LOVE! I came across this the other day and it I’ve decided to take a similar photo with Fillmore. I love the quote that goes with it:
“A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, big or small, young or old. He doesn’t care if you’re not smart, not popular, not a good joke-teller, not the best athlete, nor the best-looking person. To your dog, you are the greatest, the smartest, the nicest human being who was ever born. You are his friend and protector… “
-Marley & Me
"Happiness is a choice. You have to choose it — and you have to fight for it."
Part of the downtown Austin skyline view from my apt. Gorgeous sunrise.
Coffee Braised Short Ribs from South Congress Cafe. So delicious.
Would it be slightly ridiculous if I purchase these? I really enjoy them.
Want! Super cute way to keep your desk organized.
I decided to share photos of some of the dishes I cooked up this week. I typically cook up 4 dishes on Sunday afternoon or evening to carry me through most of the lunches and dinners for the week. The only meals/days I do not cook for are Friday and Saturday since, and that’s because husband and I try to grab our meals out at some of our favorite restaurants. Some nights we’ll stay in an cook something together, albeit most of the work is done by yours truly.
A huge flock of grackles greeted me this morning. These birds are ubiquitous in Austin. You typically see large flocks of them flying together, or lined up along buildings and electric lines around sunrise and sunset.
When husband and I made the decision to move to Texas in June 2010, I never imagined we’d find ourselves considering staying and calling this place home. No firm decisions have been made to date, but our day-to-day conversations about our future state of residency seems to suggest we may stay. The one thing Texas has going for it is that it’s still relatively affordable to live here.
Now, I say that with some hesitation because I’m currently renting in a high-rise in the middle of downtown ATX and I’m paying just as much for my this place as I did in downtown San Diego for a unit that’s relatively comparable in size. While my current building offers more amenities than my building in San Diego, it’s kind of hard to justify the cost similarities between the 2 cities. I also believe some of the units in the more expensive buildings cost just as much as a mid-range 1BR/1BA in San Francisco’s Marina district — for those of you who aren’t familiar, we’re talking in the $1,900-$2,400 range.
But, generally speaking, the cost of living in ATX is pretty affordable and it makes for pretty comfortable living when you’re in a DINK (dual-income, no kids) situation.
Cost of living, however, is not the only reason for staying and I’ll write a little more on this topic at a later date.