Day 1 of what? Of time for ME! I’ve been so very scattered and busy lately I haven’t had any time to myself. So today was the first day in weeks that I didn’t have anything planned. Things just happened.
I needed to get a book downtown (5 acres and independence, if you want a good read on self-sufficiency. My mom had a copy way back when, and I grew up hearing her talk about it wistfully). They’d been holding it for me for quite a while at Whole Life Books. They also happen to be right next to the Alamo Drafthouse. Boo, nothing good showing.
So I found myself down around the river at dusk. Hm. Time to do something I’ve never done: watch the bats come out from the bridge! See the blurs? They’re bats.
Then, hungry at around 9pm, I went to Maudie’s (again by Alamo) and discovered the Chano special. OMG, was it good. I’m pretty sure I could get it vegetarian, so watch out Austin! I’ll be hitting Maudie’s way more.
I felt very Austinny tonight and found myself people-watching more than bat-watching or dining. I liked hearing the conversation of folks around me, wondering if the bats would fly into their hair (they won’t) or the guy with, no lie, 8 kids who asked if it was too late to see the bats as we walked from our cars to the viewing area. I loved sitting on the grassy hill to watch, semi-silent as everyone just enjoyed watching an animal do its thing. I really loved thinking about a place that so celebrates bats. That is wicked cool.
I found myself thinking this is where I belong and that I’ll never leave. Man, with all the cool stuff around Lamar and Barton Springs, I even can imagine me someday moving there! Of course, for now, my house is wonderful and so very bikable to work. Yay for cool options!!