TRAVELING THE WORLD AND THRU TIME
So all during Spain, my friend Tina and I were really into finding fun floors to take pictures of. We yearned to be featured on this Instagram account. hehehe... Tina, I found a cool floor!!
So there's this graffiti wall in Austin. Make that a graffiti PARK!!! Just another place for my parents to take pictures of me, you know, their faaaavorite thing to do.
We saw some nifty sculptures today.
When I was little, I'd tap tap tap on my dad's head when he was asleep in the mornings, and we'd get up and go bakery exploring on vacations. He's really into making homemade bread, and he likes to see how bakeries make their stuff. Today we explored a bakery called Sweetish Hill before breakfast.
Mexic-arte was a nice little art gallery.
We stopped at the house of famous short-story author, O Henry. Then I checked out the local Goodwill while my parents were in a book store. Even though everything was half price, I still didn't buy anything because I DON'T NEED ANY MORE MATERIAL STUFF.
After lunch, we explored the Botanical Garden.
My mom convinced me to buy this book. It was pretty fantastic, as many would say, "right up my alley." I am still reckoning with my thoughts on Instagram and fashion. I love using both of those platforms to document and showcase my style, yet I often worry about the potential superficiality of these activities. But, like I KEEP TELLING MYSELF using Instagram and my blog to document my fashion sense is SOMETHING I REALLY REALLY ENJOY (and always have enjoyed), SO IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK ABOUT IT. I'm going to do what makes me happy, or as cheesier people might say...follow my passion. Anyway, in this book, Aimee Song, a successful blogger (4.2m on Insta) talks about her love for blogging, and she gives advice on how to promote your own blog. I may do a book review of this book and another I have read over break. ....Stay tuneddd.....
My mom booked us tickets to a musical version of the famous A Christmas Carol. Well.... It was pretty frightening how much I could find myself relating to Scrooge, with his obsessive habit of hoarding money. I often hoard my babysitting money arbitrarily, but recently I've worked on moving past that by buying my family and friends Christmas presents (without worrying about the price tag). My mom insists that classic literature is important because many times, issues that were prevalent in other centuries are still relatable and concerning today. I agree. This play was uplifing, and it inspired me to do more for others.
When we travel, we stay at Bed & Breakfasts. This time, my mom found a great one called the Brava House in Austin's Castle Hill neighborhood. Check it outtt!
Our breakfasts were super southwestern and healthy each day. Black beans, sprouts, paprika, and the oh-so-trendy avocado…..I was very inspired to recreate them at home. I really might do that. I might even create a food portion of this blog in which I talk about quick & easy, HEALTHY meals you can fix for yourself! If we make healthy eating fun, we’ll be more inspired to eat in a way that leaves us feeling good about ourselves. Stay tuned, loyal viewers....
Thy Lyndon B Johnson Presidential Library was our first stop. I LEARNED SO MUCH. President Johnson is responsible for so much of the legislation that ensures American safety and prosperity today. I bought myself a pencil that has all of the bills he passed on it, so I can remember. Seriously, Lyndon B Johnson was THE MAN!!! He passed civil rights acts, created protections for our wilderness areas and wildlife, created Medicare and Medicaid, and even passed legislation to regulate motor vehicle safety (ie: seatbelts!!). I used to resent my parents for dragging me into all these boooooorrrrriiiinnnggg museums, but now, I've decided that I'm going to grow up and learn something. Also, I should've brought my pencil with the legislation written on it into the APUSH exam last year. Ha.Ha.Ha.
His wife, Lady Bird Johnson, was super fashionable.
They also had a replica of her office, which had some sweet retro furniture.
I LOVED the way she styled this red dress with her head scarf! Also, I LOVED how much she respected the environment. I admired the way she dedicated her time and influence as First Lady to increasing public awareness of the importance of environmental protection.
Lunch was a taco place called Torchy's. (which my mom kept calling Scorchy's....) The second taco of the day was just as good as the first....
Then we went antique shopping and window shopping in the South Congress district.
This was one of the many fun and beautiful murals we saw, so why not complement it with a strange pose.
My dad has an obsession with bakeries. This one was pretty excellent.
This was a VERY productive day. I had about 4 hours in the car driving to Atlanta, 2 hrs in the airport, and 2 hours on the plane. I made GREAT use of it. Here's how:
1. I started breaking in my Christmas present, THE Steve Madden Bryanne in PINK!
2. I read about 100 pages in my book, My Promised Land by Ari Shavit.
3. I also got myslef a copy of The New York Times. I read about Donald Trump's new apointees, a possible solution to the obeseity crisis in America, Israel's current plans to expand their settlements into Palestinian territory, relations between foreign nations and Tiawan, and SO MUCH MORE. As an eighteen-year-old, I need to be informed about issues our world faces today. I've made progress towards getting there!