Hello stranger! Or, I guess that would be me, wouldn’t it? My bad. I’ll flatter you, blog, and make you feel special by giving you more attention from now on.
Life has been moving in the fast lane lately, but even that cliche-ed statement doesn’t even do it justice. Honestly, I like being busy. Having a set schedule and a routine planned out throughout the week makes me feel like I really accomplished something. I love the routine of working out, especially now since the weather is so incredible, it really has motivated me to run everywhere. My neighborhood is perfect for it. I even have a trail right in my own back yard. I share it with the residents at the Austin State Hospital. They get play time around the middle of the afternoon, right in the middle of my run. Everyone needs some outdoors time, right? Oh, and if anyone is every interested in jogging with me, let me know! (now that I’ve probably scared you off)
I guess instead of focusing on some certain theme for this blog I’ll just update you and fill you in as to why I have been so incredibly busy lately. I hate it when blogs are filled with life updates, but there’s some events I’m pretty proud of that are going on right now. Can’t help myself sometimes.
1. My China maymester application was due Monday and yes, I think I rocked it. I know I can write, and my best work has always come out of when I’m under the gun. If that doesn’t say aspiring journalist to you, you might be hard of hearing and you might want to clean those ears of yours out. I’d be devastated if I didn’t get onto this trip, but I’m not thinking like that. I should find out in the next few weeks and of course, I’ll keep you posted!
2. Production class is kicking my ass, but in a good way. Like I said above, being busy is essential for my happiness, and man I feel like I haven’t had any breathing room in production. It’s sick but I love it. Our class is really starting to pick up and our past few shows have been a really great success. The best part is that everyone in our class plays a different, yet vital role in making these shows flow smoothly. It’s incredible to see people exude their strengths even under such immense pressure. I cannot wait to produce again, but until the last show I’ll settle as an anchor. Here’s the link to our shows if you have some time to waste:
Texas Newswatch 2010
And here’s the piece that I am most proud of. It’s about football injuries. Check it out! (my natural sound went out, so if there’s a shot silent pause, there’s supposed to be background noise of football practice. Technology just likes to give me a hard time)
Football Injuries Story
3. I just booked all my flights for my trip to Israel! We head out from New York on January 2, so I figured I could catch an early flight to NY and stay there for New Years. Going to be wild and absolutely freezing. I am getting cold chills, goosebumps and the works just thinking about it. I honestly don’t think I have anything in my closet that would come close to keeping me warm. I never intended on going up north during the winter with good reason. What am I thinking about wanting to possibly move up north/ Boston after graduation? Am I out of my mind!? Meh, it’s a possibility. I cannot wait for Israel. Actually, it still hasn’t hit me yet that I’m going to go visit a place that has been THE topic of discussion on and off my ENTIRE life. Arielle says it’s going to change my life. I hope she’s right!
4. For those interested, my elbow has had a pretty sluggish recovery, but I think it’s finally getting back to normal (just a lot of icing after climbing does the trick). I am now in the process of learning to lead climb. It’s such an incredible feeling! It’s where you clip into the wall on your way up to the top of the route. Imagine if you want to set up a top rope outside, well someone’s gotta up up there and literally “lead” the rope to the top. Well, now I guess that’s going to be me! I still haven’t taken my first big fall on lead, but I know it’s coming. It’s only a matter of time. I think the hardest part about leading is trying to jump over the mental hurdles that are preventing you from getting to the next hold. I am scared out of my mind up there for the time being, so my mind is saying I can’t go on while my body is pumped and still has a lot to literally grunt out in order to get to the top. Climbers grunt a lot. I told myself I wouldn’t be one of those, but once again, I was proven wrong. Weird, huh? It helps you push through more than you’d ever realize!
5. FINALLY. Two letters: VY. The man who needs no introduction but I’ll give him one anyway. He’s a UT legend who literally carried the Longhorns to win the national championship in 2005 with the winning touchdown play against USC (don’t you miss us actually having an entertaining team to watch?) and now is quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. Yes, the man was in Austin this weekend. He came back during his bye week for the premiere of his own steakhouse, the Vince Young Steakhouse, which is located in the old Real World house on 3rd and San Jacinto. My classmate and buddy of mine Foram is doing her next story for our class on the steakhouse and know what a sports nut I was and asked me to tag along. You don’t have to tell me twice to jump on an opportunity like this! I have been looking forward to it pretty much all week.
So we get there and it’s a little sneak peak for just the media. Foram and I were there competing for the best spot in the house so we could get shorts of Laura, on of the co-owners, the executive chef, oh, and this guy named Vince who also owns the restaurant. We started off here, which is so very Austin, Texas. This is the entrance to the restaurant:
He had a custom longhorn that’s entirely made of coins and it’s positioned in the front corner of the steakhouse. Behind it is an infamous photo, confetti rains of Vince as he throw up a “1” hand symbol and looks up at the sky after winning the national championship in 2005. Epic to say the least.
Maybe if you’re not the biggest Longhorn fan, this steakhouse may not be the place for you. Go to Eddie V’s or Perry’s or something. They’re fine dining establishments, but if burnt orange makes you nauseous, “steer” clear. This place bleeds burnt orange, but in a tasteful way. It is fine dining, so don’t expect you can show up in casual dress (unless you’re coming back from a game of course, then burnt orange is always appropriate).
Ok, to the good stuff. After getting a tour of the restaurant, we had a Q&A with the owners and the man himself. I was struggling to get my rinky-dinky little hand mic in with all these big time News 8 and KXAN pro mics and big cameras, but I think we pulled it off well. I even asked a question to him! I asked, “Vince, what about this project are you most proud of?” Loved his answer. He ranted about how lucky he was that he was 27 and doing all of these great things so early in life. He attributed so much of his success to his start at UT, his team and family for support, and even threw in the city of Austin and how supportive we are of him (well, with good reason!) That was by far the best answer he gave throughout the Q&A. I was so freaking proud!
We also got a one on one interview with him which was incredible. He is such a humble, intelligent and sincere individual. I’d heard great things about him before, but to see it all in action really put everything into perspective for me. He will never forget his roots here in Austin, and he wanted to bring this to us, for us. Who couldn’t benefit from another great steakhouse here anyway?
Foram asked him what his advice would be for the Longhorns today and compare it to his experience while being on the team. He said he was poised, that’s what kept him focused on this task ahead. If you throw an interception, move on, don’t dwell on it, and concentrate on completing the next play. Don’t look back. Keep your head high. He said we can pull out of this. Do you agree?
I think even if the horns don’t pull out of this season like we all wished, those same tokens of advice can be applicable to everyday life, he also said that as well. His practices in football has definitely influenced how he conducts his daily life. He does everything with poise. I try to do the same (see, we have so much in common!)
Also HAD to get a picture wit him. Couldn’t help myself!
And for those who love food like I do, I really think you should give this place a try. They even have wine bottles for sale that have his signature on them! Start saving now, cause I know those have got to be pricey. Here’s a preview of what they have on the menu:
the steak, of course, and below are the sides served family-style. (sweet potato mashers were my favorite!)
All right, I’m sure you’re over reading this blog by now, so I’ll let you go. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon, promise!
oh, and HOOK ‘EM HORNS!