Thursday, September 30, 2010

Antique Weekend

Today I spent the day with a friend at Antique Weekend in Round Top.  We left Austin at 7am, so we could arrive as soon as places opened.  It took us all day to get through all the vendors, and we opted to skip the ones that charged an entrance fee.  It was such a fun time, and we found some great deals.  My favorite piece I found was a Christmas tree topper from Shiny Brite.  It is so pretty and I bought it for under $10!

Having a good time in the booths.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vacation Spots

Since moving this summer took up all of our vacation time, we never had a summer vacation. Our friends have all been traveling the world to places like Australia, England and Honduras. Therefore; travel has been on my mind.  Ryno and I always keep a running list of places we want to visit together, so I thought I would share our current top five.

1. Greece (the islands)
2. Ireland
3. England - ps I miss you Oxford
4. Iceland
5. Montreal

1. Greece: Mark Hillary
2. Ireland: Fergus_B

3. Oxford, England: Jim Linwood

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Antique Weekend

I am planning my trip to Antique Weekend, which is a large flea market between Austin and Houston.  This will be the first time I am going, but fortunately I have a seasoned friend joining me on the trip.  We only have the morning to shop the flea market, so I am trying to narrow down which stops we want to visit.  I've never been to a flea market this large before, and I am excited to see what all we can find.  Depending on what I come across I may see if Ryno will go back with me for another day of it.  All in all it should be a fun road-trip with lots of interesting sites!


Monday, September 27, 2010


Ryno and I road-tripped out of Austin for the first time this weekend to the great city up North otherwise known as Dallas. We loaded a small bag and Elton into the car Friday night and drove straight to Dallas. Until this weekend we had only left the city via the airport, so it was exciting to be able to take Elton along and see more of the city as we drove North. It was a good little road-trip filled with stadium lights from all the high school football games being played along the way. 

We were so excited to go visit our friends from school who moved to Dallas this summer. We all had such a good time catching-up and trying some new dinner spots together.  Sara and I were able to visit the Paper-Source while the boys had their own side project for Ryno's work.  We had a good time looking through all the new Halloween product, and I bought a few new stamps that are so adorable! 

We are hoping that they will be able to come to visit Austin soon.  The weather has cooled off this week,  and we have so many great outdoor spots to share!

Dallas skyline by David Herrera

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mumford & Sons - The Cave

The Cave is the first song I heard by Mumford & Sons. I was immediately won over, and I found the entire album to be full of great songs. This song was the kick-start to my summer, and now that fall has officially begun I thought it would be a good song for bidding summer adieu.

This is the first weekend Ryno and I are leaving Austin via our car since we moved here four months ago.  I'll be back Monday with the details from our weekend excursion with Elton.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Engagement Anniversary

On this day several years ago Ryno took me to all of our favorite spots in Atlanta. When we arrived at "our bench" in Piedmont Park his mood became very serious and then all of a sudden he was down on one knee. I was completely surprised.  Of course, I said "yes."

Tonight we celebrated the day at Uncle Billy's Brew & Que.  It was delicious, and the breeze on the patio made for a perfect evening.

Ren & Ryno after we got engaged

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I've made it longer than I expected without sharing a story about Elton, our adorable boston terrier.  However, today that streak ends. Elton and I were out walking this afternoon, and I provided him with lots of slack on the leash so he could explore. He has developed a new interest in squirrels and today he half-heartedly ran after one. Of course, the squirrel immediately dashed up a tree and since Elton was not able to figure out where it went I tried to continue on with our walk. At this point Elton wraps the lead around a tree. Lately, I have invested a lot of effort in trying to show him how to detangle himself from trees, sign posts and table legs without much luck. I thought it would be an easy task this time considering he wasn't even actually wrapped completely around the tree; the tree was just in between him and me.  So I move off the path and to the side of the tree I need him to walk towards.  As I call him he just continues the wrong direction, leaving me out in the woods with the same problem. I give up and walk back out on the path to him so that we are free of the tree and may continue the walk.  Then I look over at Elton trotting along next to me and realize he has just trained me.

Since I am on the subject, I thought today would be a good day for a top five.  My top five reasons I love having a boston terrier named Elton.

1. He has the best mannerisms and expressions.  He tilts his head when he doesn't know what you are    
    saying and he sticks his tongue out when he yawns, just to name a couple.
2. Playing frisbee with him is a keep away game that he always wins.
3. He has a hilarious love/hate relationship with water, but he is an excellent swimmer when he does
    jump in.
4. He is my excuse for buying everything with a Boston Terrier on it, especially clothing!
5. He has earned his nickname "Tiny Dancer."

1. Elton yawning

2. Elton playing keep away

3. Elton debating jumping in his pool

4. Elton with me in boston terrier dress

Monday, September 20, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Ryno and I spent the weekend relaxing. It was rainy in Austin, so we saw a movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, at Alamo Drafthouse on Saturday. It wasn't what I expected the movie would be like, but we really enjoyed it. It was a great dinner/date movie.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Home

For this week's music post I decided to share the song that is my current obsession. I love Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros! When I first heard this song I immediately looked for the video and fell hard for it. I don't think it could be anymore perfect than it already is. I love how the song is playing as a soundtrack to their musical adventures. I have completely romanced the idea of the travels musicians have when they are touring, and this video is the perfect companion to the story I already have in my head.

I think this song has been my ring tone for Ryno for a good six months at least. My favorite part of that story is that we both wanted to make this song our ring tone for the other, and when we called each other to make sure it had worked we discovered we had selected the exact same part of the song! I love it when we have that strange, unexplainable commonality.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Photo by OpticalReflex

I finished The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger last month, and I have started a new book.  I am currently reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.  It is enjoyable so far, and I am trying to solve the mystery before it is laid out in front of me.  However, I've never had much of a knack for working out mystery plot lines ahead of time, so we will see if I can do it this time.  

In case there were any doubts, the image above is not me getting a tattoo, but rather a dragon tattoo from Flickr.  It seemed appropriate.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Moving to Austin made me very aware of something I never thought a lot about... I don't have any tattoos. I seriously did consider getting a tattoo in high school, but my parents made it clear they strongly disapproved of the idea.  Then by the time I got to college I had generally given up on the thought.  I no longer just wanted a tattoo of anything, and I didn't have something in mind that I wanted permanently attached to me.  Being an artist I really admire great tattoos, and lately I have contemplated what I would want if I did ever make the leap and get a tattoo.  So here is my top five list of tattoos I would want or just greatly admire.

1.  Something simple like a star on my wrist
2.  Something vintage like a bike
3.  Something useful like a ruler
4.  Something sweet like birds on a wire or Ryno's name in a heart
5.  Something adorable like Elton's cute boston terrier face

1. Photo by Hillary the Mammal 

2. Photo by Ramsey everydaypants
 3. Photo by jedward

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Paper-Source Love

Today when I got home I had received my new fall update from Paper-Source.  I absolutely love their shops, and I am excited to see they are opening a location in Austin next year!  In celebration of the upcoming Austin location I thought I would make a top five list of my current favorites at Paper-Source.

I think their product has a great balance between sophisticated yet fun.  I can't get enough of their rubber stamps, and I love to buy friends surprises from their quirky gift selection.  How great would it be to give someone the Great Moustaches Mug; I think it would offer a good laugh.  Also, as someone that injures myself more than I would like at work I have a serious appreciation for fun bandages.  I wouldn't be able to stop from smiling if I used a bacon bandage to cover a cut.

1. Great Moustaches Mug
2. Bacon Strip Bandages
3. Silverware Rubber Stamp
4. Holiday Sled Cards
5. Numbers & Symbols Cavallini Rubber Stamp Set

1. Source 2. Source 3. Source 4. Source 5. Source

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

I hope everyone had a Happy Labor Day weekend.  Ryno and I spent most of the weekend flying East for a family reunion.  We had a great time visiting with his extended family and hiking around the park where it was held.  The weather was perfect for being outside.

View from the park
Photo taken on Kodak Easy Share V610

Friday, September 3, 2010

Florence + The Machine - Cosmic Love

Having been a child of the MTV music video era, I love to watch music videos on YouTube. It is one of my favorite hobbies if it can be called that. It seems the videos musicians post on YouTube are always so beautiful and inspiring.

Therefore, I think a great way to end the week is by sharing a favorite video of mine for you to enjoy over the weekend. I wanted to kick off this category with Florence + The Machine, specifically the Cosmic Love video. I think it is ethereal.  I love the fall leaves and the lovely room of light bulbs.  Plus the music itself is wonderful.  I hope you enjoy it too!


Since I had today off work, I was able to meet Ryno for lunch.  He took me to Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q.  It was delicious!  We have been searching for a great bbq spot since we moved to Texas.  Having come from the Southeastern US we are used to a different style of bbq, so it has been a bit of an adjustment.  However, everything at Rudy's was great.  The staff is so friendly and helpful, the sweet tea is perfect and the bbq is amazing.  Plus it's super cute!  We will definitely be visiting Rudy's again!

Rudy's BBQ & Country Store

Rudy's Counter

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Book Club

A good friend of mine moved to Austin shortly after we graduated college.  When I told her Ryno and I were moving to Austin she invited me to join her book club, and tonight is the first time I will get to attend.  We are gathering a list of books to read throughout the next year.  I am excited to bring along some suggestions, since I have a substantial list of books I have been wanting to read.

Currently, I am listening to an audio-book version of my all time favorite novel, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I've started collecting interesting or beautiful copies of Pride & Prejudice.  Most recently I added the Penguin Classic addition to my collection.  I love how beautiful the fabric covers are on the new Penguin Classics.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Austin Activities

Since we are still new to the city this list is very basic, but we have really enjoyed everything we have experienced in Austin.  This is a list of our top five favorite activities to date in no particular order.

1.  Touring the state capital
2.  Kayaking on Town Lake with Elton in tow
3.  Swimming in Barton Springs Pool
4.  Enjoying the view on the patio at Mozart's
5.  Taking in a Roller Derby game

Me & Ryno touring the capital with the city behind us
Taken on Fujifilm Instax Mini.