Friday started out South Austin style. After work, I met up with Jon at Barton Springs for some swimming, sunning, and writing flash fiction. Then we went for a late lunch at Taco Xpress. Delicious tacos, queso, and agua fresca. I love working across the street from this place.
After chilling out at home for a bit (including the series finale of Fringe), we headed over to my friend Carly’s birthday party. Our hosts served champagne cocktails and had a homemade absinthe fountain, plus some very delicious cake. We hung out on the deck and chatted all night, and stayed out till almost two a.m.
Saturday morning, Jon and I went on our weekly excursion to Torchy’s, where I tried the taco of the month. It’s called the Libertarian, and consists of chicken-fried jalapeno sausage; grilled onions, peppers, and jalapenos; queso; pico; and two cheeses. I could feel my arteries clogging with every bite, and it was delicious.
Following breakfast, I went to my dance studio for rehearsal. I have two competitions this month, and I’ve been putting regular time in on weekends to make sure I’m ready. When I was done with rehearsal, Jon and I headed over to Dragon’s Lair for Free Comic Book Day (where I spent a surprising amount of money). Then we went to a friend’s house to play Rock Band for a few hours before heading out to Peter Pan for some miniature golf.
After miniature golf, we didn’t have any plans. We were both overheated and tired from staying out late the night before. We went home, made ourselves a pizza, and put on Northern Exposure. I also wrote a new flash fiction piece for the Story a Day challenge. I crashed pretty early, and that’s where things get crazy.
At 4 a.m., I woke up and Jon had a horrendous headache. Bad enough that I decided we should take him to the ER. Had it been any other week, I might not have gone, but we lost a college friend this week unexpectedly, and then one of Jon’s former colleagues died unexpectedly, with no determined cause, at 31. So I was a little paranoid. We went to the Austin Heart Hospital, and amazingly, we were the only people there. Jon was diagnosed with a migraine, and after some IV hydration, painkillers, and anti-nausea meds, we got a prescription and went home. In and out in 2 hours, which isn’t bad for the ER.
After getting home, I crashed for about four hours, and then got up to meet my friend Gillian for brunch at Perla’s. I had never been there before, and was blown away. We started out with the Caesar, the restaurant’s variation on the Bloody Mary. We followed up with their special brunch oyster shooters, which contained rum and honeydew melon.
After drinks, we moved on to food. I ordered the lobster omelette, which included creme fraiche, caviar, and white cheddar. It was amazing, and totally worth the price. On top of that, since our entrees were late (as they were extra-busy on Mother’s Day), we got some free scones and muffins.
After brunch, it was back to the studio for more practice, and then it was time for writing group. While usually held at a friend’s house, our gracious host wasn’t feeling well today, so we met up at Genuine Joe’s for some discussion about our works in progress.
With no more commitments for the day, Jon and I ran out to the grocery store for some items for dinner tonight and for the rest of the week. Now we’re chilling out, eating salad, and watching Castle. It’s going to be a pretty chill evening, and I plan to finish a story and then read more of How Italian Food Conquered the World, the newest book to capture my attention.
Hope you all had great weekends!