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We’re backkkkkkkk!

We’re here!

We ventured off, despite some fear!

We badly missed the city!

We missed all of its pretties!

So we’re back – Let’s all cheer!

For some reason, our move back to Austin brought out the poet in me (see my farewell poem on Instagram), as I have been filled with SO much excitement! I loved the anticipation building up to moving day (even surrounded by numerous cardboard boxes), I fully soaked up the process of arranging our belongings in their new home (and successfully transitioned from a 3/2 house to a 1/1 apartment), and, now, I am gladly filling up every hour of the day with ATX adventures!

Previously, I blogged about the best spots in Austin and my bucket list pertaining to this weird city. And now, I present to you, part tres:

ACTIVITIES WE HAVE ENJOYED HERE SINCE BEING BACK:

  • Canoeing on Lady Bird Lake

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  • Mini golf at Peter Pan’s
  • Becoming AMC Stubs Premiere members (not completely ATX-related, but we are HUGE movies fans, and the AMC at the mall has been updated with recliners and alcohol, so, uh, yes, please:)
  • Breakfast at Snooze (since we fell in love in Denver)
  • Eating at Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge at The Domain with our besties
  • Movie (“The Mummy” :/) at Alamo Drafthouse
  • Shopping at Barton Creek Square
  • Picture in front of the new “atx” sign at Whole Foods

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PLACES WE STILL NEED TO VISIT:

  • The new Toy Joy
  • Top Golf
  • Eberly
  • Maze Rooms
  • David Foster Wallace exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center
  • MYLO Obstacle Fitness
  • Blue Cat Cafe
  • Justine’s Brassiere
  • Ai Weiwei “Forever Bicycles” sculpture
  • Hotel San Jose
  • Sugar Mama’s Bakery
  • Hippie Hollow
  • Franklin’s Barbecue
  • Dart Bowl
  • Odd Duck
  • Culinary Dropout
  • A Tiny Tails To You Hoppy Hour
  • Southern Hippie

AND SOME OF OUR FAVE SPOTS THAT WE’RE READY TO VISIT AGAIN:

  • Satellite Bistro & Bar (best. bread. pudding)
  • Uchi
  • Blenders and Bowls
  • Craftsman (prosecco on tap ftw)
  • Tiff’s Treats
  • (I’m sure there are more, but I just have foodz on the brainz;)

We are so blessed (for multiple reasons), as we are in this fun little limbo right now; my husband, Tommy, and I just finished teaching in May (He fell in love with it after we moved to a small city so I could teach, and I realized it wasn’t for me.). He got his dream teaching job here and doesn’t start for another few weeks, and I am transitioning back into full-time freelance work. While I have enough tasks to keep me busy for at least a 40-hour work week, I admittedly am fitting in tweets, blogs, office meetings and coffee dates AROUND my fun time (and gym time, since we have one-hour workouts four days a week, and life in general, as I need my sleep, Netflix, home and cuddle-with-Cat time). It’s a cool time, and there is nothing like an Austin summer…except for maybe a SoCal summer…but stay tuned for more on that later…;)

These are a few of my favorite SPOTS IN AUSTIN!

It’s finally warming up a bit (not that our winters even get that cold), which means us Austinites can officially enjoy the outdoors again! If you live in this great capital city, you sort of have to become an outdoor person, because so much of what the city offers is surrounded by our rolling hills, great bodies of water and strong oaks.

Whether you come to Austin to enjoy nature or not (We still have SO much!), you should definitely check out…

  1. Alamo Drafthouse – Everyone loves going to the movies, but going to a place with strange music from the 80s, quote-alongs with the best classics, a full menu (with alcohol and desserts – great cookies and Pecan Porter shakes btw) and quirky made-for-the-Drafthouse previews is an unforgettable experience.
  2. Bob Bullock Museum – Don’t tell me that walking through exhibits of things that happened before your grandparents were even born bores you, because this place is legit. You can learn tons about our awesome state, while being surrounded by larger-than-life artifacts, such as the original Texas Lady Liberty (foreals…you have to see the honker on her!). And they’re free on Sunday!
  3. Cathedral of Junk – Guys, this is one of my favorite locations in the ENTIRE world. Some genius guy started piling up old tires, tossed-out Barbes, broken bottles and abandoned shopping carts and now has a three-story Austin-style Wonderland in his backyard…It’s beautiful. DSCF4510
  4. The Children’s Museum – If you don’t have kids, find one to babysit, because it’s actually really fun here! They have lots of different educational and interactive rooms, including this super neat train.
  5. Conan’s – The best pizza in town (deep dish wheat crust, yesss).
  6. The Domain – How lucky that I get to gaze upon this upscale shopping center from my office?! For department stores, great designer shops and some swanky restaurants (try the rastini at Jasper’s), this is your place.
  7. Greenbelt – Austin’s best hidden treasure equals private swimming holes, tucked away in jungle-esque trees, surrounded by chill people and secluded hiking trails! austin-green-belt
  8. Kerby Lane – My go-to eatery is open 24/7, has a GF menu, offers the besttt queso and always has amazing dessert and pancake specials.
  9. Krause Springs – Yes, Barton is a nice natural swimming pool, but this place is better and worth the drive.
  10. Sno Beach – Imagine ice cream plus snow cones but even more awesome, and that’s what these little stands offer, in flavors like coffee, dill pickle or – yum – blue coconut with extra cream.
  11. Spiderhouse – This may be my fave spot in town, and my gf and I always end up there for grilled pb&bacon sandwiches, cheap drinks and a fun outdoor atmosphere filled with dogs, mismatched chairs and antique chandeliers.images
  12. Texas Memorial Museum – I love taking babysittees here, because dino bones are fun anddd educational! Plus, it’s on UT’s campus.
  13. Toy Joy – No matter your age, you’ll find joy at this novelty shop, which is like a Christmas tree disco ball inside, complete with Barbie light fixtures.
  14. Uncommon Objects – Another fab store, this antique one is on SoCo and is full of crazy treasures, like stuffed antelopes and giant murals of reproductive systems.SONY DSC
  15. Veloway – If the trails around Lady Bird Lake are too crowded, cycle on this paved track that is pretty muchly the F1 location for bikes.;)