Zack’s dream weekend was a hard act to follow*, but luckily we booked last weekend with just as much laugh-a-minute goodness so that it really just felt like the party kept going. Between comedy, rock, and good old fashioned sports, we really experienced the most all-American** weekend you could hope for.
*It’s not every week Jack White and the Bulls come through Texas.
**I think all the acts we saw are American, so this checks out.
Two nights of Jack White in Austin would have been enough to make a dream weekend for me. Getting to go on a road trip to Dallas with Caitlin was just spoiling me. My dear fiancé treated me to Bulls tickets as a Christmas present to go along with an awesome 90’s Bulls leather jacket. The dates fell just right so we could go to Dallas for Friday night’s Bulls game and get back for Saturday and Sunday Jack White shows. I was planning on running the 3M half marathon with Caitlin’s dad Sunday morning, but I’m still recovering from my broken foot, so the best we could do was go root Lance on as he ran the 13.1 miles in the cold by himself. It was a great, exhausting weekend and we weren’t even the ones running the half marathon. Continue reading
Last year, I noticed that Kate Gabrielle (the blogger behind Scathingly Brilliant) had done a really cool thing where she decorated a mason jar and collected little happy moments in it all year long by writing them down on scraps of paper. I asked Zack if he’d want to try doing our own last year, so we did, and the results were scattered* but very sweet.
*I really enjoyed writing them, but we both kinda fizzled out after March. I hope we stick with it all year in 2015.
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As we look to our future in 2015, we thought it could be fun to do a little reflecting on 2014 to see where we’ve come from, and to help that inform where we’re going. Here are some questions I snagged from The Art of Simple with Zack and my answers below. We hope you enjoy, and that your new year brings you all of the love and happiness in your life that you could ever need.
When I wrote the title of this post, I had to count twice to be sure I was counting accurately. Yes, this was the fifth* Christmas that Zack and I celebrated, and I’d say his excitement level in participating in the tradition of this gift-giving holiday with me is rising back to levels close to where it was five years ago! Every year, Zack embraces a little bit more: our annual viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life**, our adding at least one ornament to the tree each year, a day lounging in pajamas and opening stockings filled to bursting with delicious candy. There’s a lot to love, the most of which is the aspect of sharing the holiday with your closest family and friends. While we only got to spend Christmas Eve with two of my favorite other guys in the world (my dad and brother), Zack and I still had a quieter, but just-as-cheery*** Christmas this year.
*It is wild that we’ve now had five Halloween couples costumes, Thanksgivings and Christmas’ together, even though we’ve only been together a little more than four years.
**I went a little overboard, calling it my favorite movie at one point. I won’t go that far, but my new life goal really is to be the George Bailey of Austin.
***Even though we both had to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we made the most of the holiday.
We have a lot to catch up on. Usually we’re quick to post about traveling to weddings, our annual Chanukah party and a day trip, but somewhere between me breaking my foot, Caitlin being sick and both of us working right through the holidays, we got a bit behind, so let’s fly through the last month. The pic above is us right before we left for our work holiday party. The less that’s said about that night the better, but suffice to say we should have probably made extra sure we knew which Hilton we were going to and if one of us is phone-less, we shouldn’t separate*. Let’s move on.
*Very diplomatic. I’ll simply second the fact that we should move on from this particular event (even though we both look amazing). Continue reading
Our Thanksgiving begins and ends the same way every year. We start early Thursday morning with Caitlin in her pajamas at her dad’s house, gleefully waiting for Santa to come by on the Macy’s Day Float, as I anxiously wait to flip over to the football game*. Then, after two days of eating turkey and tofurkey, drinking Riesling and Shiner Cheer and enjoying card games with family and some record shopping, we end the holiday at the Alamo Drafthouse for Master Pancake’s “Hanksgiving.” OK, this is only our second year of “Hanksgiving,” but after we had so much fun last year, I insisted we go back, now that we’re so much further along in our Hanks Project.
*Zack was very patient this year, letting me watch until the very last parade moment.