Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tales From Texas. // Jen J.

I had a great long weekend in Waco, TX for my boyfriend's sister's wedding.  It was my first Texas wedding so it was interesting to learn about and witness the local traditions.  I'd classify the theme of the wedding as rustic charm.  It was in the country and the groom and most of the guests wore jeans.  This was my first wedding where jeans were appropriate attire, but, I've got to say I actually enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.  I totally felt comfortable ditching my heels for flip-flops after the ceremony. 

My favorite aspect of the wedding was the dance floor.  It was outside under the natural glow of the stars with extra lighting provided by golden Christmas lights strung about.  I could have watched the  guests forever - shuffling about and doing the two-step in their cowboy boots.  I would have loved to join in but I suck at anything that requires coordination.
Bride & Groom.
Rustic Charm.
The BF & I.
I have to be honest though.  As lovely as the wedding was, it was a ton of work.  We were responsible for the complete set-up and clean-up of the venue.  We also tackled the floral arrangements.  I am sticking with my conviction that Vegas is the place I want to say I do. 
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I ate like my old fat self while in town.  Seeing as we were in the BFs hometown he wanted all of his old favorite treats.  And oh my goodness - I could not put down the cake balls at the wedding!  Delicious!  As a result, I'm up approximately four pounds.  I did try to counterbalance the gluttony by getting in some miles (this obviously failed and demonstrates the fact that my pie hole can eat through any workout).  The BF and I walked everyday by hitting up some local trails.  Most notably we walked/ran seven miles at Cameron Park and another five and half miles at the Lake Waco Dam.  Whenever I travel I always try to check out the local spots and Waco did not disappoint. 
   
Lake Waco
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I love, love, love how Diet Dr Pepper is available on tap in most Waco restaurants.  To me, Diet Dr Pepper is one of the best "diets" out there and it's never available on draft in the North.  Also, if you ever find yourself in Waco, make your way to the Dr Pepper Museum.  You can get yourself the most delicious Dr Pepper float ever!  Made from one of those old school soda fountains.
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Texans sure as heck like their AC.  I was excited to get back to the warmer temperatures (it was mostly in the 80s) but I swear everyone was blasting their air and running their ceiling fans as if it was still a 100 degrees outside.  I froze my ass off!  Open your windows people and get some fresh air - not to mention - save the earth!  And of course, I always got the....."how can you be freezing, you're from Pittsburgh".  Whateva people!  Cold is cold! 
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Fire ants effing suck!!  I got bitten for the first time at the wedding!  I am still miserable and my foot is swollen, itchy, and littered with little white head pimples.  Nasty.
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If I could have a dollar for every time someone asked me or the BF when we were getting married or what we thought of the Lance Armstrong situation, I'd be a very rich woman.  You see - the BF used to work for the LIVESTRONG Foundation and we've been dating for nearly four years.  I suppose both scenarios present themselves for the the questions but it's gotten old.  Very old.  I plan on writing my feelings about the marriage situation in a future post.  As for Lance, guilty or not, I appreciate what he's done for the fight against cancer.
Lance, me, & the BF.
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The BFs mom taught me that hydrogen peroxide gets stains out.  I got a little something-something on a white shirt and that shit works.  And it's much cheaper than all the fancy stain fighters.  Try it.
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After five months, I finally finished the book, Fifty Shades of Grey, on the flight homeI know I am the anomaly here, but the book just didn't pull me in.  Well, I will admit, it did give me an occasional tingle, but to me the plot was just so-so.  Needless to say, I won't be purchasing the sequels.  
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Last but not least, I had the opportunity to meet fellow Fit Camper Nicole!  A big thanks to her for coming out to meet me!  I travel quite a bit so I hope to meet more of you while on my journeys. 
Nicole, her boys, and I.




9 comments:

  1. I'm a Waco girl! The wedding looked gorgeous. Hope you liked it in Texas :)

    And I do open my windows in the morning but by afternoon it's so hot. So they get closed and the ac gets turned on ;)

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  2. Love it! seems like you had a great adventure! Even though you're up 4 lbs you did exercise!!

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  3. Just wanted to say love your dress you wore! Sounds like a fun wedding.

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  4. I'm impressed that you still managed to get 2 runs in over the weekend! I came back from our weekend in Mexico up almost 3. Thankfully a lot of water and getting back into my running routine has taken care of that, but oh my! I missed my runs and even my dates with JM while gone!

    ps, you looked gorgeous at the wedding!

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  5. Loved reading about your trip! I know the gain stinks but I bet the food was worth it!

    Oh and PS - lots of people use peroxide on their teeth instead of whitestrips!

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  6. I abide by the rule that however long your vacation is, double it, THEN weigh yourself. And PS - if I had known you were down with meet-ups, I would have messaged you before I stuffed my face with Primanti Brothers 2 weeks ago! Next time.....

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  7. What I just dont understand is why fire ants dont drown? I live in FL, and we get HUGE thunderstorms during the summers, as I am sure TX does too...So Why Dont Those Heathens From Hell Drown? #hatefireants

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  8. You looked beautiful at the wedding ! Traveling throws off all my bodily functions which equals weight gain for me.

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  9. Just had to tell you I'm with you on 50 Shades. I've read books that got me going WAY more than that. Mostly, I was annoyed with Ana. I'm not going to be purchasing any of the sequels either.

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