Tonight I write to you from Austin, TX. We finally finished our move from College Station to Austin after a very long week and several trips back and forth between the two cities. We’re still not fully unpacked, but we’ve bought groceries twice and cooked several meals in our new kitchen. The feeling that “this is home” is startling to settle into my heart. Truly, the next chapter begins.
In keeping with my monthly recaps on this blog, I’m going to skip lightly over June (because I barely remember it, to be honest) and jump into something more exciting: July by iPhone! I am now the proud user of a refurbished iPhone. Paul was able to fix an old phone from his sister, and we finally activated it this summer. (I can’t even tell you how long it sat in my desk…let’s just say it’s been a while.)
July was a crazy, intense month. We enjoyed the pants off of it, until the end when the move to Austin completely dominated our lives. But before that, we had…
…an evening joy ride in our new car. I took a terrible selfie to mark the event. It’s an awful photo, but it marks a huge turning point for Paul and me: co-ownership of a vehicle. I think it’s safe to say we love each other more than we love the new car. (But we do love the new car!)
…Connect Four while waiting for our table at Hullabaloo Diner. Hullabaloo is legendary in College Station, and I had wanted to eat there at least once before we left CS. Lucky for me, the guys decided to go to Hullabaloo to celebrate our friend Matt’s birthday, so we drove out there for delicious breakfast-for-dinner entrees and a huge platter of green chili cheese fries. I wish we'd had room for pie, but we were so stuffed that common sense got the better of us and we rolled outta there without dessert. Next time!
Before our table was ready, we sat outside and played some games. Paul is a champion Connect Four player, and he whomped me thoroughly in several rounds. But I think I got at least one win in there!
…an important reminder. On July 1st, Paul and I moved our roommate Courtney into our new house. She took down her inspiration wall, but I snapped this photo before the wall came down. Everything about what we’re doing is experimental, our living arrangement and career changes being the biggest experiments. Of course I’m rooting for success and happiness, but it’s good to be reminded that failing at something does not make you unworthy of love…or trying again.
…a furry companion at my feet. While we were still living in the old apartment, adorable Lucy started using my work bag as her resting spot whenever I worked at home. She’s so sweet and beautiful.
…a new journal for a new chapter of life. I finished up my old journal when I started working on May Cause Miracles, so when Paul and I were in Houston, I bought a new one at Half-Price Books. They have the most gorgeous selection of journals. I love that store.
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Tonight I was able to go for a walk for pleasure for the first time in a week. Very near our apartment we had spotted a walking path; it turns out that it’s a wildflower preserve! I strolled through it and a feeling of utter peace and contentment settled over me. I have a really good feeling about this Austin experiment of ours. Austin is a place we can explore, enjoy, maybe even stay for a while. It’s a good thing I bought a new journal because I think there is going to be a lot to write about.