It’s been while.
We’re heading into winter down here at the bottom of the world and I can’t say I’m looking forward to it. As I think y’all know, I’m not a cold weather person. Plus, it’s not even that cold out yet and I’ve already had the flu and bronchitis….again.
I’ve been sick for over a week now and although I’m starting to feel much better, I still get these horrible coughing fits that almost knock me off my feet and send tears rolling down my face.
I haven’t slept well in a week.
Neither has Tom.
But, in two weeks, I get to head into a Texas summer and hopefully that will clear my lungs right up! Have I mentioned that I’m going home again? Well I am, for another month. Whodda thunk I’d actually be excited to experience an Austin summer again? But it’ll just be the beginning of the summer when things are still alive and the greenbelt is full of running water and it’s not too hot to sit on a patio somewhere and have a few beers.
True to form, I’ve already made a list of all the things I want to do. Tom will be in Austin for a portion of the time I’m there and I’m excited to take him to places he still hasn’t been. He’s never experienced Austin in the summer.
I want to take him to Krause Springs, a man-made but absolutely beautiful swimming hole about 45 minutes outside Austin….
I also want to take him to all the good swimming holes along the greenbelt before they dry up in the 100 degree heat that’ll hit not long after we’re there.
And Hamilton Pool…though I hear you have to make reservations to get onto the land now because so many people were going and destroying the area.
Aren’t all those places beautiful? And people down here think where I’m from is all desert and cacti and horses.
I also want to take Tom to Blues on the Green, a bi-weekly (used to be free, don’t know anymore) evening of music at Zilker Park. It started off as such a fun and relaxing thing to do when I’d first moved to Austin; you’d grab some chairs and a blanket, load up a cooler with beer, and head to the park to listen to some good live music while the sun went down. As the years passed, it became such a cluster fuck and now I hear it’s more of a scene than anything else. But it’s tradition and something I used to do every summer for years so it’d be kinda fun to take Tom there for nostalgia’s sake. Although he will definitely not be happy if he gets hit in the head with a hippy’s frisbee.
I just Googled “Blues on the Green” and found this picture….
That’s a crazy amount of people! When I first started going to Blues on the Green I doubt there were even a third that many people there. I also just read that you aren’t allowed to take beer there anymore. What the hell, Austin?!
Okay, I’m not sure this one is such a great idea. I mean, does nostalgia really play a role in the whole thing if the event is nothing like it used to be?
Listen to me, I sound so old and grumpy.
I have Marble Falls on my list too, a little town about an hour outside of Austin. I was looking up breweries and found one called “Save The World Brewing Co.” out there in the hill country. They donate all their profits to charity. I like philanthropy (in theory, or the philanthropy of others, more than my own) and I like beer so I think it’d be a cool place to check out. Plus Marble Falls is really pretty and it’s home to a ‘lil Texas diner called the Bluebonnet Cafe that has the best pies in Texas. NZ peeps think pie should only have meat in it so I am looking forward to a big ‘ole slice of pecan pie, maybe a slice of chocolate meringue too….
There’s also a bit of history out there that I never knew about until the other day. I kinda want to surprise Tom with it so I won’t say what it is in case he reads this post. But it’s morbid and I think we’ll both find it really interesting.
I love morbid stuff. Have I told you that? Hmmm…..maybe Tom and I can do the Austin Murder and Mystery tour. I’ve already done it once but I thought it was really interesting. For one year, 1884 to 1885, Austin was home to the Servant-girl Annihilator, a serial killer who murdered eight people and was never caught. This was before Jack the Ripper created a panic in England. I think it’s pretty darn fascinating. Maybe I’ll write more about it later. The tour takes you all over Austin and tells you about that year in the city’s history.
I always used to tell people that the Servant-girl Annihilator was the first recorded serial killer but, like many of my repeated statements throughout life, I have recently discovered this to be completely untrue. HH Holmes, that psychopath up in Chicago, had his horrible custom-made murder house up and running in the 1860s. AND I just read that in the early 1800s, New Orleans had the New Orleans Axe Man, who wrote a letter to the police and told them that if people had live jazz bands playing in their homes on certain dates that he would not kill them. Weird. I’ll have to read more to find out whether or not people actually hired jazz bands to avoid getting murdered.
See? I find all this stuff really interesting and I’ve gone off on a massive tangent.
Anyway…yup, Austin in the early summer. It will be fun.
I’m looking forward to the trip.
P.S. Writing about Austin has made me feel a little home-sick for the city as it used to be, which, of course, doesn’t exist anymore. I enjoy going home but it’s always kinda bittersweet because everything changes more and more every time I go back. So my feature blog image is just a picture of the city. Ain’t she purdy though? I used to do an evening yoga class down on those piers….