It’s an odd feeling to discover (admit?) something new about yourself – aren’t we supposed to know more about ourselves than we do about anyone else? Here are some things I’ve recently uncovered or owned up to:
- I love meetings. If I could have a job where all I did was go to meetings and solve problems and collaborate, I would be one happy camper
- I love brussels sprouts. If you’d asked me even a year ago about my eating habits, I’d have told you that I’ll try anything once, except bugs, and that I hate brussels sprouts. Turns out, I only hate boiled, stinky, squishy brussels sprouts – quarter and fry them up with a squirt of lemon juice and a dab of aioli like they do at El Arbol and I will happily eat them until I turn green
- Same with eggplant – I have, on occasion, composed a song to the lovely melanzane as Scott cooks up his delightful version of moussaka. Matter of fact, I just had an entire eggplant for lunch. Yum!
- I don’t really want to be a writer. I’m an avid reader, and everyone assumes they go hand in hand. I don’t mind writing and it comes fairly easily, but I’m finding myself turning away projects that have me stuck in front of the computer instead of out talking to people. I’ve had chapter one of a book and a ‘working title’ on my desk for months now, and I can’t seem to motivate myself to get it done! Also, my blogs all seem to be taking the form of lists lately, for the same reason.
Speaking of reading, I’m back on a reading kick lately. I got my Austin library card and when I was trying to decide what I wanted to read I remembered how much I loved Fall of Giants over the holidays and typed “historical fiction” in the library catalog. As a result, I just finished The Jane Austen Book Club and I’m 600+ pages into re-reading Pillars of the Earth. Downstairs I also have Gamestorming; Tina Fey’s new book, Bossypants; Black Sheep; My Name is Mary Sutter; Becoming Jane Eyre & Dragonfly in Amber. I am SO glad this is a long weekend, because I think I’m going to spend a good part of it with a book or two (or three!).
And this weekend we do have some plans that don’t involve bookmarks and paper cuts – we’re headed to Spicewood (about 45 minutes outside of Austin) tomorrow to attend one of my most-anticipated events of the year, the Alford’s Annual Spicewood Crawfish Boil. One of the best things I took away from my time at Texas A&M is my lifelong friend Marie, who is one of those people that connects everyone around her a tight-knit group of friends. All my best friends from my years in Dallas stem from this lovely lady.
One of these friends, Andrea, has a set of parents that everyone wants to adopt for their own, and every year they throw the best party and invite everyone they know. In addition to games of poker, cornhole, dominoes and “find the 2”, a plethora of dogs and horses, there’s enough enough food and drink for an army. This is the first year since 2008 that I’ve been able to go, and I CAN’T WAIT! Since I last saw this group all together we’ve had seen three weddings and two new babies, and I’m so excited to catch up with the gang.