I realized over the weekend that this Memorial Day marks four years living in Austin.
In some ways, I can’t believe it’s only been four years. Austin is the first place I’ve ever felt really at home. I know my way around the city, which is something I never learned after 10 years of living in the Dallas area. I know a lot of people and feel part of the community, much thanks to the fact that I have a job that has really put me in the center of things.
I have my favorite restaurants, my favorite places to hike, and my favorite hobbies. From the very beginning, I have felt like I really belonged.
In another sense, I can’t believe how fast time has flown. Looking back at the last four years, I’ve lost touch with a lot of friends that I never thought I would lose touch with. I thought I would make monthly trips back to Dallas. And there is still a lot I haven’t done here, that I’ve been planning on doing from the beginning. (I’m looking at you, bats at Congress Bridge.)
Still, I have a feeling I’ll be here for a while, so that doesn’t really bother me much.
A few weeks back, I made a bucket list of all the things I want to do in Austin. I posted it on the KLBJ FM website, but I thought I would post it here as well in celebration of all that I have already done in this wonderful city.
Austin Bucket List
Go see the Bats at Congress Bridge-It’s really ridiculous that I haven’t seen this yet. It’s less than a two mile walk from my house, and about 50 feet from my afternoon job. Doing this soon.
Zilker Kite Festival-I’ve heard it’s overrated but I don’t care. I love kites. And people watching. And watching people try to fly kites.
Enter Funniest Person in Austin as a Contestant-This is my fourth year judging and while that’s been a blast, I would really like to compete. This means I’ll have to start actually going to open mics. It terrifies me, but since I’ve crossed “Stand-up” off my bucket list, I know I’ll have a good time once I get there!
Franklin BBQ– I’ve had a lot of good BBQ in this city. But haven’t had THAT good BBQ yet. Mostly because I haven’t found someone willing to wait in line with me.
Camp at Enchanted Rock– In the last two years, Matt and I have probably camped at at least ten state parks. Somehow, we’ve never made it out to Enchanted Rock-which is probably the closest. I really want to make it out this spring before it gets too hot!
Jacob’s Well– Along with camping all around Texas, we’ve visited nearly every watering hole. This is one we haven’t yet made it out to. This summer it’s at the top of my list of things I want to do.
What else have I missed? I know this is a list I’m going to have to revising… But I’ve got enough to keep me busy for a while!