So I got back from the Texas trip with the folks last night, and overall it was a great trip! It seems like my folks got everything done that they planned on. We had some awesome food, like Angelo's BBQ that my step-father always raved about, and Takara's Steakhouse, that Benihana-style hibachi place. And although it was a pain getting there, I FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY got to see the Japanese botanical garden in Fort Worth.
My folks have been talking about it for YEARS. They always say "You HAVE to go", but never actually let me go. If they were heading to Texas, I wasn't allowed to come along. If I was about to leave on my own, that wasn't allowed either. And this time that I FINALLY got to go, my mother kept saying it was "too cold" to go. Oh no, I will need to wear a jacket!! She refused to let me go until the second-to-last day of our trip. And even then, on the way there, when I was so excited about it, they just dragged me down with all their nonstop negative talk. I couldn't believe it when I finally got there and I was just so depressed I wanted a tree to fall on me.
But I knew this was practically a once-in-a-lifetime chance for me. Even though I had thought about moving to Texas, I had no idea how feasible it would be or when I'd be able to actually go through with it. Who knew when another opportunity would come up? I had to actively will myself to enjoy it, and I think it pretty much worked. Even though it's winter and a lot of plants were not at their best, it was still a gorgeous place and completely worth visiting.
I dunno how they can affect me like this. In five minutes they made me seriously wish I were dead. After a while I just had to tell myself that I had to act happy, even if it was just a facade. Sometimes there are things you just have to do. But I'm glad I did end up enjoying the garden in the end, even if things weren't ideal.
Anyway... I saw some places I liked down there! While not perfect, they were AWESOME, and a much better deal than places around here. Bigger lots, more space... And I think the climate is much more agreeable for my mother and myself. This ultra-dry high-elevation stuff is not great for us, health-wise... We definitely felt better down there with a bit of humidity.
But I had other issues... Right after we arrived down there, I started aching all over. My thighs felt sore, like I'd been throwing too many high kicks without stretching. I know because that happens sometimes... Was it from having to constantly jump into my folks' vehicle? It got worse for a while, to the point where I almost could not physically get into the car. But towards the end of the trip, it started feeling better...
Also, the skin around my abdomen felt tight. Like, if I coughed, it was physically painful in that area. Maybe I just overate a bit... That actually cleared up pretty quickly. It was just annoying in combination with all the other problems...
The major pain was my back. It felt like there was a knot in it and it just got worse by the day, and continues to feel worse and worse. Eventually the side started to hurt, and it came around to the front chestal area as well. It just felt like my right arm and the surrounding part of my torso would just have a meltdown and fall clean off one day...
It's still so very bad. I usually hate taking pills for things like minor aches and sniffles, but I've been relying on fast-action Tylenol to make things more manageable. They drastically improve things, though it never goes away. But at least I don't feel like I'm being stabbed while sitting motionless on the couch.
So yes, whine whine whine. But overall the trip was great!
Today I helped my folks move the stuff they had been storing in my garage back over to their own. And in the evening I met up with monti and genyloser and another friend for an awesome night of swanky dining and a movie! I had grilled buffalo meatloaf and we saw Shutter Island. So much awesome! Thank you guys!!
It just kinda stunk that as I left their place and was driving home, right as I turned the corner, someone drove by and threw something at my car. I just heard the unexpected PLAMPF and was like WHAT THE HELL. Did I get shot? Was it a leftover snowball? Perhaps just a water balloon... Since I was driving, I couldn't really check but I just went with the water balloon option. But it wasn't until I got home, after driving half an hour in the cold air, that I noticed... "Hey, this bit of balloon is really hard... OH CRAP IT'S A PIECE OF AN EGGSHELL."
So yeah, I got egged. And I had the window open a crack, and they managed to have good enough aim to hit the side of my window just there so it splattered partly inside and partly outside. It got on my leather jacket and the cold air helped it solidify on the car door. Wonderful... If it really were just a water balloon, it wouldn't have been a big deal, but I just had to start working on it right away since it was EGG.
It was just one brief crappy event in an overall awesome day. I just felt like I didn't need it on top of how physically crappy I was feeling... I just hate people sometimes. But hey, the food was so SO awesome and I really enjoyed that movie... STICK POSITIVE.