Wow, so it's already been over a month since my last post. I'm totally failing at this whole blogging thing lately. Last post (posted in late October) was covering things that happened all the way back in July, so I'm only about 4 months behind, which is just pitiful. Devoting full posts to all of the major events over the last few months just isn't going to happen, especially with the holidays taking up any free time I had leftover after travel, work, dog training, and wedding planning, so here is one big post with just a few quick summaries. Hopefully this will bring me back up to speed and make me at least a little more likely to keep up with posting from here on out.
The following morning we hit the road again and drove up to St. Petersburg for our second wedding of the weekend. We checked into a sweet little airbnb rental and changed our clothes and then headed out the door to see our friends J and M get married in a lovely church. Between the ceremony and the reception we had some free time, so we checked out 2 of the local St. Petersburg breweries with a few of our other friends before we headed over to the yacht club for some food, drinks and dancing! Afterwards we hit up a few more bars in downtown St. Pete with our friends - definitely a fun day!
Cigar City Brewing for lunch and a few beers before they caught their flights home. That afternoon we went to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Pete and then drove south to check out Darwin Brewing Co in Bradenton (S tried a LOT of new beers on this trip...) The next morning we slept in again, snagged some pastries for breakfast, and then walked a block to the Chihuly Collection glass art museum, which was breathtaking - we would highly recommend it if you're in the St. Pete area. Our only regret was that we went on Monday, because it's the only day that they don't also offer a tour of their glassblowing studio! After the museum we drove into the Ybor City area of Tampa for lunch at the famed Columbia Restaurant where we gorged on bean soup, their famous salad, and Cuban sandwiches - yum! We had extra time after lunch and before our flight home, so we just went to a book store and read and relaxed. It was the perfect way to end our trip!
Aerial Yoga class together, started wedding planning (finding a venue was the biggest pain in the ass), went on a pub crawl, attended a Beer and Cheese pairing event at St. Arnold's Brewery, helped some friends move, celebrated another friend's 30th bday, had a visitor, held our annual Oktoberfest party, celebrated S's birthday, and went to Halloween parties.
Killens for some awesome Texas BBQ, and then S joined us that evening for a few beers at 8th Wonder Brewery and then dinner out with some friends at the original Ninfas on Navigation. We made sure to give J the full Houston experience! The next morning (Halloween day) the weather was cruddy, so instead of braving the storms, we stayed in and had a breakfat taco and bloody mary brunch at home. J was supposed to fly home that night, but his flight got cancelled last minute (as in we'd already driven the 45 minutes to the airport to drop him off), so he grabbed some of his tennis clothes from the back seat and we dragged him to 2 more Halloween parties with us. I know he was bummed that he had to miss work the next day, but we were psyched to get to spend a bit more time with him! The next day we drove him to the airport and then headed to a friend's house for a grilled cheese party (best idea ever...). It was delicious!
Mario Batali's Eataly shop/restaurant, and ordered ties for S, his groomsmen, and our officiants. The next morning my mom and S helped me mail back the rest of the dresses and then we went on a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House on the south side of the city. After lunch my mom dropped us off at the orange line and made our way to the airport and then back to Houston.
Texas Renaissance Festival, northwest of the city. We camped out the night before with a few friends, checked out the new Masquerade Ball, and drank plenty of hot toddies nex tto he fire. The next day we packed up our supplies and then spent some time in the festival, gorging on kettle corn, hot chocolate, spiced nuts, and stew filled bread bowls. I also splurged this year and got a henna tattoo on my hand!
So I think that's it for now. Next up, holiday parties, lots of baking, a friend's baby's 1st birthday party, and celebrating the holidays with family!