For those who have followed my blog for a few years, you’ve been privied to my loves, likes, dislikes and even my quirks. I usually try to keep things light but the whole process has been therapeutic for me. However, tonight I write because I don’t know what else to do and I’m counting on this to be therapeutic.
After spending a few weeks in Oklahoma with his grandparents, Jaden made his way to Houston to spend some time with me. I’m always so excited to see my son. He’s such a fun kid and has an hilarious sense of humor. He stayed just shy of two weeks before he took a detour to tag along with me to San Diego. We had no idea what we were going to do while he was here in Houston so of course we decided to do touristy stuff!
I survived my first hurricane; kind of. Technically I missed #Harvey. I had a planned trip to visit my niece in San Diego the day the #hurricane hit. Jaden & I took an earlier flight and we landed in California Friday morning. Over the next several hours and days, we watched as the devastation unfolded in what I now call home: #Houston. I couldn’t begin to imagine what people were experiencing and the heart-breaking images brought tears to my eyes. Continue reading I’m Thankful→
Okay, we all know that things start to fall apart when you start getting a little older. I noticed some changes when I hit 35. I was not happy to see 35 and my body is constantly reminding me that I’m not 23 anymore. As a nurse I LOVE to use the excuse of taking care of others as a reason for not taking care of myself. Truth is, I’m lazy! I am one of the laziest people you will ever meet when it comes to working out. I CANNOT commit to working out to save my life. Well, I haven’t been able to up to this point. However, I am going to stop being selfish and actually start taking care of this host I call my body. I’ve realized that at this point in life, it takes a different motivator to make me commit to such a thing. So my plan is to start slow…3 days per week. I have a personal trainer to help me reach my initial goals and I’m actually excited (even though the picture doesn’t look like I’m excited). I can already hear some of you talking crap about me because I’m already “small”…but guess what, little people have heart attacks too!
Now that I just told you how I’ll start working out, I’ll tell you about some great food! I just know I’ll have to work out “extra” when I enjoy my dining experiences. A few blogs ago, I talked about Grace’s and the incredible fried oyster salad. I’m only bringing it up because I’ve been back a couple of times and each experience has been amazing. I’ve had braised short ribs, crayfish mac & cheese, fried pork chops, even the wine is delicious. This is one place that I can’t seem to go wrong. I can’t wait to go again.
Last week, I met a gentleman at Cafe 4212. Monday night is jazz night so of course I’m there. He’s from Europe and gave me some insight into so many fun things that are right up my alley. He invited me to an event put on by World Affairs Council (WAC). I decided to go because the topic was interesting: Ex CIA agent discussing safety while traveling abroad and how not to get kidnapped. Well, duh! Of course I wanted to hear what he had to say. Not only was it a great talk, but when I walked in, there was a spread of authentic international cuisine! I was in heaven. I had nan, falafel, fatoush and I never thought I’d be happy to have kofte kebabs in my life. It was all so good. (To my friends in Doha, think of me the next time you have stuffed grape leaves.) He also introduced me to his wife and some friends, who thought he was telling a tale when he told them he’d met a beautiful woman and invited her to the event. I thought that was pretty funny. He certainly has a lovely wife and nice friends!
He also told me about the Miller Outdoor Theater. The #Houston #Symphony plays free concerts there and they were playing Mozart and Beethoven at upcoming concerts. I bought a little camping chair and Ubered to the theater and enjoyed a night under the stars listening to classical music. Again, reminiscent of my #Doha nights on the water overlooking the skyline with incredible #jazz artists filling the air with beautiful music. *Sigh*
**Random thought** Perhaps all the fun things I’m doing explains this repetitive dream I’m having. I keep dreaming that I’ve missed my flight to Doha. I currently have no plans to go to Doha but I’ve missed that flight in my dreams at least eight or nine time. Maybe all these Doha-like experiences are influencing my dreams….hmmmm
Okay, I’m back.
One thing about being in Houston is that it is a hub city. I’m looking forward to some international trips real soon. I’m sure I’ll do something quick to Mexico. I’ve also never been to Hawaii – I know, right – so I may go there before the end of the year. So many options! Don’t worry, you’ll go on the journey with me!
Earlier today I began writing my #blog with the excitement of sharing my #Houston experiences over the last couple of weeks. However, I didn’t get very far because something just didn’t feel right. Perhaps because there’s something else on my mind and in my heart. I wasn’t quite sure what it was but then I picked up a #book (well technically opened my iBooks app) and read the introduction to The Universe Has Your Back. Just the introduction alone hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s odd how the fear to turn the pages struck me instantly, but it’s not a fear that I can’t push past. I’m intrigued to be honest. I’m not really into self help books or books that are extremely spiritual; however, I’m going to delve into what the author has to offer. Continue reading Back to Vulnerability→
Well folks, I had the opportunity to hop on a plane and spend Mother’s Day with the kid and make it to the Bradley Angle Glam Her #fundraiser. If you remember my last post, I talked about Bradley Angle a bit and mentioned that I’d recently donated some personal products to the organization. I’d also sponsored a table at the fundraiser and wasn’t planning to attend because of my move to Houston. As the stars aligned, I made it to the fundraiser and I got to take Jaden with me!
I am finally moved in and unpacked. Whew, I do not like moving. It’s exhausting. There are no more boxes to unpack and I couldn’t be happier. My place is exactly 1/2 the square footage of my house but my closet is ridiculously huge. No complaints though. I wish all closets were that big!
The guest room/Jaden’s room is ready! I think it turned out pretty good. Im in love with the concrete floors and exposed brick and ceilings. However, I’m not too fond of all the extracurricular activities I get to hear. *sigh* lol
A 5 minute commute to work is something I’ve never had. The days I go into the office will be a breeze in this Houston traffic. I’m curious if I’ll miss that downtime/unwind time that I’ve had for the last 8 years. We will see.
The herbs are in the window. I’ll see how the rosemary and cilantro will do. I planted lavender too. Even though it was only a few pots, playing with that dirt felt great! I was longing to go pull weeds and get the raised beds ready at the house in Vancouver but ran out of time. It would have been great therapy for me. But now I have my little potted plants plus one house plant from my dad’s funeral. My brother, Aaron, and his family managed to keep this plant alive for 16 years but it hasn’t grown. It’s really odd. Anyway, I took a piece and it has sat in water for the last year. I’ve finally given my little piece of the plant a home.
I’ve had an opportunity to eat out multiple times in the past 9 days. I wasn’t expecting to but I’ve been to four great restaurants: Pappas Seafood, Pappas Brothers Steakhouse, Pappadeaux’s, and a place called Grace’s. I’ll spare you the play by play. What I want you to know is I had a fried oyster salad that was out of this world! Yes, the lightly battered, tender, crispy oysters were on top of a bed of fresh spinach with bacon pieces and pine nuts and blue cheese tossed with a vinegarette. It was an unusual item on the Grace’s menu and I couldn’t pass it up. It’s a must try. I also had a slice of banana cheesecake from Pappas Seafood. There was banana cake embedded in the cheesecake. My goodness. No words. I’m looking forward to trying more Houston restaurants.
I’m not real sure why but I’m surprised by the friendliness of the people here in Houston and I’m pleased with the diverse population. I think I like Houston.
Well, I’m in a very familiar place: on a plane. I’m heading to San Juan to board a 7 day cruise with my bestie. We try to vacation together once a year and this time we’re getting together for my birthday. Forty is coming quickly! Two more years until that milestone. I’m planning a trip to Australia for that one.