THE WEEK IN REVIEW: "Girl, you're in Texas." / by Love You Back Productions

Howdy, everybody!  

I love this blog.  The Love You Back Productions Week in Review offers Weenta and me a space to catch up, just like normal buddies...(We're best friends in real life, too.)

More importantly, each week, I look forward to the opportunity of connecting with all of you, Love You Back Productions’ circle of blog readers!  What’s cool is, as Weenta and I continue passing the proverbial mic, the circle expands, too!

"....stayed with college buddies throughout our Texas tour." - Photo taken by Hallie Gluk on Friday, June 23rd at her home in Houston, Texas.

"....stayed with college buddies throughout our Texas tour." - Photo taken by Hallie Gluk on Friday, June 23rd at her home in Houston, Texas.

Last Friday, Weenta asked, “Julia, what you up to?”   Well, well, well, Weenta. I’m glad you asked. 

Today, I present to you, the Texas-ized Week in Review blog post.  This blog post is bigger (than most).  In correct fashion, the post is a bit boastful...because...."Girl, we're in Texas."

I’ve been traveling, lately.  Travels took me on a fulfilling tour through the Lonesome Dove state.

I started in Little Rock.  (More on that later, my best friend’s wedding deserves a whole Week in Review blog post.)  From Little Rock, I drove the 8 hours on to AustinAnd then, I crash-landed in Houston!

Let's start with Austin where..... Cold water + hot soup = summer thrills!

On Monday (last week) my college buddies took me out for a swim and a bowl of Ramen. 

The water was so nice, and the pork broth soooo scrumptious.   What with New Orleans having no swimming holes or competitive Ramen joints (at least, none that I’m aware of yet!!), I had to get my fill.  

Indeed, I did.  I paid Austin’s beautiful Barton Springs a visit. 3 times in 3 days.

Departure from Austin was bittersweet. It always is.  Old friends are too kind for hosting, and every time I visit, I wish I had more time to document their shenanigans.  Check out my friend Eris giving a sink bath to her pet chicken, "Poofs."  She is 1 of 6 household chickens. #Smallestfarmintexas 

Then, on to Houston.  Wait!  On Thursday (last week), I made a pit stop in LaGrange, where good friend, Alma, works as a farmer and education coordinator  

LaGrange is smack dab in the middle between Houston and Austin on 1-10 east.  

Rolling hills surround LaGrange; the town is little, a fertile inlet amid so much Texas desert.   If it wasn’t so hot, I’d call Alma's situation quite idyllic.  But with heat being a mainstay in LaGrange, I’m just going to admire Alma’s hard work from afar. 

"But with heat being a mainstay in LaGrange, I’m just going to admire Alma’s hard work from afar." - Photo taken on June 22, 2017 by Nik Bugas in LaGrange Texas.

"But with heat being a mainstay in LaGrange, I’m just going to admire Alma’s hard work from afar." - Photo taken on June 22, 2017 by Nik Bugas in LaGrange Texas.

From the left, we've got my best buddies: Maggie, Hallie, and Nik (Nikki).  - Photo taken on June 23rd 2016 by Julia Elizabeth Evans in front of Houston Center for Photography, where Hallie works. 

From the left, we've got my best buddies: Maggie, Hallie, and Nik (Nikki).  - Photo taken on June 23rd 2016 by Julia Elizabeth Evans in front of Houston Center for Photography, where Hallie works. 

Now, on to Houston!   It's Friday, and pictures say the most.  Why so many?  

Friday, June 23rd (last week) was Nik’s 27th birthday!  Happy birthday, Nikki!!! (Informational note: Nikki is my boyfriend/long-time partner.) 

His birthday was a smash-hit, a day full of art exhibits, friends, fun, drinks, and yes more swimming.  All thanks to the host of hosts and Houston-native, Maggie!

As mentioned, we stayed with college buddies throughout our Texas tour. Maggie is a dear friend, who back in Boston lived in the same college house as me, shared bourbon drinks with me, tried to dress cute in Boston but ended up miserably cold just like me.  Yup.

And now....It's SATURDAY! 

Weenta, please! Watch the video below.  Video is of Rain installation at the Buffalo Bayou Cistern, where Maggie works.   The installation....I'm without words.  Maggie gave us a private tour...oh my goodness! Y'all!  Special thanks to Maggie Nemetz! #buffalobayoucistern #cisternrain!   

Both Hallie and Maggie hosted us.  Hallie works at the Houston Center for Photography (refer to above pictures).  She gave us a tour of the center, of course. The photography exhibits rejuvenated my spirit.  

My first love is photography.  This whole business really started back in high school when my father lent me his 1968 CANON SLR film camera. Enjoy all the photographs, friends!

UGGGGHHH! There’s still so much more I want to tell y’all! I fell in love with Houston!  Nik’s birthday was grand!  

Weenta, seen any cool exhibits in the big apple?  I know you are studying a ton.   If not, don't get up from your desk! Here's a different question, what kinda view is out your window?

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Let me end this post with a TEXAS-SIZED thanks.  Thank you so much to everyone in Little Rock (more to come on the reunion/best friend’s wedding experience), Austin, and Houston.  Y’all all take Southern Hospitality so seriously, and I am all the better for it!  

Love You ALL Back,

Julia