Monday, March 24, 2008

The (Last) Rite(s) of Spring (Break)

So, it's all over. That glorious spring break, which stretched across 10 days for me, is done with and now it's back to school. But here's what happened over those wonderful 10 days:

Thursday, Mar. 13:
Marie came to pick me up after my last class and dropped me off at my house to get my stuff together. We made it into Austin about 7 o'clock and headed straight for Spoon. The concert was pretty good, but it included two things that bring out the best in humanity: free events and alcohol {end sarcasm}. Then the car overheated (due to what we would later discover was a lack of coolant and thus a broken radiator), but it gave us no trouble the rest of the trip.

Friday, Mar. 14:
Went to Book People (just the coolest bookstore ever) and Cheapo, where I only spent $4 (outrageous!). Marie and I ate at Kerbey Lane (my first time). That night we went to go see Assassination of a High School President, and there was a Q+A with the director, writers, and star afterwards. We took the bus to and from home because there is absolutely nowhere to park downtown, especially during SXSW. Amazingly, everyone in Mitch's apartment was asleep by 12:30 every night. That's really odd because whenever my dad and I go down there, we're always up til at least 2 in the morning.

Saturday, Mar. 15:
Ate "brekkie" at the always delicious Lone Star Kolache and then went to SoCo, where my search for a gift for Mal was fruitless, although I fell in love with Monkey See, Monkey Do, this great little toy store. Later, we ate at Chipotle only to later discover that there was a Freebirds over on 41st. D'oh! We decided to do a bit more shopping since neither of us spent anything at SoCo. We went to End of an Ear and there was a concert in the parking lot! This crazy band called Peach Tree (or peachtree) had all kinds of antics, including jumping off the roof of the store! There was this "classic rock" store behind End of an Ear and they had a "glass-blowing studio" in the back. Lemme tell ya: they weren't making trinkets. Later, we had "din-din" at EZ's, but I didn't eat much because I was saving up for ice cream at Amy's (Mexican Vanilla with Nutter Butters!!!). We went to the Village Drafthouse to see Rocky Horror at midnight (my second time, Marie's first). Always a great time.

Sunday, Mar. 16:
Got up super-early (7:30-ish) and ate "brekkie" at the amazing Omelettry and then had to head home so Marie could be back in time for her ride. It was hard to stay awake, but Marie helped a lot.

Monday, Mar. 17:
Woke up to...overwhelming nausea and sickness. Gross. Had to follow Mallory to Jaime's to get the car fixed and got sick on the way back. Ick. I just lay around all day after that. Watched Miller's Crossing that evening in honor of St. Patty's Day.

Tuesday, Mar. 18:
Didn't get sick but didn't do anything.

Wednesday, Mar. 19:
The whole fam went to Grand Prairie/Arlington. My dad and I to Forever Young (this fantastic record store) and Mal and my mom to the ultra-ghetto Six Flags Mall/Dillard's outlet.

Dad: "It says there's a food court. Go check it out."
{five minutes later}
Me: "Dad, the only thing that's open is Cozumel Seafood, and I don't think you want to try that."

I also spoke in church that night about my missions trip to South Africa. They're going to take up an offering for me soon, which is just incredible.

Thursday, Mar. 20:
Hung out with Calvin for awhile. We watched Van Wilder and Boy Meets World, which is more awesome than it sounds. Also went to Hollywood to scour the remaining DVDs. I got 13, at about a dollar apiece. (I know, I know. Overboard, but what a deal!) Later, I went with Mallory and KayLee to the thrift store, where we met up with Billy, Tyler, Matt, Richard and his girlfriend Anna. Good times. I got a sweet new dress shirt, a dop kit, Gone Baby Gone (the book), a vest, and a Hello Kitty skullcap for Marie!

Friday, Mar. 21:
Went to see Vantage Pointwith Daniel and it was pretty dern good. Then we just walked around the mall and I realized how truly worthless Firewheel Town Center is. Had lunch at Friday's (Daniel's pick) and grabbed some Dublin DPs at Popcorn Papa, which was surprisingly busy. Had to mow the lawn when I got back (fo' free!) but that evening I got to go over to Marie's and we watched Interview.

Saturday, Mar. 22:
Helped my dad with the siding and just waited til Marie came over. My parents and we went to see Run Fatboy Run and it was really funny. Then Marie and I went to get a sundae at Braum's, where we ran into her ex, which was not nearly as awkward as it could have been. I miss her already.

Sunday, Mar. 23:
Went to a very pretty Easter service (and dressed up!) and came home and had a wonderful feast of my dad's heavenly brisket, queso, and banana pudding. I got to take a nap and got The Simpsons Movie as a gift, so it was pretty much one of the best Sundays ever.

Why does it all have to end so quickly?

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