How I spent Black Friday
1. Going with my Dad to Super Donut. Yum yum yum!
2. Shopping at Target
3. Putting up my Christmas decorations. My Mom was a huge help!!
4. Lunch with Mom & Dad at Red’s Porch, fish tacos for me.
5. My aunts & uncles came over for dinner. My Dad offered to cook at my place. He made meatloaf & scalloped potatoes. I contributed the wine, corn casserole, and apple pie.
6. After dinner, we all went to watch Captain Phillips. Great movie!!!!!!
I hope you had a great Black Friday!!
My Uncle Dennis passed away this morning.
Dennis was a voracious reader. I remember going to his house once and he had about 5 books that he was reading at one time. He had a list of where he was at in each book and a time line of when to get through current & future books.
I’m a one book at a time type of gal. But I always wanted to run home and read after visiting him.
Although I’ve been buying e-books for my iPad, I dream of being surrounded by books one day.
Surrounded by books and amazing friends like Dennis was.
My goal at Fan Fest was to see some wealthy international people in town for the race. I was thinking rich Middle Eastern man walking around with his harem of women and body guards. No such luck. We did see F1 driver Felipe Massa though. But that means nothing to me…is he good? You tell me.
I’m not a race fan, but I do certainly have a lead foot. On the way home this evening, it reminded me of a little story.
Once when I was younger (driving age though), I was driving from my friend Amy’s house to my friend Matt’s house. I was driving down Hoover Road which is a two lane road on the outskirts of town. It’s not a busy street and I always always sped on that street. It was the type of road that was fairly deserted and just begged to be sped on.
I quickly caught up to a car in front of me that was going much too slow for my taste. I decided to pass the car. Once I was in the other lane, I realized that there was a car in front of them too. Oh well, I’ll just gun it even more, I decided! So I passed both cars and was probably going about 20 miles over the speed limit.
I continued on my merry way and pulled into Matt’s driveway. Another car pulled up behind me. It was my Mom & brother. What are they doing in Matt’s neighborhood?
JULIE LYNN!! GET OVER HERE NOW!!!
Ummmm oops…that second car I passed on Hoover was my Mom unbeknowndst to me.
JUST WAIT UNTIL I TELL YOUR FATHER ABOUT THIS!!
Uh oh! I was mortified due to the embarrassment of being yelled at in front of my friends. And I was scared to go home and talk to my Dad. Those Dad looks of disappointment are just killer.
I don’t really remember my punishment that day. Most likely I had to give my Dad back his Phillips 66 gas card for a while.
I still have a lead foot….not a 20 miles over one though! And I hardly ever pass anyone on a 2 lane road anymore.
Do you speed? Are you going to the F1 race this weekend? If so, tell Felipe hi for me!
So another 2 months has passed since my last blog post. It seems I only get the itch to blog after 2 month hiatuses.
June started off strong with lots of fun with friends and traveling. But for the last 6 weeks, I’ve been battling my upstairs neighbor with an annoying dog and tennis elbow in my right arm.
I had no problems with my neighbor for months and months. And then it seems his girlfriend broke up with him and moved out. And I was left with this jerky jilted neighbor and his jerky dog. (I don’t know that he was jilted, but I like to imagine that the girl came to her senses & left him.)
The neighbor guy worked at night and the dog didn’t deal well with being alone at night. The dog would bark and howl from about midnight until the owner came home from work at 4 am. UGHHhhhhhhhhhh!! I would call every week to complain to my leasing office. And I left notes on the neighbor’s door. But he didn’t seem to care.
I had to leave my TV’s and ceiling fans on at night to try to dull the noise. And I wore earplugs every night. I really feel for new mothers now. I was going bonkers. But the guy finally moved out a few days ago! It’s been blissfully quiet for the past few days. Haley seems to be in better spirits too. I know I’ll only get a few weeks of peace before a new neighbor moves in. Is it too much to ask for that it’s a 70 old woman with no pets?
As far as the tennis elbow, it still hurts. I have a brace that I wear during work, since I type all day long. And I have exercises to do from the doctor. I also ice it at night. But it’s frustrating. I’m pretty sure it should have healed by now. I’m just ignoring it basically. :/
Let’s move on to the FUN things I’ve done the past 2 months though!!
2. My BFF’s Chris & Sarah came to Austin to visit.
We went to the Mumford & Sons concert! It was my favorite concert to date! Loved every moment of it!
I ate this amazing quinoa salad at Snack Bar!
We had Sunday Funday by starting with brunch at Max’s Wine Dive. Get the SXSW…jalapeno cheese grits with pulled pork! I want to eat that again right now. Yum!
We continued Sunday Funday at Kung Fu Saloon for drinks and games.
I took Chris & Sarah to Gourdough’s. It was my first time too!! We may have went twice in one day…it was vacation after all.
We finished off the trip with a visit to the Oasis on Lake Travis.
3. Only 2 weeks after Chris & Sarah came to Austin, I flew to Charlotte to visit them. We plan visits around concerts. Mumford & Sons in Austin……ANDDDDDD……NKOTB/98 Degrees/Boyz II Men in Charlotte. I met up with Sarah, Kelly, and Trish my first night in Charlotte to see this boy band extravaganza. It was so much fun!!! NKOTB put on a hell of a show. We really got our money’s worth.
***Here’s when I started getting tennis elbow so hence the few pictures in Charlotte or back at home.
4. A week after returning from Charlotte, I drove home to Wichita for 10 days. My Mom had recently broken her hip, so wanted to see her and be home for the 4th of July. She’s recovered now and is walking without a walker or cane, yay!!
For the 4th of July, I offered to be in charge of appetizers and dessert. My parents are very meat & potato-y, which is delicious, don’t get me wrong—but after a week, I was craving fruit & vegetables. So I happily went to town on the appetizers.
Dessert was a make your own ice cream sundae bar! I thought of this idea on a whim, but it was really fun!!
I always love going home to see how much my 4 nephews have grown!
That’s all for now. I’m going to do my best to not wait another 2 months until next time. But if I do, I’ll have fun updates as I’m going on 2 more trips over the next few months.
New books to read!
Chili supper with family last night
Loving this seasonal ale!
Weekend poker game…I came in 2nd! (Yes, those are Smirnoff Ice playing cards…random!)
I recently started watching Sherlock via Netflix. I’m on season 2 and am in loooooooove with Dr. Watson.
Last night, I was reading Entertainment Weekly and there was a blurb about The Hobbit. I stared at the picture for a solid 30 seconds. Wait what?! Dr. Watson is The Hobbit!? The Hobbit is Dr. Watson?! Worlds colliding…p.s. I’m weird.
I’m not sure if my observation skills were severely lacking or if it’s a sign that Freeman is a good actor. I’m going with the latter.
For Christmas this year, I stayed in Austin. My parents came down to spend the holiday with me and my aunts & uncles.
Haley loves visitors!
Family brunch at Kerbey Lane Cafe. Everyone loved it!
My aunt & uncle at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Every arts & crafts fair should have a live band!
Shopping at the Domain
Dad & I taking a break from shopping to sit outside & enjoy a beer.
Love this new dish towel that my aunt Ann got me!
My Dad asked if we were going to have our breakfast date at Whole Foods to get coffee and a muffin like when they visited this summer. Yes yes! A new tradition!
Brunch at Magnolia Cafe
I made Christmas Eve spaghetti & meatballs!
New owl nightlight lamp from my parents! My owl obsession is going strong!
My cousin Kristy has had a great 2012….getting fit! I’m so
jealous proud of her!
My cousin-in-law makes a great turkey!
Mom & Ann
I made fudge for the first time!
Thanks again Mom & Dad for making the long drive down to spend Christmas with me. But next year…leave the flu at home.
On Saturday, I went with my Aunt Jill & Uncle Carl to Wurstfest!
Wurstfest is a 10 day festival in New Braunfels that celebrates German culture, food, drink and music. It’s held in Landa Park.
It was a great day to enjoy the weather and the Comal River.
But we were really there to eat and drink!! We did a lap around the festival grounds before deciding what to devour.
Naegelin’s Bakery is the oldest bakery in TX.
I couldn’t convince anyone to try the chocolate dipped pickles. Anyone ever had one???
Deep fried sauerkraut balls. You have to deep friend something-or-other when you’re at a festival! They were pretty good!
We each got the 5 kinds of sausage on a stick from New Braunfels Smokehouse. Oh sausage on a stick! SO GOOD!!!
So much beer, so little time
Official Wurstfest beer steins dating back to the 1960′s to current
We took a beer break to go up on the ferris wheel. I’m pretty sure I haven’t been on a ferris wheel in over 10 years!
After our carnival fun, we went under the tent to listen to music and…
..drink more beer!
We also shared some German chocolate pie. I’m not a fan of German chocolate cake, but this pie—yes!!! It’s like pecan pie filling, but no pecans, plus coconut. Yum yum yum yum!
I’m glad that I went to Wurstfest and will definitely go again!
So will my uncle.
Pumpkin Carving Party at Mary’s. I didn’t carve this pumpkin, but was so impressed by it!
On Saturday morning, I went to a clothing swap party. There was a lot more loot to go through than just in this picture.
In addition to some clothes, I also brought Mimomas & muffins!
The best part of a party from 10 am – 2 pm is that you can start with cinnamon rolls & then advance on to cheese straws and hummus!
Someone also brought kolaches! I’ve had sweet kolaches before, but this was my 1st savory kolache with cheese, peppers, and sausage. So good!!
In addition to the clothing swap, it was also a Stella & Dot party!
I got these jade earrings pictured and 2 necklaces. But at least my clothing swap items were free!
I got 2 tank tops, 2 shirts, and a cute black Express skirt that I love.
Saturday night Halloween party at Jessica’s. I was a black cat. Meow!
Eyeball apps!! Mozzarella and olives for the eyes drowning in marinara sauce for the blood.
Blinged out trophies for the costume contest winners.
This evening, I went over to my aunt & uncle’s for dinner for my cousin-in-law’s birthday. My aunt sure knows how to pour a generous glass of wine!!
Chili & corn bread muffins…perfect Sunday night fall food!
Strawberry cake with strawberry icing & strawberry ice cream, my fave!
Happy Birthday, Cary!
My thoughts exactly!
Aren’t 3 day weekends the BEST?!
And when your birthday falls during one?? SCORE!
Mom, I hope you have the best day!! Enjoy some cake and have fun with the grandkids!!
My Mom & Dad came to visit me in Austin a few weeks ago!
Some of the highlights:
–dinner at Jack Allen’s
–lunch at Hula Hut
–boat ride on Lady Bird Lake
–shopping at the outlet mall in San Marcos
–day trip to San Antonio to the Alamo, Riverwalk, and Market Square
–lunch at the Salt Lick
Dad & I at Jack Allen’s
Mom, Dad, & I at Hula Hut
Aunt Ann & Uncle Bob
My cousin, Kristy, and I at Threadgill’s
Aunt Jill & Austin
Family boat ride on Lady Bird Lake
Beautiful grounds at the Alamo
Breakfast at Whole Foods