We drove up to San Marcos at 6am on Friday morning, the commencement ceremony was @ 10 am during a terrible rainstorm, but that didn't put a damper on anyone's spirits. It was so great to be with the fam and watch Peter cross the stage, shake the hand of the university president and become a Texas State alum.
After the ceremony, we drove into Lockhart, about 15 minutes from San Marcos, to get some world famous BBQ. The photo below is a side shot of the Caldwell County courthouse, built in 1894.
Peter chose Smitty's for lunch.
The pit is indoors so as soon as you walk in the building you're overcome with the amazing smell of meat on a fire. It's smoky, warm and so so good. Dad, Mom, Pete, Min, Ryan and I shared all of this, and even took home a very tiny box. the brisket was thick cut, so juicy, the ribs were tender and the sausage was spicy perfection. I'm getting hungry for BBQ all over again and it's 7:30 am on Monday. When is it not a good time for this awesomeness?
After Lockhart, we drove back to San Marcos to have a beer with Pete at his favorite spot, Showdown, which is home of the best bloody mary in the hill country, but after stuffing our faces with BBQ, a bloody seemed a little heavy. Outside the bar across the street is a woodcut of a bobcat on the side of an old building, showing it's age. His little hat says SWTSU, Southwest Texas State University. I don't even know how old it is. appears to be from the 50s or 60s...but I've always liked it. When I was in school he had his while body, but sadly, it looks like he's disappearing.
At Showdown below:
The next day was Pete's graduation party and Mom and Dad's in Cypress. Dad boiled 2 sacks of crawfish, Pete had some friends over and we hung out on the deck all afternoon and ate. If it's not obvious from this post, this is what we do to celebrate. We eat.
Crawfish love! I know... you shouldn't play with your food.
Cookie, our 15 year old cat, is a lap molester. It doesn't matter if you don't want a cat on you, if you're sitting down and you look comfortable, you're a potential victim. This time, Ryan was chosen. We had such a great time on Saturday visiting with friends and family but were officially tuckered on Saturday night.
Sunday morning was rainy and warm, we had a bit of a crawfish, corn and potato hangover and figured breakfast tacos were in order. Ryan and I went to the always amazing Taqueria Laredo on Washington where, as soon as we walked in the door, we were greeted by this little shrine to Mary.
We had spicy sausage, chorizo, bacon and egg tacos. I seriously haven't had better b-fast tacos in this city. If you know of better, please let me know.
Sunday was spent doing a little shopping and a little relaxing, some cooking, and trying to recuperate from such a busy few days. I'm still a little weary, but am ready to get into this week, finish an older project and start on a new one.
Here are a few W.I.P shots of the stag head. I don't think I'll do another project made of french knots only..I know you learn best by practice and repetition, and I think I've got these knots down.
How was your weekend? Anything exciting planned for this week? I'd like to get a trivia night in sometime this week, I want to go back out to Mandell park, start a new book (after finishing Time Traveler's Wife last night) make a Shepherds pie for dinner one night... nothing too thrilling but comfortable for sure. It's supposed be a pretty week. Happy Monday!