June Goals

Pay off school loans

I just have $309 left to pay! After July is over, I’m going to start planning a solo trip somewhere fun!

Take myself on a date once a month

I tried. I really did! But this adorable restaurant in San Francisco was closed on Sundays and it was the only time I could have made it work.

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Honestly though, John and I went on really slam dunk dates this month. We went to Shake Shake Shake in Tacoma, a place I’ve been dying to go to (and it was super tasty!).

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He treated me to a beautiful dinner at an adorable hotel for my birthday (and we went antiquing, and we went on the world’s coolest hike). We went on our first free museum night in YEARS. Every meal was super special and memorable in their own way.

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Do something politically active once a month

This wasn’t politically active per se, but I joined a group of coworkers to raise money for Parkinson’s disease and altogether we raised almost $5,000! As we raised the money, so many people came to us with their stories of friends or family members who have been affected by the disease. It was heartbreaking, but reaffirming. Health care is in a scary place right now and anything people can do to help those that are sick is so, so necessary.  Plus, it was a gorgeous day to walk with my little family and coworkers!

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Set monthly exercise goals

That month has been crazy, to say the least. Still, I’ve managed to mostly keep up with my goals! I’ve been getting biweekly massages from Cameron at Dreamscape Massage (he is incredible) and in my last massage he suggested that I work more on my core strength which could help my back.

“WELL THANKS” I thought. Even at my skinniest itty bitty body size I’ve never had abs. Or anything that remotely resembled abs. So what’s the point of building core strength if I’m always going to be chubby there? Slowly I incorporated more core workouts and I’ve already noticed a huge difference in my lower back pain. Core workouts still suck, but at least it’s given me a renewed focus!

Do something special for John once a month

After our trip to Idaho last month, I was planning on taking John’s car to the car wash again, but he beat me to it! I honestly just lavished in his attention this month and will get back on track next month. I love that we have different birthday months. May is always about John and June is always about Morgan 🙂

Meditate everyday

 

It wasn’t a bad month of meditating, but it wasn’t great either. I gave it a good effort and I’m proud of myself! When things get crazy, I tend to shut down or get really cranky. I’ve noticed that I’ve been going with the flow and am much more relaxed than I would normally be in these situations!

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Make a new friend

I’ve considered taking this one off because it’s been making me feel bad every month. But you know what? I spent a weekend with my dad and stepmom. I got a beautiful lunch with a friend who’s adopting her first pet (a cat named Hemingway!!). I’ve spent some really wondering days with John. The kids are here for the summer and we’re getting frozen yogurt and chatting all the time. I truly am enjoying where I’m at right now.

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Other things in June… 

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I flew to San Francisco for work, but got a chance to hang out in Napa with my dad for the weekend. Other than it being 106 degrees (and no AC!) we went wine tasting and to church and I think it was a pretty good Fathers Day weekend for him!

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For my birthday (oh yeah, I’m 27 now!) John took me to Ape Cave, a hike I’ve been dying to go on ever since I heard about it! It’s the longest lava tube in North America and was so deep underground that when we turned off our flashlights, you couldn’t even see your hand in from of your face. My imagination went wild and it was so much fun!

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It’s officially farmers market season and that’s pretty much all I think about now 🙂

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We took the kids to Golden Gardens for a low tide beach walk on a hot and sunny day in Seattle. The kids kept their complaining to a minimum (sort of), but I think they actually had fun!

May Goals

Pay off school loans

Oh. my. goodness. $900 to go! That’s basically like nothing! (Well, at least in comparison to what is was before…) It’s been tough, my god it has been TOUGH, but I’m proud that I’ve come this far and can see the end in sight!

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Take myself on a date once a month

So, I didn’t really fulfill this goal this month. Or if I did, I don’t remember it, which isn’t a good sign…. BUT I did treat myself to quite a few new things that were on crazy 40-50% sales 🙂 A new dress (it has tennis rackets on it! eek!) a new retro-style one piece bathing suit (swoon) and a bunch of adorable summer PJs! Plus two new tops. I’m going to Maine in late June/early July for a family get together, and I’d been envisioning a lot of red, white and blue, my absolute favorite color combination, and so I had to go out and buy a few things 🙂

The sun has officially come with a vengeance in Seattle! I even got a sunburn! (I’m not exactly proud of this, but I swear at times it felt like I would never see the sun again this winter…) While I’ve lived in Seattle, I’ve gotten pretty used to a very distinct summer and winter wardrobe change, right around early May and late October. A couple weeks ago I packed up all my wool-everything and brought out my summer clothes. Normally this is a really exciting moment for me, because at this point I’ve kind of forgotten about some of the clothes and it feels like I just went on a shopping spree. But this time, things felt a little different. 1. Not everything fit me (more on that later) and 2. A lot of the clothes felt old, sad, frayed, or just too young for me. I realized that I lot of these clothes, dresses and shorts mostly, dated back to college, or when I first moved to Seattle. Obviously things aren’t going to hold up that well after 5+ years, but for some reason I just clung to them. Of course clothes are really expensive. And finding clothes that fit me is near-impossible. But still, I created a “to donate” pile almost immediately.

Over the years, I’ve definitely become more conservative. I just don’t feel comfortable in super tight, super colorful, or even slightly short clothes anymore. I need to find grown up clothes that fit my style and my size, and I think that’s worth splurging on a little.

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Do something politically active once a month

This month I donated $75 to Planned Parenthood. They were matching donations that day, so I knew my money would go farther. I’m downright scared for the fate the United States and THE WORLD when it comes down to women’s health and reproductive rights. We all have an immediate need to do SOMEthing in this regard. Donate money if you can, sign a petition, call your representative, volunteer… do SOMEthing.

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Set monthly exercise goals

So, like I mentioned before, a lot of my clothes aren’t fitting me.

At this point, I’ve been regularly going to the gym for a few months now. I’ve gotten a better handle on my levels of stress at work. My home life is much less stressful now, really than it’s ever been.

I should reiterate, a lot of those clothes that don’t fit are from 3-7 years old. I am getting older. Maybe, just maybe, this is the size my body wants to be now. But then I look on Instagram at friends from high school and college and they are SO SKINNY. How?! Do they just work out every day? Do they eat next to nothing? I just don’t get it! How can I have gained 30 pounds since high school and they look EVEN BETTER than they did in high school? Of course, when I realized I was being super unhealthy and gazing at pictures of my friends in bikinis. I decided that I needed to unfollow them. It was just making me feel horrible on a near daily basis. Until I’m ok with how I look, I think it’s better this way.

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I did gain more weight when John and I got together (4 years ago now). This could mean two things… he cooks delicious food, but sometimes unhealthy food, and maybe that’s affecting our weight, OR hormones typically go through a change at the start of a relationship (you know what I mean). Back in January, I went to the doctor and she encouraged me to mess around with my hormones in a new way and so this may be changing things in my body even further. I’ve decided to give it until the end of June before I make a decision in that regard.

So the final option is diet. I think it’s time to actually put myself on a diet (EW. EW. EW.) and try to eat healthier. Less meat, less carbs, MORE veggies, MORE fruit, NO soda. Sweets and some wine is fine, just in moderation. I’m going to need to talk to John about all of this because he does 100% of the cooking, but I think it’s worth a try.

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Do something special for John once a month

John’s birthday is in May. Like all things about John, he is very difficult when it comes to his birthday. He hates celebrating it… yet I know if I pretended to forget about it he would be furious. So, I tiptoe around it. Honestly, it upsets me a little, but because I LOVE birthdays and I think they are a BIG deal.

So this year, I thought of a good workaround. John really wanted to surprise the kids with a trip to a rollercoaster theme park this summer, and found out that the tickets would be a fraction of the cost if we went a weekend in May. So we started planning and I offered to cover the hotels rooms, as his birthday present. Because let’s be honest, we went 50% to surprise the kids (they were totally, completely surprised) and 50% because John absolutely loves rollercoasters more than anything. He agreed and this was an easy way to feel like I was celebrating him. Minus a few preteen moments (and terrible weather at the park) the weekend went really well and John had so much fun.

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On his birthday day, the weather reached the hottest it’s been since last September, which is NOT good John weather. We had agreed to meet at the mall so he could pick out some clothes for summer and his upcoming trip to Virginia and we found a ton of great things on sale, so I treated him to some new pants and a couple shirts.

Trying to test things a little further, I mentioned that I was absolutely famished and would he mind grabbing dinner downtown? He looked suspicious, but I think I played it up pretty well because I was honestly famished! I suggested somewhere casual, but as we were running our last errand I casually pulled up a menu for Radiator Whiskey, a place I’d been dying to go for years, and he agreed. The restaurant was pretty great, not fancy at all, but still fun and eclectic, and the food and drinks were excellent- definitely our kind of place. The only set back was that it was the same temperature inside as it was outside. He was a good sport, (maybe because of the fried chicken and whiskey…) and I think he actually had a really good birthday 🙂

Meditate everyday

I’ve gotten better about meditating and really making time at work so that I’m not as stressed out. It’s made a big difference! Things will change quite a bit in the next month at work, and I’m going to have to take that change in stride and really focus and keep refocusing on staying away from stress and remaining calm. I’m going to continue to take some time every day to just breathe through it.

Make a new friend

I haven’t been successful here. As much as I know that this is a priority, I’m approaching my favorite season and hobby- reading magazines or books outside on a blanket in the sun… totally alone. John has been in Virginia for the past week with his family, and as much as I’ve missed him, I really, truly have enjoyed this alone time. I just need alone time more than most people and when things get crazy, I need my alone time even more.

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Other things in May…

We saw cats playing beautiful music at Pike Place…

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…but they aren’t as cute as my cats…

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March & April Goals

Apparently I completely blanked on March last month, I suppose figuring my late February post and Austin/SXSW posts covered everything. I think I missed a few things!

Pay off school loans.

I just checked, and as of today I only have $1,500 to go! That means I should be free as a bird in August! I figure that in August I’ll start planning a slightly larger trip for myself to get through crappy Seattle winter.  How I hope 2016/2017 doesn’t repeat itself again next year! Did you know… this is the rainiest winter that Seattle has EVER HAD? As in since they have been monitoring rainfall. As in, since the 1800’s. WHY DO I LIVE HERE?!

Just kidding, Seattle is beautiful, and even better in the rain, honest. But I think everyone in the city is going a little nuts. Last week I was working from home in the morning and when I walked outside there were 7 police cars on the street. Apparently a shooter was on the loose! There have been a huge increase in people with knives or guns lately and it really takes a toll on you. I almost never feel safe anymore, and that’s really sad.

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Take myself on a date once a month. 

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My April self-date really blew me away. It was Seattle Restaurant Week and I chose someplace close to home, that was newish, but I’d heard really good things. When I arrived for my Tavolata reservation (at 5:15 because I’m an old person) the space was empty, but very pretty. Modern, but warm with lots of wood and big windows. My three courses were bruschetta, gnocchi, and a lemon dessert. The bruschetta was incredible, a smoked salmon with pickled red onions on top (sounds like a weird combo, but OH) and the bread was perfect, toasted, but still dense and chewy. The gnocchi was so good I could have cried… pillowy and soft, and the flavors, cheese, spinach, pork jowl… it was so comforting and delicious. The dessert was a big surprise for me! The only dessert that mentioned chocolate was something that also said lemon, a combo I’m not used to, but I just don’t consider dessert anything without chocolate to be dessert. When they presented the little doughnuts (by this time the restaurant was bursting with crowds of girlfriends, double dates and coworkers at happy hour) I was so surprised, but very, very happy. I was already so full I felt like passing out, but I pushed through and ate ALL of them. The doughnuts had a lemon-y flavor, but it wasn’t overpowering, and the rich dark chocolate dipping sauce was incredible. I’m not sure my next self-date could top that one!

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Do something politically active once a month. 

This month I donated $75 to World Relief Seattle. One of my coworker’s wife works there and they’ve come in to teach us more about the refugee status in politics, which is pretty scary right now. Zach and Caitlin will be biking across Washington state in Sea Tri Kan, to raise awareness and funds for refugees. If you’re interested in donating, you can support a rider here.

Next month is Give Big and I will be supporting Planned Parenthood. All donations will be matched!

Set monthly exercise goals. 

I made the mistake of weighing myself at the gym today and I didn’t love what I saw. Even though I’ve been consistent, I haven’t seen a huge change in my body since joining the gym. I have noticed that things are a little tighter, a little less jiggly. I’m hoping that once I can stop stressing out about work so much, and once I figure out what’s going on my dang hormones, I’ll see a bigger difference.

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Do something special for John once a month.

John and I discussed my April gift so far in advance that I actually forgot to order it until last week! Technically it won’t arrive until May 2nd/3rd, but these car accessories will arrive just before we take big road trip across the state, so it will work out great! Plus, John has completely forgotten about the conversation that we had such a long time ago that he will be 100% surprised once they arrive!

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In March I was excited to take John to the annual Seattle Public Library book sale. Instead of letting me pay for his books (18 books for only 26 dollars!) he asked if we could get brunch first at a cute little place around the corner. It ended up being a rainy but fun day and the book sale was PACKED with a line around the corner. I ended up taking home more books than John 🙂

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Meditate everyday. 

I admit, I’ve been particularly bad at this this month. Needless to say, work has been challenging. Like -having a panic attack at work and crying in the bathroom- challenging. I’ve tried to not take it home with me, but it’s been really tough. I keep trying to make everything right and somehow things just snowball so quickly in this job. I need to make more time to meditate, but in April I have to say that working from home has been helpful. I stop to take a couple minutes between tasks to read an article, cuddle my cats or make toast, and that helps a lot.

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Make a new friend. 

Negative, but we had the kids for one week during their Spring Break and that actually went over really nicely. John stayed home and I worked, but we planned out lots of fun things to do with them, mixed in with some lazy days too. Their preteen moodiness is pretty unbearable at times, but Spring Break went so smoothly that I’m feeling a LOT better about this summer! (Look at how tall they’re getting! It’s nuts!)

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Oh and Casie came back! One of my best friends had been traveling the world with her boyfriend for 6 months and is back in town!

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Other things from April…

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  • John and I took the kids to the Science March and it was so cute, Gabriel was so energized afterwards, talking about how he’s going to save the planet! We then went to Jack’s BBQ for a super tasty lunch and then did a Costco trip. I’m such a boring mom now, but that was such a fun day!

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  • John and I saw the cherry blossoms at University of Washington and they were just as pretty as I imagined that they would be. We walked around the gorgeous campus, walked around the Ave and the farmers market and then got lunch. A perfect day!

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  • We sold our white chrome dining table set for a wood table and cafe chairs like I’ve always wanted! I’ll miss our 50’s table, but it’s nice to not see EVERY crumb all the time.

Other things in March…

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  • I went to a self defense class in Belltown (and saw awesome graffiti outside). I felt 100% silly, but it’s an important thing to do and I’m proud of myself for getting out there and feeling silly with hundreds of strangers!

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  • We had a soup swap at work! John had SO MUCH FUN making our submission, a classic southern Brunswick Stew, and spent almost a full day on it. I took home 7 soups and we’ve had 2 “Soup Parties” with the kids so far, testing out a couple each time, and they think it’s so fun… plus we don’t have to cook 🙂

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  • There was ONE DAY in March where the sun shone all day long and it was amazing. I went to see Beauty and the Beast at the Cinerama (and cried like 8 times) and then walked home and snapped this perfect picture of Seattle spring at The Saint. Now if we could just have a few more days like this… I would be content.

Bellingham

A couple weeks ago I texted John and said if “I don’t get out of here or have some sort of spa day I may lose my mind”. In a totally unexpected move, John suggested that we leave town… the next day. I fully admit, John and I are not spur of the moment people. Doing something like this was downright crazy in our minds. So where did we go? Bellingham.

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Depending on where you’re from, you either just heard the sad “whomp whomp” noise in your head or sat at the edge of your seat, wanting to read more. John and I have met several people who have either grown up in Bellingham or attended college there. It’s such a great place! they said. You’ll love how cute it is! they told us. So John and I had pretty high expectations on what we would find there, expecting an idyllic college town. I made the mistake of looking up the population of the town before we left… 85,000 people. How could that be a college down? That’s smaller than the town I grew up in!

We woke up Saturday morning with a start. John sat up at 4am and announced “I left my car in a construction zone!” He sprung out of bed and sure enough found that his car had been towed. Somehow, John had avoided getting his car towed in Seattle for the past 9 YEARS… which I found really impressive (in SF I feel like this happens to people at least once a year) but he was really annoyed. We picked up the car just fine, but there was a hefty bill for him to pay. So… not the best start to the weekend.

We headed to Bellingham in stop and go traffic, and feeling pretty exhausted. It was such an odd feeling driving into Bellingham. We kept expecting some indication of a city or suburbs, but up until 1 mile away from the town we saw dense forest on both sides of the highway. We stayed in the Sheraton in town and were really impressed by the hotel, it looked new, was incredibly clean and was pretty stylish too! The only downside was that the pool was in an atrium and echoed a ton when kids were splashing around.

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John and I immediately headed out to explore downtown and by the recommendation of the concierge, we went to the farmers market first. Oh my it was a cute farmers market! You know that episode of Gilmore Girls were there town is taken over by competing troubadours? It was JUST like that! And as adorable as Stars Hallow too. Every 5 feet or so there was some new person or group singing, usually white, hippy-looking, and singing some bluegrass music (lots of fiddle). The sun was shining. The food looked incredible. Everyone looked happy. Part of the farmers market was even in a covered plaza and heated! I think the crowds and music was a little too much for us in that moment, after waking up so early and then sitting in traffic for such a long time. We decided to leave to find something to eat. So we walked. And walked. And walked. Downtown was cute, but fairly small. We kept thinking we’d run into SOMEthing that looked tasty, but we were mostly unimpressed with the options. Want pizza? Bellingham is the place for you! Finally John said, “I have a good feeling about this block” and we turned and saw Fiamma Burger. At that point we were famished and anything would have tasted good, but we really lucked out because Fiamma Burger was really cute, had a great selection and the food tasted really incredible. And again, everyone seemed happy and friendly!

With our newfound energy, we decided to walk to the college campus. “I think it’s that way” and we headed in that direction. The weather reports had repeatedly told us that Bellingham would be cold, windy and rainy. Instead, it was sunnier than Seattle has been in 6 months! I peeled off my jacket, then my wool sweater and was sweating through my cotton long sleeve. I was really regretting my wool socks and Gore Tex boots! After walking along a path for two miles, we realized that the campus was actually up a ginormous hill! We walked two miles back to downtown and decided it was time for a nap. We did a quick drive along the water (I bet Hotel Bellweather views are beautiful) and drove up the campus (so tiny! but the trees were really nice).

We had intended on grabbing dinner in Fairhaven or on the waterfront, but we ended up being so sleepy that we only left that night to get snacks at the Whole Foods across the street and ordered room service. We fell asleep watching Chopped (we are such boring old people, I know). We woke up bright and early, feeling super rested and I was so excited to be taking John on a hike. For those who know us well, I know… but John really did hike! I had heard of a short hike near waterfalls that was just 2 miles from our hotel and knew we had to make a stop. It ended up being absolutely gorgeous and words can’t really express it. If anything, it was a scenic walk and Whatcom Falls would be a great hike/walk with kids or for a date.

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After the hike, we decided to grab brunch in downtown Bellingham, giving it one more try. John loves Cajun food, so we decided to give Bayou on Bay a try. The interior was pretty funky, and John loved his brisket and blackened alligator, but mine was comically terrible. Literally every part of my meal was inedible, my gravy was super spicy, my meat was so overcooked it was too tough to chew and my biscuit was whatever the opposite of fluffy is, and it was cold! John, sweet man he is, tried my food and offered for me to take his instead, but I refused. I actually ended up loving the fried okra and ended up just eating a bunch of fried okra for breakfast.

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I bet Bellingham is a great place to grow up, but I have a tough time seeing it as a college town… it was just way too sleepy. I think we were hoping for a little more good food options, and maybe a few cute stores. Most people we met were very friendly, it was actually kind of disorienting coming from cranky Seattle! It was really nice to get out the city, see some sun, and escape for a little bit. All in all, we saw what we needed in Bellingham.

Around Austin

As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to go to Austin, Texas. I always heard a lot of good things about the city, and I imagined it’d be the Berkley of Texas (and the only part of Texas I had any real interest going to). I didn’t know much about the city, except that there would probably be live music, tacos and barbecue. Oh, and Whip It was filmed there.

I like to be prepared when I travel and I have shelves of travel books full of places I have and haven’t yet been. On one hand, I think being in a place that’s unknown is exciting and good for me at times, but I quickly turn anxious and scared when I’m in a place that is 100% unfamiliar. I had picked up this tiny Austin guide book a few months ago. Once I got it home and read through the first couple of pages, I was confused… this wasn’t a guide book at all! I put it down and forgot about it for a while. As the trip approached, I started to realize that I was going to need to do SOME research in order to know my way around town, so I tried out the book one more time. What I found in this teeny tiny book blew my mind. There are short stories, which I had originally thought were super-corny, that were some of the best writing I’ve ever read. I’d even encourage someone who isn’t going to Austin to read those stories, because they are that good! There were a handful of names on where to eat, where to shop, etc, but they required a little extra research. As I approached my trip, I knew what restaurants I wanted to eat in, the best bookshop in town, and I had a pretty good idea of how to get around town.

The first day of the trip was mostly travel. We landed in overcast, super-humid weather and then headed out for some drinks at a super cute neighborhood bar, The Beer Plant. Their vegan platter was super tasty and the rose hit the spot! We were staying in Tarrytown, a more well-off neighborhood, and everyone in the restaurant was part of a large group, most people had kids, and everyone was dressed in a very trendy bohemian style.

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The next day was our SXSW workshop, the reason why we were in Austin. I wanted to grab breakfast beforehand, but as a pulled up to Nau’s Enfield Drug I started getting panicked texts from the team. I told myself I’d stop in really quick, but I kept getting more anxious as time went on. The inside of Nau’s was much shabbier than I expected, with sparse shelves and worn down… everything. I ordered an omelet from two befuddled college kids and scarfed it down even though it wasn’t very good. The best part though was when I asked for the best directions to get to the Convention Center and everyone working (all 4 people) popped up and chipped in their two cents with the best way to get downtown. I was hilarious in a “is this really happening?” kind of way and totally amazed me how friendly people could be. I think more than I realized at the time, I was pretty stressed out. Totally out of character, that day I ended up getting a bunch of canker sores on my tongue and hives on my skin. In a major way I was glad that the workshop was over and I could try to enjoy the rest of my time in Austin!

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It downpoured all day, but that night I went to dinner at a popular BBQ restaurant, Stubb’s. It was packed and the service wasn’t great, but a picture of Barack Obama at Stubb’s greeted us at the door and we had a feeling we weren’t going to be disappointed. The interior was pretty cute, with spruced-up shanty look. The food came on metal trays and my hard cider came in a tall can. My brisket and sides were pretty good, but I wasn’t super keen on my ribs or pulled pork, both tasted pretty dry and not very smoky.

The next day was my first day without worrying about work and I really made it count! I woke up early, bundled up (it was one of the coldest days Austin had all winter! We were really unlucky with the weather while we were there) and headed to Jo’s Coffee in downtown Austin. I’ll admit it now… I went to Jo’s Coffee two mornings in a row. I ordered a coffee, an orange juice and two potato breakfast tacos both days. The interior of Jo’s was very cute, with cute furniture and great music, but it got very crowded. The first day I got there early enough to snag a spot at the counter where I read the newspaper and devoured the best breakfast tacos of my life. They were just eggs, cheese and potatoes, but they blew my mind! The second morning I went to Jo’s I chatted with a Jo’s Coffee regular Austinite and let her go ahead of me in line because stupid SXSW hipsters were taking over her town. She told me that she and her friends didn’t really mind, because everything in town for SXSW made Austin feel more like a real city to them.

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After a long morning of sessions, and getting to hear Christina Tosi speak (!!!), I took one of my longest walks of my trip to a neighborhood called South Congress. It was definitely a really fun, eclectic neighborhood with great restaurants and colorful signage. I wish I had had more time to browse the shops, but I mostly wandered until I found something good to eat. I stumbled across June’s on accident. It was on my list of places to go, but I had thought it was in a different neighborhood. The adorable patio really drew me in, with the bright blue bistro chairs, faux marble table tops, and tiny succulents. The wait staff was so genuinely sweet and attentive and my croque madame was pretty darn tasty! After taking a million pictures and thoroughly enjoying my meal (though it ended up being pretty chilly outside!) I went inside to pay and saw… Christina Tosi! So now I know that we have the same taste in restaurants and we’re basically meant to be BFF’s forever.

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I headed back towards downtown but really wished I could’ve explored South Congress just a little more! Here are a few pictures of the neighborhood…

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Later that evening I took a walk to Book People because I love checking out book stores in other cities. It was a large store, but it felt fairly empty and somewhat generic. I left with a few magazines for the flight and a tiny toiletry bag with the definition of feminism printed on the outside 🙂

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The next day I took another long walk from my final session to 24 Diner for lunch, which was another place that was on my list. They were packed and the interior was adorable, modern, but also retro. I managed to snag a seat at the counter, and another newspaper! The bartender/my server wasn’t particularly friendly, but he was super attentive and brought my the best fried chicken and gravy that I’d eaten in a LONG time. It was an excellent lunch and definitely a place I’d go back to again!

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