Archive for January, 2010
On Saturday, Josh and I met up with a couple of friends for the Austin Modern Home Tour. A great way to spend a Saturday… driving around to a bunch of different amazing homes and looking at all the details put into each house. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to all of them. Just not enough time! But we did make it to quite a few. Here’s the first installment…
House 1: Austin, Crestview Neighborhood
There were people living in this house, and they did not allow photography indoors. That was too bad, because it was a pretty cool space and they had some cool details. Very cool movie posters and lots and lots of cds and other media in bookshelves.
House 2: Eastside, Near Mueller Development
This house was pretty neat. It was extraordinarily big, and I walked through room after room of cool details. It had little pops of red everywhere. Loved the little yard with the fountain. Loved the wine storage. Loved the big bathtub. Loved the spiral staircase. Loved the elevator. YES, elevator! Crazy. I did not ride it, but there was an elevator. I could never live in a house this big though. Too many places and rooms to lose stuff in.
House 3: Eastside, near Greenwood and MLK
I really liked this house. It had a nice layout downstairs very cool light fixtures. The house did have a modern feeling, but without being over-the-top. It was a good size, and I could totally see myself living here. And I really really liked the staircase.
House 4: Eastside Near MLK and Oltorf
Okay, this house was a little weird. The outside was a bit much, with the blue stripes. The inside could be a cool space, but you could tell they were still doing a lot of work to the place. I kinda hope it’s on the tour next year so I can see what progress has been made. Also, it was really cold. They didn’t have the heat on inside. We didn’t stay long for fear of numbness.
The way the day lengths are right now, I find myself driving to work many days when the sun is just rising, and home when the sun is setting. It makes for some very nice drives. It inspired me to take some photos every day while driving home this week.
And here it is, A Week of Driving Home.
When a co-worker suggested a couple of weeks ago that several of us should go to Perla’s, his treat, I thought he was joking. He insisted he was serious. I still never believed it would happen. I mean, this is Perla’s.. the restaurant I heard has fantastic seafood and my boyfriend read in Esquire was one of the Best New Restaurants in America. Why would this guy treat myself and another co-worker to Perla’s?
And then he mentioned it again yesterday. And so the three of us made plans to go on Tuesday. I still wasn’t sure this would actually happen. Until at 11:55am when he said something along the lines of “I’m starving, let’s go.” And so we went.
We drove to South Congress and parked in the neighborhood behind Perla’s. The weather was wonderful, so we sat outside on the deck. A fantastic choice. The canvas chairs and striped umbrellas made sitting on the deck seem like an escape. Far far away from the office.
And then we looked at the menu. Okay, so Perla’s is apparently great for Oysters. I’ve never had oysters before. Especially raw. But I was ready to try. We ordered three different kinds of oysters. All East Coast. One from Maine, one Massachusetts, one from Prince Edward Island. And might I say.. “mmmmmmm.” I think the ones from Massachusetts were my favorite. They were the most briny and salty. And oh how I wish I remembered the names of them so I could tell you.
After the three of us finished our delicious plate of 24 oysters, we got our regular food. I had Rainbow Trout with salad and a little stuffed tomato. I don’t even like tomatoes, and I loved this. My co-workers ordered the Lobster Roll and Ahi Tuna sandwich. Those looked delicious and of course they both loved their food.
To sum it up: I think I may now owe this co-worker my first born or something, but whatever.. it was worth it.
The weather in Austin this week has been fantastic. Warm temperatures and blue skies most days of the week. On Wednesday after work, Josh and I met down at Auditorium Shores by Town Lake (Lady Bird Lake) and let Sydney run around with the other dogs. We left around sunset and took a little walk around park of the lake before heading home. We’ve got to do this more often.