Data pints

Now that summer’s over—sob—what better way to remain in denial than by indulging in Ben and Jerry’s treats, all perfect pairings of dreamy dessert within and double entendre without.

A quick survey of the Kroger freezer returned this three-item sample.



The best things in life are FREEzed.


Now that’s rich. Gets my vote.


Totally t(r)opical!

In puns in the freezer section, I gushed over Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, Mission to Marzipan, and Karamel Sutra and signed off with the promise of additional data pints documenting the company’s other puntastic delights. It took me five years and change to make good on my promise, and some might even say I’m not doing anyone any flavors. But if your day just got a tad bit sweeter and the punny ice cream names made you smile, this data collection exercise was not entirely pintless.

Lovely La Villita

One of my favorite places in DFW is La Villita in Irving. A lake glistens at its center, and the Trinity River flows less than a quarter mile to the east. You’ll see migratory Canada geese form giant Vs in the sky in the fall and again in the spring.


Check out the townhouses west of the lake …


and the houses east of it.

I lived in an apartment complex on the south side of the lake. Nature was very much a part of La Villita. Dozens of cedar waxwings chose the trees I could see from my balcony to sun themselves one spring morning. Another time, heavy rain brought an enormous number of egrets to the river nearby. I go back now and then to take in the calming effect of the lake and the Tuscan colors around it.

Then a short walk to Campion Trail to sit by the river under this grand, cooling, grounding tree (leftmost in pic below) after last month’s lunch appointment in Irving.


Walk by La Villita’s play/picnic area to Campion Trail, which flanks the Trinity River.


Strength, grace, infinite intelligence

Roll with it, baby!

For most problems in life, I like to use my noodle. But sometimes, it takes another’s noodle—or noodles, to be precise—to soften a tough situation. Enter Master Wok. This family-owned Plano restaurant at the southeast corner of Plano Parkway and Jupiter Road cranks out consistently good Chinese. Among the best I’ve had.


I’ve tried the Vegetable Lo Mein (noodle-icious), Vegetables With Hunan Sauce (loaded with zucchini, broccoli, celery, carrots, water chestnuts, baby corn), and House Bean Curd (pictured). For just a bit more coin, I ordered extra broccoli and an egg roll to up the ooh-mph.

House Bean Curd! So damn delicious and deeply satisfying. What yin-yang technique gives the tofu its crisp exterior and pillowy interior? How is the broccoli bright green but the food blistering hot? How do the brocco trees soak up and hold just enough sauce to then rain salt and spice and other things nice on my taste buds?

I’m afraid I don’t have answers. I’m rich nevertheless. Just look at my good fortune:


Come wok with me.

Seriously seeking stir-fry? Or stuck in a bit of a soup? Get a roll with it, baby!

Post title inspired by this Steve Winwood hit 

Mathemagical bridge

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge takes my breath away. Think I’m being hyperbolic about this parabolic wonder? Let’s pack a picnic and check it out. There’s plenty of parking a short walk from the bridge.


Downtown Dallas peeks through the bridge’s cabled composition in this east-facing view.


Green canopies in the making dot the walking bridge nearby.

Let’s plonk on chairs, unwrap sandwiches, dive into potato chips.


Explore trails under the bridge and see the other bridges nearby.


Solid and orderly, this rail bridge holds its own next to the new kid on the block.


Enjoy the changing patterns that the graceful arch and cabled stays provide.

Wildflower Breck

April showers brought April flowers to Breckinridge Park in Richardson, one of my favorite places on the planet.

A few clicks from April 30th:


Spring paints Breck red, white, and blue-tiful


Work up a sweat or simply reflect


Pretty purple palette pleases


Creek bank holds interest


Give me mauve


Micro moment in the meadow


Nature, master of fine arcs


Bee-ready, pistils cocked


Color me happy


Pick a picnic spot


Spring opening

Ten-stem bunch from Trader Joe’s. Cut ends. Place in water.
Next 48 hours:


March 24 @ 12:19 pm

Best buds hangin’ out in salsa jar


March 24 @ 12:24 pm

Well, hello yellow!


March 24 @ 4:24 pm

Look at you bloom, light up a room


March 25 @ 1:41 pm

Bud far left, rooting for you


March 25 @ 5:31 pm

Look how you’ve grown, holding your own


March 26 @ 11:18 am


Get kraft-y

This Trader Joe’s tote bears a cute, if somewhat unexpected, reuse suggestion. Check it out.


Framing the bag and hanging it on the wall counts as reusing and recycling, don’t you think?

Another reuse idea: bouquet wrap.

To make, cut sack along a vertical and carefully peel off handles. Remove base so you end up with a large rectangle. Place bouquet along diagonal. Fold bottom of rectangle up and both sides across. Trim paper to frame bouquet (I did a rounded edge). Secure with twine.


Offer with love

Any reuse ideas you’d like to share? Love a comment from you.