Hey there, loves! Wow, so my friend Marissa had sweetly pointed out to me via facebook that I had not posted on my blog in a while… She was definitely correct in that, since my last blog post was June 30th! Yikes! Looks like it’s time for a hefty update, and needless to say, because of the ever-so-clever name of this post (haha), there have been many changes since last time I was on here.
Let’s start where we left off (with the beginning of July), naturally:
On the 4th I went to a Round Rock Express baseball game with my Mom, Dad, DonNell (sister), Vladimir (brother-in-law), and Chris (good friend, also known as Cuuhhrriiiiisss, haha). We had a drunkenly good time and watched fireworks at the stadium when the game was over. I think this is one of the most “American” 4th of Julys I have ever had. :b
At the end of July I moved into a new apartment (thankfully, with the help of family)! Oh my goodness, it is so very nice living on my own again! I never have to worry about roommate drama, and for those of you who know me or have read my previous posts, you know that I am extremely grateful to not have roommate drama anymore, haha. A few reasons why I picked this place are 1) the price was right, 2) the entire thing was remodeled right before I moved in, so it came with all new wood floors and new carpet, 3) it has nice updated appliances in the kitchen, and 4) it came with a laundry room, so now I have my very own washer and dryer to use, which is awesome! Plus, this apartment is so me. <3 My old apartment was furnished with furniture owned by the complex, and my new place is completely decorated by myself (but my sister, DonNell, did let me take her sweet futon/couch that is now in my living room). I love the way my apartment reflects who I am. All of the art decorating my walls are original pieces made by myself or by friends of mine, & constantly being surrounded by such beauty and creativity and friendship is a wonderful thing. (: Another perk about living alone is I can keep the apartment at whatever temperature I want and wear as little clothing as I want. Haha, isn’t that always a benefit of living alone… being able to roam around your home with no clothes or cook in the kitchen with only an apron on? :b Here are some pics for your viewing pleasure:
On August 24th I had my first Roller Derby experience & loved it! Haha. My friend, Marissa, and I went to a game to support my friend, Lani, who plays for the Cherry Bombs! We went and met up with a bunch of TCE friends (Lani is the office manager for TCE) and had such a fun time! They played at the Palmer Event Center and totally kicked ass and won the game! If you have never been, it is definitely something to add to your “bucket list.” :D
On the 25th of August, I went to Austin’s Hot Sauce Festival with my friend, Jon. This was definitely a HOT experience, but unfortunately, I am not referring to the salsas that we tried, haha. It was over 100 degrees outside and there was no shade or breeze to cool us at Fiesta Gardens (the venue where it was held). Also, Jon and I tried to use the ATMs 3 times (we did not come prepared with cash on hand, note to self for next time) and never got one to work for us… they were either out of order or out of money. This killed our plan of drinking cold beer while we waited in a 30 minute line to try 15 to 25ish salsas, which to my spicy-loving standards were not nearly hot enough to even be considered entered at a “Hot Sauce Festival,” but I am kind of insane when it comes to spice tolerance. Meh, maybe next year it will be less hot outside, hotter in spice, and more cold beer available for me. Haha, a girl can hope, right?
August 31st, my friend Keaton and I went to see the band, Article play a show at Maggie Mae’s! They were really good and I like the Maggie Mae’s venue. I had heard about the group because one of the members also works at the Freebirds on Riverside I used to go to quite often. Their music is like The Black Keys, mixed with Sublime, mixed with Reggae, mixed with some other stuff, so if you enjoy any of those, you would probably enjoy their music. Plus, they have this bunch of cute girl groupies that are friends with the band mates, which makes for a sight to see when they all get up and dance, haha. (;
I went to the Austin Pride Parade on September 7th and had a fabulous time with some of my friends from TCE! I showed up a little late, but I got to see the second half of the parade, which was loud and colorful and amazing and took up so many streets of downtown! I love that Austin has a Pride Parade and that it was glorious! Haha. :D I also enjoyed a few shows at a little venue, one of which was performed by my friend, Mel, with her adorable band.
The following day, on the 8th, Mel and I went and got professional massages at Massage Harmony off West Gate. This was a much needed experience for the both of us and I am so glad we made/ went to the appointments!
On the 11th of September, I caught up with my good friend, Amanda! It was her 24th birthday and I had not seen her in over a year. She was one of my first friends when I moved to Texas back in 2001 and I am so happy we are still in contact with each other. We went and celebrated with drinks and dinner at El Alma off Barton Springs and then came back to my place for a few more drinks before we called it a night. I love her so much and I am so happy she is enjoying her life. (:
September 16th was my first day at my new job! I am now an assistant for two attorneys and a paralegal at an office in West Lake. They practice Family Law, so we mostly deal with divorce and child support cases. I love my new job so, so, so much! :D I enjoy the work, the people I work for, the professional atmosphere (I get to wear such cute business dresses and heels every day and I loveee it; feeling pretty at work is a fantastic thing), the hours, the pay, and everything else about the job! Well, the only small down-side is I had to get rid of my nose ring, which I had for over five years, so that was like ending one of the longest relationships I’ve ever had, haha, but it was more than worth it for all the positives that come with the job. Since I have started the job, my boss, Lawrence, has treated me to lunch at least once a week, which has been very nice, as well as become a Notary Public! So if you ever need something notarized, you now know who to contact, haha. (: Also, I want to say I definitely loved working at my old job, TCE. I was there for 18 months for good reason, but it was definitely time for a change. Environmental advocacy is something I will always have close to my heart. I know that when it comes to environmental policy in Texas (and in other states), there would not be anywhere close to the amount of progression if it weren’t for grassroots non-profits finding support in all communities, holding business accountable to taking responsibility for the end-of-life of their toxic products, and holding senators and representatives accountable to making responsible decisions when it comes to passing legislation (or not passing horrible legislation) during the legislative sessions. I am so grateful I had to opportunity to work for TCE and that I had the ability to travel all over the great state of Texas, as well as New York (twice!) and New Jersey. Not only was this an amazing job experience, but through it I have found so many friends that will forever be my life. <3
On September 24th/25th, I bought a new car! I now own a 2008 Mazda 3i! It’s adorable and red and has a sunroof and I love her so much (haha, yes, her, but she doesn’t have a name yet)! I found her on craigslist through a guy who is now retired and buys cars at auction to repair and sell, so I got a great deal. I had my dad and my brother-in-law, Vladimir, to come look at the car with me just to make sure it was a legit deal. Vladimir is a mechanic and gave her the thumbs-up after looking her over and going on a test drive to check out everything. She is so wonderful and I am so grateful to have a car again! I have been sans-car since last November when I lost my old Honda Fit due to a large deer committing suicide, haha. Honestly, I am happy I got to live the car-less life for almost a year. I now have an appreciation for the Austin public transportation system that I would not have had if I didn’t have a car for so long, and I can truthfully say I will continue to use it when needed. And since I talked her up so much, I have to post a pic or two of her:
My friends, Marissa, Sarah, Kara, and I went to the Roller Derby Championship on September 28th! It was bad-ass! The Cherry Bombs (Lani’s team) won! They took the title from another team that had held the Championship for the last four years, so it was a huge victory and was a great game to watch!
On the 1st of October I celebrated my two-year veganniversary! Haha, yup, I have now been vegan for two years! Of course, there have been a few meals along the way that weren’t 100% vegan, but I would estimate 95% of my last two years of eating has been vegan, and I have loved every second of it. Going vegan was one of the smartest and healthiest choices I have ever made in my life. I would like to thank my Business Ethics and Philosophy of Ethics professors for giving me the knowledge and the passion to do more research as well as my friends Jessica and Kelly for giving me the initial consideration and inspiration for making the transition. <3 I love y’all and am so grateful I have you in my life!
This last weekend (October 4th through to today, October 6th), was spent with my friend, Ethan. (: It was his birthday weekend, and on Friday night we went to House of Torment! It was entertaining, but not nearly as fun as I remember it being in years past. It probably had something to do with the amount of annoying high school kids that were in front of us the entire time, oh well. Saturday we went down to the Rainey Street area to go to the bar, Bangers. He and his friends had never been there before. It is pretty sweet if you are a beer drinker – they have 101 beers on tap and a few bottles to choose from as well! They also had a cool live band playing; possibly German music, not too sure, but they were keeping us amused. Haha, I think the funniest part of this weekend was us trying to go to Kerbey Lane Café, twice. Saturday morning and Sunday morning (today), we went, asked how long the wait was, and left both times because it was “too long” for our impatient and hung-over selves. However, we ended up just driving around looking for a place to eat during the time we would have been waiting and both times we settled for places that were not nearly as good as I know Kerbey can be. Ethan has now been there twice and has never eaten there, haha, but the food is delicious (& they have vegan options), so next time we will just wait out the wait!
Finally, I’ll end with a preview: at the end of the month, my sister, DonNell is having a baby shower! She is having a little boy and I am so excited to bring my new little nephew into this glorious world with so much love and fun with all of our family and friends getting together to celebrate his arrival!
Well, I guess that brings this update up-to-date and officially makes this an odyssey of a blog post, haha.
Here’s till next time, my loves! Best wishes and good vibes to all of you in all that you do! XOXO Love you and so grateful you are part of my life! <3