Travel Days: A Day in San Antonio

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

We recently decided to take an afternoon drive to San Antonio. Of course, Austinites are constantly telling me how awful I-35 is they were not mistaken. All the construction makes for slow moving just to get out of the city. Not to mention we live north so had to drive across the city first.We didn't have a plan for the day other than food (of course) and exploring.

So we started with brunch at Grayze on Grayson St. Where we had a delicious brunch with an all toooo easy to drink bloody mary. If we hadn't driven there we probably would have had had 3+ each and then you know...stumbled out. 

After that we drove over by the Historic Market Square to explore. I had read that there was a labor day fest going all weekend so were greeted with a VERY hot and busy place. We walked around the indoor market a bit which felt so much like being in Mexico since a lot of their stuff is from there. Then we walked around the outside area. As soon as I realized I could walk around with a drink in my hand I got a mango margarita in a fun cup and kept browsing! 

From there we leisurely walked over to The Alamo to check it out. Since it is free to get in we just hopped in line and got to walk around. I freaking hate people who take photos when it is clearly stated that you shouldn't take photos so I only took photos of areas where it was clearly allowed. Sometimes I think places are better left seen in person anyway. I was told by quite a few people that The Alamo is "underwhelming" and while it wasn't amazing (I've seen quite some cool shit in my travels) I still thought it was a nice visit and I appreciated learning more about what took place there. Also the original area was way bigger than it is now. They had some lines painted into the roads to show you were parts of it actually ended and it was cool to see how much bigger it was, especially with all the buildings and roads around it now. 

From there we decided to walk the San Antonio Riverwalk. There is so much going on down there it was great people watching. It is so hard to get over the fact that the water is right there and with the crowds one wrong move and your swimming. Luckily it looked pretty shallow. So many restaurants and touristy shops and vendors. It was fun. We were told it is about 4 miles long but we walked about 2.5 miles of it..maybe a bit more. 

We were pretty much wiped out by the sun and all the walking so we headed back to the Market Square and decided we deserved some of the well known sweets from the Mi Tierra Bakery(Panaderia) and omg...we may have walked out of there with like 2 bags full. Who wouldn't? 

Then off back to Austin we went! It was a great afternoon of sweating, exploring and shopping! We will definitely go back again soon! 

Have you been to San Antonio? Any recommendations for next time?

Tastey Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

You guys know isn't news. So here are some of the new restaurants/foods I have tried in Austin over the last couple weeks! You can find more food posts here!

Via 313 Pizza....Detroit pizza? 
People love this stuff down here. Its like eating a giant breadstick guys...BUT they have vegan cheese options so I tried it! 

We are on a quest to find all the good AYCE sushi places nearby and this one wasn't too bad. I didn't l like two of the rolls we ordered though. 

We had a few too many drinks exploring an open art studio event and found ourselves starving...Stubbs is open till bbq it was. Considering my level of intoxication I can not tell you if it was good bbq but I really enjoyed it! 

(Domain Location)
This place has $2 mimosas & bellinis and I can walk to it from home. DANGEROUS! The food was pretty good and luckily I tried it with two girls I met from meetup a few weeks prior. We ended up having a 3 hour brunch! 

This one was a random weeknight "lets explore" pick by A and we ended up getting to listen to some live music and have some yummy food. Apparently their fried oysters are very well known and we thought they were pretty good! More importantly...this place looked super cool! 

And of sweets addiction is neverending so we headed over to Rainey st to get some mini donuts at Little Lucys

That pretty much covers our Austin food adventures for the last couple weeks! 
If you are planning a trip you and see more posts about Austin here!

Currently: September

Friday, September 14, 2018

Making || With all this rain I have been in the mood for something warm and yummy: Lazy Girl's Chicken Pot Pie  from Lattes, Life & Luggage 
Drinking || Austin East Ciders Spiced & I had my first Salted Caramel Mocha yesterday...I forgot how delicious(* side note on this...I actually think I may have a slight allergy to that cider but we are going to try it one more time to be sure!) 
Reading || Where'd you go Bernadette
Trawling || Old Navy so I can use my cash thingy and keep building up this work wardrobe  
Wanting || To be at home in Chicago with A this weekend. He went home for 5 days and I am all by my lonesome in Austin!  
Looking || At more rain...I am so so tired of rain guys 
Deciding || If I will try to find something to do something tonight or just relax. 
Wishing || I was going on vacation right now! 
Enjoying || Kindergarten Talent Show today guys...I love it...they are so stinking cute! 
Waiting || for my very first devacut tomorrow. I am so excited! 
Liking || having my own office...Its been a long time since I didn't have to share an office with people!     

Three on Thursday!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Another Thursday post idea brought to you by Steph Not Entirely Perfect
She has some awesome Thursday favorites so go check them out! 

  • Target Clothes...Listen. I know everyone loves Target but they have some damn cute work stuff! I had to get a lot of new items for work because most of what I wore to work before was worn out and too casual for the current school I am at. I am really working on building a work wardrobe that can go across seasons and target has been a big help! It does not hurt that A works for target so I get his discount plus Redcard is another 5%! 
  • Sunbum....everything. I've become obsessed since I got a little travel bottle of their sunscreen. Now I am all about it. I use the sunscreen, the cooling lotion and the chapstick. My hair is an unruly curl so I can't really use their hair products but I wish I could. They are cruelty free and many of their products are vegan. They smell amazing too! 
  • Summer Moon Coffee....I discovered this when I moved to Austin and even though I am back to making my coffee at home it is now my go to when I have coffee out. I LOVE it. Wood Fired coffee, moon juice, dairy alternatives(because lactose hates me) anyway the shit is like crack and you should try it but then...maybe you shouldn't because then you will be all "Starbucks who?"


    What are some of your favorites this week?  

Show Us Your Books: September!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Life According to Steph

It's been 3months since my last link up but for most of the summer I was running around like crazy getting ready for the move so I didn't get a lot of time to read.  But for some the amount of books was probably still more than normal.

 **Reading Challenge Update as of 9/11/18: 86 of 120 books read for the year!**

Here are some of my favorites from the past 3 months.....

Still Me (****) I wasn't a big fan of the 2nd book in the series but I wanted to give this one a try and I am glad I did. I enjoyed it, I loved following the experience of a new city with Louisa and the dreaded insecurity in long distance relationships! 

The Kiss Quotient (****) This was a fun read, definitely interesting. I am not sure quite sure how I felt about the guy but I appreciated the different take (her having Aspergers)

Soulless (***1/2) I don't know what I was expecting but sometimes it felt like there was just enough to keep me interested but also parts that I could catch myself skimming because there was a useless amount of words to describe something...if that makes sense? They are a mix of like steampunk, supernatural, romance...I still went on to read the other 2 books in the series...Changeless, Blameless, and I'm currently reading the last one. 

Flawed (****) I liked these but I am also such a fan of weird post apocalyptic societies and weird rules. I wanted to punch some of the characters which I like since it means Im getting invested. I went on to read Perfect too...but I think that is probably where my interest ends. If the series continues I probably won't read the next.

Carve the Mark (****) So I started the a little bored and time ran out on my library rental (only 21 days) I ended up adding it to the list again and once I got past the beginning I really enjoyed the book. I'm currently  #54 on 6 copies so it could be awhile till I get to read the next one!

Dumplin' (****) This was on everyone's list awhile ago which is why I just got around to reading it...thank you stupid library waitlist....but I thought it was a fun read. I started using it as my poolside read for the week. The jealous friend thing is so real for that age, I couldn't help but be amused.

I didn't have any DNF which was nice...but sometimes when I get on a romance kick I end up reading like 4-8 books in a row...soo....I ended up reading a bunch of Ellen Hilderbrand books including...

The entire Winter Street Series!

That is my little recap. There were a few more books but I didn't want to make this a giant list! I can't wait to read all your posts and add to me TBR list!

High Five for Friday!

Friday, September 7, 2018

It has been 3 months since my last High Five for Friday! Yikes, that went by so quickly!

I haven't been blogging regularly enough so I am going to do my 5 favorites lately! 

- Warm Weather
Listen. I know some of you are excited for fall and over the heat but let me tell you...I love it. I love all the 100+ days of heat since I got to Austin and I don't want it to end. I drive everywhere with my windows down, I walk over to the pool in our complex twice a week (sometimes more) I just want to be outside sitting and feeling the sun on my face 

- Making our apartment home...
This is very much a work in progress...and I have found that I do not enjoy spending my time searching for home stuff. I thought I would but nope...I want it to look like home and not have to spend anytime shopping for anything. BUT we are making progress! 

- Exploring Austin
We have one friend here and he has been here 3 months so he is showing us all the fun spots he has discovered and we are going out and exploring new places with him! 

- Work, work, work....
I took a position in administration at a private school in Austin and while it is MUCH different than what I am used to I am loving it. I can't say a ton about it but the school is 3x bigger than the one I was at the last 5 years and so it is taking some getting used to but everyone has been so kind and helpful. Getting to work is much longer than before. Austin is not a public transit city so I have to drive to work and its about 25 mins from home. One of the ways takes me up and down some gorgeous hills and scenery so I can't complain too much!
Meetings and coffee is my new life 

- Books, Books, Books...
Oooh A had no idea how much I read when we moved in together. Over the months before we moved to Austin I started to bring my kindle and books over to his place and sit and read while he did things. But he definitely did not know that I could sit in a comfy spot and read for 5 hours uninterrupted if no one stops me. I got a new Papasan chair and working on making a cute little nook for myself so that I can spend even more hours reading! 

So those are my five on Friday! I am excited to go read all of yours!!


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

I used to go to the movies all the time. Do you remember how often you went as a teenager? Or maybe that was because I grew up in the burbs and there was nothing else to do? I haven't been going as much lately but that is because it seems like the options aren't all that great right?

I do love a random movie date with myself though. I used to be so self-conscious about going to a movie alone but then I got past that when I had to keep missing movies waiting for someone to watch them with me.

So I thought I'd share some of the last few movies I have seen...and ones coming that I want to see!

Guys! I loved this movie! I laughed, I cried, I can't freaking wait for the next one! I also enjoyed the books so it doesn't surprise me. Can we also talk about how awesome the Asian representation was? Like not actors who look kinda Asian playing the characters but legit POC. 

I know this was back in April but I still haven't gotten over it. I haven't even been able to re-watch because my heart just can't! I was so invested, A and I watched all the Marvel movies leading up to this one the months before (that is 18 movies in case you were wondering). Just. I still can't. 

I read the books and loved them...I also love Dylan O'Brien! This is another one I went to see on my own since no one I know has seen the rest! I thought this one was a bit on the dramatic side but I still had to see it. 

Some movies I really want to see that are either out or coming out....

 I am strangely obsessed with the Purge movies. I say strange because I am normally a superhero or rom com movie person but I love these dark and twisted movies! I think this one might be out of theaters by now but I need to see it. 

 Superheros...villains whatever. I am so ready for this movie. I love Tom Hardy so you better believe I will be lined up to see this movie on opening night (the 7pm thursday night show because Im old and work on Fridays)

 I just found out about this movie and I can't wait. I think Tiffany Haddish is fantastic and hilarious. I actually just started reading her book "The Last Black Unicorn" too. Perfect timing! 

I probably could have helped with a little snippet about what the movies are about but that is what Google is for yo. 

What movies did you see this year that you loved? Are you ready for any upcoming ones?