This has been my day:
Celine Dion blaring through the speakers.
Pumpkin candle burning in all its glory.
Winter clothes airing out on the guest bed.
Vacuum running, washer/dryer running…
Basically, it has been a nightmare day for my energy bill, but a pretty awesome one for me. The best part is it doesn’t involve ANY SCHOOL!
Don’t get me wrong, I love school. In fact I really really love school. But sometimes it’s nice to take a few days off after a big test, ya know? Pretty much all I can think about lately is Occupational Therapy and how much I want to get into the OTA program in April. I’m so afraid I won’t get in, especially since my motivation and grades are at an all-time high. But the anxiety can wait a few more months, I suppose.
The past month has been a whirlwind of fun adventures. We were blessed with lots of visitors, including my friend Julianne, and then our great friends Tommy and Hannah. I love any excuse to show Austin off and all the great food and fun it has to offer. Here we go with a LOT of pictures…
Ya’ll hungry yet? If you want to drool even more, check at the websites for some of the current Cody favorite restaurant/spots around this wonderful city. (In no particular order)
4. Red’s Porch **mainly for the view and beer selection
10. The Violet Crown Cinema (Probably my personal favorite)
This list changes every month it seems like, but if you’re looking for places to go in Austin, you can’t fail with any of those 10!
Happy Autumn everyone. Go bake some pumpkin bread!
What a fun weekend in the heart of Texas.
Josh and I drove out to Jester King Brewery on Saturday for their weekly beer tasting and brewery tour. I didn’t know what to expect because I knew so little about the company, but Jester King and the owners who gave the tour completely exceeded my expectations. They are the COOLEST company! If you’re ever in need of a fun way to spend a few hours on a Saturday in Austin, grab some friends and head out to Jester King. It was only $10 per person to get in, which got you a cool beer glass and SIX…(yes i said six) glasses of whatever masterfully crafted farmhouse ale they had on draft that weekend. It was so fascinating and inspiring to hear the story of a couple of brothers who are so passionate about their skill and the lengths they go to to make their drinks such a unique experience to taste.
Here’s what they had available for “tasting” (much more than a taste if you ask me) yesterday.
…And Josh who was kind of in heaven. With his hammer?
Touring the super cool barrel room where they age the beer
I love living in a city with endless things to do, and truly passionate people who care SO much about whatever they devote their lives to.
Kinda makes you wanna pop open a cold one, huh? Happy 4th of july week everyone!
We had the pleasure last weekend of sharing the day with 2 wonderful friends exploring some of the BBQ goodness that central Texas has to offer. I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day than gorging myself on smoked meat. MmmmMMMM.
Caution: You are about to either get really hungry, or, if you’re a vegetarian, you’re probably going to be grossed out.
The first stop we made was to Kreuz Market in Lockhart, Texas. Lockhart is the “BBQ capital of Texas” and they say you can’t go wrong with any of the choices you’ll find there.
Kreug’s was amazing. Best beef brisket I’ve ever had by far! They don’t believe in barbeque sauce and don’t even carry it in their restaurant. Not that their food needs it. So much flavor!!
Next stop was Smitty’s in downtown Lockhart across from the beautiful city hall.
Last stop was in Luling, Texas. According to their sign, Luling is somehow associated with watermelons. There was absolutely no lack of melons in this town. Or delicious BBQ at City Market. They had my very favorite meat of the day. Fall off the bone BBQ pork ribs. Be still my beating heart.
What a fun weekend. If anyone ever wants to go back and eat absurd amounts of pork and beef with us, we would not protest. Hope you enjoyed the photo tour of Texas’ pride and joy.
Much to everyone’s surprise (especially my own) Josh and I survived 5 long days in the car with Henry.
Here are the highlights, because who has time to explain the emotional roller coaster that is moving from a city you love to a state you’ve been to once in your life?
Henry was AWESOME. Seriously. He slept the majority of the time while we drove, and was such a good boy on all of our stops. I actually think I prefer traveling with a dog now, because of all the walking around it required us to do. We went to a few different dog parks along the way and let him swim in a couple rivers. He liked hanging out at the KOA cabins with us too. I’m gonna miss the calm dog that we took on the road 😦
On our Denver stop we got to visit with Josh’s old friend Kara who he met in Kenya a few years ago. I also got to meet up with one of my best friends’ fiancee who lives outside of Boulder Colorado. Always fun catching up with people you don’t see often.
I just love being on the road with Josh. He’s so laid back and fun to hang out with. I’m lucky to have such a great chauffeur to drive me across the country.
We got to Austin last evening around 6 and sort of had the feeling of “now what?” We have no where to live (our apartment building is not letting us move in until later this week), no stuff (our POD with all of our belongings arrives on Thursday), and no plans whatsoever. Josh doesn’t start work until Monday, so the opportunities seemed endless until we called every cheap hotel/campsite in the austin area and NONE of them let dogs stay there. We were literally sitting at a restaurant wondering what we were going to do and where we were going to stay, when I heard my name called from a few yards away. There are 2 people I know in this entire city, and one of them happened to be eating at the same restaurant with her husband and some friends. They offered us a free (and pet friendly) place to stay, and we gladly obliged. God provides in really cool, unexpected ways sometimes.
So far, I’m really liking what I see. Austin has a really unique feel to it, and it actually reminds me a lot of Georgia with the trees and parks. The sun has been out since we got here, and we have been spending every second outside that we can. Glorious. I’m so thankful to be here, even though strong feelings of fear come over me about once every few hours. Austin will hopefully feel like home in no time. Now, if we can just make some friends…