November was an insane month. Between traveling to Austin, a busy workload, family time at Thanksgiving, and moving out of our apartment, it felt like I could hardly catch my breath. Currently, I’m writing from Krakow, Poland where we’re making a brief stopover to gain entry into Turkey (since I cannot go directly from the US due to political complications between the two countries).
It’s hard to believe that the year is almost over. Was it just me, or did 2017 seem especially fast? I cannot believe it’s almost 2018.
Here’s what I got up to this past month…
Staying busy with freelance writing. I had a steady stream of work this past month, and as a freelance writer who has been working towards this goal, I feel like all my effort is beginning to pay off, and damn does it feel good. I’m sure any fellow freelancers out there can relate.
Heading down south to Austin. Austin impressed me so much, that I even started to daydream about this city as a possibility for one of our new homes. It’s such a fun-loving, creative city that is unlike any place I’ve ever been. Our short week there was not nearly enough.
Spending time in San Francisco. After moving, we spent a few days in SF and it felt good to be back home (literally since I was staying at my parents’ house). It was filled with good food, catching up with friends and family, and seeing Lady Bird (which I couldn’t recommend more).
Crazy turbulence flying out of Austin. I’m not a nervous flyer by any means, but the turbulence we hit flying over Texas had me white knuckling it. I knew it was serious when the captain told the flight attendants to take their seats in the middle of the drink service, and they didn’t get up for a good 10 minutes.
Moving madness. It’s never fun to move, even if you start packing well in advance. We began packing up our small one-bedroom apartment three days before, and while the packing part was relatively easy, it was the actual moving portion that was a giant headache. Though I’m extremely grateful my parents allowed us to dedicate an entire room for our numerous boxes in their home.
Good food all over Austin. Which consisted mostly of brisket and tacos, and sometimes both combined. I’m in the process of writing up a post on where we ate in Austin, and am excited to share it shortly.
Homemade meals. Due to higher expenses this month (moving ain’t cheap), I tried to be more vigilant of saving money, especially with eating out. Instead, I’ve been trying to be adventurous with new recipes, and was excited with how my bibimbap and ramen bowls were not a complete disaster.
Thanksgiving feast. This year my family had Thanksgiving at a relative’s home that put on quite an impressive display of both Southern cooking (pulled pork and biscuits), and Asian dishes (including lettuce wraps with a ginger mushroom-tofu stir-fry), plus a turkey smoked to perfection NBD.
Soulva. This was my second time eating here and I love how they provide healthy options that still have a lot of flavor. They are known for their spit-roasted meats, but the salad options (the vegetarian is my favorite with roasted sweet potatoes, garlic yogurt and kalamata olives) are an excellent alternative.