Pfeffernusse German spice cookies to replace the failed Kugelhoff on the desert table (seen in the top picture on the cake tray - they were so tasty). While I did this, S hung up some wood shelves that were previously the bookcase in my last few houses in the dining room and I styled them up with more mementos of our Germany trip. I then proceeded to fill and bake the strudel (phylo dough is a bitch to work with...), and make the Schwarzwald Torte (black forest cake), which was my pride and joy of the entire party. Damn that was a beautiful (and delicious) cake!
SpaceX Dragon capsule arrive at the ISS, as well as a Soyuz capsule carrying the next batch of ISS crew members so I was quite busy. But no time to relax the following weekend, though, because we were Austin bound! Friday night we went to NXNW brewery and restaurant followed by a late showing of This is Where I Leave You at the Alamo Drafthouse. It was fun, but we got back in pretty late. The following morning we got up early to meet S's cousin J and her husband C for breakfast at Tacodeli, followed by a leisurely walk through a farmer's market where I picked up some mushroom flavored pasta and wonky looking yellow zucchini. This was my first time meeting J and C and we had such a lovely time with them and their adorably little baby boy. We then headed out to explore the South Lamar area a bit including Moss Consignment shop (I got a funky Marni blouse and a buttery soft blue leather jacket), Henri's Cheese shop (yum), Lick Ice Creams (double yum), and Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company. At this point we were exhausted, so we headed back to S's aunt's house for a quick nap and then met up later that evening with my friend and former roomie R and her boyfriend T. We had a delicious dinner at Michi Ramen (their blueberry infused saki was so good) and then drinks at Corner Bar.
Chive offices in Austin. We toured the owners of the website and their family around JSC about 2 years ago and so S was excited to get a tour of their new workspace. He was obsessed with the fact that they had a huge tv, pool table, and full bar with beer taps in the office. I was obsessed with the design features including Platner chairs, Banksy artwork, and incredible lighting. We both took the opportunity to act like kids and use the inter-office slide rather than the stairs on our way down. It was definitely a fun little stop over before we headed over to the W hotel for the entire reason we'd made the trip to Austin that weekend:
Dominion was the favorite) until after midnight, and the following morning whipped up some egg sandwiches for breakfast. That afternoon we went to our friends J and Iv's baby shower. It was Dr. Seuss themed and the party planners did an incredible job on the decorations!
Andes Cafe (the ceviche was awesome) and drinks at a new wine and whiskey bar downtown, Public Services. On Sunday we FINALLY got a chance to sleep in, followed by putting up a batch of chili in the crock pot, running a handful of errands, and then having S's family over for dinner to belatedly celebrate his parents' birthdays. While we did keep busy, I think we also finally feel like we had a chance to at least partially catch up on sleep as well.
Well, that's it for now! We're going to take it easy this week too and coming up this weekend - S's birthday! I'll try to do a better job of keeping up with blog posts now too...