The One with Justin Moore, Independence Brewing, and the Nuun Giveaway Winner

This past weekend was one of the busiest we’ve had in a long time. It started off slow with an uneventful 4th of July. We spent the afternoon sitting in our neighbor’s driveway in lawn chairs drinking Bud Light cans {aka how Texas does Independence Day} and I made these amazing chicken cheesesteaks for dinner. Not the standard 4th BBQ-esque meal, but they were REALLY good. But how could they not be good, hello – QUESO.

Chicken Quesosteak


Anyway, Brad, Sox, and I watched the fireworks from the back patio while Bo hid from them under the bed in our guestroom. Poor guy. Sox didn’t seem phased by the loud noises at all so hopefully she won’t end up afraid of fireworks like Bo.

dog under the bed

Friday I opted not to dip into my PTO and worked from home. Pretty sure 90% of my office (and most of our clients) took the day off, so it was pretty slow. At 5 we headed down to San Antonio for a concert.

Justin Moore - Cowboys Dancehall

We bought the tickets for this show pre-Sox. Generally we stay the night but didn’t want to leave her locked up in the crate for that long, so we decided to drive back home after the concert ended. San Antonio is only about 90 minutes away – not horrible.


I hadn’t read or heard anything about an opener and expected the headliner to start around 9:30 or 10. But at 10:30, the house band took the stage. And everyone around us was pretty damn hammered. Since we were driving back, we only had a couple beers each and stopped drinking around 10. This made the drunk people around us SUPER annoying.

Just after 11, Justin Moore came on. It took a little while to find a spot (tickets are General Admission) that wasn’t overrun by screaming teeny boppers, obnoxious drunk dudes, or people in front of me who were pushing 7 feet tall. But once we got situated, it was an awesome show! Easily in the top 3 country concerts I’ve been to.


By the time we got out of there and on the road, it was almost 1:30am and I was beat. We stopped for gas and I grabbed a small coffee so I’d be able to stay awake and keep Brad company as he drove home. We crawled into bed shortly after 3.

Sox was wide awake and ready to play just a few hours later at 6am. She clearly doesn’t understand that weekends are for sleeping in. Is this what having a child is like? Because I still have no interest in having one. Ever. We had plans to go to the First Saturday event at Independence Brewery so we drank copious amounts of coffee, packed up the dogs, and headed for South Austin.

Independence Brewing Co

The brewery holds this event the first Saturday of every month. You pay $10 for a wristband and get a pint glass + 3 full-sized beers. There’s live music, food trucks, and you can bring your dogs. Pretty sweet deal.




We were slightly unprepared since it was eleventy billion degrees outside and didn’t bring a pop-up tent (which we don’t own – minor detail) but one kind man offered us a spot under his spare tent. SO NICE!


Our dogs became fast celebrities. Everyone wanted to meet them, pet them, and know if Sox was Bo’s daughter.






On our way home we stopped at the park so the pups could swim a little bit and when we got home around 6, our evening looked like this:


I think we were in bed that night before 8. It was definitely still light out but couldn’t imagine staying awake another minute. Three hours of sleep had finally caught up with me.

Sunday morning Sox woke up at 6:30 (which was SLIGHT improvement from the day before but nowhere near the 8am I’d prefer) and we headed to the dog park at 7.









Oh and this “puppy” of ours has gained 9 pounds in the month since we rescued her. She’s probably going to grow up to be a horse, just like Bo.

I spent that afternoon in the kitchen cooking and baking a million things, followed by a bunch of a laundry, cooking dinner, and then another early bedtime.  This weekend was the exact opposite of my recent ‘laziest weekend ever’ but somehow we didn’t spend a ton of money AND I felt fully rested Monday morning. I’ll take it!

PS. I swear this isn’t going to turn into a puppy blog. I just registered for my fall race and will have details (and the training plan!) posted later this week! Melissa DOES still run.

And now for the Get Your Nuun On :: A Nuun Hydration Giveaway winner!

Nuun Giveaway

And the winner is…

Nuun Giveaway Winner

Danielle from It’s a Harleyyy Life! Please email me your mailing address + flavor choice to melissaliciatx {at} and we’ll get that 4-pack of Nuun out to you ASAP!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Don’t forget you can still use discount code hydrateHTC on Nuun’s website for 15% off!

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  1. Love the puppies, I need to see Bo again and meet the newest one!

    Hopefully your next race is a destination race in OHIO…
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    • Not this fall (too many other things going on!) but I have my eye on a couple for the spring 🙂

      And YES – you absolutely need to meet Sox!

  2. Kim
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    Looks like an action packed holiday weekend! Can’t wait to hear about your fall race and training plan!
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  3. But you’re supposed to get the hotel and then bring Sox with you. Does she bark a lot? A lot of hotels accept pets. Then she’s not alone and you can be beered all night long.
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    • She cries when she’s locked up in the crate sometimes and I’m sure it would only be worse if in a strange place. Also it’s an extra $75 to have her in the room! Hopefully by the time we head down to SA again she’ll be done with the MUST CHEW ON EVERYTHING phase and she can just roam free with Bo.

  4. Bo and Sox are too adorable together. I can’t get over the cute factor. Next time you can drop her off at our place (super close to Cowboy’s) and we’ll watch her for you. Probably. 🙂
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  5. Your dogs are precious…They totally deserve being local celebrities:) Also, the heat totally wipes you out…MANY of my nights this week have ended early!
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