Sunday, September 20, 2015

Texas Road Trip / Red Wolf Reunion 2015

Yesterday and today wrapped up a week-long vacation and road trip with friends from college who are now spread out between Arkansas and Missouri, along with one friend who recently returned from teaching in South Korea. Initially, seven of us left for Galveston, Texas early Saturday morning. We visited four Texas cities before returning to Arkansas. There is a lot to write about and I am short on time right now. I hope to write some reviews and blogs about our hotels, food and destinations over the next couple of weeks. But in the meantime, I wanted to post some highs and lows for each city.

Galveston (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)

  • Nice view of Pleasure Pier and the beach; balcony 
  • Cool weather most of the time
  • Evening walk on the beach
  • Sunrise on the beach
  • There were warnings about bacteria in the water and the beaches seemed a little dirty
Houston (Monday, Tuesday)
  • Houston Space Center
  • Seeing the signs that said we were leaving Houston
  • MASSIVE TRAFFIC JAMS (Two hours to go 25-30 miles on the interstate)
Austin (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Awesome hotel (essentially a two-floor apartment) and friendly staff
  • Act of random kindness at In-and-Out when a stranger recommended our meals (ordering things that weren't on the menu) and then paid for the five of us.
  • Less traffic; easy to navigate
  • Karaoke and hanging out afterwards at the "apartment"
  • Accidentally being at the state capitol during the time of a scheduled event that we didn't even know about until we saw a bunch of people walking around in costumes
  • No free access to Lake Travis
  • GPS telling me to turn RIGHT while the GPS Map showed us turning LEFT. (Left was the correct direction to turn...)
San Antonio
  • Watching the sunset and seeing the city from Tower of the Americas
  • Walking the River Walk, especially our last night when we did "light writing"
  • Easy to walk in the downtown area where we stayed
  • Some crazy person walked out in the middle of traffic; I slowed down as to not hit him and he got mad at me, waved me on and almost caused me to go the wrong way down a one-way street
  • Walking behind our hotel the first evening and thinking we were about to get mugged
  • Knowing vacation was almost over

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Writing Prompt: What do you look forward to every week?

The weekend! That one was an easy one! I mean, it comes every week and I always look forward to it, even when I don't have anything planned. Don't get me wrong, I love my job and my work, but I still look forward to the weekend every week. Oh, something more specific? I think that is still a simple question -- I look forward every week to church on Sunday morning. 

I'm not a morning person and since the schedule change I think I have been on time one time, but it is something I look forward to each week. Some Sundays, my Sunday school class never makes it to our lesson. But that is OK. I go to learn, but the most important thing is the fellowship with other Christians. "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:23-25)." And then after Sunday school is the worship service.

The Church is one of he reasons I chose to stay in Sheridan. I hadn't attended church regularly since graduating college; I'm glad to be back.

Other things I look forward to each week:
  • Watching weekly T.V. shows with my family
    • Duck Dynasty
    • The Last Ship
    • Once Upon a Time
    • Criminal Minds
    • NCIS
    • etc.
  • Bible Study with friends
  • Sleeping in