Thursday, June 9, 2011

TEXAS!!!!!!



***DISCLAIMER-THIS WILL BE A LOOOOOOONG POST!***

I know! I know! Its been almost 3 weeks since I've been in San Antonio and this is my first time blogging! WELL........we haven't had internet and I haven't really had time to blog from my phone! But today was a great day and we got internet so here I am!!

WHERE TO BEGIN....(heavy sigh)...I guess I should start from the beginning?!

where to begin?! where to begin!?

May 21 (which feels like forever ago) I packed up the trusty Sentra and started the trek to good ol' San Antonio! Aubrey(my roommate/coworker/intern) and I had decided to drive separately so we would be able to have our own cars (which we are so glad we did).  Driving through Utah was boring but I was unaware that it would get worse the closer we got to our destination! And it did! We stopped that night around 11:00 pm and slept in Las Cruses, New Mexico literally to sleep and then get back on the road.  So the next morning bright and early (9:00am) we got BACK into our cars and continued on.  Lets talk about Texas really quick....THERE IS NOTHING TO LOOK AT WHILE DRIVING! NEVER DRIVE THROUGH THIS STATE! Luckily I had "The Hunger Games" to listen to while I was driving, which made it more bearable.  But barely!
This picture is kind of hard to see...but it was 9:51 and 80 degrees. Little did I know that was just the beginning of my summer....

There wasn't a whole lot to look at while driving except a huge dust devil.....which was quite interesting!

Buuuuut that was about it....

We finally arrived at our apt around 6:00 to open the doors and find a completely empty apartment with no furniture. (It arrived Tuesday!! Awesome...) So we slept on an air mattress for two nights!

So Monday I started work! And wow do I have a view! I was told from the beginning that our store was across the street from the Alamo...but we all know how people can exaggerate! NO NO! My store is literally across from the Alamo!  So this picture is Monday morning, my first day of work! And this is what I look at everyday!




The first couple days Aubrey and I spent our free time exploring the area! Going to the Riverwalk, which is absolutely beautiful at night! This is also what San Antonio is famous for (besides the Alamo).  It is so cool! There are so many restaurants and shops!






Our first Sunday going to our singles ward was quite the experience....we knew going into it that we would be the fresh meat....the new girls....blah blah blah....but we were NOT prepared for what happened.  We should up sit down and the meeting begins just like any other meeting....closing song, closing prayer...on to Sunday School....but we are immediately approached by this guy (later to be known as JT)  and he proceeds to say "You are the new Del Sol girls aren't you?" UUUUUMMMMMMM...............how the FREAK did he know we were the new interns? We still do not know! Apparently the old interns had told him about us....but we still don't know how exactly he knew.  Weird! I swear to you....probably half of the guys in that ward introduced themselves to us! We were not only fresh meat...we were fresh meat thrown into a shark tank full of STARVED sharks! YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok so there was an upside to being the new girls! The cute guys introduce themselves! And yes I was introduced to a really cute guy, Richard...and well we can talk about him later! :)

So our store shares a space with a Trolley Tour company.  They send their customers over to our store and we walk them over to their trolley pick up spot! Its kind of nice because we get to step out of the store every 45 minutes to walk the tour over and we get to meet a lot of people from all over the country! So one of the drivers is a singer/songwriter and invited us to go listen to him sing at an open mic night at this place called The Cove! So Aubrey, Richard, JT, Matt,(all guys from the ward) and I decided we would go have a listen! It has way good burgers and is a pretty chill place....well I found something really cool on the menu!


Well I don't like fish tacos....so needless to say I didn't get my special! But it was cool regardless!

This last weekend Aubrey's friend that lives in Austin invited us to come up! So we did! Austin is so cool! Such a different place than I expected...really artsy, indie feel to it! We ate at this way cool cupcake place called "Hey Cupcake" i believe.  Richard showed us around the city! It was awesome! So pretty! There was this big YSA activity and it was way fun! It was at this amazingly huge house with 2 pools, tennis court, soccer field, river with paddle boats and canoes, and a playground! So we hung out for about 4 hours and then went and saw X-Men....which was AWESOME! This is Austin's capitol building....it was gorgeous! They have this really cool drinking fountain that the water pours out in a downward motion haha quite tricky to drink out of!




So this last Monday and Tuesday I had the day off! So Monday I just lounged around...ran some errands...hung out with Richard! I cut his hair...he washed my car! hahahah good trade right!? I had been wanting to see the temple for a little while and he lives about 10 minutes away from it...so we took a little drive up there! It is so pretty! Its really small but really pretty and has a great view of the city!



Just ignore the fact that in most of my pictures I am and will be wearing my fedora hat! Just don't judge! (Thats Richard p.s. he's cute!)

Tuesday Aubrey and I had the day off together and we wanted to do something fun! We decided to take a day trip down to Corpus Christy which is about 2 hours south of us and go to the beach!!!!! Padre island is right off the coast so we decided to go there! South Padre has really good beaches we hear...but to get there its about another 2 hours or so....maybe shorter....so we asked the locals where to go and they suggested Whitecap! Its a pretty good beach! First of all....the water was AMAZING!!! It was so warm! I have never felt ocean water this warm! It wasn't even shocking to get in the water....it felt like a swimming pool! So we spend probably a good half hour just wading in the water bobbing with the waves! Second of all....we were at the beach so we were soooo happy!!! We laid out for a good 3 hours maybe...and then when Aubrey's skin decided it had had enough and was lobsterized we decided to head home! But before heading home we decided to treat out bodies with some good ol' Rudy's BBQ....only the most amazing bbq! When I lived in New Mexico there was a Rudy's there and we as a family became obsessed! Well Texas is full of Rudy's so I could not be happier about that!!!! Be jealous!






So needless to say I am definitely enjoying Texas! Its really hot and humid....but I do think back east is more humid....the one time I was in DC during July was waaay more humid than this...but its been about 100 degrees everyday since I've been here and everyone says it will only get worse! So....um...ya it's going to get rough! But it's going to be a very interesting summer for sure! But I cannot wait to see what this summer will bring!  

I'm not missing Utah quite yet....especially cause the weather there apparently has been pretty crappy! But I am missing my family and friends! Its hard being in a new city where you know nobody! But I have made some good friends so far! 

So if you are still with me after this gargantuan post....I thank you! haha From now on now that I have internet at my apartment they will not being this long or far between posts! Love you all!!!  And thanks for being a part of my life as a 22 year old single LDS girl!!!

5 comments:

Mike & Sara said...

Love, Love, Love the pictures. I am beginning to think that you will have to be out tour guide when we come down there...I am really thinking so! It looks so pretty! I am glad that you are having a great time. P.S. Richard does look pretty cute...good job! Anyway, we love you and pray for you! Ethan and Brynlee are giving you big kisses right now at the screen! We miss ya! Have a great time. Keep the posts and pictures coming!

Jamie said...

That seriously was GARGANTUAN! :) But I read EVERY word! & I love all the pictures. They really help paint the scene. So lets talk about how jealous I am! I have seriously done nothing this summer, and I totally don't blame you for not missing Utah, Ha ha. We're missing you LOTS (Molly & I) at work & not at work :) but I'm so glad you're having fun!
PS Maybe you should rename your blog "The Lisa Special" hahahahhaha

Kyle and Chelsea said...

It was so good to talk to you on skype yesterday! Richard is so cute!! Hopefully we can make the trek out there to visit you!
Love ya

Victoria Edwards said...

LISA!!cute cute blog!! I havent seen you forever! I miss you!

Britt said...

Love the updates!! The picture of the mall on the riverwalk, that is the hotel we stayed at when I went to the huddle! I'm so happy you are having fun!! I hope you come back to us though!