Well, we finally landed in Texas on Friday. The trip was smooth and hassle-free (which means Lauri didn't make a scene at the Security Checkpoint thereby insuring SHE wouldn't be detained for further questioning). Our plane was, well, tiny. If you can imagine an aluminum cigar holder with wings you would be correct! The good luck genies were on our side. The signature cocktail was a MANHATTAN which made lulu soooo happy. Lauri got to sit next to the window and was able to identify most of the states as we flew. I think we were only 1000 feet above ground. That migrating flock of geese were not happy that our plane got in their way.
The picture on the right is AFTER baby drank all of lulu's Manhattan. Lauri had to hold her head up!
We landed without incident and grabbed our nifty little Dodge Nitro buggy and headed WEST! We were about 30 minutes from Warrenton when the phone started ringing. T. Cano was trying to find us. She and TOT (TheOtherTheresa) were ready for us to arrive so we could turnaround and drive to Austin. To say they were excited would be an understatement. We couldn't find them anywhere at Zapp Hall until someone pointed out there were two women half-passed out from heat stroke in a truck...that would be the Theresas. Someone should have told them to turn on the a/c if they're going to WAIT in a vehicle IN THE HEAT for 30 minutes! After CPR and IV fluids were administered we headed further WEST once again.
We hit Austin and S. Congress Street in no time. This section of the street is where UNCOMMON OBJECTS is located. HOWEVER, next door to it is the divine boot store. lulu made a bee-line for Allen Boots. She said nothing and ran across traffic like a felon running from the law. Lauri wasn't alarmed, in fact she was relieved. All lulu has whined about for 6 months is the pair of red boots she didn't buy during the Spring Shows. Her credit card company put a FRAUD ALERT on her card and she wasn't able to buy the boots!!!! Talk about being p o'd. When she called her bank they said 'well someone was trying to buy some boots...' to which she replied "NO KIDDING ASS!, IT WAS ME!" That bank has since gone under. She got the boots...they even remembered her (she doesn't know if that's good).
Meanwhile, at Uncommon OBjects, the girls were walking around slack-jawed. Truly it is a treasure trove of cool junk and stuff. It was decided, however, that shopping would be more fun with a few margaritas under the collective belts so off to Guero's for yummy food and adult beverages.
We shopped and met the cute Don Weir who is a contributor to Chris Brown's 'Refueled "and has good stuff for sale at Uncommon Objects. After kicking us out b/c it was WAYYYY past closing time we motored back to Warrenton.
It wasn't unti we were almost there that the 'empty' light came on. We HAD a full tank when we picked up the car. I guess when you drive 500 miles in one day you will RUN OUT OF GAS. The Theresas just laughed and laughed so we slowed down to 5 mph and they jumped out. As we were driving down the deserted farm road Lauri decides to think out loud: "the reminds of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Neat. We cruised to the local gas pumps on fumes. We weren't at all scared. The only other person around was a farmer with a load of hay bales---no chainsaws. The trip is going well.
oxox the chippys