Fun Facts Friday

  • I worked out every day last week.  I worked out 1 day this week so far.  I pushed myself too hard Saturday without enough prep and I severely dehydrated myself.   Lesson learned.  I went to bed super early last night.
  • I am getting ready to travel a lot. I love being in my element and I wish it was 12 months out of the year and not just 2ish.
  • I am probably going to work my Christmas job again.  It ain’t in it for the money, that’s for sure.
  • I am watching Nashville right now, which I am glad is back on.  Sometimes I see some of my own life in the show.  Same with Modern Family. I don’t watch much tv but I do know my life is nothing like Sons of Anarchy, thank goodness!
  • I want to start doing some updating on my house, I have no idea where to start, but I do know exterior painting is high priority and i’m not doing it myself.  Of course the prices i’ve gotten so far aren’t pretty.
  • I finally finished decorating my bedroom.  Dad helped me hang my big art last weekend when he was here.
  • LUNA team got extended an extra year 🙂
  • speaking of bedrooms I decided to get a roommate.  EEEK!  I have never lived with just one other girl who wasn’t my sister.  My 1st year away at school I had 3 girl roomies.  I hope it all goes well.
  •  I woke up in a sweaty panic last night, which is never a good feeling.  I’ve been very upset about some stuff lately.
  • I have a trip at the end of October that I am really looking forward to.  Hoping I am not going alone.  Even if I do, it’ll be still be great, but it just won’t be the same.
  • I miss artists like Peter Dawson, Dub Miller, and Cross Canadian Ragweed (currently listening to Peter Dawson-Coupland Live.  Elisabeth’s song is one of my favorites of his, it’s makes me happy).
  • Elisabeth’s song reminds me of ODB.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Stuff that works

Good old Guy Clark 🙂

I got an ol’ blue shirt
And it suits me just fine
I like the way it feels
So I wear it all the time
I got an old guitar
It won’t ever stay in tune
I like the way it sounds
In a dark and empty room

I got an ol’ pair of boots
And they fit just right
I can work all day
And I can dance all night
I got an ol’ used car
And it runs just like a top
I get the feelin’ it ain’t
Ever gonna stop


Stuff that works, stuff that holds up
The kind of stuff you don’t hang on the wall
Stuff that’s real, stuff you feel
The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall

I got a pretty good friend
Who’s seen me at my worst
He can’t tell if I’m a blessing
Or a curse
But he always shows up
When the chips are down
That’s the kind of stuff
I like to be around


I got a woman I love
She’s crazy and paints like God
She’s got a playground sense of justice
She won’t take odds
I got a tattoo with her name
Right through my soul
I think everything she touches
Turns to gold



Love me some Guy Clark!  That last verse I adore.

I need to see him again!

Things I like Thursday: Galleywinter

Pat Green, Tore up from the floor up, Galleywinter.  Whatever you want to call it, whenever you may have been involved in it, one thing was for certain.  Love of the music.  And a family of friends.

Some of my oldest friends and acquaintances came about from Galleywinter or from someone I knew from there.   I look at half my facebook friends and they are from GW.  Many of which are from college days.  My first friends in Austin were ones I met at shows from GW.  And yes, Dan and I were both part of all of them before we met.

I don’t know what prompted me to write about Galleywinter or even head back over to check it out.  But I do have a lot of great friends that came out of Galley and even better memories.

So this shout out and wave goes to all of my readers that know me from good ole Galleywinter 🙂

Favorite quote

Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love everyday in may

“Love’s a gift and truly handmade”

~Guy Clark, from lyrics to LA Freeway

This song lyric has been my favorite quote since college.  It’s always just stuck out to me.  Love is really a gift and it’s completely two-sided.  You cultivate your love for something or someone in your own heart.  It’s something you make yourself, or handmade.  

Cool new things

My veggie spiraler

I’ve only tried zucchini before, but other squashes, apples, potatoes, etc are on my list.  It has 3 different blades to vary the size.

veggie spiraler

This spice from Savory Spice Shop.  This was awesome on broiled pork chops.  I will be back for a whole bottle!  Says it’s great for poultry, burgers, meatloaf, and stuffed peppers.  Oh the possibilities!

new spice

New venue and 2 new artists to me.  We went to Texas Music Theater in San Marcos on Friday night to see grammy nominated writer Will Hoge (Dan was already a fan).  Stewart Mann and the Statesboro Revue opened the show.  It was all new to me and I had a great time.  Not to mention, I got to have dinner with my good friend Alison and her husband before the show.will hoge

My mom (in pink) defended her Thin Mint Sprint age group title and had a PR on Saturday.  That’s my sister running with race

Photos not available yet, but we completed tore up our backyard on Saturday and Sunday.  I hope this leads eventually to an awesome yard!

Lazy Luckenbach Sunday

I slept awful Saturday night, but that didn’t stop me from waking up at 6 am on Sunday.  Got dressed in my running clothes and went the the Hill Country Running Company post-Austin marathon breakfast.  Yes, I am a poser and wore running clothes, because all of my other friends, even if they didn’t run the half or full, were going to be running before breakfast and dressed like runners.

I’d planned afterwards to go to the gym, but I ran out of time.  Headed home and got ready to head of out town for the day.  Our friend Adam Hood was playing in Luckenbach in a song swap with Courtney Patton and Brian Keane.  swap

It’s completely worth the 1.5 hour drive to get away, even if just for the afternoon.  

They played from 1-5, the weather was nice, and the company was excellent.

Here’s a tour, just in case you’ve never been.  If you haven’t, you need to.  It’s famous world-wide and not just because of the country song of the same name 🙂

Is this not the cutest bathroom you’ve ever seen?  It’s covered in license plates from all over the country, as it the outdoor stage.


There is the very tiny Hondo’s bar,


Which is connected to the post office/gift shopluckenbach

The dancehall was closed, since the weather was so nice out, so they used the outdoor stage.  The dancehall is a whole other experience, also enjoyable but I like outdoors better!


The worst part was having to drive home, but I was in such a good mood, I barely minded the time it took to get back to the city.  It was so nice to go see a concert, sit at a picnic table, and just chill.  It wasn’t late, it wasn’t smokey, and it wasn’t flooded with annoying people.

That’s my kind of Sunday!

Back to the basics…

Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas…

yeah, you know the song 😉

We headed to Luckenbach on Saturday afternoon in the pouring rain.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure I still wanted to go, but the tickets and hotel had been paid for a month ago.  I was already in a funk from the disappointing Dr’s visit earlier in the week, plus I couldn’t do anything outdoors in the storm on Saturday morning, so I was confined to the adaptive motion at the gym.

We got to town around 4, which was nice so that we could check in at the hotel and chill.  The Stonewall Motel is OLD SCHOOL, but I love it.  It’s simple, clean, and cheap.  It’s a far cry from any other place we ever stay, but I like it.  Don’t know how to describe it, but it’s isolated out in the country with just 2 gas stations and an RV nearby.  I think it would be a good place to escape to in the summer, especially when the peaches are ready for picking (that’s what Stonewall is known for).

They have REAL keys, not key cards

And a VCR (we watched Slingblade before and after we went out)

Luckenbach wasn’t as crowded as it should have been, but it was nice.  They had tables out, which I wasn’t expecting.  The crowd was surprisingly mostly 30 and up.  We had a good table spot but that didn’t last long before it was overrun with drunk wild girls, so we moved over to stand on the side of the stage for Adam and MMC.

Got to see a few friends I don’t get to see often, which is always nice 🙂  A few friends cancelled because of the weather, but I don’t really blame them, it wasn’t a very nice or safe drive in the rain.

It was my first time seeing the Dirty River Boys, who are from El Paso.  Really liked them, tons of energy!

Then Adam Hood, who is always great.

And Micky and the Motorcars.  They’ve always been a favorite of mine.  The only thing that weirds me out is getting used to new band members.  They seem very talented, it’s just different is all.  I felt the same way when Deeb left.

My only complaint was that because i’m a freak, I couldn’t feel my fingers and toes for about four hours!  The rest of me wasn’t really that cold (it was about 40 and raining) and there was heat from a heater and the crowd, plus my North Face jacket (Nicole, yes, I was one of them, not on purpose).  I just can’t regulate my body temperature well at all.  It took me sitting in front of a space heater in the hotel to finally be able to bend my toes again 😦

The time change was heck on me.  We got back to the hotel around 2, watched a little VCR and went to bed.  I of course, got up early like I usually do, but made myself lie in bed.  We eventually got moving, ate breakfast at the diner next door, and drove to south Austin to help our friends move their couch.  Then on to Costco over there (which is 10000 times more tolerable than the North Austin location) and then home for lunch, laundry, gym, and chores.  For dinner, we busted out our grill for the first time this year for pork fajitas and tons of grilled veggies.

A good weekend to say the least.  It may have left me exhausted, but it was totally worth it!

Weekened rewind

I’d like to rewind to Thursday, where my weekend started going wrong…

I wasn’t feeling great, I was really hoping it was really bad allergies.  Lots of sneezing and sniffling going on at work.  I have been really lucky, Dan has been sick twice this winter, most of my coworkers more than once.  I have not be sick at all and managed to avoid it from all of them.  Until now.

I had a really important late afternoon meeting, so despite boss lady’s efforts to send me home, I had to stay.  At this point, I was still hoping it was allergies.  That night I took Nyquil and went to bed.

Friday wasn’t any better. Another urgent meeting in the PM.  I got to work extra early to get things done, I made it until 9:30 when I caved and went home.  I offered to take the meeting via phone, but my boss didn’t want me to.   Dan came home, sick.  Great, I gave it to him too, that never happens.  I slept the rest of the day, another Nyquil night.

Saturday, got up to run with the Zooma group in North Austin.  My sister bailed on me, but I got dressed and left.  Stopped to put gas in my car and realized my nose was bleeding.  Ugh.  With AK having her marathon next week, it would be selfish for me to run with them and possibly get her sick.  I decided to drive to the park and run alone, but I started feeling worse by the minute.  Came back home and slept most of the day Saturday, with the exception of breakfast and lunch.  I was so out of it, I watched golf on tv with Dan for a whole hour.

I was determined to go out to celebrate my birthday, our 7 year anniversary, and Valentine’s Day (we usually do 1 celebration, my preference).  I was feeling better after we both switched to AlkaSeltzer cold.  (I saw a commercial that said DayQuil did nothing for the nose, which was right, so Dan went across the street for the AlkaSeltzer). 

We ate at Maudie’s which was good, but they totally robbed me on the meat on my beef fajitas!  Good thing I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t eat my usual portion size, or i’d be starving.  We had 11 people, so for time’s sake, we had to split into 2 smaller tables.  Got to see a few people I don’t get to see near enough, which made me very happy!

Then off to Antone’s (where Dan and I first met) to see William Clark Green (new to me), Brian Keane, and Adam Hood.  Adam was great as usual.  Not my favorite type of venue to see him in, but it was good.

I won’t go into details, but the evening turned south after dinner (had nothing to do with me being sick).  Quite possibly a sign that I should have stayed home in my pjs.   The evening ended around 2:45 am with me in tears.  I can only hope that I’m offered a redo on my celebration date.