right parahippocampal gyrus

For those of you who didn’t go to medical school, that’s the part of your brain that controls sarcasm. Thanks to our new friend, Trey, we are now 12% smarter than we were before we came to Texas.

I’m sitting here in Trey and Amy’s living room right smack dab in the middle of Dallas, TX. The girlies (3 of ours, 2 of theirs) are all in bed, and we four adults (and 2 snoring dogs) are having the best time chatting. God is so good–can I just say that? It has been so much fun meeting these gals and their husbands. We’ve had so much to talk about and laugh about. So, so, so fun!

Amy was a little worried after I did all the gushing about Elizabeth and Megan, but my goodness, it was all for naught. I told her we didn’t expect a single thing, but she didn’t listen. We had the most scrumptious homemade pizza for supper–pesto, mozzarella, tomato, basil. I don’t really know what was in it–just making stuff up. Then we all piled in their vehicle (me, Gabe, Amy, Livi, Ava, Nina, 8yo Hannah, and 4yo Becca–Trey wasn’t home yet) and headed down the road to a fabulous little bluebonnet “field” right off the interstate and took pictures. I loved every second of it! And contrary to popular opinion, it really, truly is not illegal to pick bluebonnets. (only Nina picked one–we left the rest of them for all y’all)

Oh, and perhaps the coolest part of the evening–sliding down their stairs on a mattress! The girls were in heaven. Amy and I did it too–I have pictures to prove it. Livi wiped out once, but only because they weren’t really abiding by the Mattress-on-the-Stairs House Rules. Livi and Hannah are very much alike and hit it off instantly. I told Hannah her mom and dad could put her on a plane anytime and ship her off to Ohio for a week. Her dad immediately got out his calendar. (he’s got a really big right parahippocampal gyrus, by the way)

They had little Texas treats for us–a Don’t Mess with Texas magnet, Dallas pencils, Lone Star-shaped pasta, suckers in the shape of Texas (adorable!) and a little tavern puzzle that you have to try to take apart. And little Texas chocolates on our pillows!

We need to head to bed here in a bit, but it’s been so hard to do these past couple days. You meet these really cool people–Elizabeth and Adrion, Megan and Kyle, Amy and Trey–and who knows when you’ll get to see them again. You don’t want to stop chatting and getting to know each other, just for a little bit of sleep.

We had fun at the OKC Zoo today with Megan and her girlies and Wes & Jenn and their girlies. I thought when we first walked in that OKC beat out Tulsa as the better zoo, but I’m not so sure. It might be a bit of a toss-up. Tomorrow is the Fort Worth Zoo (which people have been raving about) and then the Dallas Zoo (which people have not been raving about). Amy and Becca are joining us at the FW Zoo.

Before I go, I’ve got to talk a little bit about Hannah. This little girl is a hoot-and-a-half. She was born on Gabe’s birthday, just a week before Livi. Smarter than a whip, cuter than a button, funnier than anything. Amy had told me that Hannah was so excited that a real-life published author was coming to stay at their house. I was a little worried that she was going to be sorely disappointed, but I was signing some books for Amy, and Hannah just started gushing. “It’s like a book signing! Right here in my house!” She wants to be an author, and I’m pretty confident that if she wants it, she’ll get it. I told her I’d write about her in the 52 Zoos book, and she about flipped her lid. I asked her what she wanted to write a book about, and she said, “Probably about how I became an author.” Perfect. (Hannah, your mom will have to let you read this–you’re famous!)

I’m already missing these friends we’ve met and left since Monday. I’m pretty sure we’re going to have to plan another OK/TX reunion trip to reconnect with all of them.

Good night y’all! Thanks for following us on our trip. Really, truly–you’re making this so much fun! Squeeze-neck hugs from TEXAS!!

8 thoughts on “right parahippocampal gyrus

  1. Trey (sarcasm professional)

    Ahhhhhhhh the old RPG discussion. Good times. Good times… Hope you and the family are doing well!

  2. Rachel

    Have a great day today! I agree the Ft. Worth Zoo is great. It’s not that the Dallas zoo is bad (they have a cute little Children’s area), but I think the thing that you remember are all the hills that you have to climb 🙂

  3. Missy

    Yay for new IRL friends! Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time, and you’re experiencing true southern hospitality. Chocolates on the pillow, yummy food…next thing you know, you’ll be telling us there were animal shaped towels folded on your beds. 🙂

  4. Krista

    Is it a bad thing if I’m in medical school and haven’t already made the parahippocampal gyrus connection? I’ll have to look that one up…

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