Happy Halloween! I did nothing for Halloween this year and I’m 100% okay with that. 🙂
The rest of our visit to Texas flew by. After a fun-packed start last weekend, Joe and I spent the rest of the week working remotely during the day and spending time with family and friends in the evenings. We had plans every day of last week, which is more socializing than I’ve done in a very long time, but it was worth it as we definitely wanted to make the most of our trip and spend quality with everyone.
Joe and I rented an Airbnb in Allen so we had a dedicated place to work. We rented an apartment that was walking distance to a nice shopping plaza, which made it easy to take breaks and walk around between meetings. There was even a nice nature trail nearby where I strolled every morning while listening to my podcasts.
In the evenings, we made our rounds with Joe’s family. I met most everyone last weekend, so it felt even more comfortable seeing everyone the following times. We grilled dinner for Joe’s parents and sister on one of the weeknights.
Another evening, we drove out to North Lake (about an hour drive) to see Joe’s brother’s house. Since their family all came to Allen last weekend, we decided to pay them a visit. It was cool to see another part of Texas as it got pretty remote around his house with wide open ranches. We ordered fajitas for dinner and played with the kids – they were excited to see me and Joe again. 🙂
The other weeknights were spent visiting Joe’s aunt, who was the absolute sweetest and kind-hearted person. We brought burgers to her house and chatted away, while helping her with her house plants. I also met two of Joe’s oldest and closest friends, Sam and Christina, who were such down-to-earth and unique people.
A big highlight of the week was the FOOD. My favorite was Rosa’s, a casual fast Mexican spot that might be my new favorite taco place. We went there a few times last week and it never got old.
The tortillas were the best part as they were freshly made. I could eat these tortillas all day.
Finally when we reached the weekend, we were pooped. Saturday was the first day on our whole trip I felt like I was able to relax. For our last day, we chilled at Joe’s parents’ house. I took a 2 hour nap, played with the pets, and enjoyed time outside.
We did get out for one thing as Joe wanted to plant some bulbs in their front yard before we left. So we went to a plant nursey and bought some compost, mulch and a variety of bulbs to fill two plant beds. This nursery was so charming as it was filled with colorful knick knacks and felt like it had been around for decades.
The nursery was HUGE – way bigger than the ones we go to in SF. It even had a whole section for baby trees.
There was a mini pumpkin patch too – so cute.
Joe spent the afternoon cleaning up the flower beds and planting the bulbs while the rest of us hung outside watching him work. 🙂 It was the perfect relaxing last day before flying back home.
And just like that, our lovely trip to Texas is over and we’re back in San Francisco! Time really flew by with all stimulation and social events; I enjoyed this trip more than I thought I would. Joe family and friends were beyond amazing and I truly enjoyed spending time with everyone. I only wish we lived closer so we could see each other more often. 🙂