Favorite Things : April 27 – May 4, 2019

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This week’s favorite things is a day late, but I was so sick yesterday that the only thing I was good for was lying on the couch. It is less than a month until my due date and I honestly had not felt so terrible since the first trimester. I feel mostly better today, but I’m ready to get this next month over.

We’re heading back down to Ohio today for family pictures. In all likelihood it will be our last trip to Ohio before we move to Texas. I’m not sure when the next time I’m home will be, so it will be a bit of a bittersweet trip I think with a lot of good-byes — one of them being to my brother who moves to Charlotte, North Carolina in a week or two. The family is starting to spread out!

Here are this week’s favorite things:

Joanna Goddard visited Austin, Texas with her kids the other weekend.

From Laura McKowen — self-discipline as a form of self-care.

Carrots for Michaelmas posts on how she meal plans for a family of six.

Why is it so hard to learn a language in middle-age? Also, here’s a great book on this topic.*

I watch everything with closed captioning. Apparently I’m not alone.

Another for post-baby running plans: how long should your longest run be while ultramarathon training?

A simple solution to burn-out.

Must-read: How to leave sports writing and never regret a second. 

What are your plans for this weekend?

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Big News…We’re Moving to Austin, Texas!

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Along with, you know, the rest of the United States.

I’ve mentioned that I have been traveling and one of my goals for this month was to start down-sizing in order to prepare to move. Well — it is official — Bruno and I will be moving to Austin to teach at a classical high school. It is a big decision. I have never lived further than 2.5 hours away from my family or away from the midwest my entire life. Bruno lived in Dallas for a year. We’ve both lived in Michigan for several years now and have grown attached to a place where we met, dated, spent the first two of our married years, and will have our first baby. We have a good community here, both grad school friends and CrossFitters. Though I think we are excited about everything to come, I think it will be very hard to leave.

Anyway — Texas — we are excited about this new adventure. We flew out to Austin a few weeks ago (during SXSW actually) and though we mostly prepared for our teaching demonstrations and at the school, we did get a chance to do some exploring and most importantly — eat tacos. Sunday we ate at Torchy’s. As I mentioned — I’ve lived in the midwest all my life. I know tacos are a contentious culinary topic in the South and I admit to lacking sophisticated taste, but I tell you what — these were the best I have ever had in my entire life. I already cannot wait to go back and drink the queso.

I also satisfied my brisket craving at Salt Lick in Round Rock. Heaven. Just heaven. I love where I live now, but the amount of restaurants is…well…lacking. Aside for the heat, this will probably be the biggest adjustment — all the opportunity to eat out wherever I like. Not good for the waistline or the budget, but then again — I am growing another human being right now so I ate every bite that was on my platter.

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Belinda Carlisle is right.

Actual Austin exploring mainly took place on South Congress. Luckily – though it was SXSW – we did not have too many crowds. We stopped at Jo’s Coffee and I took the necessary touristy picture in front of the “I Love You So Much” mural. When we stopped by, I did not have to wait in line, but later that day I saw quite a long line to take a picture in front of this mural. That is kind of ridiculous, right?

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All in all — it was a good trip — and I think we could really see ourselves living happily here. One thing I’m excited about is all the outside sitting. We have friends who recently moved down a couple months ago and they took as to Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden and it was perfect. I loved being able to just sit at a picnic table, eat from food trucks (it was promised to be an “authentic” Austin experience), and just enjoy good conversation with good people.

When we flew out, it was kind of weird to think that when we come back, we’ll come back as a family of three and as residents. I’ll be honest — after living in small town after small town, I never thought I would end up living somewhere “cool”. Then lo and behold, in a couple months we will live in one of the most popular cities in the country (not that I really care about that…it is just kind of amusing to me). Someday Austin will be home and hopefully we love it as much as we love our place here in Michigan. We will leave in July, but in the meantime I’ll be dreaming about queso, packing (this is a marathon, not a sprint), and dreading/looking forward to the day we say good-bye and begin anew.