With the weather finally cooperating the hubs and I headed south to the Gulf Coast. Clearly this family likes the beach — even an old, stinky, puddle-brown one. The salt air is good for my soul. Mornings were spent drinking tea and reading from this book (a delightful gift from the hubs some years ago); I went for an unexpected long run by myself (who knew the sand was easier on my knees?!); and there was plenty of time for other things: eating like we had never tasted food, drawing out potential new tattoos, playing cards, swatting mosquitoes, and celebrating life with friends old and new.
With each visit to my childhood stomping grounds, B and I have an ever more serious conversation about having our own cabin. He is just ITCHING to design a beautiful, modern beach house. And this was the first cabin we’ve stayed it (and we’ve staying in a least 5 in the last 3 years!) that has been more up my alley interior-wise. It was a super-cute, clean and modern ikea-hacked cabin. (See the full cabin here.) This only added to our growing desire to put a permanent stamp on another property. But I think the best way to curb our real-estate appetite is to convince my mom and dad that they really want one and we’ll just come visit all the time!
(You can see where my love of this beach started here and another beach weekend here.)
While hanging around our hometown we visited old places and new. We seriously blew our food-budget for the month, but it was worth it! Cafe Brasil is an old neighborhood stand-by… especially this time of year when we can sit in the back courtyard and enjoy this perfect spring weather. Local (on Upper Kirby) was new for us and has a great vibe — fun atmosphere and the best part — within walking distance! After our zoo date — we decided to stick around the museum district and try some Southern Fare at Lucille’s. According to their website, Lucille’s is “progressive southern cooking refined by history”… and I think they’re right! Yum!
First of all let me preface this by saying it had been over 15 years since I had been to the Houston Zoo. I wasn’t quite sure what my expectations should be. Secondly, I have really mixed emotions about zoos. The animals always seem so depressed… but that could also be because I tend to anthropomorphize everything. I know that a lot of conservation, preservation and care goes into the animals welfare, but it still tugs at my heart strings.
Shoving all that emotion into a deep pocket — it was so fun! It helped that we visited on the most amazing weather day ever (76 & sunny) and we went on a Tuesday prior to school being let out. We felt like we practically had the place to ourselves. It was so lovely strolling hand-in-hand, cool breeze in our hair, comforted by the familiarity of being married to someone for nearly 10 years — commence vomiting now! 🙂 We did get pretty googly-eyed when we saw any two animals carrying on with the natural order of things by grooming one another snuggling.
Of course, to no one’s surprise, our favorites were the big cats. We were quite fortunate to hear the very vocal Jonathan. Did you know that a lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles away?! See the zoo is great if anything to help with fun facts that can be used at awkward dinner parties!
Clearly, I highly recommend giving the Houston Zoo a visit — but only on a non-crowded, spring day!
The hubs and I recently had ourselves a little staycation. And as I’ve said a million times before, spring is the only season I’ll openly advocate for everyone to move here. We thought we might head to Austin or even catch a last minute travel deal to Vegas, but why go somewhere else when it is the perfect time to hang out in the 4th largest city in the country. Believe me, come August, I’ll be begging for strangers to take me in!
During this week of heavenly respite, we made a pact to treat our town as if we were seeing it with fresh eyes and go to places we wouldn’t normally go (i.e. Try New Restaurants Lazy!) And eat we did! We also visited the zoo, went shopping, drove down streets we don’t normally take, grilled outside, watched foreign films… treated it like it was all new… from the comfort of our own home. And there will be updates coming of our fun Houston adventures. But we also took advantage of the free time to clean and organize our home. (Don’t worry it’s a disaster again already.) The hubs worked on a new (and amazing!) furniture project and I assessed our art situation and tried to remedy it myself (not happening any time soon!). So although we are about to install a new major piece of furniture, I figured I’m always going to “soon get another piece of furniture”… thus, just take the picture already! So here’s a little snapshot of the new arrangement. But to see the full story, go here or click on Apartment Living up top there.
Over on that other page, I’ve included links to my DIY hanging pendant, our handmade coffee table, an ikea hack, and a few other things!
The beach is a good idea anytime in my book. Even when it’s sweater weather, the feel of the salt air on my skin is refreshing. My parents rented another cabin to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. Although it wasn’t as rowdy as my Dad’s 60th, it was still a great time…with all the fixin’s! It was the perfect way to say hello to the month of March!
When friends are in town it makes me see my city with fresh eyes. And Houston has been quite hospitable… especially to two New Englanders! We had a wonderful week of eating way too much, seeing the sights, and catching up on some much-needed face to face time. And now here we are on the steps of the last week in February. Twenty Fourteen — you sure are interesting so far!
The first weekend of Autumn actually felt a little fall-ish. We greeted this change in seasons with a (much-needed) monsoon and blustery winds. But the weather cleared just in time for us to head down to the bay for a little gathering of friends and acquaintances. And the rest of the weekend was filled with other menial and important endeavors. We’re ready to head into the last full week of September.