Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Enchanted Rock

I finally visited Enchanted Rock! I've been wanting to go there for so long!
Enchanted Rock is a massive, boulder-like piece of the earth's crust that is supposedly the foundation for how the rest of Texas was formed. The view from the top is beautiful, and it is amazing to see huge boulders and chunks of the earth strewn about like marbles!
The weather was perfect for our trip, but, boy is it windy up there! My hat actually flew all the way off my head! Luckily, I was able to catch it on the ground!
It was great being there. We went exploring around through some of the cave-like areas and then simply sat down for a while to enjoy the view. This earth really is amazing.
On our way out to Enchanted Rock, we stopped at Wildseed Farms, which is a cute (but big) store and cafe filled with tons of gifts and, of course, wildflower seeds. It is the nation's largest operating wildflower seed farm! While there, I met Chloe and her brothers Max and Snowball and a couple of other furry, feline friends who call the farm home. I loved that they were just lounging around on countertops and chairs!
After visiting Enchanted Rock, we made a quick stop in Fredericksburg, a place I also had never been! (Crazy, huh?) It was fun strolling through all the little shops and sampling the goodies. Seems like fudge and ice cream are staples in Fredericksburg - in addition to the peaches, I imagine!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Jennifer and John Sittin' in a Tree

I went to a great wedding Tuesday, St. Patrick's Day, for my friends Jennifer and John. What a fun idea to have a wedding on that day!

The wedding and reception were held at Mercury Hall here in Austin, and it is a beautiful place! They were married underneath big, swooping oak trees, with bright, green grass providing a backdrop against crisp-looking, white chairs, and perfect weather!

They did an excellent job picking out their wedding goodies, from the napkins to the flowers to the getaway sparklers. The food was from their travels around the world, with cute cards explaining why they chose each item. My favorite treat was the gelato bar. Yes - a gelato bar! Four different kinds of gelato at my disposal ... Yum! I had the dark chocolate - twice - because I am a dark chocolate kind of gal. ;) I sort of remember a photographer taking a picture of me with a gelato spoon in my mouth, while I was on the dance floor, now that I think about it!

And, I danced a lot! In fact, a woman came up to me and said, "Can my daughter dance with you? She sees you dancing, and she wants to dance with you." I immediately said, "Of course!" and we had lots of fun! She sang all the words to the hip hop songs, too; it was cute!

It was a great wedding, and I wish them all the happiness they desire in their life together! Congratulations!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I Am Irish ...

I am Irish, and I demand to be kissed!! ;)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Naturally, I am wearing my "Everyone Loves an Irish Girl!" t-shirt. Be sure to wear green, too, or you might get pinched!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Today ...

Today ... can only get better.

Monday, March 09, 2009

My Life

I've been pretty busy lately ... again.

For the first time, I attended Art Night Austin, which was really cool. It was sort of like a gallery hop, with food and wine at each gallery and a limo bus to take you from one place to the next. I had a lot of fun and got to dress up, which is a plus for me! (Occasionally, of course. The flip flops would get lonely.)

I played harps at an angel therapy (meditation) class! The music was beautiful, and it was easy to create wonderful music. You just have to strum your fingers - on a harp, there aren't any bad notes! I absolutely loved it! It felt like home! They pretty much had to pull my hands off the harp and say, "It's time to go!" I could have stayed all night!

I went to a friend's bridal shower at Fado, an Irish pub. Cute location. And the reason for it is they are getting married on St. Patrick's Day! Fun, Fun! But, unfortunately, I don't have a green dress for it ... ;)

I really enjoyed a performance by singer and songwriter Erin Ivey - "Austin's urban folk sweetheart" - at a fundraiser for a good friend. Listen to "Chocolate."

I also went to a speech by a psychic writer. I was curious to see how she blended the psychism and the writing. I was impressed by how open people were to what she had to say. Almost everyone had some experience they wanted to share about themselves, a loved one, or a pet. I just let them talk; I sat quietly and listened. ;)