Have you been to Dallas? Dan and I headed that way last Friday. We were going to spend the weekend with Michael and Allie and see their new home.
We decided to rent a car for the trip. We chose a middle-sized option, and we were told we were given a free upgrade. I believe we got a free upgrade because we rented the car as Costco members. Our rented car was a KIA Sportage. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t get the rental car companies classification of car sizes. In any case, Dan fit, and so we were happy enough with it.
We made the ten hour drive in one day, going through Oklahoma on our way to Dallas. Now, I am sure this KIA car has many features that we don’t know anything about. I do know that the last three or four hours, the car kept beeping. Then a picture would come on the dash suggesting that we take a coffee break. We don’t drink coffee.
In spite of ignoring the coffee break suggestions, we made it to our destination just fine. We arrived about 8:30 pm, just in time to see Michael and Allie’s new house glowing in the light of dusk. The house was beautiful both outside and inside, and we are quite happy for them.
Saturday morning, we took a walk around their neighborhood. An elementary and middle school are just a few short, walk-able blocks away. The schools sport a number of fields, making the area green, open and spacious. There is also a paved recreation trail which goes for miles. Next time, we are bringing our ebikes!
After our walk, Michael and I went to a nearby estate sale that we discovered on our walk. I think of estate sales as a treasure hunt. There is nothing I really need or want, but I may find it at the sale. This sale did not disappoint. There I found a wooden roll-top desk in mint condition. It was beautiful, not a scratch on it. The roll-top glided smoothly. The price was right, and I had to have it.
Now, how did we get my new-to-me desk safely home in that KIA Sportage? Well, Dan wrapped it carefully to prevent any damage on the transport home. And when we left, my strong husband easily put my treasure in the car all by himself. I appreciated the level of care Dan took with my find. After all, I did pay three dollars for it. Did I mention this roll top desk is for my dollhouse? Oh, I’m having a little fun.
Michael and I also spent some time looking at some sentimental items. Now that Michael and Allie have a house, we brought along two plastic bins – one large and one medium – full of Michael’s childhood awards, school papers, and pictures. I wasn’t sure I was ready to give up these mementos, but I did.
We enjoyed lunch at a personal favorite of mine, Bread Zeppelin. If I had a boatload of money and no work was involved, I’d invest in a franchise of one of these restaurants – whose byline is “elevated salads.” Since my ship with the boat load of money has not yet come in and I want to stay retired, I’ll just go out to eat at Bread Zeppelin. My favorite selection is always the Shanghai salad – in a zeppelin, of course.
Back at their home, we enjoyed Michael and Allie’s swimming pool and the St. Louis Cardinal game which Michael projected onto a giant screen. After our swim, we relaxed in their courtyard. A gentle breeze softly caressed us while we ate ice cream and watched the Cardinals win 13-0. Life just doesn’t get any better.
On Sunday, we visited the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum was having August Dollar Days. The entrance fee was on sale at $2 each, and the parking fee was reduced to $5. The reduced fees are a great deal, but the price you pay is the heat. After a good hour and a half, we ran out of shade and stamina.
Our next stop was the AT&T Discovery District. We walked around this $100 million newly renovated area in Downtown Dallas. The site is quite impressive with its walk through, musical AT&T logo and the giant movie screen which has a short show on the hour.
The district also features a number of dining options, including a mall-like area with several restaurants offering a variety of foods. It was time to eat, but I was too tired to fully appreciate the offerings here. Instead, we chose a restaurant with outdoor dining and table service.
Sunday night, just like Friday and Saturday nights, we played board games, including Rummikub, Sequence, and a new game called “Chameleon.” Dan and I enjoy playing games, and we are so glad when our kids play, too. I like how everybody gets to laughing, and the new game “Chameleon” was especially good in this regard.
Monday morning, Dan and I headed back home with smiles on our faces and love in our hearts. We had a wonderful and fun time, and we thank Michael and Allie for their hospitality.
The best part about the whole weekend was being with Michael and Allie. The house is beautiful; the neighborhood is perfect; the Arboretum is gorgeous. Even my dollhouse desk is one for the books. But nothing, nothing tops the charts as just spending time and having fun with our family.