Texas Weekend Getaways

Full Disclosure: In exchange for an honest review, Glamping Hub is providing me with a stay at one of the properties listed in their new database Texas Getaways. I was not monetarily compensated. Stay tuned for the review!

I am so happy Glamping Hub contacted me about their new database, Texas Weekend Getaways. I had never heard of them before and spent hours browsing their sites and dreaming. With new constraints in my budget and PTO and dogs to consider, I’ve been dreaming about weekend getaways that are within driving distance from Austin, Texas and also will let me bring my two puppies. Glamping Hub’s Texas Weekend Getaways is such a great resource for those interested in a relaxing and secluded getaway in Texas. There are options that are pet friendly and for big groups. Their properties are carefully curated and they even offer unique options such as tepees and tree-houses! I hope to try out their service in February. Check back then for my follow-up!

Texas Weekend Getaways

Texas Weekend Getaways

Texas Weekend Getaways

Texas Weekend Getaways


Questions: Have you ever glamped or stayed in a tepee? What are your dream getaways?

9th Annual Balloon Release

9th Annual Balloon Release

All the photos used in this post are by Thomas Chen Photography.

For nine years now, my best friend Kim and I have released balloons or prayer lanterns towards the end of the year or on New Year’s Day. It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions. We write on one balloon or lantern all the things that we could have done without from the previous year or want to avoid in the upcoming year. On the other balloon or lantern, we write our hopes and wishes for the upcoming year. It feels like each year the balloon where we list our grievances gets sparser. I think we are evolving to be better at not keeping relationships and things that drain us.

9th Annual Balloon Release

9th Annual Balloon Release

9th Annual Balloon Release


Question: How do you close out your years?

Friday Feels

Friday Feels

Happy Friday! Are you ready for the holidays? I’m not but here they are practically! This weekend I’m going to Houston to see my folks and a few of my friends a little bit before Christmas. I’m looking forward to some mom’s cooking and looking at holiday lights. What do you have planned this weekend?

Here are this week’s pieces of the internet that made me feel things!

  • I love the images on this tumblr. Beautiful and dreamy!
  • 15 holiday gift ideas, mostly spotlighting experiences over materials.
  • Drake on cake!
  • 2015, a year of ideas.
  • A Writer’s Tortoise Leads the Way to Happiness
  • I was listening to episode 6 of our podcast and my former roommate and dear friend listed Lena Dunham’s podcast, Women of the Hour as one of her recommendations. I started listening and I love it!
  • This is a hard and a graphic read about man’s whose life is to clean up after home tragedies. Gives insight to a life of a paramedic too.
  • I didn’t expect to finish this 600 page book, Money: Master the Game , what with my scrambling to meet my reading goal, but I did.
  • Another book I finished was also kind of hefty at 400 pages. I didn’t quite love it but it got better the longer I stuck with it.

  • Neuroscience discovers 5 things that can make you happy.
  • VIDEOS

    This first one is 30 minutes of Elizabeth Gilbert on why it’s okay if you don’t have a passion to follow.


    Question: What was the best gag gift you’ve received or given? Asking for a friend.

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels >> Curious Notions

    I can’t get a handle on how fast this year has whizzed by. Where’s my pause button?

    Here’s this week’s pieces of internet that made me feel things. Hope you enjoy!

  • Since my last round up, two more episodes of my podcast with friends went up. Episode 5 was hellish for me since I kept mucking up while recording but I laughed listening. Nicole’s laugh is so infectious! We talked about John Mulaney’s standup and then yesterday our 6th episode went live. We talked about Modern Romance and Master of None and URL turned IRL friendships.
  • I love these doodles.
  • I’m trying to build up a freelancing stream of income and this post was a motivating read.
  • Aw, Arnie. I liked this.
  • Uh, I want an LED hula-hoop.
  • This piece on Tokyo was so beautiful.
  • The thing all women do that you don’t know about.

  • Another fantasy career of mine is that of a travel writer!
  • The myth of easy cooking. Reminds me of the time this past week where I accidentally put 1/4 a cup of salt in a recipe instead of sugar.
  • This is the best news!
  • Sardines may be vanishing!
  • VIDEOS

    I know, I know. There seems to be a dance mash up every week.

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels

    I’ve been binge reading all week trying to catch up on my yearly goal of reading 50 books. I have to read 10 more books this month! I’ve linked a few of the books I read this week in this week’s internet finds that made me feel things.

    Happy weekend, everyone!

  • I could not put down Girl On The Train. Finished it in two days!
  • Why Not Me? was a light read though I thought Mindy Kaling’s first book was much better.
  • I finished Stoner in just about a day. It was so beautifully written, but if you are searching for an uplifting read, this isn’t it.
  • Rising Strong was such a great book. I’ve read all three of Brene Brown’s books and do recommend you read Daring Greatly before you start Rising Strong.
  • So I have a new and sexy part-time gig as a party hostess and teacher for The Artful Bachelorette! Hilarious because I shared their business before they even launched in Austin, not foreseeing this opportunity.
  • This was a hopeful and sweet read. Some light to balance a lot of the dark news.
  • I confess I refused this week to read up on the San Bernardino shooters. I did take time to read about the victims and their stories.
  • I fantasize a lot about what life would be like if I were niche photographer. This week I fantasized about being a wildlife photographer.
  • Sugarface bought me this book and haven’t dug into it yet. I can’t wait!!
  • My favorite part of these romantic illustrations of mundane moments, is them flipping a DVD to decide where to eat.
  • 26 things every person should do for themselves at least once a year.
  • Lessons learned from working at McDonalds for four years.
  • People you should know.
  • Thank you 2015. Thank you Universe!

    When I go through a hard time, I’m usually simultaneously keenly aware of how good I still have it. I noticed it every time I faced a heartache or big set back. It’s usually when the saints of my life come out into the light and remind me that I’m supported and loved. When I reflect back on this year, the glaring ugly spot was being laid off and scrambling for cash and thus feeling insecure and sometimes even unworthy. I’m in my thirties, how do I not have my life figured out? But then I looked around that blemish and I saw a lot of wonderful things. As I struggled through these feelings of unworthiness, my dad, unaware of the mental dressing down I put myself through, told me, “I’m proud of you. You do a lot. You can do a lot. You take care of yourself and others.”

    “Thanks dad!”

    “You took us to Vegas this year!”

    “I did.”

    “I couldn’t do that for you now and you did it for me and mom.”

    Fuuck. He took my breath away with that statement. That’s only a small fraction of what he’s given his family. His confidence in me though was so timely and appreciated.

    This year’s pleasant surprise is my relationship with Sugarface. This time last year, I cherished our friendship but had no idea it would yield the biggest romantic treasure of my life. This time last year, I had just moved into an apartment without a couch and Sugarface helped me put together a dining room table. I had no idea that a few weeks later, I’d feel butterflies when we held hands for the first time.

    I journaled it. I wrote about how scared I was because this could be a really great thing or a really painful thing. I actually equated the feeling I had as Bambi eating delicious fresh grass in a snow-laden meadow. This grass is delicious and inviting but what if I get shot?

    As time went on, that fear of possible danger lurking dissipated to feelings of security and acceptance. As the ugly and dark layers of my personality and history and story aired out incrementally, Sugarface remained loving and accepting. I’ve never experienced this kind of acceptance and love from a significant other before. Thank you 2015. Thank you Universe!

    The second half of the year, I withdrew from my social life. I didn’t want to subject my friends to the Negative Nancy I was becoming but some of these saints, man. They love hard. They were patient even though I wasn’t receptive to phone calls and emails. I took forever to respond and they never stopped reaching out. And when I sheepishly came back, they carried on with me as if no time has passed. Ever generous and kind, these fun-loving friends.

    I was inspired to look back at this year with my rose-tinted glasses on after reading a handful of blog posts of people counting their blessings for Thanksgiving. And I’m glad I did. This year has been awesome. There was that trip to Vegas. A trip to Utah. A trip to Chicago. Dance parties, hungry kisses, cohabitation, a new project with old friends, scenic boat rides, long phone calls, countless coffee dates, and days brimmed with joy and laughter.

    Thank you 2015. Thank you Universe!

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels

    I hope if you celebrate Thanksgiving that you had a good one with your loved ones! I’m currently in Houston with Sugarface and our pups.

    I hope you enjoy this week’s list of things that made me feel feelings.

  • The third and fourth episodes of my podcast I share with my friends are up! We’re thrilled that people are listening. The third episode is about our favorite documentaries and comfort television. Our fourth episode we talk about Death, Sex, and Money and our weekly recommendations.
  • Long distance couple stays connected with creative photo project.
  • These libraries are on my bucket list!
  • Seismic shift in how people eat.

  • 9 emojis that look completely different on other phones. I giggled at some of the commentary.
  • There is beauty in the cracks.
  • I loved this and what she said is the role of a photographer.
  • I emailed this piece to some of my friends. “Precious moments made all the more precious by the fact that they have already come and gone.”
  • Seeing Vietnamese refugee camps in California ‘hit me in the gut’.
  • 75 black women owned businesses to support while you shop for the holidays.
  • 20 Things Only Highly Creative People Understand. – I related to quite a few of these. Maybe I’m highly creative!

  • Holiday gifts for writers.
  • VIDEOS

    October On & Off Instagram

    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!

    October On & Off Instagram >> Curious Notions

    October On & Off Instagram >> Curious Notions

    October On & Off Instagram >> Curious Notions

    October On & Off Instagram >> Curious Notions

    October On & Off Instagram >> Curious Notions

    October On & Off Instagram >> Curious Notions

    October On & Off Instagram >> Curious Notions

    October On & Off Instagram >> Curious Notions

    October On & Off Instagram >> Curious Notions


    Question: What did you do for Halloween?

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels >>  Curious Notions

    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.

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels >> Curious Notions

    It’s the weekend again! This week flew by for me. Did it for you? I’m looking forward to volunteering at one of my favorite food events called Wine and Swine. What are you looking forward to?

    Here’s this week’s list of pieces of the internet that made me feel things.

    VIDEOS


    Question: What do you cook when you don’t feel like cooking?