Happy Belated Texas Independence Day and a Day Living in Austin

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Last Thursday, March 2, marked the 181st birthday of Texas. On March 2, 1836, Texas became a republic:

On March 1 delegates from the seventeen Mexican municipalities of Texas and the settlement of Pecan Point met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to consider independence from Mexico. George C. Childress presented a resolution calling for independence, and the chairman of the convention appointed Childress to head a committee of five to draft a declaration of independence. In the early morning hours of March 2, the convention voted unanimously to accept the resolution. After fifty-eight members signed the document, Texas became the Republic of Texas. The change remained to be demonstrated to Mexico.

The day was a gorgeous day. It started on my way to work with a gorgeous sunrise—one of the several reasons why I like leaving for work early, the other two being beating traffic and being more productive.

Sunrise in central Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

I also had to be in Austin early that day because I was attending a House committee hearing. The Texas Legislature is in session this year and it makes traffic downtown, both by car and on foot quite chaotic some days.

A funny thing happened on my way to Austin. I was on Enfied Rd, getting closer to 15th St, and I was trying to find a radio station that played music (and not a radio host babbling about the latest People Mag survey or any other subject with little importance). Then I heard the first notes of a familiar song… yet my brain needed a second to process the information: I was driving to work in Austin, Texas, USA, and, yes, this was Sylvie Vartan’s “La plus belle pour aller danser” that was playing on the radio as I arrived on top of the hill with the gorgeous view to the Texas Capitol which is the corner of Enfield Rd and 15th St.

To file in #KeepAustinWeird

The day was a beautiful one and went its course with people wishing themselves a Happy Texas Independence Day. Texans are very proud of their heritage and their state, and for good reason.

I went home in the evening and stopped for some barbecue at my favorite BBQ joint, It’s All Good BBQ. I also had the pleasure of witnessing the sun setting on the 181st birthday of the Lone Star State the only way it could set in the great state of Texas, with grandeur and a bit of drama.

It's All Good Bar-B-Q - Spicewood, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Sunset on central Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Sunset on central Texas, on Texas Independence Day – March 2, 2017

Did I mention I love living in Lone Star State? Happy belated birthday, Texas!

Random Austin: Typical Rush Hour Sight

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This picture was taken on North Lamar (Whole Foods is on my left) at rush hour time (and yes, at a stop… rush hour). The gorgeous sunset, the grackles on the transmission lines, and well, traffic, are all creating a good typical sight of Austin, TX at that time of the day.

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Austin at rush hour - North Lamar | Books, Cucpakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Austin at rush hour on North Lamar – February 9, 2017

And I’m Back

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So, yes, I did not finish the 2016 Christmas Advent calendar. My apologies to all my dear readers.

Kitshka sleeping, Whiskey hiding | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

This is not that I did not want to at first. In fact, I have several places that I had already photographed to post about. But life at the time decided that I had other things to worry about. Remember, 2016. Yep. I really don’t want to spend time whining here about everything that happened and I’ve decided to go back to blogging, which I miss and which enables me to share beautiful parts of my life in America.

Mural on 5th Street - Austin, TX - June 7, 2016 | Books, Cucpakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Just a few things I learned (or re-learned):

  • Sh*t does come in massive loads when it comes (also more politely known as Murphy’s law)
  • You can control your reaction to what is happening around you and to you (no, I’m not saying that it is easy)
  • Friends and family are here to support you. Furry friends too ;-)
  • It does stop at one point, one way or the other

End of Storm im Sight - Austin, TX | Books, Cucpakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

With that being said, let’s go back to blogging, the great state of Texas, and the weird city of Austin.

Halo over Frost Bank Tower in Austin, TX | Books, Cucpakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

A Christmas in Austin – PEC in Johnson City

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We’re staying in Johnson City to go to Pedernales Electric Cooperative, an electricity distribution co-op. Their headquarters in Johnson City has been decorated every Christmas for the past 25 years:

More than 1.2 million LED lights will brighten up our office building and the surrounding oak trees.

Pedernales Electric Cooperative Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Pedernales Electric Cooperative Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Pedernales Electric Cooperative Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Unfortunately, my pictures for this year were not very good. So here are a few more from 2014.

Johnson City Spectacular Lights - Johnson City, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City Spectacular Lights - Johnson City, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City Spectacular Lights - Johnson City, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City Spectacular Lights - Johnson City, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City Spectacular Lights - Johnson City, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Advent Calendar

Wild About Music - 2016 Christmas Window - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

December 1, 2016

2016 Gingerbread Village - Four Seasons Downtown Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

December 2, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Driskill's Christmas Tree - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

December 3, 2016

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

December 4, 2016

A Christmas in Austin – Johnson City

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Today, we are going about an hour and a half west of Austin, to Johnson City.

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

This city of 1,656 inhabitants, according to the 2010 census, is the hometown of former President Lyndon Johnson. When Christmas comes, this little city turns into a wonderland of Christmas lights, to the delight of children and adults!

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Johnson City 2016 Christmas Lights - Texas | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Advent Calendar

Wild About Music - 2016 Christmas Window - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

December 1, 2016

2016 Gingerbread Village - Four Seasons Downtown Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

December 2, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Driskill's Christmas Tree - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

December 3, 2016

A Christmas in Austin – The Driskill Hotel

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Today we are staying downtown, and we are going to another hotel: the Driskill.

2016 Driskill's Christmas Tree - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Driskill's Christmas Tree - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Driskill's Christmas Tree - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The Driskill - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The Driskill - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Advent Calendar

A Christmas in Austin – Advent Calendar, Dec. 2, 2016

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Everything is bigger in Texas. We’re pretty serious about that. And the Four Seasons Downtown Austin got the message.

Four Seasons Downtown Austin | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The hotel has unveiled its Gingerbread Village, all-edible gingerbread houses representing, this year, children stories and nursery rhymes.

2016 Gingerbread Village - Four Seasons Downtown Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Gingerbread Village - Four Seasons Downtown Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Gingerbread Village - Four Seasons Downtown Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

2016 Gingerbread Village - Four Seasons Downtown Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks 2016 Advent Calendar

Wild About Music - 2016 Christmas Window - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

December 1, 2016

A Christmas in Austin – Advent Calendar, Dec. 1, 2016

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Can you believe that we are already in December? I certainly can’t. The past couple of months have been a little rough on my side (more on this later) and to be honest, I am quite okay with 2016 ending soon. But in the meantime, we’re entering a beautiful season so let’s all falalalala together!

A few years ago, I had created an Advent Calendar when I was in New York City, sharing one Christmas-themed picture each day of the Advent. In memory of the Advent calendars of my childhood, I have decided to do it again this year with Austin. If you’d like to know what Austin looks like at Christmas time, stay tuned!

Today, we are going downtown Austin, on Congress Ave, to admire the window of a super cool store: Wild About Music.

Wild About Music - 2016 Christmas Window - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

They sell everything Austin, music and… cats. Yes, because one of the best parts of the store, it’s its resident cat. Meet Jeffrey!

Wild About Music' Jeffrey in their 2016 Christmas Window - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Wild About Music' Jeffrey in their 2016 Christmas Window - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

I really like this store because it has a real local feel, you can find a lot of gifts to bring back from Austin that are original, and of course, if you love music (and cats), it’s a must see!

Wild About Music
615 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

Weekly Photo Challenge: Capitol on the Edge

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This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is “Edge.”

Texas State Capitol - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

This view of the Texas State Capitol is slightly obstructed by the edge of a building on the right. I tried to use it instead of trying to avoiding it.

On a side note, I have taken the bad habit of taking most of my iPhone pics with the square, Instagram format. Habit needs to be modified.

Prohibition Creamery: Ice Cream with a Liquor Twist

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Prohibition Creamery - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

We all have little pleasures that we like to reasonably indulge in from time to time. If ice cream and cocktails are among yours, boy do I have the right place for you!

Prohibition Creamery - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

Prohibition Creamery opened on July 19 and is located in East Austin.

Prohibition Creamery - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

What is so original about this place? They offer ice cream infused with alcohol. You read that right. Delicious ice cream with a twist: bourbon, sangria, tiramisu, or margarita, to name a few. According to their website, the ice cream is created from scratch, in their kitchen, with local ingredients. I loved the Signature Bourbon flavor. Whiskey Chocolate was quite good too.

Prohibition Creamery - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

The place also offers regular ice cream (without alcohol) that the bartender can help you pair with a signature cocktail, if you’d like. They also have wine and beer.

The inside is cozy and the bar is classy.

Prohibition Creamery - Austin, TX | Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks

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Tables outside are also available in front of the creamery (on 7th St) and in the back (there are also a few parking spots when you access the place from the back street between 7th and 6th St).

The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly – in fact, it was a pleasure to see how they liked working there.

I highly encourage you to give it a try. I’m pretty sure they will be crowded most of the time very soon!

Prohibition Creamery
1407 E 7th Street
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 992-1449

A side note on Austin and drinking: Austinites like to drink. Austin is home to a University of Texas campus but drinking also appears to be in the culture. Does Austin have a drinking problem, some have asked. The city ranked among the first of America’s hard-drinking cities – and the first in Texas. That being said, drinking can be done responsibly and with moderation, which I encourage y’all to do :-)