Well, as you can probably guess from all of my tweets and facebook updates, this month was full of time spent with Ethan. <3 I couldn’t ask for anything more. There are not enough adjectives to describe the depth of how I feel for him. <3 Plus, he did me the great pleasure of not shaving the entire month for No-Shave-November! Haha. Beards are awesome.
Anyway, on to the highlights of what happened this November:
Friday, the 8th, I met up with my friend, Kelly Joy for a fish-free sushi meal at Haiku. We had a lovely time catching up with each other, giggling and girl-chatting our corner of the restaurant. During our dinner, Kelly spotted one of her coworkers sitting at the sushi bar and sent her a hello-text and smile from across the room. Her coworker replied with a bottle of sake sent to our table! So nice. (:
Saturday, the 9th, Ethan and I met up with my friend Meggan and her boyfriend, Freddy for a fun-tastic night in Austin. We started at Luster Pearl, getting warmed up with drinks and snacking on some tasty noms from the little food truck parked in the back patio area of the bar. Then we found our way to The Hideout Theatre for a hilarious competition-based improv show where we all heckled the actors and laughed heartily and downed more than enough beers to last us the rest of the night.. but of course we didn’t stop there! After the show, we went back to Rainey Street to give our livers a little more to filter at Bangers (our go-to while in the down-town part of Austin). Once Meggan was officially cut off from the bar (which she was more than ready, so no big) we decided to bounce out. Ethan and I then grabbed our second round of food at Magnolia Cafe (yes, we ate there twice in one day) and safely found our way back home to sleep through the night and most of the following Sunday.
Sunday, the 10th, I had a late hung-over lunch with my friend, Jon at Polvos. This was Jon’s first time eating there, and I’m proud to have given him that experience, suffering from the night before or not. Haha. Polvos is probably my favorite Mexican restaurant in Austin, strictly because of their outstanding and unlimited salsa bar. Plus, their micheladas are kick-ass! Anyway, I was glad to hear that Jon was back in Austin and canvassing strong with TCE. Man, do I miss that group of people. <3
Wednesday, the 13th, I had dinner at the Clay Pit with my friend, Ronnie. If you like Indian food, then you like the Clay Pit. Haha. They are delicious and not over-priced, which sometimes can be the case when it comes to Indian food. Also, they have perfect serving sizes. I was pleasantly full at the end of the meal, but not miserable by over-consumption of sinfully-rich foods.
Thursday, the 14th, I hung out with my friend Kara for some much needed girl-chat! I love this girl so much and she is the queen of holiday decorations! Seriously, her little apartment is decked out with more holiday decor than some houses.
Friday, the 15th, Ethan and I hung out with my friends Laura and Sean. They invited us over for dinner (thank you, the tacos were delicious!) and we brought over some yummy beer to share. It was a chill evening.
Sunday, the 17th, I went out to lunch and went shopping with my Mom. These days are always appreciated. <3
Thursday, the 21st, was my sister, DonNell’s birthday! To celebrate, Mom, Dad, DonNell, Vladimir, Ethan, and I went to see the second movie in the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire at the Moviehouse & Eatery off of 620. They have a full menu and leather recliners as every seat. It’s pretty swank and definitely worth the few extra bucks. Catching Fire is an action-packed film, for sure, is a quick 3 hours long, and leaves you at a cliff-hanger for the third to come out.. and according to my family, friends, and tons of strangers, Jennifer Lawrence is my doppelganger. So if you liked the first movie, go see the second and see me in action! Haha. By the way, not only was this day my sister’s b-day, it was also Ethan’s first day to meet the family. <3 And of course, I got the “stamp of approval” from them all. (:
Saturday, the 23rd, Ethan and I went to go see a house my Dad is finishing for a client. It has a posh retro decor, which fit the style of the house, being that it was located right off of 35th St. and Mopac. The counter-tops in the kitchen alone cost more than what I make in a year. I can see myself in a house like this in the future. :D It’ll happen!
Sunday, the 24th, I went to a SoLDier meet up hosted by the lovely Emily! We ordered Conan’s vegan pizza and took shots of vodka while filling out some good-vibes worksheets provided by the infamous Kelly Cree and Jessica Mullen. The evening was divine!
Tuesday, the 26th, I popped Ethan’ Poetry Slam cherry! Haha. We went to the Spider House Ballroom to see a wonderful and inspiring group of poets. I absolutely love this venue and the poets that slam here. I think they are some of the most talented and creative people. I used to go to this particular slam all the time with my friend Dan (go team Red Fish, Blue Fish! haha), way back before I worked for TCE. I am so grateful I have the schedule available to start going to again!
Thursday, the 28th, was Thanksgiving (duh, like you didn’t know) and I spent the day with Ethan’s family. <3 It was my first time to meet them all.. and unlike my small family, I met a ton of his extended relatives, probably close to 30 people in all. It was a stimulating day, full of love and good food. Ethan’s step-dad’s mom was so sweet and made me a delicious vegan stir-fry and Ethan’s mom bought me Sriracha to go with it! I couldn’t have asked for a better Thanksgiving meal (I also sampled some vegetarian side-dishes and deserts… mmm, thank you holiday food)! It was so nice to get to see where Ethan comes from. His family is not unlike mine, in that they are very kind and can do a fair-share of shit-talking, haha! We wrapped up the night with a bonfire in the back yard and I relished the smoke smell being soaked into my jeans for the next few days. Funny story to go along with this: I was cooking some apple-caramel-pecan-pastries to bring to this Thanksgiving dinner at 2 in the morning, the day of (yes, I know, so smart) and I ended up falling asleep while baking them and woke up around 4 am with burned pastries and an apartment full of smoke. Haha, oops. Turns out my fire alarm doesn’t work. Anyway, I ended up just scraping my little muffin pan into my sink while deliriously laughing my ass off and airing out my apartment before going back to sleep for a few more hours. I was a nervous wreck the day of, but it all turned out fine. I just hope I got that same “stamp of approval” from his family.. we shall see. (;
Friday, the 29th, was my friend Cuuhhhrriiisss’ birthday! :b Ethan and I joined Chris, Kaitlin, DonNell, Vladimir, Keith, and Greg, for dinner at Uchiko! Holy mother of all that is fabulous, that dinner was so good! We let our waiter take the reins on what to brings us to eat. Yes, the bill was a bit scary at the end of the meal, but we had about 10 courses of decadent Japanese tapas-style dishes. The way I would describe everything is with the oxymoron lightly-rich. After the meal of a life time, Ethan and I went to my friends, Jessica and Kelly’s apartment for a quick visit. We chatted, took shots of vodka, and drew art with our non-dominant hands (it’s silly fun, you should try it sometime). After our chill visit, we wrapped up the night at Bangers and talked and talked and talked till the early morning.
Saturday, the 30th, Ethan and I woke up more hung-over than I have been in a long time and decided to sober up a bit a Kerbey Lane Cafe, our new go-to place for weekend brunch, even though we have to wait like an hour every time we go, it’s so worth it. Kerbey was the only place we went to on Saturday. We spent the rest of the day cuddling and saying sweet things to each other in his apartment. (Ya, I know, get a room and shut up about it already, but I can’t help it, I’m in love. <3)
Haha, well, that about sums up the month. I can’t wait to see what December brings! So grateful for this life!!!