Friday, February 26, 2010

Let it Snow

When I was a small child, like 4-7ish I used to always wish for it to snow on my birthday. Whenever I threw a penny into a fountain or blew out my birthday candles or whenever else you can make a wish, that's what I wished for. I mean, what else is there to wish for when you're that age? A pony?

For years I forgot about that wish until my freshman year at Baylor. The night of February 24th into the morning of the 25th, my 19th birthday, we got a snow/ice storm and campus was closed on my birthday and all classes were cancelled! Finally after all those years my birthday wish paid off!

Again this year, we were driving home the night of the 24th and it was snowing - enough for the ground at our house to get a dusting. I woke up the morning of the 25th and it was snowing then too - big fat flakes. It snowed all the way into work and supposedly was snowing while I was in court. By the time we got out of court after 12pm the snow had stopped and all the snow on the ground had melted. It was nice while it lasted though.

I have decided that I need to put a time frame on my wishes. I mean, I haven't wished for it to snow on my birthday since I was probably about 6-7. 15-20 years is a little long to wait for a wish to come true. For now on, I will be more specific with my wishes.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

King Tut's

For Valentine's day Jeremy and I went to a quirky Egyptian restaurant in town called King Tut's. We also went there last year for V-Day. And we've been there a handful of other times. It's quite an interesting place. First of all, it's located in a tiny building in not the best neighborhood. If you didn't know it was there, you might not notice it. Also, it never looks like it's open, even though it is.

The restaurant is ran by a couple, the husband, Mo, works the front of the house and his wife cooks. Mo always suggests pretty much the same thing to everyone - a Greek salad and the Egyptian sampler to share between two people. He claims the Greek salad is the best in Knoxville and I'd have to say I agree. It's the best I've ever had. On V-Day when we were there we suggested the salad and sampler, like always, but he was also suggesting each couple get the stuffed tilapia, which was that night's special. Jeremy and I stuck to our usual since we knew the salad and sampler were enough to fill us and bring home some leftovers. As usual, we weren't disappointed.

One of the best parts of the King Tut's is it's bring your own wine. Always a good way to save some money. If you don't bring alcohol, you can always get a soft drink or water served in vases. Yes, drinks are served in vases. Part of the quirkiness. Also, the tables are crammed in the small dining space. We were sitting rather close to the people at the booth next to us. Slightly awkward. Mo also performs magic tricks occasionally. Once while we were there he tricked a guy into singing karaoke. Never a dull moment.

Oh, one thing about King Tut's that should be noted is it's cash or check only. We saw no less than three guys leave to go get cash so they could pay. Oops.

After our meal we went to UT for a free concert put on by the UT symphony orchestra. It was fun, and I appreciated that they put in the length of each selection in the program. I always get so anxious not knowing how long a song is going to last.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I think I'm secretly much older than 25. I just like and do too many things that are associated with people who are older.

1. I LOVE potlucks
2. I like casseroles.
3. I prefer hymns and liturgy to praise and worship and "contemporary" church music
4. When we drove to Kansas for Christmas I insisted we bring sandwiches for lunch, and not just any sandwiches, but egg salad sandwiches.
5. I just don't understand teenagers today
6. I'm extremely frugal. I got excited the other day because there was a $1.00 off coupon for oatmeal (the canister kind) in the Sunday paper.
7. I only eat oatmeal from canisters.
8. I have many friends who are 55+
9. I participate in organizations and groups where I am easily the youngest by at least 20 years (some I'm the youngest by 40 years)

I think these examples might help explain why people always think I'm older than 25. Multiple people recently have commented about how they thought I was older. No, I'm not, I'm just a big dork.