Six Flags


I had planned to take Tessa to Six Flags for her birthday but a insane cold snap made us postpone our trip. Well, this weekend the weather was divine and I discovered that I'm still not too old to enjoy roller coasters, although there were parts of the day when I wasn't totally sure of that verdict. If someone could invent dramamine that didn't make me feel ridiculously groggy then I'd go a lot more. (Sidebar: the dangers of me becoming a pill addict are nill. I truly hate that groggy and removed feeling that seems to entice some.) Tessa and her friend had a blast and were great company the whole day. Yay for fourteen!


The thought of moving from my beautiful house and neighborhood has filled me with dread for years now. But now that the time is finally coming I'm ready. The house has been in chaos for a few months now and it's about to get worse with contractors coming in to get it ready for sale. (Don't get me started on how huffy I got when the professional stager walked through and casually ticked off all of the terrible she saw in my decorating choices.) All of this has helped me let the house go; I'm more than ready for the next chapter. But I still cherish each and every run through my glorious neighborhood greenbelts, knowing they'll be over too quick. As excited as I am to move, the part of town I'm heading to is not as nice or verdant. I'm trading my South Austin oaks and greenbelts for proximity to work and and affordable price tag. C'est la vie. So I'm soaking up all the green while I can.


Love. Just huge love for these girls. They have both been so pleasant and helpful and just fun to be around lately. Love.


Back to New Orleans at the end of Spring Break to attend a friend's wedding. And also finalize some details for our wedding reception this summer. The venue will be the City Park botanical gardens and it is beautiful. No doubt more pleasant in March than July, oh well. Spring is amazing here and I'll enjoy it while it lasts.



We hit the ground running this spring break and took off camping Saturday. The original plan had been Big Bend but our time was necessarily cut short so we opted for the closer McKinney Falls. Once is probably enough for camping here, the sites are too crowded and RVish, but considering it's inside Austin city limits the convenience cannot be beat. We've had a long and cold winter and this trip coinciding with the first warm weekend this year was a bonus that cannot be overstated. It was incredible. Three nights was just about right. We had just enough to enjoy the park at a super relaxed pace. Moods were high and the weekend was really just a delight. I've discovered the secret to prolonged family outings is to let Tessa invite a friend, we were happy to have Jenna with us. We mastered the hobo dinner, roasted more than enough marshmallows, got our feet cold in the falls (no one was brave enough to jump in, still a little early in the year), enjoyed lots of family games, and we're amazed by the crazy blue and green fire from Mystic Fire packets. Pretty great weekend.



I recently read and online post wherein a woman discussed choosing a word of the year to focus her New Year's intentions rather than specific goals. The year is no longer new, but I very much liked the idea and have adopted it as my own. My watchword for 2015 is "savor". I've had a bracelet made with the word etched across a silver bar to remind me.

I am a planner and an organizer and these things are not going to change any time soon. But I have found that sometimes the planning gets in the way of the living. I need to slow down and enjoy each moment for its own sake. I find myself in one of the more logistically stressful times of my life and my personality lends itself to the danger of wanting to skip over the small moments to enjoy the large. But each moment, the one in the now, deserves it's due. It's really all I've got.

2015 is going to be full of moments to savor. Nathan and I are getting married in May. This is exciting and huge and fabulous beyond words. Not a moment that would be easy to go unheralded. But I'm treating the endless minutia that will get us to that big day as a mediation and savoring all of them.

We've also just bought a house which is also exciting although it has been very stressful and won't cease to be for some time. Also the selling process is still underway and that is the yuckier side of that transaction. Moving is yet to come and I don't need to belabor how universally awful that is. But savor! Each day, good, bad, or over full of tedium, is full of opportunities to rememeber to be present. Savor. 



A long night at a middle school basketball game is not my first choice, but I found a pair of earbuds in my purse and the landscape had improved drastically. No wonder my students are always listening to music in school.