There is so much to do in and around Austin for a single person. It's an incredible playground full of fun.
During the month I didn't have my kids, I explored. I promised myself when I was going through my horrific separation and divorce that I would try new things. I read, I ran, I wrote, I went out with friends, I dated, I shopped, I talked to my kids, I met knew people, I decorated my house and relaxed.
Thank you to all of my friends (and friends of friends) who helped make the summer truly memorable.
Here are some of my favorites:
Go to a concert and meet the band
Twenty One Pilots, Mute Math and Chef's Special concert was incredible at Circuit of the Americas.
There's tons of concerts every weekend.
Go to a concert and dance onstage with your friends
We rented a party bus and went to the 90s concert at the Cedar Park Center. SO MUCH FUN!
Eat delicious food
La Condesa is so very good and they make a great Sangria.
Uchi, Odd Duck, Lick's Ice Cream, Geraldine's... There's so much good food in Austin.
The Rose Room is my fav right now. But there's tons of places if that isn't your thing.
Go to a Grand Opening and Give to Charity
Hanover's 2.0hanovers2.com Grand Opening was tons of fun with a special performance by my friend's children, Suede, yummy food and drinks, great service and hilarious friends.
They offer table service.
We celebrate everyone's birthday and have a large group, so there's always a party somewhere. Make your friend feel special with a great night or day out: Wine Tour, Wagner's Backyard, Cover 3, Jack Allen's, a stay in a downtown hotel, Hanover's, etc., etc., etc. LOTS of OPTIONS!
Splash in the Puddles and Walk in the Rain
It finally rained. Downtown was completely deserted and so pretty! Made for a great stroll with the lights reflecting off the water.
Go to a Wedding - Celebrate Love
Friends had their after party at Cedar Street Courtyard! GREAT IDEA! Band was funky and so funny.
The season is almost over, but there's still time to catch a game. It's a great way to relax with friends and family.
Excellent place for adults! There's plenty of space to park your rear in the sand (sun and shade) and relax around the lake with lakeside drink service. Horseshoe Bay offers a marina with boat and jet ski rentals (so much fun), tons of pools with music and bars nearby, tennis, mini golf, yummy restaurants, etc. etc.
Trapeze lessons, football games and whatever I can get into. :) Life is an adventure - go get it!
I'm loving this place. The dance floor packs them in like sardines with a DJ that keeps you going all night. Pair that with a cool light show and the place is hoppin'. If you get thirsty, there's a bar on either side with bartenders who can help you out with just about anything you can think of. And, if you need to cool off, you can people watch from the second or third floor balconies.
Despite the crowd, my girlfriends and I were able to make a little circle on the outside of the dance floor to get our grove on. The circle collapsed now and again with everyone pressed together, but people move on and off the dance floor. One of my friends couldn't believe this great of a night club was in North Austin.
After awhile, we wanted a break. There's a door that leads to 77 Degrees, the rooftop bar next door, which is pretty darn cool and a totally different vibe.
Tips for not getting your butt grabbed:
So, one of my friends danced on the inside of our circle most of the night and her butt saw a lot of unwanted action.
1. Keep your booty pointed to the outside edge/stage/DJ
2. Don't stop moving.
Yes, that means some of your friends takes one for the team, but it's not you. Of course, that didn't stop a guy from grabbing my ring hand to see if I was married, but hey, you pick your battles.
What is it with guys grabbing women now anyway? Do you think that's going to go over well? What happened to hands off?
They say the way to a man’s heart is his stomach, but honestly I think it works for women too.
Guys, if you want to impress a woman (or maybe this is just me) take her to a place where she has an emotional experience.
The Odd Duck is a great place to do just this. The food is AH-mazing. Each farm-to-market dish was a whole new experience. But when the dessert came, I had to refrain from scraping the plate clean. The only thing that stopped me was that it was a first date. My ingrained impulse to be polite and mannerly (along with my grandmother's voice in my head) was being overridden by an intense desire to eat every single bite. I wanted to pick up that plate and lick it clean. Even though I’d known him for years, I maintained my composure and shared (even though he probably would've just laughed at me if I hadn't).
APPLE. BUTTER. CAKE. Try it if it’s still on the menu (the chef likes to change things up fairly frequently). You’ll thank me later.
I'm single and loving it. Two kids and a busy job. Life is an adventure. Being single is liberating. Life is short, spread joy.