"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

15 January 2013

Jalapenos, Death Star, & Exercise

First of all, I have to share the fun news: Yesterday, Hannah Plays Hooky mailed its very first international order ... to AUSTRALIA! Woohoo!
Thank you for allowing me that moment of celebration. Now back to the actual post.

There is a Mexican restaurant just down the street from our house called Jalapenos Grill.

Pretty much, it is awesome. The food is scrumptious, the staff is incredibly friendly (and so very nice about the messes a toddler makes), the decor isn't over the top (not that that really matters), and the prices are amazing compared to NY's prices.

We first went there a few weeks ago following a miserable church experience. What can I say? We desperately needed a pick-me-up after that one.

We went again for a late lunch as we headed to the aquarium this past (very rainy) Saturday.
Following our trip to the aquarium, we walked around the mall for a bit. B spotted this train display in a window, excitedly shouted, "Shanes!" and requested that we go inside to take a closer look.
On the way home, we passed up the "Death Star" that N has been wanting to get a picture of ever since the first time he came to the aquarium with us. We're pretty sure that the designers of the roads didn't necessarily plan for the image to be the Death Star, but that's what it looks like. We zipped by it too fast on previous trips for me to get a good picture, but this time, we were at a red light, facing the image.
As we headed home, the sun set, and B amused himself by pointing his little Stormtrooper flashlight out the window.

Sunday was a gorgeous, clear-blue-sky kind of day, so we went "hiking." Afterward, we walked around the shopping area, and popped into a fancy grocery store for bathroom breaks. As we exited the store, I saw this:
I don't know what the mathematicians of the world would say about it, but I sure loved it!

Have a great day, friends!

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