The first three photos on this post were from my first asado, an Argentinean barbecue. I wrote about what a serene day it was on my food blog. (Click on any of the first three photos to read the post.) I went to Houston for a weekend to stand in a high school friend’s wedding. I stayed with my parents and brought back some of the permissions they harvested from their garden. Sugarface and I were invited to an outdoor hot pot party which was also another serene experience dining outside in good company.
October was mostly about settling into the new apartment with Sugarface. I’m proud of how well we handled our transition from seeing each other a few times a week to every waking moment spent at home. That’s a lot of change for any relationship. Not depicted on Instagram, all the home-cooked meals we’ve made in our new home, hosting our first dinner guests, a dance party in our undies with our puppies, and hosting our first overnight guest. We did a good job breaking in our new home!
Welcome to the weekend, friends! What do you guys have going on this weekend? Tomorrow I’ll be photographing a city wide bake sale to benefit Syrian refugees. I’m excited I can volunteer in that way because no one wants to eat my baked goods!
As usual, here are pieces of the internet that made me feel things this week.
The thing on the internet that made me feel the most excited and happy is actually a collaboration of mine. My friends and I started a podcast called I Feel Better. It’s a podcast about the pop culture that makes us feel better. We have two episodes live and you can find us both on iTunes and Soundcloud. We also take time to answer questions from any listeners and since we recorded the first 4 episodes without being public yet, we’ve just been answering our own questions. Come and ask us a few questions? Or tweet us!
Speaking of podcasts. This was a great episode on This American Life.
“In sum, there is no denying that women’s path to leadership positions is paved with many barriers including a very thick glass ceiling. But a much bigger problem is the lack of career obstacles for incompetent men, and the fact that we tend to equate leadership with the very psychological features that make the average man a more inept leader than the average woman. The result is a pathological system that rewards men for their incompetence while punishing women for their competence, to everybody’s detriment.”
“But all of your promise, all of your hopes and dreams and everything good about your soul is down there in the cellar with the dragons. All of your potential, all of your talent, all of those moments where you connect with another human being, all of the most vivid, gratifying, memorable moments of your life, alone or with someone else, are locked in a dark place.”
It’s raining cats and dogs here in Austin. I’m just now getting home from taking a friend to and back (his flight was canceled) from the airport in our crazy weather and it feels good to catch my breath!
September was moving month for me and Sugarface. We started searching for an apartment together and fell in love with the first apartment we saw and three weeks after seeing it for the first time, we moved in! So apartment hunting and moving in bookended the month. The act of moving in and packing is dreadful but I found this was the most exciting move I’ve had and I’ve moved 13 times in the last 14 years!
In September, I took walks along Barton Creek and creeped on strangers as they admired nature. I spent sometime in the pool, both with friends and on my own. I attended a Cirque Du Soleil show with Jane and also went to a brunch she hosted at Top Golf. I’m still taking advantage of my free time from not working and volunteered at a local farm and painted with vegetables.
Sugarface and I went on more adventures with our pups, who by the way have adjusted to being roommates and are great pals!
Not depicted on Instagram: a 4 hour Revenge marathon while eating chocolate and camping out in Sugarface’s living room before the big move.
A couple of weeks ago, I received a media invite to try Maze Room and I was excited! I had always wanted to try one of those escape rooms but hadn’t yet gotten around to it. Maze Room, hailing from California, just opened a location in Austin a month ago. I formed a team of friends, all of us new to the experience and not sure what to expect, a couple of us skeptical.
Upon arrival, one of the owners sat us down and explained the rules to us. We had 60 minutes to escape the room with 5 hints available should we choose to use them. No smartphones were allowed. The story was that we had an hour to snoop in an alleged Russian spy’s apartment to determine his true identity. Seems simple enough right?
Nope, not at all.
We were escorted to and locked in a tiny kitchen. We were underwhelmed at first sight. How hard can it be to escape this tiny room? As we investigated, we discovered clues, keys, and nonsensical codes. It did not take us long to figure that the space we inhabited would expand, giving way to another room and that this was not a simple game!
I don’t want to give anything away but a couple of my friends who attended that night are still talking about how much fun they had. When I was younger, my favorite part of children’s museums were the hands on make believe exhibits. I loved going to a fake grocery store and buying supplies and pretending I was a grown adult. This experience of escaping the Spy Safe House conjured up the same glee I experienced as a child. I think my favorite part was seeing my grown friends in their 30s, a couple of them not easily impressed, squealing every time a key unlocked, or a room opened, or a code cracked. Childlike joy!
We managed to get out with just 3 minutes left on the clock and used up our 5 hints. I left feeling invigorated and happy. It’s not often that grown adults can engage in an exciting game of make believe that is also challenging. Maze Room is a place for adults to play like children. I recommend Maze Room for your next group date or team building exercise!
Question: Have you ever experienced a puzzle room? Tell me about it!
Happy Friday! We’re pretty much all moved in! With the passing of each day this week, the apartment I now share with Sugarface feels more and more like home. This weekend I plan on grabbing the last of my stuff from my old apartment and tackling my closet.
Here’s this week’s installment of links that made me feel things.
I already broke in our kitchen a few times and this was my first dish cooked in our new kitchen. Sugarface says it’s now his favorite dish I’ve ever made him.
We are still unpacking and making room for our stuff, but this made me want to go garage sale shopping for pretty glasses.