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These last two weeks have been crazy.

Let me enlighten you.

I traveled to Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; and Silverthorne, Colorado; with a 48-hour period at home in between Texas and Colorado. That’s over 2,600 miles, y’all.

I got to do and see so much, so I’ve decided to split this post into two parts.

Part One: Texas

Ah, Texas: where everything’s bigger. On Thursday, July 17th, I left for Dallas with my mom and brother. My brother’s baseball team was playing in a tournament there, so we decided to make a mini vacation out of it. On the non-baseball days, we mostly went to different malls. We got to see the Galleria Mall in Dallas, as well as the Stonebriar Centre Mall in Frisco. Both of them were really nice! We had a lot of fun. It was great to have some time with my brother before he goes off to college this month.

Outside the Tiffany store in the Galleria (that’s my mom on the right):

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We also stopped by Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, my brother’s favorite restaurant in the entire world, and had the most delicious cheesecake of our lives, as seen below:

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And by Tuesday, it was time for me to go, so we headed to Dallas Love Field Airport…

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…where I waited to board my flight to Houston (some snaps from my Snapchat story that day):

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And at long last, I was reunited with Mermaid! We had a grand three days together. We got to visit her family’s new house, and I introduced her to two wonderful things: Downton Abbey and embroidery.

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She was a natural! My first embroidery student was a complete success.

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(Sorry the pictures are all weird sizes…)

Anyway, on our last day together, we went to the movies. But not at some regular old movie theater. No, no.

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We went to the Santikos Palladium–the largest movie theater in North America, apparently.

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(I’m next to the light post in the picture above)

It was pretty phenomenal. I didn’t get any pictures of the inside, but it was, as you can imagine, gigantic. It had a restaurant, a coffee bar, an arcade, an express diner, a full bar, a concession stand, and even a gift shop! (Not to mention the huge theaters with 81-foot screens.) We saw Hercules and Lucy (the former surprisingly better than the latter).

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Mermaid and her Mama stole my phone and snapped some selfies:

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They’re pretty great, and by that I mean they’re truly amazing people. I love them.

And, finally, here are our finished embroidered creations:

Mermaid’s…

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…and mine.

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Texas was quite an adventure, and I’m so glad I got to go. The whole trip was a blessing that I really needed; a nice respite before my next trip: Silverthorne, Colorado, which I’ll talk more about in the next post!

Until next time, friends.

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I am proud to say that I’ve knocked something off my “Stuff I’m Going to Do” list! Go, me!

I re-taught myself how to embroider tea towels. Now, that probably sounds super boring. But I find it to be quite fun and even relaxing. My grandmother taught me how to embroider years ago, and I fell in love with it. She recently gave me a little embroidery kit filled with sewing supplies and tea towels and last week I thought, you know what? I’m just going to go for it.

This is the result:

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This is the first one I completed! I meant to take “in progress” photos but forgot. Oh, well.

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And these are the first two that I’ve finished. Pretty, no?

Some detail shots:

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I’m pretty proud of them.

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This is my current project. It will get done…eventually. But for now, I need to move on to a different craft project: finishing the scrapbook for my friend and her daughter, who is almost one year old now (I have a little less than a month to finish before her birthday)! The great thing about embroidery is that it’s not a one-and-done sort of thing. I can enjoy it my whole life, and maybe even teach my children/grandchildren how to do it someday (should there be any).

Until next time, friends.