As much as I love blogging, there are times when extended breaks are necessary. And, as far as breaks go, I’m afraid I’ve been quite bad to my readers because…
I’m in Austin, TX now! Oops.
I officially moved here almost a month ago, but it feels like I’ve been here a lifetime. Or at least 5 years. I spent 3 weeks sharing a room with two other girls, 2 weeks of intense AmeriCorps orientation, 3 weeks of nonstop post-work activity, and 1 weekend of move-in craziness. And it’s far from being over.
One thing I have given myself a break on is lugging around the camera everywhere. You know, sometimes you need that feeling of weightlessness and of being in the moment. And it’s especially important when you’re starting off in a new city.
I have had time for quick little instagram’d snapshots though, which I’ll share with you guys. So far, I’ve…
Visited the legendary Torchy’s Tacos for some Mr. Pink (ahi tuna) and Baja Shrimp. What can I say? I like my seafood tacos! I would definitely go for the Baja Shrimp over the Mr. Pink only because of the yummy batter. Not pictured: their famous queso, mostly because we inhaled it far too quickly for me to catch it on tape!
I’ve been a regular at the weekly Austin Poetry Slam competition at the Spider House Ballroom. It’s more hit than miss, but when it’s a miss, it’s devastatingly disappointing.
I’ve moved in and unpacked everything in one weekend and had time leftover to enjoy the pool at my apartment complex! My secret? Not having that much crap to begin with. If I don’t have the crap, it’s basically impossible for clutter! It’s like paradise here.
I’ve gone hiking in the Greenbelt, which is deemed #7 in best trails in Texas. And it gave me a reason to use my Camelbak, which I haven’t used since going to Bonnaroo 2 years ago! Since Austin is one of the fittest cities in America, I thought I would try my best to blend in by squeezing in some activity in my life by going hiking and joining a weekly Ultimate Frisbee after-work game.
I’ve tested out my metal thumb (that’s what you call people who are good at mechanics, right?) by volunteering at a local bike shop. Now before you flatter me with compliments, I’m volunteering because after you put in 24 hours and learn the ins and outs of fixing up a bike from start to finish, you get to patch up your own donated bike for keeps!
I went to a drive-in theater to watch Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom with a few pals. Once I get a handle of my financial situation, we’re planning on becoming regulars here too. Nothing made me more aware of what a great city Austin has been so far than watching an oldie on a huge blowup screen as the sun set gently over the skyline. Side note: has anyone watched Temple of Doom post-childhood? It’s one of those movies where a rewatching as an adult ruins the good memories of it. Talk about heroines too stupid to live.
Last but definitely not least, I visited the Bullock Texas State History museum on free day. Like anything in Texas, this museum was 3 large stories, with its 3rd and final floor sponsored by Exxon Mobil. Needless to say, I sped through that floor after glancing in one display and only seeing gas brands.
Welp, that’s been my experience so far in Austin in a whirlwind.
It’s strange that I have such an intense desire to blog now because when I started this post, I could’ve sworn I had very little to say. On that note, I’m trying something new on the blog this time around. A lot of other bloggers have been feeling the same way, but I’m going to try to blog when I feel like blogging, otherwise the pressure of keeping a schedule takes away a lot of the joy in it for me.
Since I’ve been missing so long from the blogging world, I’m getting excited to delve back into my blogger friends’ lives. I’ve missed you all and I can’t wait to figure out what everyone’s been doing for the past few months!
How has your summer been? What are you looking forward to this fall?