Crawfish Boil

David and I decided to have a crawfish boil. Ok, well, I really wanted to eat crawfish and basically made an excuse to have a spontaneous get together. It was so much fun running around getting everything together, frantically cleaning, and making decorations. We couldn’t ask for better weather and I found my favorite new place in town to get live mudbugs. Austin Seafood Products is the bomb diggity! It was also Damon’s birthday. Happy birthday Damon!

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Urban assaulting SXSW, Bill Murray, and Triple Cobra

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

SXSW has once again descended upon Austin and the town is crazy with excitement. I was able to hit the town once during the mayhem. I biked around town with a climbing friend Erik and met up with a few others for a nice evening of people-watching, eating, and yeah…maybe a little music.

We spotted BILL MURRAY on W. 6th St heading into the joint we just walked out of (the music was awful except for the one Tribe Called Quest song and reminded me of why I don’t go to bars anymore). He looked like, well, Bill Murray! It was awesome.

Anyway, here are a few pics from Triple Cobra, who we were able to catch over at Joe’s Bar and Grill.

Happy Valentines

Nothing much to report, just a few new pics of Kona. She’s growing like a weed, and she’s all legs and paws….

Getting high off David’s stinky shoes 🙂

We had lovely Valentines dinner complete with my infamous chocolate covered strawberries over at the Remingtons. Kona got to show off her new pouncing skills with Reid and Sadie Belle.

Grrrr…watch out! I’m a big girl now…

Southeast Road Trip, Part 2: Birmingham and Memphis

So, not only did we get to do a little bit of climbing, we also visited our good friends Kenny and Yoon, and their two beautiful children Aria and Ian. It was so great spending time with them in their home.

Birmingham:

Yum! Korean food.

David makes sure the cupcake batter tastes juuuuuust right….

Aria did an amazing job of filling the cups!

Ian patiently watches them bake

Mmm sugar before bedtime. The best!

Happy 32, woman!

Pillsbury Funfetti can do no wrong.

Still and always will be…a kid.

Memphis:

Memphis BBQ at the famous Rendezvous!

Graceland

Drive by tourists

Stax Museum in the heart of Soulsville, USA

New Years sampler at Boscos

Southeast Road Trip, Part 1: Horsepens 40

David and I decided practically last minute to take a road trip to the southeast. We were super excited because neither of us had been there and we had heard of the many amazing places to rock climb. Although our trip was short, we were able to climb a few days in one of the best places in the SE, Horsepens 40, just outside of Steele, Alabama (about an hour from Birmingham). Our friend Erwin was in town visiting family as well, and he was able to sneak out and join us the first day for an afternoon on the beautiful boulders.

Day 1:

The temperature was in the high 30s. Burr!

Getting ready to crush! Ha ha ha

The rock is slopey sandstone. Sticky. Yummy.

Erwin warming up

This is a lot harder than it looks! I should probably lay off the donuts.

Two tiny holds to another tiny hold

My turn

David tops out!

Day 2 (my birthday!):

Starting the day off with a good birthday breakfast!

The rock is SO weird looking.

Finding my own beta on Growing Stone V2

David cruises up the problem after a few tries. I’m so jelly.

One of the coolest formations we bumped into!

A view on top of Chandler Mountain

Thanksgiving

We spent Thanksgiving in Austin with our very good friends Alison and Erwin (who, by the way, recently got ENGAGED!) Here are a few pics to document our exhausting time in the kitchen. Totally worth it! We are so thankful to have such wonderful friends who like to EAT! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

The beginnings of my roasted butternut squash soup

Googling “stuffin’ muffin recipe”

David thinks this part is the most fun

Chris and Greg’s riced potatoes

Erwin’s green bean casserole

My final plating of the soup

Erwin’s perfectly moist turkey. SO GOOD!

Way too excited about chowing down

The aftermath part one

The aftermath part two

Time to work off those calories!