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Exploring the Lost Lands of Texas

Exploring the Lost Lands of Texas

Avinger, Texas
Jefferson General Store

For New Year’s I explored the old town of Jefferson, Texas. Jefferson is in East Texas and sits close to the Louisiana border with a population of about 2,000 people. Jefferson dates back to the pre-civil war era and served as an important port for the confederacy during the civil war. The town is really small and the roads leading to it are fairly remote, passing through other aesthetic towns like Avinger and Pittsburg. Of all the remote towns I’ve explored in the past few years, Jefferson is definitely one of my favorites.

The first thing I noticed about Jefferson was it’s vintage vibe and out-of-Texas feel. Unlike the majority of the Texas towns I’ve visited, the town is encompassed by wooded areas and the houses are fairly spread out. In fact, Jefferson is built right along a Bayou and is in close proximity to Caddo Lake. The buildings, however, are what gives Jefferson it’s charm.

Jefferson General Store is an old fashion soda fountain and, it being New Years, it was closed, but it looked so cute. Signs hung on the side of the brick building indicated what it sold and an old fashioned, bright blue truck with ‘Jefferson’ painted on it was parked out front.

An old gas station in Jefferson

To add to the town’s charm there was an old fashioned gas station and a bridge going over a portion of the bayou. There were also a series of really cool alley ways between old buildings and sites holding historical significance. One of the coolest historical sites in Jefferson was the Excelsior House, a hotel at which Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Oscar Wilde once stayed. Right across the street there was also an old train car from the Union Pacific railroad.

The bridge in Jefferson
One of the most aesthetic alleys I’ve ever seen
The train car
Excelsior House

The trip to Jefferson, as a whole, was really cool and I was able to get plenty of good pictures out of it so it was definitely worth it. Strong recommend if you’re ever in the area to drive through. It was also a great kick off to my 2019 adventures and I can’t wait for so many more!

A mural depicting Jefferson’s ‘Golden Era’ following the civil war
Jefferson, Texas

Weekly Blog 1: Christmas and the Fast Food World

Weekly Blog 1: Christmas and the Fast Food World

December 23 – December 30, 2018

With the new year approaching I decided to start blogging again and despite my busy schedule I came up with a way that I can consistently blog while maintaining my lifestyle; weekly blogs about my week! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t live an extravagant or crazy life, but I do have some interesting stories to share and advice to give. Also, no worries, I’ll post my usual content too, but this way you guys get the best of both worlds and I’ll have something to post every week. So here y’all go: my first weekly blog! Enjoy and, most importantly, don’t forget to sparkle!


Christmas

Ok so the first major thing that happened recently is that I got the iPhone XR! Technically that was a few weeks ago but it was an early Christmas gift so I’m including it in this post anyway. The camera is really nice so I should be able to start including some nice photos in my weekly blogs. I’m honestly really excited about it and I can’t wait to experiment more with it’s camera.

My school had finals right before Christmas break so it has definitely been a reprieve from that and Christmas itself was really good. My family came over and we opened gifts and then watched Christmas movies and I was finally able to watch ‘A Christmas Story’ for the first time ever and the day was overall really great. I got a lot of cute clothes and makeup as well as gift cards and a new planner which I’m honestly hyped about (anybody who knows me knows that I am obsessed with my planner).

The Fast Food World

So another thing I’ve been up to recently is I have been working a lot. I work for a fast food restaurant and I work front register as well as drive thru and let me tell you, it sure is an experience. The majority of my weekly updates’ entertainment will likely come from work stories as a forewarning. For instance…

A customer threw his food at me

Ok, so this customer came through the drive thru and he asked simply for a fish sandwich that the fine establishment for which I work offers and he asked for it plain. The sandwich usually comes with tomatoes, lettuce, and mayo so I put ‘no’ to all of those so that it would be plain. He asked if I had made sure it was plain and I assured him I did. So he gets his food and leaves but then he came back 15ish minutes later and when he got to the window he. was. enraged. He practically threw the bag with his food in it at me through the window and yelled at me about it not being plain. I was a little shook even though people are jerks all the time, but I kindly apologized and assured him I would have it fixed. So I took the bag to my manager and we opened it together and the sandwich was plain???? There was only the fish and the bun? How plain did he want it? “Would you like fish and bread on that fish sandwich sir?” “would you like a sandwich at all sir??” But anyway, my manager decided that he would take orders for a while from then on for whatever reason.

Honestly though I’m learning so much about people from my job. For instance, I’m forming this theory that whenever people have really bad days or are grumpy they decide to go to fast food chains to take out their anger on the poor suckers working there. They usually choose drive thru too so that they can get their rage out at lightning speed and then eat delicious food triumphantly. Moral of the story: please avoid drive thrus if you’re in a bad mood. Or at the least, please don’t take out your rage on the workers; It’s not our fault! Anyway, despite the jerks,

I kinda love my job…

My coworkers are weird in the best possible way and they teach me things I never asked to learn but am glad I did. For instance, root beer and sweet tea make a great pair, chicken gravy and melted cheese on fries is amazing, and friends can be made in the weirdest places by the most random group of people forced together all because we need a little money.