The two next pictures are of little black birds called Grackles that are all over Dallas. You really never see a Grackle alone or in a small group. They always seem to be all together at one place and mostly they are out in the early evenings. They can get a bit loud in these big groups but it's really an amazing sight to see. If you look closely at these pictures you will notice the phone line looks a little thick or has little black bumps all over it. Those are all Grackles. Isn't it crazy?! I have seen a lot of birds before but until moving to Dallas I had never seen anything like this. Some nights if I get off while the sun is still up (which is very rare), Reed and I will wander around in the car to find where the Grackles are hanging out. I just LOVE watching them.
And here is our 2013 Christmas picture taken on the balcony of our beautiful apartment. What a view huh?! And of course, what is Christmas without some Confit de Canard? You can tell Smoochie clearly agrees with me that duck is the best Christmas dinner ;-) (notice her swinging from my necklace to steal some).
For Valentines day in February, Reed made a fabulous meal including this onion cheese bread pictured below. Pretty impressive Chef BoyarReed!
I'm including this next picture just as a way of keeping this blog honest. Although it may look like all we do is have fun, in reality my life consists almost entirely of sitting in front of my laptop working. But we do try to play pretty hard on those rare occasions when I can get away in order to make up for all the hard work :-).