I had the opportunity to go to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in June, to attend a conference. I had little time to visit but was pleasantly surprised by how nice the city was. I will dedicate a couple of posts to my visit in the near future. Stay tuned.
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So, yes, I did not finish the 2016 Christmas Advent calendar. My apologies to all my dear readers.
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.
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
With that being said, let’s go back to blogging, the great state of Texas, and the weird city of Austin.
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.
Unfortunately, my pictures for this year were not very good. So here are a few more from 2014.
2016 Advent Calendar
Today, we are going about an hour and a half west of Austin, to Johnson City.
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!
2016 Advent Calendar
Everything is bigger in Texas. We’re pretty serious about that. And the Four Seasons Downtown Austin got the message.
The hotel has unveiled its Gingerbread Village, all-edible gingerbread houses representing, this year, children stories and nursery rhymes.
Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks 2016 Advent Calendar
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.
They sell everything Austin, music and… cats. Yes, because one of the best parts of the store, it’s its resident cat. Meet Jeffrey!
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
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is “Edge.”
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.