Although you can't tell from my face in this picture Robert snapped, I was really stoked to be in Texas.
Danica came with us to Amy's Ice Cream, and we hung out with the cows for a while. This poor guy had lost his ear since the last time I saw him.
Robert had not eaten it off, though that's what he'd like you to think.
We got cupcakes from "Hey Cupcake" on South Congress. This is Kara, who is now as tall as me even though she's 11 years younger.
Rufus knows how to swim now! He was a little nervous because he couldn't remember swimming with Aunt Grace when he was a baby, but once he got in there, he loved it.
I also got to see my friends Ashley and Bekah - BFFs since 10th grade.
I sort of stopped taking pictures halfway through the trip, but it also included seeing Lynn, Shelley, Christa and little Sada, Emily, Ceci and Tim, my family and Robert's family.
I'm also very proud of how well we did on gas money - we had allotted just the right amount (thank you eBay sales), and then ended up with some extra (thanks families!) and were able to put that towards our meals on the road.
We also had some money saved to do a little outlet shopping, and we both came away with some fabulous deals - for example...$300 jeans for $5. Yeah, we're amazing bargain hunters.
It was so nice to see our families and be in Texas. Also, on a side note, Mary Beth and I bought U2 tickets today. We will be seeing them in NYC in September. I decided this was the year - that even though it would cost a little bit to go see them, I would get to see MB and U2, and would just save up and enjoy it. So anyway, we have tickets to a sold out show. It's going to be crazy!
Well look at that - a month since my last post. Sorry, faithful readers. I've been editing a lot and working - you know how it goes. However, the editing is slowing down for the moment, which is nice as far as having a break, but we will be missing the income. Boo. I'm currently looking for jobs, as I have been since we moved to STL. I might keep one of the three current jobs as a part time gig even if I find something else, but I've been praying hard about what God might be calling me to do. I hope it's not standing at a cash register - I've learned a lot of patience by doing that, but I don't want to do that long term. I have met some super interesting people in the training that I do at the job I'm prohibited from mentioning explicitly on the web. Take a guess. Anyway, just in the past week, I met the first woman to dead lift 3 times her body weight - she holds all the weightlifting records. I also met someone who was involved in the Apollo 13 and Gemini missions as support staff. Then I helped another man who is in charge of much of the liturgical institute for the Catholic church. Some of these people are so super interesting, and I wish I could ask them all to a dinner party. We're heading to Texas on Saturday - and taking Rufus with us. We're looking forward to seeing my family, and to seeing Mark and Connie's new place in Houston. We're obviously hitting up Amy's ice cream as much as our gift cards allow. Rufus has never made more than a 5 hour drive, so we're hoping he behaves himself. When we get back in town, he's getting personal training sessions - I guess it's his early birthday present. We hope it improves the inside (and outside, for that matter) rowdiness a little. Yee-haw, see you when we return from Austin/Houston.
1. Finish a scarf 2. Visit 3 new states 3. Surf 4. Skate a ramp 5. Ride an Amtrak train 6. Go to the Opry 7. Visit the Frist 8. Watch the AFI Top 20 9. Camp in the Smokies(well, close enough) 10. Hike part of the AT (moving this to MO too) 11. Play the slots in Vegas(MO) 12. Get my car detailed 13. Skinny dip 14. Ride a Vespa 15. Pay off Citibank card 16. Get a puppy 17. Go eat at Mambu 18. Invest a few dollars in stocks 19. Take a picture with the polar bear statue 20. Get haircut at Cognito 21. Go to a photobooth with Robert 22. Make creme brulee 23. Take a cake decorating class 24. Take and mail a Christmas photo/card 25. Talk to people at Watkins 26. Take up a new sport 27. Find a new job 28. Visit Lynn 29. Edit something 30. Enter a contest 31. Submit an article to PASTE 32. Have a "housewarming" party 33. Learn to flip in the pool 34. Fix my bike tire 35. Make a wedding scrapbook 36. Dye my hair 37. Take a trip with intern girlfriends 38. Do a triathlon 39. Pare down files 40. Get a pedicure for no reason 41. Make/Get made a TShirt quilt 42. Get a recipe box/make one 43. Go to the Family Wash 44. Take a class at Nashville Ballet 45. Make something to wear 46. Send in a PostSecret 47. Grow an herb garden 48. Replace the old Dell 49. Put up hammock 50. Get nice clothes dry-cleaned 51. Go to the symphony 52. Go to Climb Nashville 53. Eat at Eastside Fish 54. Play in Shelby Park - (modified to Forest Park) 55. Do a 26 things project 56. Put "valuables" in safe deposit box 57. Make a loaf of bread 58. Get a tattoo 59. Get ear pierced 60. Wear fishnet hose 61. Make a cake 62. Get drums 63. Visit the farmer's market 64. Do "This book will change your life" 65. Clear out clothes 66. Give an animal to a village 67. Make sangria 68. See James Taylor/Paul Simon/U2 69. Try a Netflix subscription 70. Get rid of nappy frames 71. Learn how to crochet 72. Take a self-defense class 73. Watch my Carmen Electra workout 74. Write a letter to my congressman 75. Visit Savannah 76. Get a head-toe outfit in one day 77. Organize bathroom - toss old stuff 78. Go to a spin class 79. Go to Tiffany's (just to look) 80. Go on a picnic (with basket and all) 81. Fly business class - woohoo! 82. Wean myself off daily soda 83. Take photos of East Nash 84. Run 3 miles in under 30 minutes 85. Use an espresso maker 86. Make inventory of stuff for insurance 87. Try to join MENSA 88. Jam with people (I will play drums) 89. Use s'more maker at home 90. Learn to play poker in a group 91. Make a resume 92. Get jewelry re-set 93. Use the crockpot 94. Go to brunch 95. Buy polaroid film to continue using life-dream camera 96. Get wedding dress cleaned 97. Apply for a TLC show 98. Fix/Get new camera 99. MoMA 100. Adventure Science Museum - (changed to STL Science) 101. Learn to shuffle cards (per request of Danica because she opened the world of 101 in 1001 to me)