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Day 113 – Goodbye Texas

27 Apr

It’s our last day in Texas.  No, it’s our last few hours left in Texas.  Being the list maker that I am, before we moved to Texas I made a list of everything that interested me, or things I wanted to do that I didn’t have time for back in Atlanta.  Warning, this list is long.

  • Take the time to cook and bake new dishes
Completed.

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  • Read at least 5 books
Completed:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien (Book one of three)

Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien (Book two of three)

Love Struck by Melissa Marr

London Falling by Emma Carr

  • Paint
I bought all the supplies to complete this item on my list, but I never got the urge.  We came close to having a Wine & Painting Party, but I never got the urge to put the party together either.  Very sad.
  • Sew two dresses
I only sewed one dress.  You can read about my attempts at sewing here and here.

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  • Work out and loose at least 20 pounds
I haven’t lost as much as I have wanted but, I will be continuing to work on my weight loss goals.
  • Learn to curl my hair properly
Completed.
  • Take as many bubble baths as possible
Completed.
Oh, how I will miss our garden tub.   I must have taken at least 50 bubble baths while here.
  • Visit George Observatory for a night of star gazing with the hubby
Completed.
I think this was one of the best things we did.  You can read more about it here.

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  • Houston Zoo
Completed.
You can read about of visit to the zoo here.

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  • Houston Aquarium
  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • Sam Houston Boat Tour
  • Space Center Houston
  • Attend a roller derby
  • Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe, Texas
  • Visit Galveston – See Moody Gardens, Stewart beach, Kahala Beach, Pirate’s Beach, Dolphin Tours, Yacht Cruise, take ferry to Bolivar Peninsular to Crystal Beach
Kinda completed.
We went to Galveston, but didn’t see much.  You can read about our brunch in Galveston here.

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  • Saint Arnold Brewery Tour
  • Atkinson Island Wildlife Park
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center
Completed.
You could read about our visit to Armand Bayou Nature Center here.

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  • Attend an Owl Prowl during a full moon
  • Water Gardens of Southwest Texas in Beaumont, Texas
  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • Road trip to New Orleans – French Quarter, Garden District, Cajun Encounters, Jackson Square, live jazz, Cafe du Monde, order a Pimm’s Cup, eat at Cochon
Completed.
We were actually able to complete everything I had on my list.  You can read more about our trip to New Orleans here, here, and here.

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  • Avery Island in LaFayette, Louisiana
  • Road trip to Austin, Texas – Congress Ave nightly flight of bats, 6th street, Zilker Park, food trucks, food trucks, food trucks
Completed, and you could read about it here.

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  • Road trip to Dallas, Texas – Nasher Sculpture Garden, Cedar Ridge Preserve, World Aquarium, Dallas Zoo, Arboretum Botanical Gardens, Fountains Place
  • Kemah Boardwalk – Joe’s Crab Shack, Aquarium restaurant, attend Polynesian Weekend, attend Crawfish Festival, attend Yacht Gras Weekend, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Kinda completed.
We have been to Joe’s Crab Shack a few times, and we were able to attend the Crawfish Festival.  I didn’t take any pictures while at the Crawfish Festival though because, well.. it was kind of lame.  It wasn’t what I thought it would be and the crawfish was over priced.  We can usually by a pound for $3.99, but at the festival a pound and a half was $10.99.  You can read about our first time hanging out at the Kemah Boardwalk here.

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  • Road trip to San Antonio, Texas – River Walk riverboat cruise, Alamo, Natural Bridge Caverns, Cascade Caverns, Japanese Tea Garden, San Antonio Zoo, do not fall in the river
Completed.
You can read about our experience in San Antonio here and here.

  • Road trip to New Braunfels, Texas – Dry Comal Creek Winery, go tubing/float on Comel River or Guadalupe River
  • Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham, Texas
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Here are some extra things we enjoyed that were not on my list of things to see and do.

  • Exploring Rice Village

This area had so many neat little shops and an interesting mix of restaurants.  We really enjoyed Rice Village and wished we spent more time there.  You can read more about our trip to Rice Village here.

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  • Austin Nature and Science Center

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  • Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge

You can read about our trip to the refuge where thousands of mosquitos attacked us here.

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Overall, we didn’t explore as much as we hoped.  To be honest we weren’t very thrilled with Texas.  Most places we wanted to visit were far away, and we didn’t always want to drive hours and hours.  I guess you could say half way through our stay we ran out of gas.   Even the food wasn’t very good here.  We listened to everyone’s recommendations, but most places weren’t as good as people lead on.  We even went to places that were advertised to be the best in Kemah, and we found that those places were only good enough for a one time visit.  We did find one really great place in Kemah, a greek restaurant called, Bakkhus Taverna.

Right outside of Kemah we found a few more places that we ate at more than once.  It made me realize how awesome Atlanta’s food scene is.  NASA Parkway has a bunch of really interesting little places to eat.  Some of our favorite places to eat; an indian restaurant called Cuisine India, a sushi place on Fairmont called Little Tokyo, and Genghis Grill on Bay Area Blvd., and a BBQ place called Red River BBQ Company.

I am going to miss my time off, but I am ready to get back to a “normal” life.  I really liked the company Luis worked for as well, and it makes me excited for his next co-op term.  We have made some great friendships here, and hope to see them again.. somewhere, anywhere.

I have a feeling that we will be back to Texas before I know it, so I don’t feel too bad about not completing as much as I wanted.

I am not giving up on you yet Texas!  See you sometime soon.

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Day 28 – 30 in Austin, Texas and Chest Pains

8 Feb

We carpooled to Austin this past weekend with two other co-ops.  The drive was smooth and didn’t take as long as I thought, about 3 hours.

I am happy that I was finally able to see a part of Texas that is not ugly.  I saw green grass, small rolling hills, and lots of trees.  Yay! A part of Texas that was actually pretty.  I love seeing farms with rolling hills and cows on the tops of them, probably because it’s my dream to own a rolling hill farm.

I enjoyed 6th Street more than Bourbon Street in New Orleans.  If I had to pick a place to party, it would be Austin, which could change once I go to Las Vegas.  Until then, Austin it is.  The drinks were inexpensive (at least at the places we went to), and there were lots of places to step into and shake your booty.

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We met up with the other co-ops from the Freeport location, we are at the Deer Park location, making the group 13 of us.  We started off our nights at a bar called The Library.  It was a fitting place since Engineers spend lots of time in them.   They were serving $3.00 Long Islands. I have never paid $3.00 for a Long Island in a normal sized glass, it was awesome. We hopped around 6th Street, darting in and out of bars, having whatever the drink special was at the moment, stuck around and danced for a few songs, and then moved onto the next place.  We met some pretty cool Austin locals and some out of towners celebrating birthday’s, graduations, and new job opportunities.  Oh, and a guy who was showing off his rock band, even though he had just quit the band.  At 2:00 a.m. the bars and clubs shut down, and the police and fire department do a sweep of the streets (a clean-up if you will), making everyone leave. Very interesting, but none the less a good thing since most of our group was done for the night.  On our walk back to the hotel, a cold front decided to wake us up with a down pour. A very cold down pour.  I enjoyed running in the rain until I remembered I had my camera with me.  Thankfully, after a few minutes of waiting underneath a shelter the rain lightened up, allowing Luis and I to continue our run through the rain. It was a good night.

The next day, Luis and I split from the group and went to check out some items I had on my Austin list.  We walked around The University of Texas, Zilker Park, Austin Nature and Science Center, the bats at Congress Ave Bridge, the Capitol Building, and explored some of the 1400 food carts Austin has.

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I know I am only 28, but Austin kicked my butt, which lead me to believe that I am getting too old to rebound quickly after a few nights of drinking and dancing. Sunday and Monday my chest was tight with sharp pains. I called a doctors office to schedule an appointment, but was told to go straight to the emergency room.  The emergency room?  That freaked me out. I have never been to the hospital, and the thought of going to a hospital freaked me out.  It couldn’t be that serious.  So, being freaked out I called my uncle Danny, who has had heart issues and asked him for his thoughts. After a few questions to rule out a stroke or heart attack, I took some Aspirin as he recommended.  After a few hours the pain went away just in time for my mom to call me.  Now that I was much more calmer, I could actually have a conversation with someone.  Even though a trip to urgent care would probably not have harmed anything, I just really didn’t want to believe it could be something serious.  Monday evening did not help either, I felt like I was having an anxiety attack, a two hour attack.  Something I have never felt before.  I really think I just pulled something with all the dancing, plus being dehydrated, then the attack because I freaked out.  I still feel slightly odd, but much better.  I have a appointment with the cardiologist on Monday.  See what I mean about getting old? This is only the beginning, haha!

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I really enjoyed Austin, chest pains and all.  Austin has everything I love; parks, food carts, cheap drinks, interesting people, and a great assortment of bands/music.