Oh man, I arrived in Houston on Saturday evening and life has been so good. Two of my best friends (with a bf in tow) picked me up from the airport with a massive Smirnoff Ice and a large bag of Flammin’ Hot Cheetos and a Michelob with lime. I was, of course, ecstatic to see them after my 22 hour travel day. My mom was eating at a Mexican restaurant so we headed immediately that way.
Events that ensued (background info here)…
But first, I gotta mention that I had the privilege of flying on United’s newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner. I nerded out a bit, especially since I had no idea I would be flying on it, but not half as much as the guy sitting next to me, who actually filmed the entire ordeal and hit the tint button on the window up and down to record it on his iPhone. The plane was incredible – more comfortable seats, higher ceilings, great entertainment system, upgraded bathrooms, bigger/fancier windows, etc. If I were tall, I probably would have been even more enthused.
I wanted to be all suave and walk by casually and see what she did. Unfortunately, I am not that cool and was way too giddy so I just walked up and said hi. The video is blurry, but you can totally get the gist and my mom could not believe it.
One of my friend’s family’s hosts a Christmas party yearly and it happened to fall on the night I came home. Fighting the jet lag with a couple margaritas in me, I was dropped off at the Christmas party. My friends were standing in the entrance and it was just perfect. They looked my way, looked away, and then looked again. I went up to hug them and at first, I wasn’t even hugged back due to shock and confusion. No one understood what I was doing there and we were all so happy to be reunited and just sat and talked forever.
tourist in my own city.
The day after I arrived, a German friend from Karlsruhe happened to be passing through Houston on his seven week road trip through the southern US. I have never gotten to show anyone Houston, and it was certainly a treat. We drove all over the place, tried to attend the Museum of Natural Sciences before closing, treated Lukas to some Goode Co (he LOVED it), saw the “Griswold’s” Christmas house, and had a classic Texas steak dinner.
We were fortunate enough to meet the homeowner because he was out fixing some of the lights that were damaged due to a rain storm earlier in the day. He was SO incredibly nice and was happy to tell us about the house.
Crazy Christmas Lights info:
Located in West Houston off Briar Forest on Briarbrook Dr
Over 6,000 strands of lights, so 20,000+ bulbs
30 working days to complete
a family effort
One of my besties, Lindsay, got engaged. We officially lived together two years of college and unofficially the other two. We’ve traveled together in 4? different countries. The Domino’s people know her and she’s always down for a trip to the lake. Lake always took precedent to our studies. Although she’s a little confused in thinking Dallas is better than Houston, she is coming down this weekend and I am looking SO forward to celebrating with her and her wonderful new fiancé, Scott. My friends are ‘dropping like flies’, as one of my friends put it.
We were all besties and college, and still remain that way. Cristen and me were best friends since we were little, and our moms are the best of friends, and Lindsay and Debs are the same duo, but from Dallas. Funny how it worked out. We like each other too much.
In other news, I’ve eating Tex-Mex, my favorite Chinese restaurant, and watched the Houston Texans clinch our division. It’s been a fabulous time already and I’m looking forward to seeing more people and spending more time with these people over the holidays. Life is oh. so. good. sometimes!