Our Day of Austin Fun

I've mentioned previously that my husband works in film and crazy hours. I try not to whine about it too much but 80+ hour work weeks are of course hard on our marriage and mean limited time together. Well last week, out of the blue, his film office decided to shut down and give their employees a week-long hiatus. He was off from Saturday, April 5 through Sunday, April 13 and it was pretty amazing. Every day I came home from work, he'd walk me through the house and show me everything he completed while I was at work - he cleaned and organized our garage, did all the laundry and dishes, organized the attic, dropped off items at Goodwill, organized his office, redid some art in our living room, the list goes on and on. He was so amazing it made me wish I had become a doctor or lawyer, so he could just be a stay-at-home husband.

If I had known further in advance, I would have taken the whole week off as well but I was able to take a three-day weekend and we planned a "day of fun" around town during that time. We tried to go to places we had either never been or hadn't been in at least 5+ years. We woke up early for a run around our neighborhood then headed to SoCo for breakfast. We ate at Snack Bar and then explored the shops off South Congress for the next hour.

Our breakfast at Snack Bar

Our breakfast at Snack Bar

Justin's Boots

Justin's Boots

Goorin Bros Hat Shop

Goorin Bros Hat Shop

After exploring SoCo, we headed to Peter Pan Mini Golf to catch some sun and get a little competitive. Peter Pan has been an Austin staple since the 40's but updated in the last few years. I hadn't been since early college and it was fun to see the changes.

Next we headed to the new trailer food park on Barton Springs and shared a tilapia po' boy and seasoned sweet potato fries at Turf N Surf Po' Boy along with a juice from Skinny Limits (both our first visits for those trailers and that food park). I'd highly recommend the trailer park if you're in the area! There's a huge shaded area and plenty of delicious options to choose from.

Wooden Sign at Turf N Surf's trailer

Wooden Sign at Turf N Surf's trailer

It was getting a little warm outside at this point, so we decided to get a cool treat and then move indoors. We got cones from Sandy's Hamburgers (which I believe is one of the oldest ice cream joints in town) and then drove north to check out Dart Bowl, a bowling alley in Central Austin. Bowling in the middle of the afternoon on a hot day is pretty great. There was barely anyone there yet so we took our time and enjoyed yelling when we bowled poorly or dancing when we bowled well.

After that, we headed home to take care of our two dogs and clean up for dinner. Then called around to several restaurants in town that we had never been to and checked on wait times. Most local restaurants no longer accept advance reservations, so it can make going out on a weekend pretty challenging. Fortunately, Foreign & Domestic didn't have a wait and we'd never been, so we headed there for dinner. We shared a meal for two which was pork belly paired with cheesy-herb grits. It was absolutely delicious! We also each ordered a local beer which they serve in mason jars, and by the end of dinner, I was pretty smitten with this place.

Earlier in the day, we spotted a random flyer for a magic / improv / burlesque show at a theater down south we had never heard of, so we decided to check it out after dinner. I didn't get a picture but imagine a warehouse by the highway. Neither of us were the biggest fans of the show but fortunately the final act saved it for us, and we left still in tears from laughing so much. All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful day of fun and perfect week.

Unfortunately, real life set back in when he started back at the office Monday and we were reminded again of how challenging his work can be. His hours are supposed to get a little better from here on out, so I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope this time it sticks for more than two weeks. And even if it doesn't, at least we now know of even more fun ways to spend his typical one day off!