travelogue: amsterdam part 2

More photos from our recent time in Amsterdam. We visited the Rijksmuseum– which is hands down the most striking museum I’ve been to.



Some of the artwork was taken/almost destroyed due to Catholicism being outlawed in the 1580s.




People were EVERYWHERE.



Travelogue: Amsterdam

We were freezing this entire trip! The forecast was supposed to stay in the mid 50-s but something changed and it started snowing and got down to the 20s. And we’re on the water so it felt like the teens! We were not prepared and didn’t bring our winter coats so we were dyinggggg but it was so much fun. Lots of inside jokes shared.


My first time using Euros!


What on Earth. LOL




The best waffles in the land.


I’m wearing like 3 pairs of pants.

Airbnb in Amsterdam: Tamra- 0 AirBNB- 3

So….I get email alerts of flight deals everyday. I get alerts from secret flying, the flight deal, and my local escape atx/hou alerts. Travel is important to me. So when I got an alert for flights from AUS to AMS for $400 each…I was like ummm yes. This needs to happen. And the dates worked for us! Spring Break?! YES.

So I searched long and high for a puppysitter for my beloved Daisy and booked an Airbnb for the FIRST TIME for my husband and I!! I thought I was doing big things. More on that later 😐

So we jetted off on Tuesday evening after a few delays (winter storms were brewing in the Northeast so we flew on a non-stop from AUS to London…then London to Amsterdam. We arrived in Amsterdam on Wednesday and took a super expensive cab directly to our airbnb (our Uber app wouldn’t work! so angry about this ridiculous expense).

We got to our Airbnb and was like…ok. This is fine. It truly was a fine apartment and was pictured as is. My husband and I have never stayed in an airbnb when WE travel, but have stayed there with other trips with friends and such. So we got there and had a few issues with the heat (it was in Celsius and would not get hot!! Plus the weather was dropping in Amsterdam so we knew it would get colder as the days went on). The shower was also too small and modern for my husband and the bed….only had a duvet and a fitted sheet. No flat sheet. So I was weirded out by that….and the duvet didn’t really fit the mattress and the pillows were too flat. All first world problems. But we had Netflix so we were like ok this is fine.

BUT husband was catching a cold so I knew the heat thing was going to be an issue but that’s ok cause we’re SAVING MONEY.

So that evening we take a stroll around our neighborhood (de Pijp. It was the cutest ever) and marveled at all the folks on bikes and speaking dutch (we were in a non-touristy neighborhood outside the city center). We walked about a mile to get coffee/tea and grab dinner. By the time we got back to our place it was pitch black and super cold…inside the airbnb.

So we had a long night. LOL. I couldn’t get to sleep cause I was uncomfortable in a bed with no sheets and basically no heat. Tyrus tossed and turned all night while I looked up hotel deals on Hotwire. So basically morning came and we left the airbnb and took a Uber to this 5 star hotel in the same neighborhood. Honestly- we do not regret this decision. Yes- I regret booking an airbnb AND a hotel and we couldn’t get our money back cause it was   Strict policy airbnb but we hadddddd to be in a hotel. Husband needed the heat. I needed my sheets. And we needed a converter for our phone charger cause I completely forgot that they have different plugs!!

So moral of the story is: Book Airbnb with my friends. Hotel for my husband and I. Cause we are needy Americans who like our fancy hotels.

**Pictures of our trip on the next post!




february monthly update

Good Morning! These posts are turning into a bi-weekly/monthly thing and I’m ok with it!!

1. Trader Joes runs

I recently become re-obsessed with Trader Joes. It’s about 20 mins away from our house so not entirely convenient, but they have the best random seasonings and good prices on bagged organic arugula and ground chicken. Did I mention I’m obsessed with salads now? and ONLY with arugula. I made regular salads with kale/spinach and I just wasn’t feeling it.


2. Tyrus and I attended a town hall forum about the pre-k to PhD school to prison pipeline and it was great! Just seeing how teachers can really make or break your experiences as you grow up inside and outside of school is kind of crazy! The more you know.


3. Random eats!

I got this crazy sweet potato appetizer from a Mexican restaurant during a work happy hour and was quite displeased when it was just like a whole sweet potato with like some cheese. I thought it was gonna be a fancy dish but it twas not. BUT I was excited about my shrimp pho I had one Friday (lent season). It was amazing and had a ton of veggies.

4. Daisy Girl!

My sweet girl! She got spayed about a week ago and had these insane sutures in her abdomen that were there for over a week. We had to limit her activity which was extremely difficult considering how rough she plays! She did well though- she’s such a trooper! Since she will be graduating from puppy school, we are looking into the next phase of training for her.

5. One of my best friends sent me this record player for my birthday and I am PSYCHED. I have to find the two records that I own..and start to add to that collection. Ugh- so great.


6. Orange Theory!

Since I’ve upgraded my membership to unlimited I’ve seen some great things happen with my body/endurance. I now know how to manipulate my splat points and how to get more. Noticing that when I take a few days off in between classes it’s easier to get splats, upping my base pace is essential in boosting my endurance….and I hate the rower. And my heart rate drops super fast once being in the orange. Like I’ll be running for my life and then as soon as I start walking I’m like down in the grey LOL. Also- booty is lifting due to all this running so now I must cut to get the waist back down to like 25. I have until June!!



catching up on life/ recent events!!

Bonjouir! It has been a while since my last post. Things have been moving around my parts, and it already feels like this month (February) is flying by. I’d like to recap the month of January, because I SWEAR January is the longest month. IDC what the calendar says- January blows. It’s super long and your money runs out by the 25th. SUPER LONG INDEED.

I. One of my dearest friends came and visited us one gloomy weekend in January. We took her to SoCo, a little fitness, visiting with Daisy and all the food. She was only here for the weekend so we couldn’t do everything but I’m so glad she came!! I’m already planning more things for us to do when she returns (hopefully) in October!


II. I found these pics that some of the husband’s students drew on a quiz/test I think. They are hysterical and must be shared with the world.


III. I made myself my own flour less refined sugar free chocolate cake. It was sooo rich and full of healthy fats and delicious. I also made this cauliflower soup that was divine…but I didn’t finish it. I think I made too big of a batch. Other pics of random meals.

IV. BULK TEA!! In an attempt to cut down costs and spending, I bought a few things of bulk tea. The nettles and cleaver is for detoxification of the lymph node system. Now I need to bag all of this tea. Hopefully that’ll get done soon?

V. Birthday (February 4th) was super low-key since we are saving for travel, but I still managed to enjoy myself and eat some great junk food! And we saw dvsn in San Antonio. Life was made.


VI. Pics of my daughter. She is the cutest and baddest ever. We would have not gotten through the past few months without her.


VII. Clips of my random music listenings. I listen to IT ALL.


VIII. orange theory! I’m on this new orange theory kick- all day every day. Well not really. I upgraded to unlimited to so you’ll be seeing way more performance summaries. I started going back to my 5 am classes and my body is still adjusting-heavens. My splat points never want to come out at 5 am but I’ getting there! Currently my whole body is sore due to orange theory workouts over the weekend and a pure pilates megaformer session this past Sunday. My forearms are on fire.

*Picture of my date with my girl! We look like children. Next time we’ll dress up in real clothes.