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Big News!

19 Jun

So, do you remember the last post I wrote?  About how Billy and I are moving to New Braunfels? 

Well you can forget that…


We’re moving to Austin!

Let’s go back, oh, 9 months or so, and I’ll tell you a little story about how we got here.

Around Thanksgiving time, 2011, Billy and I sat down for a serious chat.  His business was going extremely well, but it was taking far longer than they had originally anticipated to jump over all the red tape and get all their licenses and certifications.  At that time, we were thinking, maybe now is the best time to move back to Chicago.  So I started looking for jobs.

And looking.

And applied for hundreds of jobs.

And found nothing.

Until this past March.  Then I randomly heard from 2 companies and interviewed with them in Chicago.  Let’s call them Company A and Company B.  The interviews went well, I was really excited, and Billy and I started planning for Chicago livin’.

The only problem is that while I was told the interviews went well, the companies were apparently in no rush to hire me.  After 2 months of waiting to hear back from these companies, I randomly applied for a couple jobs in Austin, just to see.  Company C in Austin emailed me 3 days later saying they wanted to meet with me, so Billy decided to come with and ride along and explore Austin while I interviewed with Company C. 

While he was waiting, he stumbled upon an open career fair for a startup tech company and stopped by.  He was offered that job one week later!  And that’s how he started at BigCommerce.  He’s still working on his own company with his partner, it’s just happening more on the side for now.

He started that job right away, and I continued to wait for Companies A, B and C to get back to me.  Company C contacted me 3 weeks later saying they were no longer going to be hiring anyone and they were restructuring instead.  This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because that next week I heard their big client was cutting their spending by A LOT, meaning had I started with them, I might not have lasted there very long.

A couple days later, I got an email from another company in Austin asking for an interview.  Let’s call them Company D.  This interview took place last Friday.  While I was driving to Austin, I got a call from Company A in Chicago and they offered me a job!  I couldn’t even believe it.  Only a mere 4-5 months later.  And after Billy started a new, awesome job in Austin.

I told Company D that I got an offer from Company A and they quickly made me an offer that following Monday, as in yesterday!  So I’m happy to announce that I have accepted Company D’s offer.  And Company D is really called BancVue in Austin!

While our oringinal plan was to go back to Chicago because I miss my family more than I care to talk about, sometimes you have to let fate help you make your decisions.  Billy and I have spent the past 9 months looking and interviewing and writing cover letters for a jobs in Chicago and it has just been awful.  And then we barely even look for a jobs in Austin and it was just so easy and fast.  Had companies A & B not taken so long to make their decision, things would be different, but for now, it looks like we are meant to be in Texas!

So now we have to scramble to find a place to live.  I had to cancel our apt. in New Braunfels this morning and Billy is going to look for apartments in Austin over his lunch break today, because we need to move this weekend!  Our friends are getting married in Dallas next weekend so now is our only time before our current apartment ends this month.  And now you know why my posts have been so slacking.  I always have stuff I want to write about, but for obvious reasons, I couldn’t share until now.

We are really excited for our next big adventure!


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!

Austin Love

27 Apr

It’s no secret Billy and I love Austin.  Since it’s only an hour and a half from San Antonio, we tend to go there A LOT.  Now we will be going even more because my BFF from college, Cobs, is moving there this summer!

He was accepted at UT to get his Doctorate.  Such a smarty pants.

He came down to visit last month during SXSW and we went to the most amazing restaurant called Moonshine.

It was like a little piece of Heaven in my mouth.

Can’t wait to find more amazing restaurants with you Cobs!

P.S. It’s supposed to be 97 degrees today.  Welcome to Texas.



20 Apr

Thank goodness it’s Friday.  That means that Addison is DONE with her first day of treatment.  I think the first one is always the hardest.  Not that any of the other times will be easier, but let’s just say it’s good to have one day down. 

Which reminds me, thank you for all who have been thinking of her and praying for her.  She really appreciates it and even sends a “thank you” picture!

Such a sweet girl!

Billy and I are jetting back to Chicago early tomorrow morning.  I can’t wait to be back and hopefully get to give Miss Addison a big hug and a little present I got for her.  Since we don’t know how she is going to react to the chemo, we aren’t sure if we will be able to actually see her.  Fingers crossed.

On another note, here is an amazing picture to look at to get you through Friday.

Billy and I went here a few weeks ago, it’s called Hamilton Pool.  It’s AMAZING and is only about 30 minutes outside of Austin.  You have to walk down this rocky path about a quarter mile to get there, and you feel like you are in the middle of Ferngully.  Super lush.

Then you cross this little bridge and it opens up to the pool area with a waterfall.  Apparently, this natural pool was created when an underground river collapsed.  You can swim, catch some rays and just enjoy this little beaut.  Billy’s favorite part, of course, was standing directly under the waterfall.

Happy Friday!


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.


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.


Feels like Spring!

30 Dec

It has been ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL this week in Texas.  It’s December 30th and it’s 75 degrees out.  I can’t complain.

So, to take full advantage, I pulled on my awesome bright running shoes…

And took Mr. Gus Gus on a super long run/walk to his favorite path.

And enjoyed the sun.

By the end of it he was tired and didn’t want to walk anymore.  I had to drag him home.

It’s supposed to be even nicer today… crossing my fingers I might get out of work early???

Have a safe and happy New Year everyone!!!