Trip to Fort Worth

DSC01657 Joey and I drove to Fort Worth on Friday night. The main purpose of the trip was to see Ross and Kat before they leave Texas and move to Baltimore, Maryland.

Joey got us all packed for the trip, and arranged for Elanor to stay with Lee, Billy, and Cali.  Troy came over to pick up Katy for the weekend.  As he left our house, he was holding her bed, and the bag with her food, etc.  He called Katy, she followed him into the driveway.  Katy was confused about what car to get into, since the tailgate of our CR-V was open, she she stood behind the CR-V  waiting to be lifted into the car (she is too old and arthritic to jump into the car on her own anymore).  Then she got fed up with waiting, and went to find her Uncle Troy, who loaded her into his truck and drove away.  It was pretty cute.

After a crazy day of work on Friday, that included many projects, and a child with chicken pox, we finally made it out of the house at around 5pm.  I had foolishly decided that I would be able to escape work by 2pm.  It did not happen.  My wonderful co-worker, George, asked me to take over some tasks for her because her son came down with the chicken pox.  Now, before those of you who have opinions about vaccines start in on George – I will inform you that you that she lives in the UK, where they do not routinely vaccinate for chicken pox.

We made it to Fort Worth around 9pm.  The furniture had already been shipped off to Maryland, so the house was mostly empty.  We helped Ross and Kat clean the house a bit, but mainly kept them company while they finished packing up the last of their stuff, and scrubbed walls and floors, and cabinets, etc.  We also got to hang out with their neighbors, Margot and Otto.

On Saturday Joey and I slept in a bit – we continued trying to be as helpful as possible with the cleaning, and then we went to lunch at Byblos.  Yum!  After lunch we drove over to Bethany Boba for some Bubble Tea.  When we made it back over to Ross and Kat’s house, Joey and I got into the car and drove up to Denton to visit Laura and Jason.

DSC01678 Jason was working, so we ate at Chili’s.  Joey’s insane cat allergy meant that staying at Laura’s house with her cats, Lee and Macy, was not advisable.  We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Denton.  I cashed in some of my Hilton points, so it didn’t even cost anything!  Laura hung out with us at the hotel after we ate dinner.  We had a great time, just visiting and enjoying each other’s company.  We went down to the lobby to get ice cream, and then we found a luggage trolley in the hallway, and decided to see how it worked as transportation for people – not so well, it turns out.  However, it did turn into a good photo op – Joey was ready with the camera, as per usual.

Sunday morning we went to breakfast with Laura.  Then we drove back to Fort Worth and spent a few more hours with Ross and Kat before driving back to Austin.

We had a great time, but it was bittersweet…  too short a time with our friends.  And it is really sad to see Ross and Kat clearing out their house, and know that someone else will be renting the space and living there soon.  Joey took lots of pictures of the house, so we will be able to remember it!

Hopefully we will get to visit Ross and Kat in Maryland.  My mom is voting for that option, and that is clearly all for the benefit of our friends – she cannot possibly have an ulterior motive, like getting Joey and me to her part of the country.

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