Laundry Day Blues

Ever since I was a small child, I was timid and shy. I’d be the kid afraid of loud noises and strange people. After a tap dancing class in the first grade, I dropped out because the music from the large speakers overwhelmed me. I was also a contemplative child, often absorbed in books or my own thoughts. As I grew older, adults would constantly tell me I needed to smile more because I often had a stoic look on my face. People came to know me as a serious, reserved person. But really, deep inside of me, there is a silly and loud and bold person just waiting to make people laugh.

Enjoy Laundry Day Blues, the first creation in my silent films series:

p.s. loud noises, strange people, and tap dancing no longer scare me.

Menudo in Austin: El Tacorrido (South Austin)

El Tacorrido South Austin

2316 South 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 912-1939
El Tacorrido Sur | South Austin

The Highlights

  • Meat: smooth and honeycomb, a bit on rubbery side
  • Hominy: yes, but hardly enough
  • Toppings: cilantro (too any stems), limes, and onion (you may be able to request jalapeño)
  • Tortillas: mediocre
  • Availability: weekends only

I was initially suspicious of El Tacorrido. I mean, with a hip, clever name and all, and being in the 78704. Plus, it’s a drive-thru. With a cute little pig for a logo. How authentic could it possibly be? But still, drive-thru menudo? That’s just so convenient! Continue reading “Menudo in Austin: El Tacorrido (South Austin)”

Ticks, Laundry, and Broken Hearts

Originally published in my secret, anonymous blog on July 18, 2014.

Part I: Ticks

This morning, as I’ve been trying to do every day for the past week, I woke up by 7:00 am. I’ve actually been getting up between 6:00 and 6:30 am, but I stayed up until 1:00 am last night because my husband came home late from playing a music gig. Also, earlier that evening, someone had posted a close-up picture of a humongous sunflower on Facebook, which triggered my trypophobia (fear of clusters of holes). So I had a hard time falling asleep, feeling my skin crawling all over and regretting that I had eaten okra for dinner. (Visualize the inside of one. I refuse to post a picture.)

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Menudo in Austin: Tortilleria Rio Grande #2

500 W. William Cannon Dr.
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 326-1341

The Highlights

  • Meat: Yes, and lots of it, but honestly, after finding a hair in the bowl, I lost my appetite and wasn’t willing to see if it had both the smooth and honeycomb cuts.
  • Hominy: None! Not even upon request!
  • Toppings: Cilantro, onions. No lime or jalapeños, not even upon request.
  • Tortillas: Pretty good! I think they should stick to making tortillas.
  • Availability: Call for availability.

Although it was all right and not as bad as I was expecting it, as it was only my fourth time to try menudo, I was highly disappointed by the lack of pozole (hominy). At some places, it’s true, you do have to request it. But they had none whatsoever. It wasn’t even an option! Continue reading “Menudo in Austin: Tortilleria Rio Grande #2”

New Beginnings

Who said 38 was too late to start a new life? The last several years had been a struggle for me, as I suffered from anxiety, stress, and perhaps even slight depression. After getting my MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University in 2004, I admit that I stopped writing fiction and had lost my motivation to submit my writing for publication. But at least I blogged on a fairly regular basis from 2007-2012 (read the original blog here), and in 2011 and 2012 I was actively writing for several publications. In 2013, I only published three blog posts. In 2014, I wrote nothing, except for some very personal writing in an anonymous blog, published in the late summer, which no longer exists. Continue reading “New Beginnings”