well friends, we made it to Houston safe and sound…and barely sane. the kitty xanax proved ineffective and lola cried 11 out of the 12 hours of the trip. but thank goodness for that last hour of silence because that’s exactly when we encountered our first real traffic jam. an hour (!) to go 8 (!) miles. guess that means we are officially city folk. christened on 288. after that, momma needed some kitty xanax.
we have spent the last week or so cleaning and settling in. it has taken longer than expected and many more trips to Target than expected. like, we have gone to Target every other day. and maybe made a couple of trips to IKEA as well. darn. but alas, the condo is looking great and we are starting to feel somewhat organized.
i have a million things to tell you about life in our new city, but haven’t had time to sit down and write. for now, here’s a quick list of things i have learned in the last 12 days:
1. rush hour is a lie.
more like rush hourS. plural. one should not get on 610 between the hours of 3pm and 7pm. we are quickly learning the back roads and discovering some gorgeous neighborhoods along the way. bonus! (i actually have an entire list of things i have learned about driving here, but it’s so long that i think it deserves its own post. BUT i promise not to be that cliché city person that complains about the traffic all the time. deal? deal.)
2. lizards live here too.
B says it will be a momentous occasion, worthy of documentation, on the day that i do not squeal when i see one. eeeeeek! i love animals, you know i do, but if it doesn’t have fur or feathers i. cannot. deal. i just cannot. i have given lola the honorary title of ‘official lizard hunter’ should one get in the house (the horror!), but it would probably be the highlight of her life. sheesh.
3. i might get very, very fat.
there’s soooo much to eat here. i feel a sense of urgency to try it all! it was super convenient to blame my horrible eating habits on the move…we were busy, eating on the road, no groceries, etc. but now that we’re settled a bit, i have yet to rein it in. i did, however, get a membership to the rec center today. baby steps, people. baby steps.
4. i am so grateful that my husband is also my best friend.
sappy, i know, but true nonetheless. other than one meet and greet type event hosted for new medical students, we haven’t really spoken to anyone other than each other for 12 days. i’m often struck at how strange it is to be out shopping or running errands and not run into a single person that i know. i’m not used to that. it makes me feel very small. but B…that fella has been fun to hang with. he has chauffeured me all over this city and pushed the shopping cart on each outing. i am soaking up every minute i can get before i lose him to medical school. hope i have some friends by then. ;)
happiness is…city livin’. lizards and all.
PS. please leave restaurant recommendations in the comments. i’m hungry. *ahem*