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Go to Houston (Twelve down; Zero to Go!!)

Houston skyline

With a flight out to the Lone Start State, my list of “12 Things in 2012′ is now complete! As with most things on this list, I am reminded of why I put this list together: to help me stay focused on things I really wanted to do this year. This last one was no exception.

As the year winded down, I stared at that list and all the things that I needed to complete, and this one stared back at me, taunting me with the fact that it would be one of the harder ones to knock off. My schedule is crazy enough, but trying to coordinate my crazy schedule with my husband’s crazy schedule proved to be even more challenging. Add in the fact that he works at a church and had a Christmas Pageant to plan, organize and manage (and the fact that Sundays are workdays for him), and finding time for a trip was even more complicated. But alas, the list worked, and we made our way out to Texas on December 20, 2012.

The Backstory

How this one came to be on the list is quite a good story. The inspiration for making my “12 Things in 2012” list came while I was spending the holidays in Memphis, which is where my husband is from and where a lot of his family still lives. During one of the many wonderful Christmas celebrations, we were hanging out with our awesome cousins, Peyton and Allison, who live in Houston. I told them that I had started making a list, but I was having trouble thinking of 12 things (I had 9 or 10 at that point). Allison said “come visit us!” And so it was, that “Go to Houston” made it on the list.

My husband is the godfather of one of their children, and we had wanted to get out to Texas for as long as I can remember. But again, the busyness of life always prevented us from doing so. Not in 2012!

The Trip

Though it was a short trip, we squeezed a lot in. We boarded a plane in Atlanta at 10 p.m. on a Thursday night and flew west across the night. We rented a new Ford Fusion when we got there and drove the 45 minutes north to their area of town. The next day, the festivities began! We ate lunch at a fabulous Mexican restaurant, where I ordered a fried avocado (which was a-maz-ing!). The, we got a tour of the church where Peyton works, which was also a-maz-ing.

Then, we changed and headed downtown for some excellent Texas bar-b-que and then to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra play at the Toyota Center. It was…um…interesting (also described afterward as “weird”). It was a mix of an 80s rock concert (complete with head banging musicians in leather vests and tight pants, more fog than I’ve ever seen and pyrotechnics that heated us up even in the upper decks of the arena), Atlanta Hawk-style dancing girls, (orchestral players dressed as they should be), and strange story intermingled in between songs (the storyteller was good, the story was strange). Nevertheless, the show provided for tons of laughs, and now we have some great stories that we’ll all be telling for years to come!!!

The next day, we hung out at their house for a little while as the kids opened their presents. We then headed over to Whataburger, a fast-food Texas institution, and it was wonderful. We hung out for a little while and laughed over burgers and fries, then my hubby and I made our way back to the airport for a late afternoon flight home.

I am certainly very thankful that “Go to Houston” was on my “12 Things” list this year and even more thankful for how wonderful the visit was: great company, great food, and great memories that we shared with people we love dearly and don’t get to see nearly enough.

With that, the list is done! Here’s a photo album with the highlights from our trip:


Date accomplished: 12/20/12  – 12/22/12

Here’s a recap of where I am with my list of 12 Things in 2012:

1. Get back into rock climbing.
2. Buy a constant aperture lens.
3. Start playing guitar again.
4. Learn to make edamame.
5. Launch ArtisanShipp website.
6. Renew passport.
7. Learn Italian.
8. Start charging for photography sessions
9. Make that special scarf.
10. Go to Houston.
11. Enter photography contest.
12. Go to Italy.


2 comments on “Go to Houston (Twelve down; Zero to Go!!)

  1. Lon
    December 31, 2012

    Awesome Congratulations, Julie! What a great idea this was. I wonder how you could top in ’13? 😉

  2. JZ
    January 1, 2013

    Thanks, Lon! I was very excited to finish the list. I’m still thinking about what to do in 2013. I have a few competing ideas. Hopefully I’ll decide soon. 🙂

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