The reason a lot of people hadn't heard of Snow's is because it's been open just over a decade. I think it opened around 2003, and it leapfrogged to the top of the Texas Monthly Barbecue list in 2008 (around the time that article was written). That same year it got a designation of "best restaurant in the world" by The Guardian or New Yorker or some other foreign publication, I think. Tootsie, the owner, was the janitor at the local high school, but she'd been training under Gerald, at the City Meat Market in Giddings, for years. Snow's is only open on Saturday. Currently, of course, the top of the list belongs to Franklin's in Austin, which again isn't that old. Though Killen's in Houston is making some serious waves. To keep current on the rapidly changing barbecue atmosphere in Texas, I highly recommend the Texas Monthly barbecue app. Though it also helps to have a Texan friend (preferably non-vegetarian, though even they know what's going on in the world of barbecue).
@garli That's how we did it. We lived together for years, talking about it for a long time before finally deciding that yeah, we're going to get married. No one really asked the other, it was just the conclusion of a series of discussions. At some point we started making wedding plans, but right around the time we were going to announce to family the date, his brother picked the same month. So we postponed, because it really wasn't that big of a deal. At his brother's rehearsal, his stepmom asked us if we were ever going to do it, and instead of our usual "yeah, we're thinking about it" for some reason I said, "probably this time next year." The next thing we knew, his brother went to every table at the rehearsal saying "My brother got engaged!" When we got home we figured we called my parents and his mom. So we got accidentally engaged in a really romantic setting at sunset in Jamaica. Six months later, we went to an antique store together, and when I went all googly eyed over a sapphire, he got it for me. We got married six months after that.
I'm 41 and had an MRI this morning as part of the fertility process after almost three years of trying to get pregnant (and succeeding, only to miscarry at 9 weeks). If I'd known how hard it would be to have a kid later in life, I totally would have banked some eggs. One thing my reproductive endocrinologist told me was that 40 year olds who get eggs from 25 year olds have the same chance of conceiving as 25 year olds. 40 year olds using their 40 year old eggs have the chances of 40 year olds. HOWEVER, IVF (well, all fertility services, but especially IVF) isn't cheap, even with your own eggs, so a company that offers this service should also be willing to pony up insurance coverage for infertility.
@readyornot Me too! I'm a health policy geek, so my response would have been about seven scrolls. :D
I liked Austin Frakt's list over a the Incidental Economist a lot better. http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/how-do-you-do-it-all/
There's no such thing as a good time to have a kid.
@shopgirl I'm not saying it's easy. I'm saying people do it. All the time.
@StanislausBabalistic My husband doesn't have a car. He's been here six and a half years. My sister's boyfriend doesn't have a car. He's been here seven.
I love this town so much. I grew up here, and I've lived here 33 of my 41 years. I tried exotic places like California and England, but Houston kept luring me back. I live in Montrose and am 20 minutes from anywhere I want to be. There are so many wonderful people in this town, and I live and work right in the middle of it all.
@Natalie I have consistently been happy with BBs (the one on Westheimer and Montrose), as well as Little Woodrows on Shepherd. Also, LA Crawfish is AWESOME Viet-Cajun crawfish.