Sunday, April 17, 2011 dott. dottt.

Sorry I've been MIA...I'm not a great blogger, my apologeez...

I was going through my camera and decided I wanted to post some fun pictures!

The past few months my Sunday afternoons have been spent with the Previlon family. Dieula is my fun friend from Haiti and I ADORE the fact that we share a similar culture. This particular Sunday Dieula had returned from India and I had returned from Guyana. While we were catching up we just so happen to acquire enough goodies for a Carib Afternoon Snack!

Her twin boys are sportin the treats for us: Juicy juicy mango, I enjoyed banana soda in Guyana and found some at the local Fiesta, Chili-Lime Plantain chips (also found at the Fiesta), and Haitian peanut butter on cassava chips. All in all it was a fabulous afternoon of eating and fellowship.

WHAT THE HAIL!!!!!!!!!!???????????????

The random hail from Thursday night's storm.

Move Over Al Roker!

Now for the BEST WEEKEND EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, I went into work early so I could leave early for the Long vs. Field soccer game. Long is my middle school alma mater AND the school I teach at twice a month. Field is the middle school I taught at last year. I had a such a great time seeing old and new students! :)

After the game I went to Taste of the Islands with Dieula and my new friend Heather! We ate some great Caribbean food, watched some comedians, and got our dance on to some great reggea. Now, not all of the comedians were that funny, but a couple guys had us cackling so much we ended up getting pulled into the show! We were first called the, "Housewives of Plano," and then asked our names and where we were from.

"Heather from Dallas"
"Dieula from HAITI!!"
The comedian looks at me a little confused in which I immediatley rebuttle with the pointer finger waving, "Just cuz I'm Indian doesn't mean I can't be named Natasha."
He laughs and imitates my finger wave, neck wiggle, and re-quotes me but with an Indian accent.

Props for being quick Mr. Funnyman!

He then asks where I'm from and Dieula responds for me, "GUYANA!!!"
I roll my eyes, "GUY-ANA!!"
Once again, "Diana?? Who here knows what shes talkin about?"

Pretty much the whole restaurant knows where I'm referring to. I mean, hello! The owners are from Guyana!!

It was funny, nevertheless. (Have you ever wondered why "nevertheless" is ONE word??? It's 3 words!)

After the comedians Mr. Rasta comes out and plays for us. We had some fun, for sure!

Banks is a local Guyanese beer that the owner actually brings back himself since he can't get it imported. To show my appreciation for his efforts I bit the bullet and had 3.

Dieula got her groove back, and for Heather...well...she's fun. :)

This was our rasta reggae man...he was a trip and I'm pretty sure we made his night.

Saturday morning Allison came over and we loaded my car to head to Austin for the day! We (Allison, Mary, Luke, and I) went [separately] down to see Brian Regan on tour. We hit Austin around 2pm and were greeted by the Austin Reggae Fest!!! (I still regret not paying to go inside.)

Allison and I had about 3 or 4 hours to kill in Austin so we hit up S. Congress St. and fell in love with Austin! I would say Austin is the southern equivalent to a Seattle or a Portland...aka...awesomeness.

Congress St. is home to our 1st (and most important) stop in Austin. HEY CUPCAKE!!!

While waiting in line we enjoyed some melodic tunes from this young gentleman. My dear roommie, Mary, loves this place. I figured since I love her I'd try it out! I got the 24 Carrot Cake and Allison got the Michael Jackson. The MJ entails a chocolate cupcake with white icing...clever!!! They were both EXCELLENT!!! (Mary came back tonight and brought back a strawberry cupcake for me and a chocolate for herself. We split them both and are, currently, very pleased consumers.)

After we got our cupcakes we hit up Homeslice Pizza for lunch. We were informed that this is an Austin staple, and good! Cheap and DELISH!! After lunch we started our random wanderings. We hit up Ten Thousand Villages, which is a fair trade retail shop, and then a ton of little random boutiques, vintages shops, and actually another giant fair trade type shop. Love socialism!

Here are some fun pixies!

Ever wonder what happened to your old beanie babies!?!?!?!? We all knew they'd be worth SOMETHING one of these days...

How about a


(especially the left one)


We totally had this EXACT rum bottle growing up!! It chilled on the top of our kitchen cabinets as decor. I'm assuming it was tossed when the parental unit moved houses.

After many hours of going from shop to shop Allison and I were pooped!!! We headed back to the Long Center and waited patiently for Mr. BR!

We waited for BR and for Mary and Luke! Everyone finally showed up and it was a fabulous night of laughs, giggles, and grins.




Sunday (TODAY!!!) was excellent too!!! (Seriously...awesome weekend!) I went to church at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship where I've been attending since January-ish, and I really enjoy it!! I, especially, like it since I learned the pastor's wife is Guyanese! (There is something comforting about being known without having to do much explaining.) Today, after service, there was a West Indian lunch at a Trinidadian couple's house. (Say that 5x fast!) She cooked about 8 different dishes and each one was worth the 50lbs I gained in one sitting.

The items on the "menu," curry goat, curry chicken, oxtail, saltfish, okra, rice & beans, rice & peas, jerk chicken, this awesome spinach w/ scrimps (shrimp), veggie chow mein, and plaintains. There were amazing pepper sauces, AND fresh mango & strawberries, AND home made cheese cake, cassava pone, fruit cake, AND lots of new friends from different islands and from the states, AND lots of love and stories.

I love that I get to do these kinds of things. I'm 27, single, and smart with my monies. I didn't purposely plan for my weekend to be packed with adventures, which is why I love when these things happen.

If you're still reading...thanks for hanging in there!

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