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McKinney Falls State Park

Ever since we bought a State Parks Pass ($70 for an entire year), we have been trying to make the most of it to see the natural beauties in Texas. The closest to us in Austin is McKinney Falls State Park, a quick 20 minutes from downtown. I’ve been there a handful of times, but there was recent rain that made the waterfalls a little more exciting than our visit last year. We got there in the morning around 10 and brought lunch in a cooler. The kids were very excited about carrying trail maps, as if we were hunting for treasure. Our first stop was toward the Lower Falls. The last time we visited, we told the Big Kid about how he lost a shoe as a baby, and it bounced on the rocks and landed in the creek below. He found the same spot we pointed out to him of the lost shoe and gave us a pose – both shoes firmly on his feet. The Lower Falls don’t look like much when you first …

Davis Mountains State Park

My husband and I have made a few trips out to West Texas before we had kids. We camped at Big Bend National Park and made stops in Alpine and Marfa. The terrain to the west with its deserts and mountains makes us feel like we’re in a completely different state compared to the mostly flat plains of North Texas and rolling hills of Central Texas. One place that had been on our bucket list was the McDonald Observatory near Ft. Davis. Over the holidays, we picked a free weekend in January and planned a drive out west. Unfortunately, the weather was really cloudy and threatening rain, so the Star Party became an indoor affair, which was still fascinating and educational. We did manage to see Venus through the clouds, which looks like a very bright star with the naked eye. Most evenings, I’m rushing from dinner to teaching yoga to running last-minute errands, and I rarely look beyond what’s directly in front of me. I miss the stars every night. I forget how vast and beautiful the …

Saturday evening musings: TV shows

This is Day 12 of NaBloPoMo, and considering I’m typing this one out on a Saturday evening, I thought I’d keep things light. The very first website I created on Geocities was titled Mmm… TV Good. This was 1996, if I remember correctly. (HOLY COW! I’ve been publishing on the internets for 20 years!!!) I basically used it like a blog in that it was regularly updated, and I archived my posts in chronological order. I’m not sure whether I saved those files on a hard drive somewhere for historical keeping, but most of my blogging then was about TV. I was pretty hardcore about my TV watching. I recorded all my shows on the ol’ VCR before DVRs and On Demand and online streaming became the norm. So let’s chat about TV, shall we? I’ve seen every episode of Saved by the Bell. The earlier season with Miss Bliss. The high school years. College years. Summer job at the resort. Special wedding episode. I skipped the New Class, though, since it was beyond terrible. I didn’t …

My first tattoo

I’ve thought about getting a tattoo since I was about 13. Something small and dainty and hidden away. Something just for me. Something that would be meaningful. I thought maybe a bluebonnet or the shape of Texas when I was feeling particularly home sick while living in California. I thought maybe my family’s Chinese name or a phrase like, “Just breathe.” Over the years, I could never decide on something I wanted badly enough to ink on my skin. I was afraid of the pain or what others would think. I was also afraid of the reaction I’d get from my parents. No one in my family (immediate or extended) had a tattoo – unless a cousin is hiding one that I don’t know about! Any who, for 20-something years, I hadn’t gathered enough motivation or courage to move forward. But the bottom dropped out on me last year when Dad died. Suddenly, things in my life either became more meaningful or became not-so-big-of-a-deal. I told myself when I turn 35, that’s when I’ll get …

Explore Texas: Longhorn Cavern State Park

Now that Bear Shark is coming up on his 2nd birthday and quite capable on his feet, we’ve been making a bigger effort to get out and explore what’s within driving distance of Austin. Longhorn Cavern State Park has been on my Texas travel bucket list for quite some time, so I was highly anticipating seeing this place in person. The drive to Burnet took about an hour and a half. We bought tickets for the first tour group, which was nice to not bump into other groups until we were on our way out. There were quite a few other families with small children, so we didn’t feel too self-conscious of our kids hollering to hear their own echoes. If I heard the tour guide correctly, this is one of two cave systems in the U.S. created by an underground river (vs. a drip system). The other one is Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. This explains why there aren’t the stalactites and stalagmites that are in most caves. I really enjoyed seeing how the “rooms” in the cave …

Review: Baby Foot Peel

Warning: This post is about feet. My feet, in particular. There will be pictures of feet. If seeing pictures of feet grosses you out (ahem, 2nd sister), you may want to skip this post. I’m on a message board with local women in Austin – many of whom I met online 10 years ago when I was planning my wedding. These women have been a great resource for advice in all things lady-related. In the marketing world, they are ultra influencers, and they’ve certainly influenced me in my purchase decisions. The Baby Foot Peel is no exception. It’s exactly what you’d expect the name to mean. It’s a chemical peel for your feet so that they’re baby soft. At under $20, I was lured in by the promise. While I was eager to jump right in, I realized the timing for such a peel is not so easy for a yoga teacher. The peel takes at least a week, and I am barefoot ALL. THE. TIME. Scary, flaky feet are not exactly what I want to parade …

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