See a Beatle in concert: Last November, I got to see Sir Paul McCartney in Houston. It is hands down one of my favorite memories, ever. Houston was unseasonably cold and the concert was at the baseball stadium downtown. The roof was open at Sir Paul's request so Andrew and I were in our warmest coats and linked our arms for warmth for most of the show. Oh, and in a huge baseball stadium full of people, we had amazing seats on the floor. He sang all the hits and never lost energy or stopped for like, three hours. I say it was the best concert I have ever been to, though I could be biased since he is a freaking Beatle. I would pay a small fortune to see him again in a heartbeat, but I am oh-so-glad I got to see him at least once.
The stage was so close. So close!
Tour Small Town Texas at Christmas: Pre-blog, Andrew and I went to Fredericksburg and other tiny Texas towns to look at Christmas lights. We went to a German market, saw a courthouse covered in lights, watched a small town parade, and shopped in the town where Hope Floats was filmed. It was so fun and I recommend it to any of my Houston friends.
In Smithville (where Hope Floats was filmed) with a replica of the largest gingerbread man ever made.
Visit Chicago: I have loved Rick Bayless since I saw him on Top Chef Masters, and eating his food was one of the things I was dying to do. You can only do that in Chicago. I was in Chicago for nine days and had his food or drink four times (umm, glutton much?)
Go to Washington, DC: DC probably isn't a place I would have ever wanted to vacation, but when a chance to visit for work arose, I took it! I crammed as much into 24 hours as humanly possible and I would have loved to spend much more time there.
Make New Friends: Even though there are posts that are older, I consider February 6, 2013 my first day of blogging. That was the first day of regular posting. Since then, so many great people have come into my life, whether in person or via email, twitter, or text. It can be hard to make friends as an adult, but I think I have learned in my 28th year that it definitely isn't impossible.
Just a small selection of blog friend pics that live on my phone. Such an amazing group of women and I call them all friends now!
Working Out Regularly: I have never liked the gym or moving, period. I got B's in gym in school and A's everywhere else. The age of 28 is when I finally started to take control of my health and trying to work out regularly. I ran 25 miles in a month and finally completed a 5K. Here's to continued fitness success in the future!
Be in the front row at a concert: We saw one of Andrew's favorites, the Airborne Toxic Event, at a small venue back in March and were in the front row. Over the summer, we saw Mumford and Sons in Austin and were in the very front row. We stood and sweated to keep our spot but it was so worth it. I never would have imagined that I would be that close to one of my favorite bands!
Attain celebrity status: After the Airborne concert, I was in the daily email that CultureMap sends out, which was exciting (linked above). More recently, you got to see me in the New York Daily News. For someone who hates being photographed, this is pretty exciting.
Exploring Houston Restaurants: When the Top 100 Restaurants in Houston list came out in 2012, I think I had been to 14. When 2013's list came out, that number was in the mid-30s and growing all the time. Everybody's gotta eat, and I like that we take the time to seek out new things whenever we get the chance. Soon, I will have a food tab in my nav bar so all my food adventures will be in one place!
An amazing carrot dish from Oxheart. So memorable and one of my favorite food photos. What a gorgeous dish!
Of course I have a husband, pets, and non-internet friends and family who also make my life great. I am ready for whatever fun the last year of my 20s has for me! Hope all you non-birthday people have a happy Halloween!