Daniel’s off of work tonight! I look forward to this night every week! I’M SO EXCITED, CAN YOU TELL. We are going to go see 22 Jump Street because Groupon has their $5 movie deals going on right now. It’s ok to spend money on frivolous things if it’s dirt cheap, don’t you think? We are also going to go walk around some of our favorite stores and look at things we dream of having one day…retail therapy? Then maybe iced tea for me and maybe more homemade enchiladas because, mmmm…does Dan make a mean pan.
This past weekend was really nice in Tyler, TX. Well, the weather wasn’t- it was humid and hot and then it rained on our drive home. We visited with his family and enjoyed the wedding. It’s so different being involved in a different family from your own! It’s totally normal for me to travel with mine and see my extended relatives...but then I'm the odd sheep, trying to fit into the extended family vibes. Not that they ever make me feel like an outcast! After almost five years I do feel pretty normal as the bonus member...Ha! It’s just neat growing up and experiencing different things and becoming a part of a different family. Daniel was so cute- he had to wear his trendy camo-drop crotch pants to the wedding with a button down. He forgot his dress pants and still looked like a total babe! And after a few drinks he took his mom and Aunt out on the dance floor. I'd share the pictures but they were so fast they all came out blurry- bummer. But still, “Proud girlfriend, table for one.”
I posted this picture on my instagram to relay the feeling of dating a server and having opposite schedules. He is constantly working while I am trying to find time to be with him in between shifts (ex. happy hour nachos before he goes back to work at 5pm-dates, woo). The delicious sacrifices I make to be with the one I love~ This past Monday and Tuesday I worked background on a movie with Aaron Eckhart and Sarah Bolger (she’s from my guilty pleasure show – Once Upon a Time – major fangirl moment). And while it was neat to be a part of such a huge production, it was entirely too exhausting! We were outside in the Texas heat for over ten hours each day. AND we were portraying football fans in the winter of 1969…so cool. Except it was scorching and I am being sarcastic. I am thankful to have met some interesting people though. When you are moved around as a prop all day while melting in your wool sweater, you tend to bond with the neighboring sufferer. Friendships bloomed over those two days. Smelly friendships. Sunburned bonding. Dehydrated destiny.
Tomorrow, Dan and I will be prepping for another whirlwind weekend road trip. His cousin is getting married in Tyler and we are meeting up with his family to stay the one night and also celebrate his brother’s birthday. I’m pretty excited! As a couple, we haven’t really been to too many weddings together. This is pretty odd since we are going on five years of this relationship (CRAZY). Trips out of town with family are always a little exciting…the air seems lighter and everyone is there for the same purpose…road trip snacks and cruising with Daniel. Plus, I’m a sucker for a hotel stay and going out for dinner in new areas. I just love doing “couple-y” things with him and a family trip for a family wedding constitutes as “couple-y” in my book.
As for wedding attire (which is my favorite part), Daniel and I are on a bit of a financial crunch to try and save and monitor what each of us are spending. We do not by any means share our finances. We both have separate rent, bills, gas, groceries. I’m not going to lie, he makes a ton more money than I do and he spends a lot of it on me. God bless him. But to prepare ourselves for the future and when we do become a financial unit, we want to be smart now and learn to be responsible with our dollah’s- holla. Because of this awesome grown-up decision we have made, I’ll be recycling something from my closet to wear to the wedding. It’s not like it’s necessary to buy new clothes for every event, but it does make it that much more fun and exciting. I do love a challenge, especially taking something from my closet and making it new by rocking it with something that takes thought. I’ll be sure to post a picture of us being all adorably wedding-cute after this weekend is over. Praying for safe travels.
It has been a good while of neglecting this space and being alive! Totally an accident, I am obviously not a blogger. Just a space taker-upper. I’m pretty good at that in most aspects of my life. I take up a lot of space. You guys should see me trying to climb out of the tiny child-size car I call the blueberry. It’s not cute.
AND, the real reason for posting today is because it is the eve of my birth- 23 years ago. This year I decided I wanted to painfully drag out the festivities for two weekends- so great for everyone helping me celebrate (wink). This past weekend, Daniel, Sean (the best friend that’s basically family) and I made the 5+ hour drive down to San Antonio for Friday and Saturday night to commemorate this important milestone in my adulthood life (HA, jk). We used my birthday as an excuse to go float the river and eat out and drink and be merry and stay in a super swanky hotel. It was the best weekend I've had in a long time! We ate yummy Mexican food (because why wouldn't you in San Antonio), listened to my "birthday soundtrack" too many times to the point where I couldn't get Iggy out of my head, and napped in plush hotel beds. We walked around the River Walk and I drank too much iced coffee. We watched terrible TV while we passed out awaiting the next day- seriously, such a necessary vacation! the only thing that would have made it better would have to be the temperature. Being from Houston I figured it wouldn't be that different but we felt like we were drinking the air.
Now for the list of humorous things that happened to us:
-On the way down, after an hour of holding out to find the perfect gas station so we could pee in peace, we finally stopped in Kyle and low and behold, that gas station was most likely the worst one on I-35. Two words: flying cockroaches. I squealed but I am pretty sure Sean did too.
-Thirty minutes into our Guadalupe float, Dan’s tube popped on a rock and while he and I came to a stop, Sean kept floating, helpless and fast. We thought he was a goner. I would have laughed at how funny he looked accept that now we were stranded in some stranger’s backyard cursing the fact that we didn’t have our cellphones. We were reunited after no help from the tube people and started over- I laughed pretty hard then.
-It poured rain on us halfway through the second-try float. We all looked like Kuzco from the Emperor’s New Groove in the scene where he is soaking wet and sad accept I was howling in laughter at how funny Sean looked floating backwards.
-They both lost their right flip-flops and we had to make a barefoot stop at an Old Navy. Again, their bad luck was my entertainment.
-We witnessed a wedding from our balcony. Cool.
-The Spurs won a game Saturday night and downtown San Antonio reacted insanely loud until two in the morning. You would have thought that Godzilla was very real and currently in the same city. Apparently honking and screaming through stopped traffic with flags, lights, and decked out fans running rampant is totally normal. I approve.
I'm Alyssa, thanks for stopping by! A few things: I enjoy laughing, making youtube videos and thrift shopping. Currently listening to "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire. I like my coffee black and my preferred method of maxin' & relaxin' is with my husband and pup.