheese on the tomatoes. This helps absorb moisture and keeps the pizza from getting really soggy.
  • Evenly place the mushrooms on top of the tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan cheese on top of the mushrooms.
  • Evenly place the mozzarella on top of the mushrooms.

The pie should look like this:
Margherita Variant (before)

Next, place the pie in the oven and bake until the edges are golden brown. Baking time can range anywhere from 9-12 minutes depending on how well done you like your pizza. This window of time is short, so be careful and keep a close eye on your pie every minute otherwise you can easily burn it.

Remove the pizza from the oven and allow it to sit for around five minutes before cutting and serving.

Your marvelous creation should look something like this:
Margherita Variant (after)
(Please excuse the blurry picture. After a long day of work followed by time in the kitchen, one can have difficulty holding a camera still after all is done.)

the reverse engineer

I’m tired. I’ll be going to bed in about half an hour. I’m deciding which DVD I should put on to fade out to.

When we arrived at the Austin airport on Sunday, we went over to the baggage claim and waited for our luggage. No sign of them. As it turns out, our luggage didn’t make it on the connecting flight from Dallas to Austin in time to make it on the plane. My mother put in a lost claim, so they’d deliver the luggage directly to her house instead of us waiting for it.

We went home and picked up some fried chicken on the way, something that’s become sort of a tradition with us. My dad picked some fresh jalapeños in their backyard, and we enjoyed the chicken with some Texas Pete, fresh jalapeños and white rice.

On my way to work today, my brother texted me with information that Smashing Pumpkins rescheduled their Austin date to November 13th. BONUS!! I ordered tickets for Mare and me as soon as we returned from the grocery store and picking up my suitcase from my parents’ house. I don’t have enough to PTO to make up the time, but it’s still worth missing work for something I missed years ago.

Karma was on my side with that one. I was so bummed that I had to go to a wedding in California plus having to miss out on other great things like 24 Hour Comic Day and NaNoWriMo, but to my surprise, I didn’t have to miss one of my most favorite bands in the world after all.

Mare picked up the Zeitgeist re-release for me last Tuesday. It came with two bonus tracks and an unreleased song plus a DVD called Inside the Zeitgeist. It was only ten bucks from the friendly neighborhood Best Buy. Score!

My Marvel Universe Series I set with holograms arrived while I was in California. I just opened it tonite. To my disappointment, the dolt I got the cards from sent me the Series II base set instead of Series I. I have contacted him about his screwup, and if I remember, I’ll keep you posted with what goes on with this.

I’ve decided that the DVD I will be putting is Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. I’m sure I’ll fall asleep to it, but I don’t expect it to be spectacular even though I’ve never seen it. I’m also sure I’ll have the chance to watch it in its entirety another time.

I’m off for now. Peace out.