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OWW…Part 2

In case you are scratching your head here and thinking “OWW? What is she talking about?” let me just fill ya in…

One.

Wild.

Weekend.

I last left this story with R & L stalling on the side of a busy downtown Dallas street while I pulled closed / chained the gate to our parking lot. 😛

We sped off towards our newest destination…a movie theater not far away. I’m not exactly sure how many times we got turned around on this leg of the trip, but it is somewhere in the neighborhood of 3. Or 4. Possibly 5.

And all that lostness would have been worth it, had the theater been showing the movie we wanted to see. Major bummer.

Not ones to give up, we went back to our now not-so-trusty iPhone and searched for the next closest theater. This time we got a little smarter and checked to make sure they were showing the movie & what the next showtime was. Go us!

I don’t remember getting lost a lot on the way to our second theater…but at that point all the lostness was starting to run together. What I do remember is suddenly finding ourselves amidst beautiful, ginormous, mind blowing homes. Mansions is more like it. I mean…wow. It was dark and we were still driving around with our faces glued to the windows and our tongues hanging out.

We ended up in Highland Park in a gorgeous shopping center (if that’s even the word to describe designer boutiques…like freakin’ JIMMY CHOO!) It was lined with trees that were covered from trunk to the tip of every branch with white lights…I really, really wanted a picture of this for you guys, but my phone was dead. 😦 R’s phone was dangerously close to dying also…and since that was our only tool to get back to the hotel conserving battery became of utmost importance!

We bought our tickets, then with about 45 minutes to spare walked around window shopping, turning green with envy, and drinking Starbucks to pep ourselves back up. I won’t even get into the feelings of inadequacy & jealousy I struggled with <I was wearing fake Ugs and a hoodie for pete’s sake!> because I’m over it now. Let’s just say if I had planned on visiting Highland Park I probably would have thought a little more about what I was going to wear. <So superficial, I know. Let me have my moment then we can move on.>

We watched “The Vow,” and it was aight…more on it tomorrow maybe. 😉

It was after midnight before the movie was out, and I started praying that the Lord would lead us back to our hotel before the credits even started rolling. Who’d of thunk it, but we were actually just a few miles from our lovely La Quinta (coming at it from a different direction of course,) and the good Lord led us there with just enough cell phone battery and no lost moments!

I wish I could say that’s where the story ended…but when your hotel is next to a strip club and it’s after midnight, that just isn’t the case. The closer we got to the hotel the crazier the traffic started becoming…it grosses me out just to think about it. Things were so crazy that we actually missed our hotel entrance (yes. had to turn around. again.) and had to go back through that craziness a second time. There were tow trucks pulling off cars like crazy, and that really became our theme for the rest of the night. Since our window faced the parking lot, we got to hear a lot of screaming & obscenities as people either discovered, or in a few cases actually watched, their cars being towed away. Kind of funny if it’s not you! 😛

Our hotel stay was pretty normal otherwise…discovered which items we forgot to pack, talking late into the night, having the alarm go off at 5:30 a.m., housekeeping knocking on the door at 8:00 a.m. Oh wait. Guess those last two aren’t so normal. 😛

Shortly after 9 a.m. we were as up and ready as we were going to be, pointed the car towards home, and drove until we found somewhere we were familiar with to stop for breakfast. We found an IHOP, had a pretty awesome waiter, and I topped off a weekend of big calories with a caramel hot chocolate and nutella crepes.

Yes, you heard me.

Nutella crepes.

When I ordered them the waiter made sure to ask if I was on a diet or not. Needless to say I should be after eating them, but they were so, so good. I wish I had some now. 😉

From there it was straight back to good ol’ MW to prep our Valentine baskets. And after that? I crashed. Slept the evening and night away.

Isn’t that what you would do after a wild weekend with the girls? *wink*

KEEP CALM & EAT A SPOON OF NUTELLA FOR ME!

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One Wild Weekend…Part 1

What happens when you take 3 girls from small town America <okay, semi small town America. I’ve lived in smaller.> and drop them into downtown Dallas?

In short…they get lost, forget that they have to pay for parking, get lost again, miss their concert, get lost again, end up in a part of town way out of their league, get lost again…and basically, have a *fantastic* time together! 😉

I’m going to break this little 24 hour adventure down into two posts, because a lot when down in a short amount of time. I wish I had pictures to back some of this stuff up…but I don’t. 😦 Sad day.

<And, just so that I don’t build this up into something too big and you start getting female images of “The Hangover” in your brain, let me assure you…it’s nothing like that.>

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2:ish – L, R, and I meet up at my house, suitcases in tow. There was a brief conversation about whether or not to bring my GPS, but we decided we should be fine with just our iPhones. Famous last words.

4:ish – We arrived at our hotel in Dallas with no problemos, and ended up being a pretty swank La Quinta. Oh yeah. That’s how we roll…

Turns out while the hotel was swank, the area it was in qualified as skank.  As in an establishment called “Beamers” right next to us with no windows & a “VIP” entrance. Think that one through…yuck!

5:ish – After sitting around talking for an hour or so <and watching a bird fly / crash right into our hotel window> we decided we probably should head towards the AA Center to get our tickets for the concert. In hind sight, we probably should have left before rush hour…oops.

I think on this leg of the trip we got turned around 1…2…3…potentially 4 times. But we made it there, and that’s what mattered!

6:ish – Our plan when we got to the AAC was to buy our tickets then find a nearby restaurant within walking distance to grab a bite to eat. Sounds great right? Well, it would have been…but a thousand people or so decided to thwart our plans by lining up hours before the concert started and preventing us from just “grabbing our tickets.” So rude…*wink*.

Then there was the little matter of parking…us country folk forget that in the big city you have to pay to park. 😛 Luckily we found a small lot that didn’t look to scary and only cost $10.

And then my iPhone died. That will be important to remember when we start trying to drive again.

At this point we’ve decided against standing in that long line. Did I mention that it was windy and cold? No thank you…and besides that, there’s no way the AA center could sell out right?

Eating sounded like a much better plan, so we decided to go north…or should it be south? No, North. For sure. Actually, I think it should have been South. Here we go again! It took crossing one intersection 3 or 4 times & asking for directions in a different restaurant to finally get us going in the right direction. We finally found a gourmet TexMex restaurant called “Luna de Noche”…the reviews according to the iPhone said “$$$,” but we were hungry and it sounded good…so we gave it a chance.

After taking a look at the menu we decided to go with drinks & appetizers, so we ordered guacamole (the kind they make at your table), queso, and a sampler platter. All of it was supa’ delicious…we just laughed & talked & ate the evening away.

In the meantime we were getting texts from the friends we were supposed to meet at the concert…”almost here”…”long line”…”do you want us to get your tickets” <we said no; thought we’d be heading that way soon>…”we can’t find 6 seats together”…should’ve been our clue that maybe the AA center could indeed sell out. 😛

As we wrapped up our meal I went to the ladies room & found a delightful hand scrub available for a mini-hand massage. It really felt pretty wonderful, so of course I had to tell the girls & make another trip so that they could try it too. You know how girls are!

If only we could have left on that happy note…instead we left with our wallets quite a bit lighter & a $90 ticket that made our jaws drop! $30 a piece…that’s not bad for appetizers right? 😉

8:ish – Bundled back up & walked a few blocks back to the AA Center. Started saying “Hum…wonder why all those people are walking away?” Oh, well that would be because it turns out that the AA Center not only can sell out, but it did. Boo. Looks like no concert for us. 😛

Unlike some of the other locked-out concert goers, we decided against standing there with our faces pressed against the glass & decided to try and find a nearby movie theater instead. “The Vow” was just released & we couldn’t think of a better girl movie for a girls night out!

We sucessfully found the car, used the handy iPhone to find a nearby theater, R manuevered like a pro to get us out of the tiny parking space, and we’re off! Well, not quite. More like…and, we’re locked in! Oh yes, the gate to our parking lot was shut & chained…but luckily not locked. Never imagined I’d be having to get out and open a gate in downtown Dallas, but I guess being a country girl ended up paying off…

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So that’s where I’ll leave this story. Me shutting the gate, the 3 of us about to head off unto the wild yonder with full bellies, one iPhone, and a plan. <If that’s what you could call it… ;)>

What about your weekend? Did you go on any wild adventures?

KEEP CALM & REMEMBER…IT’S A MONDAY – DON’T GO WITHOUT YOUR GPS!

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