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We Roll VIP Style!

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This weekend, Chad and I went to Austin for the Circuit of the American Grand Am race. We had no idea what that meant before we left, but now we have a wealth of knowledge, thanks to our VIP experience!

One of my vendors invited us to go, along with another coworker and her boyfriend.  We picked up our VIP passes and headed over to the track…which was HUGE! Neither of us had ever been to any kind of race, so we really didn’t know what to expect. We were treated like royalty all day, from the VIP suite to golf carts driving us wherever we wanted. We got free access to the 25 story infield tower, where we got a great view of the entire track. It even had a glass floor, like the Williams Tower in Chicago – scary, but awesome! We hung out with the driver my vendor sponsored, got to go in the pit area and see all the cars, got autographs from all the drivers and generally got to experience things we never thought we’d do.

But one of the best parts was getting to meet Reba McEntire! She was in the same VIP suite as us, and is really nice and down to earth. Not very chatty, but really nice when approached for a picture :) (Her son was racing in the race before our guy was.) After all we could eat and drink, it was time for our race to start. Luckily, we were hosted by our driver’s (Dion von Moltke) parents! They were INCREDIBLY nice and were so patient when we asked about a million racing questions. We went in knowing nothing, but now we know a lot! Well, relatively speaking :) We didn’t think we’d stay long, but we ended up staying for the entire race!

I took a million photos (well, 63) and posted them on Facebook. I also took a video of when they said “Gentlemen, start…your…engines!” which was incredibly loud and is also on Facebook…and below :)

After the race, we went back to Lindsay and Luke’s house (they graciously hosted us for the weekend!) and then headed to dinner. We went to Gusto in Austin and it was DELISH! Seriously – you should go. Get the Bolognese or the chicken with mashed potatoes and spinach. We didn’t have anything we didn’t like! And then this morning we went to North by Northwest for brunch and mimosas – never a bad decision! Then it was time to hit the road back to Houston, so that the Teacherman could grade papers and I could do adult things like grocery shop and get my car washed :) But it was a FAB weekend with some FAB  people!!

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Austin…You Never Disappoint

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Whew! I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Austin, AKA the greatest place on earth (sorry, Disney). While I was in town for business on Monday – Friday, I flew in on Saturday afternoon to squeeze in some time with friends in my favorite city.

Lindsay picked me up from the airport and we dropped my things at the Hilton downtown before heading to her brand new house in North Austin. Well, new to us – technically it was built before we were born :) I must say, her house was AWESOME. 2,500 square feet, but it didn’t feel overwhelming at all – it felt very homey :) After getting the grand tour and enjoying some wine, chips and salsa with her and Luke, we were off to some DELISH Thai food in my favorite kind of restaurant, a hole in the wall. It’s only in a HITW that you can get amazing food, true local flare and dirt cheap prices. Loved it! We then headed to a wine bar and split a bottle of bubbly, as they were half off – it’s like they knew I was coming!

I ended up spending the night at the hotel, since Luke and Lindsay’s AC went out. But they met me bright and early Sunday morning (with homemade scones in tow!) and we headed to the Greenbelt for a hike. It was my first time hiking the Greenbelt, and I seriously don’t know why. It’s exactly the kind of thing I love to do – how I didn’t do it in my short time in Austin, I’m not sure. Mid-way through our hike, we arrived at the dog park and proceeded to stalk (literally, Lindsay ran after) three corgis – mine and Chad’s future dog of choice. We finally caught up to them and got to pet the pups while the owners answered our questions (Luke and Lindsay were also in the market for a dog. I say “were” because two days later, they got themselves a puppy named Benji!) – it was quality. We also talked to an owner of a border collie and watched as the corgis and the border collie played together – it was adorable!

After the hike, we headed to the original TacoDeli for tacos, queso and aguas frescas. YUM! Then off to the Co-Op to buy more things burnt orange (you know, because the three of us have so little UT paraphernalia) and to Whole Foods to pick up a few things for L&L’s dinner. All in all, an amazing day with my BESTIE and her hubby!

No, we didn’t eat ALL of that. We tried though.

After a much-needed shower, Michelle picked me up from the hotel and we went on a food truck crawl. I’ve wanted to try

Gordough’s for as long as I can remember – which is pretty much since it opened and all my friends started talking about it), so we went there, to Torchy’s, and to the Elizabeth Street Cafe. We thought we were going to get to more places, but our tummies could only hold so much! But it was great to catch up with such an awesome friend – just wish we could do it more often!

I retired to my hotel room and watched the Heat beat the Thunder (boo!) and then it was time to start working the next morning. All in all, we made the most of our day-and-a-quarter together, Austin – until next time!!

Countdowns Galore!

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Two things I love: Vacations and Vacation Countdowns. And I have a bunch of both!! My heart is happy :)

First – AUSTIN! I will see you and your lovely residents in a mere 10 days!!

Second – VANCOUVER! I will see you for a business trip in 1 month and 7 days!!

Third – VEGAS!! I will wreak havoc on your town, along with my family-in-love, in 2 months!!

Fourth – PERU!! I will be on a mission trip to your beautiful country in 5 months and 3 days!!

WHOO HOO!!! I can’t wait to have photos of ME in each of these places :)

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Robison!

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You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been AWOL for a while. Well, I was all wrapped up in the joy that was my BESTIE getting married! That’s right, Lindsay Lehfeld is now Lindsay Robison, and it was a beautiful ceremony and reception!

I don’t really have a lot of pictures from the big day (bridesmaid duties consumed me!) and Chad manned other people’s cameras to document the big day. However, I do have a few from my iPhone and from Lindsay’s sister, Lauren!

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SO HAPPY for Luke and Lindsay!! Congrats you guys!! Can’t wait to hear all about the Dominican Republic and see the pictures from your honeymoon!!!

Oh, Austin.

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I love you. Remember when we used to hang out every single day? We’d frolic amongst the hundreds of thousands of people wearing burnt orange on any given Saturday and mock other places for being less fortunate than ourselves? Those were the days.

Now, we are in a long distance relationship. As you know, I am very good at long distance relationships and am committed to seeing this one through until one day we are reunited. Thankfully, we got to spend some much needed time together this weekend – I think we both enjoyed it.

Bright and early Saturday morning, I boarded my first of two planes en route to my beloved city. It was a beautiful day, and my BESTIE met me at the airport with a smile. It was almost time for the bachelorette festivities to begin!

The bachelorette party consisted of the W Hotel, Lambert’s BBQ, Hangar Lounge, Six Lounge and Roial. I’m not particularly a loud bar kind of gal, but when you’re surrounded by 8 of your best ladies, you can’t help but have fun! The next morning we had a gentle brunch at La Condessa – sadly, only a few non-egg options :( But delish nonetheless!

The rest of the day was filled with watching football, being lazy, hanging out with friends and eating the most delicious pork chops ever, thanks to Lindsay. I must say, it was a lot of fun! One of my favorite parts (there were lots of favorite parts) was getting to hang out with the newly engaged Emily and Bryan – one of the cutest couples on the face of the earth. If you don’t know them, get to know them. It will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made! Special thanks to these two for graciously hosting me, transporting me to and fro, taking me to the airport before the sun came up and for just generally being amazing :)

And the Longhorns won. Bliss.

Texas on my Mind

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GTT – going to TEXAS – this weekend! And not just Texas (though Texas in and of itself is something to celebrate), but AUSTIN!!! Seriously, I can’t even remember the last time I went to Austin, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it was Lindsay’s 25th birthday, and considering she turned 26 this week, that’s pretty embarrassing.

Some of my favorite people in the universe live in Austin, and we’re already making all kinds of fun weekend plans. From a Friday night dinner at my FAVORITE Tex-Mex spot, Matt’s El Rancho, to a Saturday spent enjoying all of the outdoor Austin activities I can handle and watching the 5 hour Pride & Prejudice with my BESTIE and an Easter Sunday of church, brunch and last minute fun, I seriously cannot wait!

Lindsay, Lundy, Peters, Ashley, Ian, Emily, Jenni and others – I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!

CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY!!!

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Christmas has come early you guys – Greg Davis is no longer UT’s offensive coordinator! This warms my soul more than the blazing hot fire that engulfed the CDC on last night’s season finale of The Walking Dead (side note: if you’re not watching that show, START.)

MISERABLE FAILURE - GOOD RIDDANCE!

After what was quite possibly the most abysmal, embarrassing season in the history of Texas football, Greg Davis “voluntarily” resigned as offensive coordinator. Riiiight. Articles say he’s trying to find another OC gig – hope there’s a school out there that only believes in bubble screens, as that’s all he’s capable of calling.

No word yet on who will replace Greg Davis, but really – could it be much worse? Meanwhile, I’ll keep my cell phone handy – I’m expecting an employment offer from Mack Brown any moment now. We all know I would make a great offensive coordinator for Texas. I meet all the criteria: an undying love for football, Texas, Austin and UT; a strong working knowledge of the game; and the ability to call more than one type of play (especially on 3rd and long)! I’m a shoe-in!

Who do you think Texas should choose as it’s new offensive coordinator?