Last week, my mom and grandma came into town to see the Texas wildflowers (oh, and us ;) We saw a lot of plants, and made sure to visit a few of our favorite "Austin" spots. In particular:
East Austin Succulents. Even if you're only remotely interested in plants, you're bound to enjoy this place. Seriously. And you can't not buy at least one (we have several around our apartment because of this place).
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It was a rainy day, but rain or shine, it's a lovely place.
Driving around hill country. We lost track of how far we drove (in the name of wildflowers!) and we clocked two-hundred and fifty miles that day. Oops. Our favorite part of the entire drive? The Willow City Loop. I've never seen so many wildflowers in my entire life.
Lick Honest Ice Creams. Um, yes. This is awesome ice cream made from local, grass-fed milk and seasonal ingredients. (I had Hill Country Honey and Vanilla Bean & Dark Chocolate with Olive Oil and Sea Salt). Can you believe how cute the shop is?? And I left with a punch card, because we'll be back.
- Tacos. At least three times. (Homemade, and from here and here)
- Sitting by the pool, and perfect weather for poolside naps
- Barbecue (you have to)
- Late-night ice cream and family stories at the table
- A last-minute IKEA trip
- Taking selfies with my grandma and my mom ;)
It was a wonderful visit. Mom and Grandma Donna, I love you both (and I'm writing to you directly, since I know you read my posts ;) And anyone else who wants to come visit, we will gladly show you our favorite bits of Austin and eat all the tacos with you.
Other things I've been up to lately:
- Seeing Punch Brothers live with Molly at Austin City Limits (above photo). Punch Brothers, you do not disappoint. Wow. So shameless is my enjoyment of this band, I even bought a t-shirt.
- finished reading 7: An experimental mutiny against excess. I wholeheartedly recommend it, and if you read it, you'll likely be challenged in a big way (I was).
- finally finished knitting my sister-in-law's shawl and it's finally in the mail
- brainstorming my next knitting project
- researching dermatologists and ophthalmologists in our area, yawn
- internally reevaluating my attitude about material stuff (see bullet point #2). Post on this tomorrow.
- craving carbonated water with lime juice.
- committing to doing my devotional regularly—and loving it
- feeling excited to live in Austin. With this visit in particular, I feel more like a part of Austin and I'm eager to show family and friends around our city.
I have multiple, half-written posts in my head that I've been wanting to post, but haven't had a chance to do so. However, I'm in the middle of a three-day stretch off from work, so you can expect at least another post tomorrow!
Fall feels like a number of transitions, one right after the other. We are now bridging into late fall, with lots of frost in the mornings, first sightings of bare trees, and darker, cozier evenings at home. Of course, there is talk of Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon too, along with early preparations for those. I do tend to be swept by the momentum of this season, if I'm not careful. I'll admit that Christmas music accompanies us throughout the day sometimes, and I've already done most of our shopping, but I do want to be intentional to savor the almost-but-not-yet. To not wish away November and it's baring of trees in favor of the glow of Thanksgiving and Christmastime. There is great beauty and contentment in this month, as well. I don't want to miss it.
We've taken to a regular "cozy hike," as we've termed it. A nearly wooded path, my favorite spot for fall color, a wagon, an eager toddler, a cozy blanket, and snacks. I look for the bright red leaves, since those are a favorite for both of us. And we also look for acorns and pinecones, treasures on the ground.
I'm typically in a rush to wish away the hot days of summer, to exchange them for cozy days, sweater season, cool mornings. I'm an optimist, and that optimism frequently couples itself with being future minded. Constantly looking forward with hope, but also sometimes looking forward with misplaced longing that can inhibit me from being present. But this past weekend, the events of both days were lovely, and being present felt easy and good.