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Posted on Saturday April 04, 2015 at 1:08am in ,

It’s spring and you know what that means… it’s festival season again! I’ve been going to more and more live shows lately. Last weekend I went to Foam Wonderland, and in two more weekends I’m going to Something Wonderful featuring Tiesto at the Cotton Bowl. Foam Wonderland was a huge EDM music festival at Quick Trip Park featuring Yellow Claw. They had three huge foam cannons that they shot at the crowd. No matter where you were standing, you were guaranteed to get at least a little wet. The people that were in the first few rows got absolutely soaked.

Foam WonderlandFoam Wonderland

We showed up a little late to the event (it started at six, but we showed up at eight when the sun was just starting to go down). The weather was perfect. Double perfect even. I had on a tank top and shorts and was completely comfortable the entire show. The artists that were on stage from when we got there were all pretty good, but the last two sets were what it was all about. Yellow Claw and Doctor P were the best, and they even had fireworks at the end, too. The foam was a lot of fun. I had never been to a foam party or a foam festival before (actually I have been to a foam event once at Eden, but i never got foamed). You can see a quick, ten second video I posted to instagram of the foam here.

Foam WonderlandLast Set

Foam WonderlandYellow Claw

I had a lot of fun! Actually I was really tired that night and not expecting to be able to enjoy it that much. But from the moment I got there, the energy of the crowd and the DJs really had me enjoying the experience. I was able to have a really great time, woke right up, and got in really close for some great footage of the stage. Check out the two minute video below to see a little bit of everything (foam, fireworks, music, the works!)

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Posted on Sunday February 15, 2015 at 11:12pm in ,

Whew, another long time no speak! I have a lot of big news, I guess it’s been piling up and I haven’t really thought to write about it. I should start making Sunday evenings a regular time to catch up on the week and write stuff down. Anyway, the biggest of news is that I went and made some permanent life decisions on Friday the 13th and got my first tattoo!

But we’ll get to that in a bit. Hah, I’m such a tease. Let’s start from my last post about my Texaversary party and work our way up.

JT bought a giant spoon:

Friday The 13thTrue happiness

We mostly use it to take shots out of at the office bar.

Friday The 13thSpoon shots

I celebrated my one year at rewardStyle!

Friday The 13thOne year at rS! From left to right: Forrest, Tim, Sara, yours truly. Pretty sure this is Sara’s photo and caption haha.

Then, the first of the big news. I broke up with Jenny. I know I’ve had nothing but good things to say about her on the blog, but something happened over the holidays while I was in Wisconsin that broke the trust we had in our relationship completely. We tried to make it work for a bit, but ultimately I decided she was a person that was best to not have in my life. I think this is a positive change that opens me up to many more options. She moved out a couple of weeks ago.

Friday The 13thMoving out. So many things.

Most of the stuff in the apartment was hers, so I have a lot more room now.

I started my career as a fashion model.

Friday The 13thFashionista Drew at your service

I got a big bonus at work, went on a small shopping spree and bought some new shoes. I got some new Nike running shoes and some black on black Tom Paseos. I’m starting to think I have too many shoes. I have two running shoes, one dress shoe, one flip flop, and three casuals. That’s seven pairs. I think I’m probably good on shoes for a while now.

Friday The 13thNew Nikes. Gonna run super fast. It’s like walking on clouds.

I started dating and seeing some new people. It’s been really fun meeting all kinds of people Dallas has to offer. I went with Ashley to my first Mavericks game.

Friday The 13thGo Mavs

But the Mavericks broke my heart from the first game I saw them play. We lost! It was kind of a sad game because we were always behind the LA Clippers by about 6-10 points consistently. We pulled ahead in the second half for a few minutes, but then sunk back down. In the last quarter we were down quite a bit and it was becoming pretty obvious they weren’t going to win my first game. We stayed until the bitter end and then went out and drank until we forgot the defeat. It would have been cool to see a win, but it was fun just to go to a game.

Here’s more big news!

My friend Nick is a realtor and he helped me find the perfect new apartment for when my lease is up next month. He showed me several places, but I fell in love with Echo Dallas. I signed my lease and now it’s official! I’ll be moving from Bella Casita, my first home in Texas, to Echo on March 28th! The excitement is real. Major thanks to Nick for helping me find my perfect home. It was nice to have more time to think on the options this time around. Before I only had about three days to pick a place and ended all the way up in Las Colinas. Starting in March I’ll be right in the center of everything.

Now, here’s the part you came to read about. My tattoo! I had been wanting to get a tattoo for a long time, and I had a few of them planned out. I was talking to Nick and Bizzy about this one night and Bizzy said that I should set a date to get one. If I don’t set a date, It’ll never actually happen. I agreed that was probably true, so I opened up my calendar and picked a Saturday a couple of weekends away. It was Valentine’s Day, perfect! Nick and Bizzy said they would go with me and get one, too!

I was thinking about it a few days later though and realized that if Saturday was the 14th then that meant that it was Friday the 13th the day before that. I thought it would be perfect if my first tattoo was a Deep Ellum Friday the 13th tattoo. The Friday the 13th tattoo tradition was started by Oliver Peck at Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas and is now mimicked all across the US. I changed my mind about a Valentine’s Day tattoo and decided I’d rather have a piece of Dallas and US tattoo history on me.

There are a lot of options you can choose from, and you have to pick one from the board. You can see the options here. I already knew I wanted it to be on my left arm but was deciding between the lightning bolts, the Mayan, and the Egyptian. I decided to go with the lightning bolts that spell out the number 13.

We had to register on Thursday at Anvil Pub. We went and I asked Bizzy and Nick what they were gonna get but they said they hadn’t even looked at the chart yet. Haha. They both already have a lot of tattoos so I guess they hadn’t thought about it as much as I had. Nick said he was gonna get the word “thirtizzle” tattooed on his neck, and I thought that was hilarious but he decided that was probably a really bad idea (which it was). We signed up, paid our $20, and we were set!

The next day at the office was a pretty easy day. Gary’s wife showed up at the office with huge crates of flowers and crafting supplies and brought them to us to make cards and bouquets for our Valentines! How sweet of her. She helped us get set up and we put together a bunch of bouquets, it was a lot of fun and a great way to spend the day.

Friday The 13thSo many flowers

Friday The 13thThe men at work

Work ended pretty early because it was the last day of the sprint. We finished up our last meeting and headed to the bar to have some drinks before I got my tattoo done. I wasn’t really nervous but more curious about what it would feel like. I was thankful I decided to start small instead of attempting a large one first, just in case. I had a couple of drinks at the bar with my coworkers, then went to meet Nick at Green Room for some more. I wanted to have several drinks in me before I went to the tattoo parlor. We had a few more drinks and then met Bizzy, then headed over to the shop at 7:45. The line was out the door and around the corner for people that didn’t have appointments scheduled. We signed in and got in the appointments line. That’s when I started to get a bit nervous.

“What one do you want?” They asked.
“Number 84, please. Can I get it without the shading on the sides?”
“Yeah of course, I’ll write that in the notes here, but remind your artist before hand.”
“Cool, thanks.”

In line again. I was up first out of the three of us.

There were five artists and I got one with a table.

“Hey is this you?” He holds up a stencil of the lightning bolts.
“Yep that’s the one. Without the shading here though, please.”
“Ok, where do you want it?”

I gestured to my left arm on the underside and he cleaned and shaved the area. I laid down on the table held my arm to my chest as tightly as I could because I wanted to keep it steady. I just wanted to get on with it.

He’s like “Ok relax, you’re way to tense right now.”

I was trying to tense up so that I wouldn’t move, but when I relaxed my arm I felt totally ready. I definitely over-thought it and hyped up what it was going to feel like. When the tattoo machine touched my arm it was a very minor irritation, somewhat like a sunburn that you can trace where it’s moving with your fingers. But, it felt kind of pleasant too. I can definitely see how people get addicted to getting tattoos. It was over with way too quickly. Less than a minute and I was done.

“Do you want the shading outlined or nah?”
“No, just the bolts, please.”
“Ok, how does that look?”

I look over at my arm and it’s already done. Too easy. I was almost disappointed it wasn’t more of an ordeal! Definitely can’t wait to get more done.

Here’s the finished, mostly healed product:

Friday The 13thFresh

Anyway, I’m really happy with how it turned out and really happy that I finally got to cross that experience off. After I got done, I went and had another drink with Nick and Bizzy before they went to a concert down the street and I went to Ashley’s birthday party at Black Swan. Had an awesome rest of the night and met a lot more interesting people.

Had a pretty chill Valentine’s Day the next day with a date at my place. Movie night, drinks, and dinner. Then, brunch and homemade mimosas this afternoon. Overall, a great Friday the 13th // Valentine’s Day weekend!

I’ll try and not go so long without an update next time. Have a great rest of your Sunday, everyone!

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Posted on Monday January 19, 2015 at 9:27pm in

January 15th marked my first year anniversary of moving to Texas, so I decided to have a little get together. It ended up falling on Thursday, so I got Friday off. I invited a bunch of people I have gotten to know over the last year and we met up at The Green Room in Deep Ellum. I actually had a great turn-out! Several coworkers and friends came to celebrate with me. Here are few pictures we took that night.

Texaversary 2015Jenny and I

Texaversary 2015Alex and I at Anvil

Texaversary 2015Group shot! Love this picture

Looking back, it’s been a great year in Texas. I hope that this year will be just as good!

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Posted on Tuesday January 06, 2015 at 9:22pm in

On December 12th, my company held a huge holiday party at Four Corners Brewery. The theme was “A Very Hipster Holiday” so we went dressed as the hippest hipsters we could. I bought some flannel, fake glasses, and a scarf. Jenny just wore what she does every day.

When I started at rewardStyle last year I had just missed the holiday party. I had always heard how fun the rS holiday parties were, so I was really looking forward to this one. I did go and I did have a fun time, but unfortunately I was not feeling well. We actually had to pack up and leave about an hour into the party.

The event photographer took a lot of awesome photos, though:

A Very Hipster HolidayThe venue (before everyone showed up)

A Very Hipster HolidayCustom rS lighting next to the photo booth trailer

We never got to use the photo booth, unfortunately. I really wanted to!

A Very Hipster HolidayHipsters getting food. You can see Jenny and I at the end of the line

A Very Hipster HolidayLive music

A Very Hipster HolidayBeeeeeer

A Very Hipster HolidayNathan and JT with their (real) hipster beards

A Very Hipster HolidayOutside

A Very Hipster HolidayDelicious beef brisket. This was the best

A Very Hipster HolidayTwo hipsters

A Very Hipster HolidaySome more hipsters

A Very Hipster HolidayTim and his poor quality imitation mustache

A Very Hipster HolidayJenny in her every day clothes and colorful hair checking out some food

A Very Hipster HolidayOut by the fire. I was feeling pretty sick at this point. You can’t see it, but I got a neck tattoo

A Very Hipster HolidayInside the trailer photo booth. #iwokeuplikedis

I wish we could have stayed longer, but I had a lot of fun the short time we were there. Hopefully I can enjoy the next one more! If you want to see all of the photos the photographer took, there’s a lot more of them here.

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Posted on Tuesday December 09, 2014 at 6:00pm in ,

This Thanksgiving was my first in Texas. It was also the first Thanksgiving I didn’t go home for. With plans to go home for Christmas, and Christmas only being one month away, I decided to stay here and have a Friendsgiving for everyone else that wasn’t celebrating with family.

Jenny and Drew’s Friendsgiving Extravaganza only got a few responses as most people were going home to celebrate, but JT and Abel showed up. Jenny did all of the cooking and meal planning. She made an amazing feast, but definitely overkill for only four people.

It was Jenny’s first time cooking a Thanksgiving meal by herself. She did a great job.

Friendsgiving ExtravaganzaMr. Turkey getting ready for his day at the sauna

Friendsgiving ExtravaganzaBacon mashed potatoes. She put bacon in everything

Friendsgiving ExtravaganzaBacon deviled eggs

Friendsgiving ExtravaganzaHam covered in bacon and pineapple. Yes, there was a ham and a turkey

Friendsgiving ExtravaganzaFinished turkey

Friendsgiving ExtravaganzaTasty turkey

The food was all great, and there was way too much of it. There was also gravy, rolls, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and oreo pudding dessert. JT and Abel each took a bunch of leftovers with them.

The Friendsgiving wasn’t all just food, though. JT also helped us mount our living room TV.

Friendsgiving ExtravaganzaPow! Much nicer

This frees up some space on the shelf below. Maybe I’ll put a sound bar there or something.

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