Off To Colorado for a Wedding! Pt 1

Moving on now to the wedding weekend festivities! This will be a multi-part series much like the Bachlorette posts. Hang tight as I go from start to finish on this second and final piece to a wonderful ride!

Our bags are packed, and we’re ready to go.

A beautiful bride, dressed in white, accented by the snowcap mountains in the distance.

A handsome groom, waiting at the alter nestled beyond a bridge as the river ripples beneath the marching wedding party’s feet.

It’s an image I can picture as easily as I can my own reaction. My long time friend getting married to the man of her dreams, the look in both of their eyes as they see each other for the first time at the alter; it’ll be all I can do not to cry!

Here begins another chapter in my book, an exciting tale of travel, but this is the first in the chapter of my best friend and her soon to be husband’s lifetime together!

New title: Aunt pt. 2

Just left the gender reveal! My sister and her significant other made cupcakes. Each had a pink and blue swirl icing top to a yellow cake filled with icing the color of the gender of the baby, blue or pink.

We each first guessed as we ate dinner (my guess was a girl) then for dessert, we were given a cupcake. I was too excited, couldn’t help myself, I cut the darn thing straight to the center and found..

BLUE!

I’m going to be an Aunt to my NEPHEW! Such a happy memory!

New title: Aunt!

I’m going to be an Aunt! 

You know how you look at a word, spell it a few times, see it randomly, etc., and it just looks like it’s spelled wrong. That’s me right now. Aunt. Aunt. Aunt. Weird.

My sister and her significant other are expecting their first child and tonight is the big gender reveal! I can’t wait to know what my potential niece/nephew is going to be! A new playmate for my daughter! Just so many new moments to be had, but my absolute favorite will be giving my niece/nephew back to their parents! Ha! Just like my dear sister did to me so many times. Hype them up, and send them home! Wahoo!

On a serious note. I try to look at each stage in my life, each milestone or chapter, as the next great adventure, and becoming an Aunt is absolutely falling into that category. I have big shoes to fill as my aunt and godmother treated me as her own child. I have so many memories of her and my cousins; I can’t wait to make them now with my niece/nephew!

By the way, I’m guessing niece! Stay tuned!

Austin Pubcrawler pt. 7

I know I have been dragging the events of this bachelorette party weekend out, but there is just so much to show and tell of this glorious weekend in an awesome town!

I’m cursed when it comes to the morning after a night of drinking. My eyes pop open at the slightest glimmer of dawn regardless of the pillow covering my face. I lay in bed, trying desperately to convince my brain it isn’t time to get up yet as I roll over and cover my entire body with my sheets. My head threatens to spin me toward nauseum, qnd I finally push out of bed and stomp toward the bathroom, knowing the only cure for my spins is warm water running over my face.

I soak in the shower and slowly put myself together. I climb gingerly up the stairs to the main floor where my blessed roommates are sleeping soundly through their hangovers. I make myself a cup of instant coffee which is surprisingly good and scarf down a protein bar and ibuprofen. I let my friends sleep in, not wishing the same fate of feelings on any of them, but then I remember.

While in our inebriated state the night before, we scheduled an early Pubcrawler experience! If you’ve never heard of it, let me tell you what an experience that was! 

You jump on a mobile bar with peddles beneath your seat, and a bartender/guide is only steering and serving you for two hours through the town. We made three stops with multiple bars in the vicinity and got to see what Austin looked like in the daytime. Every stop we made, we entered a different type of venue including the Tiniest Bar in Texas, Fado Irish Pub, and Rustic Tap. All excellent choices, and all a great time! 

We played music the entire ride through Downtown, drank the drinks we brought with us, and had a drink at each stop. A little hair of the dog action. Our guide was fantastic, funny, and showed us a good time, but nothing could have prepared us for the fantastic workout our bodies generously thanked us for following the end of the ride.

It may not have been the best idea following a hangover, but it is a great memory. I would recommend this type of event, whether in Austin on the Pubcrawler or any town that has a similar version. 


 

Keep Austin Weird pt. 5

That’s the saying around Austin. One you will find on tshirts and various other souvenirs in storefronts along 6th street. It’s also found in script in graffiti at Graffiti Park or on signs throughout Downtown. Everywhere you look, you can find the saying, hidden in inconspicuous places and blurted by the live bands. 

I never expected Austin to be so green and have so many hills. I never expected Austin to be so metropolis and teeming with the latest and greatest in not only the music industry, but in food, fashion, and art. 

I never expected to find one of the greatest times in my life on a street with two polar reputations, Dirty 6 and West 6. 

When I first spotted the saying, I admit I was a bit confused. Why would a city want to be weird? The word itself at times can have a negative connotation, thus allowing it to essentially become the motto of the town doesn’t seem like a good idea, but it is probably the best idea I’ve ever heard!

Austin isn’t weird in a Barnum and Bailey circus show sense. That’s not the meaning and message behind the slogan. After spending these past few days in this wonderful city, Keeping Austin Weird to me means experiencing something you may never be able to elsewhere. It’s a reminder to those who live there to push innovation and create the next big thing. And it’s a promise to tourists that this town isn’t like anything you’ve ever seen before.

*These past few posts about my time in Texas for my friend’s bachelorette party weekend we’re all written a week before Hurricane Harvey hit. For this reason and the kindness and generosity I experienced while in Austin, my heart aches for those suffering in all parts of the state. If you can, please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief here.

Bathroom break pt. 4

The next great innovation needs to be a way for people not to have to take so many bathroom breaks. Imagine the time we would save in a day if we didn’t have to stop what we were doing to go to the bathroom. Imagine what we could accomplish if we soaked up all the minutes wasted in the restroom.

There would be no more apps counting the time or tallying the money your earned while going to the loo. There would be no lengthy, catchy tunes in ads for supposed soft or strong toliet paper. There would be no need or use for the space a luxurious John can take up in a house, or even an airple; there would just be one more seat or closet. 

These thoughts are running through my head as I sit in the window seat of this airplane. Three seats deep in this row, with a sleeping guy right next to me and another guy who looks like he doesn’t want to be bothered in the aisle seat, and I have to go to the bathroom! The rambles of a knee bouncing fool in the window seat.

Flying above the clouds pt. 2

There is something awe inspiring about the ability to fly. Standing on the ground, looking enviously up at birds as they effortlessly defy gravity is all man could do before the Wright brothers said, “hold my beer.” Now, modern aviation can fly hundreds of people at once in a single vehicle, defying gravity on our own and soaring high above any bird with our artificial wings. 

As I sit on this aircraft, flying on a United Airline Boeing 757 at approximately 30,000 feet above the ground, I can’t help but think how small everything below us seems. Everything from up here seems like a tiny sliver in the grand scheme of the world. Small mountains encompassing smaller towns with invisible people and their imaginary issues. I don’t mean to belittle anyone’s journey in life, but from up here, it isn’t visible. It’s as if the world has its own life and ideas of what is important, and it isn’t the fabricated problems of the invisible people in the tiny town sorrounded by the small mountains.
It makes you wonder if before modern aviation, before the Wright brothers when people kept their feet on the ground, if birds would look down on us with pity. If they would see us tiny people milling about their small town and think how insignificant we all are to the grand scheme of the entire world they could see from above.
But even with this new perspective, we still see our lives as the largest part of this world. Maybe one day we can be like birds and see this big, old world for what is and ourselves as only a tiny part of it.

Bachelorette Party in Austin pt. 1

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will post bits and pieces of my long weekend trip to Austin, TX for my best friend’s bachelorette party. Today, we’ll start with the plane ride!

Heading to Austin today for a Bachelorette party for one of my longest known friends, and I am over the moon excited! I have never been off the east coast before, so this year is a big one for me for travel, but nothing is bigger than the reason for it all. 

After losing one of my best friends last year, I swore to myself that I would make an effort to be more involved and available to the close friends I still have. I have kept to that promise, and here I am, flying to Austin! 
I’m honestly not sure what to expect I’ve never been to Texas before, and as my mom life has me out of the night scene and made me a huge lightweight, I’m just hoping I can hang with the other ladies.
The Maid of Honor has every male anatomy made party piece known to Spencer’s, so we’ll see how exactly what the weekend has in store.