I am a Unitarian Universalist. I have been for quite a few years. Honestly, I have been my whole life; I just didn’t always know what it was called. I do know one thing, though, talk to any UU about their path to Unitarian Universalism and it will probably have similar elements to mine; confusion, disenchantment, feelings of not belonging, or all of the above. But it got better. Much better.
How great would it be to have a major metropolitan area a mere 30 minutes away? Not to brag or anything, but I do. Okay; I am bragging a little. Dallas, for all the crap it gets, is an incredibly diverse city with so much culture and heritage that a lot of people who live in its suburbs don’t take the chance to fully appreciate. I am including myself in that group of people. I got the opportunity to spend some time exploring Dallas with one of my closest friends, Aerial, yesterday and we had a blast.
We started off at Pearl Cup because I wanted to introduce her to my favorite place. She loved it and said she’d “never been more in love with anything in a cup in [her] life.” I’ll take that as a win for me.
We headed over to Central Market for lunch because it was close to our next destination, and because she’d never been. What!? I was just as shocked as you. She (obviously) loved it and on we went to our next destination.
*Story time: There was a bird that swooped in through the open back door of the dining area to grab food and drink, and it flew out through the front entrance. It knew exactly what it was doing. It was awesome.*
Next stop was Fabrique Fashion Fabrics. I’d been there once before and left with good vibes from it. The sales associates were super nice and helpful without being vultures. They asked us if we needed help with anything when we walked in, and when we assured them that we were just browsing because it was Aerial’s first time, they told us to let them know if we needed anything or had questions and then left us to look around, take pictures, etc. We (obviously) found so much that we loved, wanted, and were inspired by and even left with a few necessities.
After that, we finally headed to Dallas. We were going to a store that a friend from church had told me about; Tissu. Tissu is a fabric store in Deep Ellum. They have an atelier next door where Aerial and I plan on taking classes, called Petit Atelier. They were also exceptionally kind and helpful. In fact, pretty much everyone we encountered on our adventure was pleasant.
We decided to drive around Dallas for a bit to see what else we could find. Aerial really wanted to find food trucks so we headed for Klyde Warren Park right across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art.
Neither of us were super hungry because of the large lunch we’d had a few hours prior, so the ice cream truck it was. We had Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches which were heavenly, and enjoyed them while sitting and people watching in the park. What a magnificent way to spend the day! Before we left, I had to get more coffee from the Wildcatter Coffee truck because I’d never had it, and because that’s the kind of person I am.
Our next stop was Mockingbird Station, but we made a detour due to being in a turn-only lane, and it was the best accidental detour ever. We passed through the Vickery Place neighborhood of Dallas and let’s talk about magical. It’s seriously everything that I love about this area, and if I were to show you my perfect house, I could point to almost any house in the area and that would be it. Charming would be a good word.Expensive would probably be another, but we were in awe and probably pissing a few people off because we were going so slow admiring the area. We eventually made it to Mockingbird Station, but gave up after we drove around for 10 minutes looking for a parking spot to no avail.
We made a pit stop on the way home at the new Cityline Whole Foods. I had heard about a roll-on perfume that I’d been looking for for awhile and could only find at this particular WFM. It’s the Kuumba Made Roll-On Fragrance Oil in Persian Garden and it is heavenly. I am seriously in love, and beyond thrilled with my purchase.
Aerial dropped me off at home, both of us exhausted and inspired and it was an incredible day.