Friday, September 23, 2016

Mueller

Today we had to take Toby's motorcycle in for an oil change and a new tire.

We had some time to kill before it was ready, so we ate lunch at Baby A's and had a Purple "Rita for dessert.

After we ate - and drank - we browsed Best Buy, then headed for a short walk around nearby Mueller Community.

The day was warm and humid and nothing like what one day into fall should feel like, but it was a pleasant walk anyway....








To the top right corner of this photo below, you can see Austin's original airport hanger. Hard to believe as populated as the city is now, there was ever such a small airport, but here it is....


This community also has a large farmers market every Sunday, that I would like to work into my schedule one weekend.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Painful Endings, New Beginnings

Today as I sat at the shop and helped Toby dismantle all of our tattoo flash from the frames that held them on the wall for the past three years, I couldn't help but let my thoughts take me back to that night just a little over 3 years ago that we had excitedly been doing the exact opposite of inserting the flash into those same frames to await being affixed to the wall of what we would call Gridlock Tattoo.

We had big plans and hopes for the shop. I can remember every step of our business venture..... our morning walk when we decided upon a name, all the hard work, money and time it took to scrub old carpet and glue off the floor so we could install the flooring, all those who were there for us and helped us along the way, and mostly our loyal customers who helped keep Gridlock open.

But the time has come for The End. The shop was not going in the direction we anticipated it would. We weren't in bad shape, but for all the work we were putting into it, the outcome was not enough to make it worth all the effort and time we were putting into it.

It was no secret, I was skeptical (and very, very, afraid) when Toby came up with idea of opening our own shop, and the closing of Gridlock was a bittersweet affair, but mostly I was sad for Toby. I know how hard he worked to make things work. How much of his thoughts were consumed with making it work. He gave it a good fight and I give him full credit for that.

But the time has come. The shop was not going in the direction we wanted it to. We weren't in bad shape, but for all the work we were putting into it, the outcome was not enough to make it worth our while.

But, from my life experiences I believe.....

             "New Beginnings Are Often Disguised As Painful Endings" - Lao Tzu

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Lake Georgetown

We met up with Angela and her crew for a hike this week. Even at mid-September, the weather has not cooled off at all, I figured a hike along Lake Geeorgetown would at least give us a chance to stick our feet in the water and cool off.

Unfortunately, on the trail we were on, there weren't any spots that were easy access to the water. The older girls were able to climb down the hill and get to one spot...




This little guy was curious and not as skittish as the other lizards we encountered....







Lake Georgetown is huge with several access points around the lake. I'd like to explore more of this lake at a different access point soon.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Chisholm Trail

Today we headed to Round Rock for our weekly Sam's trip. I was itching to do a little hiking, so Toby pulled up google maps and scrounged us up a nearby park, Chisholm Trail Crossing Park.

There were some interesting statues.....




We came upon a creek......


There was a short, shady trail that ran alongside the creek....







We crossed the street to other side which led to a paved trail......



And here is the famous "round rock" which Round Rock was named after. If you're a history buff, here's a link to the history of how it got its name...


The path led into a park area along the creek....










It was a nice, relaxing walk considering I wasn't really expecting anything more than a trip to Sam's.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Birthday #42

Toby's 42nd birthday was uneventful, but relaxing.

We headed down to Barton Springs for a little hiking then on to the flats to cool off afterward.








While I was roosting on a rock, I spotted this little guy roosting next to me....


Afterward, we headed to Baby A's for some lunch and a couple of Purple "Rita's.

Then home to finish the day out in the pool....



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Brother, Baby and Babbling

We recently had a visit from Toby's brother Charlie, his wife Tennelle (yes, as in Captain and T) and their 3 month old daughter, Ryleigh.

The visit was both nice and stressful at the same time. It was very hard choreographing activities for visitors with a three month old in tow in the middle of Texas's August 110 temps. Toby and I are more outdoor types, and we found out really quick that Charlie and Tennelle weren't interested in getting hot or walking much...understandably, with a 3 month old in tow.

Me and Toby ended up holding the baby a few times...mostly Toby because I think Ryleigh liked Toby's cushioning better. I didn't mind though, because she reminds me so much of Skye when she was a baby...




We even baby sat her one night for a couple of hours. I won't lie and say it was fun, mostly because of the screaming jag she went on that only Toby was able to pull her out of.  But hey, what are families for, right??



And Bo was just like, what the hell is going on here? I hope that thing isn't here to stay...


Trying to keep cool, we went to the Texas Memorial Museum and the Capitol Visitors Center...



I always like to have our photo taken in front of this display, because Texas has been such a positive move for us...

There's a photo bomber behind us
Here are some more photos from the week...





The one and only time Skye gave the baby the time of day...


Although I can still hear baby babble talk in my head, I enjoyed seeing Charlie and meeting his wife and baby. It was a nice visit.