Saturday, July 26, 2008
Old School Road Trip

Rubey and I loaded the soft cooler with orange gatorade, gathered the paper maps, stocked up on 35mm film and headed to Colorado in the Jetta. We wanted an authentic road trip without GPS or most "modern conveniences" and that's exactly what we accomplished. Now most people might think that 30 hours in pea-sized car with only one other person might make for some uncomfortable or stressful situations. Thanks to our "car rules" we made it safe and sound, working out any frustrations along the way. Feel free to embrace these expectations on your next road trip:
1. Have fun
2. Be honest...always
3. Be o.k. with silence (this was important for me)
4. Enjoy the little things
5. Only eat one 100 calorie snack pack at a healthy (that was Rubey's, not mine)

We traveled to CO to attend the Mile High fun. As compared to ACL: There was more space and fewer stages. Two stages were under a tent (great idea). It was hot between the hours of 12-4, as opposed to 9-8 (ACL). The bands were more mainstream than ACL, but talented none-the-less. Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Andrew Bird, Colbie Callait, Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, etc... We saw some amazing shows!

Come along as I take you on a photo tour.

Our first stop was in Abilene. We spent the night at the Luttrel's and enjoyed a sweet, breezy West Texas picnic.

Self explanatory.

Day O' Climbing. Don't be deceived. Despite Rubey's athletic ability, she is only 4 feet off the ground.

Some good ol' panhandle fun. I can tell you're jealous of our super artsy pictures.


Wednesday, July 02, 2008
So long old friend.

Inanimate objects should never be referred to as "friend!" That is precisely why I've decided to keep from drinking this beverage for the entirety of my 25th year. I'm sure everyone is thoroughly intrigued and wondering, "Why would she commit to such a task?"

Is it the caffeine? No way. I love caffeine. One time I gave up caffeine for a month. I didn't feel the absence of it improved my life in the least.
To lose weight? Nope. My love for Dr. Pepper exceeds my desire to be slightly more healthy.

The answer is simple. Dr. Pepper had become a comfort, much like a good friend.
Hard day at work? Dr. Pepper.
Feeling a little slow? Dr. Pepper.
Lots to be done? Dr. Pepper.

I began to think about this. It's ridiculous that a beverage would provide me with support. Where would this relying on liquids end? Soon I would be justifying vodka or tequila as a means of comfort. Next thing you know I'm a 60 year old alcoholic with crazy gray hair, divorced, and grandchildren I've never seen. Dramatic rational? Slightly.

Another way I celebrated turning the ripe age of 25 was with good company. I enjoyed myself thoroughly seeing people I love.

Lunch at Eastside Cafe. If you're an Austinite, I highly recommend this cute place.

Dinner at Z Tejas. Another fine dining experience.

P.S. Annalee gave up sugar for her birthday one year. Sugar! Can you imagine? She inspired this "give up something for a year" notion. Thanks Annalee!