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January 1st, 2011

cactus league

My wife and I went to the 10:40 a.m. New Year's Eve showing of "The King's Speech", which we both loved. We had originally intended to grab lunch and then see "Made in Dagenham", but that film had only a single showing at 11 a.m. at the Plano Angelica. We had lunch at the Market Cafe and then headed home. Last night we went to Paesano's, a Plano "neighborhood Italian" place. We were decidedly unimpressed. The waiter was attentive, but the food was a bit uninspired. My wife turned in early on New Year's Eve, while I spent a couple of hours putting a ccMixter podcast together, "Onyx Inertia, Episode 2". We both were up at midnight, though, appropriate to the hour.

My young friend and I drove to Lake Mineral Wells State Park this morning. It's a great park about 2 hours west of us. The terrain is hilly with wide expanses and some trees. The lake is lovely. We saw a white-tailed deer, a world of prickly pear cactus, a roadrunner, and some old natural gas containers. We had lunch in Weatherford near its showpiece 19th C. county courthouse, at a wonderful Tex/Mex place called Dona Ana. It was stylish and reasonably priced, with great food. I had chicken enchiladas with a spicy tomatillo sauce.

Tonight my wife and I ate a Grimaldi's pizza, which was good. I replaced some light bulbs,but broke the the glass part of one light fixture. I also changed the filters on our heating system vents. My wife reorganized my closet.

I am ready to de-clutter. I still have not seen a bald eagle this year. I love 3 day weekends.