What am I thankful for?

Words cant describe how much I miss my friends, my family, my Dale Earnhardt, my running route, and the weird Buffalo sense of urgency while operating a vehicle.  Some of the drivers here need to grow a pair. 

Since last Thanksgiving , I have incredible things to be thankful for everyday.  I ran the turkey trot last year and didn’t think my back was up for it…but it was 🙂 I had one last incredible summer with my friends. My friend Kelly told me she was pregnant in the produce section at Wegmans. My cousin Tommy got married and I finally met my cousin colleens adorable baby James.  I went to New York and Breezy Point one time before my long drive to Texas.  When I told people of my dream to live in Austin, everyone was supportive and so encouraging.   I’m thankful to myself for gaining the confidence and strength to leave the bubble that is Buffalo, NY.  I wouldn’t trade any of that for a million dollars.  It hasn’t been an easy road by any means but I have great friends like Ron, Kasia, Alana, and  Jeremiah giving me a place to stay for the time being.  I couldn’t be more grateful.  I could go on and on about what I’m thankful for but i’ll let you look at the pictures.  They say 1000 words 🙂 

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Failure!

The video below is a picture perfect view of my life right now. I look a position that I saw huge potential in and it failed. It just didn’t work out. To be honest, I was planning on quitting anyways. I was applying at new jobs and going on other interviews. It wasn’t paying what I needed to survive. It didn’t even have benefits. I felt as if I failed because I couldn’t make the money to survive but then I changed my tune as I drove away from the office for the last time. I was happy.

I never had to do that job again. I hated it only after 2 weeks. I couldn’t imagine my life in that position. I was happy I tried and learned some new skills. I took a risk and that’s all I could ask for in this journey to Austin, TX. It’s time to try something new. The job hunt continues!!! I will find my dream job! It may just take a few tries to get there. I’m excited for my journey and my future in Austin, TX no matter how challenging it gets!

A Thanksgiving Post

 

As Thanksgiving approaches this week, I wanted to talk about family.  Family can be the blood ( Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Aunt, Ect.) Family can also be created by your own choices ( friends, pets, b/f, g/f.)

My blood related family is a quirky and crazy bunch of Irish folks.  I really couldn’t be happier with my blood line.  We love goofy hats, games, dancing our tails off, and a good beverage at happy hour.  We are blessed to be a part of a loving and fun family.    It will be strange to not be around all of them at my Aunt’s home this Thanksgiving.  I wish I could be there with everyone but i’ll be in Austin and can’t afford to get to New York.

Unfortunatly, not everyone feels the love towards their family for one reason or another.  When this happens, they pick a new group to call their “family.” Their b/f, g/f, pets, and friends create their idea of a family.  Maybe its better if this situation exists but I’m sure a part of them wishes that they felt a better bond with their blood relatives.  Even if their group is created by their own recruitment, the goal is to surround yourself with the people ( and animals) that you love and trust.  That is really that all that matters.

As I conclude this piece, I want to wish my family in New York ( and Jeannie in Flo Rida!) a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I miss you and love you.  I hope your weekend together is full of fun, memories, love, food, and goofy turkey hats.  I may be far from all of you but I have a good Austin family here to take care of my holiday woes away from everyone.  I hope to see you all sooner rather than later.  Come see me in Austin!!! You are more than welcome to visit! I’d love to show you around my new home.

IT’S TUCKY TUCK TIME…G’NITE 🙂

BIG HUGS AND KISSES! XOXO

I FOUND MY RUNNING ROUTE!!!!

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Oh happy day!! I found the perfect running route! Town Lake is beautiful . There are white flags with trees by a section of the lake. Those represent the movement to conserve water.  Austin has issues with drought. There is also a beautiful white painted tree raised above the lake to address the issue.  The trails are wide and groomed perfectly.  It is scenic and I’m very happy I took the drive DT to try the lake out! I cant wait to go running around the lake again!

Moontower Saloon!

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^ DOG FRIENDLY

I recently went to a great establishment call the Moontower Saloon.  It’s located in South Austin.  It was 90% outdoors. The place was packed! The tall trees were wrapped in lights.  There were different mini porches raised to alternative levels all along the sides of the property.  In the center, community picnic tables and cute fire pits filled the space.  The Tom Petty cover band was rockin’ and rollin’ up front. People were dancing. There was even a volleyball court and three sets of washer courts!  I almost forgot that there was a really amazing armadillo you could mount and take a picture on.   I really liked that! Oh and would you be surprised if I said this place was dog friendly and had food trucks on site.  Obviously, This is Austin we’re talking about! The ambiance of the establishment was fantastic.  It’s laid back and fun! I hope I can get back here soon.

ON A SIDE NOTE…

DO NOT WEAR HIGH HEELS HERE…YOU WILL ROLL YOUR ANKLE. YOU ARE WALKING ON THE GRASS ( you also look VERY silly…save those heels for dirty 6th!)

How We Can All Learn from the Creativity of a Child

Love this- Nomally , I want to talk about my new life in Texas.  Today, this caught my eye.  It does relate to my life here bc it is so important to be creative ( ESP in Austin.)  I’m going to have to think outside the box to make the life you want.

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She’s my 7-year-old and her world is a fascinating place.  Her daily needs are simple; food, sleep and adventure.  Her notebook is full of friendly monster doodles and has a clockwork morning report of her nightly dreams.  In one particular instance, she woke to tell me that she dreamt that she could fly.  And she had a simple request.  She wanted to do a photoshoot of her dream.

Now, you can guess what I did next.  I looked down on my abilities to fulfill her photoshoot request. I told her that I didn’t know how to do that,  that I hadn’t taken photos for a while, that I wasn’t good enough or that it would be too hard.  I thought about my equipment and how my camera was old and I didn’t have the right lens. Excuse after excuse after excuse. She was sad and utterly confused.  But she did…

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Hook ’em Horns!!!

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❤ the bathrooms! Reads, “if you are a man, use the urinal, Ladies don’t like to sit in Urine.   -MGMT ”

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I know, I went to WVU.  That’s my alum and I should cheer for no other.  In my defense, I went to a sponsored tailgate with Jill and Duane.  I am in Texas.  I will not be able to escape the Hook ’em Horn football.  Plus, I love a good pre-party ! As long as I am in Austin, I wont be able to escape the Hook ’em fever.  But I will have you know, If you are playing WVU, I am cheering for my Mountaineers!! I will always love my Mounties!

Since I have only been to a West Virginia tailgate, I HAD to find out how the Hook ’em horns did it.   The WVU tailgating was a bit more rugged and wild (or was I a bit drunker and much younger  back in the day? Hm…I don’t know.)  ETA to a tailgate was about 10 am.  You HAD to get there early! No excuses!  Early bird catches the Natty ( AND bc the PRT got REALLY crowded by 11.  You would be waiting in that stupid line forever!)  We had a blast running from tailgate spot to tailgate spot. I remember the beer bongs, and tables of beer pong at every other lot space.  It was chaotic un-responsible fun. Usually, I was pooped by 5 PM.  The gang went too hard.  I also remember log rolling down a grassy hill bc I thought it would be fun.  It was, obviously.  On a sour note, some of the WVU students were really mean to opposing rival teams.  I saw verbal abuse and even some beer cans thrown at them! Not the most mature thing to do.  I’m not proud of that but it happened.

When I got to the UT tailgate, I discovered that it was really fun yet SO organized. It was like mature tailgating.  So adult of us.  There was even a set up bar with free shwag ( they gave away coozies.)  How could you not love it!? There were multiple sponsored events.  People could buy wrist bands and pay to get into different sponsored parties. I also didn’t see “drunks” like in my wild college days.  We’re all adults now who know how to have fun without chugging bottle after bottle.  Another observation was how nice the UT fans were to the opposing team for the day ( Oklahoma State University.) They don’t taunt or treat the other team poorly as our peers did when I was a undergrad.  They invite them in the tailgate and offer them a beer! During a conversation with a UT alum, he said he was in Morgantown last weekend for the WVU v UT game. I was a bit concerned for his next sentence.  I was shocked to hear that he had nothing but love for the WVU fans! They invited him to have a beer, eat some food, and chatted about life.  I’m glad to hear that the fans in Morgantown are better to the visiting teams these days! The man said that the people of West Virginia remembered how welcoming the UT fans were to them the year before in Austin and are mirroring their behaviors when UT visited good ‘ol Motown. Oh Morgantown, I love you!

Other fun tid bits about game day…

* We saw a long horn people could mount and get a photograph on. I didn’t have the heart to do it.  I thought about hopping on but I couldn’t.  The cow looked sad 😦

*I literally own no orange.  I need to buy some.

*The tailgating groups had great names!

* We had a personal port o potty for our spot! How could you not love that!? No lines like WVU heyyyy!

I LOVE SATURDAY GAME DAY! GO ‘EERS AND HOOK EM HORNS!

Which Road Do You Choose???

I finally broke down the other day.  To be honest, I expected the break down much sooner! The stress got to me and tears flowed. The pent up stress of moving to a new place won that day but it got me thinking…

I was completely unsure of the choices I had made and the path I chose for my new life in Austin thus far.  It’s crazy how those moments just hit you like bricks.  Was I making the right job choices? I even started to ask myself ” WTF are you doing!? You are crazy for choosing this road”

How do we know what we’re doing is the right thing for our lives.  It feels O.K ( you think so anyways.) Despite feeling O.K, you can still doubt those feelings. Should I try something else? Am I missing out on a better opportunity? What if I took option B over option A? Should I have chosen the other option?

I suppose that’s how life always works in one way or another.  The grass will always seems greener on the other side.  BUT…if the other side is seriously browning like a burning marshmallow, go to the other side of the grass. Worst case scenario, it just didn’t work out but you tried.  If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t.  You’ve probably learned some valuable lessons that will take you to the next job, you’ve grown from the experience, or just discovered what you DEF don’t want to do in your next position.

In the end, the point is that you will never know what grass is greener until you try.  Go out and try something completely new.  As scary as this is, you have to do it for yourself.  You will grow to be a better person.  If you listen to Nike and “just do it,” it will be worth it.  Worse comes to worse, it wasn’t meant to be.  There was another road meant for you.

Go find what’s meant to be for you…even if its scary.  You’ll be a better person because of it.

Bums, Breakfast Tacos, and Rain Storms of Biblical Proportions

I learn more about Austin every day.  Here’s more stuff I’ve observed…

BUMS:

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You can see them under the overpass towards the top right of the foto…that back pack is marking one of the bums spots to get money!

Every city has poor/ homeless people.  I was going to be one of them if I didn’t find a job! There are a lot of them here but they are a bit different from the ones I knew in Buffalo.  There seems to be so many more! ( it’s also a lot warmer in these parts. ) If I were going to be homeless, i’d pick Austin too.  Maybe San Diego in the summers months, it’s too hot here for the summer months to hang out outside all day! The homeless here are all over…You see them in groups on street corner benches.  You also always see them on the exits of expressways by the lights.  They always have a sign that says ” I need food….god bless.”  I understand if you have mental problems but some of these people held a job before.  One man’s sign said ” Laid off…please help.”  If the man was laid off, he probably can get another job…there are a lot of options.  I lose sympathy for people like him. In my opinion, he’s just lazy. Able minded people go and get jobs.  You do the same.   To be honest though, this is the most awkward and awful feeling. You see these person begging for change on the side of the road, being completely honest they don’t have a dime to their name, and you look away from them and drive past them.  You feel the guilt…It’s so uncomfortable sometimes.  I felt so horrible for the man with the broken leg limping in a cast by the entrance ramp light one day. I gave him my chicken mcnuggets and the rest of my change.  It’s the people like that that make me want to succeed.  I don’t want to be that. There but for the grace of God I’m here and they’re begging for change on the side of the road.

BREAKFAST TACOS:

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On to a more positive note, the breakfast taco is fantastic!!! I do not know why this hasn’t spread across the nation! It’s AMAZING.  Everyone is obsessed with them here and now I am too.  People wait in insanely long lines for these yummy tacos for your AM meal! I could probably eat at least 3 in one sitting but I won’t. I recommend Tacodeli in North Austin close to Duval Rd.  Get the sirloin egg and cheese with fresh avocado! DE-LISH!

RAINSTORMS:

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HERE IS THE ARTICLE- http://news.msn.com/us/3-dead-after-halloween-storms-bring-major-flooding

I realize I may have spoken about this before but the rainstorms are CRAZY out here.  Its like God striking down on the Earth. You get weather warnings on your phone.  It’s insane.   There’s flash flooding and cars get swept off the road. Just a few days ago, 2 ppl died in the Austin area because of the rain storm! One man got trapped in his car when it went off the road into a ditch.  He drowned.  The flood waters got so high around Lake Austin, it rose 3 ft and almost covered the sculpture dt.  The picture is insane!! It’s so scary.  I hope to God I’m never in a flash flood situation like that, it seems terrifying.