Thursday, January 10, 2013

Saying Yes in 2013

Welcome to the first Say Yes adventure of the year! What was the first thing you said yes to this year?

I have to tell you that I’ve said yes to so many things in the past couple of weeks, that my mind is blowing up! I quit my concierge job downtown and started a new job as an admin. It’s a Monday-Friday, 9-5 thing, and I’m still getting used to the awesomeness of that. Now that I can Say Yes to everything happening on the nights and weekends, where do I start? The truth is, is that I haven’t really started. In addition to the new job, I moved in with my boyfriend, who is also a yes enthusiast! So, most of my free time up until now has been focused on cleaning out my old apartment and unpacking in the new one! I’m sad to be leaving my 78704 way of life, but I hear the east side is about get a new 24 hour coffee shop & beer joint, The Buzzmill, for all my upping and downing needs. But now that I’m all settled, I can focus my attention back on the blog! If you haven’t already, check out the Calendar Page to quench your Austin event curiosity. I’m in the process of updating all the information and making it perfect, but in the meantime, find out where to get your booze on for a budget, where to dine for a dime, how to entertain your kids, and the best things to do on hump day.

As always, here are my suggestions to get you started:

If your New Year’s resolution is to explore more, check out the new Free Wine Walk at the Hill Country Galleria, helping you booze, cruise, and schmooze. This event will happen every 2nd Thursday of the month from 5-9pm. Start at Twin Liquors to pick up your map, and sip wines along the way as you explore all the sweet stores the Galleria has to offer.

If your New Year’s resolution is to become more well-rounded, see some theater (pronounced “thee-ah-taa”)! Catch Tru, opening this Thursday at the Zach Theatre, which has recently received a major facelift! I’m pretty sure you can see the new marquee from space. This one-man show stars Jaston Williams from Greater Tuna as Truman Capote, and promises to surprise and fulfill you, just like it did when it packed the house twelve years ago. The show runs Thu-Sun until March 10th, but the first weekend has already sold out, so get your tickets now!

If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit, Get Fit 2013 has you covered this Sunday, the 13th, at Austin Ballet. This free yearly event allows you to sample as many classes as you’d like, ranging from literally A-Z. Experience Arms & Abs, finally try that Pilates everyone is talking about, or get your groove on in Zumba! This year will also feature a kid’s zone, so bring along your tot and see if they can drop it like it’s hot. Seriously, they will have Zumba for kids! In addition to free classes, you can start the year off right with free health screenings for you and your loved ones. Stick around and enjoy snacks from Mel’s Meals (which I rave about here), discounts on classes and workshops to help keep your commitment going, and a drawing to win prizes for both adults and kids!

You can also get fit by doin’ more dancin’ this year. Try some West Coast Swing at Austin Uptown Dance weekly on Wednesdays at 8pm. They’ll get you started with a $15 lesson which also gives you access to the social dance! If boot scootin’ is more your thang, head over to the Broken Spoke Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm to start with a free lesson to get you goin’ before the band plays! If you’re feeling a little more spicy this year, Austin Uptown Dance has once again got you covered. Stop by Thursday nights to get a Salsa dancing lesson before the dance begins. You can’t forget the blues. Kick them at Kick Butt Blues every Friday night from 9pm-2am for the low price of $5!

So, you want to say yes more this year? Adult improv classes can help. Learn the fundamentals of improv, meet new people, play games, and even sing with the help of your new teachers, The Known Wizards. They have joined forces with the Zach Theater and will be hosting a grand opening this Sunday, January 13th from 6-9pm. Tickets are $13 dollars, which include snacks, drinks, and a show! As the improv folk like to say “yes, and...”


If your New Year’s resolution is to spend more time with your heathens, I mean children, stop by the Austin Children’s Museum Tuesday-Saturday for storytime at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Babies three and under can enjoy the fun too on Mondays from 9am-12pm, or Saturday from 9-10am, when the museum is open exclusively for families with wee little ones. Baby Boomers and Cub Club allows you to explore the museum in a relaxed setting while Baby Jack enjoys some sensory activities. Out and about on Sunday? Let your kids loose while you do some shopping at Whole Foods! The Kid’s Club runs from 12-2pm and hosts a variety of food related activities. Kids have all the fun!

Let me know if there is anything I should say yes to this year!


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