C & J Do Austin

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During my short time in the Lone Star state, I’ve been able to define two types of Texans.

You’re either “Fort Worth, TX” or you’re “Austin, TX”.

Cory is Fort Worth, but he married an Austin. & since he’s never been, we decided to take a weekend get-a-way to the capital city. I have only been once before, as a kid. My clearest memory is standing on the Congress Bridge at sundown & watching the bats.

It’s only a 1.5 hour drive from CS.  We decided, why not? We didn’t have a special occasion to celebrate, just wanted to explore. Besides, do you need a special occasion to do something awesome?

We stayed at the Adam’s House Bed & Breakfast.  Constructed in 1911, it sits in the oldest residential district of Austin. It’s close to 6th, the SoCo district & within walking distance of some great local cafe’s, like Mother’s & Hyde Park Bar & Grill. The sheets are like butter & they serve some real, kick-ass homemade granola at breakfast. I throughly enjoyed watching Cory choke on his as the innkeeper inquired about what he does for a living. Austin isn’t the place to mention that you mine coal, or as some environmental groups call it, “rape the Earth”.  Awkward.

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After breakfast, we hit the town & decided to go to the Austin Zoo while it wasn’t so hot. We thought this was an actual zoo. Turns out, it’s an “animal sanctuary”. So basically, every circus animal reject & millionaire’s tiger (like Mike Tyson’s) come here to live out their days. Along with pot bellied pigs, exotic reptiles and birds. We watched lions wrestle & fed goats. It was weird & still kinda wonderful. We are still country, farm kids at heart.

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(What I’m wearing: It’s my latest Stitch Fix. The necklace SF sent me is made by an Austin designer, Stitch & Stone. Cool, right? They set up a booth every Saturday in SoCo. If you haven’t gotten a fix yet, you can sign up here. You’ll get a $25 discount for using my referral. Yay, discounts!)

We spent most of Saturday in the SoCo district, shopping local vendors & consignment stores. We also ate desert before lunch at Hey Cupcake!, probably the most popular food trailer in the city. Cory stuck to the classic Red Velvet while I had the Michael Jackson (Get it!?)

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Of course, we had to see the bats. It’s the largest colony in North America, & now one of the top things to do in Austin. Sundown was at 8:10, & at 8:13 they came pouring out in well-choreographed streams. We sat under the bridge & watched. It was a pretty remarkable example of nature’s perfect design. & I prayed one wouldn’t land on me & infect me with rabies.

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Post-bats, we met up with a good college friend. It was a fun, relaxing & yet still adventurous weekend. We decided we may not be totally Austin people, but we would love to visit on occasion. We didn’t hit everything on our to-do list (Cathedral of Junk, anyone?) but we always have next time.

 

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Summer Lovin’

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Summer is not my favorite season. Nothing about boob sweat & 5 extra lbs from eating snow cones & funnel cakes appeals to me. Yet, every year I surprise myself by eagerly welcoming the energy summer brings. That free, schools-out-for-the-summer feeling grabs at me, and I find myself blasting classic rock with the windows down like I really don’t have responsibility for the next three months. Ah, but I do. But even though I’m a “big girl” with a full-time “big girl job,” I still have excitement for summer 2013. We have a lot going on, from the weird to wonderful. Here’s our top 5.

1.  Road trip to the Crested Butte, Colorado Wildflower Festival. We’ll ride through the mountains in a Jeep, hike through the wilderness & enjoy some fresh air. Or, most likely, secondhand cannabis smoke. Thanks, CO!

2.  Float the Frio River. In July, when Texas is just short of shriveling up & evaporating off the Earth all together, Cory & I will be taking it easy on this spring-fed sliver of paradise, named for it’s cool temp.

3.  Run the Polish Pickle Run

4.  Welcome a new baby cousin to the family

5.  Move in a new (and bigger!) apartment

What’s happening in your summer?