back to the lone star

28 Oct


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daddyjay, jamison, and i went to austin last week. he had a conference and we went along for the ride.

just after we got married we moved to austin and lived there for 2 years. needless to say, we loved it. we had the girls, daddyjay decided to go to law school, and we moved to st. louis.

we miss it.

a lot.

last week’s trip cemented the desire to force our children to go become longhorns so we can move back…if we don’t move back sooner.

my lady-baby and i were on our own during the day, but we did hang out with daddyjay at night. when we got there we checked in to our hotel and drove to town to eat at conan’s. it was our favorite pizza joint. good times. after that we headed over to central market to pretend what we would buy if we were doing our weekly grocery run. sounds silly, but this is the best grocery store in the world.

the next morning, i was in charge of sitting by the computer to sign up for the river to river relay in southern illinois at noon. it’s a wicked race. 8 team members, 80 miles, 3 legs each. i did it the week after i got married and hope that our team was accepted and can run it again. daddyjay is going to join me this time, as well as the bestie, the doctor’s wife, and mj. i still have to find 3 people to join. if we get in.

anyhoo – after that i took the babe for a ride. we ended up driving around town and checking out all of our old haunts, new construction, our first 2 apartments, and going to ikea. i know it’s ridiculous to go to ikea, but i miss it and miss james’s schedule allowed it. we went back and picked up daddyjay and drove to soco for some shopping. my favorite store in all the world is there. we stopped by guero’s for some queso and a beer. we almost walked down to the bridge to see if the bats we still flying, but knew we wouldn’t make it in time, so we walked back to the car and drove to hula hut for some tubular tacos. next morning i went to magnolia with just my girl and had a prima dora omelette and gingerbread banana pancakes. coffee, of course. walked around downtown for a couple of hours, fell in love with the new and picked daddyjay up for lunch at hut’s hamburgers for a hickory burger and onion rings.

i’m telling you, this whole trip is about the food. i didn’t even get to go to any of these places to eat. maybe next time, or when we move back there someday. that is definitely a goal. not too exciting, but i had great fun revisiting the city where my big girls were born.


4 Responses to “back to the lone star”

  1. Olivia November 5, 2008 at 8:47 am #

    I’ve been wanting to visit Austin for a long time.

  2. Natalie November 1, 2008 at 8:49 pm #

    I didn’t even know you had a blog. I’m so glad I found it.

    Your trip to Austin sounds like my dream trip. I’ve been back only once since we moved. I went back for a wedding and it was wonderful, but it made me terribly sad, missing the city where we had such fun times and the city where my baby boy was born.

  3. Dana October 30, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    Have always wanted to go to Austin but never had a reason to. Am collecting some from this, though.

  4. Heather October 28, 2008 at 9:25 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful walk down memory lane. There aren’t many trips I go on that don’t revolve around food. When I lived in Florida and came home to visit, every day revolved around which one of my favorite and non-Florida restaurants I was going to eat at. I have to say, those onion rings look fabulous.

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