I had a jam-packed week with birthdays and events and trying to land freelancing gigs. I’m now catching my breath and traveling today with my parents to Miami. I had money set aside to treat us to a big trip whenever they retire, which they eventually did two years ago. We only used half the funds last year since my mom picked a smaller trip (Vegas). So I’m using the other half on a short weekend trip. One of my best friends lives in Miami and offered up her spare bedroom. I can’t wait to see her and go on another adventure with my folks!
Here’s this week’s list of links that made me feel things.
I love the underlying message of this beautiful video. Photographs not only reflect the subject but also the person holding the camera and his or her perspective. I love seeing photographs of people taken by the people who love them.
February seems so far away! March rolled in and had so much steam that writing my monthly recap for February just kept getting lost in the shuffle. Thank goodness for my compulsion to snap photos and share on Instagram. In February, I enjoyed meals with fellow food bloggers who also climb into chairs for pretty overhead shots of food. We hung out again in Jane’s home and dabbled in water colors. I spent a weekend in Fredericksburg with Sugarface and our puppies. We ate around Fredericksburg, played Scrabble for the first time together while drinking pink champagne, and our dogs had a narrow escape from wild donkeys they aggravated. That weekend might be my favorite memory from February.
A close second favorite memory was Valentine’s Day and wasn’t depicted on Instagram. We started the day with breakfast tacos, then watched my friend run the Austin Marathon. For lunch, we had a chicken tender-off and ordered chicken tenders from around town to see who had the best one. We followed that with leisurely reading for me and him working. I was just about to make the same dinner I made for him the previous Valentine’s Day when I get a text from one of my good friends. She couldn’t make her reservation for dinner and gifted us an elegant multi-course dinner at an esteemed restaurant in Austin. We literally had 10 minutes to decide and make the seating. It was such an unexpected surprise that we spontaneously rushed to. It made me feel so lucky to have kind thoughtful friends and a man who is such a willing partner in crime in my life.
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have the best weekend. I’m off to go to work and allotting myself a full hour instead of the usual fifteen minutes since I work downtown and the POTUS is in town for SXSW! Hope you enjoy this week’s links that made me feel feelings.
For many women, friends are our primary partners through life; they are the ones who move us into new homes, out of bad relationships, through births and illnesses. Even for women who do marry, this is true at the beginning of our adult lives, and at the end — after divorce or the death of a spouse.
There aren’t any ceremonies to make this official. There aren’t weddings; there aren’t health benefits or domestic partnerships or familial recognition. There has not yet been any satisfying way to recognize the role that we play for one another. But, as so many millions of us stay unmarried for more years, maybe there should be.
I might write a blog post about how being laid off gave me a new approach to life and friendship. For now, I’ll share you this post from Seth Godin and send love and light to my tribe of supportive friends.
Full Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary stay from Glamping Hub in exchange for an honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for this post.
When Glamping Hub contacted me about their new database, Texas Weekend Getaways, I had so much fun perusing their rental properties. I had been feeling the urge to get away for a weekend with Sugarface and my pups. They have beautiful properties listed, all promised relaxing seclusion. You can filter your searches for pet-friendly properties and to cater to bigger groups. They also offer unique options such as tepees and tree-houses. Which honestly, would have been my first choices when I looked for myself, but the tepees and tree-houses listed were not pet friendly! Still, it wasn’t a big loss since I found this beautiful property two hours away from Austin in Fredericksburg.
The listing had two neighboring cabins you can book together, each with two bedrooms. Sugarface and I stayed in the smaller cabin. There’s a full kitchen and Beverly, the owner left us fresh eggs from her farm. The space was warm and inviting and we loved the that there was no cable TV or WiFi. It really enabled us to enjoy the scenery with the dogs and each other’s company. We spent an evening playing scrabble while drinking pink champagne. It was cozy and idyllic.
Since the cabins were situated on a farm, our dogs Bob and Neva saw their first cows, sheep, and donkeys. A word of warning, the donkeys are not tame and will attack if they feel threatened. Mischievous Bob and Neva might have learned that on their own and were lucky to escape a trampling. Of course their narrow escape just thrilled them further. They were so happy to be out of the city and I’m sure if they could, they’d recommend Beverly’s cabins to you too. You can see evidence of this sentiment in one of the photos I shared below.
We managed to leave our weekend haven long enough to go on a hiking adventure at Enchanted Rock and experience downtown Fredericksburg, which was only fifteen or so minutes away. I blogged about the restaurants we dined at on my food blog. All in all, it was the perfect Texas Weekend Getaway and I am so grateful for the memories!
Questions: Do you try to travel with your pets or leave them at home? If the former, tell me about some of your vacations with your pets!
Happy Friday! I have today off and six blog posts I need to write, two with a March 1st deadline. So I’ll be spending today and hopefully much of my weekend cranking out blog posts! It’s a good problem to have.
Please enjoy this week’s pieces of the internet that made me feel things.
Happy weekend everyone! I had a good week but sensed it was pretty stressful for some of my loved ones. Wishing relaxing weekends for everyone, especially those who were extra stressed this week. Enjoy this week’s pieces of the internet that made me feel things.
Happy Friday everyone! I’m battling a cold right now. I thought it was just allergies but it bloomed into a gross cold. It’s my all-time favorite holiday this weekend. Sugarface and I are celebrating with a chicken tender taste-off and trying to replicate Cane’s Chicken dipping sauce. I want to make our celebration a pun. Tender Loving Care? Swipe Right on the right Tender? I have a pun sickness.
Enjoy this week’s round up of links that made me feel things!
What women want for Valentine’s Day. I agree with “slight effort” but my favorite gift so far was when Sugarface made me a penguin pop up card with a sweet note inside. I keep it on my nightstand and still read it from time to time.
Happy February everyone! My dogs wish you an early Valentine’s Day. This weekend Sugarface and I are going to a banh mi taste-off and a Superbowl party even though neither of us follow football. How about you?
Here are this week’s pieces of the internet that made me feel things. Enjoy!
So I thought the above brief history on Japan was neat and had this bookmarked to share this week. And when I asked Sugarface if he saw any interesting videos, he coincidentally shared with me the following video. The kids are so cute!
It’s funny how January felt like it was mostly routine days but in actuality there were a handful of big events. Sugarface and I rang in the New Year dressed up at a New Year’s Eve wedding in Arkansas. I had never seen him look so handsome in a tux before! We spent the first few days of the year in Arkansas and enjoyed some quality time with his parents. The dogs got to do some exploring too. Shortly after getting back from Arkansas, we celebrated our first anniversary by watching Die Hard and eating dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. I also made one of his favorite meals to celebrate, garam masala pot pie. It’s been such a sweet year.
There were awesome chance encounters with memorable strangers this month. I met a man on the elevator named James who had a bag full of lilies. He was traveling soon and didn’t want his flowers to go to waste. He gave me a stem and brightened up my day. I also met Victoria and her sunshiney crew on the streets of downtown giving out free warm hugs.
Finally, we ended the month the same way we started it. Dressed up for a wedding.
Not depicted on Instagram was an oil change date with a dear friend. It was the most fun I had waiting for an oil change. We snacked at McDonald’s and colored our coloring books as we talked for almost 3 hours.
Well done everyone! We finished another week. I hope you you did a bit of relaxing to balance out all that work. I found some awesome links this week that made me feel things. The last video had me chair dancing. Enjoy!