Golly

posted on: 3.09.2015

As shocking as it is, you will be happy to hear I survived both plane flights to and from Dallas! Despite having an unlucky weekend electronically, our computer gave out and my phone is currently soaking in a bag of rice, we actually quite enjoyed our time in the Lone Star State. Erik and I are both from San Diego (as you may have deduced from reading these stories) and have only lived near the coast. In fact, the longest I have ever been away from the ocean was for 2 weeks when I was 8 years old. Erik's time away from the sea may be even shorter. The two of us in Texas was like an out of body experience watching us California fish out of water. At first we were in awe of the snow! I mean of course we have been in the snow before, but I can count the number of times on 2 hands. I loved the sensation of slowly sinking my boot into a pile of fresh white fluff, I felt the same satisfaction as I do when crushing a fallen leaf or popping bubble wrap. Erik jokingly reacted to almost everything by whispering, "Golly" in a southern accent as he was convinced that word was to Texas what "dude" was/is to California. It drove me nuts. I kept explaining to him, "Erik this isn't 1950...NO ONE says Golly." Clearly we need to get out more.

We spent our short trip exploring Dallas and the adjoining counties. Although their is something to say for its vastness, I found the flatness of Texas rather jarring. I kept waiting for the end. Perhaps a mountain range, the ocean, a forest even...but nope, just oak trees and brick houses. On our final night we treated ourselves to Texas BBQ, (I even snuck a bite of a chicken finger!) and then hit a few of the local pubs. Erik was still pressing his beloved word, "Golly, I'm tired." or "Golly it's cold!" Finally I made the decision, he needed to be proven wrong. Our waitress was so kind, she would be the perfect soul to put an end to his vocabulary insanity. I stopped her, "Hi again...may I ask you a question? And please don't take offense." I get the go ahead. "My husband (I shake my head) is convinced people in Texas say 'golly'..." she cut me off immediately with a "What?!" "Like 'gahhhleee"? "NO ONE says that!" There that bubble wrap popping satisfaction. "See Erik I told you!" We laughed it off, and she was a good sport. My poor embarrassed husband on the other hand, left that bar unconvinced taking his phrase with him, "Michaela, I swear people say that." I don't know about that Texas terrain, but Texas people...you are awesome!

When our plane landed on Saturday I felt a touch of sadness that our short trip was coming to an end, but then I saw my palm trees, gorgeous blue ocean, and felt that 75 degree wind. I thought to myself, "Golly I love this state."

14 comments:

  1. Ahh so sorry about your phone and computer but so happy that you had a great time!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  2. Yay- glad you made it safe and had a great time. It's always fun to explore new terrain and other ways of life. Although your warm life by the water is sounding pretty dreamy right now. If you ever want to give farm life a go, we can totally swap for a bit:)

    www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com

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  3. Sounds like a great trip, despite the technology mishaps! I seriously want to visit Texas at some point!

    Chelsea
    Chowing Down by the Bay

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  4. I seriously love you guys...i mean, look at how adorable you guys are...I can't even.

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  5. Hahah love the story about "gah leeee"... and I'd love to enjoy true Texan barbecue some time. Pretty sure for most of my life I thought barbecue was a bell pepper on a stick.

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  6. Bahahahaha I'm dying!! I could just see him saying golly ever two seconds in a southern accent while you punch him every time! So sorry about your phone, but I'm so glad you had an amazing time!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  7. Such a great post...I love the "golly" story...so funny! :) Sounds like you had a wonderful time...Dallas is such a fun city!

    http://ourruins.com

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  8. It sounds like you had an amazing time in Dallas!! Such beautiful pictures as always! And Golly! I hope your phone gets better haha
    (ps I am currently obsessing over your etsy page!!).

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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  9. Dallas is pretty flat, but I promise there are trees and even a few lakes. I'm glad y'all had a good time and sorry about the "golly." Not sure I've heard anyone use that term since the days of The Andy Griffith Show.
    What BBQ place did you visit? Did you manage to make it to Oak Cliff?
    Texas Jak
    www.novermyhead.com

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  10. Lovely pics; so cool that you got to go on this trip! I'd never heard "golly" before; learnt a new word today ;)

    www.LUXESSED.com

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  11. sounds like a great trip. I've never been to Texas myself but would love to go. and I understand how different such places can feel. I get nervous when places are too flat and vast. literally nervous, like there is no mountain to hide behind nervousness ;)

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  12. That's the first thing I thought of when I first went to Texas: flat. Looks like you had a wonderful time on your short vacation!

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  13. sounds so fun! Even though I don't think that Texans say 'Golly', when my husband and I venture south (ie- Nashville), Oh my gosh, do our southern draw come out. Being from Southern Ohio (Now living in NYC), we can go between northern or southern accent pretty easily. It's pretty funny!
    We were actually just in Southern California for the first time a few weeks ago and it was just magical. We would seriously consider moving there after our stint on the east coast. My heart is coastal.

    www.laviedehart.blogspot.com

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  14. sounds so fun! Even though I don't think that Texans say 'Golly', when my husband and I venture south (ie- Nashville), Oh my gosh, do our southern draw come out. Being from Southern Ohio (Now living in NYC), we can go between northern or southern accent pretty easily. It's pretty funny!
    We were actually just in Southern California for the first time a few weeks ago and it was just magical. We would seriously consider moving there after our stint on the east coast. My heart is coastal.

    www.laviedehart.blogspot.com

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