Thursday, August 3, 2017

summer, so far.

August always feels like we're nearing the end of a summer. As a kid in Texas, school started in the middle of the month so once the calendar flipped to August, it was only a matter of time before freedom ended. Though the school calendar has changed and it hasn't affected me directly for quite some time, I find myself ready to be done with summer and embrace fall. It's just too damn hot to want summer to stick around any longer.

But honestly? This summer completely flew by. Allow me to review some highlights:

Memorial Day weekend feels like a lifetime ago, and all I can remember doing is enjoying the fantastic three-course Sunday Supper at State of Grace. The squash casserole sounded wholly unappealing, but I wish I could eat it all the time.

Andrew and I spent our seventh wedding anniversary (and our third in a row) at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. We had a great Air BnB so we could walk or Lyft everywhere, I saw Milo Ventimiglia IRL for the second time (humble brag? Yup.), saw Adam Scott in person, and came away feeling excited about TV, as usual. I also took part in their twitter contest to go to twenty different things during the festival and they sent me an awesome prize pack with ATX swag, so it was a great experience. I was home for literally a day and then hopped on a plane to Vegas for a work conference.

I know Vegas is the desert and I knew it would be hot but oh my goodness. 110 degrees is no joke. The conference was pretty good (and as an events person, the logistics, food, and swag were incredible) and Andrew came a few days into it since his friend was also in town. I think we have kind of outgrown Vegas, or else we need to have a huge budget to enjoy it more fully, but we loved finally eating at Lotus of Siam (called the best Thai food in America, and it's SO cheap) and seeing the Beatles Love for... the sixth time, I think? I like what I like.

Other June highlights: cutting my hair too short (still mad), being officially asked to be a bridesmaid (first time ever, am I a bad friend?), and the birth of my new niece, Austin.

My sister-in-law was due to have her baby on June 22. She lives in Atlanta, and I had a work event there on July 6th, so Andrew and I decided to fly up there on the 1st since surely the baby would be there by then. Right? Babies are totally predictable and all. Well, Miss Austin decided not to come until June 28, cutting it quite close, but she was safely at home in time to be adored by her aunt, uncle, grandpa, and basically her grandma. My SIL and her husband are saints and let us crash with them for a few days so we could all watch the baby sleep and escape her swaddle. We had a low-key July 4th and learned that we will not kill one another in close quarters, which is good to know since we're all going on vacation together in the spring.

The squash casserole doesn't look like much, but it was amazing | Adam Scott and Craig Robinson aka Ben Wyatt and Darryl from The Office (their new show is eh) | The Bellagio fountains, which never get old | Baby Austin!

After all of that travel, I just wanted to be home in July. Andrew had a birthday which turned out to be a laughably bad trip to the Astros game. It was the epitome of first-world problems, and I can laugh about it now, but in short: it was raining so we were wet and sweaty, our gate ran out of Carlos Correa bobbleheads and when I tried to sneakily get one from another gate, a jerk fan called me out (rude), the area we had tickets in had no seats hours before the game started, and when we decided we would rather just go home, the park security wouldn't let us out until all of the bobbleheads (that they wouldn't give us) were given out. We ended up heading toward the house and getting tacos and it was fine, but in the moment, I felt so bad for suggesting it since it was such a frustrating birthday.

The rest of July? I started bullet journaling (post to follow, probably), I read, I've spent a little time with friends, tried to be a better adult, spilled laundry soap in my car (but it smells great), worried about my cat's impending obesity, went to Home Depot alone (this is huge because I hate that store since I can never find ANYTHING) and went to the movies alone to see The Big Sick. I really liked it and if you like Master of None then go see it. And now we enter the last third of the year. It will be Christmas before we know it.

Linking up with Kristen and Gretch.


  1. I was shocked to look at my watch and see Aug 1. where did the summer go?

    i love newborn babies when they're all burritoed up like that so congrats to your fam! Please post your thoughts on bullet journaling and your bullet journal style; i love looking at that stuff.

  2. Why is saying you've seen Milo in person twice a humble brag? It's awesome and totally shareable.

    I have been to Vegas once and have zero desire to ever return.

    I hate jerk fans and things that sound good in theory but end up to be exercises in frustration.

  3. I'm heading to Vegas for my first time as an adult in December when it will hopefully be cooler. I'll have to check out that Thai restaurant! Congrats on the new family member, and being asked to be a bridesmaid! That sounds like an epicly terrible birthday- I can't believe they wouldn't let you leave, that's so weird!

    Sounds like a pretty great summer thus far! Is Milo cuter in person?

  4. Happy anniversary & congrats on your new niece!

  5. Happy Anniversary to you! Yes, the year is flying by. Our elders were correct - it just goes faster as we get older.

  6. I feel the same way about August. My birthday (Aug 2) always feels like the last hurrah of summer and now it's time to buckle down for another busy time at work. :-/
    My brother lives in Vegas - He loves the heat! (Crazy). I'll make it out to visit one of these days - In winter, preferably! I'd love to see the Beatles Cirque show.

  7. I really think I need the ATX TV Festival to my list of things to do! It always sounds fun when you talk about it.

  8. I legit cannot recall what we did for Memorial Day. This summer has been a blur! I love that you all went to the ATX TV Fest for your anniversary - it looked so cool!

  9. 'Babies are totally predictable and all' lol. glad you got to see her, she's adorable! love her name! i love vegas but i've never eaten anywhere fancy... or even half fancy. i've been with my mum and she loves american chains (we ate at the cheesecake factory and when KC and I went we had zero money lol so ate mcdonalds again. next time we will go to that thai place, sounds awesome! cheap is always good.

  10. I saw The Big Sick today! I'm also feeling like this year has flown by but I'm really really ready for fall.

  11. Happy anniversary! I hope your hair grows quickly (bad hair cuts are so miserable) and that sweaty season cools it a bit! Your niece is adorable, that swaddle looks pro-level.

    If you're going to spill anything in your car, I'd say laundry soap would be the thing to go for.

  12. I've seen a couple of other events at other places, but this was my first time in here. It was amazing! Great venue, it's smaller than those bigger places but it is still a fair sized venue. Food at event space NYC was great and I think it's recently renovated - it didn't seem old or anything.

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