Hello, Friday

Texas has been serving up some amazing sunsets lately. I’m no meteorologist, so I have no idea how to judge when a good sunset is about to happen, but the other day Walt and I went to his parents’ house for a late lunch and on the way back I could see the clouds setting up for some epic prettiness. So I grabbed my camera and rolled over to Mount Bonnell to experience it while listening to Brood.

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Around the Web

• It takes a lot to make me watch a Youtube video over 5 minutes long, but this 16-minute video of four Disney artists drawing the same tree in their own style was completely charming. Plus, Mr. Disney himself introduces the segment to us, so you can feel great about a little bit of history there.

• Austin is working on getting its own cat café and I’m all about this. 

• My friends and I took this “how well do you know Center Stage?” quiz and I am sad/proud to say that I got 14/14. If you get any lower than 10/14, I don’t know if we can be friends anymore.

• Hershey’s has basically barred Cadbury’s chocolates from being imported into the US. I’m personally livid that I will not be able to go to Central Market to buy Caramellos anymore. Never mind the fact that I haven’t had a Caramello in years due to my lactose intolerance; I’m still mad about the principle of the thing! (I wrote on Hershey’s Facebook wall about my disappointment and you should, too!)

• Photography nerds will enjoy this slow-motion video capture of how digital shutters work!

• If you missed it, I blogged:
A Zilker Botanical Garden engagement session // a personal post about feeling older because of a simple household purchase

Novel word count: 9,054

I know, it’s not a lot. But I did a lot of journalling fleshing out what is going to happen, so I think there was a bit of behind-the-scenes chewing that occurred this week, which means I hope to sail through and write a lot more next week.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

On Feeling Like an “Adult”

I know that I’ve passed my 30th birthday milestone, and that I should feel like an adult, but oftentimes I feel the same as I’ve always felt: perpetually uncool, with a penchant for staying at home to read books rather than going out clubbing, or whatever the youths these days do. Basically, like my high-school self.

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I mean, my body feels pretty much the same as it always has (I continue to eat relatively well and I work out regularly). I still hang out with my best friend since pre-school, and I ride the grocery cart back to my car to make the shopping trip suck a little less. In my brain, I’m a (much-better-adjusted, less-hormonal) 16-year-old girl, despite owning a business and paying taxes and being married and all that jazz. When Walt and I bought a car by writing a check a few years back, I still had the feeling that I was playing dress-up as an adult. I didn’t believe it, myself.

However, I’ve never felt as much like a grown-up until this week, when a relatively boring thing happened.

I bought a trash can. And I was really happy about it.

Only grown-ups get really excited about trash cans. Can you imagine your actual 16-year-old self getting excited about a trash can? I am thinking back to that age and no, I really can’t. [Read more…]

Nadia & Brian | Austin Engagement Photos

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If you’ve ever wondered, “Does that really work?” when you hear of a guy asking for his waitress’s number, just look at Nadia and Brian as a success story. Ten years ago, Nadia was waitressing when Brian came in with his friends. He asked her out; she wrote down a number for him. “It has to be a fake number,” he told himself, but tried calling anyway.

She picked up.

And so began the start of a beautiful relationship.

I’ve known Nadia since we were kids; her family and mine always share Thanksgiving day together, so we’ve grown up together. I’m so excited to see her and Brian’s relationship continue, especially since they’re getting hitched in a small ceremony in Maui this year (and I’ll be there!)

Here are a few of my favorites from Nadia and Brian’s Austin engagement session, from Zilker Botanical Garden and the Butter Half mural :)

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