Home is…?

Feeling stuck is one of my great fears. No matter where I live throughout my life, I want to still feel free to adventure, explore and take on the world. In that same vein, I can’t imagine choosing one place to live for the rest of my life. I’ve never felt like I truly identified with any one location. I have been many people in my life and I have felt connected to many places but never as though that place, this place is my place. So where would I live if I could live anywhere in the world? On the road, on an endless journey. Somewhere, in a place I don’t know yet, is a place where I will call home.

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Places I have already called home:

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This is the house I grew up in.

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Beautiful Asheville, North Carolina

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I called Melbourne home for only a short time.

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I lived on Yellowstone Highway before moving to Austin.

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My current home

To see a few of the places I’d like to travel to, visit my Let’s Go! Pinterest page.

Is May Seriously Over?

May is my birthday month. I never knew about birthday months until I lived with a fantastic roommate, Garth, in college. He celebrated his birthday all month long. He bought himself little gifts, or let himself go out more and so on and if you commented to him on this he’d always say, “It’s my birthday month.” as if this explained everything.

This year May has truly felt like my birthday month. It started with an early birthday party (complete with keg, jello shots and a bad ass pinata that had candy, alcohol and black & milds inside). This was followed by my real birthday where I had a great lunch with some fantastic coworkers and a great night with some of my favorite Austin folks. It was a very Austin night with beers and so-so food at Opal Divine’s on West 6th, free swim at Barton Springs and drinks at Uncle Billy’s. But of course, the best part was getting to go home to North Carolina. I normally don’t make it home very often but this is the third time in less than a year that I’ve made it back. Not only that but my sister came with her family as well. It is truly amazing getting to watch my nieces grow. All of the sudden, they have true definite personalities. They are becoming distinct individuals, instead of just little kiddos. And they’re pretty adorable too.

And now, all of the sudden May is coming to a close! Mixed feelings on that one. We’re getting closer to the true horrible temperatures that are a Texas summer. I’m going to have to break down and turn on my AC. But then again, pretty soon I can start counting down to my August trip to Alaska and I’m a pretty big fan of that. 

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My roomies and I in college.

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Can you guess who these little munchkins are?

Austin Beer

I am an enormous fan of Austin beer. My standard favorite is Austin Beerworks Fire Eagle. Delish. I have lots of favorites but today I am trying a new brewery in Austin: Adelbert’s.

This one is Scratchin’ Hippo which I have to say, I’m a fan. I don’t normally choose Belgian beers when I go to the store but this would be the first one I’d pick. Highly recommend! Also, I really enjoyed the Naked Nun, another great choice from Adelbert’s. 

SXSW

It’s that time again kids! The infamous SXSW has come to Austin. Prepare to park your car and dust off your bike because SXSW is a time where traffic never moves and parking is a distant dream.

Despite the fact that I am fortunate (or unfortunate in this case) to have a full time job and cannot attend all the free things that happen in the day, my plan this year is to make the most of Austin’s legendary event. The key, I have learned, is to RSVP to as many free events as possible. So far I only have a few shows lined up for myself but my big plan tonight is to work out a schedule. Tomorrow at the Belmont will be Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr.

Maybe a free concert by the Shins at Auditorium Shores next week?

The possibilities are endless!