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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 1 in Kemah, Texas

8 Jan

Our place is called Summerbrooke in Kemah, Texas, about 30 miles from Houston and 40 miles from Galveston.

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My first thought of the area while driving in was, “it’s very industrial, and so ugly, will I have trouble breathing here”.

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Thankfully his new employer set us up in an area outside of the industrial and refinery park.

Kemah is a beach town, which kind of reminds me of Naples or Key West.

The best part, our apartment is fully furnished.  We feel like we are living in a hotel!

So, without further ado here is our place for the next four months.

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First look into our place.  I tired to get a picture without the boxes, but Luis was quicker than I was.

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The items that were left for us as welcoming gifts were very thoughtful.  Like a few rolls of paper towels, toilet paper, hotel size shampoo and conditioner, coffee, snacks, dish soap, dishwasher soap, detergent, and even two bottles of water in the refrigerator for us.

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See that little owl pillow sitting on our bed?  Luis got it for me on our last night in Atlanta, just a little gift to make me smile since I was feeling a little overwhelmed.

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There is Luis trying to set up my new office, haha.

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I love how they had the towels on display.  As I mentioned, the welcoming details were adorable.

The bowl with the dove soaps was a Christmas gift from my boss, and they smell delicious.

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My first walk-in closet, ever.

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Luis had the idea to add these little owl ornaments to the orchid on the dining room table.  The ornaments were another Christmas gift from my other boss, who I adore completely, along with a owl salt and pepper shakers, and owl coffee mugs.  I received a lot of bird themed gifts for Christmas, that has too be a good thing, birds are positive, right!?

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We had to bring our Taco octopus pillow that we bought in Osaka, Japan as well.

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Our view from the third floor, outside of our apartment, looking towards the lake.

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Our first sunset in Texas.

After the sun went down, we headed towards the boardwalk for dinner.

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Crab dip.

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Lobster Daddy Feast.

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I was little hesitant eating at Joe’s Crab Shack.  I thought it would be a little too commercial, or not good quality seafood.  I loved it.  I loved the drinks, the dips, the seafood pots, and most of all, I loved the price.  My lobster and crab boil was about $25.00.  You can’t beat that, and it was good!  I even got to keep my drink cup which was a mason jar with a crab on it (yay to cancer signs).  I think Luis is in trouble.  I could see me requesting to eat at this place often.

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Surrounding the Kemah Boardwalk are a bunch of fun carnival games.  Even with all the rides, the boardwalk is very relaxing, and it’s very clean.

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The moon was so bright!

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There are lots of restaurants and shops on the boardwalk, and it’s only a few minutes from our place.  Close enough to bike ride so, I think Luis and I will be going to the boardwalk often.

We both agree, it’s nice to be close to the water again.