Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

December 12, 2013

Fabulous Homes

Filed under: Austin — Janice @ 11:20 pm

I got to go to a holiday party tonight at a mansion. I guess they aren’t called mansions anymore, but “big house” doesn’t do it justice. I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a house this luxurious… no, yes, I was, that time in Vienna when I toured the Schoenbrunn palace!

 

I can’t show you a picture of this home, but it was only a couple of years old and was designed by an architect and had so many fabulous rooms and features. Every window and room in the house was big and open and faced west overlooking the western part of Austin and Lake Austin and Pennybacker Bridge. No neighbors in sight at all. No neighbors around to look in either. A fireplace that faced two directions – I’ve always thought that would be the coolest thing. And instead of gas logs in their fireplace, like we have, they had concrete balls of various sizes sitting on a tray of white “sand.” Totally modern. There was a guest house and a swimming pool and a three-car garage. There were imported marble walls in the bath, recovered pine boards on the floors in some rooms, granite countertops, of course, and a fabulous curved wall made of slivers of limestone less than a half-inch wide, some polished, some rough.

The house was lovely, but the hosting couple were even lovelier. I have never been in any of their homes, even though I’ve known them for more than 10 years. I was surprised tonight that this wasn’t a big holiday party for all of their friends and family, it was just a very intimate party for “our” office. In the past we have had a happy hour or a dinner together for Christmas, but we didn’t do it last year and now that the office has gone separate ways, it certainly didn’t seem like we’d have a party this year. That made it extra special that they went to the effort to have us there for a party and a chance to see one another. I work remotely with these folks and rarely see them face-to-face. I began working for these 2 doctors in 2002. I had to stop working for them when I got full-time work in radio again, but when that ended and they took me back I promised I would not quit typing their dictation until they wanted me to quit typing. I’ve been typing with them this second go-round since the beginning of 2008. Wow. Just about to be 6 years. It is a wonderful thing that I can do it remotely. They send me digital audio, I turn it into digital text and send it back to them. It’s a great way to work, but we do miss out on some of that office camaraderie. It is nice to get a taste of it once a year.

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