Sunday, May 18, 2008

I Have a Feeling We're Not in Pennsylvania Anymore, Phoebe

If Sammie's mileage countdown across the country ("52 more miles to Texas... 48 more miles to Texas...") had somehow failed to tip me off that I was in Texas, the following 2 clues would have surely given it away. At our hotel in Dallas, I made a Belgian Waffle for Breakfast (I think I blogged about this when we drove home for Christmas). Texas has special waffle irons, though. The waffles come out in, yes, the shape of the state of Texas. Then, yesterday morning, Phoebe and I went on an exploring walk. We found lots of cool places by our apartment and lots of fire ants found us. When I got home, shaking fire pants out of my pant legs and socks, Sammie said, "Welcome to Texas, Melba!"

We had a wonderful trip across the country and got to see lots of friends: The Choates and the Kidds in VA, the Andersons in NC (who showed us around the Duke campus), and the Markhams in Dallas (we got to see Ella's kindergarten graduation!). Highlights of the trip also included the monsoon we drove through in Mississippi, leaving my purse at Jonas and Rachel's in North Carolina, and the absolute jitters we both had as we drove into Austin.

We have a nice apartment, very close to Dell and lots of shopping. We miss State College, though. We knew we loved it there, but we didn't realize how much until leaving. We'll see all you Penn Staters in the Fall!

7 comments:

Bekah said...

We miss you guys already, Melba! Good thing camp is only a month away (especially because I still owe you $ for violin lessons!). I would write more, but I have to go practice! :)

Terri said...

One of my favorite Texas things is the Texas shaped sinks (yep, I saw Sevral at McDonalds all across texas) Welcome to the heat, humidity and fire ants. (I'm Terri, my husband Matt Cannon is cousins with Sammie.

Spenceanna said...

Welcome back to the west Melb! Sounds like it's already been an adventure! I'm excited to hear more--keep us posted!

Leslie said...

My sister lived in Austin for a while...we loved (LOVED) Rudy's BBQ! Hey...if you ever want to come over to Arizona while you're here in the west...you are always welcome (although...it wouldn't be any kind of a break from the heat). :)

I fully expect to see some all new Texas recipes on your blog someday soon!

Martha said...

Don't you love that everything is made in Texas shapes? My favorites were pasta and stepping stones in the garden. Oooh--my favorite thing to do was to run a stick through a red ant hill and see them swarm to the surface. (Make sure it's a long stick.) Do you have pictures of your place? I'm excited to hear and see more. (Can you tell I'm 8000 miles away with no friends?)

Melissa said...

Oh, you guys have such a fun life!!! Enjoy it- We miss you and can't wait to see you soon, we need to party!

Kirbell said...

Wow, Texas seems like the place to be! Can't wait to hear about your adventures.