Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wishing we could move to a city, take 2

In case you didn't tune in yesterday (shame on you), this is still Jen's twin sister, Michelle guest blogging in.

Well it seems that as the days go by here in SWELTERING Abilene, that my husband and I find ourselves wanting to move more and more. I just hope our next place is to a CITY or somewhere near a city. Unfortunately, Air Force bases buy cheap land which is usually in the middle of no where :) but not always! We've been in Abilene 3 years and 3 months and it's starting to get to us! So we had to get out of town, so here's the story of Anniversary trip part 2.

We enjoyed our complimentary HOT breakfast with made to order omlettes, biscuits, sausage, bacon, pancakes, fresh fruit, cereals, muffins, bagels, and home fries. After filling up, we drove about 5 minutes down the ways to the Fort Worth Stockyards. We got there around lunch time and explored for a bit. It was again very steamy out, so we went in as many shops as possible. I got a friend, that was watching my dearest yorkie pup Maddie for us, a bottle of wine from the Stockyards Wines. It was a little mini tasting store with wines from around the area. I tasted some and then he gave me a WINE-A-RITA! It was just what I needed on a hot day. I don't know why I'm just now hearing about this either! It's a drink mix, the one I had was a grapey flavor, mixed with wine to make a wine slushie. I googled it and apparently it's not just a Stockyards thing, who knew. Y'all better check it out.

Here's a picture of the mix, google wine-a-rita and you'll see more flavors.
 We ate lunch at a barbeque place and it was delicious. At the Stockyards, they put on gun fights and even had a cattle drive down the street. We even got to feel a SPRINKLE of rain, let me tell you with Texas being in an extreme drought, it was very nice. We headed back to the hotel just in time for the manager's reception that I mentioned yesterday. We decided we were going to enjoy that to the fullest and mosey on out to dinner when that ended around 7:30. James took full advantage of the unlimited free drinks again and even chatted up some people he "thought looked familiar". Turns out he knew them from over in the desert, small world. Saved me him the embarrassment.

We didn't know where we wanted to eat dinner, but we ended up at Taverna, an Italian restaurant. It was delicious! I had Balsamic Risotto with Chicken Rollatine and James had Pan seared Chicken Scaloppine with plum tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil, Oregano, White Wine Sauce, mixed Vegetables & roasted Potatoes.
After dinner, we went to grab a beer at the Flying Saucer. They have all sorts of beer selections. We've been to one in Little Rock, but heard this was the place to grab a cold one. They had an outdoor patio on the top floor but unfortunately it had like 5 tables and they were full. They didn't really maximize on the outdoor space, oh well. They did have a good band playing inside so we stayed cool in there. The beer I chose was out so they gave me something similar to it and it was not my favorite, James couldn't even finish it.  He liked his though. We thought we might head out to another bar, but we just didn't feel like paying 5-7 dollars for another cover. We're not used to covers, I guess that could be a positive on the small town living! +1 for Abilene. I'll leave you with some silly pictures from the stockyards. All in all we had a fabulous weekend getaway. It's nice to go places that have activities for us to take part in :) I will be back tomorrow, blog topic=unknown.

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henning love said...

hi jen, i just found your blog and am your newest follower :-) hope you are enjoying your vacation! meg

Chris said...

So far so good Shell, pimpin' and bloggin' ain't easy

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