Daily Prompt | Pace Oddity

Today. I wish I could speed up today. I work for a 911 call center in the DFW area. My week starts on Wednesday and ends on Sunday. I have worked from 3pm to 3am Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Halloween is notoriously busy and I worked the busiest part of what is one of the busiest days of the year in my line of work. I am exhausted. After getting home this morning at 3:40 and not getting to sleep til close to 5, I woke up at 8:45. Why you ask? Because a co worker hired me to photograph her daughter’s 6th birthday party. It was Frozen themed and she hired people to play Elsa and Ana. It was adorable. But now I’m back at work. I’m only working 8 hours today but the week’s activity and lack of sleep is catching up with me. I have a case, 12 pack, of Cherry Dr. Pepper. My elixir of life.

However, you wanna know the bright side. There is a couple actually. One because of the amount of over time I’ve worked this week, I can’t be told to work any more overtime for the rest of my work week. Two, tonight we fall back an hour. Means an extra hour of glorious, wonderful sleep that I get to catch up on. And since it’s finally turned cold here in Texas, I get to sleep under layers of blankets which is my favorite. I always sleep well when it turns cold.

So now I just have to make it to 11pm. I work with some pretty awesome people, they make it entertaining. The last 3 days have flown by, but as it normally happens, the first 8 hour day I work after days of OT seem to go by so much slower than a 12 hour shift. Then I just have to make 8 hours tomorrow. After that my weekend. Oh happy weekend.

Daily Prompt | Pace Oddity

Daily Prompt | Pace Oddity

Where to go in Dallas for …. Pizza!!!

Pizza is by far my favorite food. And as I get older, I get pickier about it.  Some of the best pizza I have ever have is at Urban Crust in downtown Plano. Woodfire, buffalo mozzarella, the best pepperoni, I cannot say enough about how great their pizza is. Their bread sticks for appetizers are wonderous.  I love their olive oil with chunks of olives in it for dipping. They don’t just have pizza. Their pasta dishes are hearty, cheesy goodness. I also love the atmosphere with the brick walls. Their rooftop bar has a great atmosphere and you can dine out all year long. Friday and Saturday nights have a DJ and you can dance to some old school hip hop up on the rooftop deck. The drinks are a little on the spendy side, but I have always gotten a quality Long Island Iced Tea everytime I’ve been there. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend it.

 

Urban Crust
1006 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074
www.urbancrust.com

Where to go in Dallas for …. Pizza!!!

Where in Dallas to get an… Irish Coffee (Trinity Hall Pub)

Here is my first post for restaurant reviews in the Dallas area. Probably expand to other Texas cities as I have some trips planned over the summer and fall. This is the first place I wanted to review because as a Portland, OR transplant, I have had difficulties finding a place that offers a proper Irish Coffee. Everywhere here that has “heard” of it wants to put some Baileys Irish cream in a luke warm cup of subpar coffee and call it a day. There is has been a couple of places that have done a decent job (I’ll review a couple of those later) but Trinity Hall Pub off of Mockingbird Lane in Dallas has the best so far. What is a proper Irish Coffee you ask? Well first it has a hearty shot of Jameson. Baileys doesn’t go anywhere near this (though I’ve had a good one with Jameson and topped with Bailey’s Whipped Cream). Two teaspoons of sugar in the bottom. There is a special type of glass and in some places that have the special glass will also put sugar on the rim.

 

Trinity Hall Pub puts some brown sugar instead of regular sugar which I thought really enhanced the flavor. They didn’t have the special glass nor did the rim the glass with sugar which was a little disappointing. However, they brewed a fresh pot of coffee and it was quality coffee. Put a good shot and a half of Jameson. The atmosphere was awesome. My family and I went there on a Friday night and foolishly had eaten dinner at home beforehand. We still got an appetizer, the cheese and bacon fries. It was a big helping of everything and delicious. They had good ranch as well. I’m kinda picky about ranch. This is definitely a place we will frequent. Not just for the excellent Irish Coffee but to try out more food and enjoy the atmosphere.

 

The entertainment that night was a Mr. Jed Marum. He sang a variety of celtic folk music that just fit perfectly with the atmosphere of the place. I would highly recommend purchasing his music and seeing him live if you have a chance. I know he’ll be back at Trinity Hall June 14th.

Where in Dallas to get an… Irish Coffee (Trinity Hall Pub)

Daily Post | Powerful Suggestion : What I wish someone told me a year ago

Daily Post | Powerful Suggestion : Wish someone told me a year and half ago to just give it a year.

I moved to Texas from Oregon (with a stop in Oklahoma for a couple of months) a year and a half ago. The newness of everything wore off at about month two. Right around the time I figured out why there is a such a high turnover where I now work.  By month four I was convinced I was going to move back to Portland and told my friends up there so. I missed the less than hour trip to the ocean. I went there every time I need to get out or away. Missed the mist against my face and smell of saltwater. I missed ruby ales and cajun tots from McMenamins. I missed the spanish coffee from Hubers. I haven’t been to a single basketball game and couldn’t get any Blazer games down here. Hell I couldn’t even get a Spurs game (my second favorite pro basketball team), everything is about the Mavs. And the summer here is so very very hot.

However, something change at about month 10. It may have a little to do with meeting my boyfriend. Having grown up in the area, he has shown me a few things about it that’s actually cool and enjoyable. Then there was other things I started to notice. Like how people down here are much more friendly than up there. The food tastes better, I have to admit. Texans know how to cook a steak.  I thought about how the close friendships I developed in the short time I’ve been here and how much I’d miss them. Oh and then there is just a 3 hour drive from Dallas to Austin and San Antonio. Texas Hill Country is so beautiful and if needed can be a day trip. Long day trip but still a day trip. And while I don’t like the 100 plus degree weather for most of the summer, I love that Texas has four seasons. Yes sometimes all four in one day but 4 distinct seasons. Love the smell of the air after a thunderstorm and the changing color of the leaves in the fall. Being able to use a pool all summer long , unlike the northwest were you get a good month maybe.

Now after 18 months I don’t see myself moving back. I realized that I am meant to be here, at least for now. I’m not saying that I’ll always stay in the Dallas area specifically. But I still have some stuff that’s easier to access to see before I consider moving. I’m able to see family I haven’t seen in 2 decades. The boyfriend and I are going to Disney World in September and planning a trip to New Orleans at the beginning of the year .  Dallas is starting to develop it’s own food scene and this summer we’re going to check out the Truck Yard and different places that are part of that development. Not too mention frequent trips to Austin for all that you can do there.

So the whole point of all of this, is that if you’ve moved and are questioning it, give it a year. You might just find that you made the best decision of your life if you stick it out long enough.

 

 

Daily Post | Powerful Suggestion : What I wish someone told me a year ago