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Jul
08

Posted on Wednesday July 08, 2015 at 10:15pm in ,

Looks like I’m starting to lose control of my life and have just been way too busy / lazy to update my blog. On Sundays when I usually write blog posts I’m always out doing something or another. Where I would ordinarily do a dedicated post on each event or day of significance, now I’m just gonna have to do one big catch up post for the last two and a half months (or I’ll never catch up). Anyway, let’s get started because I have a lot of material to gloss over. I’ve been Busy with a capital B these days.

Let’s start with my 26th birthday! That’s about where we left off. My sister and her friend Emily came to visit Dallas and stay with me for a full week. It was really great to see my sister and we definitely had the best time we’ve ever had together. I used to feel like I didn’t have anything much in common with my sister, but after living in different cities for a few years and growing up a little bit, I realized that we actually do have a lot in common. Getting to have a real conversation with my sister for probably the first time was a great experience and I’m really happy her and her friend came to visit and got to be here for my birthday.

Speaking of my birthday…

I got my birthday tattoo I’ve been planning for a while now. Been looking forward to this one!

May, June, JulyCALM CALM CALM

This was just the stencil, the tattoo itself wasn’t blue.

May, June, JulyIn progress: photo cred to my sister

May, June, JulyTurned out great!

Mackenzie, Emily, Cody (my friend and coworker), Grace (Cody’s girlfriend), Kody, Mike and Crissy (friends of Cody) all went to go see Purity Ring at the Bomb Factory and that was a great show! I took my sister to Klyde Warren Park, and out to some of my favorite nightlife areas.

May, June, JulyMackenzie, me, and Emily at Klyde Warren Park

Been hittin’ the gym still…

May, June, July(almost) beach ready

I went to the DMA (Dallas Museum of Arts) for the first time. Kind of a big deal.

May, June, JulyOne of my favorite exhibits at the DMA when I went

After about six months of exciting bachelor status, I got a new girlfriend. Her name is Jenni and she’s super smart. This is her with me at the DMA:

May, June, JulyShe likes art

I went on my second ever Texas road trip to Houston to see a two day festival with Cody, Grace, Mike, and Crissy. Two couples and a Drew! The festival we went to was called FPSF (Free Press Summer Fest) and we got to see the likes of Odesza (my latest favorite), G-Eazy, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Skrillex, Glass Animals, Tove Lo, Major Lazer, RL Grime, and many more!! It was definitely the best festival I’ve ever been to. We had a ton of fun in Houston too, although we didn’t get to see much of it because we devoted most of our time to making sure we were awake for the festival. It really was an awesome weekend.

May, June, JulySeeing Odesza perform was amazing. Click to see a short 15 second video of them

I took an impromptu vacation to San Diego and visited some friends.

May, June, JulyLa Jolla was beautiful

The pictures I took really don’t do it justice. The colors and smells were amazing. The water at La Jolla was a deep blue and the weather was perfectly comfortable. I loved San Diego!

May, June, JulyFrom the top of Mt. Soledad

We bought ice creams and walked around outside all day for free. We went hiking, went to an outdoor mall, went to Balboa Park. It was the perfect day! And the perfect night! We had dinner, went drinking at a Korean bar, and then went and did karaoke together.

We also went to the San Diego Fair!

May, June, JulyCow selfie

May, June, JulyI’ll miss you San Diego!

I’d totally go back. Hopefully soon!

The next weekend Jenni and I went to go see Knife Party perform at The Bomb Factory with Adam, Amanda, Kody, Robert, Sami, and Manny. Another great show.

May, June, JulyClick to see a short clip of Knife Party

Lastly, but not leastly – I went with Jenni to Oklahoma to attend a wedding. We had an awesome time, I got to see her home state, and we looked pretty sharp while doing it.

May, June, JulyTaking full advantage of the open bar

I’ve had so many great times recently! 2015 is off to an amazing first half. Things that are coming up… Going to Minneapolis and Wisconsin for Bryan’s birthday in two weeks! Also, the rewardStyle BOAT PARTY!!

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Nov
30

Posted on Sunday November 30, 2014 at 10:45pm in ,

Ever since Larry moved out to LA to work at Space X, Bryan had been saying that we should make a trip over there to hang out. I really liked LA the first time I went. Bryan had never been to California, Larry knew the area well after living there for over a year, and I missed California, so it was the perfect place to visit!

We planned to fly in to LAX and meet there, since we all lived in different cities now. Jenny also wanted to go to LA, so she came with, too. We booked our tickets in October and flew out on Friday, November 7th. We had a super early morning flight (6:30am). We didn’t want to pay for parking so we planned to take the DART train to the airport around 4:30am. We packed at night after work, took a two hour power nap, then were very quickly woken up by our noisy alarms to get on the train. We actually were a few minutes late getting out the door so we had to sprint to the platform to get there on time. But, we made it just in the nick of time, heavy backpacks and all.

On the train we could relax a bit. It was only the second train of the morning, and the whole train was empty except for one or two other people. It took about 20 minutes to get to the airport. We went through security at terminal A because it was way less busy than our terminal, then took the skylink to terminal E. We got some Dunkin Donuts for breakfast and then waited for boarding.

Our flight was pretty cramped, but that’s how it is when you fly Spirit. Oh well, it’s super cheap.

Los Angeles WeekendLanding in LA

Our flight landed a bit early, and Larry was already at the airport. He picked us up and drove us to his place. He gave us his car to use for the day, and then he went to work on his motorcycle.

Los Angeles WeekendLarry’s street

Los Angeles WeekendStepping out, going exploring

The first thing we did was go to a CVS to get some supplies we forgot. Then, we went to the beach. Larry lived 2 blocks away from the beach, literally just down the street. Such a convenient location! We ended up spending most of our trip on the beach.

Los Angeles WeekendHermosa Beach

Los Angeles WeekendThe Pacific Ocean

Los Angeles Weekend

Los Angeles Weekend11.7.14

Los Angeles WeekendWriting stuff in the sand

Los Angeles WeekendMe on the beach

Los Angeles WeekendI tried to write “Drew ❤‘s LA” but the ocean erased it before I could finish

We had lunch at Brother’s Burritos, a mexican restaurant on the beach. It was set up similar to Chipotle, but it took a while to prepare your food and it was much higher quality. We did a bit of shopping and then we still had quite a bit of time before we had to pick Bryan up from the airport, so we decided to head down to Venice Beach in Larry’s car.

Los Angeles WeekendVenice Beach

Los Angeles Weekend

We saw a skate park while walking down Venice Beach, it seems like skateboarding is pretty popular in LA. Dallas only has one skate park left, and it’s not very good.

Los Angeles WeekendSkate Park on Venice Beach

Los Angeles Weekend

Los Angeles Weekend

Los Angeles WeekendJenny snapping some pictures of the skateboarders

Los Angeles WeekendWalking down the boardwalk

Los Angeles WeekendSunset on Sunset Av

The sun started to go down, and we started to walk back to the car, catching the beautiful beach sunset. We checked out a candy shop that Jenny wanted to go into, and she ended up buying a ton of stuff. “We can share it with the guys later!” She exclaimed, picking up handfuls and handfuls of assorted sweets.

We went and picked up Bryan from LAX and brought him back to Larry’s place to drop off some of his things. It was great to see Bryan again, for the first time since April. I actually don’t remember the last time I had seen Larry, but it must have been almost a year. After Bryan dropped off his things at Larry’s, we went to Space X to see Larry get off with work around 7:30.

We got a great tour of Space X by Larry. Although we weren’t allowed to take any pictures, I feel like I’ll remember the tour for a long time. It was a very impressive building, even bigger than I expected it to be. But, I suppose when you’re housing rockets the building needs to be pretty big.

When we finished the tour (it took about 45 minutes), we went to a delicious Hakata Ramen shop and had dinner. The food was amazing. We ate until we were so full we couldn’t move, then we went back to Larry’s place to chill for a bit before heading out to a nearby bar within walking distance. All of the bars were packed because it was Friday night. We were all pretty tired after getting a bunch of sun that day and waking up early, so we headed home early to get some rest.

The next day we had brunch at a restaurant Larry recommended called Sunny Spot. The food was great there, as well. Also, bottomless mimosas.

When we were so full we couldn’t move, we went back to Venice Beach, this time with Bryan and Larry. We stopped and got some iced coffee on the way, and checked out some local shops. We also stopped at a food truck for second brunch. When we got to the beach, we headed for Santa Monica Pier.

Los Angeles WeekendSandy beach

Los Angeles WeekendView from the pier

Los Angeles WeekendSanta Monica panorama 1

Los Angeles WeekendSanta Monica panorama 2

Los Angeles WeekendCool bird, checking out my camera

Los Angeles WeekendJenny and I

Los Angeles WeekendThe three amigos: Larry, Bryan and I on Santa Monica Pier

Los Angeles WeekendJenny standing in line for ice cream

We decided to ride the Ferris Wheel so we could get the best view. We bought our tickets and got in line. The sun was just starting to go down as we got into the cart, perfect timing!

Los Angeles WeekendView from the top

I also took a short video on the ferris wheel.

Los Angeles WeekendJenny and Bryan

Los Angeles WeekendAnother view of the top

Los Angeles WeekendJust Bryan

Los Angeles WeekendJust Larry

Los Angeles WeekendJenny and I on the Ferris Wheel

Los Angeles WeekendThis is the wheel we rode on

Los Angeles WeekendOne last view of Santa Monica

Later in the evening we planned to go to Avalon, a fancy Hollywood EDM night club. First, we needed to take a break, though. We went back to Larry’s place and took naps and showers. Around 10, we left the apartment, got some energy drinks at the nearby and CVS and then drove downtown. We got to Avalon, and we beat the crowd. We got some drinks, found seating upstairs and chilled there for a bit. Bryan wasn’t feeling well though, and Jenny didn’t want to be there, so we ended up heading home early. Larry and I danced for a bit, but we felt bad leaving Jenny and Bryan up in the seats by themselves so we came back and we all left early together.

Los Angeles WeekendAvalon

Avalon was a really neat club, definitely the classiest club I’ve ever been to. The drinks were expensive though, about $14/drink on the low end. That’s about twice the price of Dallas and four times the price of Eau Claire. It was worth it though, as Bryan enjoyed his first time at a club.

The next day, we spent the whole time on Hermosa Beach together. It started off cloudy and chilly, but it warmed up and cleared up really quick around 11am. We put on our swimming suits, grabbed our towels, and hit the ocean. After a day full of swimming and sun bathing, we hit up In-N-Out by LAX for our last LA meal. It was also Bryan’s first In-N-Out.

It was another awesome trip to LA. I love California, I hope I can go back again soon!

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Jun
17

Posted on Tuesday June 17, 2014 at 11:23pm in ,

After leaving the capitol we planned to check out the graffiti gardens. The park was called Castle Hill Graffiti and it had several large walls which anyone could spray paint on. Jenny wanted to pick up some cans of paint and write something ourselves but we ended up not getting any before we went. It was fun to just walk around and check out all the different pictures and writings.

Austin Roadtrip Part IIAt the bottom of the hill

Austin Roadtrip Part IIHappy cow

Austin Roadtrip Part IISo many paintings

Austin Roadtrip Part II

Austin Roadtrip Part IIJenny sitting on one of the walls

We walked around the park for maybe 30 minutes. The next stop on our list was to go see Jenny’s friend, Schafer who was letting us stay at his house (or as I call it, the Schaf-house). We went to meet him at his place and Jenny introduced us to each other. We went to grab some beer from the liquor shop next door and then we sat outside chatting for a bit. When we came back in we met his cat, Rosanne.

Austin Roadtrip Part IIChilling with the cat and Schafer on the bed

Austin Roadtrip Part IISchafer’s cat, Rosanne

We went to an authentic ramen shop for dinner. It was called Ramen Tatsuya and it was delicious. I haven’t had authentic Japanese ramen in a good while, so it was nice to taste it again.

Austin Roadtrip Part IIDelicious, delicious ramen

Later that night Schafer took us out to a dive bar called Bar Fly’s. The drinks were cheap and we had fun talking outside. The bar itself wasn’t much, but it was a cheap place to drink that wasn’t too crowded. It was also within walking distance of the Schaf-house.

Austin Roadtrip Part IISchafer and I at Bar Fly’s

Austin Roadtrip Part IIJenny and I

On the way back there was a section of closed freeway, so we got to walk in the street for a bit and take some pictures. There was a really good one of Jenny and I on the overpass but it accidentally got deleted. This one is pretty good too, though.

Austin Roadtrip Part IIStreets of Austin!

We finished the night by watching movies and drinking more at the house. We planned to get up early and go to see Hamilton Pool, another awesome Austin landmark. That was the plan anyway, but it got moved to our to-do list for the next Austin trip because no one woke up on time.

We instead went to eat breakfast at a popular Austin restaurant. I forgot the name, but they had great breakfast tacos and a cool outdoor patio.

Austin Roadtrip Part IIOutside patio

Austin Roadtrip Part IISchafer

Austin Roadtrip Part IIBreakfast tacos

On the way back I saw another cool wall mural.

Austin Roadtrip Part IISee ya, Austin!

Shortly after finishing breakfast we dropped Schafer off and we started heading our way back up to Dallas.

Austin Roadtrip Part IIBack to Dallas!

When we got back to Dallas we finished the day out by the pool. It was an awesome road trip. Austin was great, I hope we can go back soon. There are still a lot of things I want to do there!

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Jun
12

Posted on Thursday June 12, 2014 at 9:27pm in ,

The weekend following the rewardStyle conference management gave us all Friday off. I had been thinking of taking a Texas roadtrip sometime, and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to maybe go to Galveston or Corpus Christi. Jenny said Austin would be better because it’s a bit closer and we both have friends there. I have three friends that live in Austin: Rachel (friend from Wisconsin), Greg (ex-rewardStyle coworker), and Abba (ex-classmate). I said that sounded like a great idea because I’ve always wanted to go to Austin. We considered taking a bus down with our bikes, but the bikes would have cost extra and the cost of the bus alone was more than driving in the car.

We left Thursday night after work and drove straight down to Austin. We took the bikes and planned to explore Austin completely on bike or public transit. It was about a three hour drive to get there. The first night we kind of made a mistake in scheduling, though. We thought we were going to stay at Jenny’s friend, Abby’s place, but actually we were going to stay there on Friday, not Thursday. We arrived in Austin around 1:30am and then got a hotel. We were going to go drinking a bit, but we were pretty tired by the time we got there. It worked out well though because we got to plan our next day in our room and take it easy.

We had a big plan for the first day in Austin. We were going to take the bikes out and do a full tour of Austin, seeing all of the famous wall murals. Austin is pretty famous for having several painted walls around the city. We marked them all on our map and drove to Abby’s house where we set up camp. From there, we biked down 1st St. and into the city.

Austin Roadtrip Part IDowntown Austin!

Our first stop was lunch. We ate at a popular local Mexican restaurant called Juan in a Million. I thought the name was clever.

Austin Roadtrip Part IJuan in a Million

From there, our first mural was the “You’re My Butter Half” wall.

Austin Roadtrip Part IYou’re My Butter Half

Austin Roadtrip Part IJenny

Austin Roadtrip Part IMe

From there, we set off on bike for the next mural.

Austin Roadtrip Part IBiking towards the University of Texas – Austin

The next mural was Jeremiah The Innocent.

Austin Roadtrip Part IJeremiah The Innocent. Contrary to popular belief, this was actually commissioned by the city and is not graffiti

Austin Roadtrip Part I

The next mural was the “I Love You So Much” wall. This is probably Austin’s most famous wall mural.

Austin Roadtrip Part I

Austin Roadtrip Part I

Austin Roadtrip Part IUnfortunately, we didn’t really get a good shot together. This was the best one I could find. Wish I hadn’t been wearing sunglasses

The last mural on our schedule was the Austin postcard. I didn’t know that this one was so recent, but apparently it was just painted last year.

Austin Roadtrip Part IGreetings from Austin!

Austin Roadtrip Part I

At the end of our route we went about 14 miles. We finished back at Abby’s house. You can view our route on mapmyride by clicking the map below.

Austin Roadtrip Part IClick to view our bike route: Tour de Austin

We settled in to the room that Abby gave us and then we went out to dinner at East Side Kings. They had some really good food. It used to be a food truck and it turned into a brick and mortar shop because it was so successful. That seems to be a common occurrence in Austin. When we finished eating we headed back to casa de Abby and took a nap and got ready to go out to see some Austin nightlife.

We went down to 6th street, a popular drinking street. It was my first time there, and we met my old rewardStyle coworker Greg there. We started at Wistlers (I think that’s how it was spelled). I don’t really remember the other bars we went to by name, but we did see a Bar Rescued bar that looked super familiar but I couldn’t remember where I had seen it. It was The Brixton. If I had remembered at the time that it was a Bar Rescued bar I definitely would have requested we stop by. Oh well, maybe next time.

We took a bicycle cab across town to get to the last bar of the night. We also checked out two food trucks (both of which had amazing food!) It was a lot of fun, but very expensive. I spent about $50 per bar and we went to 5 bars and two food trucks so it was an expensive evening. It was a lot of fun though. We took a taxi back to the house and crashed for the night.

The next day we got on our bikes and Jenny was super tired after just a few minutes of riding. We stopped at a gas station and saw a rare sight:

Austin Roadtrip Part IPayphones! They still exist

We arranged to meet my friend Rachel at Gordoughs – a restaurant that serves everything on a donut, including their salads and their burgers. Yep, donut burgers.

Austin Roadtrip Part IDonut burgers. Cheat day

After lunch, Jenny and I went to see the state capitol.

Austin Roadtrip Part ITexas state capitol

Austin Roadtrip Part IInside

Austin Roadtrip Part IThe Texas star was everywhere

Austin Roadtrip Part IFrom the top

Austin Roadtrip Part IA nice lady saw us walking around and just offered to take our photo

Austin Roadtrip Part IIn the courtyard

Austin Roadtrip Part IThis was at the center of the courtyard

The capitol building was huge and there was a lot to see. We didn’t make it to everything, but it was a fun tour.

Austin Roadtrip Part IFull view from outside

Just as we were leaving the building, there was a huge march for marijuana legalization. There were a ton of people and they marched from the street into the capitol. It was an interesting sight.

Austin Roadtrip Part ILegalize marijuana protestor

I’m about at the halfway point in the trip now, so I think I’m going to split this post into two parts to keep it from getting to long. I will write about the rest of Saturday and Sunday in the next post. Look forward to part II coming soon!

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Apr
30

Posted on Wednesday April 30, 2014 at 10:00pm in

It feels strange to put Wisconsin in the “travel” category, but I guess it’s been about four months since I went back! We had Good Friday off at work, so I thought I would also take Monday off and fly back to Wisconsin for Easter weekend. I flew out very early on Friday morning and then back at night on Monday, so I had a full four day weekend in Wisconsin.

Back to WisconsinDallas to Minneapolis

I was a bit surprised to see everything still all frozen in Minnesota when I flew in. My dad picked me up at the airport and we drove the rest of the way to Eau Claire, after stopping for a salad at a bagel shop. I was really tired when I got back, so I had a short nap when I got home. Then, Mom came home and we all went out to dinner at Grizzly’s.

In the evening I went out with some friends on my old downtown circuit. We went to the Firehouse and The Stones Throw. I also received a perfect gin and tonic.

Back to WisconsinThe perfect gin and tonic

On Saturday, I checked out a local souvenir shop that I didn’t even know existed. It was called The Local Shop and it’s run by Volume One magazine. Mike told me about it. It was a really cool shop. I found a lot of awesome, locally made stuff. I took some pictures of some stuff that I didn’t end up getting, but would have liked to. I did end up with some cool Eau Claire drinking glasses and a Wisconsin shaped cookie cutter, though.

Back to WisconsinMap of Eau Claire

Back to WisconsinA picture of downtown Eau Claire. On the left is actually my old office at JB Systems

Back to WisconsinI was really tempted to get this, but it wasn’t quite worth $10 to me

Saturday night, Bryan put together an awesome #reDrewnion party for me. Actually, it started at like 3pm. We got the party going by drinking a lot of Spotted Cow (only in Wisconsin beer).

Back to Wisconsin“not alcohol” – getting ready to go out

I was wearing my heavy Wisconsin jacket the whole time, but actually the weather in Eau Claire was a lot better than my first morning in Minneapolis lead me to believe it would be.

We went to Shanghai for dinner and then later on went out to Water St for a Point at the Joynt. We also had to hit up El Patio. It was a fun night, and it ended with me falling asleep on Bryan’s couch pretty early.

Sunday was Easter and we went back to Minneapolis to celebrate with family. By the end of my trip, I had been in Minneapolis three times in four days. Easter dinners were good as usual, and it was nice to see everyone. We had dinner at Aunt Debbie and Peter’s house this time, because Grandpa wasn’t feeling well.

On Monday, I didn’t do a whole lot. I went to have lunch at Mogies with Bryan, Seadog, Katie, Nate, and Alex. I also went on a long walk with Seymour and Bryan after that. For the rest of the day, I took another nap and mostly got things ready to go back to the airport. We left kind of early from Eau Claire so that we could stop and have some dinner before I took off for Dallas again.

It was a great trip back, but way too short! I was excited to get back to Texas, but I feel sad that I didn’t get to see everyone that I wanted to in Wisconsin. Four days is too short and I was overbooked. Hopefully next time I’ll get to see some more people. My mom has been asking me to come up for her birthday party in June, so maybe I will do that.

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