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An Unusual Evening at Shady Grove in Austin, Texas

*This post has been updated since it was first published,  and I've experienced a whole lot more of Austin since then. However, nothing has happened that has made me laugh any harder.  An Evening at Shady Grove No one has ever called me a dumb blonde.  From time to time, that shoe just almost fits, but I prefer the word ditzy.  I really feel like it's ok to be a little ditzy, and there can actually be some advantages to it. Ditzy blondes may not always understand ditzy blonde jokes; therefore, they are never really

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3 Best Happy Hours in Austin

Very shortly after we arrived in Austin, someone gave us a great tip.  Find the best happy hours, they said.  You can eat on the cheap and still have an opportunity to enjoy a flavorful menu of fantastic foods in some of the city's best restaurants. So, we are making our way around the city doing just that. Here are 3 of the best happy hours in Austin, where the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is amazing, and the budget won't take too much of a beating. W Austin The W Hotel in Austin is home to this restaurant called TRACE.  I

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#7 – Birthday on a Boat (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

When we moved to Austin from the Panhandle, we envisioned a lot of change, expected a little weirdness, and then we embraced the challenge of setting off from the familiar to the unknown. Armed with recommendations from the Pinterest boards of Austin's food and travel bloggers, we set out to enjoy restaurants like Clark's Oyster Bar and scenery at spots like Krause Springs. Against the backdrop of what we saw in those pictures online, we could easily insert mental images of our own selves, living our dreamy best life in the

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#8 – Mornings by the Pool in Austin (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

One of my favorite authors is Jan Karon. She wrote the most wonderful bestselling set of stories called The Mitford Series, in which the central character marries a lovely, petite woman with a glorious exuberance for life. If Cynthia thinks she likes something, what she says is that she loves it. The whole series is a joy to read, but I especially loved those bits of dialog when Cynthia blurted out her love for first one thing and then the next. It kind of bugs her husband who reserves love for things more important than

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#10 – I Made the Statesman (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

#10 I Made the Statesman - Top 10 Experiences of 2018 Actually, it's not my first time to make the paper. Three of my classmates and I were featured in The Canyon News after we were elected as officers of our school's Future Homemakers of America club. Another time, our whole family was pictured in the Muleshoe Journal as the town's newest residents. But, the Austin American Statesman is like, bigger. The circulation of this historic newspaper must be at least a million or more times more than the others that mentioned the

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12 Fun and Useful Gift Ideas for Grads

May is the month of graduations and celebrations for those who are crossing over from school to school or from school to new job. Be ready to acknowledge accomplishments with these 12 Gift Ideas for Grads. Fun and Useful Gift Ideas for Grads SOCKS. What graduate doesn't need more socks? These socks are ranked by Men's Health as the best for everyday wear.  Feetures! High Performance No Show. Click here to order from Amazon. Place them in a gift back with shoe deoderizer, clippers, peppermint foot balm, and a copy of Andy

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Why I Decided to Write a Blog and Call it Austin Over Fifty

As a child, I loved to write. Letters, diaries, notes to pass to friends sitting down the pew at church.  "I wish you were here to help me go through all these pictures and stuff," she said. "Who would have ever thought we could have stored all of this in that little hall closet?" she mused. "Now that we've moved and I'm going through it all here, there are huge piles of pictures and papers everywhere. I'll just leave them like they are until next time you come to Amarillo, ok?" From my side of our telephone conversation, I

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5 Outstanding Places for Patio Dining Near the Capitol

If you're spending a few days in Austin or you're planning your next date night, you might want to check out my list of 5 outstanding places for patio dining near the Capitol.  One of the very best, most wonderful and amazing things about the Texas Hill Country is the ease with which we enjoy dining outside. Morning, noon and night for almost three-fourths of the year, people eat on the patio, on a balcony or on a blanket at a park. People say that's because of the bats. The bats eat the flies. At least that's what they told

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13 Capital Coffee Shops on Congress Avenue

No one who enjoyed a cup of coffee in 1888 would have been drinking it while strolling down Congress Avenue. The paper cup wasn't even invented until 1907, and these things were a long ways from the imagination of absolutely everyone. Before a man named Walter Cecil developed his patented version in 1936, there was no paper cup with a handle on it. And then it wasn't until 1964 that fresh coffee was sold in to-go cups, when 7-Eleven  on Long Island, N.Y., became the first chain of convenience stores to sell it. Photo (1888)

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Little City Coffee Roasters Makes Big Impact on Austin Coffee Drinkers

Little City Coffee Roasters Makes Big Impact on Austin Coffee Drinkers It was a little too early to wake the sleeping giant beside me that Sunday morning. Just because I couldn’t go back to sleep didn’t mean I should disrupt the blessed zzzzzzs of my sweet, hormonally-balanced man. I had already been awake for almost two hours. Thinking. Praying. Planning. Perusing Facebook on my phone. Being quiet. It was Sunday. We can sleep in on Sundays, I reminded myself. You should go back to sleep, I self-instructed. Oh, well, I can

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