Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A New Chapter

It's after midnight and I should be asleep.  I just wanted to take a moment and reflect on my life here in Dallas.  A few minutes ago I stood in my darkened apartment remembering all the good times I've had here at the Emerald Isle.  If I've never mentioned it, that's the name of my apartment complex.  I thought about all the birthday parties, dinners with friends and fly girl celebrations that have taken place in my quirky little home.  I'll miss the weathered hardwood floors and the vintage cabinets in the kitchen. I'll miss my sweet neighbors and the fabulous Lakewood neighborhood.  I won't miss the laundry room or the crazy "cool water" air system.  That got me thinking about a lot of things I'll miss about Dallas.

I'll miss the skyline.  I love driving South on 75 at night headed straight for downtown. The lights are exciting and I'll miss that about city life. 

 I'll miss Whiterock Lake.  I've lived near the lake with access to the walking trails for over 9 years now.  It's a really pretty area of the city.  The surrounding neighborhood is kind of fun and quirky, like me:)

 You cannot deny that Dallas has great shopping.  Here's a picture of one of my favorite spots, Northpark.

I'll miss my church, Lakeside Baptist. 


And most of all these people. . . . .

Christa and Amy
. . .  the best travel buddies ever!


The Gang

And of course, My sister, Tad and Beau (look how little B is here)

We all went out together this last weekend.  I'll post pics of that later.

Lastly, but certainly not least, I'll miss my Zoe. 

A little news while on the subject of Zoe.  As I mentioned on the blog before, she will not be moving to Tyler with me.  She has already been at the Rent's for a few weeks.  Mom mentioned to me that she was acting a little strange.  After discussing her symptoms we decided she should go to the vet.  She is a diabetic.  Her blood sugar was over 500.  She is staying with the vet while the Rents are here in Dallas helping me move.  She will have to have shots daily.  I called yesterday to check on her and her sugar was down to 60, so that is good news.  I hate that she has been sick and I haven't been there.  I also hate that the Rents agreed to take her before they new she was going to be so high maintenance. They haven't complained, but I still feel bad about it.  I can't wait to get to Nederland and see her.

I really need to get to bed, tomorrow will be hard.  I guess I'm closing this chapter of my life, but starting a new one.  I probably won't blog again until closer to the weekend.  I'll be sending cards or emails with my new contact information.  If you would like to be on the email list, just shoot me an email and I'll be sure to include you. betsy76@sbcglobal.net

Quote for the day . . . .

"I mean . . . It's the end of an era!"
Joey Tribbioni - Friends.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Kelly's Korner

UPDATE:  The links to Steffi's blog and Kelly's now work.  Sorry.
My sister is once again linking up with Kelly in hopes of finding me a husband.  Thanks Steffi.

Check out Steffi's post about me HERE and the rest of the list (I'm #5) at Kelly's Korner HERE.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

My New Place!

I officially have a new address. I  move to Tyler, Texas on June 29th.

I was able to find a rental in the Azalea District in Tyler.  It's a little North of where I originally wanted to be, but it's a really nice neighborhood.  It's an older area of town with a  lot of historic charm.  I did a little online research and asking around to find that even though it's an older neighborhood, it's safe and a great area to live in.

It's a one bedroom, plus a bonus room, one bath 4 plex.  Like all the rentals (apartments, Duplexes etc.) that I saw, this one has it's ups and downs.

The Negatives:
It's location with extend my drive to work by about 5 minutes each way
No Covered Parking - but it's at least, off street and shady.
No pets - This  one was almost a deal breaker, but the more I thought about it, I realized that this move was probably going to be pretty hard on Zoe.  I know I'll be working longer hours, in the beginning and I will want to be free to  spend some weekends away.  She has also gotten very nervous in the past couple of years. She has to be medicated while traveling or during a rain storm.  After talking to The Rents, we all decided that she would be better off staying with them for a while, until I buy a house and have more room.  I'm going to miss her, but I know she'll be better off and it's not forever, just a year or so. The Rents are awesome for agreeing to keep her. I know Ozzy (their dog) will be thrilled.

The Positives:
It has and extra bedroom (or Bonus Room)
The price is right
It's in a really good neighborhood
It has off street parking
Washer Dryer connections
It's charming

When looking at the front, I'm the downstairs, left.

Now I need to get packing - ugh:(

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Busy Weekend!

I had a lot going on this past weekend.  First, I worked our graduation ceremony on Sunday.  I realized it may have been my last time (for a while at least) to wear the academic regalia.  It's kind of a fun tradition. 

Here is a picture from when I finished Graduate School.

Here is one from Sunday.  We don't wear the hats - thank goodness.

Then Sunday night we celebrated Nick's birthday at Chuy's.  It's one of my favorite places to eat in Dallas so I was please to see that one just opened in Tyler last month.  Christa brought a fabulous chocolate cake. 

Happy Birthday Nick!