The first time Taylor and I made these, we intended to eat them as a snack for the next couple of days. We ended up eating all of them in about 5 minutes. It’s difficult to describe what they taste like – except for saying they taste awesome. They don’t actually taste like greens. The next week at the grocery store we saw a miniscule bag of kale chips being sold for $5.
1 bunch of kale, washed and torn into chip-size pieces
olive oil, pepper, and salt
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spread out the kale into an even layer – it’s better to do two batches then cram everything onto one sheet because any kale that is under other pieces of kale won’t get that nice crispiness. Drizzle with olive oil, pepper, and salt. Toss and then put into the oven for 15 – 20 minutes.
Around this time last year we learned about an interesting homecoming tradition here in Texas: mums. Basically you give a mum to your date for homecoming.
What started out in the 1970s as an actual chrysanthemum has morphed into this terrible monstrosity. Yes, those are creepy stuffed animal bears wearing top hats. That is not unique to this picture – there are typically stuffed bears on all of them. I don’t know why. Which really is the question I asked Taylor over and over as he explained this to me: Why? The worst part is the cost. I went into Michael’s this weekend and saw three displayed. The largest one that wasn’t even that great cost $118! And that’s at Michael’s. People have businesses where you can order custom-made ones that cost over $500.
Taylor said last year that there were tiny girls that couldn’t really seem to support the giant mums. Which is why I wasn’t surprised to read this in an article explaining them:
“Sidney Heath, the girlfriend of Hagerman’s oldest son, James, recently received the crown jewel of Hagerman’s mums. A front and back mum sandwiches her body and is attached to a dog harness for strength and comfort.”
I’m not sure I can ignore the fact that this girl is wearing a dog harness all in the name of mums and most likely popularity. She says she was really proud of it but can you imagine how awkward that must have been when he gave it to her? “Oh yeah, so I know it’s heavy…that’s why my mom put a dog harness in there! Let me help you fasten the harness. I know how to do it – I have a dog.”
We haven’t done much in the past week that is worthy of a Walkabout Wednesday post. The only time we ventured out of our apartment besides running errands and going to work was to go see Taylor’s high school football team play on Friday night. To clarify – that means the high school he teaches at and not the one he attended. Although last week at trivia I wore a Xavier shirt and this guy stopped me and said “Is that for the Xavier in Connecticut?” The one time I wear that shirt out in TEXAS someone recognizes the school. He wanted to talk about it but we ended that pretty quickly because of TRIVIA, you guys. We actually had a 7 person team and had a chance! Except we lost.
Anyways, football game. Did you know that when you go to a small high school that you typically have to play on both the defense and the offense? Those kids were tired. They most likely lost in the end – not sure though because we left at halftime. As we were going to the game Taylor said, “I found out today that Emmitt Smith‘s kids go here.” Emmitt didn’t come. But his wife sat right in front of us and the second she walked up I knew it had to be her. I had no idea what she looked like but her ring was the size of a Ring Pop. She eventually moved closer to the field and as she sat down we saw the woman next to her nudge her husband and mouth “That’s Emmitt Smith’s wife.” I have never seen someone move so fast to introduce themselves to a stranger. He was practically climbing over his own wife. It probably also had something to do with the fact that she was very attractive. We’ll go to another game and try to creepily take Emmitt’s picture for you.
It’s no surprise that Texan’s love their football. Little known fact: football was first invented in Texas. Of course back then it was called “death ball” and instead of scoring points you just give lethal injections to prisoners. Texas is the reigning champion.
Anyways, since learning more about Texas football one thing that has been amusing is finding out that every college football team has their own hand gesture. It’s like a gang symbol. You can recognize other members of your team and supporters quickly instead of relying on team t-shirts, face paint, fight songs, etc. Instead you can just throw up a hand sign and voila! Everyone knows your affiliation. So far, here are the ones I’ve learned of. Feel free to let me know if I’m missing any!
University of Texas Longhorns: “Hook ’em Horns”
Bonus Knowledge: Oklahoma fans will flash this sign upside down as a symbol similar to a “dead cow”
Texas Tech Red Raiders: “Guns Up”
Texas A&M Aggies: “Gig ‘Em”
Texas Christian University Horned Frogs:
Apparently a Horned Frog is made of rocks?
Southern Methodist University Mustangs: “Pony Up”
University of Houston Cougars:
Living in an apartment does not present many interesting prey for Luna. Except for bugs. And this one baby lizard that has tried to come into our house three times. Rescuing a baby lizard with one hand while trying to hold a frantic cat in the other has proven very difficult. Which is why we told him that if he came back we would not rescue him again. He has not returned.
We mostly encourage her behavior because the tiny gap at the bottom of our front door is apparently an invitation to all manner of bugs. The other day a rather large grasshopper came in and we allowed Luna to get him. Unfortunately, she is a little too kind which is why it took the better part of a half hour for her to be successful.
I am a jigsaw puzzle nerd. I still remember my first 100 piece puzzle that I would do over and over: it was a town of mice that was having some kind of cheese festival. Many of my childhood memories involve sitting around 1000 piece Charles Wysocki puzzles for hours.
Taylor didn’t quite understand puzzles at first. Then, we started a puzzle one night and didn’t finish. During work the next day I got a text from him that said “If we don’t finish the puzzle tonight my head is going to explode.” And then I knew he understood.
Sorry for the delay this morning. Honestly I’ve been thinking of this post all week and haven’t had many ideas – which I guess is a good thing. We will be buying a new car sometime in the next couple of months to replace our slowly dying Tiburon. We are probably going to go through a dealership which I know is inevitable but I am not happy about. I do not trust people that work on commission. Why should I trust them at all? Oh you think I look good in this car? I bet you do. When has a salesman ever said “You know what? I don’t think you need a car right now.” And the haggling – Taylor will handle this because I am not capable of any level of confrontation. But I can’t imagine they will ever give us the best price because that means less profit for the dealership. It should be fun – I’ll keep you updated.