July On & Off Instagram

So much has happened in August that I almost forgot how wonderful July was too. I spent the first few days of the month with Sugarface and our dogs visiting his family (which also included 3 other dogs) in Arkansas. I’ve adored his family immediately upon meeting them last year but also come to relish all the time we spend visiting them in their home state. It’s pretty and serene and even the lack of cell service was a welcomed reprieve. I saw the stars, a vision I don’t get in my everyday urban life, enjoyed being both in and on the blue lake water, and laughed at our silly dogs. Bob the dog, as far as I know had never been on a boat or in Arkansas and he took to the lifestyle.

We came back to Austin and commemorated being together a year and a half by eating at Barley Swine. And immediately after that celebration and just a week after our trip to Arkansas, I went on another weekend trip to Houston, where I dropped off Bob at his grandparents’ so I could travel to Spain later in August. In Houston, my good friend and photographer Thomas and I crossed off a Houston photography bucket list item and visited the gorgeous BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple.

Speaking of photography, I shot another portrait session of an old friend of mine and then decided to take a leap and against my financial judgement, splurged and bought myself a photography website.

The rest of July was spent eating a lot of ice cream and seeking out green tea desserts. My friend Jennifer tormented me with photos of her green tea parfaits on her social feeds. So when my friend Michelle asked where she could treat me for my birthday, I said I wanted the only green tea parfait in town I knew of, the one at Kome. She so sweetly obliged me and it was such a fun-filled evening. We requested the parfait to come during dinner instead of the end and it had us laughing like children. We then followed that meal by walking across the parking lot to a famed and classic donut shop, Mrs. Johnsons’ Donuts, where Michelle had her first fresh from the fryer donut.

That green tea parfait only inflamed my green tea dessert craving. I went to a couple of more places and still have green tea dessert friendship dates on the calendar. I celebrated and shared my birthday at the end of the month with Neva the dog. On the day of, I lunched with one of my besties during work hours, had another ice cream date, treated Neva to a cheeseburger after her birthday shoot, and Sugarface and I ate one of our favorite things, noodles. He made me feel very special when I came home to pink purple roses and a book he saw I was ogling back in May. Among some of kind surprises received from afar was a funny and beautifully shot cookbook by Chrissy Teigen.

And that was my sweet July. How was yours? What did you do for the Fourth?

July On & Off Instagram

July On & Off Instagram

July On & Off Instagram

July On & Off Instagram

July On & Off Instagram

July On & Off Instagram

July On & Off Instagram

July On & Off Instagram

July On & Off Instagram

July On & Off Instagram

July On & Off Instagram

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  • lisasyarns

    Wow, you did have a wonderful month of July! July seems like ages ago right now as August has felt like the longest (and not the greatest) month. The best part of my July was the first week as I had it off. We hosted friends for a 3rd of July BBQ, I saw Adele in concert and spent time with my family at the lake. It was glorious! Our 4th of July was very low key. Phil golfed and then we grilled and had another couple over to play cards. Phil had to be up early for work the next morning so we didn’t drive anywhere to see fireworks. But my parents shot some off the following weekend when we were al together at the lake so at least I saw some then!

    • I love doing these tardy recaps and reading your comments because it reminds me of reading about them when they happened on your blog! It makes me a creepier keeper of memories.

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  • love the photography website!
    july seems so long ago, i had almost forgotten about the green tea desserts. they still look delicious, yum!