Recap: I am alive! My legs are not.

According to my records I have not done a recap since February. Oops! I have written a lot of #content since then! Some of it was good!

Most of my time lately has been focusing on working out a lot. I've gained some weight since the new year so I'm trying to be more committed to making the good kind of #gainz, plus, there's something about my body's looming mortality (it's all downhill from 32, right?) that makes me want to appreciate its strength while I still can. Yesterday I did a weights yoga class, then this morning I went on a 2.5 hour hike with friends (my first on the Greenbelt, despite the fact that I'm from here), followed by a soccer game in the evening. Super excited to see how that feels tomorrow. 

Here's a funny/sad story: I can't really do headstands in yoga anymore. I mean, I can do them if I'm against a wall - I don't touch it, but it helps knowing that the support is there if I need it. I used to be able to do them fairly consistently, if shakily - the first time I ever did one, I drove directly to my exboyfriend's house to show him and make him take a video of me going upside-down. But then we broke up. 

When I finally took a break from staring at the ceiling and silently crying, I dragged myself to something that made me happy: yoga. I went to a packed class with my favorite teacher, and about 10 minutes in she asks us all to get up into a headstand. I'm feeling surprisingly confident, so I get upside down, but something is off and I lose my balance. I come crashing down and knee myself directly in the face. Everyone in class is staring at me and my teacher is kind of laughing, because people falling down is funny, and I just run to the bathroom and completely lose it from the pain, frustration, embarrassment, and general breakup misery. My nose didn't break or bleed and I slunk back in to finish the class, but I haven't been able to do headstands since then. I know it's totally a mental block - I'm much stronger now - and I look forward to taking back ownership of that part of my mind again. Even if I need a crutch for a while.

THINGS I PUBLISHED "RECENTLY:"

22 Austin Hot Spots for the Perfect Girls Night Out (Eater Austin)
Go have some lady fun!

14 Best Upscale Boutiques in Austin (Andrew Harper) 
For when you need to take your fancy fashionista friends shopping.

How to Eat Pizza for Every Meal in Austin (Eater Austin)
Breakfast pizza? Lunch pizza? Happy hour pizza? Late night pizza? I HAVE COVERED ALL THE PIZZAS.

6 Austin Influencers on the Future of Their City & What They Love Most about It (Austin Way)
Gaze into the future of Austin through the eyes of these various awesome people.

Your Guide to Dining Outdoors in Austin This Season (Austin Way)
Enjoy the weather before the outside air becomes 50% mosquitos and burns like hot fire!

6 Austin Restaurants Serving Up Insane Cheese Plates
Reference for people who need to take me on dates.

 Where to Get the Best Eggs Benedicts in Austin
For when you're tired of breakfast pizza, for some reason.

 Best Places to Hold Every Type of Meeting in Austin
This was written as a "where to meet up during SXSW" guide but has other uses too!

 Austin Manses with Lush Gardens & Greenery Perfect for Springtime
Sadly my condo did not make the list, despite the fact that I have an aloe vera plant outside that I have kept alive for a record 1 year. 

 Austin-Based Wedding Experts Discuss This Season's Top Trends
Vocabulary that I learned from writing this article: "invitation suite."

 7 Things You Need to Know about SXSW Before You Go
I guess this article is kind of moot now, but if you are a TRUE FAN of my writing...

INTERESTING THINGS FROM OTHER PEOPLE:

The Sense of an Endling (Longreads)
I keep thinking of this haunting essay about last-of-their-kind animals. 

Touched (Aeon)
Honestly, I think the best way to understand me is this sentence: "We are social beings, and to no small extent, we define ourselves by whom we touch and whom we let touch us."

This is Almost Certainly James Comey's Twitter Account (Gizmodo)
If you are like me and consider cyberstalking a fun pastime, here is some next-level shit for you to learn.

Mosquitoes, Get Ready For Your Close-Up (The Atlantic)
Some of my favorite essays are interviews of people talking about random shit they are super interested in, and this is a great example of that. 

OBLIGATORY RANDOM PICTURE OF ME:

Did you know my cat is approximately 1000x better at modeling than I am?

 But sometimes we make a good team, too :)

But sometimes we make a good team, too :)