Saturday, August 28, 2010

Why I Love Austin

What do I love about Austin? For one, definitely the ability to walk anywherrrre & find a familiar favorite, a new adventure, or rare sight. Kylie has come up this weekend to visit and yesterday Val, Kylie & I ventured to find Tiff's Treats.

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Tiff's Treat, Pita Pit, Pluckers, Kerbey Lane, Swirll. All causes of the Freshman Fifteen. BUT honestly, since everyone does walk everywhere, we also consume Kerbey queso without an overwhelming amount of guilt. Reason number two why I love Austin: the unique restaurants that also strive to use locally grown ingredients.

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The third reason I love Austin is all the new friends and acquaintances I have made. Reason number four? The extremely unique faculty--my Geology teacher wrote the textbook, my World Lit teacher revealed that she is a lesbian mom, and my Calculus teacher wears tshirts to class. This leads to reason number five. I love Austin because it will challenge my way of thinking, influence my opinions, and expand who I am.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


So it's been wayyy too long. Rush is finally over, college classes have finally started, and everything has changed. So where to begin on the update?

First went to Camp Texas for three days which was like your typical summer camp, kinda learned about some UT traditions, and actually know the words of the UT Fight Song now. The eyes of Texas are upon you. . .

Then Rush. Basically one of the craziest weeks ever. Emotional. Stressful. Burninggg. Sweaty. Glorious. Draining. So many different feelings, up & downs, cuts & bids. Basic rundown of how rush goes. . .

Day 1:
Attire- khaki shorts, purple rush shirt, and super cute tennys.
Mission- Visit all thirteen sorority houses, attempt to make a great first impression, "enjoy" small talk with hundreds of girls, fail to remember names.
Conclusion- Select 10 of the 13 houses to visit the following two days.

Attire- pretty sundress (church appro.)
Mission- Visit ten sorority houses, learn about each sorority's philanthropy (AKA the the organization they support/service work), attempt to make a great second impression, "enjoy" small talk with hundreds of different girls, fail to remember even more names.
Conclusion- Select 6 of the 10 houses to visit the following day.

Attire- cocktail dress.
Mission- Visit six sorority houses, watch super cute skits that feature avatars & jersey shore characters & spice girl songs, attempt to make a great third impression (see the trend?), give up on trying to remember names & start saying random things during conversations.
Conclusion- Select 3 of the 6 houses to visit on the final day.

Attire- black dress.
Mission- Visit three sorority houses, learn about the rituals and the sisterly bonding of each sorority, attempt not to cry as you listen to testimonies and picture yourself living in this or that house.
Conclusion- Select 1 of the 3 houses, basically with the hope that it will be your house for the next four years of college.

Day 6 (BID DAY):
Attire- sundress.
Mission- Sit on an envelope. Open it. Cry with joy or sadness. You are now in a sorority if you have made it this far. Congratulations! Run off to your new house with your new sisters to take millions of pictures in the million degree weather. Basically sweat and lose twenty five pounds. Then sisterly bonding (ie. restaurant, karaoke, delicious cakes, free tshirts!, dance parties, riding coach buses)
Conclusion- Rush is over!! You have fifty or so new sisters in your pledge class and hundreds of sisters nationwide.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Farewell Tour of Houston

So today was basically my last full day in Houston. I finished packing (somewhat), enjoyed a burger & listened to Milazzo's stories of Europe/San Fran over lunch, visited Kylie at work where she was fashionably sporting a hot new sunburn, and ran some errands with Hunter. When my dad asked me what I wanted for dinner, I realized this was kind of my final supper. My mind was absolutely blank. Which of my favorite restaurants would I miss most? I ended up picking a new restaurant-- Backstreet Cafe. The whole fam cleaned up a bit and we ventured over to River Oaks area for some super delicious food.

I ordered:
Pepper-crusted Tenderloin with maple-bourbon-chipotle sauce, rosemary-roasted potatoes & green beans

Hunter decided on:
Grilled Halibut over roasted saffron cauliflower & orange-lime relish (he cheated though and opted for mac & cheese instead of the cauliflower)

The mama got:
Seared Scallops on a nicely dressed arugula salad

And the dad ordered a great three course meal with $5 going to the Houston Food Bank.
Squash Blossom Flatbread with sundried Mexican zucchini, fresh ricotta cheese, tomatillo salsa
Wild Salmon with grilled corn relish and creamy green grits
Almond Pound Cake, citrus infused with hatch chili pepper marmalade and chantilly cream

So I know that's a lot of food description & perhaps I've been watching too much of Top Chef, but it was all very succulent. AND I was even brave enough to try both a scallop & the squash flatbread tonight. Very enjoyable. Proof of how good the food was:


Goodbye pound cake. Following dinner, I was in for a treat- "A Farewell Tour of Houston." Visited the infamous Beer Can House, much of the Heights, parent's first house, Memorial Park, and River Oaks. Okayy so not a complete tour, but an adventure nonetheless.

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So tomorrow I am off to camp which will last for the next few days. This translates to no new posts for awhile. I also probably won't be writing during Recruitment/Rush since it is so intense in Austin & I wouldn't want to jeopardize anything. So goodbye Houston. Adios mis amigos! See you all at winter time.

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Blank Canvas

Finally went to Empire Cafe over in Montrose for some delicious breakfast. Honestly, I have tried several times to make it over to this beloved hotspot, but sometimes plans fall through. Today though, Mark & I both enjoyed a delicious brunch (favorite meal) on Empire's patio. I had a fluffy gingerbread waffle, and Mark ordered the Roma; scrambled egg whites on foccacia bread with basil pecan pesto, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese; served with cheddar hash brown potatoes and fresh fruit. [note: i tried a bite of mark's dish. in doing so, successfully had scrambled egg whites and a tomato for the first time]

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Then after a few errands with Mark, accompanied by fabulous Texas country music, I went to paint with Jacque. I may switch to the art school ;)

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1. Jacque's watercolor masterpiece 2. My nineteen cent canvas, painted, & idk. paisleys?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Suitcase, Trunk, Suitcase, Suitcase

So much of today was spent packing for college. That sentence doesn't sound very exciting, but ohhh trust me, the action itself is pretty. . .zestful? Rip-roaring? An allusion to a grade A adventure. Blasted Kanye's new song power and proceeded to fill a trunk, and three suitcases with clothes. Mind you, one suitcase is for Camp Texas so it's separate. But sadly, yes, my clothes do fill three large pieces of baggage. Shoes not even yet included. I am partly embarrassed because I realize how much I have. How some pieces of clothing still have price tags and this vest or that shirt has only been worn once.

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1. Just the beginning 2. I have never done laundry before. Ever. Hence the helpful hints left by my mom. (reminder to mom: I'm going to college, not first grade) 3. The piles keep growingg


This pile was at least a foot high before I started folding and rolling. At least the Honduras soccer jersey is making it to college :)

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1. Sign for the dorm room, score! 2&3. Jewelry box 4. "Oh the places you'll go"

So it's just down to two more days. Friday & Saturday. I need to see as many people as possible within the next forty eight hours. I'm already missing everybody; my younglife girls, the brat pack, merlypearly, kmooremoney, mdpc kidz, my fellow gaga girl, etc. I'm coping by watching episode after episode of Top Chef DC.
Dry Rubbed Baby Back Ribs, Grilled Asparagus, Smoked Bacon Hazelnut Vinaigrette
“Creole Style” Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with Asparagus & Bacon Potato Hash in Hollandaise
Sea Scallops with Ricotta Gnudi & Broccoli Rabe

That's right. Coping.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Tonight was Ron's going away party. Ron, my church youth leader and "dad," is heading off to California to become ordained. . .I think. Basically he's going back to school, church school. California though. Luckyyy. But anyways, tonight was all about saying goodbye to Ron, the summer interns, and basically all of my church friends for one last time. There are basically tons of bittersweet moments these days. Bitter- having to say goodbye to everyone, but at the same time, I'm about to begin this whole new part of my life. A new chapter.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday.
Four days is all.
Four days until I leave for Camp Texas.
And seven days until I move into my dorm.
Seven days until life in Austin, Texas!!

Austin, Texas~no place like it!

Monday, August 9, 2010


So it's true. I didn't blog yesterday. I just found myself all caught up in organizing stuff for college and expanding my itunes library by A LOT. Really, this whole week will be about packing for college, seeing friends for the last time, and saying my goodbyes to family, pals & this city.

Today I finally saw James Williams, aka a manatee who lives millions of seconds away in Kingwood. But today he ventured into my hood to shop with me! I love boys who shop. James did not disappoint. He bought outrageously great purple Oakleys. James has spunk. My brother also spunk for getting out of bed to shop with me today. Yes I did guilt him, "Hunter, I'm leaving in a week, come shopping with me," and yes it did work. In the end, he had an absolute BLAST, and I rewarded him with Z Pizza after a successful visit to Anthropologie.

In terms of pictures for this post, I traveled all the way to my backyard. The lizards all ran away from me, but the statues were excellent little models.

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Also, I'll share some music. So I love finding mixtapes and mashups and album reviews on a blog called Pretty Much Amazing Some of the things I scored-- a great mixtape of Lil Wayne & the (500) Days of Summer soundtrack, some Chiddy Bang mixtapes, and Lady Gaga The Remix. Also downloaded the new Queens of the Stone Age album, as well as Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, so gotta check those out. Also, Coeur de pirate is a lovely French singer with sweetest voice. The best pick though was def the Weezy mixtape. Get it for yourself too AQUI!!!