The Model Life

Trip Start Dec 04, 2010
Trip End Jan 29, 2011

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Oak Park Trails Apartments

Flag of United States  , Texas
Monday, December 6, 2010

Suffering a little with Jet lag, waking up around 4am and being wide awake by 7am. Sat and ate breakfast looking out across the complex and watched the kids leave for school around 7-7:30am. Loved the sight of the yellow school buses whizzing by. There is an odd sensation here, I feel as though I'm in the middle of a model village with motorised model vehicles moving around. Weird.

Ben left for his first day of work in Houston, and I got on with doing some clothes washing, dish washing and Christmas shopping for Ben. I attempted to make use of the wireless in the business center but couldn't connect. Ho hum. I only hope that my T-Mobile unlock code arrives soon... we're currently using an unsecured network and I feel terrible about it. Hence photos for the blog will appear at a later date. Whilst in the business center a few people wandered in and out from the apartment complex - everyone is so friendly and chatty!

The Cable Guy (groan at film title) appeared mid morning and installed a box that gave us even more channels than we had already. At least now we have a TV guide like free-view. I will never complain about ITV's weather forecast technology again. Here they have the forecast maps on large plasma screens that they then film from an angle in order to keep the weatherman in the shot. Renders it pointless.

A thought that keeps coming back to me every time I grab a glass until I write it here: in Malaysia we struggled with glasses being too small, here the glasses are like drinking out of jam jars. They are huge!

In the afternoon I watched a live Police chase that was happening in West Houston nearby. Also weird. It was "breaking news" that delayed the Oprah Winfrey show. Eventually the driver escaped and disappeared from helicopter view in a tree-full area. Cunning!

Also on TV was an advert for BP which featured a couple who had put all their life savings into a restaurant on the Gulf of Mexico before Deepwater Horizon went up. It was all about how BP employed them to provide food for the workers on the ships etc and while it's been hard, they are now thriving again! It made for an interesting watch!

For dinner we drove to the area of restaurants I had identified on Google Maps before we left the UK where they have a Piccomolo Ice Cream parlour and Kira Sushi. We headed into the latter and we slightly concerned by the complete lack of other diners. Fortunately by the time we were eating there were at least three other tables. It still felt empty as it was so huge. The food though was lovely, if very filling. I'm struggling with scale. The dish looks reasonable, but I'm filling up halfway through. It's probably the lack of exercise. We had an Age Tofu to start (delicious - click on picture to see video of topping moving) and then Ben had an Unagi Don (eel with rice) and I had a Nabe Yaki Udon (tofu, deep fried prawn, egg and veg in noodle soup). The egg was wonderful in that when you broke the white the yolk was still liquid and dissipated into the soup base.

During dinner we had half an eye on a game of American Football attempting to get our heads around the rules. Essentially it is Rugby League but you can pass forward and you can tackle off the ball. This leads to some hilarious clashes! We then drove the two minutes back to the apartment...
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Chris on

"Tree-full area" = forest, wood or copse.
Have you seen the Weather Channel yet? We need it here int he UK!

francesandrew on

More like a Copse, or just a big garden around some houses...

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