Devon on November 15th, 2014

FullSizeRenderJay’s birthday is on 11/11 — and this year we went to New Orleans. We arrived late Thursday night. When we got to the French Quarter, and our Hotel St. Marie, we had to get our traditional Lucky Dog on the street corner. As an extra bonus, earlier that day, his parents arrived to spend the weekend too!

FullSizeRender-1Friday, we all went to Acme Oyster Company for lunch and stuffed ourselves with amazing seafood. Afterwords, Jay and his mom went antiquing on Royal Street. He was looking for oyster plates from the late 1800s. He received a few oyster plates from his nana’s estate after she passed and recently decided to start a collection of his own. He found two amazing hand painted limoges porcelain plates circa 1890, both in the “turkey” style.

20141114_131904_resizedJay’s dad and I went to the WWII museum. Joe had a VIP tour setup for us to get a behind-the-scenes tour on the restoration of the historic PT-305 boat built by Higgins Industries in New Orleans, Louisiana. For the American Navy the PT boat was a critical asset in the days after Pearl Harbor when the United States was short on larger vessels and facing an onslaught of attacks from the Japanese. During the war, almost 90% of all the navy’s boats were built New Orleans.

IMG_5145That night I took Jay to Commander’s Palace for his Birthday Dinner. We had sidecar cocktails, champagne, Turtle Soup, Commander’s Crisp Romaine Salad, Braised Osso Buco of Colorado Lamb, Filet of Black Angus Beef, and a free birthday Foie Gras “Du Monde” for dessert — a fabulous meal!

new-orleans-restaurants-16Saturday, we went to the Central Grocery for one of the best Muffaletta sandwiches in the city. That night, Jay’s parents took us to Arnaud’s. Arnaud’s is one of Jay’s nana’s favorite restaurants. It has been a tradition in their family for 50 years. Over four generations of thier family have visited. You have to sit in the main dining room with original crystal chandeliers, white ceramic floor tile, and crystal leaded windows that overlook Bourbon Street. The food is always perfect. This time around we had: sidecar cocktails, Oysters Bienville (an Arnaud’s original), Shrimp Bisque, Assorted Greens with Arnaud’s House Dressing, Veal Tournedos Chantal, Crabmeat Karen, and the Frozen Praline Souffle & Chocolate Bombe for dessert. FYI, you can purchase a table at Arnaud’s for $10,000 so you can always have a table waiting for you.

Sunday, we all went to the Court of Two Sisters for brunch. After we went to back to the hotel and packed for the airport. It was a fast trip, stuffed with good food and amazing company.

Devon on October 2nd, 2014

I became a Licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Utah today!

Devon on August 17th, 2014

FullSizeRender-2To break the monotony of the latter summer months we took several weekend trips to Jay’s family East Texas tree farm and oil fields. On our trips we discovered a great restaurant, Villa Montez. Once a residence from the late 1920s, it sits perched a top a hill, converted into a restaurant. Keeping true to the original design and architecture of the home, the restaurant still bears the Spanish style roof, exterior stucco, stained glass windows, and wrought iron railing. They source all the herbs and vegetables from the grounds surrounding the restaurant. It’s a latin restaurant that really sands out. There homemade salsa is so good, you can literally drink from the bowl — which we do every time.

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FullSizeRender-4The family property is located just south of Hawkins, Texas. It spans several hundred acres and is filled with Southern Yellow Pine Trees and oil pumps. Within the property lies an ancestral cemetery that dates back to 1853.

Devon on July 26th, 2014

E92_titanium_silver_black_grillEvery car I have purchased has been spontaneous — and my new car is no different! Jay recently purchased a new car and was going to trade it in, but decided to give me a bone.

It’s a 2008 BMW 335i with the sports package and only 35,000 miles! Yes, I typed that right. Best part, he offered it to me at an unbeatable price! I took my Camaro to CarMax and had it appraised. To my astonishment, they quoted me almost $3,000 over what I owed! I sold it on the spot.

I then got a personal auto loan from my bank and they deposited the money right into my checking account. I wrote Jay a check and signed the car title. It was the fastest and most gratifying car buying experience I have ever had. I guess that’s all due in part to the car salesman — thank you Jay! 🙂

Devon on July 11th, 2014

FullSizeRender-4FullSizeRender-3After a good year or two for searching for a new vehicle, Jay finally found a great car match for him. Never having a four-door before, he hated to sacrifice the sport and fun of a coupe, but needed the practicality of car pooling people back and fourth to the airport. After 4 BMWs, it was hard for him to switch brands, but the new 2014 Mercedes CLS 550 was a great fit. He custom ordered it from Sindelfinge, Germany in mid May 2014. After anxiously waiting for two months, the car was finished and delivered to the US early July.

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Diamond white metallic, black nappa leather with custom contrast white stitching, and polished black ash wood — fully loaded, air suspension, 402 hp V8, 4.6 L twin turbo with 443 lbs of torque. To say the least, it gets us where we need to go…QUICKLY!

Devon on May 23rd, 2013

larescoresHello, Log time no post. Sorry I have been so bad at updating my blog. But I just wanted to let you all know that something has been added to my name. Yes, a PLA. I am now Devon Blosch, PLA. That’s right!

“PLA” you ask? Well, I passed the L.A.R.E. (Landscape Architect Registration Examination). I am now a Professional Landscape Architect in the state of Texas! I took the first of four exams starting March 2010. Now, three years later, I passed all four. Oh, and I can even brag that I passed each of the required exams on my first try. Hooray! Now I just need to keep my registration up-to-date by getting my annual 12 hours of continuing education credit and paying the annual renewal fees… does it ever end? But, no worrying about that now — time to celebrate! What a perfect time for a 3 day weekend (Memorial Day Weekend).

Devon on March 17th, 2013

2011_chevrolet_camaro_coupe_ls_fq_oem_1_500-1My Mazda 3 and I were in an accident in January 2013 — not my fault I should add. I went through the other person’s insurance and on their recommendation took it to Caliber Collision Body Shop. After about, 6 days, I was informed that the body damage had been repaired but they needed to see me before they could release my car. When I arrived, Caliber explained to me that my Mazda had major underlying issues (not from the accident). Issues ranging from strut damage, leaking shocks, botched tire alignment, no tire tread on 3 tires, and more. The estimate to bring the car up to code was well over $3,500.

After hearing that news and knowing that matched what the car was worth, I figured with the same money I could put up a nice down payment on a new car. A new car with magical features such as: keyless entry, power windows/locks, MX radio, OnStar, tire pressure sensors, tinted windows, and more. Features I have been without for over 3 years. So the hunt began.

I came across a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro 3.6L V6 automatic in silver. The day I went to test drive it was the day I bought it. To make things even better, I got great financing — so good, my monthly car payment only went up $20 a month (compared to my Mazda’s monthly payment). $20 extra per month for all the magical creature comfort features — totally worth it! Not to mention it’s also a really good looking car.

Devon on February 25th, 2013

Tattoo removal video. This is procedure 6 of 12.

Devon on November 18th, 2012

PanellusStipticusJust like in a previous post, this mushroom has not been exposed to radiation. It’s is completely natural. Well, natural for a mushroom that glows in the dark! Panellus stipticus is easily cultivated and has a reliable glowing effect. The mycelium gives off relatively low levels of greenish light and is only visible in complete darkness after about 5 minutes of allowing your eyes to adjust. The glow is dependent on available oxygen and dramatic and sudden increases in brightness can be achieved when cultures are exposed to the open air.

In nature, this mushroom is found growing on logs and is shaped somewhat like a small leathery oyster mushroom. The cultures are sold as a novelty only and do not produce edible or internally medicinal mushrooms. There is little information regarding the toxicity of this mushroom when eaten, but it was reportedly used at one time externally to staunch bleeding.

P.S. If you know a science geek that you need to get a present for, try a Glow in the Dark Mushroom Kit!

Devon on November 17th, 2012

EucalyptusNo, someone did not paint the trunk of this tree. Nor did this tree get exposed to some kind of radical radiation. In fact, what you see is entirely natural. This is the trunk of the Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta). It originates from the rainforests of Mindanao, which is the southernmost and easternmost island in the Philippine island group.

It is a gorgeous, columnar, tall tree with peeling bark that displays a rainbow of colors. In nature, it can reach 220ft, however normally averages around 80 ft tall. It is a fast grower, though it can be kept to a much smaller size if desired. Generally likes a lot of water as it naturally grows in a rain-forest environment. Prefers a humid, cooler tropical climate. However, it will not stand intense or prolonged frosts. This means that the tree is a tropical grower and can be grown outdoors only in southern California, Florida, and Texas.