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Shutter Island. Go see it. Now. That is all!

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.



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Feb. 21st, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Yaaay, I'm happy you made it back okay! Even with the soreness, negativity and sickness. I highly recommend motrin/advil if you can take it: it's better for soft tissue and joint aches and pains.

Did you get any pictures of the gardens? I'd like to see them someday. Here's another awesome Japanese garden in Portland: http://www.japanesegarden.com/visit and someday I hope to check out Butchart on Vancouver Island: http://www.flickr.com/photos/virgomerry/sets/458295/ You could come too and we could be plant pals!

Edited at 2010-02-21 03:52 pm (UTC)
Feb. 21st, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'll have to try that!

And yeah, I took a few pics! Will try uploading later!
Feb. 21st, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
I am SO SORRY about the egg! I have failed as a hostess to keep the hooligans out of the neighborhood. We will make it up to you with lots of faux southern food next weekend!

I had no idea you were feeling so rotten either! It kinda sounds like it might have been elevation related, but it also sounds like it might be something worth going to the doctor for, just in case.
Feb. 21st, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Not your fault! It was just really unexpected... Faux Southern sounds awesome though!

I wasn't sure if it was elevation-related since my folks seemed fine... It could also have been I strained myself just before the trip? But I was especially trying to take it easy to avoid this sort of thing, hrm.
Feb. 21st, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Hey, glad you got back from the trip ok, and that you enjoyed it despite some moments of suck. (Also, saw that you were attacked by geese according to your Twitter. That... sounds kinda hilarious in a way, though I have heard that they do tend to be pretty mean, teritorial bastards. XD) Also, was awesome food as awesome as your parents advertised? Hee.

Anyway, that stuff about your back and generally not feeling well sounds kinda bad. I know you don't have insurance at the moment, but if it doesn't go away soon with rest and painkillers, maybe you'll have to suck it up and go to a doctor? I mean, your health does come first and all... :\

Oh, and sorry you got egged. That must've been an annoyance to clean off. Still, at least the rest of the day was spent well?
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