I survived Austin, Texas! That's a joke; more like, I flourished in it! The city was just so cool (can't wait to go back!) my little Peanut of a sister Carina is the best, we ate ourselves into a food coma, and I got to meet/hang with Nicole on Sunday!
- Nicole is the kindest! She took us around on somewhat of a "locals tour", including murals and..
- Carina brought us coordinating pjs, (she's "Donut Make Me Angry" on the left)
- Cupcakes! Nicole knows what I'm into, she took us to Sugar Mama's Bake Shop. YUM!
"This cookie is my Valentine." - Peanut (also later, "This queso is my Valentine.")
Many a taco was had. Also Saturday we waited in the blazing TX heat for an hour for Torchy's Tacos.
Peanut after her race! She did really awesome, especially considering the festivities of the weekend.
I made her do this :) that capital building downtown is pretty neat.
Sugar Mama's Bake Shop, again! Cutest shop and a pretty dang good red velvet cupcake.
I mean, holy murals. We're not even that cute, it's just a great mural. Thanks Nicole!
- Fancy, amazing dinner at Lenoir upon arrival, I don't expect anything less from Peanut
- I have this thing for Luchador masks sometimes...this was inside the random neon sign museum (also love those)
- Idk if you can see the "i love you so much" mural behind her? There was a line on V-Day, we had to be sneaky
I should note that our trip also included: approx. ten trips to the incredible flagship Whole Foods (including three times in one day), a Valentine's Day Kina Grannis show, ice cream in our bed, a lazy afternoon watching Chef, a self-guided walking tour of the city, sunning on the porch (80 degrees Saturday that I took entirely for granted), coffee from nearly every shop in Austin, and a few other things that could pop up in future outfit posts ;)
I'll say again how cool it was to meet Nicole. I'll also say what we're all thinking, it's always a little bit awkward and slightly nerve-wracking to meet a blogger in real life, like, what if their blog is great but they're actually not? Well, I'm pleased to report that Nicole is as lovely IRL as she comes across online, and as I suspected, the kind of person I could be friends with. And now (I think?) we're actually friends! Hooray for blog friendships!
I am reminded how inspiring it is to simply see a new place. This reaffirms the goal I made in January, to see a new place every month of the year. Also, jet-setting to a new city for no reason other than fun was a new thing for me, but I'm determined to do it more often. There are many cool cities driving distance from Nashville, so there's no excuse! Another cool thing: on the plane trip back, I learned I've been to about 23 states, which is wayyyy more than I had thought! So that absolutely puts the fire under my butt to check off as many as I can (entirely too motivated by lists/goals.)
Back to real life, kinda? We've had not one, but TWO snow/ice days in Nashville! That means for two days, I've woken up prepared to go back to work, and jumped back in bed! That's been pretty awesome. Not the whole 14 degrees outside thing. Not that I've been outside for two days. It's amazing how hard it is to get anything done when you have an entire, unexpected day to do literally anything. Or nothing! The choice is yours.