Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2010 - Where have you gone??

Cannot believe it's December 1st already.  On the 15th, I will have been at my job for one year officially.  And in a few days, we will have been down in Houston for one year officially.  Man - time flies.  Time for Christmas gift buying...which I'm actually looking forward to this year. =)

Wish I was going home for Christmas this year - but we'll work on that for next year. =)

Having friends over for dinner this weekend...cannot wait!!  Should be a good time, as we have found amazing friends in these people. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Winter in Houston

It's a beautiful day today....we have most of the windows open and there's a nice cool breeze blowing through....It's about mid-60's which in my mind is absolutely perfect. 

Clouds are beginning to move in and I'm wondering if we have rain to follow....

Days like these remind me more of home than any other.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Just got done watching the movie Rudy on television....Man, that movie does something to me!!  It takes me back to my Michigan State days....back to a time when my getting accepted to a university of that caliber really meant the world to me.  And so, along with the memories of being there, come the memories of leaving there after a year and never going back.  How embarrassing....How humiliating.  What was I thinking?!?!  I wasted that entire year.....It was one of the best years of my life but screwing up my chance at that education is something that has haunted me ever since.  It's probably the biggest regret of my life so far.  I reapplied years later, after I had met my husband and started dating him, and I had to write a letter begging them to take me back....they did.  They re-accepted me but by that time, I wasn't able to go back.  Life had caught up to me - I had a full time job with full time bills to pay.  And so, I didn't go.

Someday....Someday I'll go back and get a degree there.  How could I not??

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My Baby Boy

So, no...I don't have children....Not yet. 

But I do have a puppy that I love more than a lot of people in this world.  His name is Spaetzle.  Here he is:

He's a goofy guy, who loves to chase airplanes as they fly over, kitties that dare to enter our yard, is scared of the vacuum cleaner and of the Christmas stockings that hang from our mantle.  But he's my heart and my husband and I think the world of him.

The holidays...and weight....and homesickness....

The holidays are here again....we just decorated a bit today, putting up some festive Christmas stuff.  We had a great Thanksgiving, although familiar faces and laughter were definitely missing. 

We've been down here almost a year now and I definitely miss home.  Whether it be friends or family or certain places....I miss them all.  For a while there, I kept getting these flashes of memory, of places in Michigan....not even real well known places either, like Comerica Park or Greenfield Village, but just random places, like a corner on Hall Road....something that I would see everyday back home but never thought much of.  Weird stuff...The Fall is something I missed so much this year.  You mention cider mills down here and they look at you like you're crazy.  Michigan definitely has the market on the apple business.  I do miss a juicy, sweet Michigan apple. Don't get me wrong, we're getting Fall weather right now....but it's practically December!  If I were at home, I would be anticipating the snow....maybe even looking forward to that first snowfall of the season....the first major one that turns the side-streets into a different world at night - like a blanket of silence covers the Earth - like you're the only one left standing.  Something magical about that time.  Makes you want to grab hold of it and stick it in a box and lock it up...keep it forever.

I have put on so much weight since we've come down here.  I hate it.  It's one part amazing food and one part depression.  The food is crazy good down here - Mexican, BBQ, steak, Tex-Mex, etc etc etc....where ever you turn, there is amazing food.  The depression stems from the fact that I'm homesick...I know this with my whole heart.  It's getting better....I'm learning to pull myself out of the ruts when I get in them....But sometimes it's tough.  But I swear, I am a skinny person stuck in a fat person's body and it kills me!  I think this week I'm going to start back with Weight Watchers....I was able to lose 30 pounds the last time I joined and I should have kept going....But no time like the present to start back.  I need to do this for my health because I'm not getting any younger.  So, I'm sure I will be posting results of my weight loss here as I go forward. I can't wait to start.

First post ever...

So here it first official post to my first official blog. 

Not sure what exactly it is that I want to do here.  I guess this blog will serve more than one purpose.  First and foremost, a place to hone my writing skills.  Keep me writing.  Keep the brain thinking and doing, doing, that maybe I can finish the book I'm writing.

However, this blog also serves a therapeutic purpose...somewhere I can vent my frustrations, share my dreams, hopes, cares, worries, victories....After all, the blog is titled "Homesick in Texas" for a reason.  Maybe this blog will become that someone to talk to....that someone who will just listen and not give me advice or ridicule my thoughts because they do not match their own....someone to bounce ideas off of.....a sounding board for all of my words that I don't say to people because I fear that they will fall on deaf ears or be judged harshly. 

And hopefully, people will find it and read it...follow it, tuning in day after day to see what exactly it is that I am feeling, thinking, wishing, doing.....I guess we'll see.....