This weekend a cold front came in, and it was AWESOME. Fall is my favorite season and this weekend was a little taste of it.
At my last job at the Austin Stone, I worked closely with a group of people who I loved (Hi Ops family, I miss yall). Just absolutely adored. I was a little nervous about my transition to my job at Southwestern and worried how well I would "click" with people. Michelle and I got along immediately. I consider her my work best friend. I treasure our conversations and enjoying hearing stories about her husband and two sons. She works the front desk so she's the first person I see every morning, and we always chat for a bit before I take my million bags and double fist of bag of tacos and coffee back to my desk. Here we are yesterday at lunch trying on lipstick for a L'oreal samples party our director Christine threw in the conference room.
Yesterday I went to my parent's place to do laundry and take a hot shower. We're almost two weeks in of living in the new place and we still don't have hot water or wifi. It seems a little ridiculous, but my roommate Holly and I have both been pretty busy and haven't been as aggressive as we could be to set up these modern day necessities. I've honestly spent more time looking for a rug for our place than on figuring out wifi/gas. (Oops. I see my sister shaking her head at me. Hi Kae.)
Today's "good thing" is my parents.
Yesterday when I went home, my parents had dinner and an Anthropologie dress waiting for me. I felt so spoiled. I was already feeling so grateful that they live in town so I could do my laundry and shower; I was not expecting a gift too. "Just because" gifts are the best. This dress has sleeves and pockets, which in my opinion all dresses should have. It's the kind of dress I can dress up for work and dress down for weekend. Versatile, gotta love it.
Even though I live in the same city as my parents, I don't see them very often because they are always jet-setting (they just got back from Mexico..I know..they are cool). Lately the times we've gotten together have been very sweet. We've all come a long way since I first moved back in 2012 when relationally things were rough between us.
A few weeks ago I got in a car accident in Georgetown (everyone is a-okay!). I called Kae immediately and she spent the day with me handling logistics. A couple years ago en route from LA to Austin, we got in a really scary accident in New Mexico, and her calm presence helped me get through it. If you ask her, she'll tell you I was a crying-whimpering mess. This time around it wasn't as scary but I was still grateful to have her for the day.
Before moving to my current home, I previously lived in a town house affectionately called the Port. There was amazing light and room to dream and create. One of my favorite parts was waking up early to read and pray with my roommate Rowe. Another lesser known favorite thing about living at the Port was the fact that it was right next to the Crestview station, meaning I would hear the train. Growing up, when my family lived in California, we lived right by a Caltrain station, so perhaps somewhere subconsciously it makes me think of childhood.
The one word I would describe this weekend is full. It was packed in the best way–full of rich conversations.
I'm part of a small group of 6 that meets regularly to support an overseas missionary through logistics and prayer. Saturday night we hosted a small prayer get together for other friends to video with her (it was the morning for her!). Her sendoff party in January was themed Indiana Jones, so we decided to continue with having a theme and picked her favorite superhero to decorate around. She's an absolutely incredible gal! and joined in the fun with a batman mask.
Ideas for a new blog header. made possible by my handwriting and JotNot app, which is my go to scanner option on my phone:
Goods from a Party City run during lunch for a Batman themed prayer gathering this weekend:
You know what's a good thing? When you've been hunting for a crock pot and vacuum on Amazon, and in one day, they are both provided FREE. Yesterday my roommate Holly brought home a crock pot and my sister also texted me saying that I could have her old vacuum (a fancy cordless one to boot) because her husband had bought her a new one.
I'm grateful for these gifts.
PS: I updated my about page.
I had the best day this past Saturday. It's taken me the last two years to figure out how to rest well. Sabbath in my opinion is one of the toughest spiritual disciplines, so I'm grateful that I've moreorless figured out what activities leave me feeling full and rested.
The day started off with exercise. Usually Saturday mornings I go to Bootcamp* at Butler Park with my friend Betho but because of the long weekend, class was canceled. When I woke up I debated whether or not I should go to cardio kickboxing at my gym. I almost talked myself out of it. I felt intimidated about going to a new class and I was so close to not going, but somehow I made it and I'm so glad I did. It ended up being a small class and the instructor was great–energetic and enthusiastic.
The rest of the day including cooking a meal and reading. I've been wanting to try this garlic-shrimp pasta recipe ever since my friend Valerie made a chicken version in Nashville at our friend Anne's bachelorette party earlier this summer. I finally got around to buying ingredients including a cheap bottle of white wine form Trader Joes. Cooking with wine always makes me feel like a grown up.
Finally the night ended with seeing the movie Mood Indigo at the draft house with my friend Layne. I wasn't crazy about the movie, but it is a visual feast for sure. Personally I'd say skip this one and rent Amelie.
*PS: If anyone in the Austin area is interested in checking out Sherpa Fitness (the instructor is great), let me know, the class Saturday I attend is free !