Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mineral Wells

Even though I live out in the country (for another 1.5 months), I rarely experience nature. Sure, I go on walks and do some yard work...and sit on the porch...but these activities are not exactly exciting. On Saturday, I got to do something exciting with Mr. Higgins and Mineral Wells State Park.

I'd never been to Mineral Wells State Park or even the town of Mineral Wells (about an hour west of Fort Worth), so this was all new to me. And part of it were new for Mr. Higgins as well! Due to all the rain and muddy conditions on the trails, we were limited as to where we could go. We walked around, scrambled over a few rocks and then found some huge rocks....including a huge crevice!

Little did I know at the beginning of the day that I would do some actual hiking. But I did! This was my first real hiking adventure and I loved it. I was a bit unsure at times but Mr. Higgins was super cool with me and talked me through a few rough places.

I can't wait to go back when the trails are dry and the wind is calmer (it was gusting at what felt like 30 mph!). Even more, I want to explore some other state parks and lakes! I never knew what I was missing!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How the Mighty Have Fallen

The Pope is not exactly making a lot of friends lately. He tends to handle every precarious situation in the worst possible way.

He has yet to win me over and, given recent events, he never will. I realize, more than most, the huge shoes he has to fill. Anyone coming into that position would have a difficult time of it after John Paul II. Considering Benedict is the polar opposite of JPII, it should have been known that this would not be an easy transition.

But some things are inexcusable. And God's vicar on earth should know that. Changes must be made if the Church is going to survive in its present form. This is now undeniable. Read this excellent editorial and you'll see why.

Left unchecked, I fear Benedict will bring the Church to the edge of extinction. (I really wish I were joking but I'm actually not.) And I'm not the only one who thinks this!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Eno's Pizza

I've enjoyed trying hole-in-the-wall restaurants of late and last night was no exception. I met AL and EM at Eno's Pizza Tavern in the Bishop Arts District (aka Oak Cliff for the non-yuppies) of Dallas. I must admit to being a bit hesitant at first because back in the day (and still to this day, mostly), this part of town is not exactly safe after dark.

But this is a charming restaurant in the middle of a residential area. Yay, urban revitalization! Parking was a bit difficult but the food was worth it! The atmosphere was laid-back but sophisticated - very yuppie-ish. The beer and wine list looked good, though we abstained.

The pizza, though.... Very tasty! We got the Moma's and it was cheese, olive oil, and basil. Thin crust, like I enjoy, and very delicious. Not too oily but just right. And the desserts! I had one bite out of the girls' sundae and immediately wanted more. Very delectable!

It's good to find places in all different parts of the Metroplex as you never know where you'll be when you get hungry! And I'm adding Eno's to my list of must-eat places in Dallas!