A few hours after we finished running 9 miles on Sunday, Julia and I set out for the big city. She was my navigator, and an excellent navigator she was - we managed to arrive at Debby's hotel in one piece. We got Debby and her gear in my car, and decided to get out of downtown before finding a place to stop for lunch. Google maps failed us at that point, as it didn't recognize that a freeway on-ramp was closed, and kept directing and redirecting us in a square around downtown (gotta love all those one-way streets) back to that closed on-ramp. There was only one slight incident where a quick left turn resulted in some horn honking and flop sweat, but we soon found a different freeway (there's no shortage of freeways in Houston) and by that time both Julia and Debby had their phones navigating us in the right direction. Hi Debby, meet Julia, and now let's try not to die - welcome to Texas!
We found a Mexican restaurant for lunch - Mamacita's - and had a nice time eating, talking, and decompressing from getting out of downtown Houston. Julia took a picture of the bloggers:
We look remarkably calm here - amazing what some caffeine, chips and salsa can do!
Then we were on the road again. Except for some rain, the rest of the drive wasn't bad. Julia was pointing out some fun roadside attractions when we came upon the signs for Buc-ee's, which is something you just have to see to believe - it's a gas station, rest stop (but not for truckers), shopping center, food court, mega-store that screams Texas, so naturally we had to stop and give Debby the Buc-ee's experience:
With the Buc-ee Beaver, and just some shots of the WALL OF SNACKS there.
We finally arrived home, and Julia was released from her navigator duties (seriously, she's a good friend for coming along with me). Debby and I relaxed with some knitting - she's the one who taught me how to knit, nearly four years ago, so it seemed only fitting to be sitting and knitting (sorry, I couldn't resist that).
Because I torture Debby with writing about the cinnamon twists from Blue Baker so often, we went there for breakfast on Monday:
Cinnamon twist, check!
We spent the rest of the day mostly stitching. Yes, stitching! Debby does this beautiful hand-stitching on her quilts with colored perle cotton embroidery thread, and I expressed an interest in learning how to do it a while back. She arrived with a mini quilt in hand, ready for me to start stitching on!! I was so excited I didn't even stop to take a picture of it before I started doing the stitching, but you can see what it looks like here:
She layered and sewed it together, and then basted the backing to it, which I've already managed to pull out in my enthusiasm.
Here's a close up of the section that I stitched:
Not bad for my first try! Although I almost instantly regretted all of that orange stitching for the sun - it felt like it took forever to finish.
Debby had me pick out some thread colors from her stash so I could continue working on this piece after she left, and she supplemented what I chose - here's what I woke up to the next morning:
All the thread colors are so pretty! I have no idea how long it will take me to finish this, but I think it will be a fun project to work on when I'm not knitting.
Paco and Kip know an animal lover when they meet one, and both managed to get some quality time with Debby:
Everyone was very content...
It was a short visit, but a fun one, and all too soon I delivered Debby to our little airport - seriously, it's so small that when I was driving up to it, she asked "what is this?" which, yeah...it's tiny. I'm glad she made the extra time in her trip for me - it's always so nice to spend some time with a far away friend!