Our Texas Travels: Dallas, TX

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From Coupland, we continued our Texas travels and really started to get around the state a bit more. On Monday morning, we headed to Dallas. On our way, we stopped at a Buc-ee’s in Temple! What a place. It feels wrong calling it a “gas station,” as it is… so much more than that. Wow.

We did make it to Dallas, where our first stop was a scheduled tour of the American Airlines Center, home of the NHL’s Dallas Stars. As a hockey fan, but also just as a tourist, this was a wonderful tour – and only $5!! It was a great way to see the arena, and get to see areas we wouldn’t normally see if there for a game/concert.

Unfortunately, this was the point in our trip where things got a little topsy-turvy. My husband came down with some sort of stomach bug, and we tried our best not to let it put a damper on things too much. Unfortunately, I got it a few days later, but in both cases, it lasted under a day and thank goodness for that. There’s few things worse than being sick on vacation.

At any rate, after our tour of the AAC, we stopped at the Dallas Grilled Cheese Co., where I ate a grilled cheese sandwich with macaroni & cheese on it. It was delicious! And a super neat place to boot. From there, it was to our AirBnB, the Oak Cliff Tiny House. This was my first time ever booking an AirBnB, and it was fantastic. Such an adorable place, great location and great hosts.

That was pretty much it for our Monday. Ryan tried his best to sleep off the bug; I popped over to CVS and got some health things (thank you, Pedialyte) and ordered Chipotle via DoorDash for dinner. After some sleep, and with Ryan feeling much better, we headed towards Houston the following morning.

Before we left Dallas, we made a quick stop by Dealey Plaza to see the spots where JFK was shot. We didn’t go into the museum, but maybe next time. It was honestly surreal to stand in that space and think about what a pivotal moment in history occurred there. Eerie.

In order to split up the drive to Houston, we elected to spend Tuesday night in Buffalo, TX. Also, being from Buffalo, NY…. how could we not? Before that, however, we headed up to Frisco for a RoughRiders baseball game. We had originally planned to go on Monday evening, but decided Tuesday’s morning game worked out better, especially since Ryan was feeling better! It was fun, hot, rained a little and the best part of all, my husband got to meet one of his public address/music friends!

After a few more stops, we hit the road again and once we made it to Buffalo, it was a low-key day and evening, with dinner with family at The Pharm restaurant. I also picked up some Blue Bell ice cream. (Honestly? I’ll always be partial to Perry’s.)

Wednesday morning, after our night in Buffalo, we began the trek to Houston. Unfortunately, this is where the stomach bug hit me, so our plans were a bit derailed. We did eventually make it to Rosenberg – where my husband used to live, and our hotel for the night. I stayed cooped up in the hotel to recuperate, and Ryan visited some family in the area. Again, a low-key night but it was what we needed at that point!

Once I felt better on Thursday morning, we hit the road to Houston. Stay tuned for more 🙂

Our Texas Travels: Austin, TX

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Hello, Internet! I am back from a recent one-week vacation in Texas and all I can say is…. it’s refreshing. We hadn’t been on a real vacation since our honeymoon back in 2016, when we went up to New England, Boston, New Hampshire, etc. It was long overdue and this was a trip that we’d been planning for probably two years. We’d hoped to make it down south in 2018, but the cards just weren’t in our favor. However, we finally did it!

My husband is actually from Texas; he was born there and lived there when he was younger, then again for a year during high school. He definitely has a special connection to the state, and has a lot of family there on his mom’s side, so I am incredibly grateful that we got to take this trip and that he could share all of these wonderful experiences, places and memories with me. Continue reading

Holistic Wellness, Slowing Down & Reflecting

I was fortunate enough to spend a recent day and a half at a holistic wellness retreat. It was exactly what I needed: some “me time,” time out in nature and a chance to slow down, step back from all my stresses, and reflect on my life, present and future.

I won the chance to attend this retreat through Labor-Management Healthcare Fund. They host various retreats annually at Beaver Hollow Conference Center, which is roughly 45 minutes from Buffalo, NY. I’ve actually never entered before and was pleasantly surprised when I learned that I’d won this one! Everything was included and best of all, free!

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In the Midst of My Invisalign Journey

As my Timehop reminded me, one year ago today, I started on my Invisalign journey with my initial consultation. After years of being told by dentists that I needed braces and should really consider them, I finally found myself in a place where I was able to do so.

For the record, it’s not that I never wanted braces, but orthodontics are, well, expensive. Not everyone can afford them and they can certainly be seen as a luxury! A few years ago, I got a price quote on Invisalign from my dentist (who only does Invisalign, not regular braces) and I was flabbergasted at the number. Turns out if you’re over a certain age (for me, it was 25), your insurance may not cover any orthodontic care.

At any rate, over the last year, I found myself financially in a position where I was able to do this, thanks to my dad’s estate after he passed away. And I decided to commit myself to it. A year ago, I had my consultation. I started my first tray on June 7, 2018.

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A Year in Review: 2018

We’re eight days in 2019, but it’s taken me this long to have the stomach to be able to sit down and think back on what was 2018. It was a hell of a year for me – and I mean that, in many ways, it was absolute hell. It was messy from start to finish and filled with loss and grief and sadness, and I can honestly say I’ve never been so happy to put a calendar year behind me.

The year didn’t start off bad. Or at least, the first three days of 2018 were fine. I went to some hockey games, supported my husband in his endeavors, and enjoyed what I hoped would be a prosperous, happy year ahead.

Then, on January 4th, 2018, my father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59 – one week shy of his 60th birthday. Obviously, that threw quite a wrench into the year for myself and my family.

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