Archive for November, 2010

We’re pretending it looks a lot like Christmas

Posted by    |    November 29th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

As children of the media, we’ve been conditioned to hear the word ‘Christmas’ and conjure up images of a snowy wonderland complete with sleigh bells, snowball fights, and a very large man in a red suit.

That said; Texas is blessed (or however you want to look at it) with a warmer climate, and we don’t typically see the snow, so much as patches of ice and/or slush (save for last years’ anomaly).

As of this past weekend, the Clydesdales have arrived – and no – they’re not filming an Anheuser Busch commercial. Rather, it’s that time of year again for carriage rides throughout Highland Park, and tiny twinkling lights are already making appearances down Beverly Drive, and HP Village. So don your short sleeves and Santa hat apparel, it’s time to embrace the Winter season Texas Style.

Tours are available every evening (save for Christmas Eve) at 5:45, 7:00, 8:15, and 9:30.

Word I Love: Crudités

Posted by    |    November 29th, 2010 at 9:09 am

There are certain words that I love to say. Some words just sound good rolling off your tongue.  Sometimes I like to feel smart incorporating them into a sentence because people will give you a quizzical look like, “Huh?” when you use it.  This is one of those words:

Crudités

(pronounced cru-da-tay)

Crudites are traditional French appetizers comprising sliced or whole raw vegetables which are dipped in a vinaigrette or another dipping sauce. Crudités often include celery sticks, carrot sticks, bell pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus spears.

The French word “crudité”, which designates uncooked vegetables, originates in much the same way as the English word “crude,” from Latin. The Latin word “crūdus” simply means raw. Later, it was refined to “crūditās”, which means “undigested food” and then on to “crudité” in French.

It just sounds better than saying carrot sticks and ranch are on the menu… I’m just sayin’.

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My Black Monday

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Nov 22. My Black Monday
I feel like the cat who swallowed the mouse. I have a seeecret, I have a seeecret. It is wrapped in shiny paper and hidden in the bottom of my closet…I spent a total of 6 hours hunting for it, and I finally got it. The very last Xbox 360 250Gig Kinnect bundle pack that was left in any of the Best Buys in the Metroplex today is in my hands. I am licking my chops in excitement at my sons face on xmas morning.
It all started a few weeks ago when the media started bombarding children (and grown-ups) about the Kinnect “your body is the remote” Xbox 360. Now, let me preface this with a shameful statement: my son has had the Wii for three years and I went on this crazy hunt exactly three years ago, when the Wii was coming out and eeeeveryone wanted it. But somehow, in three years he has outgrown the system, and even I have to agree that the other box looks waaaay cooler and grown up. Yes, the silly kid in me comes out for stuff like this. And I mean that on every level. I should say the stupid kid in me, rather, as a single mom (in debt) I should NOT be thinking about this kind of thing…much less buying it. But I am willing to eat tuna for the rest of the month, just to see that child’s face on xmas morning. And last night, on the Snider Plaza Xmas celebration my son—who is 10 and still on the verge of questioning certain xmas potential non-existent characters (can you say Santa?) still agreed to a lap photo with a very jolly Santa – and I heard him say softly “You can have my Wii for other children, if I can trade it for the Xbox this year…” I know he won’t believe in Santa next year for sure, and this scene melted my heart and made up my mind. I knew what I had to do.

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Highland Park Ice Hockey Wins in OT

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2010 at 2:20 pm

The Highland Park Ice Hockey team defeated McKinney in overtime 5-4 last Thursday evening for their fifth victory in a row.  It was the Scots first overtime game of the year and improved their record to 6-2-0.  It did not start out well for the Scots as McKinney jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period. Early in the second period the Scots capitalized on a powerplay opportunity when senior Stephen Callaghan scored from the point from an assist by freshman Connor Crow. Later in the period, junior Trevor Sullivan scored from in front of the net after a nice pass from behind the net by senior Josh Coughennower.  McKinney scored again with under a minute to go in the third period to take a 4-2 lead into the final period. Two minutes into the third period, the Scots scored from in front of the net by Callaghan assisted by sophomore Aidan Schorsch. Three minutes later Schorsch scored the tying goal on a powerplay with an assist by junior Nolan Baade (pictured above).  The Scots had numerous chances to take the lead in the third period including two powerplay opportunities but could not capitalize and the game ended in regulation tied at 4-4.  Three minutes into the overtime period freshman Andrew Demmings scored the winning goal for the Scots from an assist by Baade.  Senior goalie Matthew Crow recorded 21 saves and shut down McKinney after the first period.

The Scots next game is next Tuesday, November 23 against Richardson at the Dr Pepper StarsCenter in Plano.

Word I Love: Porte-cochère

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2010 at 11:08 am

There are certain words that I love to say. Some words just sound good rolling off your tongue.  Sometimes I like to feel smart incorporating them into a sentence because people will give you a quizzical look like, “Huh?” when you use it.  This is one of those words:

Porte-cochère

(pronounced port co-SHARE)

From French, literally “coach gate”, also called a “carriage porch” is the architectural term for a porch or portico-like structure at a main or secondary entrance to a building, through which it is possible for a horse and carriage or motor vehicle to pass, in order for the occupants to alight under cover, protected from the weather.

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The Art of Skateboarding

Posted by    |    November 15th, 2010 at 8:23 am

Last week I attended the 3d annual The Art of Skateboarding at South Side on Lamar with my 10 year-old son.

It was an evening of spectacular art, skateboarding, cocktails and fun benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Throughout the evening guests could bid on and purchase their favorite artist’s skateboard and limited edition Vans shoes.

175 skateboards were on display, designed by either a celebrity artist, clothing designer, graphic designer, or a local artist.
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Girl Talk

Posted by    |    November 12th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I attended a “moms of girls” meeting last night at which Officer Robert Ramsey, Highland Park High School’s new Safety Resource Officer, addressed the group about raising girls.  What does he know about girls?   Quite a bit, actually, though his background sounds pretty Tough Guy.  While raising two daughters, Officer Ramsey spent his previous public service career as a Rescue Chief, Firefighter, Paramedic and a security officer in Afghanistan.  For the past two years he’s been a Univeristy Park Police Officer.  But I digress.

Officer Ramsey brought up raising girls in today’s Park Cities’ environment.  He gave excellent advice, some harrowing examples of what can go wrong, and shared titles of three books he strongly recommended we read to help us navigate today’s girl world.  His advice was geared towards girls but a lot of it applies to boys too. Here are a few tips: (more…)

The Sound of Music

Posted by    |    November 10th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

It’s the 45th anniversary of the release of The Sound of Music, my favorite movie of all time and the inspiration for my middle name, Maria.  I’m not sure if it’s my long-time infatuation with Austria or my desire for adventure and mild chaos but, this year, my family and I are hosting a foreign exchange student from Austria.   His name is Flo and he attends HPHS, as does my son, and will remain with us until May.  He’s been a wonderful addition to our family and we absolutely love having him with us.  Seems to my husband and me that Flo’s pretty much stepped into a dream life in Highland Park, complete with with pretty girls, Belles, parties, American football, new friends, Belles and the best host family a fella could ask for. 

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HP Hockey Dominates Lovejoy, 8-2

Posted by    |    November 8th, 2010 at 11:58 am

The Highland Park Ice Hockey team defeated Lovejoy 8-2 on Thursday, Nov. 4 to improve their season record to 4-2-0. The Scots got on the board a little over a minute into the game with an unassisted goal by Andrew Demmings (9) and never looked back. The Scots would score 3 more times in the first period to take a 4-0 lead into the second period. Also scoring goals for the Scots in the first period were James Emanuelson (12), Crockett Burr (12) and Aidan Schorsch (10).  Andrew Demmings scored again in the second period with a short-handed goal before the first Lovejoy goal and the Scots had a 5-1 lead after the second period. The Scots would score three more times in the third period before Lovejoy scored with a minute left in the game. Scoring goals in the third period were Craig Johnson (10), Nick Early (9), and Nolan Baade (11).  The Scots out shot Lovejoy 35-21 on the night. Goalie Matthew Crow (12) earned his fourth victory of the season with 19 saves.

The next game for the Scots is Thursday, November 11 against Garland at the StarsCenter in Plano.    — Kathy Crow

PHOTOS: (top) Goalie Matthew Crow defending in net (bottom) Captain Stephen Callaghan controls the puck

Perfect! HP Wins 42-24 to Finish Undefeated

Posted by    |    November 5th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

The season has not been boring for the 2010 edition of the Highland Park Scots, so why should the finale be any different? Playing the McKinney Lions away, HP had all it could handle for three-and-a-half quarters before pulling away to win, 42-24. As the clock ran out, Blue & Gold Nation exploded in cheers and the sidelines erupted as students and players celebrated the extraordinary accomplishment of a perfect 10-0 regular season and another District 10-4a Championship. Full video coverage on the way!