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Pack ’em up

6 Jun

And move ’em out!  It’s time to move to a brand new house!  err… apartment.

Every time I move, I get this song stuck in my head.  It is from my most favorite Strawberry Shortcake episode ever when I was little.  It’s the best.



We’re moving to New Braunfels!

Billy got an awesome new job in Austin!   He’s just straight crushing it at BigCommerce and is absolutely loving it.

Since the commute for Billy from San Antonio to Austin is pretty long every day, we are moving to middle ground so I can go south to San Antonio and he can go north to Austin.

New Braunfels is a really cute, super country town and holds the little historic village of Gruene.  You may remember a previous post where I talk about tubing and Gruene Hall.  Our new apartment will be less than a mile from Gruene so we will be spending most of our time in town and floating down the river!

The best part about our new apartment is that it has an extra bedroom… so bring on the visitors!

Doesn’t that look like fun?  And you will have your option of hanging out in Austin or San Antonio, since we will be in the middle of the two!

We’ll be ready for you in July!


Gorilla Challenge

14 May

On Saturday, Billy and I participated in the San Antonio Gorilla Challenge.  What is the Gorilla Challenge?  “We’re an Amazing Race/Fear Factor style event, quickly becoming the largest outdoor pursuit experience in the nation sending hundreds of Gorillas around their city looking for clues with excitement for a chance to win awesome prizes.”

And Billy and I took 2nd place!

I’m not going to lie, it was HARD for me.  We are guessing we ran probably around 4.5 – 5 miles total.  I’m not a runner so it was pretty difficult but we still had a really great time figuring out the clues and doing the challenges. 

My favorite challenge was squirting vinegar into Billy’s mouth and he had to spit it into a bottle up to a certain line.  That was probably his least favorite.  But he is already talking about doing the one in Austin in the fall.

I guess that means I better keep running!

Let’s Rodeo

2 Mar

Last weekend Billy and I went to the rodeo.  Since this was our second time going, it wasn’t as big of a culture shock.  I mean, it’s like a whole different country down here in Texas!

I put my boots on.

And we watched the grand introduction and many different rodeo events.

After the rodeo was over Dierks Bentley performed.  We were pleasantly surprised at how good he was!

We are SLOWLY starting to like country music.  Baby steps.


You bet your dupa I’m Polish

21 Feb

Happy Fat Tuesday!  For those who have any sliver of Polish in them, this translates to Happy Paczki Day!!!

If I was living in Chicago today, I would have started off my day stopping at Dinkel’s bakery downtown and getting some delicious Paczkis.  You may ask, what is a Paczki?  Basically heaven in your mouth. 

“A pączki is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with confiture or other sweet filling. Pączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing or bits of dried orange zest. A small amount of grain alcohol (traditionally, Spiritus) is added to the dough before cooking; as it evaporates, it prevents the absorption of oil deep into the dough.

In Poland, pączki are eaten especially on Fat Thursday (the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday). Many Polish Americans celebrate Pączki Day on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, the reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because they were forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic fasting practices during Lent.”

Strange Cargo, my favorite t-shirt place in Chicago, has this shirt.  One day it will be mine.

Anyway… I now live in San Antonio.  Where NO ONE has heard of a paczki!  The horror!

Last year, I literally called every bakery and asked if they made them.  They thought I was CRAZY.  Everyone said, “Do we have a WHAT?!”. 

So, since I don’t have my paczkis, I made something else this weekend that I thought I would share.

Slutty Brownies.

You are probably wondering why they are called slutty brownies.  Well, the website where I found the recipe tells me they are called slutty brownies because “They are oh so easy and more than a little bit filthy”

5 steps:

1. Make your standard chocolate chip cookie recipe and spread the dough in a pan like you are making cookie bars.

2. On top of the cookie dough, add a layer of Oreo cookies.

3. Make a batch of brownie dough and pour over the Oreo layer.

4. Bake at least 30 minutes.  (I kept it in about 45, was still too gooey)

5. Devour.

Enjoy your Fat Tuesday!

BBQ Cookoff

3 Feb

The Rodeo kicked off last weekend with a BBQ Cookoff and since the claim was there were something like 237 contestants, Billy and I decided this was something we needed to attend.

While we didn’t get to sample as much BBQ as we would have liked, it was a lot of fun walking around and seeing Texans in their element.

And seeing how fancy their booths were.  Some even looked like store fronts.

And then seeing how many different types of grills there were.  That was most impressive to me.

We found one booth filled with tons of delicious salsas and sauces and decided to take some salsa home called “cowboy candy” and “raspberry jalapeno”.  I’m a huge fan of the raspberry jalapeno.  Billy thought this was pronounced, “Shaw-Nay”…

They even passed out Texas shaped cheese crackers on our way out.

Texans just love Texas.


Silly Sally came to town

11 Oct

Walking backwards, upside down. 

Not really, but one of Sally’s favorite books growing up was called “Silly Sally” so whenever I say, “Sally came to town”, I think of that book.

Unfortunately, like every other time my family comes to town, it rained.  So no tubing.  Which made me upset.  But it was still really nice to see her and get to spend time with her.

When she first arrived on Saturday we went to lunch at La Gloria.  They are known for their “street foods of Mexico”.  Authentic Mexican, YUM.

It’s located at the Pearl Brewery where we had our wedding reception, so naturally they sold Pearl Beer there and of course we ordered that.

I know my nail polish is chipping.  I need a manicure.

The rest of the weekend we just ate lots of Mexican, practiced running like Dinosaurs and drank some vino. 

And Billy gave Sally her birthday present, a calendar with Sal nicknames!  Every time Billy sees Sally he tries to think of a new nickname for her, always starting with SAL.  So he compiled a bunch of names and we got this glorious present.

Here she is opening it wondering, “What could it be?!”

Realizing what it is. 

Here’s a sneak peak at one of the months.

Pretty much the greatest present a brother-in-law could ever give.

COME BACK pleeeeeeeease!


7 Oct

Sal pal is coming to San Antonio tomorrow!  And guess what?  It’s raining.

WHY does it rain every time my family comes to visit?  I don’t understand.  There are literally ZERO clouds in the sky every other day.

I want to take her tubing, and rain would not make it enjoyable.

We will have fun even if it does rain, I’m excited to see her!