Thursday, March 25, 2010

Live Oak Drive Thru - Uvalde, Texas

Frankie and I were watching Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on the Travel channel and were surprised to hear them mention Uvalde, Texas. Normally Andrew Zimmern eats very gross things in foreign countries, so for them to mention a place to eat in a town near by us was strange. He was at a restaurant called Live Oak.

We had to check it out!

We had never heard of it, so I googled it and found where it was located. We go to Uvalde a few times a months, so on one of our trips over we decided to eat there.

It is not much to look at on the outside and this is even an improvement from the google map picture! First my more recent picture then the Google map picture for comparison.

live oak gorditas outside

Inside is about the same as outside.

live oak gorditas inside

What the inside/outside lacks the food MORE than makes up for it! I ordered the brisket and chicken fajita gorditas. It normally comes with beans, but I opted for double rice in place of the beans. It was around $5 and Frankie got nachos for around the same price.

live oak gorditas

Everything was delicious! We will definitely be going back soon! So if you find yourself in Uvalde, Texas be sure to stop by and eat at:

live oak gorditas sign

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Small Section of The University of Texas in Austin

At the beginning of this week I got the privilege of travelling with my husband and his two cross-x debate team members to the University of Texas in Austin for the State debate tournament. We had a great time and the students did really well, top 8 in the state!

While there I, of course, took pictures. My camera is always with me! We only saw a small section of the University of Texas but there is always something to take a picture of!

The highlighted section is the only part we saw, which is called the south mall.
map of UT

We saw the Littlefield Memorial Fountain, which was built to commemorate WWII. In the background is the famous UT tower, which can be seen from all over campus and from several places in Austin.

littlefield memorial fountain and tower

Here are some close-ups of the fountain.

littlefield fountain8

littlefield fountain7

littlefield fountain3

littlefield fountain10

littlefield fountain6

littlefield fountain9

Looking south from the fountain you can see the capitol building.

capital framed

Near the fountain there are two food options.

one dollar

If that doesn't sound appetizing then you can try O's To Go. I always wondered where you could buy a vowel. I don't know about the others, but now I know where I can an O!

os to go

Walking around this area there are statues of men who helped shape early Texas.

Albert Sidney Johnston: A Texas general who also served and died as a Confederate general in the Civil War.

albert johnston

Robert E. Lee: Commander of the Confederate Army in the Civil War

robert e lee

James Stephen Hogg: The first native governor of Texas. He did have a daughter, unfortunately, named Ima, but it is an urban legend that he had another daughter named Ura.

He wasn't a small man...

james hogg side

james hogg front

Jefferson Davis: President of the Confederate Army in the Civil War

jefferson davis

Something for the ladies! ;)

jefferson davis backside

Near Jefferson Davis' statue there are bullet holes from the shooting that occurred at the UT tower on August 1, 1966.

bullet hole2

bullet hole1

Charles Whitman was a student at UT and on this day he decided to take the lives of 14 people, including his wife and mother. Ten of them he shot from the 29th floor observation deck of the UT tower. He was shot and killed that day by an Austin police officer.

This picture was taken while I was standing near the bullet holes. That is a long distance! The observation deck is level with the clock.

distance from tower to bullet holes

So as not to end this on a sad note, here are some lovely flowers that were blooming.

flower vine close

It was interesting to see the inside of the buildings. We were at one of the most prestigious colleges in Texas, but you could see that it was past it glory days in some buildings. Several of the rooms we were in were had no white boards, only chalk, but they did have the technology. So maybe they just skipped white boards all together and jumped to projectors and camera documents?


old door

Old mixed with new.

old and new

Here is the final picture I took as we pulled out of the parking lot to go home. Even if you are not a Texas fan you have to admit this is a cool picture!

hook 'em

Friday, March 12, 2010


An email teachers received at school recently:

"All students are prohibited from having tacos delivered at this campus anytime before lunchtime. This is a general campus announcement, thanks for your cooperation, support and consistent enforcement."

Is this a nationwide problem or one of those only-in-Texas-things?

Either way, it cracked me up!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I Once Was Blind

I wasn't literally blind. I was blind to the fact that our plastic mini-blinds were awful! Blind isn't quite right, I knew they were, I was just turning a blind eye to them. Yeah, that is what I mean.

These were the blinds that came with the house that we have lived in for the last nine years.

They were mounded outside the window, which is not bad, but I wanted inside mounts. They were plastic, again, nothing wrong with that, but I wanted thicker slats and at least the look of wood.

They were broken in places because of the cat. Yes, that same orange cat in the picture! And they were DIRTY and wouldn't come clean without A LOT of work and MANY harsh chemicals!

We looked at Lowe's and Home Depot but they were all too long and our windows were 34 3/8 inches and not a full 35 inches. We were not sure if they would fit properly. I searched online and found what I wanted at Blind Chalet. They were the right length, the proper width (cut to order) and the same price as the box stores after a 30% discount including free shipping. They got here in about four days! They did come from Austin so it wasn't a far shipment.

I measured the window to the nearest 1/8 just like the company said. They said not to adjust for the bracket thickness, because they would take care of that before sending them. They got here and I put up the brackets then tried to put in the blinds and they would not fit! Ugh! I did exactly what they said.

Frankie was out looking for books, so I called him and told him they didn't fit. He said he would look at them when he got home. I took down the brackets, except for the one screw that I had stripped and waited.

He comes home, gets the stripped screw out, and puts back up the brackets all in about 10 minutes. It took me about 45 minutes to get the brackets up once. The screwdriver was heavy, I couldn't get the screws to go in straight, and even standing on a stool it was hard to reach. It was a pain! He comes in and zip, zip, zip, the brackets are up and the blinds fit snuggly in place.


We were going to go with a stained color but the white really goes the best in our living room. They are faux wood with 2 inch slats.

They are inside mount too with a crown valance to match! I really like them and think they look great!

Thank you Frankie for being my handyman! How about you go build a deck now? :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Day In The Life Of A Standardized Test Proctor

6:10 AM - Alarm went off, time to wake and get ready for my big day. Made sure to wear red, because have heard that it helps promote thought.

7:30 - Got to school and had duty outside. It was 42 degrees and I forgot my coat.

7:55 - First bell rings. Duty ended. Head to my classroom to tell my first period students where they need to go to test.

8:00 - Second bell rings dismissing everyone to go to their testing site. Head to my appointed room.

8:02 - Walk into a room with eighteen 7th graders (the whole grade minus two) and thankfully another teacher. This is who I will spend the morning with.

8:10 - The students have all been given water, a snack, two pencils, and a highlighter.

8:20 - The students have all been given their answer documents and test booklets.

8:30 - Instructions have been read and they start the test. The kids work and we, the teachers, stare at them. Was at least able to sit on a stool to actively monitor, but no reading, no computer, no work!

8:40 - Literally twiddled my thumbs for three minutes until got distracted by something.

8:52 - A kid raised their hand! Oh. He just needed to go to the restroom. Got excited for a moment.

8:55 - A train! There may have been others, but this is the first one noticed.

9:05 - Counted how many kids have braces in the room. Seven out of eighteen! That is almost 40%! Orthodontist are making a killing just off this class! All of them boys except one girl, but that statistic is misleading since there are only five girls in the room.

9:15 - Made an observational loop around the room. Can see all the kids from my stool but needed to move.

9:20 - Came to the realization that looking at the clock too often makes it slow down.

9:30 - Folsom Prison Blues is running through my head. Not sure why, maybe feeling trapped? Possibly because a second train just went by?

9:35 - Huh, just noticed that my shoes are dirty. Will have to clean them later.

9:40 - Almost cried when my coffee was gone. Now have nothing.

9:40:30 - Saw a cricket in the light fixture when was trying to get one more drop of coffee from my cup.

9:42 - Stood and rocked from heel to tip-toe, heel to tip-toe, heel to tip-toe, well you get the picture.

9:45 - Walking around and kept stepping on one pant leg, only one. Do I have a stumpy leg? Must measure when get home.

9:55 - Slight panic. Roster asked for FORM # for each kid and couldn't find it. Will have to ask someone with knowledge soon.

10:05 - Ack! Just noticed all the cat hair on my shirt. How did I miss that but notice my dirty shoes? Just so use to seeing cat hair on everything, I guess.

10:15 - A break from the room! I am out of here! For a few minutes anyways.

10:25 - Back from break and ready to monitor. After getting fresh air then coming back in the room noticed the room has a smell. Think it is called Middle School. You get use to it.

10:30 - FYI Stools are not comfortable.

10:37 - Train!

10:42 - Now the song Texas Our Texas is going through my head.

10:45 - Feet have finally warmed up from morning duty.

10:50 - Texas song again. Figured out why. A kid is reading a book with Texas in the title. He must have started reading it earlier.

11:00 - 55 minutes until lunch!

11:05 - Heard clock ticking off the seconds. Why haven't I noticed it until now?

11:17 - Now the "fun" part begins, keeping the kids quiet after all are done and until the bell for lunch. 38 minutes!

11:30 - 25 more minutes.

11:32 - Thinking about how to redecorate my bedroom. Large cursive words in different languages on the wall. That keeps coming to mind when thinking of redecorating.

11:40 - 15 minutes!

11:55 - Shew! It is over. Now back to my regularly scheduled day.