A Nation’s Heartbreak

After my run on Sunday we had brunch and then headed to Dallas for sightseeing. The original plan was canceled due to rain (pouring rain!) so we did Plan B.

First stop was to the JFK Memorial. It was a fascinating museum documenting JFK, his fateful trip to Dallas, his assassination and the investigation. I love history and I love museums, so I was happy to go to the museums for the day to avoid the rain.

The photographs were chilling. It was so weird to see how happy John and Jackie were on that day. The Zapruder film stills were haunting.

I wasn’t alive when this happened but I still get emotional when I see footage of it. It’s hard to comprehend what something so massive and devastating was like to experience. I suppose 9/11 was similar in scale with the nation’s group mourning. The old news footage was absolutely haunting to watch. They had the videos of Walter Conkrite announcing the death of the President. Heart-breaking.

It was also strange to be in the actual building where the shooter was, too. We saw the street below and the Grassy Knoll. I posted the photos on Facebook and friends I have that were alive when this happened commented that they recognized that street scene immediately. I imagine it’s forever ingrained in people’s minds.

After that we went to the old courthouse that’s now a museum about Dallas. It was a cool old building.

We’d skipped lunch and instead saw where the rich half of Dallas lives. These houses were nuts!! They were huge, sprawling mansions with manicured lawns.

I guess we were in the area where celebs live–George W.Bush, Mark Cuban and Jerry Jones to name a few.  I can see why. These houses were amazing.

Not only do I love art and museums, I love old architecture too. I studied Art History in college and flirted with the idea of that being my major. We headed home to get dressed up for a fancy dinner out!

Dinner was at Al Biernat’s. It was a fancy steakhouse. I really wish my photos had turned out better but I did not want to use the flash in such a nice place. I guess this a hotspot for celebrities in Dallas, but I didn’t see any this visit.


Funny, I ordered a glass of wine from Washington–Chauteau Ste Michelle. 🙂 Maybe I was a little homesick. Who knows. But the wine was superb, as always. It went perfectly with my dinner.

I ordered the petite filet mignon (8 ounces!). It came with a sweet potato purée and a sauce made with cognac, peppercorn and I think mushroom puree. The sauce was outstanding.

The side dishes were family style so we all shared. I ate 3 asparagus spears and 1 onion ring. Michael had a “wet New York Strip” steak. He said his was fantastic too. I’d assume that Texas knows how to do their meat! We all split one dessert (thank goodness because I was stuffed). It was a key lime pie with a scoop of raspberry sorbet. It was tangy and tart and to die for. So glad we shared!

It was such a nice evening. I enjoyed dressing up and going to their favorite restaurant. The food was excellent too.

QUESTION: Do you like museums? What’s your favorite museum or favorite exhibit you’ve seen?

Running in a Rain Cloud

Sunday morning I slept in til 8am and then got up to go for a run. I love running in new places. The change of scenery is energizing and it’s a fun way to sight-see. Some of my favorite runs have been in other places–Vegas, Tucson…

Remember how I said we left Portland, rainy and cold and arrived in Dallas in the middle of their first storm in 6 months?Ironic, yes. I wanted to lay in bed and relax a bit but I checked the weather app and it said the rain was going to start at 9am and last most of the day. It was now or NEVER. I got up and headed outside. I started out easy and ran down the quiet neighborhood street. I wanted to beat the coming rain.

The road was rolling and soft (easy on my knees). I ran a mile down to the main street in 10 minutes. It felt soooo good to run that fast! I am getting closer and closer to my pre-injury pace (about 9’5 mile).

It was fairly cool for Texas but still pretty warm out. It was also very humid. It felt like I was running through a cloud ready to dump on me at any second. Despite the humidity I did okay. I ran by some impressive houses and only stopped to walk a few times.

I ran through a small dog park with a duck pond. There were bridges crossing gullies where water probably was during stormy weather.

I stayed close to home for awhile until I got a feel for the neighborhood layout. Then I ventured further out. There were rolling hills which gave me a good workout.

I ran down a hill and stopped to see a historical marker–an old cemetery from the 1800’s. It was nestled in between a few new houses. Michael’s stepmom later told me that the area was supposedly built on old Indian burial grounds. Yikes! Poltergeist, anyone??

I headed back up the hill toward home because I started to feel some raindrops. I didn’t want to be too far away during a downpour. I made it back to the house just before the rain started.

Look at me!!! Almost 5 MILES BABY!!!! And I wasn’t sore at all. I had no pain, no aches, no weird twinges in my knees or legs or ankles. Nothing. It was amazing. I’ve come to the conclusion that I always run better on vacation. 😉

Run Stats:
Time: 1:03
Calories Burned: 560
Distance: 4.75 miles!

I’m happy with my run! I had no body aches and being able to do almost 5 miles felt GREAT!!

Back at the house I stretched (sort of), showered and we all ate breakfast before heading out for the day. Michael’s stepmom made a Quiche Lorraine and cheesy grits! I’d never had cheesy grits before. I loved them. They were so tasty. It reminded me a lot of polenta. She promised to send me the recipe. I want to try to recreate the grits.

I ate a bunch of fruit too (and a freshly baked biscuit). It was basically brunch since it was pretty late in the morning and we’d be skipping lunch in favor of sight-seeing. It was a high calorie meal but I knew I wouldn’t be eating til dinner time, so I did not care.

QUESTION: Do you ever run on vacation? Have you ever had cheesy grits?