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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 71 – San Antonio, Texas – Riverwalk

29 Mar

Before leaving to Miami, Luis and I spent a weekend along the River Walk in San Antonio.

I have to tell you now, I did not take any photos while in Miami.  I didn’t even bring a camera, and I only went online twice.  My Miami visit was just for family.  Considering the reason for the visit, I had a great time.  I felt needed.  I was able to cook everyday, relax, watch a few movies I had never seen before, play with kitties, and most importantly be with my aunt.

A few people had told me that I was an “amazing person” for going home.  Thank-you for the nice compliments, but to me, I found it odd.  I was raised by a women who took care of family most of her life.  She was a women who stepped in to take care of her parents when they couldn’t take care of themselves any longer. When my mother wasn’t able to take care of me, she became my guardian.  If someone in the family needed money, she gave it to them.  She was always giving family gifts or trips, and it wasn’t until I turned 18 that she finally did something for herself.  She retired and spent the rest of her short lived years doing what made her happy, playing in her garden and cooking.  I learned from a young age to help family any way you can.  So, for me, when a family member needed some extra hands I knew I could be that person.  Especially for my aunt Kathy, she had a hand in raising me as well.  I love you.  I am thankful for this time in my life.  Not working a 9 – 5 job that allowed me to take off to Miami last minute, having money in bank for my flight tickets, and a loving husband who didn’t mind missing a few home cooked meals.

Okay, sorry.  I don’t mean any harm.  I appreciate all positivity, but I felt like I needed to explain what type of person I am.

 Back to San Antonio.

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No trip to San Antonio is complete without a visit to The Alamo.  It was a nice visit.  Mostly because it is free, and the line moved pretty quick.  Sadly, I did not learn anything though.  Instead I Googled the history of The Alamo later that night at our hotel.

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It was a nice day, the sun was out!  Good to know that the sun shines in San Antonio!

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We took a river cruise and learned a few things that we would have never known about the River Walk if it wasn’t for our guide.  That’s him with the hat and blue shirt, almost the same uniform as the people who work at Best Buy.  He had lots of jokes, corny jokes, and he liked to say hello to people walking by the river, then make fun of them if they didn’t say hi back.  I thought he was funny, but Luis just rolled his eyes.  Then again, Luis is hard to please.

 Isn’t that kid ‘s sun glasses funny?

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The friendship statue.

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Something neat our guide told us about as we passed under this bridge, that bats lived in it.  At first, Luis and I thought it was a lie, but since  Luis loves bats, around dusk we sat on the bridge and waited for the bats.  The bridge isn’t inhabited with as many bats as Austin, just a small family/colony.  We loved watching them fly over people, and dive beneath the bridge.  Every now and then I would look at the people, and no one knew bats were flying just a few feet above their heads.

I really enjoyed the architecture and details around the River Walk.  My uncle Danny told us he had visited san Antonio’s River Walk when he was younger.  He was about 17 and the waterway was empty, and hardly anything around it.  Pretty neat.

Before heading back to Houston, we stopped and explored a cavern, 180 feet deep!  I have never been in one, nor have I ever had the thought to go down into one.

Until the next post!