Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In short... I am sure you don't care where I have been.

The long of it is I was sick, and it is the holidays. Shit got crazy up in here. Oh and I have made well over 20 dozen cookies, five bunt cakes, bread, and many other baked goods this holiday season. I hosted a Christmas brunch with great friends on Sunday and I am hosting family at my house for the next week.

Our house looks like Santa's village, and you can see our balcony from space. It is awesome. I will try to take a picture for you all.

On another note, I have the most amazing husband in the ENTIRE world. He is a pain in the ass because he makes me look bad a lot but it is worth it. My husband has made an advent calendar for me. Every morning we open it together.

Just to give you a preview of how awesome he is, today my gift was a donation to Saint Jude's and a note that said, "Because I wanted to help other children grow up to meet their other halves like you and I did." No, I did not tell him to write that, and yes, you can gag. I am the luckiest girl in the world.

Back to me being busy.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday, Mr. A

Mr. A's 30th birthday was November 20th. I am just getting to writing a recap, I think it is because I am finally sober.

I started planning Mr. A's birthday right after he told me, "I don't want to do anything". I was not going to stand for that BS, and promptly planned a surprise 30th birthday our on Dirty Sixth street with all of our friends. The theme was "30 is the new 20" and all the bars and drinks he drank that night had to be from his college days. It turned out to be a PERFECT night.

Our friend Janet took some pictures, again due to my drunkenness, I did not take any. At. All.

We started the night off with dinner at Bacon. A restaurant in Austin dedicated only to the food group of, BACON. Yes it is a food group.

Kelly Janet and I

The before shot.
Just after the surprise at the Library. I think he was happy
Gratuitous dancing with hot chicks in a bar, CHECK!
 Our Friends Ben and Janet, made an awesome list of all of the things that Mr. A had to do before he turned 30. Many of them were horrible shots, or making him do silly things. Turns out, he had a great time doing all of it and totally took it like a man. He checked off EVERYTHING on his list! Thanks to them for doing that list. It really made the night.

The pictures get blurry and worse as the drinking continued, let me leave you with this shot. It was Mr. A's favorite part of the night.
We ended the night at Wataburger at 3am. You could not ask for a better finish to a great night with amazing friends. Happy Birthday Mr. A you are the best husband and friend I could ask for!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Italy Trip - Day 10 - The day I had dinner with Robert Downy Jr.

Well not really. But he and Marrissa Tome totally stayed at the hotel we went to for our last night in the movie that inspired this whole trip!

This what what we woke up to every morning...
Third day, still an unreal view!

This day we did nothing, seriously, nothing. We went out to the sun deck and laid around, read our books and drank. It was awesome. Notice that I did not say "lay out" because we for sure did not lay in any sun. This was what it looked like from the chairs we were in all day.
All day sun protection... you know it!
Hubs hiding from the sun. We dare not have another episode of sun poising on our hands.

But look at this view!

And every once in a  while we would get in the pool and float around. It was awesome.
Mr. A in the infinity pool.

Perfect day doing nothing.
That night we headed to Le Sirinuse hotel. It is by far the nicest hotel in town and where many many celebrities have stayed and movies have been made. Kim K actually had her honeymoon there... yea that ended well.

We started off with drinks at their champagne bar. I had their signature drink and i must say I may have been drunk after one sip. Best drink ever. Mr. A hated his but he ordered James Bond's drink because apparently this is where Peirce stays. He looked good while drinking it none the less.
Then we moved to dinner at the main restaurant. Again, I will be blogging about all the food later but let me just say this. It was THE MOST expensive meal we have ever had, and it was freaking worth every penny.
Our table.
Inside the restaurant.
We ate at one of those little tables by the water.
The city lights from our table.
There are no words to describe how life changing this night was for me. I will go back to Positano one day. I have to. It is officially my favorite place on the planet. I have to be honest there were moments of complete panic when I realized I had to come home. Seriously, there were tears. For some reason I feel totally at peace in this little town. I just can't belive how lucky I was to be able to go there! Thank you to my sweet husband who made it all happen and believed we could do it. I love you.

Next up, our last days in Italy. More about food, and where we are heading next!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Italy Trip - Day 9 - I'm On A Boat!

On our second day in heaven we decided to explore the coast a little bit. We had several options. One was to take a scooter down the highway to see the other towns, and one was to rent a boat for the day. We opted for the boat, and damn was it awesome.

First, this was out view from our balcony that morning. I just had to brag a bit more... 

Me relaxing and taking in the views
Yea, I could totally live here.
Now on to the rest of our day. In Italy you do not need a license to drive a boat, so we just rented a boat from a local company, they gave us a five minute tutorial in broken English and we were off. These are some fun pictures from throughout or exploration of the coast. We stopped and dropped anchor a few times, ate lunch and drank wine and dipped our feet in the water. It was really a perfect way to see the Amalfi Coast.

The song, "I'm On a Boat" should be playing in the background as you look through these pictures...

Me on the boat
Me driving the boat
I am on a boat, and driving it bitches...
Positano is way back there...

This is how I roll
This is how Mr. A rolls
Gorgeous views of the coast and the famous highway
One of the other towns along the coast
So pretty. It was perfect.

End of the day we we heading back in to the city. Yes, no one is driving the boat right now...
This is what Positano looks like from the water. It looks fake right!?
Sun set on a perfect day on the water. This picture was taken from our balcony as well.

Next up the saddest day ever, our last full day in heaven.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Italy Trip - Day 8 - When I discovered heaven is a place on earth

There are several things that I should remind you all about this trip. One, it was kinda, sorta, our Honeymoon. Two I have wanted to go to the Amalfi Coast since I was about 8. Three, Positano is the shit.

All of these factors lead to our consious decision to go all out for the last three days fo our trip. Up until then we stayed in fairly inexpensive hotels, and took the bus and not caps most places. And we tried to keep all food spending to around 75 euro a day, including drinking!

After taking the hour bus ride from Sorrento to Positano along the terrifying coastal highway all thrifty-ness when right out the window. The hotel we stayed at was ranked #1 on trip advisor and then we upgraded our room to a honeymoon suite. Walking from the bus stop to the hotel only took about two minutes and within these two minutes I knew I had been right all my life and that I was going to love this town.

Hotel Marincanto and Positano welcomed us wish such kindness. Everyone was so nice and everything was so pretty. We had a bit of a wait to get into our room so we decided to walk out onto the sun deck. Kid you not this was about five minutes after arriving:
Mr. A took a picture of my face as I saw our view and Positano for the first time.
A nice couple took our picture for us on the sun deck. They had just gotten engaged.
Helloooooo LOVER. This is the view we had from our amazeballs hotel.
The water was so unreal.
Yes. This is a real place. I know.
The beaches are mostly private, and rocky, and the hike down to the beach was a lot so we stayed up on the sun decks a lot. But the water was unreal when we did finally make it down there.

Right here is about when Mr. A said he had never seen a more beautiful place. Oh and that we needed a drink.
I totally agreed.
We ordered a drink and hid in the shade because we dared not get sun burned. This a reoccurring theme throughout our time in Positano.
Our first drinks in Positano.


After checking into our room and changing we walked around the town and found lunch at a local shop. Our hotel is next to the red hotel in this picture.
Can you tell how pumped I was. This whole thing was a trip that I will never forget but getting to this spot was literally a life long fantasy of mine.
SOOO Happy.

That night we walked around and decided to have dinner down on the water front. We both liked our meal and then of course had lots to drink. We strolled back to our hotel to get some rest after a long day.

View from our table at dinner. the water was so relaxing to listen to.
Here is where I start bragging (because before I was not) about how freaking awesome our hotel room was. We had a special suite with hot tub... on the balcony... overlooking the city. Yea it was awesome.
Hot tub for two, check

View of the city from the hot tub check.

This picture shows the lights a little more from the city.

While I took pictures my husband washed his manties, sexy I know...
The hotel sent up a bottle of wine for us to enjoy on our first night. So sweet.
View back towards the hot tub on our balcony.
That night we relaxed and went to bed early. We had a long day ahead of us and wanted to enjoy as much as we could! Actually that is not totally true, we sat on the balcony for about two more hours drinking wine and talking about how lucky we were to be there.

Next up more of how much I loved Positano... get used to it!