Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Called Me OUT!

So in the spirit of friendly challenges, I recently called out my long-time friend Dani over at Living Outside The Stacks to participate in FatMumSlim's PhotoADay monthly challenge next month.  Dani is a spectacular photographer who has let her camera accumulate dust over the past month or so and I figured some good-natured public challenging would spur her to get that camera back into action...  Little did I know that it would spur ME back into action...  She gave my blog a shout out in her post today, which you can see here.

I thought, you know, if Dani's large blog following were to click on the link to my blog what would they find?  Um, a whole lot of sporadic blogging, not a lot on my quest to find fitness, which truth be told has taken a backseat to, um, er, uh.... well, nothing... I just haven't been questing to be fit... wer werr...  But that is a forthcoming post, so you'll have to wait for that.

Anyhow, I issued this challenge in the comments section on Dani's post today:

Speaking of "calling out,"  I should probably get back to regularly blogging...  Here is the deal... in August you will do the Photoaday challenge and I will blog!  Deal?  

So, here is what I need to do - Blog everyday.  Even if it is a short blurb. I mean, I cant have Dani photographing daily and not blog can I???


PS  If you want to participate in the PhotoADay fun go here for the info! You can see all of my Photo A Day pic on Instagram - @Mylynka - on Twitter - @Mylynka - and I am thinking of doing a weekly dump here if I can figure out how to do a photogrid or some type of other thing (ideas welcome).

Monday, July 9, 2012

Roadtripping through Texas

I love road-tripping with my husband.  He likes to glance at a map, see where the little roads go and just meander.  We both love car trips and if we have no particular time to be anywhere we love to take the "long" way.  We got to do such a trip this weekend thanks to some friends thoughtfully getting married outside of Austin. :D

We live in the Dallas area and it is about a 3-4hr drive to Austin down I-35 depending on the traffic, road construction, and if you stop for lunch...  We took 9hrs to get to Austin on Saturday!!  It was great!

The wedding wasn't until 11am Sunday, so we slept in a little on Sat., went and picked up our rental car (a brand new Nissan Altima - not a bad ride), and left town around noon.  First stop - ITALY.  Or IT-lee, if you are a local. Then on to Hubbard for a lunch at Dairy Queen... where we got stares for being both out-of-towners AND an interracial couple.  IT IS 2012 PEOPLE!! I digress...

The drive took us through some neat little old towns and reminded me just how much I do love Texas and how beautiful it really is (just not where I live). We saw gorgeous old courthouses, rolling fields, ominous storm clouds, met-up with good friends, saw a lovely young couple begin their life together as husband and wife, ate burgers at a College Station institution, and drove through the pouring rain all while taking the item to talk to each other and just enjoy being together.  We have vowed to do a little more Texas road-tripping from now on. (I also need to figure out how to add photos in a collage...)

Italy, TX
A porch on a 1908 home in Hubbard, TX

Hubbard House - Catty-corner from the DQ

A beautiful tree just off the Cameron square, behind it a cemetery

The First Girls Tomato Club in Texas
Milam Co. Court House