Monday, June 30, 2014

An Update

Now that life has slowed down a bit (but not much), I have a few quick updates for you.

  • We are not moving to Seattle. To everyone who commented and emailed -- thank you for your kind words and encouragement. There were too many reasons to stay and we felt it just wasn't the right time. So if you're in the area, hang out with me! Make me feel like we made the right choice!
  • Blogging will be back on track this week.
Because I'm supposed to have pictures, right? Also, I love Roy Rogers.

  • An apology: many of my posts this week will be sponsored. They all just happened at the same time, so I'll get them out of the way now. I'll try to supplement with regular life posts as well. 
  • A wedding planning update post is on its way. (For Alix, mostly.) 

And just a random thing, I made this for my phone yesterday (thanks to Rhonna designs -- that ish is awesome!). Please feel free to save a copy if you want one. All I ask is that you don't distribute it as your own.

More to come. Peace up, A-town down.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

It's Time for me to Stop Being Vague

I realize I've been pretty vague about a lot of things on the blog lately. I've been so busy, but wouldn't say why. I was traveling a lot, but wouldn't say why. More specifically, I went to Seattle but wouldn't say why.

Well guess what. Today's your lucky day. (And my most dreaded.) I'm going to tell you the Reader's Digest version of the whole story.

Back in April (I think it was April), Erich was contacted through LinkedIn for a job out in Seattle. When he brought it up he didn't really want to go through the interview process, but I kind of pushed him into it. So basically I'm a horrible person, but we'll get to that later. It was just such a good opportunity and I knew he had to go for it. Plus, I think secretly neither one of us thought he'd get as far as he did. So, so wrong.

Sure enough, he made it through two phone interviews and then they decided to fly him out to the city for an in-person interview. I, of course, tagged along. It obviously started getting really serious, so I started looking for jobs out there just in case. (Side note: None of those companies have gotten back to me.)

Let me just speed things up a bit. He got the job.

Why I'm a horrible person: I pushed him into the interview, got him super excited about the opportunity, and now I'm the one who doesn't want to move. I know. You don't even have to say it. Although, I'd like to point out that I'm really 50/50. Moving is hard, especially when you've lived in one place forever. A move across the country is a big thing. Also, I don't handle change very well. (Understatement.) On top of everything, we're getting married in April. In Maryland. Moving in the middle of wedding planning is straight-up insane.

I'd also like to point out that when we went to Seattle, we weren't crazy about it. Honestly, I actually kind of hate it. Oh well. I know I'd deal with it and this wouldn't be a permanent move.

Our decision (his decision) has to be made today. It's been a week of crying, sleepless nights, support, and complete indecision. I haven't had a single moment of clarity and I really am just torn about the whole thing. I know I'd get over it if we go. Everything I have is where we currently live and I'd be giving up a lot to move, but I pushed him into it and I just feel so incredibly selfish for being the one to back out now. He wants to go, but has been so supportive of what it means for me to leave. He keeps telling me I mean more to him than a job, which is so sweet (I found a good one, huh?). Unfortunately his words don't make me feel better. I feel like we need to go. I just can't bring myself to actually decide that.

I know it seems like this post is mostly just me saying I don't want to go, but it's so hard to find the words to express how I really feel. Torn, unsure, happy, scared to death, ready for an adventure, not ready to say goodbye...

I'm not writing this to get pity. I just wanted to share what's been going on in my personal life that's been keeping me from being totally open. And it's a pretty big deal! I couldn't be more proud of my fiance. Truly.

If you've ever moved across the country, or faced a decision like this one, I'd love to hear your stories. And any advice you can give would be SO appreciated.

Monday, June 16, 2014

I Owe You a Texas

So. I went to Texas a million years ago. (Like actually the middle of May. Exactly one month ago, but pretty much it feels like forever. I mean, I've been to North Carolina and Seattle since then!) It was for Erich's uncle's wedding. Please enjoy another photo dump.

Also, I should probably just turn this into a travel blog. That's all I do these days.

This. This is Kreuz Market. It's the best barbecue I've ever had. Hands down. We drove straight from the airport to get this food. Do not pass go, do not collect $300. 


Oh yeah, and they don't have forks. Or plates, for that matter. 

Just meat and bread for me, thanks. Oh, but Erich got German potatoes (which he ate with a spoon), and they were SO good.

Erich's uncle got married in Gruene. It's part of New Braunfels, but it's like its own thing. Super cute little town. It's really close to San Antonio. The event was on the grounds of the Gruene Mansion Inn, which is sort of like its own little compound. The arch was (obviously) where the bride and groom stood. Chairs were set up in the open space. 

Our room was in an identical building behind this one. I wish I had remembered to take pictures of the inside. Also, this is right next to/behind where the ceremony was. 

This was the view from the balcony off our room. In the parking lot of the building in the background you can rent inner tubes and go tubing down the river. We did. It was super fun, if not a little slow.

We made it into Austin for the day on Sunday, which truthfully is the only place in Texas I want to be. And I will eventually move there. We packed our day full of quintessential Austin things and I'm just trying super hard not to miss it too much.

Just a really awesome and elaborate mural on the side of a book store on South Congress.

Home Slice pizza. Nommmmmmmmm. 

It wouldn't have been a day in Austin without finishing it off with a show at the Saxon Pub (and we brought our pizza). This is The Resentments. Sometimes Bob Schneider plays with them. If you don't know my love for Bob, we cannot remain friends. Actually, if you don't know my love for Austin in general you should probably just leave. 

On that note, I'm out. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Influenster's Go VoxBox {Review}

I'm very happy to say that I joined Influenster not too long ago, and within a few days I was selected to receive the Go VoxBox! It's so fitting because I'm constantly on the move and can't sit still (not always by choice, though).

I've included links for each product in case you want to check them out for yourselves.

In the box:
  • PROFOOT Pedi rock
  • Playtex Sport Fresh Balance
  • Blue Diamond blueberry almonds
  • Aqua Spa Relax lotion
  • The Vitamin Shoppe fit n' full shake (3 flavors) & shaker cup

Not pictured:
  • Coupon for Muller Greek yogurt
  • PROFOOT Triad Orthotic
In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to admit my mom saw the orthotics and snatched them up. I had the box sent to my parents' house because I thought I'd be in the process of moving, so when I got there and opened it up she got super excited and stole them. According to her, they were amazing. She wore them all day to shop for a new water heater (I know, super exciting). But she hates being on her feet and shopping, so I know it was a true test.

Also full disclosure, I hate yogurt (and pretty much all dairy), so I'm gonna have to gift the coupon to Erich so he can taste-test. I just can't stomach it.

As for the Playtex, I'm on the once-every-three-months plan, so it'll be a while until I can test those out myself. But I'm excited; I've heard good things.

Hey, check it out! I have a mom purse and I'm not even a mom! #everydayimsnacking I even have snacks in my desk drawer at work. Winning.

I've always been an Emerald almond girl, but ohmygod I have converted after tasting these little blue drops of goodness. They have other flavors (strawberry and raspberry), so now I'm excited to try those out too. And I snooped around their website and it looks like they have lots of other awesome flavors that aren't fruit-related. #goingshoppingtonight

Since we're on the topic of food... (nice segue, right?) let's chat about the Vitamin Shoppe's shakes. So far I've only had the Swiss Chocolate flavor shake, and it wasn't too bad. For a meal replacement I could handle it. It definitely kept me full longer than most other things I eat for breakfast, and I LOVE the cup, so that's a plus. I'd recommend that you try them out if you're even slightly interested. It's not for everybody, though.

The pedi rock. Oh dear Lord. I'm  extremely ticklish, but it's not so bad when you're giving yourself a pedicutre, amiright? This was amazing. I have relatively calloused feet, but not so bad. For someone who never wears shoes or is constantly outside, you might need something a little more heavy-duty.

The lotion smells like a spa day, and I feel like I don't need to expand on that. Ladies love spas = ladies will love this lotion. It made my hands and legs feel so good. I can't attest to how long the scent stays because I'm an idiot and put it on to test it and took a shower like an hour later, but obviously next time I won't do that.

*I recieved these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hey! I went to Seattle!

I realize I've been slacking reaaaalllll hard here lately. I'm not even sorry. Things are busy. Maybe eventually I'll forreal update you on what's been going on. But for now, just know that three out-of-town trips in less than three weeks is a friggin lot.

Last week Erich and I flew to Seattle. A lot happened in the three short days we were there, and we flew back on a red eye and I'm exhausted because I haven't totally caught up on the time change, so I'm just gonna photo-dump my trip. Enjoy! Oh, there are SO many other (better) pictures on my real camera, but aintnobodygottimeforthat. So this is what you get.


-Erich freaked out because there was a real starfish just chillin' in the water, so I took a picture.
-This is what downtown near the water looks like. Cool ferris wheel.
-Best calamari of my whole life.

-The original Starbucks. We did not go in.
-The fish place at Pike's Place Market. They actually threw fish. It was awesome.
-Space Needle, obvs.
-Inside the space needle there's a wall of information. Apparently it was thought up by this guy (Edwin Carlson) and the originial plan was drawn on a napkin.


-Night view of the Space Needle from the Queen Anne neighborhood. Beautiful.
-Allium flowers by Lake Union. This was my happy place. I could have spent the whole day there (if I had a jacket, blanket, bonfire, and hat).

Not pictured from Wednesday: The best pizza I ever ate, made with mozz from a water buffalo. Yeah, I'll let that sink in.


-The Fremont Troll.
-We went to the zoo, and I'm very happy to say there were giraffes. I got to feed one and it licked me. I squealed like a toddler and I don't even care. I'm still excited about it.
-This is Seattle's idea of a beach. It was about 60 degrees and people were in bathing suits! Also, it's hard to see, but there are mountains in the background. A beach with mountains. I can't. 

Not pictured from Thursday: Everything.

If I ever stop being so lazy I'll come back and add the good pictures because there are tons. But this should pretty much give you an idea of Seattle and the kind of trip I had.