I’m currently sitting in a hotel room in downtown Dallas. I had booked a room at the Magnolia Hotel last night because is was close to the original Neiman Marcus (opened 110 years ago!), pet-friendly and I figured I would splash out for a day/night, do a little shopping, enjoy a long hot bath, etc etc before heading up to Oklahoma this afternoon. What I didn’t plan on was the severe weather that is currently blanketing the plain states and the midwest. A couple of tornadoes have already been seen in OK the last couple of days and more are predicted for today/tonight, along with hail and severe thunderstorms. And there’s also a flash flood warning for a good chunk of OK. So clearly I’m not heading to Oklahoma today. A friend of mine suggested I head east instead into Louisiana which I thought was an excellent idea. Unfortunately they are also in store for heavy rainfall this weekend. Soooooo…. I’m staying put here in Dallas for another day/night. I’ll reassess things tomorrow morning and go from there. Whether I go north or east is TBD. The good news is there is plenty to do here in the DFW area so I will make the most of the day. I already walked down to the JFK Memorial Plaza this morning with Juno – very striking and austere. I opted not to take a picture. But here is a pic of the MoHo parked out in front of the hotel:
The last couple of days have been pretty mellow. Juno and I drove out to Brenham, TX to visit Blue Bell Creamery. No tours were offered that day but that was okay with me since the ice cream parlor was open. Got a generous scoop of milk n’ cookies ice cream for $1. Very delicious – the only sad thing is they don’t offer milkshakes. I even met a woman wearing a GS Warriors t-shirt (technically a Steph Curry tee). And yes – I shared my ice cream with Juno.
After I polished off my ice cream (AKA lunch), we went over to the Antique Rose Emporium. This is really just a large nursery but they have all sorts of wonderful displays, including a faux cemetery and the most innovative use of pots I’ve seen
Driving back to Austin late in the afternoon, I was starving so decided to pop into Texas Chili Parlor for Frito Pie. I’ve been to TCP a couple of times before and once again, it did not disappoint. I got the XX chili, loaded mine up with all the raw onions and jalapenos they gave me (the only one I was kissing that night was Juno) and ate the whole thing.
Alright, I know this is a short post but like I said, it’s been a mellow couple of days. Time to get dressed and get down to the front desk to re-book my room. Then it’s off to the Cowgirl Museum in Ft Worth!
Have a great weekend – who knows where I’ll be next time I check in!