Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SB20 Blog Swap- Childhood Summer Vacations

Hey y'all!

I'm Elise and I'm over at High Heels and Glittering Eyes www.highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com.  Cortney and I are participating in a blog swap sponsored by the sb20 network of bloggers.  Today we are talking about childhood vacations.

Being an only child (with the exception of a couple of step sisters for 1 year) my vacations were always a little different from most of my friends who had multiple siblings.  The vacations that stick out most in my mind are the ones I took with my dad.  My parents were divorced and I lived with my mom but every summer dad would take me for a weekend and we would drive to Dallas, TX to go to Six Flags Over Texas.  Looking back, it doesn't sound super exciting but I would wait all year long for those couple of days.

We always drove down late Friday night and would stay at a hotel across the street from Six Flags.  I never could understand why the park wasn't open when we finally would pull in to town after midnight.  I mean, didn't the employees know that this little brown haired Odessa girl was ready to play?  Dad and I would wake up super early the next day so we could be the first in line.  Not the first in line for the park mind you, but the first in line for the best thing I'd ever tasted in my elementary years.....

Funnel Cake.

No joke, I dreamed about this funnel cake when I was little.  It was so warm and gooey and I couldn't believe that it was all mine for breakfast!  I still think to this day that its that damn funnel cake's fault that I like fried food so much!  

Anyways, after breakfast we always had to check and see how much I'd grown.  Was this the year I could ride the big tall roller coasters?  Or was I still too vertically challenged?  Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the Runaway Mine Train ride but I knew that there was something bigger and better waiting in my future.  The year I was tall enough to ride the Texas Giant and The Flashback, I thought I had really made it in life!  I never understood all those sissies and wimps crying because they were scared of the roller coasters.  I couldn't' wait!

After a full day of food, fun, and too many high priced souvenirs, Dad would drag me back to the hotel.  I'm sure most of the time I was asleep before we made it across the street.

The last day of our Dallas vacation we would always head to the Galleria.  We ate at what I claimed was the BEST Mexican food restaurant EVER.  I don't think it was the food I liked so much but the fact that it was next to the indoor ice skating rink.  After I was done eating, I would go rent my skates and pretend I was Nancy Kerrigan for hours.  Dad always sat at our table and watched me not caring that his daughter was the only kiddo skating by herself and probably was narrating my whole routine.

THe best part about these daddy daughter weekends is that I now live in Dallas.  I take my dance students to perform at Six Flags and take some of them on the Flashback for their first time.  I also shop at the Galleria and eat at the BEST Mexican food restaurant EVER.  Only now I know that its called Mi Cocinas and that I can only have 2 of their famous Mambo Taxi margaritas before I turn into Nancy Kerrigan again. 

 I'm sure that one day I will have kiddos of my own and take them to do the same things my dad did with me.  Simple, yes.  Memorable, definitely.

Oh yeah.  I still eat TONS of funnel cake.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Settling In

Well, it's been about a month since my last post and lots of things have happened in that time. Most importantly, I am starting to feel settled into my new house and my new life. I've been getting a schedule arranged between work and exercise and other things. I'm starting to feel like I'm getting my life back to normal. I miss my friends out west but have enjoyed meeting many new people in Ohio and many more to come.

What have I been up to?

I drove across the country with a packed car with a dog and 2 cats. The AC in my car went out somewhere in Montana on the first day, which lead to a loooong and hot 3.5 days of traveling to Columbus. I did take some pictures in Montana b/c it was so beautiful... Big Sky Country is right!

Along the way, I stayed in Rapid City, SD, Shawnee, KS, Terre Haute, IN and even spent a night in Columbus, OH b/c my house closed a day later than it was supposed to. JERKS!

It was great seeing the country again but stinky that it was so hot in the car for me and my hairy kids. We had to hang out in a park for 2 days in 95+ degree heat and crazy humidity waiting to hear the final ok from the bank on my loan and closing documents. This was a time when being a grown up super sucked!

I was able to get into my house on Thursday night. The next day the movers showed up with my stuff and my cable/ internet was installed and I started my first big girl job on Monday!

I've been working for 3 weeks and even earned my first pay check today!! It was very exciting to see a number more than double what I was used to in grad school. I guess going to school for that long is going to pay off after all! :)

Since I've gotten in the house and my stuff, it's been a full fledged effort to get unpacked and settled. I've purchased many things and am still waiting on my loveseat to be delivered. Other than that, I'd say it's just little things now that my parents brought me a load of furniture from my grandparents' shed which contained end tables, kitchen/ dining room tables, dressers and 2 twin beds for my second spare room upstairs. Once everything looks nice and all unpacked, I'll take pictures for you.

Also, my concert going has started up again. After I was in Columbus for a week, I drove home to Youngstown and saw a concert with my sister! We saw Emphatic, New Medicine and Halestorm at a small venue called The Cellar in Struthers,OH. Here are a few pictures from the night.



Dan of New Medicine

Brady of New Medicine

Jake of New Medicine


Arejay of Halestorm

Lzzy of Halestorm on the piano

Me and bassist of Emphatic

Me and Brady of New Meds...LOVE HIM!

The billboard

Since the concert, there have been lots of hanging out with the kids and I have been posting lots of pictures like the following on facebook and twitter...

My new couch

Kitties enjoying the couch

Heif sacked out on the floor with his new pillow
Oven and microwave

Fridge and baker's rack
Just to give you a bit of insight about my kitchen, I special ordered that fridge to fit in the space where the microwave is and it still wouldn't fit. Turns out that the walls get skinnier as you go up the wall! It was a major bummer but I think it's ok where it's at now. I was just happy to have appliances! :)

Ok. That's enough for now. I think you're pretty much caught up on the craziness that has been my life for the past month. I will be posting more. I PROMISE!

OH!! Another thing that I want to announce is that I have been selected to be a Hot Chocolate Columbus race Ambassador for the race in November. If anyone is interested in coming to town to run, I would recommend it since I did the one in San Diego in March and had an awesome time!! I have a special code for you if you are going to register. Please email me or tweet me @vbace18 and I will send it to you!!

I hope to see many bloggers/ readers/ runners out there!

Would you run for chocolate?!