So long spring, hello summer!

I’m sad to say May is gone. It’s an annual tragedy. May begins quietly, sweet with budding flowers and not too hot. The humidity waiting in the wings but not yet present. By Memorial Day June is not just knocking at the door but full force body slamming it. Humidity has taken over. The heat has picked up and I’ve given in and turned on the AC. Damn you southern summer. I am not strong enough to keep the windows open.

May, as always, proved to be the best month of the year so far.

We went to the aquarium not once, but twice! (Thank you year long membership!) We finally checked out the Children’s Museum which proved to be a huge hit (more on that tiny adventure later).

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Tiny crab

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Standard post-aquarium position

The family trekked to Winston to see my mom, a trip that included a lot of nostalgia cleaning out her attic, walks in my favorite places and the best fried chicken.

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I got another year older, which is one of my favorite activities. I’m glad it doesn’t happen more than once a year but I’m very grateful to continue on this journey!

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Our garden is starting to show life. Our yard is in bloom. We’ve already been to the pool twice, which is proving popular with Haines.

My dad came for a visit, a long overdue trip! As he lives overseas, he hadn’t gotten to see Haines since he was still new to the world. Not surprisingly he immediately took to his Granddaddy.

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Haines is talking more and more each day, imitating all the words we say to him. Baby #2 is growing away (as am I) and I’ve started to feel him kick and roll around. The summer is off to an incredible start.

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The First Day of Summer

I have two seasons in my life. Summer and winter. This is not because I live in Texas. Texas’ seasons are summer and unpredictable. Winter is my season of being in an active loving relationship. We cook and take camping adventures. There’s lots of kayaking and bike rides and beer. This year there was even a little wedding planning! Then there is summer. Summer is the season of semi-singlehood. I’m not single (clearly), and yet even though on Monday I only had half a closet now I have the whole thing. The fishing rods have been moved to the corner and no one’s left their empty Gatorade bottles everywhere. Love bird nest turned girly household of one. Note bobby pins and wine glasses appearing more frequently.

It’s annoying because even though Austin is hotter than Hades I love summer. Hello outdoor movies! Hello Barton Springs! Hello drinking outside ALL THE TIME. Hello ice cream! The summer solstice (first day of summer) is something I’ve always looked forward to, especially as it’s right around my mother’s birthday but what’s become my first day of summer is a real bitch.

Plus wedding planning isn’t as fun when it’s not annoying your partner.

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It’s August?!

Um, I don’t know if you’re aware of this but it’s August 4th today. I mean this as in, it is already August! I am totally unprepared for this. The majority of summer is over (if you think on school year terms which I still do even though I haven’t been a student in four years), I’ve already moved to my new apartment (tres chic, indeed), and I go to Alaska to visit the boy next week! Say, what?! I’m not sure how all this time snuck past me but it certainly has.

I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish this summer based primarily off of Austin Monthly’s 112 Fun Things to do in the Summer. Unfortunately I’m a little behind.

Summer 2012:

  1. Try a Saturday morning dance class at Tapestry. Every Saturday morning they have a free adult intro class at 11! Haven’t done this yet but I really want to.
  2. Paddleboard Yoga. Tell me that doesn’t sound fun? Failed attempt at crow ends with you taking a dip? That’s a challenge I’d like to try.
  3. Hamilton Pool. I got rained out of this one so I still need to go. Doesn’t it look gorgeous? In this heat, we need an oasis like this one. 
  4. Try a cooking class. Apparently you can volunteer at Central Market to assist with their cooking classes and therefore attend them for free! Still need to set that up… Geez, what a failure.
  5. Let’s talk about something I did do. I did go see a roller derby match between the Rhinestone Cowgirls and the Cherry Bombs. That was my first bout that I’ve even been to. Pretty incredible. I definitely think watching Whip It left me unprepared for what roller derby was all about but it confirmed that I think roller derby chicks are bad ass!
  6. Blues on the Green. This event is insanely popular. I went to two or three this year as there comes a  point when I’m just over it. Every other Wednesday during the summer Austin crowds into Zilker park to watch free music (big names this year included Ben Kweller) and drink. It’s a nice way to spend your Wednesday but it can be hectic trying to meet up with friends and you end up hearing very little of the actual music with all the chitchat.
  7. Lick Ice Cream. This place is fantastic. I had been wanting to visit this innovative ice cream shop since I read about it’s opening in the Chronicle. I finally visited it around Father’s Day when I indulged in a small cup (two small scoops). One scoop was salted caramel (not a huge fan). The other was strawberry basil (absolutely a huge fan!).  This shop has flavors based on all sorts of crazy things like beets, carrots, rosemary, chevre. To some, this may be a little frightening. To me, this is heaven.

This is only a small sample of my failed and successful summer plans. I may have been a little ambitious as I also wanted to go to an anti-gravity yoga class, a glass blowing class, go toobing, visit Driskill Bar, go an Austin brewery tour, and the list goes on. Apparently there just aren’t enough days in the summer!

Summer Films

I watch a lot of movies. Well, actually recently I’ve been watching a lot of really bad TV on DVD but I like to present myself as more of person who enjoys films. It makes me sound more educated and worth talking to. One of the benefits of being in a long distance relationship is that I have a lot of free time and I always get to pick the movie. No one is going to argue if I pick The Notebook for the millionth time or if I really want to sit all the way through Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump is kind of the like the Monopoply equivalent of a movie. It’s long as shit but pretty enjoyable if it’s raining outside and you have nowhere to go. 

Perhaps a little pathetically I have been anxiously awaiting the start of the Summer Classic Film Series at the Paramount Theater. It’s basically three months of film classics you have always loved or always wanted to see. If you’re willing to make a little investment up front you can buy a ten pack of tickets for $50. That’s $5 a ticket! Cheapo! 

Check out the schedule here. Join me!

But this is the not the only summer film series. Central Market, Whole Foods and Austin Parks also hold outdoor films throughout the summer. You have to love Austin, TX where grocery stores have movie nights. 

I’d love to go to a drive in movie theater but at $25 a car for Eastside Drive In, I think I’ll seek out other options. 

Welcome, summer!

Aren’t You Impressed?

Being sick is the pits. I’m constantly coughing and sniffling. I keep my head down, not making eye contact with anyone. I know people near me are disgusted and worried they’re going to catch my germs. I’m also secretly waiting, after each good hack, for someone to say “Goodness, that sounds awful.” This statement could go two ways. They could follow that up with, “You should just go home. Skip the rest of the day of work.” Without hesitation I jump up and am out the door before you can say “Feel better!” The other way this could go (in the absence of sending me home from work) is I respond with, “Oh, it sounds so much worse than it is. I really think it’s getting better.” And then people think I’m really tough and are impressed with my ability to withstand this torturous cough that I actually hate and desperately want to rid myself of.

Either way I currently can’t live without NyQuil. And my brand new stand up oscillating fan is my new best friend. Apparently it’s spring in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere but here in Austin summer’s starting. I already feel certain I will crack under the pressure of the summer heat in a few months time.