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Jeff’s birthday was final Friday, and he had the break day, so we determined to take a day journey to Galveston, which is a couple of two and a half hour drive south.  We left round 8:00 am to keep away from hitting the work commute site visitors in Houston, and we did fairly nicely with that, arriving in Galveston about 10:45. 

Very first thing we did was to hit the Yesterday’s Greatest Fiestaware retailer!  This retailer has numerous the retired Fiesta colours and items, together with present colours.  I had just a few gadgets in thoughts that I used to be on the lookout for, plus something great that I occurred to see.  I bought what I needed, which I will present on Friday’s submit.  Oh, I did occur upon one thing great – a lilac mini pitcher.  The lilac colorway has been retired for over twenty years, plus it was solely in manufacturing for 2 years, so it is fairly costly once you discover it.  The mini pitcher was $99.  Offered!  No, haha – it was so fairly but it surely was most positively out of my worth vary.

Subsequent we wandered round a bit:

This place caught my eye for the identify, clearly.  However afterward once I was taking a look at all the images that I took, I needed to chuckle on the couple attempting to determine methods to do the road pay-to-park as a result of that was Jeff and I.  This made me really feel higher – I saved considering that we have been simply nation bumpkins who did not know methods to work these newfangled parking meters, LOL.

We ate lunch on the Sunflower Cafe, which was good, however saved room for the actual deal with in a while:

LaKing’s!  Dwelling of the perfect ice cream and taffy made proper in entrance of you!  We occurred to reach throughout one of many taffy pull occasions in order that was enjoyable to observe.
I bought espresso chip (if there’s a taste with espresso in it, I’ll all the time order it) and Jeff bought strawberry.  He stated it was the perfect strawberry ice cream he’d ever had and if he wasn’t so full he would have gone again in for an additional scoop!

We poked round in just a few outlets and artwork galleries – we’re all the time on the lookout for one thing to hold on the partitions simply exterior of my workplace, however nothing that we might afford sparked pleasure.  Then we spied some graffiti partitions and beelined over to them:

Jeff’s office had a superhero summer season camp final week so he beloved this.
One other enjoyable one!

We drove to the Seawall so I might revisit the place of my first half marathon.  I took an image of this and despatched it to my previous working buddy Jenny, who I ran the race with:

She responded instantly with the laughing/crying emoji – we spent a lot of that race simply attempting to make it to the subsequent trash can!  You’ll be able to learn the story of the race and the trash cans right here, for those who’re .

We determined to park and go to a restaurant/bar to sit down exterior dealing with the water:

…however first, a drink selfie, after all.  We have been fortunate that it was overcast more often than not – when the solar peeked out, it was sizzling.  We reapplied sunscreen liberally whereas we have been sitting there.
Jeff with Pleasure Pier within the distance.  First, that identify sounds a bit soiled.  Second, they cost $10 per particular person simply to stroll round!  What the what??  I assumed it will be just like the Santa Cruz Seashore Boardwalk, the place it is all the time been free to wander round and for those who needed to go on rides, you’d purchase a ticket.  So that is as shut as we bought to Pleasure Pier.
I did not join the identify of the restaurant/bar, Float, with a pool till we walked by one as we headed upstairs, however there you go – we might have worn our swim fits and had our drinks within the pool!  Subsequent time…

We had sufficient of Galveston and left early to keep away from many of the Houston commuter site visitors.  We determined to move over to The Woodlands, the place Jeff fortunately relaxed in a comfortable chair at Nordstrom whereas I purchased a lip crayon.  He was sitting within the shoe division and I pulled a pink sandal off the show to attempt on whereas he sat there – it was cute, I beloved it, and he stated “purchase it – you’ll be able to’t put on your trainers so this can be a good substitute”:

A fast image whereas we drove residence of my new Birkenstock Mayari sandals!

Oh – one final image of Jeff along with his birthday mudslide dessert (as a result of you’ll be able to by no means have an excessive amount of ice cream in your birthday):

He shared – and it was yummy.  A pleasant strategy to cap off his birthday!