Journaling & Mood Disorders

Journaling & Mood Disorders

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of journaling. I’m the type of person who journals for long periods of time, and then quits for long periods of time.

Now I’ve been using journaling prompts from books, the internet, and whatever else I can find. And, of course, my random ramblings about truth, the universe, death, minor family problems, and really stupid problems of my own.

The other day I posted a poll about journaling, and surprise, surprise, I was the only one to respond. Of course, this makes sense, as I only have six or so followers and very few posts that are mostly completely random. This blog has no theme at all. It’s all just stuff that comes out of my head.

Anyway, back to journaling. I prefer a nice Moleskine, but I have several journals that I’m too afraid to write in because they are SO beautiful. Does anyone else have this problem?

I’m diagnosed with severe depression and panic disorder, and despite the meds I’m on, I really feel like the journaling is helping some.

If anyone with similar problems needs someone to talk to please leave a comment, or if you wish to be more private e-mail me at atxswift@gmail.com

Depression and anxiety are difficult in so many ways, so please, if you need a helping hand please contact me. I’m no expert, but I know exactly what you’re going through.

Love,
atxswift

The Best Breakfast Tacos in Austin, Texas

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El Chilito is my personal favorite, as far as breakfast tacos go. You can get literally whatever you want, however you like it. It has a cool vibe; the only downside has got to be the crazy amount of hipsters that go there. But let’s be honest, most of Austin is filled with hipsters, hippies, and Californians trying to invade our city.

2219 MANOR DRIVE
Austin, Tejas 78722
Tel. 512.382.3797

 

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Taco Shack is the premiere breakfast taco location. I would NOT recommend eating lunch there, but damn do they produce fantastic breakfast tacos. Taco Shack supports the high schools nearest to them, so there is a fairly high influx of students sneaking in a taco before school starts. However, it is a local treasure. I have to admit, every time I’ve been home from college, this is my first stop. So I’m extra excited to be moving back to Austin very soon, so I can eat breakfast tacos forever. There are tons of locations around town, so you don’t have to look very hard to find one.

 

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Now Juan in a Million specializes in breakfast tacos, but you can absolutely get a decent lunch there if you arrive before 3pm, when they close. I am again going to tell you how much I love this place, because honestly every one of these restaurants is truly amazing. I recommend you visit every single one.

Address: 2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Phone:(512) 472-3872
 
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Of course, Mi Madres has fantastic breakfast tacos, but they even have a pretty great lunch and dinner menus, too! Granted, Mondays and Tuesdays they close at 2pm, but every other day of the week they’re open until 10pm! And luckily for you, it’s practically next door to El Chilito! Score! Even the Austin Chronicle agrees that it is one of the best places to get breakfast in Austin!
Mi Madre’s Restaurant
2201 Manor Road
Austin TX 78722
United States
info@mimadresrestaurant.com
(512) 322-9721
 
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Torchy’s might not specialize in breakfast tacos (but of course they serve them); this is your lunch taco option. There are several locations around town, so you’ll be sure to come across a few. They have the most creative, unusual, and undeniably delicious tacos, you’ll definitely want to make a stop here after eating all those breakfast tacos!
 
Tacos!
ATXSWIFT
 

Take a Moment and Answer This Awesome Poll About Journals!

….because I am obsessed with journals and therefore own every kind that is listed. I’m weird, okay!

[EDIT] Since I am obviously crazy; immediately after I created this quiz I went out and bought another Moleskine. I’m a mess.

ATXSWIFT

Make Yourself Smarter. For Free!

Make Yourself Smarter. For Free!

Yale is now offering open courses to anyone. I know several other schools are doing this, as well (and they’re mostly Ivies!).

Currently I’m taking the course that is pictured, Principles of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior–because I’m a huge nerd for evolution–but there are so many other courses: English, math, economics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, Italian, philosophy, and the list goes on. It is a truly incredible way to learn something new and expand your mind.

There are no time limits on these courses. You can get a transcript or a recording of the lectures, and they have all the course materials you may need–even tests and homework, if you choose to go that far.

It’s a wonderful program and I strongly suggest you check it out. I’ll leave you a link, or you can just click on the picture.

http://oyc.yale.edu/courses

Love,
atxswift

These Cupcakes Will BLOW YOUR MIND

These Cupcakes Will BLOW YOUR MIND

Okay, admittedly I stole this picture from http://www.theverybestbaking.com; however, their recipe is wrong on so many levels and much more difficult to make. These cupcakes don’t even need frosting! In fact, frosting would be overkill. Big time.

So we wil be making these Grandma style, since I’ve been obsessed with them since I could chew food.

Ingredients:
–1 box of Devil’s Food Cake mix (and of course, whatever ingredients that asks for; I think just eggs and canola oil)
–1 package of cream cheese, softened (the kind in a box!!!)
–1/2 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
–1 more egg
–1/3 cup of canola oil
–1/2 cup of sugar

Okay! So you start off making the Devil’s Food Cake, following those instructions. Then on your little cupcake pan, fill in each about halfway full. I’m serious on this one. HALF WAY. Otherwise disaster occurs. Trust me, I’ve been there and it’s not pretty.

Next you’re going to make the filling (AKA the best part). Whip the softened cream cheese in with the egg, preferably with a hand mixer, but hey, it’s your life. Then you can add in the oil and sugar; beat until creamy. Then add as many chocolate chips as your heart desires.

Next, get two spoons (one for spooning, one for scraping…), and use one of those spoons to get a nice healthy dollop of that filling. Use the other spoon to push that filling off the spoon and into one of your half filled cupcakes. Then fill up the other cupcakes!

Bake according to your Devil’s Food Cake box, and ta da! You, ladies and gentlemen, have created the best cupcakes in the known universe!

Even in the best situations, some of the filling will stay stuck to the top of the cupcake. I think it adds a little flair, but as you can see from my stolen picture, those fools tried to cover it up with icing (WHICH WILL RUIN THE WHOLE THING. YUCK.)

Normally I love icing, but not on these precious cupcakes!

You’re welcome,
ATXswift

Austin, Texas: The Greatest City in the World

Austin, Texas: The Greatest City in the World

Nothing compares to the beautiful Austin skyline at night. The bars rage all night long on 5th and 6th streets, but there are plenty of chill places to hang out, too. Not to mention the largest urban bat populationlives under a bridge, and residents and tourists alike flock to see them fly across the city. A bat once even got me during the day!

During the day you can go canoeing or kayaking along town lake. Austin loves to ride their bikes or take rides in pedi-cabs. There are plenty of beautiful lakes in the area and fantastic views all over the place. There is even live music playing everywhere, every night of the week. It is truly an amazing place. There are several music festivals year round: Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, and Fun Fun Fun fest to name a few.

So yes, not only am I bragging about this wonderful city, I hope that at least once in your life you make a pilgrimage to the greatest city on Earth.

Oh, and did I mention the amazing food trucks, fantastic shopping, natural swimming pools, and five star dining provided by the most amazing chefs in the country?

Check it out!

This will hopefully be my last pro-Austin post–but seriously, make a trip when you get a chance.

Photo courtesy of Google Images (as I am currently out of state)

ATXSWIFT

This is me, ya’ll!

Well, this is me.

I’m from Austin, Texas. This is my first attempt at writing a blog. I love anthropology, linguistics, journaling, I’m a huge nerd for Adventure Time (!), hoarding books, smart jokes, music, crafts, knitting, crochet, local anything, organic anything, Texas, craft beer, correct spelling, hiking, and swimming.

I studied anthropology and linguistics at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas (an unfortunate town, I must say). Now I’m taking some time off before I go for my masters, so I’ve been turning myself into an excellent server at some great restaurants. If you’re trying to make money, the service industry is a fantastic place to start!

Anyway, I would love to get to know each and every one of you who comes across my little blog, so feel free to contact me, as I have every intention of posting regularly and meeting new friends with similar interests!