Monday, March 30, 2015

Trips/Dreams & Allergic Reactions

I've been neglecting this space for so long
which would usually make me feel pretty disappointed
because i love this blog and i've loved writing here
for the past two-three years.

I am however not disappointed because
my time is being spent elsewhere doing productive things
like traveling and thinking and laughing and building
and being real sick for one terrible night.

Let's start with theeeee traveling.

Tom and I spent a week exploring Texas
a few weeks ago.

I posted some pics on instagram but i haven't
really relived it all just yet, until now.

We stayed in Austin for Two days
then headed down to San Antonio for Two days and 
finished the trip off in Houston/Galveston.

We had a blast!
My favorite place was Austin!!

Austin reminds me of Cali but in Texas, with less ocean.
Everyone is so laid back and chill and the food is so amazing
and the social scene is on point and it's just magic in a bottle!!

I'll (maybe) post a few travel posts about
all of the things we did on our trip in the near future. (Hopefully)

Next up is the thinking/laughing/building.
It has been the best having Tom around 24/7.
It's just so fun to have your best friend/love close to
you when you've spent so much time apart and for so long too.

It feels like i'm on vacation everyday with him.
We spend our days lounging and laughing and 
doing some dreaming and binge watching the walking dead.
It's so much fun and I love it!

(I just started watching the WD like a month or so ago.
I mean I'm way behind the times but I'm so glad I finally got into it!
It is so so so good, we only just started season 5 so no spoilers pleaaseee)

My thinking and building has led me to a business venture.
Tom and I recently had dinner with some good friends of mine
and they are pretty business savvy themselves.
We got to talking about ideas, I have about 1,000
business ideas a day, not even kidding.

Anyways we started talking about how to take action.
Take an idea that you really like, that you're passionate about
and just stop trying to beat it with other ideas.

Just take it and make a move.
So I've been moving and shaking ever since.
I'm in the Business Plan portion of my venture
and it's so exciting to build my pretty little creation!!
More about that to come, i'm sure!

And finally let's discuss my fin Friday night.

This past friday we were celebrating my sister and brother in law's birthday.
We went to a Hibachi place in town and everything was going great.
I had never been to a hibachi place before so this was all new to me.

It was awesome, the fire the flips the food, amazing!
He served up some little appetizers and one of the appetizers
was shrimp, this is where the night started going downhill.

I have always been quite picky about food but
as i've gotten older i've decided to try more stuff.

So Friday night was the first time I had ever had shrimp.

I thought it was really good, i liked it.
I only had one shrimp, one pretty good sized shrimp.

Sooo I keep eating the rest of the food he is putting out
but I'm feeling off and i'm quick to realize 
that I haven't felt this way before.

My mouth was feeling weird and so was my throat.

I have a fruit allergy where my mouth gets
itchy and a little puffy with certain fruits so everyone
kind of thought maybe that was it, but I hadn't eaten any fruit.
So it was a mystery as to why I was feeling bad.

I finally had to excuse myself at the end of dinner 
and go outside for some fresh air.

Tom went with me and while we were outside
I started to cry, I didn't mean to cry or want to cry, it just started happening.

We got in the car with my family and
my crying turned into uncontrollable sobs.

My breathing became labored and
I started getting clammy.

Then The weirdest things started happening.
Clammy means I'm close to fainting, but every time
I've ever fainted i haven't really been aware of it, it just happens so fast.

This time was slow and crazy!
I just kept saying, I'm going to pass out
then I started losing my hearing which was SO CRAZY!!
I started telling my parents I couldn't hear and
I got them to turn on the cool air which helped me come to a little.

My dad drove us to the closest Prime Care
and we walked in and there were people in there
waiting to see a doctor but they pushed me past all of them.

They took some bloodwork and gave me a shot
for a totally unrelated infection that I had and sent me on my way.

I mean I was expecting something for the allergic reaction
but I guess they knew i'd be ok after some time.

So we left and headed home.
We were probably in the car for 5 minutes before
I had to stop the car and do the deed that no one wants
to do in public, in a church parking lot.

After that I felt much better but then
I started having an asthma attack and I got
a horrible rash all over my body.

After some benedryl and some sleep
I was feeling better, not 100% but better.

I'm still feeling off from it but I think it's pretty much passed.

So we think it was the shrimp but we're not sure.
Those Hibachi places use so much seasoning and other
stuff that we're not really sure what it was.

I've had a little bit of crab before and it didn't bother me
but i know that shrimp can bother you even if other shellfish doesn't.

Sooooo I'm either allergic to shrimp or hibachi ;)
I don't really plan on having shrimp again so maybe I'll
have to try hibachi one more time to see if it's something they use.

Alright, I'll stop there!
Hope you're all having a great week so far!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Snow, Roadtrips & Credit Cards

A few things have happened since my last post.
We got snow here in Texas and it
was like real snow not just ice.

We usually get iced in rather than snowed in.
So when we woke up to the fluffy stuff
it was pretty shocking and so exciting!!

Having Tom here when it snowed was so fun
because he thought it was the craziest thing
seeing snow in a place he always assumed was
constantly hot and sunny.

So our snow day was pretty fantastic.

The only downside was we were pretty much
trapped inside the house for about a week
because we had an ice storm at the beginning of
the week and once that was just about gone we
got all of this wonderful snooowww.

Unfortunately we're still trapped inside the house
because my house is undergoing some pretty
major uplifts this week.

We had some foundation issues so we got cracks fixed
and now the painters are here and Tom and I get
to stay home with the workers to keep an eye on things
while my parents are at work.

So we're SO READY to get out of the house.
Luckily we have a trip coming up.

Spring break is next week so we're
going to use my time off of work to go on a Texas road trip. 

Tom has only seen Fort worth, Dallas and some of Houston
so I'm really excited to take him down to Austin 
and San Antonio and down to the gulf.

We'll get a nice week away to explore
this huge state together.

I'm just really excited for the food
that we will feast on while we're in these great cities.

The food...I can't wait!!!


Here's some fun travel news...
Tom's sister is getting married next Year in JAMAICA!!

It was only a few months ago that we
were soaking up the sun in the Dominican Republic
so we're so excited to have another beachy trip in the works.

This beachy trip got us thinking about money.
We're doing good on money, no complaints or anything
but we knew that booking Jamaica would cost a pretty penny
and if we're going to have to spend some G's to book this trip
then we might as well be getting rewarded for it.

So we started looking into a travel rewards credit card.
My cousin recently told me about Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Card.

I looked into it and they were offering 50,000 points if
you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

Sign us up!!!

With this Jamaica trip to book we can easily put $2,000
on the card in the first three months and pay it off in that
same month so that we get the points and not the interest
annnndddd build up my credit all at the same time.

Credit cards can be really scary because
no one wants to go into debt but that seems
to be how a lot of credit card stories end...deebbttt.

So we're going to be crazy, annoyingly 
careful with this new card.

We want the rewards so we're going to use it
quite frequently but we're also going to pay it off
so fast the banks head will spin ;)

So that's pretty much what's happening over here.
I can't wait to leave on our trip next week.
I'll post more about it as we go!

Have a great week!