Tuesday, November 17, 2009

One Life To Live


Hot Damn, what a whirlwind life has been!!! I am back from my trip to Texas and let me say it was FABULOUS!

Let me start by saying thank you for your condolences for my aunt's passing, she was a sweet and tender soul! Our trip to Texas was to pay our respects and attend her services. I traveled with my sister, aunt and cousin, all in all it was a great roadtrip!

I come from an extremely large family and have many family members who live 30minutes from the big city of Forth Worth, yet in all my visits to see them, I had never even been to Forth Worth. I went out and saw the town this time around. I know a few of my family members were a bit disappointed that I did not spend as much time with them, but I kept thinking to myself, I love to sit and visit, but I also want to go out and see as much as I can and that is exactly what I did. I have one life to live and I am going to live it up!!

I met some real cowboys while in Texas, they greet you by tipping their hat, a firm, yet gentle handshake and speak with a southern twang, "Howdy Ma'am" or "Nice to meet you Ma'am". Southern hospitality is interesting to say the least. These cowboys had a certain swagger to their step, almost a sense of confidence when they walked with their nicely fitted wrangler jeans(bow-chika-bow-wow), cowboy hats and boots. It is different when a city slicker (that is what they called me, that and Yankee) it is different to see the way they live life in Texas, it is much more calm and slower paced then here in the Windy City of Chicago. And the TEXAS PRIDE, is priceless; they call their state "God's Country" and everywhere you see the USA flag you will see the Texas flag flying proudly besides it. The weather was delish...warm and sunny during the day and brisk at night. So lets get to the goods...my cousin took me under his wing on the second day and showed me a good ol' time, Texas Style. He is a Field Superintendent for a gas pipeline company, so I went to work with him the next day and he showed me around town. He is the guy who is supervising that everyone else is "Getting R Done", we rode around checking on his crews and meeting with inspectors, etc. Mid Day we went to lunch at this neat place called the Fort Worth Stock Yards. Everyday at 11:30am, they have what they call a cattle drive, they bring out the Texas Longhorn(which are gigantic) and parade them down the main road for a few blocks. These are the same cattle that are used in rodeos. Take a look below.The Stock Yards were so much fun, that we returned later that evening, with my sister and cousin. It was a beautiful site at night and extremely lively, with saloons, gift shops, eateries all up and down the block. While in Texas for a short few days, I was a busy lady; I did some shopping, some drinking, found a gorgeous turquoise ring, almost bought some cowboy boots(they on my list to Santa), I had amazing southern food, was impressed by southern hospitality, spent time with amazing people(my family) and made many great memories. All this in six days!!

Lesson learned: YOU ONLY HAVE ONE LIFE TO LIVE, SO LIVE IT UP!!

Okay now its your turn, my Sassy Readers how have you been and what will you do to Live it up???

Smooches,
Sassy Chica

20 comments:

Rosie said...

Wow, those really are some loooong horns!

yeah, you only have one life to live so live it up...according to your own rules. Life's too short so don't take crap from anyone!

Susan said...

oh wow this must have been really interesting, darling!
have a lovely day, xoxo

Ashley said...

Welcome back !! I just got back in town yesterday after celebrating my birthday early with my boyfriend, friends & family up North !! It was lots of fun !

AmandaEbokosia.COM said...

Hey Sassy Chica :)

I am glad you did have a wonderful time. This year alone I've been to the Bahamas and Alaska with family. I've been trying to celebrate my relationships with people and set aside time for myself to LIVE IT UP and understand who I am.

<3Ae

Tammy Howard said...

I lived in Texas for a year - it really was like a whole different - thing...

Michelle Hoad said...

I was born and raised in Texas, thank God. I love me some men in boots and jeans. You girls don't know what you're missing.

Bobbi said...

Texas really is a whole 'nother country!

The Stock Yards are fun. Did you get to go to Billy Bob's?!

Maggie said...

Makes me wanna go there...I'm doing alright thanks for asking, well actually I am a little bit sick but hope to get better soon.

Glad you had a good time and I'm sorry about the loss I didn't know about it. *hugs*

Unknown Mami said...

Words to live by. Glad you found some joy.

The SSS Sophisticate said...

I've always wanted to take a trip to Texas to see what it's like! Longhorns in the middle of the street?? Didn't expect that! Hahah!

Andi said...

We were stationed with my Dad in El Paso, Texas for 3 years, we had a blast visiting all the big cities, great food, great people!

Miss Always Carried Away said...

No way... I have to see those "boys"! This is going to be on my "must to see" list!
Priceless!
I'm glad you had fun but you already know that!

Ria said...

nice post hun!! :) and perfect timing i wud say. i needed this.

Alicia said...

so glad you're back! and it sounds like you had a great trip love :) what is it about cowboys that just make us melt?? i hope santa brings you your boots!! i totally want some too!!!

Ashley said...

Hey Doll..thanks for stopping by..I was awarded my second blog award !! I had to pass it to my favorites so you are on my list again..stop by again when you get a chance.

Carol said...

Yay for living it up!!!

Kristin said...

I'm sorry for your loss but glad you found some happiness on your trip. I got back from Texas a week and a half ago. Party time in Austin!

jlc said...

Whenever I visit Texas (we have a house down there..) I always find that thing about the flags hysterical!! Apparently they make their own rules!! :)

Love your blog!! :)

Jewels Diva said...

You're going to regret not getting them boots while you were there.

I've always found that you have to grab it while it's in front of you cause when you go back they're never there.

Hope whoever's getting them for you for xmas has done so already.

Suree said...

ohhh.. thats nice to hear that u had a great time...

I too had a great time visiting my home town for my friend's wedding...