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here we go.

29 Jan

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well, the start of the week sure did get away from me. i guess i was in denial about those two glorious days ending already. how does it never fail that weekends are short and weeks are impossibly long? one of the great mysteries of life, i suppose.

so how was your weekend?

mine was full of long walks traversing all corners of downtown austin. in an effort to give my poorly equipped lower body joints a break – yes, i hear it. i sound like i’m 70. but if you came from bad knees on both sides of your family and had crazy flat feet, you’d get it – i’ve been drawing out my daily strolls to make up for forgone running time.

there’s something awesome about walking. walking through neighborhoods and across town. sites that whiz by every day from the car window somehow look new and fresh. you gain a greater appreciation of your normal surroundings. you discover things you never knew existed before.

like this…

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and this…

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and these…

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you should give it a try. ok, i’m off my soap box now.

anywho, after my leisurely weekend, i’m ready for the filled-to-the-brim week in front of me. on the top of my list is prepping for my so-close-i-can-taste-it trip to nyc (yay!). here’s what else is on the docket:

– major cleaning of the ol’ apartment (it’s way past time)

– organizing my finances and taking a peek into the future with some planning

– laundry and packing

– and other necessities to wrap up before heading out of town

what’s on your list this week? hope it’s a good one.

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out and about: dallas.

23 Jan

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as i mentioned last week, i spent this past weekend visiting an old friend in the big d (that would be dallas, for those not up to speed with texas vernacular). it’s so refreshing to get out of your usual routine and see something new.

starting with a delicious meal friday night at the common table in dallas’ uptown neighborhood, the weekend was an array of sensory delights – sights, sounds and tastes. we grabbed a drink and an app as we waited for our table, and after finally being seated, i ordered the tasty crab cake blt. perhaps it was my unbelievable hunger that grew to near record proportions during our two-hour wait or my two glasses of pre-dinner wine, but that was probably the best crab cake dish i’d ever had.

saturday was spent discovering all the nooks and crannies of downtown mckinney, a quaint town just north of the city. i have to admit, i was skeptical upon first hearing my friend describe it as a  cute small town, but what a gem!

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not only did this small town destination have impressive eateries (we enjoyed a divine lunch at the impossibly adorable resto, gather), it had lovely shops perfectly curated with enviable home wares and accessories. definitely a spot worth checking out!

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after our leisurely afternoon, we headed back to dallas to rest our feet in preparation of another night out on the town. the evening kicked off with an absolutely delicious dinner at thai thai restaurant in the greenville neighborhood, followed by drinks out in the uptown area again.

i’d never had too much experience with the big city of dallas (save for a quick trip to the texas/ou football game weekend as a senior in college and a few visits when i was about seven years old), but my whirlwind 36 hours there this past weekend left me with a positive impression – can’t wait to go back and explore some more!

all photos my own.

here we go.

14 Jan

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good morning and happy monday, everyone. it’s a bit later in the morning, and surely the grumbles that inevitably accompany the first alarm clock sound of the week have subsided (right?). so, i think this is probably the perfect time to think optimistically about the week ahead.

here’s what’s on the docket for me:

-job apps galore! (no surprise there)

-finishing up and submitting the very exciting video app i’ve been talking about (exciting and nerve-inducing)

-some long, long, long overdue tailoring (done by the tailor, not me – just in case you were getting some false impressions of my sewing skills)

-prepping and packing for my getaway to dallas this weekend!

what’s on your agenda these next few days?

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all photos from wit + delight.

out and about: zilker botanical gardens.

9 Jan

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this week’s out and about is a bit different. as you can probably tell, i usually like to talk about the eateries i’ve experienced in the last week. yes, i do like to eat. and i do like to talk about it. often. that’s ok, right?

but in an effort to enjoy this wonderfully wintery weather central texas has been enjoying lately (and by wintery, i mean grey skies and highs in the 40s), i decided to get out and enjoy some nature (not to worry, this nature was of the tamed variety).

so i laced up my tennis shoes, grabbed my water bottle, and headed to zilker park’s botanical gardens.

it was exciting and exhilarating and reminded me what shaking up your normal weekend routine can do for your mood. as i weaved through the various trails of the park, i couldn’t help but feel a renewed sense of excitement and awe for this fair city. i guess i should try new things more often.

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all photos my own.

here we go.

7 Jan

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happy monday! i’m feeling a renewed sense of inspiration to restart my continuing job search this week – and thank god, ‘cause we’re getting down to the wire here.

the root cause? it’s easy – just keep that undying dream smack dab in the middle of your daily view. that’s it. hopefully it’ll keep working.

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here’s what’s up this week:

– an idea finally struck for an exciting video application i’m working on (now it’s crunch time since the app is due next Friday! eeeek.)

– applying, applying, applying – i have a lofty goal of seven new job apps submitted this week

– signing up for independent health insurance today (this is what happens when you grow up…wishing my 26th birthday were, oh, six months from now)

– playing the sad game of putting away the christmas decorations – i think i held on as long as i could.

– starting to pack up my apartment (i can’t even talk about this one – too sad.)

– my birthday on tuesday – and all the many celebrations that go with it (i.e. lunch today, dinner tomorrow at olive & june, dinner wednesday at sway, dinner this weekend at lambert’s). so basically, lots and lots of eating. and we all know how much i love that.

what are you looking forward to this week? whatever it is, let’s do this!!

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all photos my own.

out and about: takoba.

3 Jan

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where do you turn when you have a hankering for mexican? for me, it’s definitely the tried-and-true offerings of takoba. this east side joint is not to be missed with its interior cuisine and modern yet rustic décor. the drinks are pretty spectacular too.

takoba’s great because it’ll meet any of your dining needs – lunch, dinner, appetizers and even just drinks (they have a small bar space around back that’s strictly dedicated to whipping up drinks that are sure to top any best-of-austin lists).

and the food? amazing. my personal favorite are the tacos al pastor on the lunch menu – fresh, pineapple-marinated pork dressed with queso fresco and guac (drooling yet?). basically, they’re to die for.

so next time you’re in austin and have a hankering for some spicy, authentic mexican, stop by takoba – you won’t be disappointed. (disclaimer: this is not your tired, run-of-the-mill tex-mex resto – takoba serves authentically inspired interior mexican dishes. no fake yellow cheese and pools of unnecessary grease here!) 

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photos from takoba.

here we go: 2013

1 Jan

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2012 has come and gone, and a new year is upon us yet again. with each annual commencement come new sights, new beginnings and new hopes.

in 2011, i started the tradition of making a list of promises to keep throughout the year. “started,” you say? yes, started. i realize this idea is neither novel nor anywhere near an invention of mine. but yes, i started keeping a list of promises (aka: resolutions) to fulfill in 2011.

but not just any ol’ promises. no, promises that were realistic and that i very much intended to keep. they were true reflections on my life and directions in which i actually wanted to steer myself. there were things like, be less argumentative with my mom, be published in at least one new outlet, try one new recipe every other week, etc. real, quantifiable things that i actually wanted to do.

and i stuck to them. i did bite my tongue (save for a few wavering moments),  i did get published in a new outlet (hello, fashionista!) and i did try a new recipe every two weeks.

keeping up with my list felt satisfying and joyful. these were things that actually meant something to me – things i actually wanted in my life.

and that’s the key – new year’s resolutions don’t have to be crazy or world changing. they should come from really taking a look at your life and figuring out what things – big or small – you want to realistically do. no lofty i’m-going-to-exercise-twice-a-day-every-day vows. no ridiculous i’m-not-going-to-watch-any-tv-at-all ideas that allow for nothing but failure. just normal, realistic, meaningful things.

i also believe that new year’s resolutions can be quite personal. so in an effort to spare you from the inner musings of my dreaming mind, i’ll just include a few things on my list for 2013. here we go…

– be more accepting of people

– maintain friendships and build up relationships with my cousins

– finish the web coding lessons i’ve started

– take at least one picture at every social outing

– balance my check book immediately when the statement arrives

– find a job i’m truly passionate about

so that’s it. there you have it. we’ve checked off the 2012 list (and carried a few things over), and are ready for a new one. new goals have been set; new adventures have been thought up; and new everyday things have been promised.

bring it on, 2013.

photo from pbs.