It goes without saying (but perhaps it shouldn’t) that I will miss my loving family and terrific friends terribly. My heart starts to break every time I think about leaving my loved ones, so I’ve been doing a great job of avoiding sentimental thoughts about my favorite people.
But as my departure date gets closer, I’ve been thinking about the things in my life that I will miss. I wrote this Wednesday night, when I had arrived early to a dinner with a group of college girlfriends. It was one of those few, but absolutely stunning Houston spring days. I got a glass of wine and sat on the patio, enjoying the sunshine, and cool breeze and started to think. It was a great reflective moment, and a great dinner with my girls.
So, without further ado:
- Football. Yes, even the Houston Texans. Call me a sucker for punishment, but God help me, I love them.
- Texas beef. Oh, so good.
- And pork! Going to a country that is mostly Muslim, I will have to seek out pork. Bacon, I will find you.
- The all-year-round greenery of Houston.
- Y’all. As in, the word “y’all.” It’s just so darn perfect.
- Chuy’s creamy jalapeno sauce. It’s manna. From Heaven. It makes God smile.
- The live oak trees lining the streets around Rice University. I’ve driven by them every day for 10 years and don’t tire of the sight.
- The casual elegance of Houston. Jeans, heels, and a great shirt and a cute bag are the acceptable outfit for everything.
- Speaking of shoes, DSW.
- Diet Coke. Not the Coke Light crap overseas. How much do you think it would cost to regularly ship cases to Istanbul?
- Eclectic Home. Best home accessories & furnishing store. EVER.
- Target. ‘Nuff said.
- 13 Celsius.
- The annual Scavenger Hunt that my friend Andrea, her hubby Allen, and friend Bill manage. Amazingly fun.