Things I’m Looking Forward To

I haven’t had any special plans for the second half of 2012. Not that that’s a bad thing, it’s just different. Usually I have a vacation of some sort planned or something out of the ordinary to look forward to. My schedule has been fairly empty for awhile until just recently. All sorts of things have popped up that I didn’t expect, and I’m kinda excited about them.

1. In two weeks, I’m heading to DC for the first time to visit this girl.

If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know Michelle and I met her in January at the Miami ING Half Marathon. She was a stranger. We asked her to stay in our hotel room anyway. Sparks flew. We knew we were meant to be. That kinda thing. So, I’m heading up to visit her for the weekend because she said Orlando sucks and she couldn’t possibly be caught dead visiting here.

2.  At the beginning of August, I have tickets to see one of my future husbands.

Oh hey now.

Yep. I have Bush tickets. Again. The best part is my friend Tania, who I haven’t seen in a few years, is joining me. How we live 2 hours away from one another and haven’t seen each other in that long is beyond me. But it’s been so long that the last time we saw each other, my hair looked like this.

This will be the fourth time we’ve seen Bush together. We’re groupies like that.

I’ve known Tania since I was 18. We met at work – a video store located in a fairly ghetto area so everyday was quite entertaining. There were even employees at our sister stores that refused to work at ours for their “safety.” See? We’re hard core too. She hated me at first but then learned how wicked awesome I am and here we are 18 years later. Here’s a picture of us about 15 years ago in our natural habitat, also known as “a bar.”

I look pretty skinny there, so that must have been during my run-six-miles-and-eat-one-noodle-a-day diet.

3. I’m going to Texas! Ok, not as exciting as DC since it’s for work, but I’ll be there for two weeks in August and I’ve never been there before. I’ll be in Killeen, which someone told me sucks, but I refuse to believe it. I think she’s just jealous I won’t be in Corpus Christi. Anyway, Killeen is an hour and a half drive from Austin, so I may get to check out the city over the weekend. All I know is that I want to eat something shaped like  Texas. This is my only goal.

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4. In November, hubs and I are planning to go to New Orleans to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

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I’ve never been to New Orleans but it’s been on my short list of places inside the U.S. that I want to visit. I’m pretty sure I’m going to call it “N’Awlins!” the whole time I’m there. With the exclamation point.

5.  This movie.

When I saw the trailer for this movie, I was ready to hate it. Ben Stiller is on my shit list and Vince Vaughn hasn’t been winning any points with me lately either. But, hot damn, this movie looks funny. I think Ben and Vince are secretly trying to woo me back with their comedic wiles.

6. This movie.

I don’t like Colin Farrell. But even he can’t keep me away from this one. I loved the original and pretty much everything about this movie reminds me of my brother, Tom. When I was younger, he would pretend he was my father to get me into all the Rated R movies (he’s 13 years older than me). And we would see every movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger in it. Total Recall was the first movie I ever owned (on VHS) and Tom bought it for me along with my first VCR. I swear getting a VCR when I was 13 was like winning at life. Still the best present I’ve ever gotten (for its time). It’s kinda lame that this of all movies would have some kind of sentimental value, but it does. It would be cool if Tom lived closer so we could see it together.

7.  Maze Runner prequel comes out August 14. YESYESYESYESYESYES

Michelle told me about this one the other day and now I’m determined to get through all my other books so I’m ready when it comes out.

8. Golden Oreo ice cream.

This exists. And now I need it.

9. And you know it’s been awhile since I’ve gone on and on about Breaking Bad, so it’s time again. Season premiere July 15th! Sooooo close.

Wait, that doesn’t have Aaron Paul in it.

Ahhh, much better.

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  1. YOU WILL LOVE DC! There is a bar/restaurant that we go to every time called http://www.districtchophouse.com/ it’s built inside an old ass bank, so you can see the giant antique ledgers (& other stuff they found during the reno) laying on top of the booths, very cool. To get to the bathrooms you have to take an elevator down to the old vaults – if a banker gobblin jumped out (a la Harry Potter) I would not be surprised. They have a Whiskey Stout that is AMAZING! Anyhoo, DC is our favorite place to visit! The museums are free so be sure to make it over to the National Gallery-you will shit balls! Then there’s Georgetown… oh man oh man there’s so many things! It’s awesome that she lives there because you will get the very best lay of the land and experience DC right (like I get to via my lover)! We just got back from DC but I’M SO EXCITED that you’re going, it’s like I’m going for the first time all over again!!! 😀 When you get back, let me know what you thought and when you guys are moving so that I can pack my shit.

  2. I’m torn on the Maze Runner prequel! I really liked the first book of the trilogy, but then kinda lost interest as read the other two. I feel like I SHOULD read the prequel just because …. but I don’t know!

  3. jlo3133

    Killeen is just hellish. Hope you like steak. Austin, however, is beyond cool. Two of my favorite places in the world are there: Stubbs BBQ (which is a world class music venue as well as great BBQ joint) and Waterloo Records. Also, something tells me you’ll like this place.
    http://www.heycupcake.com
    Just a hunch.

  4. Reunited and it feeeeeeeelsss so gooooood!!!! I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to your visit! I feel especially honored that I made the top of this list 🙂

  5. marisa

    I am going to dc in two weeks too! maybe we’ll bump into each other….haha! 😉 hope you have a blast! I am definitely looking forward to it!

  6. Michelle

    Austin is amazing. Lots if hot dudes and good food! If you go you have to try the cake shake truck. Basically they blend a piece of cake info a milkshake. It’s insane and I dragged my coworkers halfway across town to get one.

    Also can’t wait for BB. I only finished the 4th season in early June so I can’t even imagine how people who had waited a year feel!!

  7. Woohoo!! Hope the stars align & we’re able to get together for a cocktail or twelve while you’re here 🙂

  8. Amber K

    I’m totally jealous! I have exactly zero trips planned for this year, let alone this summer. That must change!

  9. Texas here. At some point you’ll really wish it wasn’t August when you visit, but that’s okay. Killeen is…boring, until there is some tragedy. Let’s avoid that, k? Austin, however, kills on the food/entertainment/people-watching scale. You have to eat mexican food (Hula Hut or Chuy’s!), and if you can be there for breakfast – go to Magnolia Cafe. They serve breakfast all day, but the cornmeal pancakes are seriously amazing. Z’Tejas has an ancho chili fudge pie that is worth the drive.

    Also, when you’re stuck in Killeen for work, you aren’t far from Temple, which isn’t quite as boring — there’s at least a few restaurants you can try there.

    Did I mention it will be hot? Like surface of the sun hot, so bring sunscreen. Oh, and bring a sweater because every building you go in will have the A/C set to arctic blast.

    • Nice! Thanks for the suggestions. Just the name of that pie sounds worth the drive. I really hope I can get to Austin while I’m out there. And you can’t scare me with your heat index. I already melt 11 months out of the year in Florida.

  10. Ashley

    You’ve already been told this more than once, but Killeen does suck. There is no way around it. Head to Austin to get your fun fill!!

  11. We got stuck in Texas last year on our way home from Florida and I had a waffle shaped like Texas. My world was officially complete! Haha.

  12. Laura WL

    Those Breyers Blasts Ice Creams are so damn good. I had the Reese’s mini peanut butter cups in chocolate ice cream after my last half and it was heaven in a tub. Thankfully I was spending the weekend at my parents house for the race and could leave the tub there or I would have eaten it all!

  13. I just love being right. It’s definitely my favorite thing. Thanks for making that happen today.