Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A New Home

Sorry everyone for the recent long (and unintentional) hiatuses (hiati?).

Life happens.  Computers crash.  You move halfway across the state to one of your favorite places.  You think about blogging, but you don't actually blog.

I think you get the idea.

But don't worry.  I'm back now.  And, without further ado, I'm going to show you pictures of my new home.  It is indeed a beautiful place to be and I am daily reminded of how blessed I am to be here.

First, let's go through the entrance.


That's looking back through the entrance after we came through it at about dinner time.
I told you it was beautiful.  Have I ever told you about my secret obsession with Christmas lights?  Or, maybe not so secret if you know me in person, because, every time I drive past a house with Christmas lights, it's very hard to resist saying "Christmas lights" in baby talk.

Let's be real here.  98% of the time I can't resist.

Fortunately for my co-workers, in the time since I moved here I've learned to resist that temptation, but I love them none the less for having learned to restrain myself.

But isn't God good to have planted me in a place where they believe in Christmas lights in March as strongly as I do?

The lights are actually because of a new thing here called Lights of Tejas which is great.  Yes, that was a shameless plug for work, and yes you should totally show up this Christmas.  (I know you're all already planning for this Christmas . . . )

Oh gosh, now I have that Christmas song stuck on my head.

Another thing that I absolutely love about Tejas is the sky in general.  It's just so fantastic at any time of the day.  I think the reason I'm so in love with it is that I'm from a very hilly, densely wooded part of the state, and the opportunity to turn 360 degrees and see sky all the way around was practically nonexistent for most of my life.  So of course views like this are incredible to me.


But don't you worry, we do have trees here.  One evening, I walked out of my house, headed to dinner, and glanced to my right.  I froze, gasped, turned around, and ran back into my house to get my camera because this is what I saw.


Definitely worth behaving like a Grizzly bear was after me, don't you think?

Another thing I love about Tejas is the picturesque buildings.  These are the two on either side of my house.

Sorry it's so blurry.

And yes, those are Christmas lights you see above that yellow door.

Yeah, yeah, I know these are both at night, but I was also showcasing the moon in them (another thing I love about Tejas).

I was only half-joking in that parenthesis.  We've been having some incredible moons here lately that cannot be captured on film, as you can tell from my efforts.

There really is just something about the sky at Tejas.  It produces awesome stars (which I tried to take a picture of, but unsuccessfully), awesome moons, and awesome sunsets.


Are you in love with my new home yet?  I'm sure some of the more observant of you are saying "Sure, but where are the pictures of your actual home that you live in?  The mysterious 'house' you mentioned earlier."

Well, unfortunately, you will probably never see pictures of the outside because it doesn't look anything like the picturesque buildings I showed you above.  But something tells me you'll be seeing pictures of the inside because, even though this space is only temporary, my housemate and I have cozied it up as much as we can and I'm rather proud of what we've done to it.
But that's a story for another day.

Today's story is this:

Help!  I have no idea what to do about my labels. They're going to get all mixed up.  Now "Work" is going to be "Camp," and "Camp" is going to be "Work" and "Home."  I'm mixed up already thinking about it.
And that's also only half-joking.
It's rather distressing.
For now, I'll use "Work" when I tell a story about work (just like I always have, just it'll be about a different work now), I'll use "Camp" when I talk about the place where I currently live, and I'll use "Home" when I'm talking about the place where my family lives.
I feel better now.
Thanks for reading to the end of this forever-long post.
I promise posts will come more frequently and (possibly) be more succinct in the future.


  1. beautiful photos Est! so glad you're blogging again <3

  2. Thanks! I'm happy to be back!


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