Monday, June 10, 2013

Zumba-ing and Mumford and Sons!

On Thursday night we had a power surge. Our AC unit wasn't blowing cold, and then when it started working again, it sounded like there was a small person trapped in my attic fighting to get out. Definitely not good.

The AC guy came so early on Friday morning that I greeted him in my PJs. He said that lot of components of the unit needed to be replaced. AC work isn't cheap, y'all. We will likely be paying for this repair beyond our time in this house. What a fun way to start the weekend, right?

Ari and I live close-ish to one another and have been talking about taking a class at the gym together. Zumba was at a pretty convenient time, so we met up for that on Saturday. Neither of us has ever done it, so there was a little bit of comfort knowing I wasn't the only newbie in the class.

Ummm, yeah. I am half Mexican but I definitely did not inherit any rhythm or dancing abilities. The instructor made everything look so easy and effortless, but I just can't move like that. Most of the class seemed pretty lost and clueless, so that helped. I will admit that I was sweating the whole time and while I knew I looked like an idiot, I kept at it and tried to move to make the most of my time in there. I thought that we had to be almost done and saw we had only been at it for 26 minutes. It was all the side-to-side, back-and-forth, arms up! arms down! salsa, salsa, legs up, squat, figure out what comes next and then BOOM! It changes. You know when a toddler tries to do ballet? That's what I felt like. Ari and I both kept saying that this wasn't for us, but we pushed through - just to say that we did! I might be interested in trying it again another time with a different instructor, but for now, I think I will stick with just going to the gym and doing my own thing!

Found here. For the record, I was fully aware that I did not look like the woman on the left.

Now my Sunday is one of the most first-world-problem-filled stories you might ever read. I was very bothered by it. I blame a monthly surge in hormones, if you know what I mean...

Our third wedding anniversary is tomorrow and we planned to go to Austin and see Mumford & Sons to celebrate. We got a room at the Hyatt Lost Pines for an amazing rate so I was looking forward to hanging out at the resort on Monday. Andrew found out that he HAD to go to work at some point Monday, so that was going to cut our day short. When we found out about the AC stuff, we decided to just come home super early Monday morning so that I don't have to waste another vacation day getting this done this week. So I was already kind of bummed that our fun trip was just a day...

Excess Baggage.

I had been wanting to go back to Moonshine since I went for brunch for a bachelorette party last summer. Their buffet is great. We went and the wait was 45 minutes (who's surprised?). Andrew wanted to go to a BBQ place nearby (again, who's surprised?) and said that he was just going to get a few slices to try it and we could go back for brunch later. I am so tired of BBQ, so we went to the place, waited in line for it to open, and ordered four slices of brisket, one rib, and one sausage link. Neither of us were paying attention, and when we went to pay, the total was... really high. We got to the table and saw that each slice of brisket was about half a pound! It was a ton of food. I had a few bites, Andrew ate some, and we sadly had to waste a lot. Plus, then he wasn't hungry for a buffet, so no Moonshine this trip.

La Barbecue. By slice, they mean massive slab. You have been warned. The brisket was pretty good, though (12/50

I had joked with Andrew that he if wanted BBQ, he needed to take me to Kendra Scott, so he did (yay!). I decided that I needed the Elles in ivory mother of pearl... but they didn't have them (ready-made OR in the Color Bar) so I was kind of bummed about that.

Then... I was still hungry so we went to Whip In so I could grab a sandwich... but they were only serving their brunch menu which was waffles, eggs, and goat sausage, which I didn't want at all (I don't really like eggs or funky sausage and didn't want anything sweet). I had had enough first world problems (and again, hormones... can't forget those) so we just went to the hotel and hoped that I could find something to eat there.

The Hyatt Lost Pines is outside of Austin and the property is beautiful. It has a water park, fire pit for s'mores, multiple restaurants, and tons of activities planned every day. We will definitely be going back! We got a glass of champagne at check-in and I had some chicken quesadillas and my (extended) moment of crazy ended.

The resort was Texas but sophisticated and not overdone. I liked the Mason jars light fixture in the restaurant.

We had pit tickets for the concert, so we knew it was going to be an all-day affair. I think we were in our parking spot at 4:30 and in line to get in by 4:40. We didn't hurry as we got in the gates, but we went to the left when everyone else seemed to go right. We were the 4th and 5th people in line on our side to get down to the pit so we ended up getting to stand at the gate, RIGHT in front of the stage. Even thought I was hot, sweaty, and smelled like sunblock, I was excited for a great show!

Mumford & Sons was everything I thought they would be. Marcus Mumford is so talented and seeing him sing, play guitar, and keep time with the bass drum in person was pretty amazing. We were on the side with the keyboard player and I am pretty sure we made eye contact and had a few moments... pretty sure he was singing right to me. I'm kind of a big deal now, ya know... (you know I'm kidding, right?) They sang almost every song from Babel and about half from Sigh No More. For the encore, they had a small 8x8 platform added in front of the stage where they did a Springsteen cover and some song a cappella. I think "Lover of the Light" was my favorite, but the more I think about it, the more I can't pick one. He also declared Texas "hot as balls" and thanked America for teaching him that phrase. We could also hear the sound of the crowd singing behind us, probably similar to what the performers could hear. It was very, very cool and I am so glad we dealt with the heat and waiting to do it!

Venue | Stage | Waiting | Gentlemen of the Road 2013

Yes, they're crappy iPhone pics...

 Soooo close...

Setting up the platform

On the platform. They never changed position, unfortunately.

Sadly, concert lighting and iPhones are not that great of a match but you get the idea. It definitely made up for my poor me attitude earlier in the day. We got in around midnight, showered, went to bed at 1:00 and were up at 5:30 to drive home. Long weekend, but it was a good one!

Sami's Shenanigans


  1. gosh, mumford is so great live! saw them last year here in Portland!

  2. What a weekend! I wish I could have been there for the Zumba class! I've always wanted to try that....but I'm sure I would embarrass myself lol

    Happy anniversary!

  3. Lol at the picture of Zumba how you feel/how you look... so true! And bummer about getting all that food and not being able to eat it all - that stinks. Glad you had a fun time at the concert!

  4. First world problems are still problems! Sounds like you had an awesome time at the concert though!

  5. I love Zumba but refuse to look at myself doing it! LOL I look like a crazed person! At least you tried it!
    I WANT to stay at that resort so bad!! So awesome y'all were so close at the concert! TX IS hot as balls! Hahaha

  6. Oh man I'd love to see Mumford!! Glad you had such a good time.

    That sucks about Zumba! You're half Mexican? I am too :) Sorry it was go go go and then all of a sudden a random new move. Bleh.

  7. We drove by the lost pines resort on Saturday, it looked beautiful and nice and secluded! Jealous that you got to see Mumford!! Hope your week is less crazy than your weekend sounded :)

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