Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Style

So I logged into Blogger today, and it informed me that there are new ways to look at any blog on Blogger. All you have to do is type in the web address and add the word view after it. For example, if you go to www.paperwildflower.com/view you will see a drop down with five different options as to how you can look at the site. It is a neat way to see a lot of posts at once. I'm not sure I will stray from my reader, but I do think it will be useful at times.

Speaking of style. The warmer weather has me already contemplating the very hot summers we have in Texas. My job isn't conducive to skirts and dresses, which are my favorite pieces to wear in the summer. Therefore, I think I am going to invest heavily in shorts this summer. I have shied away from shorts the past few years, but now I am craving some cuffed jean shorts to pair with white tops. I am also bringing back my white blouse love. For a period after college I couldn't get enough of white button-ups, and for some reason I am addicted again. It could be that white is the coolest option for summer heat. Either way, I am excited to start finding some great summer pieces. Here are some of my inspirational tears.

Selvedge denim short
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Denim Midi Shorts in Sand Dune Wash
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Trivia Night

It's Tuesday, so Ryno and I fought our urge to submit to the rainy weather and stay home. Instead we threw on our coats, packed up Elton's necessities and drove over to our trivia spot. The weather wasn't ideal, but our trivia skills this week also left something to be desired. It was a fun time, but we were glad to head home to our warm apartment. It's a great night to listen to the wind and rain outside. I love the sound of water on the street as cars pass.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Saturday Bike Ride

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The weather was beautiful in Austin this weekend. It was so warm Saturday night, so Ryno was able to convince me we should practice my bike riding skills a little more. If you have ever seen the ABC tv show Modern Family, I am comprable to Gloria when Jay is trying to teach her to ride a bike (if not here is the episode). It isn't that I never learned to ride a bike; it just turns out a road bike requires better balance than the mountain bikes I road as a kid. We met up with Ryno's brother on Eastside and rode through some neighborhoods. By the end of the night I was able to ride on the streets with heavier traffic and stay safely in my designated bike lane. I also was much more comfortable reaching low to grab my breaks. The only thing I am still having difficulty with is my gears. I mentioned before that my bike is my dad's 1970's bike he rode when he first graduated from college. I love that we were able to fix it up, and that I can ride it now. However, there are a few things that are a bit of a challenge and the gears are one of those things. I think it will be fine though, once I get a better feel for it. Also, I will post a photo of it soon. I haven't ridden in daylight yet, but I will take a picture to share when I do. I thought the photo of the couple above was so sweet, and I hope that will be me and Ryno once I get the hang of it all.

Also, I wanted to leave a Happy Birthday wish for a dear friend. She has made working with horses her life, and I am so happy for her to be able to pursue her passion. We learned to ride together for a time, although she never stopped riding. I hope you have a very happy day!

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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Great Northwest

As promised here are a few more things Ryno and I did while in Seattle. Our day flying solo was pretty action-packed. We referenced the recommendations from the guide book and checked out some must-see lists online. Our greatest challenge was deciding between the aquarium and the zoo. In the end we decided on the aquarium, since it was a walkable distance from our hotel. Once that decision was made we were able to start our day. We walked down 5th street to M.O.D Pizza for lunch then did a little shopping out of necessity. I didn't bring gloves, and my coat doesn't have pockets. Fortunately, I found some warm mittens in a shop on our way to the aquarium. Ryno and I LOVE aquariums. We seek them out in every city we visit, and we can spend hours walking around them. Seattle's aquarium was a lot of fun. They have a great outdoor exhibit for the otters and seals. Also, the aquarium is built over the water, so there are lookout points for whale watching. We didn't see any whales, but it was still amazing to know it's possible.
The view from our room
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Cherry blossom trees










































After the aquarium we headed to the Space Needle. We were both a bit skeptical of the Space Needle at first, and almost skipped it because it was a bit cloudy. I'm so glad we went though, because it was so great once we went up! First, it only takes 40 seconds in an elevator to get to the top. Also, from the top you can see the downtown, the lake from Sleepless In Seattle, University of Washington Campus and Puget Sound. We decided to spend a good amount of time there enjoying the view from inside the Space Needle and outside at the lookout points. I took a lot of photos, unfortunately very few came out well so I am sharing the best we have. From the Space Needle we walked back to our hotel. As we were walking up we realized we had wanted to pick up some Seattle Seahawks gear for our friends. The only place we could find that definitely sold sportswear was across from the stadium. We didn't have much time before they closed, so we practically ran to the stadium. That part of town was pretty quiet at 6pm on a Monday, but it was so fun to take Ryno's photo in front of the stadiums and to see them in person. Also, I really enjoyed the shopping part, and I bought myself a Seahawks shirt. It is super comfy, which I love! We hiked back to the hotel and started packing so we could leave first thing in the morning. Then Tuesday we flew home. It was such a fun vacation for us. Having the chance to see friends and visit somewhere new is such a treat for us!


























Doughnut break


the space needle

Ryno and me at the space needle












Ryno at the space needle

from the space needle

from the space needle

Walking thru the historic district on our way to the stadiums



Thursday, March 24, 2011

SXSW

I am trying to catch up with everything and everyone we missed while we were on vacation, so I will share more from Seattle tomorrow instead. 

In the meantime I thought I would post a few photos from our SXSW experience. We ended up walking along 6th street one night last week rather than trying to find an event we could attend. It ended up being a really enjoyable way of participating in SXSW. We were able to hear some great music, while just relaxing and taking it at our own pace. One of my favorite parts was coming across this great brass band that was playing on 6th street. We later came across them again at one of the food trailer parking lots. They were having a great time, and everyone was loving their music!



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Back in Texas

Ryno and I just got back to Texas late last night. I am so excited to be home and excited to share with you all again! I took a lot of photos while in Washington. Unfortunately, I also learned that there is a reason we have nice digital cameras and that my phone camera is not meant to be the lone source of our picture taking. You will see what I mean...

Our trip started with us flying into Seattle, then picking up our rental volkswagen and driving on a very dark highway to Bellingham, Washington. We stayed in a cabin that looked out onto Whatcom Falls, and we hiked out there the first day to see the waterfall; it was lovely. The rest of our time was spent primarily in Lynden, Washington participating in all the events for Ryno's friend's wedding. It was great to visit with friends from school and to make several new friends too!

After the wedding festivities wrapped up and the couple left for their honeymoon, we packed into our rental with our friends to return to Seattle. We got an early start, so we were able to fit in a few site-seeing activities before they had to catch their return flight. Ryno and I stayed a couple days longer than everyone else from the wedding party, but we were all able to have one last lunch with the entire group at Crab Pot in Seattle. It was a fun place to go with a large group. Almost everyone ordered crab, so we all had little wooden mallets that were pretty entertaining.

















Since our friends from our school days had a later flight out then everyone else, the four of us decided to check out Pike's Market, The Underground Tour and the original Starbuck's (we think). The Underground Tour was really interesting, and I would definitely recommend it to others. It was the sort of thing that you had to experience to really understand how the historic district was built. 















I will post more tomorrow about what all Ryno and I saw during our last full day in Seattle. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vacation Days

Today, Ryno and I are off to Seattle. I am excited to see the west coast with him and to have a true vacation with him. I was looking around at a few of the blogs I like to read this morning, and I found a video on ArtMind that I thought would be fun to share. If you know me, you know how much I love to travel and see new places. I love the way the guy in this video has created a montage of all the places he has traveled. What a fun way to interact with the people of the city/country you are visiting.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring Break & SXSW

Spring Break is in full swing in Austin, and it's been quite a busy week and a half for us. Our families both flew home on Sunday, and I have been busy wrapping up all my tasks at work to prepare for our vacation to Seattle. Neither Ryno nor I have ever been to Seattle, and while we both have been to the west coast before this will be our first trip there together! However, I'm getting a little ahead of myself. I will share more details about Seattle later this week.

For now it's all about Spring Break and South by Southwest (SXSW). One of Ryno's good friends from home now by way of LA is in town for the fest, so we have been trying to catch up with her in the evenings. We are hoping to get to participate a little bit more in SXSW before leaving for Seattle, and I will let you know if we do. As for last week, we spent a lot of time at the lake house in the evenings. However, we did do a few activities too. Wednesday night we went to Auditorium Shores to let Elton run around, and then we enjoyed a picnic dinner while watching the bats fly out from under the Congress Street Bridge. Thursday night Ryno and his two brothers went on the social bike ride. His little brother rode my old now new again 70's road bike that my dad gave me (more to come on the bike later). Saturday morning we headed to San Antonio to see the Alamo, and site-see downtown. It was such a fun day, and I was so excited to finally be able to show Ryno one city that I lived in as a kid. Until this trip he had never seen any of my hometowns...yes, I have a few.

We had a wonderful time visiting with our families, and I hope we can have them all come visit again soon!

Ryno and me hike to Kite Day

My parents and me at Barton Spring
Me, Ryno and his brothers at Kite Day

Family dinner


Ryno's parents catch some fish
Ryno's family at the Alamo in San Antonio

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Elton's Vacation

Yesterday I was pretty under the weather. I had a high fever Sunday night into Monday afternoon, so I had to stay home from work and missed spending time with our families yesterday. However, one member of our little family is staying very busy this week. I decided that this week is Elton's vacation.

We work so hard to make up for no longer having a yard, but when we took Elton to the lake house, where Ryno's family is staying, it was fairly obvious how much he has missed a large span of grass all to himself. Of course, this particular location also has a little more than just a lawn. He also has access to the lake, a large porch set over the lake, lots of sticks, another patio and the most important part which is dogs next door! My favorite story Ryno has shared about Elton's adventures at the lake happened today. Apparently, one of the dogs next door dove into the lake to get around the fence between he and Elton. When he showed up on the same side of the fence Elton dashed out to greet him and did so enthusiastically that the dog quickly retreated, swimming back to his yard.



Monday, March 7, 2011

Our First Kite Day

Yesterday was the 83rd Annual Kite Day in Austin. Since both of our families were in town we thought it would be a fun event to go to with everyone. Originally, Ryno and I talked big about making our own kites and planned to make one for everyone in our family. We fell behind on that plan and instead I ended up at Walgreens on Sunday morning raiding their kite selection. I was still determined to find the cartoon character that best represented each person in our party. For example, Ryno got the penguins from the movie Madagascar, Rob got Transformers and I got Summertime Barbie.

We all met for an early breakfast and then hiked the Greenbelt to Zilker Park. Once there we found a shady spot under a large oak tree and started assembling our kites. Unfortunately, the wind was not being very cooperative and it took a few failed attempts before anyone in our group had their kite in the air. Ryno's mom was the first to succeed. Then slowly but surely we all started to see our kite flying skill return, or maybe it was just that the wind improved too. Either way we all had our kites flying high together, even for just a brief moment.

By the time we had to leave, sometime around 1 o'clock, it seemed there were hundreds of kites in the air. I am told the wind continued to improve throughout the afternoon, and before the event was finished at four o'clock thousands of kites peppered the city skyline. While I was sorry to miss that sight, we still had a fun day with family and flying kites. Here are a few photos from the day. Enjoy!




Friday, March 4, 2011

Lissie

This weekend is going to be such a treat! For the first time since our wedding my parents and Ryno's parents will be together and in Austin. It seems strange that it hasn't happened before now, since we are about to celebrate our 4 year anniversary. And it seems even more bizarre that this was just a chance occurrence due to a wedding falling on the same weekend as Ryno's little brother's spring break. Either way, we are excited that we will be able to have a few large family dinners and just have everyone in one place (except for Jess, who is busy finishing up publishing her doctorate).
Ryno's dad and my dad at our wedding



















Our first official family dinner at our wedding...
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So to kick off this weekend I thought I would introduce an artist I plan to play on repeat for awhile. Her music makes me feel like I'm driving through the country surrounded by lovely warm breezes and sunshine. Have you already heard of Lissie?



I wish you all a happy weekend and hope that it is filled with your loved ones too!