A few months back, my best friend Sean and his boyfriend Derek moved to Austin, Texas and I immediately said “I’m coming in March!!” True to my word (also, severely needing a vacation), Joe and I booked tickets for a trip to visit, unwind and explore. We woke up late the morning of our departure and raced our tushies to Milwaukee to catch our plane in time. A few stormy weather delays later, we were pulling into the driveway and unpacking for our week long stay (but not before a trip to Target to pick up all the toiletries we forgot in the back seat of our car that was safely parked at General Mitchell Airport).
To say our trip was great is quite an understatement. Beyond having the perfect hosts, Austin is a beautiful city that I for one would not mind visiting on a more regular basis. It was marvelously clean and eclectic, and offered sites to pretty much any type of visitor imaginable. We ate, hiked, shopped, checked out great bars. We ate donuts the size of our heads, we ate everything coconut (that was just me, but I ate enough for everyone). We went rollerskating and ate some more. We met other locals from Wisconsin!! There was Sixth Street and all the on-goings that SXSW was bringing to town. We visited the Cathedral of Junk and the graffiti park and ate some more… there was a lot of eating.
Derek was scheduled to work a bit while we were in town but we were still able to hang out for meals and a few drinks throughout our stay. But Sean took off the entirety of our trip and drove us around like the King & Queen we expect to be treated like… But really, we were in the best hands and I couldn’t have asked for any more than was offered to us. He was up for any touristy attraction we suggested, he picked out some of his favorite spots since moving to the city to bring us to, and he even cooked us several meals at home! Our visit would not have been nearly as fun or memorable without him.
One of our last nights there, we stepped out for a quick, albeit sweaty, photoshoot. (It was in the 90’s when we left Texas, I can’t imagine what it’s like in July!!) It’s always fun to shoot couples I’m friends with because they have to do whatever I say. Just kidding. It’s fun because I get to see them just be with each other. We are always running from one task to the next in our regular day to day. We often forget to pause and hold hands, or look at their smile lines and cherish the laughs we’ve had. Being in a relationship is so much more than having an automatic date for all the parties (true story, that’s one of the things I was most excited about when I met Joe). Sean and Derek fit together even when they are apart, I saw how much their love has grown since leaving Wisconsin. I cried the last time I saw Derek in Wisconsin but not the last time I saw Sean. I later told Joe that I cried because I couldn’t take care of Sean anymore like friends who live in the same City should do, it was Derek’s job now. Let me just say, Derek’s review went well. I’m giving him a raise and keeping him on duty…
Sean and Derek ~ Thank you again for the most wonderful week!