Monthly Archives: July 2014

Quick Trip to Austin

Adelbert's BreweryHaving both graduated from the University of Texas (hook ’em!), my husband and I share an intense and nostalgic fondness for Austin. If you’ve not yet been lucky enough to pay the town a visit, here’s a quick crash course: Austin is the capital of Texas and it’s the state’s largest liberal enclave, a bastion of free spirits, intellect, phenomenal food, top-notch watering holes, more live music than a human could possibly know what to do with, and dirty hippies as well as hipsters of both the thrift store and Anthropologie varieties.

In short, all of that adds up to a town that we adore visiting as often as possible, and we decided to pop down for a quick overnight trip this weekend. More

The Words I Needed to Hear Today, Courtesy of Ernest Hemingway

I just came across this Huffington Post piece, 15 Photos of Ernest Hemingway Being the Ultimate Alpha Male. I’m not terribly fond of all the “Look at this beautiful animal I just killed” pictures, nor am I much of a gun enthusiast, but I do love seeing Papa in his element. Real men are hard to find these days (though I’m proud to report that I managed to marry one of the last remaining few), and I think it would behoove all of the Biebers and Effrons of the world to take a page, quite literally, from Hemingway’s book.

Here’s my favorite shot, and some words from E.H. that I really needed to hear today:

Papa Hemingway

“Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything.”

Also, can we talk about how Ernest Hemingway was clearly the original Ron Swanson?

 

Recent Reads: One More Thing

One More Thing

B.J. Novak is a brilliant sort of triple threat: he’s an accomplished actor, a published writer, and he’s devastatingly attractive. It’s infuriating. But, having recently read his first book, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, I must stand humbly in the long shadow of his literary prowess.

Who knew that beneath his boyish good looks, the temp from The Office was hiding an enviable way with words? I honestly haven’t read anything quite this good in a long time. Novak’s writing style is equal parts eloquent, witty, inventive, and incisive—in short, everything an aspiring writer like myself hopes to be. More

Canada Geese

Canada Goose

These beautiful Canada geese have temporarily taken up residence on our little farm. They let me get quite close to them to snap a few pictures, so I’m guessing they’re used to humans approaching them.

Or they were plotting my death.

Either way, loved seeing these guys and I hope they come back again next year. More

Hot in Cozumel

Cozumel

My first trip to Mexico was last year, for a wedding in Playa del Carmen, and since then, I’ve been looking forward to going back. While I’ll concede that of the beachy destinations I’ve been to, Hawaii is by far my favorite, Mexico’s resort towns do have their own charm, and the fact that the ones on the Gulf of Mexico side are a very short flight from DFW makes them extra appealing.

Truth be told, I’m more of a cold weather destination kind of gal, probably because I live in Texas where it’s pretty hot for a good five to six months out of the year. I also don’t particularly enjoy getting in the ocean. It’s salty and it messes up my hair and it keeps trying to push you back out and it’s full of creepy crawly things like seaweed and jellyfish and unattended children. But I do enjoy being ocean adjacent, preferably beneath the shelter of a straw hut with a cocktail in one hand and a thick book in the other. So of course I was up for a trip to Cozumel when the opportunity recently presented itself. I mean, who can resist the lure of sun, sand, and a few adult beverages? More