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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vienna, Austria

The day Daniel and I arrived in Vienna, my parents had taken a day trip. I wasn't sure when they'd return for dinner, so Daniel and I checked into our hotel and walked around the area.
We stayed in Hotel Viennart in 2010. The hotel is centrally located and really nice for the price. Of course the price has gone up a bit in four years, but if you book a few months in advance it's still a pretty low cost for the quality. The staff is super nice and they offer free coffee and sodas from noon to midnight. Needless to say, I took advantage of all that coffee. :)

By "centrally located" I mean it's right across from the Museum Quarter. We didn't spend too much time there this year because on our last trip we spent all of our time there. :) It was lovely to walk through the area almost daily, though. There are areas where you can lounge, cafes, shows, a lovely fountain....and museums, of course. :)

And then of course there was the beer. Daniel and I made it a point to try several Austrian beers while we were in town. I only lasted a few days. I love trying the different types and flavors, but dang if beer doesn't make you bloated. Making the switch to wine later on didn't hurt me any. :)

Eventually we met up with my parents. The following day they invited us on a "hop on hop off" tour bus. It was so much fun! Especially walking along the Danube Channel and photograping the beautiful street art. I'll be sharing that next! But here's a peek. :)


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

my favorite blue lips

A friend of mine told me about a shop in Spain that I just had to visit. :) I bought a couple other things that I will share at a later date, too! This top actually has a weird frill at the bottom, so it will stay tucked in for now. :) Blue lips, though? So cool!

Kling top  // Macy's bottoms [gift]  //  Shoemint oxfords  //  Reigruche Studio stacking rings and typewriter necklace

For real, I'm going to go edit the vacation photos now. I promise!

What are your favorite online shops?? :)


Monday, July 21, 2014


Working on: Photo editing. I have about 2,000 photographs from my Europe trip to sort through! It's a bit overwhelming. I've also signed up to do some curriculum editing for work, and that deadline is looming!

Thinking about: I went to the doctor the other day because I have injured both of my thumbs [on separate occasions] at roller derby practice. The doc said I'd need to "baby" my hands so they'll heal [I left out that I had a game the next day - and we won!]. But I was pretty depressed the day of my doctor's visit and X-ray. I beleive it was a combination of PMS and anxiety. I have a permanent injury. Yes, my thumbs will heal slowly, but I'll always re-injure them because of the location. So that's on my mind. :(

Anticipating: Sandy's birthday is coming up! She planned a spur-of-the-moment trip to South Padre Island. It's probably Texas's best beach. The name might sound familiar thanks to MTV and it's Spring Breakers! I'll get one more tan in before my last summer trip to visit family in Florida.

Listening to: Music-wise I'm pretty boring! Every once in a while I go on a popular music binge, but always end up with my old favorites like UltraVox, Depeche Mode, etc. 

Eating: A grocery store trip is much needed....Daniel and I have been scrounging around the house, or eating at my parents' house. :) BUT I've already noticed the vacation weight dropping - thank goodness!

Thankful for: I am incredibly grateful for my parents. They were very generous during our travels, and my mom accompanied me the doctor's office, where, as previously mentioned, I was a hot mess. :) Also the means and the time to travel. It keeps me sane. 

Reading: I actually just posted about what I am reading! I'm finishing up Landline and will start Night Circus next. Can't wait to be relaxing on the beach, absorbing some Vitamin D and reading a good book. [I miss Hawaii!!!]

Watching: Re-watching Doctor Who! I'm currently on Season 2 [David Tennant] and am catching all the little things I missed the first time around. :)

Currently: At this very moment, I have climbed back in bed after a couple hours of roaming the house like a post-bout zombie. I am watching the afore-mentioned TV show to which I obviously addicted, and longing for the curled up kitty to make her way into my lap. :)