Long Weekend in Austin

We spent the past weekend down in Texas for a weekend full of family, friends, and food! A good family friend was getting married and neither of us had been down to Austin in a while so the timing was kind of perfect.

When I booked our plane tickets a few weeks ago I wasn’t sure if I would even be able to walk. Well I am happy to say I am walking fairly well and even made the trek down without my crutches!!

We flew into Austin Friday night and my brother and his girlfriend picked us up and we headed straight to Matt’s El Rancho. It’s an old favorite of ours and I am happy to say it did not disappoint. Matt’s isn’t super vegan friendly, but Eric and I are obsessed with their Junior Potatoes and we’ve been craving them for a while. We called it a night after eating since it had been a long evening and I was pretty tired.

Saturday morning Eric, my brother, his girlfriend, and I hopped in the car and swung by my favorite co-op, Wheatsville. I got some breakfast tacos and a Topo Chico to fuel me up and then a donut from Red Rabbit. After eating we hit the roadĀ for the drive to Horseshoe Bay.

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The wedding was at a golf course out there and my parent’s had made the trip down as well! We spent the day hanging out at a friend’s lakehouse before going to the wedding later that evening.

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The wedding was great, tons of fun, and I made it through the night wearing a heel and my ankle boot.

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Sunday morning we all ate breakfast together before hitting the road back to Austin. After a few cat naps we left the house for a fun day in Austin. My brother took us to ABGB (Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.) where we enjoyed a few beers on their HUGE patio.

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It started to drizzle so we packed up and went over to the east side to check out Whisler’s. It was a really nice space with awesome cocktails. They were so pretty and colorful!

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Post drinks we went to get Thai food at Titaya’s. I had been here a few years ago, before the remodel. Most of their entrees can be made vegan so it was a good choice for all of our different eating styles.

But the real winner of the day was the ice cream from Sweet Ritual we had for dessert. Eric and I were blown away by this place…so many delicious flavors!

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I chose the peanut butter cup, supposedly they even make the peanut butter cups that are inside the ice cream!

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Definitely put this place high on your list for Austin. My only regret is we didn’t get to go a second time.

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We woke up to pouring rain Monday morning and needed to get a few random things so we all went to breakfast at THE Whole Foods. I was planning to hit up the hot bar, but then saw they had a build your own taco section, which we all ended up choosing. Sooo many taco choices!

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We walked around Whole Foods for a bit before noticing the rain had cleared. I grabbed a coconut donut for dessert, which was really delicious!

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Later in the afternoon my brother took us to Pinthouse and Black Star Co-op for some food and drinks. Both had delicious food and drinks, as well as atmosphere.

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In the evening we finally met up with some local friend at The Liberty for some drinks and food from East Side King. I was crazy full from all the eating throughout the day, but did get to try a few things on the menu which were awesome.

We stayed at The Liberty for a while and it was nice to see some Texas friends and friends from Philly who have moved to Texas.

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Tuesday was our last day and our only goal for the day was to eat as much food as possible. We went to Bouldin Creek first and ordered so much food I forgot to take a photo. There was pesto, veggie burgers, salads, tamales, tacos, etc. All delicious, and I highly recommend trying their chipotle pecan pesto and tofu scramble.

We walked across the street to Sugar Mama’s and picked up some cupcakes and raspberry tarts. We ate half and saved the rest for a friend in Philly.

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There was one last stop before heading to the airport..Shhmaltz over on the east side. We had been trying to go all weekend but our schedules never aligned until then. We got a reuben for the flight and another one for a friend in Philly (side note, the reuben without the sauce does travel well).

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It was a pretty awesome weekend down in Texas. I don’t see myself moving back anytime soon, but it was definitely hard to leave everyone and everything this past week. It just made me realize that I need to head down more often!

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Step by Step, Day by Day

We spent the past weekend in The Catskills with friends, and I had intended on posting about that, but we have breaking news here….I am able to walk a bit without crutches.

I’ve spent the past week practicing using one crutch around the house. I was feeling pretty confident last night and attempted walking without crutches. And I did it!

And then I yelled at Eric hurry and come video my zombie walk!

So here are some of my steps in over 3 months!

Darn, the video is sideways, and I can’t figure out how to flip it, but there I am, trying to walk.

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The Big Picture and The Little Victories

I have no gross photos to show you this week, but since a blog post without photos is just a bunch of words, here are some awesome eats we’ve been having lately! I love that I am able to get out of the house more, and Eric does a nice job of driving me around to restaurants.

Cauliflower Banh Mi at Sprig & Vine! This might be my most favorite sandwich ever. It’s so good.

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Chocolate Lava Cake from Vegan Commissary! A new vegan place in Philly, Eric and I went to dinner there a few weeks ago and it was great. Nice mix of healthy and not so healthy food.

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Pizza for Pi Day from Blackbird! Sadly Blackbird took my favorite pizza off the menu (Yukon Gold) but they replaced it with this. This pie is good, but doesn’t fill the hole in my heart that the yukon gold ripped and stole from me.

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Ok now on to the ankle updates…

I enjoy blogging about my broken ankle not only to track my progress, but also because I have spent so much time searching and reading other people’s personal stories. And there is so much inconsistency in people’s breaks and recoveries that I think it’s nice to read first hand, real world accounts.

At this point I have accepted that I had/have a severe ankle injury that’s going to take a long time to heal. And I am so far from where I want to be that I easily get frustrated. I really only have two big picture goals: start walking and resume my normal activity level. I get frustrated because I can’t do either, although I think walking is coming soon, but I tend to forget all of the little things (victories) that have happened the past few weeks that are helping me reach my big picture goals.

I started PT three weeks ago and when I started there was zero movement in my foot/ankle, and I couldn’t even get it flat on the ground. I found an amazing therapist who is doing amazing things, she pushes me just enough and has loads of confidence in me and my recovery, which has been great. I’ve been going three times a week, and by far I am the worse off of anyone that I ever see at PT.

Three weeks ago I could do nothing. As of this week I can ride the stationary bike, walk on the treadmill while holding on to the handrails, and I am beginning to put full weight on my foot. I also learned walking with one crutch, but it’s still a struggle so I am only practicing it while I am at PT. It’s all hard, my ankle is sore today after two tough sessions.

This week marks 3 months since I got hit and I had my first doctor check up in a few weeks. I came out of there with good news which essentially ended with my doctor telling me to try to get off the crutches asap. Eventually I may need more surgery to remove some bone fragments (which I can sometimes feel moving around, eww), but it’s something that isn’t necessary and can happen later.

Champion Cat!

Champion Cat!

On another note, a couple of weeks ago Eric and I ordered a bunch of vitamins to make us super humans. I specifically ordered some to help with my ankle. I’m not sure how much they have really helped, but I am getting better so I don’t think they are hurting.

I ordered some vegan glucosamine pills. It’s hard finding a veg version in regular drugstores. It’s supposed to help with joint pain, and I think this is something I will continue taking for a while. I may be able to tell if it really helps with the pain once my ankle is healed.

I also started taking curcumin, which is tumeric. It’s supposed to help with inflammation. My foot and ankle are still pretty swollen, but the inflammation has gone down. I am not sure if that’s just giving it time or from the actual pills, but I’ll probably continue taking it since there are a ton of health benefits.

Anyway, lots of exciting things are happening soon, which are really motivating me to heal up and get to walking. This weekend we are heading to the Catskills with some friends. Everyone is going skiing and I plan on taking it easy at the cabin or lodge and have already loaded up my iPad with some new books.

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