Street Festivals, Capitol visits, and 100 miles bike rides

After recovering from a sudden stomach bug last week and being stuck in my apartment for two days, I was absolutely stir crazy. Luckily there was a ton going on this weekend around the city so my boyfriend and I decided to walk around and do some exploring. We hunted down two street festivals, made a quick detour to the state Capitol, and got to meet our awesome friends at the finish line of the Livestrong 100 mile challenge.

We sought out the Mediterranean festival, which I was really excited about but ended up being very let down. It ended up being just a few food vendors in a church parking lot- not so exciting. Since that was a bust, we walked back over to the Viva la Vida festival which is basically an early Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) celebration. This one was really awesome- tons of amazing art pieces, a few food vendors, face painting, and lots of local artists. There was also a big parade which we ended up missing but I am sure was equally as amazing.

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While frolicking through the city we decided to stop at the Capitol since I had not been yet. It was…. not my cup of tea but something I needed to see. What can I say, I am an artsy kind of person. History and politics are extremely boring to me but for some reason I psyched myself up to think it would be cool to see. It was really beautiful to take photos outside of so we got some great photo ops out of it and that was good enough for me. I could see myself enjoying a nice lunch on the lawn one afternoon.

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Some good friends biked 100 miles for the Livestrong challenge to raise money for cancer. We downloaded a livestrong app and were able to track them the whole way, which was really amazing and such an awesome invention. It was crazy to see just how far 100 miles was and to watch their progress throughout the day. Being the proud friends we are, my boyfriend and I bought mimosa supplies, made some signs and camped out at the finish line to congratulate them on such a huge accomplishment.

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Absolutely loving these beautiful Autumn days in Austin!

 

 

Sound and Cinema

This week I finally got to attend one of Austin’s awesome summer events called Sound and Cinema. I have been wanting to attend Sound and Cinema all summer but did not make it until this week. As I am still new to Austin, I am so easily amazed by all the awesome events that take place around the city FOR FREE!!

Sound and Cinema is a really unique summer series that takes place at the Long Center and it is actually turning into a Fall series this year also! A large screen is set up in the massive Long Center lawn with a backdrop of the most gorgeous city ever. First a live band plays and then a movie is featured following the band. There are food trucks, booze, and just an all around awesome time.

This week Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 performed and Jurassic Park was the featured movie. Chali 2na also painted the awesome dino featured below while the movie was playing to be auctioned off. Do i even need to continue? It was awesome and did i mention FREE??!

 

The 24th Year

A few weeks ago I celebrated my first birthday in Austin, it is officially my 24th year. I have never been the type of person who thinks much of age. I have actually absolutely loved growing up, with each passing year more wisdom is bequeathed upon me and it seems life gets more and more delightful. I think the wisdom I gain in each passing year allows me to live my life more fully and continues to humble me.

With all that being said, I am now reading “you know you are almost 30 when…” blog posts and the worst part is, I can relate to them!

For my birthday I ate some delicious food from the best Sushi restaurant I have ever experienced in my life (paired with some delicious champagne, of course) at Uchiko

Saw some new Austin sights…

And spent time with some old and new friends..

I am not usually one that is much for birthday,s but the year 23 was a big one for me. In the past year I have (officially) graduated college, moved halfway across the country (on my own), started a new job (two days after I took my last final ever), my parents got separated and soon-to-be divorced, one of my brothers got married, I was a maid-of-honor for the first time, I sold almost everything I owned and had someone adopt my rabbit (who was the love of my life), and my entire life was basically flipped upside-down.

It was a whirlwind year and I finally feel like I can take a deep breath, relax, and fully enjoy the new life i am in the progress of building for myself. So, turning 24 had much more sentimental value to it than any birthday of my past because I feel as though I am turning a new leaf and writing the next chapter of my life- a chapter that is 100% mine and is going to be whatever I make it.

Welcome to my life as an Austinite!