The place for [us].

Things are getting serious around here.

Why? We’ve officially booked our reception venue!

And every time I think about our Shirley Acres, a few bars from the theme song of one of America’s best loved sitcoms plays through my head. Come on. You know the one!

Green acres is the place for me.
Farm livin’ is the life for me.
Land spreadin’ out so far and wide
Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.

Rewinding for a moment… we initially talked about getting married in the hill country, somewhere outside of Austin. The option to spill outside at our reception was important to us, and we really wanted to have nature play a role in our special day. Now, here was the hitch in our get-a-long.

The more we thought about our giant families (many of them from the east coast) and the logistics of having a wedding away from home, the more appealing a hometown Houston wedding became.

Enter Shirley.

We only looked at two places in Houston because our visit to Shirley Acres just felt… Right. We made our deposit without looking back, and here we are. Given that our criteria in choosing a venue was fresh air and wide open spaces, Shirley Acres is a very apt name for our reception space.

We visited again this weekend with our parents and my good feelings were confirmed.

Somewhere, Oliver Wendall Douglas is applauding our decision…



Our acres, sans piggy.




Go Ask Your Mother

I’ve spent an astronomical amount of time with my nose in a book. Because of this, I often find myself revisiting old favorites and randomly recalling certain lines from much loved characters.

Max popped into my head today… which is no surprise given that I spent the weekend with my amazing Mother.

“I said you weren’t inconsequential. No one is. We change at least one person’s life just by being born. If you don’t believe me, go ask your mother. The fellows who write history books may not think that’s so special. I happen to disagree. Isabelle and her family may be long gone, but because they lived, regardless of how small their lives may have been, I believe they are worth remembering, even if only by strangers.” Max Gallus (Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto)

Love a good love story? Check out Before Ever After.

Having a Monday? Just think of your Mother.

My little veterinarian sister

Not only is my little sister hilarious, but she is also a veterinarian.

This makes every message from her like a tiny little one – two punch of awesome in a bottle.

Exhibit A: She sends very important health related emails to MommyMac and I.

Exhibit B: She makes sure we are all apprised of the impending bacon shortage situation.

Exhibit C: She also shares…Weather updates for Ames, Iowa... Where (apparently) some vets go.

Thanks to Alice, I will be avoiding all rabid dogs, raccoons and crickets today. I will also be eating lots of bacon and avoiding Iowa… Even if my non-vet coworker claims the bacon shortage won’t affect Texans.

I love you, my little vet. You always were a cool one.

Run, Maggie. Run!

Last week I was in Austin for the Texas Nonprofit Summit (which rocked) and while I’m usually horrible about taking time to exercise while travelling, I made a commitment to myself before leaving to get some in every day. After all, we are counting down to a wedding around here!

To honor that commitment, I planned a run around Lady Bird Lake.

To honor ANOTHER commitment I made to write more, I’m going to write about my run. On that note, my friend Lauren has been writing about things she pins on pinterest (turning “Pinteresting” into a real word), so I’m going to try that out. Two birds. One stone.

Now on to the run.

The Lady Bird Lake loop I planned on running was 4.23 miles. MoPac to South First. When I found myself at Barton Springs Pool, I knew I was lost. Thank goodness for awesome music! For this run, I was testing a lululemon playlist I’d found on pinterest, with some additional favorite running songs of my own. I can honestly say that while a bit longer than planned, the music and the environment made this one of the most enjoyable runs of my life.

Thanks to the MapMyRun app, I can tell you that the actual distance I travelled was 7.46 miles. Holy moly, Batman. I have not run that far since my Army days! While it was AWESOME, by the end I was 99.9% parched and ready for a lay-down in the grass.

For those of you who have an epic run in your future, here is a “run” down of my new playlist!

Songs from the original lululemon list:

  1. Dog Days Are Over – Florence and The Machine
  2. So Close – Calvin Harris
  3. My Body – Young the Giant
  4. Run The World – Beyonce
  5. Black Betty – Ram Jam
  6. Midnight city – M83
  7. Work Hard Play Hard – Wiz Khalifa
  8. Promises – Skrillex
  9. Let it Go – Dragonette
  10. Let it Roll – Flo Rida
  11. Run This Town – Jay Z Ft. Rihanna (Best song on the list!)
  12. Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga
  13. Bombs Over Baghdad – Outkast (I wasn’t really a fan of this one.)

Songs I have added:

  1. Wide Awake – Katy Perry
  2. Vegas Girl – Conor Maynard
  3. Bombs Away – B.o.B
  4. Final Curtain – Cross Canadian Ragweed
  5. Some nights – fun.
  6. Pound the Alarm – Nicki Minaj
  7. Titanium – David Guette Ft. Sia
  8. Wild One – Flo Ride
  9. Dog Days are Over – Vicci Martinez Cover
  10. Burn it Down – Linkin Park
  11. Love the Way you Lie – Rihanna version (LOVE this version!)
  12. Love the Way You Lie – Eminem Ft. Rihanna
  13. One More Night – Maroon 5

Best running list EVER. Seriously. What songs have I missed?

Road Tripping Texas: Austin Bound!

This month has been a month of traveling Texas! Last week I was in Corpus working an event at Whataburger field, this week I am in Austin for the Texas Nonprofit Summit. The life of a PR Girl is never boring, that I can say for sure.

I am here in Austin helping spread the word about an AMAZING Direct Energy grant program called Reduce Your Use for Good.

We know that small changes can make a BIG difference. Direct Energy is offering to donate up to $100,000 to nonprofits to implement energy-saving changes so they have more funds to put toward doing the good work that they do. All nonprofits have to do is submit a short video explaining their mission!

We are here at the conference helping nonprofits film and get their videos up. It’s an amazing group! One of the people I helped yesterday works for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, which is a nonprofit that is very close to my heart. I’m so glad I met them here!

So. Here is where you come in! When you have a chance, make sure you Like the Direct Energy Facebook page. For every 2,500 Likes, Direct Energy gives away another $2,500 grant. Tell your nonprofit friends to apply and let’s spread the word!!

I’m looking at you, MommyMac. You are going to be a Reduce Your Use star very soon.

On an unrelated, but very Austin note…

After the conference is complete, I am going to head to Lady Bird Park for a run. The Lady Bird Trail is around 10 miles, and I recently found this 13.1 songs for 13.1 miles playlist (thanks pinterest!) so I want to test it out. They estimate one song a minute, but I’m a little slower than the lululemon team… so I may add some favorite tracks of my own. What songs do YOU love running to?