Just had one of the best meals of my life at Fonda San Miguel in Austin.

For starters we had fried calamari, cooked to perfection, crisp outside, tender inside, not chewy at all. Also a smoked salmon tostada with cream cheese.

I had a chili relleno, stuffed with pork, almonds, raisins and I know not what else, topped with a walnut cream sauce, and garnished with pomegranate seeds.

For dessert Dom and I split an almond flan. We also raised a glass of very nice port (I took the tiniest of sips) to Professor Tolkien’s 116th birthday.

Thanks so much to my dad for babysitting, my mom for treating us, and my brother and sister for providing most pleasant company.  (And to Isabella for sleeping soundly while we were gone.)

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  • Melanie,

    I realize this has little to do with your post but your comment about anticipating the arrival of little Sophia made me think of it.

    I was disappointed with my first labor and delivery experience but I loved my second. I remember you had to have an unexpected c-section with Bella. I was just wondering if you were going to hope and try for a VBAC this time around, of course realizing it is always at least partly out of our hands, but fortunately the remaining part are in better ones – His hands.

  • Yes we are going to hope and try for VBAC. The doctor told me today that their policy is to go ahead and schedule a back-up c-section because they will not induce if I don’t go into labor on my own. But I’m going to try to schedule that as far past the due date as I can push it because I really really want to have a natural birth if at all possible.

  • That is such a great photo. It makes me think ‘little girl in a big people’s world’…and I see you brought all the stuff to accommodate her. She’s adorable.

  • Thanks, Elissa. The photo credit goes to my husband who snapped this with his cell phone when I was in the bathroom.

    The big canvas bag at her feet was also pretty much stuffed with toys and goodies for keeping Bella happy. I kept thinking of a news story I’d seen about people stuck on a plane on the tarmac for ten hours and packed for the worst-case scenario.