the super deluxe bacon cheeseburgers

For dinner tonight, M&I each enjoyed a super deluxe bacon cheeseburger that consisted of: King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls with two Angus beef patties seasoned with fresh ground black pepper and sea salt, three peppered slices of aged bacon, and a slice of provolone cheese sandwiched in-between and served with two Best Maid dill pickle spears.

the five years of MoSo + breakfast for dinner

On this day in 2006, the first post to Modern Soapbox was published. I was in a similar state of mind then, but the years have gone by fast. I was younger and had more energy to be more prolific. I posted more often compared to nowadays where I’m averaging around an update or two per month.

I was at the end of my pseudo-career as a pizza boy. I played the balancing act of working two jobs for a little while. I kept a full-time job for over two years as an independent contractor turned employee/manager with full benefits for a company that shaped the way I see the corporate world and its tendency to create catastrophes almost intentionally. I also had another job part-time for about a year at a place where I met my other half. I was even bold enough to mix a part-time schedule of attending college into that mix.

These days are definitely different. I’m happier and more relaxed, but I’m quickly approaching 30. I work a job where I wake up early to be in an office working full-time earning a decent paycheck that makes ends meet. I’m reaching the threshold where I need to be earning more, but I can only roll with the punches with the way everything in this country and its economy is currently going. I’m fortunate to be employed, and I am very grateful for that.

Now five years have passed since “the debut” was published. I haven’t abandoned this archive, and I hope I can keep it going another five years. I may update not nearly as much as I did, but I have other projects that also demand my focus and I love working on each one of them almost more than this one. This isn’t going anywhere else but forward, and it will serve as a source where I have stored some of my thoughts, my observations, and what mattered to me when the posts were written.

I hope you will continue to visit every now and then to check if I’ve updated because I will continue to update. Even if you don’t stop by often or even stop visiting altogether, at least remember that I’m going to keep this going and I have no desire to bury it any time soon. Thanks for reading if you’re reading this, and now it’s time to talk about the tasty dinner that M&I had today since food plays a necessary part to my happiness.

Before we spent a couple hours at Thunderbird Coffee this evening, we made some scrambled eggs with sautéed red bell peppers, cheesy mashed potatoes with chives, and peppered bacon. Cutting up the bacon and mixing the pieces into the mashed potatoes made the plate that much better. The eggs provided additional flavors that kept our palates excited with every bite. Breakfast for dinner is something that we enjoy often, but we manage to 1-up ourselves this time around.

Happy 5th Anniversary, Modern Soapbox! Peace out.

the urban transplant of desert life

We went to the Zilker Botanical Garden to see some bonsai trees on display.

Here’s a couple pictures from the show:

Later in the day, we stopped by a garden department and picked up some succulents and clay pots:

E.T.’s Fingers (aka gollum jade)

Split Rock (Pleiospilos)

Here’s another succulent whose name I don’t remember right now:

We also saved a cactus from doom:

This one was blooming with a couple trays of similar cacti.

Months have flown by where our living quarters did not have any non-artificial life sharing the space while we were at work during the day. These plants should be easy to take care of, so we should have them for a while. Peace out.

the bacon-wrapped pork loin chops

The pork loin chops turned out great. The boneless chops were sprinkled with Kick’n Chicken seasoning, wrapped in bacon, and seasoned again with fresh ground black pepper. The cutlets were fried in a pan for about about 10 minutes then roasted in the oven at 375°F for 15 minutes. They were plated with mashed potatoes flavored with garlic, black pepper, and chives. Delicious!

the torta lives on

Taqueria Montenegro is a destination that M&I make an effort to visit on Saturday mornings. They make the best torta in the universe hands down. The breakfast tacos, barbacoa, and pastor are also delicious. Their green salsa has right amount of spicy heat and completes the signature flavor of the food. Lazy Saturdays are not the same without a belly filled with the Mexican cuisine brought to this planet by the fine folks of the best taqueria in North Austin.

the sand crabs of mustang island

We try to spend some time at Mustang Island State Park on Padre Island in Corpus Christi when we visit. We seem to discover creatures of the beach that we have never seen on previous trips.

This time, we noticed tiny crabs scurrying around that dig holes in the dry sand. They were easy to catch and pick up. They were passive animals once they found themselves in the palm of our hands, so I was able to snap these macro photos of the few crabs that we caught. We immediately let them go once they side-stepped off our hands and fell back onto the warm sand.

the daddy longlegs

At the beginning of October, the Texas heat finally took a little bit of time off. The nights were pleasant, so we left the sliding door open and closed the screen door to let the cool air in and keep the critters out.

This daddy longlegs made its way onto the wall near the sliding door. I’ve seen these creatures before, but this is by far the largest one I’ve ever seen.