September 2013 Round-up

And another month comes to an end! Here are my highlights for September 2013:

  • Spending Labor Day Weekend with my family in Austin. On Sunday we went down to San Marcos to shop the outlets and then ate dinner at the Gristmill in Gruene to celebrate Mom's birthday.
  • Driving over to the Hill Country Galleria on Labor Day to shop and look around. I found some great deals at Homegoods and Michaels.
  • Seeing a rainbow after work one day.
  • Playing bells in church during a football weekend. I love it when the whole family can hear me play.
  • Traveling home to Henderson during the last weekend of this month. It was great spending time with the whole family and celebrating my birthday a little early.
  • Watching the Longhorns beat K-State for the first time since 2003. It was a good victory after two straight losses (even if we had to fight the crickets in the stands).
  • Meeting Louis, the new neighborhood cat. Sammy was not impressed, however.

Books I read: The Young Clementina (D.E. Stevenson); Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times (Jennifer Worth)

Movies I watched: Austenland, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (DVR), Thelma and Louise (DVD)

TV: Yay for the return of fall TV and some of my favorites — Dancing with the Stars, Castle, and Grey's Anatomy

The drive home to Austin

About My Monthly Round-Ups
At the end of each month, I take a look back and write a post about the month's highlights, as well as what I read and watched. To see all of my round-up posts, visit this page.

Project 365 | Week 39

Happy Monday! It's hard to believe today is the last day of September. This past weekend I spent some time with my family in Henderson. My birthday is this coming Wednesday, but we celebrated a little early on Saturday night. Mom made a delicious dinner, and everyone spoiled me with some great presents. The highlight, however, was definitely Esther's "Olympic cat" birthday cake. Thanks, everyone!

My pictures for Week 39:

Fox at Target
266/365: A fox at Target

Project 365 | Week 38

Happy Monday! It's always easier to start a new week after a Texas win. This past week was fairly ordinary, but I enjoyed having the family in Austin this weekend. I also took the 265th picture for this project on Sunday, which means I have exactly 100 pictures left. Here's to finishing off strong!

On my bedside table
259/365: On my bedside table

Weekend with P&E

Pennybacker Bridge

At the beginning of last month, Paul and Esther came down to Austin to spend the weekend with me. I love when they come down because it gives me the opportunity to be a tourist in my own city. These are just a few moments from their visit I want to remember:

Project 365 | Week 37

Good evening! This past week was another busy one, but I enjoyed having my family in town this weekend. The game didn't go quite as well as we had hoped, but I'm glad they were able to see me play handbells at church on Sunday.

Here are my pictures for Week 37 (lots of light and Sammy this week):

Evening light
252/365: Evening light

Project 365 | Week 36

Happy Monday! I'm still having a hard time believing it's September, especially when it's still so hot outside. Luckily, this past week was a short work week, and I was able to spend some time inside this weekend, trying to stay cool.

My pictures for Week 36...

Dipped cone
245/365: Dipped cone in a cup

August 2013 Round-up

Since September is already well underway, it's time for my August round-ups. These are some of the things I want to remember about this month:

  • I enjoyed meeting up with my mom in Dallas for the second year in a row. We had a lot of fun shopping, eating great food, and being together.
  • Paul and Esther came down to Austin at the beginning of the month. Even though it was very hot, we managed to pack a lot into our two days. We climbed to the top of the 360 overlook, took a UT Tower tour, watched the bats on the Congress Avenue Bridge, and ate at Hula Hut.
  • The return of college football! It was great to watch UT play football once again, even if the first half made me a little nervous.
  • While I've missed a few days here and there, I'm still enjoying my evening walks around the apartment complex.
  • One Sunday I broke out of my usual morning routine and had breakfast at Panera Bread before church. It was a nice way to begin the day.
  • I love watching my succulents grow, even though a few have passed into the land of peaceful plant slumber.
  • One Friday I was heading into work when the electricity went out in the entire building...while I was in the elevator. Fortunately the doors were open because we had just stopped on the 8th floor. Once I realized what was happening, I raced out of the elevator, ran down the hall and up the stairs to the 9th floor, and arrived at work completely out of breath. It was an interesting way to start off a Friday morning to say the least.

Books I read: Anne of Ingleside and Rainbow Valley (L.M. Montgomery); The Last Camellia (Sarah Jio); Orphan Train (Christina Baker Kline)

Movies I watched: The Way Way Back (so, so good); The Spectacular Now; Lee Daniels' The Butler

TV: Gilmore Girls (Season 7 DVD); Downton Abbey (Seasons 1 & 2 DVDs); The Magic of Ordinary Days (TV movie); U.S. Gymnastics Championships

P.S. Happy birthday, Mom!

About My Monthly Round-Ups
At the end of each month, I take a look back and write a post about the month's highlights, as well as what I read and watched. To see all of my round-up posts, visit this page.

Project 365 | Week 35

Happy September! After a full weekend of family, fun, and football (sorry for the alliteration), I've enjoyed spending the evening around home watching the second season of Downton Abbey. The temperature may still hover around 100, but I'm looking forward to the upcoming fall season and the new photo possibilities.

Here are my pictures for Week 35:

8-26 New shoes
238/365: New shoes