things i learned | road trip edition

As I write this at 7:58 on Monday evening from my favorite couch in my apartment, I have just arrived from my road trip to (and from?) Amarillo. Well, that's a lie. I came home and immediately got in a bubble bath, but as soon as I finished my bath I came to the couch to write this post. I'm so grateful for the time off, time out of Austin, time spent alone, and time spent in good company once I arrived at my destination. I'm also (mostly) grateful for the things I learned along the way.

A list of things I learned on this road trip:

Food poisoning is the single worst thing that can happen to a person. Especially on vacation.
Small towns think that wearing flower crowns is weird.
Amarillo has a maximum and minimum speed limit.
Librarians are so much cooler than you think they are. Even if you think they're cool already, they're still cooler.
There are like 18 ways to get from Austin to Amarillo, ranging from 7.5 to 10+ hours.
Having food poisoning is a great time to catch up on: reading blogging sleep dehydration.
Patios at restaurants are a rare luxury in places that are not Austin.
VSCO Cam is the preferred photo editing app of Girl Scouts who are cooler than I will ever be.
Psychic palm readers run out of steam at the end of their shift, too.
The Wild Cupcake. End of story.
I definitely want to be involved in Girl Scouts in some way in the future.
Always take an extra day off from work when you go on vacation, just in case you get food poisoning.
Mindy Kaling should read all audio books, always.
All Girl Scouts know the same songs, but there is always a new song or extra verse to learn.
Group iMessages are the greatest form of communication in my generation.
I probably can't ever eat nachos again. *shudder*
A rocking chair, porch, and good book are really all I need for a vacation.
Toot n Totem is a real place. Well, are real places. So many Toot n Totems, y'all.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and new people can join yours at any time.


  1. I've gotten food poisoning twice and I won't touch those foods again, so don't feel bad if you avoid nachos for awhile (or for, like ever). I'm glad you are feeling better! You would make a wonderful scout leader. :o)

  2. Listing to Mindy Kaling read her book via my car stereo is one of my favorites! (I also like Tina Fey's!) Ugh I hate hearing that you got food poisoning. I hope you're feeling better!

  3. Welcome back! Sorry you got food poisoning-I've had it before and it really is THE WORST. Hope you feel better soon if not already.
    I also want to be involved in Girl Scouts-it's such a wonderful organization. I was a girl scout for like 6 months in 6th grade, but I thought I was ~too cool + too old~ for Girl Scouts at that age. I wish I had stayed!
    Sounds like you had a great vacation, sans food poisoning. Glad your back blogging :)

  4. Okay, I don't know how I've never found your blog before because I am constantly on the look out for fellow Austin bloggers, but I'm glad I did! Apparently we're the same age and even started our blogs the same year! Crazy! I'll be following along now, I hope we can become new blogger pals! :)

    Oh, and I'm a huge brunch fan as well. Guess we're in the right city for it, right? haha

  5. I can't remember being called cool before! This is a librarian victory.

  6. i was really lucky in that my dad was my co-leader, which made my actual troop awesome. i didn't have super awesome summer camp experiences with girl scouts and wish i had kept going when i got a little older and would have enjoyed it more. womp womp.

  7. librarians are superheros of knowledge and literacy! SO COOL! my friend's mom, with whom i was staying, is a children's librarian and she was telling me about starting a laugh and learn program in her small town and how she got to watch all of these bbs grow and learn to love reading. that's what superheros do!!

  8. so i actually didn't listen to mindy read her own book (though it's like my favorite book), but bj novak's book with all the mindy features. i know you commented on my other post wanting to know what i thought. first, i didn't think the book (or the audio book--not sure if the order changes) started with the right story. i did find myself tuning out and getting bored during a few stories, but there were some that i LOVED and haven't been able to stop thinking about.

  9. i hope morning sickness for you was nothing like food poisoning, because i wouldn't wish that on anybody!

  10. "Minimum speed limit" for real? YES!
    Librarians are the coolest.

  11. You're a librarian???????????????????????????

    Can we be best friends?

  12. Oh no, food poisoning on vacation?! That's terrible! I hope you're feeling a lot better! Librarians are definitely cool! Your trips sounds like fun!

  13. Sounds like a lovely time, except the food poisoning that sounds pretty crap! If I've leant anything these last two years it's that small towns think everything is weird ;)

  14. Oh no! Hope you're feeling better!
    VSCO cam is my jam.
    Minimum speed limits should be enforced everywhere #ihaveroadrage.
    Blog posts in the form of lists are my favorite.


    In case you need to map ALL of them. ;-)

    Thank you for staying in my little blue house, come back ANYTIME, and I am SO SORRY you were sick here. You are amazing and I am honored to know you.

  16. I always struggle with doing trip re-cap posts, but this is a great idea! I might (definitely) copy you. I'm getting the sense you got food poisoning and that SUCKS! Also, agreeeeeed with Mindy Kaling. Have you heard she's writing a new book! Glad you went, but glad you're back too! Hope things are all back to normal for ya :)

    ♥ perfectly Priya

  17. I'm so sorry to hear that you got food poisoning!! That is actually the worst. I'm happy to hear, though, that it didn't ruin your entire vacation. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip despite getting sick!!

  18. Absolutely!

  19. Sharing books with kids is the best thing in the world!

  20. Okay, you're also my new best friend then.

  21. Oh no!!! I'm so sorry to hear that you got food poisoning. That is the WORST! Apart from the food poisoning, it sounds like you had a wonderful trip. I'm glad you got to have a little adventure!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  22. I am so glad you have fun Girl Scout times, and so sad that you got food poisoning. I am especially sad that it was from nachos, which I know if your preferred Mexican food since you don't like spicy things. This is one of the worst things the universe could have done to you, in my opinion, since you live in Texas and all I do is think of Tex-Mex. I can't get over how tragic this is. Seriously.


  23. I'll start working on friendship bracelets right away.

  24. Oh goodness I'm sorry to hear about the food poisoning! I hope you had a great road trip anyway!!

    Also, this is probably silly to admit. But I've spent WEEKS trying to figure out what the heck VSCO Cam is (I keep seeing it tagged on Instagram and Twitter) and I could not figure it out! So thank you for clarifying :P


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