SXSW

Remember that time where I drove a music/movie producer around for 5 days while him and his team were in Austin for South by Southwest? Oh…well I do. In fact, I can’t say I will soon forget it. That was me last week. And man oh man was it weird.

As a kid I wanted to be “an actresssssss”. I did the whole community theater thing for a few years, discovered that I couldn’t actually sing, and then decided to do what most dramatic tweens do in the face of an obstacle and try out for cheerleading instead. The entertainment industry always fascinated me. Specifically New York and the broadway scene, but ya know, I wouldn’t have complained if Hollywood was where I ended up.

I just want to say once and for all…THANK YOU GOD for not answering those prayers for stardom. The past week has opened my eyes to many many things, and the “normalcy” of my life is one thing I am walking away thanking the Lord for. I suppose I was lucky to get to meet a lot of the people I met. It was neat to get to drop people off at their movie premier or concert and get tiny leftover bits of  VIP treatment rubbed off onto me. But it was truly difficult to see past what was glaringly obvious from the moment I shook hands with the guy. Stress. Anxiety. Self obsession. People say that these are the things you get when you’re living the life of a rock star. They partied a lot. They have some very famous people in their address books. But at what cost? Definitely not one I would be willing to pay.

I am so glad to have had that experience, as much as it was out of my comfort zone. (I’m talking out-the-door-and-around-the-block outside of my comfort zone) And boy am I glad it is over. It was some of the longest days ever, but I actually gained a lot too. I realized that deep down, I am a total homebody. I learned that I still have a long way to go in my quest to set healthy boundaries for myself. I learned that my eyeballs stop working after 3 in the morning. And I learned that I will pretty much do anything for the excuse to buy some really really cute shoes that are out of my normal budget.

That’s about all I will say about that for now. I’m still recovering and processing the whole thing. But I did get to drive this sweet ride around town all week, and  I will tell you…If you want to get attention from people walking around downtown, it’s all about the vehicle you’re driving. I NEVER get this many looks in my Subaru.

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So now March is half way over and I’m still left with finishing up my Occupational Therapy application, writing my paper for school, and finishing my medical terminology online class before April is over. Phew. There are also a thousand other major changes coming in the Cody home in the next few months that I’ll keep you posted about. It is sure to be a long Spring. But Austin sure is beautiful in Spring, and Henry is loving that it’s warm enough to swim again.

Does anyone else feel like around March every year everything in life re-sets itself and you have to make a bunch of life-altaring decisions all at once? Happens every year for us.

One day at a time, people…

Happy SPRING!!

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Keepin’ the memories alive

Life is so hectic these days what with school and work and volunteer stuff…But I am determined to keep up with my blog for the sake of my own sanity. This thing haunts me in the best possible way. I’m so overwhelmed with everything lately, but it really is nice to put some thoughts on paper (er…electronic screen) and decompress.

Though the weekend was pretty jam packed, I was so lucky to be able to spend some great time catching up yesterday with one of the amazing women God put in my life here in Austin. People like her make me think I could never leave this place. Saturday was super fun because I got not ONE but TWO surprises in the mail! I just love forgetting I ordered something and then having it show up at my doorstep.

The first gift to myself was a photobook. It is actually just the latest edition to my collection of photobooks I’ve been making over the past few years. I got the idea from a friend who makes a huge “yearbook” each year with all of her pictures. Since I have an irrational fear of losing everything off of my hard drive, I figured I should probably go ahead and make one every few months instead. I subscribe to Groupon, Living Social, and Moolala, and between the 3 of them, a great deal on photobooks comes alone every couple weeks. So far I have paid for every one of mine with a “daily deal” coupon. The one that arrived this weekend is definitely my favorite I’ve made so far. I used a chalkboard themed look for the book with a lot of little embellishments. I can’t say that I had an easy time dealing with the company I made it through. That is the hardest part of the process…Be prepared to lose your work many times before it actually saves it in time to print!

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I’m so happy I decided to start making these. They usually end up costing around 30 bucks a pop, which is well worth the peace of mind I’ve gotten knowing my pictures will never be lost forever if my computer crashes. I also love the idea of my future kids looking through these one day in the (far far off) future.

My second surprise that showed up Saturday were these fun canvasses that I had ordered a couple weeks ago and forgot about. I’ve always wanted to get a canvas printed of Josh and I for our bedroom, but almost every picture of the two of us was taken on a cellphone. After getting a professional to take some in Georgia at Christmas, I figured now was the time to splurge. Actually I found a groupon for these too, so it wasn’t much of a splurge 🙂 $75 for both from Canvas Lifestyle. They were much bigger than I had anticipated, and I loved how they turned out.

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I have to say though, it’s a little weird seeing myself staring at me from the wall in my bedroom. These things are ginormous compared to the tiny rooms and low ceilings in this apartment. Hopefully one day we will have a nicer place that will do them justice.

What ways do you guys have to preserve precious memories? Don’t forget to protect your pictures and back up those hard drives so you’re not devastated one day!

I’m also so excited to say publicly (for the sake of accountability) that I’m running the Capitol 10K here in Austin in April. It was a goal of mine for 2013 to run in a 10k, and this one is the biggest Texas has to offer. Am I confident I’ll be able to run it by then? Not really. But so far my training has been going so great and my running enthusiast husband has been a great support. Cheers to keeping new years resolutions! 

Happy Monday!

Caroline