Greetings from Dallas, Texas!

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After two quick flights and a slight snafu with the girls arriving to pick me up at the wrong airport (there are two in Dallas!) my friends and I were reunited at last – whee!

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The consensus was that we were all STARVING – so we headed right to lunch!

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We drove past TONS of cute Mexican restaurants and taco joints, but settled on Mi Cocina in a little shopping district near my friends house.

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Sitting out on the patio, we chattered away as girlfriends tend to do when it’s been months since they were last reunited!

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It’s actually been a semi-cloudy afternoon, but the humidity…my God the humidity! Don’t ever let me complain about how humid Iowa summers get – it is sweltering down here!

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Problem solved. :)

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x2.

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We looked over the lunch menus and decided on combo #1.

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OMG

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Tender rice,

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creamy refried beans, and the most savory, cheesy enchiladas ever. So amazing. So authentic tasting, too!

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We walked off our food babies by shopping in a little area known as the West Village in the Uptown area of Dallas.

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Entertaining myself while the girls tried on clothes at Banana Republic! Oh, I decided to keep my hair short for now and got it chopped yesterday!

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We made sure to make a stop at Starby’s so I could get my mandatory collectors mug from Dallas!

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And an iced coffee to boot. :)

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We drove around for the rest of the afternoon, gawking at the GORGEOUS homes in the area. Seriously, palatial. Oh! And we saw George & Laura Bush’s home!! I finally finished Laura’s memoirs on the plane here, and she spoke of their Dallas home in the final chapter. How fitting that we were right near it!

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The house and street itself are gated to keep creepers like me and my friends away, I suppose, but it was still cool! :D

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Then we went and saw the Texas school book depository building where Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK. :( The experience of seeing the building and the street on which his motorcade drove on was surreal.

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On a happier note – I’m signing off for the evening to go pop open THIS:

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TGIF!