Monday, April 27, 2009

Our New Home!

We are moving (urg) again this summer.  Although, We love our current flat, its a bit small.  Rudy is now working from home about two days per week and in one room, we are definitely cramped. 

These are the townhomes we are moving into - they are right across from a park/walking trails, outdoor concert arena, and we will be right on the bus line to the university.  Rudy can also bike to work (about a mile) safely - which has been impossible where we currently live.  The apartment/townhouses will have two pools, a huge 24 hour workout facility, a restaurant, a bakery, shops, a wine name it....its here.  We are so excited!

We will move in sometime this August - once construction is complete. Here are some pics we took while checking out the progress the construction crews were making....

The one on the end is ours.  We lucked out because being on the end, we are the only ones with a wrap around balcony.  These are two bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1500 sq. ft townhomes.

This is not our kitchen but it will look something like this one.

In the park across the street

The hills are alive....with the sound of Rudeman.

Austin is....Our Kind of Town

As Rudy and I "adjust" to living in rural Texas, we find it is very therapeutic to run to Austin about once or twice a month.  We love eating at unique restaurants, going to farmer's markets, listening to music - all are things that Austin can provide!  Here are photos from our recent trip.

Whisk! - a relatively new restaurant in Austin.  More of a cool take out, locally sourced lunch place.  Great atmosphere, even better food.  You can eat in the kitchen with the chef or dine al fresco.

Barton Springs:  Natural, Spring fed swimming hole + park near downtown Austin.  It was already packed since it is quite hot here in Texas.  

Austin Botanical Gardens:

Austin Farmer's Market (AMAZING!) - you could find everything you need - fresh bread, pastry, local organic veggies, fresh fruit, fish - all while listening to bluegrass.  I was in heaven!

Remember the Alamo!

Its been quite awhile...I've been a bad, bad blogger!  

My parent's came over Rudy's Spring Break and we had so much fun!  This was their first trip to Texas since we moved here.  We went to Austin and visited the Texas Capital and then went on to San Antonio to see some of the sights there.  The Alamo, the Riverwalk and the missions (Catholic Diocese) in the area were quite facinating.  We tried to convince Dad to ask if there was a basement in the Alamo and he wouldn't (Google Pee Wee's Big Adventure).  I didn't take many pictures (Dad took most of them) but here are a few shots! 

The Riverwalk

Welcome to Beautiful Texas!
Mom and Dad's view from their hotel room.

The Alamo

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Far From Home

I've given it a lot of thought and this move to Texas from Georgia has been as culturally different for me as New York is to North Carolina. It is coming to me in thoughts here and there - life is different here in Texas. We live in Texas (I am still in shock)! Rudy and I sometimes cannot grasp it. Why? I am not quite sure. In our almost 11 years of marriage we have moved about 5 times to different cities and towns - so moving is not new to us. I realize what made Athens different the second time around. We purchased our first home in 2004 in Athens. It was our home. I have not felt an attachment to a house since I first met Rudy in 1993 when my family lived on Lake Bend Way in Greensboro, NC. We still miss that house. And although we still own our Athens house, we miss it as well.

Ironically, we are now craving stability and somehow we dislike the idea of settling here. The job is excellent, the friendships have begun and seem sincere, my health is continuing to improve - why not settle here? Something tells us both, this is not "it." Only time will tell. There are many adventures ahead - for that we are certain!

For now, trips to Austin will have to do - we love Austin! And this weekend we are headed there AGAIN to relax and enjoy. We may even consider living there at some point - but for now, we will commit to another year in College Station.