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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.

Day 10 in Houston, Texas

16 Jan

We took a trip to Houston today and walked around Hermann Park and decided to wander through the Houston Zoo, which is on my things to do while in texas list.  The Zoo is part of the Hermann Park area along with the Museum District, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and Japanese Garden.

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A root beer float being sold at a Zoo? Yes, please!

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We thought the Zoo was small, but once we were inside it was a pretty decent size.  They had a huge variety of everything.  My favorite area was the monkeys.  They had so many different types of monkeys and all of  the exhibits were near each other, which was neat to just walk through endless monkey exhibits.  Let’s face it, monkeys are the most entertaining to watch besides the otters.

After the zoo we continued to walk around the Hermann Park and discovered the Japanese Garden.

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We definitely will be going back to the Hermann Park area to explore the Garden Center and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Afterwards we accidently found a really cool, and probably our new favorite area in Houston called Rice Village, also known as The Village.  The area is just two blocks from Rice University and has boatloads of unique shops, bouquets, and restaurants.   We really wanted to have India, but they weren’t open until later so we decided to have Thai at Thai Village, which was right next door to the India restaurant.

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Spicy clear noodle salad with beef.

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I had the tofu claypot with ginger sauce.  I loved every bite.

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Luis had that plate above, which was so spicy he actually couldn’t finish eating it.  Did you read that correctly?  Yes, Luis, who loves spicy, burn your mouth dishes, the guy who usually asks the waiter to make his dish extra spicy could not eat his dish because it was too spicy.  You could tell from the picture that it is spicy just from looking at the color of the sauce.  It’s almost a dark brown color instead of a bright red that chili sauce is supposed to be.  The dish had a good sweet flavor, but I couldn’t even finish what I had on my spoon.  Good thing I really liked my ginger dish.

After dinner we headed to Croissant Brioche, a french bakery that we saw when we first entered the Rice Village area for a dessert.  The bakery was to close at 5:00 p.m., but luckily it was still open at 5:45 so we could run in and grab a piece of cake before they officially closed.  We choose the orange chocolate mousse, which of course was amazing.  I would like to return soon for breakfast.

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Even with the clouds and the 45° temperature, it was another great day.   I am sad that Luis has to go to work tomorrow, but looking forward to his three day weekend coming up.