Your Suggestions for Austin & San Antonio

What do you do on rainy days?

I definitely slept in and made a to-do list that I slowly completed.

On the list, trip planning!

I’m headed to Austin and then San Antonio for part of my spring break (April 3rd-8th).

Most of my time will be spent in San Antonio with my best girlfriend from college, Liz! She’s there getting her doctorate and I haven’t seen her in almost 4 years!

While I’ve been to Austin before, I would love some suggestions for the 24 hours I’ll be there.



I’ll definitely stop by Amy’s ice cream again!


Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Pretty Little Liars & Hearst Castle


I had a day off, could not sleep (2 hours at night and an hour during the day?!), and instead, went grocery shopping at a brand new Sprouts and watched TV before getting on with my day (homework, workout, eating). I’m not sure how I’m alive right now!

Anyone else get excited about $1 eggs, $1.99 peanut butter, & $1.50 Amy’s burritos?!


Okay, onto my random thoughts this week:

I’m sorry, but when else can I share my thoughts on “Pretty Little Liars?” Don’t worry, that’s not what this post is all about. I binged watched this last summer and devoted so much time that I have to watch it now.

  • Hanna gets the hottest guys. First Caleb and now Travis. I can’t decide which one I like more!
  • Aria needs to get over Ezra, especially in light of the fact that he’s creepy and that Jake (right) is hot.
  • Ali being alive finally moves things along.
  • Emily/Shay Mitchell is gorgeous.
  • I need to find a place to throw plates.
  • “Ravenswood” is just not as good. I watched the first couple of episodes and didn’t like it.

On Sunday, my friend Andrew and I went to the Hearst Castle. I went years ago with my mom but definitely enjoyed it more this time since we weren’t on a tour bus with old people.

Giant photo dump:


Main residence


Spanish ceilings


Dining table


Gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean from the estate


Guest house


Neptune pool


Indoor Roman pool (loved!)


Many stops on the way home

Do you watch “Pretty Little Liars?” Is there a show that you comment on?

MIMM: My house, not my house, and pizza

Friday after work was my home inspection and I got to take pictures of my MARVELOUS townhouse.

My mom came along, and we were starving so we had a mother-daughter date at MARVELOUS The Pizza Press near my new home.


We headed to Ikea for some ideas.

Living room: gray rug (from Ikea), gray sofa, and yellow accents.


Kitchen: pistachio green (like my KitchenAid mixer), light blue, and burnt orange.


We stopped by 3 TJ Maxx/HomeGoods stores too.

Bathroom: beige.



Saturday, we picked up a MARVELOUS dresser and nighstand that I saw off craigslist.


I woke up at 5:30 on Sunday to head up to L.A. to meet up my friend Andrew and go to the Hearst Castle.

3.5 hours of MARVELOUS scenery later…




MARVELOUS Hearst Castle


Lunch was a bag of fancy MARVELOUS beef jerky.


We stopped by MARVELOUS North Carolina-based The Fresh Market on the way home. They’re opening up one nearby!

Sunset on the way home


Finally, we got back to Culver City and ate a late dinner at MARVELOUS wildcraft sourdough pizza. Yes, more pizza.


It was a full day with lots of driving on little sleep, but it didn’t feel that long and was MARVELOUS.

Have you visited the Hearst Castle?

What’s the last road trip you’ve taken?