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This has been the best weekend. Austin. Until this winter, I hadn't left Austin for more than a few weeks since moving here. Being back has made me realize how much I missed it. There's just nothing like this laid-back, live music-loving city. I've been running all over town all weekend, meeting friends for lunch and dinner, hearing all the gossip, and seeing what's changed in the last few months. Last night was our annual Late Night Tex-Mex Fest. This occurs once a year when T the Consultant flies in from the Big City. T is a native Texan and she insists on going out to eat as soon as her feet touch Texas soil. Unfortunately, her flights generally arrive around 10pm, which makes it a little more challenging, but T's sister, best friend, and I have finally worked out a system that gets us to Guero's ten minutes before they close at 11 if everything goes according to plan. Generally.
Last night it didn't work. Apparently Continental had a little problem matching the number of seats on the plane with the number of paying customers out of Houston, so Guero's was closed by the time T was out. So we had to revert to Backup Plan B, Magnolia Cafe. T got her enchiladas, the rest of us had chips and queso, and we had a great time catching up on each others' lives. T's best friend works under the pink dome, so she had some good stories (Senator West in a purple velour jumpsuit, anyone? Oh, but he did.).
Saturday I got to hang out with the family whose kids I sometimes babysit for. Their older son had a concert for the end of his week at Longhorn Music Camp, so we got to hear their excellent performance. He's such a rock star - one of the only sixth graders at the camp to make the best band. Their performance was outstanding, much better than anything we ever did in high school. Here's a picture of the view from our seats during the "photo opportunity" the band director offered:
As you can see, we were much more entertained by the spectacle than we were concerned about getting the perfect scrapbook shot. This is what makes the family so great - and they really have become my family in Austin. I'm so thankful to get to be there to watch the kids grow up. We decamped to Amy's after that and then I got to see their super-cool new house. It's so much fun, to be in a place that is home, to be with people you love, and to know that the best is yet to come.