Went to visit Jen for four days, out in San Antonio. I had never been to Texas before (save the Dallas airport), and I always like seeing how other states are. Let me say this — Texans love the Alamo. And there are stars on everything, even the freeway overpasses. Also, the weather was not nice — it was incredibly dry (my SoCal friends — think Santa Ana winds dry…without the wind) and I was putting on chapstick every three minutes. But other than that (and other than the fact I caught a cold), it was a lovely trip.
Oh, and, as I suspected, Jen is AWESOME!
Thursday — Got up bright and early to catch my flight to Austin. Jen met me at the airport and we spent some time marveling that we were actually in the same room instead of just wandering around in cyberspace. After that, we got lost a bit, and then went to lunch at an old mill in New Braunfels (apparently there are a lot of Germans in this particular part of Texas). The onion rings were delicious! We then went and picked up my Californian friend Carolyn who was in Austin for some job training. It was weird to be in a different state with a friend I know from here in Sacramento. The three of us walked around the capitol building in Austin and I learned that six flags have flown over the state of Texas during its history, those of Spain, France, Mexico, The Republic of Texas, The Confederate States of America, and the United States of America. This is where Six Flags theme parks get their names. We then went to dinner at Guero's (Mexican) and then we each had a huge freaking cupcake at Hey Cupcake! Jen and I dropped off Carolyn at her hotel and drove to San Antonio, after getting lost a bit.
Friday — We slept in for a while on Friday, and then drove back to Austin to pick up Carolyn, who had finished up her training. The three of us then went to THE ALAMO! Which was bigger than I expected, because for the past few months people kept telling me how small it was. The history there is really interesting, and I've added a history of the Alamo book to my to-read pile. We then went back to San Antonio (with Carolyn) and watched Baby Mama, which I thought was hilarious. We went to dinner with Jen's brother, SIL, and neice and nephew at Freebirds (like Chipotle, but better since they don't put cilantro in their rice). After that, we went and took a boat tour of the San Antonio River Walk. It's a really awesome area of town, and I know that Sacramento wants to do something similar, as soon as we have some money to spare (so…never).
Saturday — We helped out at the Chik-Fil-A that Jen works at during their Breakfast with the Princesses. It was INSANE. About a billion little girls showed up dressed like Disney Princesses to have their photos taken with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Belle. We were in charge of printing their pictures and affixing them to their princess frames. It was hectic but fun! We had to leave, though, to drop Carolyn off at the airport in Austin, so we drove the now-familiar route from SA to Austin. Jen and I then came back to SA and visited her family. We played Wii with her nieces (I got smoked in Wii bowling by a four-year-old. The last time I played, it was my own grandma who beat me. Sigh.) We went back to her apartment and caught up on Lost (um, wow). This was about the time I started feeling sick. Boo. Then a few of her friends came over and we played The Office DVD Game and Apples to Apples. Sooooo funny. And there was a lot of good food there, too. Her friends were awesome and we had a great time.
Sunday — We woke up and got ready to go to church. Her church is doing a thing where each member sets his/her watch with a timer that goes off every hour, on the hour. When the alarm goes off, the person redirects their thoughts to God. Seems like a cool thing to do. After church, we went with her family to lunch at an Italian place. It was also really good. (Jen, by the way, there is leftover pesto pasta in your fridge.) We watched a few episodes of Chuck and then drove back to Austin so I could come home! My flights were on time for once (I waved at Noelle and Steve while I was in the airport in San Diego), and I got home just in time to take some Nyquil and fall into bed.
I had a lovely time and I hope that Jen can come for a visit to California soon!
And now I'm going to crawl back into my bed and whimper a bit. I hate being sick.