What’s great about Austin and UT

1. You don’t have to dress up or look good for class. At all. The uniform here is t shirt, yoga pants or running shorts, and tennis shoes. I spend ten minutes a day getting ready and I can just wear my workout clothes so a stop by the gym after classes is easy. Holla!

workout2. The restaurants. Oh my lanta. Within walking distance from me are more options than I’ve ever had in my whole life. Thai, German, Indian…but I just keep going back for the Tex Mex. The Hula Hut is a beautiful restaurant overlooking the lake where you can get fresh tortillas, delicious ingredients, and enough food to eat for three days.

102_18303. All the dogs. I am such a creeper. I’m always the one to say “OMG can I pet your dog?!?!” I just love them. I miss Alice soooooo much!!!!

IMG_08324. The fact that my dad is here!!!!!!! Yeah that’s right! My family is moving to Austin. Oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah. I was so thrilled when they told me. My dad arrived last week and on Saturday we went to lunch and I showed him campus. My mom won’t be here for another couple months or so, but the fact that I’ll get to see them whenever I want as opposed to just breaks is awesome. I know we’ll all be super busy, but still 40 minutes away is much better than 30 hours when a girl needs a hug from her mom and dad.

 

IMG_0102See that snow? Yeah, we don’t have that here. 😀 tehe!

What’s something new and exciting happening in your life??

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Home James!

My whirlwind trip to Billings went exceedingly well. Although, I have to say, could the drive between Great Falls and Billings BE more boring? The scenery does. not. change.

When we got there on Wednesday, my mom and I grabbed some lunch immediately since we were both starving. I had the best oriental chicken salad ever! No wontons though, I didn’t want to undo all the healthy goodness. Then we headed over to our great friends Russ and Tam’s house for a while before my appointment.

My appointment was great! All the staff were incredibly friendly and talkative and it was just such a different atmosphere than so many of my other appointments. When I told them that I am going to be a doctor they said, “You’ll love it! It’s so rewarding!” It’s crazy how much of an impact it has on the patients when the doctors are happy.

That pars injection HURTS though! Holy tits! (is that inappropriate? Sorry). First they put the numbing medication all the way down between the joints of your spine which feels like molten fire. Then they flood the joints above and below the fracture with various medicines to help the body fight the pain and all the pressure feels like someone is trying to pop your vertebrae apart. Ouch!

Glad that’s over. My back feels so much better though! If I’m not pain free in two weeks it means it didn’t work so I would really really appreciate your prayers! It would be a Godsend if this could finally be the last push I need to get me on the road of recovery.

That night we went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner because I wanted to get a steak! I’m not a huge meat lover and it was the first time I’ve ever ordered a steak at a restaurant before. However, the last few weeks I’ve been crazy pale (and I have fair skin, but I’m talking like sickly pale with dark circles), super tired, and cold ALL the time. It finally hit my mom and I that I don’t have nearly enough iron right now. I run really low anyway and I’ve been eating a mostly vegetarian diet which is a bad combination! Beef…here I come.

We left Billings around 11am this morning after a delicious pancake breakfast, stopped to split a reuben on the road, and got back to my house around 3 where my sister and dog were excitedly waiting! We’re going to our friends’ pre-Thanksgiving party tonight and I’m so excited! I have two new Gap dresses and I’m busting one out tonight. Pictures tomorrow!

What is your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving? 

I like to take biscuits and put a little turkey, mashed potato, stuffing, and gravy on there. It’s like a hot, fresh Thanksgiving sandwich and I LOVE it. I also am a sucker for pumpkin pie. What a great holiday!

Scrabble and Eggs

I made the BEST breakfast this morning. I usually eat sweet breakfasts like pancakes, oatmeal, or french toast because sweet things pair so fantastically with coffee, but lately I’m trying to switch over to more savory items. When I eat my sweet right away it usually satisfies my sweet tooth all day but this week it has just been revving it up early and then all day I am trying to ignore the fact that I REALLYREALLYNEEDCANDYNOW.

But anyway…say hello to the sunny-side up egg and cheese grilled sandwich.

 

 

It’s eggy. It’s cheesy. It’s healthy. It’s…awesome. I’ll probably eat it for the next two weeks straight for breakfast and then get super sick of it and pick it up again in a month or two.

My Sunday was lovely! I had coffee with my friend Ben and it was great to see him again. Then I headed off to meet with the woman whose son I start tutoring today and we got all the details worked out.

 

Then my parents and I ran some errands around town. (that’s me being excited because I am wearing…)

 

Pants!! Thanks to my dandy brace. It does make sitting in the car pretty awkward and uncomfortable, but it’s the doctor’s orders so I better stick with it. When we got home my mom and I played a few rounds of Scrabble while my dad got started on dinner.

 

I got EVERY X, Q, Z, and other letters that seriously make hardly any words. And my mom got almost every vowel. We were not doing splendidly.

Alice gets really cold in this winter weather and so she decided to get in on the game too.

 

Everyone together now: AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

My back is still slowly making progress from my idiot walking day. I think I have finally learned my lesson. When I start feeling better I will continue to take it super easy until at least March so that I can put this whole ordeal behind me! Impatience gets you nowhere!

What do you have going on this week? AND what are you dressing up as for Halloween?

Tidbits

Yesterday outside of Hastings I saw the cutest thing! A family with two little boys was leaving the store and the toddler started to fall behind. The other brother who looked like he was like two years older turned around and walked back to him, grabbed his hand, and they kept walking.

 

I just thought that was SO sweet. I love when siblings watch out for one another. I mean, that’s what siblings are for!! You go, little boy.

Also, something truly miraculous has happened. I just got a corset to keep my back in place since the pain has been increasing over the last few days (that’s definitely not the good part, bear with me) and I got an ad from Banana republic that they have a new line of dresses based off Anna Karenina. WHAT?!?

 

 

It’s fate it’s fate it’s fate it’s fate it’s fate it’s fate. I’m telling you. I need all three of those dresses like RIGHT NOW. When I got the ad, I was a very VERY happy girl.

 

We also got some new music in our house this week. I love music all kinds, especially when it’s brand spankin’ new.

 

 

I haven’t had a chance to listen to them both very much, but what I have heard so far I really like! My favorite song on Taylor’s album so far is “I knew you were trouble”. It just has a cool sound that isn’t really country OR pop.

 

Anyway, that’s all for me! It’s Saturday, my favorite day ever and I am off to enjoy it. Have a great one ❤

Have you heard any new music lately?

Birthday Recap

Here’s a sample of what my birthday on Saturday consisted of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all it was a pretty great day. My dad cooked french toast for breakfast, then I got ready and relaxed a while before we headed to Macaroni Grill for a late lunch. Then I opened some presents and relaxed some more while my mom cooked a her AMAZING lasagna! After dinner we had champagne and watched a movie before eating some homemade ginger cremes and heading to bed. It may not have been the birthday I was expecting for this year, but nevertheless it was a wonderful day!

I’ve got a few projects on my radar this week. Of course, the seemingly never ending one of getting my back healed (it’ll all be over soon, right?!?), and editing a manuscript for my aunt! Hope you have a lovely week!