the secret lives of prothros.

November 30, 2009

it’s the most wonderful time of the year

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 1:15 pm

The most wonderful time of the year seems to coincide pretty directly with the busiest time of the year. This month is already busy with regular life stuff. This week I have something every night of the week. We’re in the middle of several projects. But nothing will keep us from a full dose of holiday bliss, and a full calendar of Christmas business. I decided to put everything we’ve committed to do that is Christmas related on my calendar, in no particular order but just to get a grasp on it all.

I share my holiday calendar with you:

(Cheers to the blessed busyness of celebration!)


November 28, 2009

Christmas Movie Madness…

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 3:54 pm

Until I got married, my knowledge of “classic” Christmas movies was unapologetically non-existent. Didn’t know. Didn’t care. When Evan and I pulled into our second month of marriage in December of 2007, he was disappointed to learn that my idea of a good Christmas movie was Elf or Christmas Vacation. Disappointed isn’t a strong enough word.

He was horrified.

He quickly went to work collecting all the classic Christmas movies I needed to see in order to cure me from my horrible taste. He was gentle with my re-indoctrination. He soften the blow of the “boring, old, black and white movies” with popcorn and cocoa and holiday treats.

But as I sat watching It’s a Wonderful Life, I was changed.

These movies really were everything he claimed. They exuded the spirit of Christmas. And without seeming cheesy. Or like they were made simply to capitalize on the box office business of Christmas. These movies really meant it.

I want my kids to grow up watching these movies.

Now I look forward to the onslaught of Christmas movies. So much so, that we’re getting a 2 week Netflix trial just to get to the business of watching great Christmas movies more efficiently.

In an effort to help others who suffer from poor taste in Christmas movies I present to you:

THE PROTHRO CHRISTMAS MOVIE LIST (with a random fact about each movie)

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)










This movie was a box office flop and didn’t win any of its five Oscar nominations but has since been voted by AFI as one of the Top 100 movies ever made, it comes in at #11.

2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)










When this movie first released at the Roxy, Macy’s closed for half a day  so its 12,000 employees could see the movie on opening day.

3. White Christmas (1954)










This is the third  film to feature Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas”.

4. A Christmas Carol (1984)










Scrooge’s grave remains at St Chad’s Church graveyard in Shrewsbury, where the churchyard sequence was filmed- the production team left the gravestone in place after the filming was finished.

5. Holiday Inn (1942)











For the “drunk” dance, Fred Astaire had eight drinks of bourbon by the seventh take which was the shot used in the film.

These are our five must see Christmas movies. We’ll probably watch at least 10 others but none classic enough to be listed alongside these lovelies.


November 25, 2009

caught on film. [THE Super Colin]

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 10:23 am

You’ll never believe it.

I was able to capture more pictures of the elusive super hero, Super Colin. Even some highly coveted pictures of him in his top secret lair. (It appears to be a type of fabric apparatus suspended from two trees.)

November 23, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 9:19 pm

Every city in the world needs its own superhero.

Gotham city gets Batman. New York gets Spiderman.

But what about us?

Here is our dilemma: we live on the threshold between Austin and Cedar Park. Not actually in either city, just right on the barrier line.

We live in Municipal Utility District #1. Catchy name, huh? So where does that leave us on the Superhero front? Are we left to fend alone against the villains of our day? Are we overlooked in the caped crusader department? It’s a terrifying thought really.

Well, fear not, MUD #1 residents.

Our hero is here. Fighting the villains of the neighborhood, flying with ease and dressed to intimidate. I was even able to snap a few pics of our hero.

SUPER COLIN (he also happens to be my nephew)

November 22, 2009

google reader.

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 12:13 pm

If you’re reading blogs and not using an RSS reader, cut that out! Life could be so much easier. With an RSS reader, you never hop to a website to see if there’s something new only to be disappointed. And you never miss anything. And you save time, because it’s all organized for you in one happy place.

I prefer google reader, since I generally prefer everything google. To set it up, go to, and sign up for an account. If you have gmail, just use your login for that. If not, this is a good time to switch to gmail. It’s better than whatever you’re using. I promise.

Once you are logged in, click this little button: and then start adding your favorite blogs, websites etc. You can add anything to google reader that has an RSS feed, which stands for “Really Simple Syndication” or sometimes “Rich Site Summary”. You can tell if a website has this, because there will be a small icon on it that looks like this . It should appear in the search bar. So that’s it. You add all the websites you love. You can organize them by selecting the “manage subscriptions”  item under the Subscriptions menu on the left.

Then all you do is log onto google reader and it shows you what’s new. All in one place from all the websites you love.

Here are some possible websites to add to your RSS reader:

1. If you LOVE food like me, this one.

2. If you LOVE photography like me, this one.

3. If you LOVE funny like me, this one.

Anything you think I should put on my RSS reader? Please, do tell.

November 20, 2009

sweet family

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 9:17 am

So you may remember a while back when I took some pictures for the sweet family down the street. Well, this past week I got the chance to do it again.

I just love these boys. They make the best faces. And they’re just so fun!

November 18, 2009

austin.favorites. ::best sushi::

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 8:08 pm

I didn’t want to believe the hype. Everyone says it is the best sushi. I was determined not to be overwhelmed by the gorgeous restaurant, with its fancy lighting and sheik decor, not to be intimidated by the hour and fifteen minute wait, not to just give in to the feelings of inadequacy when I couldn’t identify half the items on the menu. Not to like it just because everyone does.

I was going to focus on the food.

That was going to make my decision for me.

I have to admit Uchi is every bit as good as the hype. And it wins my vote for best Austin sushi. The ambiance is all bonus. It is the food that seals the deal.

Evan’s parents treated us to dinner there for our anniversary and the experience could not have been better. Uchi serves all small plates so it is the perfect place to share an evening of food with people you love. I’ll give you the rundown of what we ate:

  • maguro sashimi and goat cheese with cracked pepper, fuji apple and pumpkin seed oil (A)
  • hama chili yellowtail sashimi with ponzu, sliced thai chilis and orange supremes (B-)
  • hot rock “sear it yourself” wagyu beef with ponzu sauce on a japanese river rock (A+)
  • scallop hot rock with orange oil and san baizu (A+)
  • brie ringo tempura fried brie with apple chutney and crisps (A+)
  • pitchfork-wagyu beef and fresh avocado with tonburi land caviar and leek crisps (A+)
  • zero sen-yellowtail with avocado, crispy shallots, yuzu kosho, golden roe and cilantro (A-)
  • mustang-freshwater eel, avocado, yellowtail, and golden flying fish roe (C)
  • shag -tempura fried bond roll with salmon and squid ink sumiso sauce (A)

I think our Mustang roll got forgotten and so it was kind of warm and not quite good. Other than that everything was superb. I closed my eyes in admiration for almost every bite. The flavor combinations were truly amazing. You spend half the meal trying to figure out why all of these random ingredients taste so amazing together. Tyson Cole truly is a culinary genius.

November 17, 2009

eat your heart out martha stewart

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 11:50 pm

Do you remember on Friends how they always celebrated Thanksgiving together? Well I always loved that idea. Gathered around a feast with some of your favorite people. Not that I would give up a meal with my family for it. But “in addition to”?

I could do that.

So last Thursday I cooked a Thanksgiving meal and had some friends over. I decided to get over the fact that I’d have to start small. In truth, Martha Stewart would likely scoff at my basic dinnerware, StoveTop stuffing, and lack of homemade centerpiece. But who cares? Room for improvement next year.

To be honest, I was really happy with how everything turned out. I had two hours and fifteen minutes from the time I left my haircut appointment to the time guests would arrive. In that time, me and my wonderful husband managed to: 1.set a nice table  2. cook cornish game hens, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls and a pumpkin pie 3. clean all the prep dishes in the kitchen 4. start a fire in the fireplace and attempt to put on “Thanksgiving music” (what is that?–we decided on Norah Jones) 5. change clothes and 6. have a glass of wine

What more could you ask for?

Anyways, it was a delightful meal followed by dessert and coffee with all of the awesome Thursday night tv on NBC. And some catchphrase.

My favorite part of dinner was the cornish game hens, there was one per couple, so everyone was able to carve their own bird which was fun. And funny.




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