06 February 2014

Houston we have a ...visitor

I figured it was time I shared with you that my annual scans are coming up (that's right, ANNUAL!!! There was a point in which I was having full body scans every three months.)

I will be in Houston, TX next week visiting my Oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

We chose this hospital after getting multiple opinions during my diagnosis. It ended up being a very simple choice for us once we visited MD Anderson. Not only is this a hospital dedicated to treating those with cancer, but they are voted the best year after year. I feel confident in my medical care but happy at this hospital. Not to mention, the first oncologist I met way back when was somebody I could picture myself having a beer with. Sold.
more importantly I've never felt like a tragedy. Nobody has ever given me "the look" (you know, the "oh you poor thing" look.) I'm surrounded by others who know what I'm going through. I feel

But lets talk about the important stuff. I'm leaving Alaska for the shopping MECCA that is Houston, TX!!

I have big plans. 

Anyone ever been to The Galleria in Houston? drool. Oh my goodness. It is several stories of shopping heaven. They have every store imaginable plus those I can't afford and those I didn't even know I wanted to browse. This is usually where I end up grabbing my Pity Purchase. So, this will be one of my first stops. I'm thinking of either getting the perfume or flats from my wish list depending on the level of "pity" I'm experiencing ;)

We don't have TJ Maxx, Marshalls, or HomeGoods in Alaska (you can pick up your jaw now) so I will be hitting those stores FOR SURE. I may or may not bring an extra suitcase for these purchases sorry Kyle.

I also wanted to check out a few baby stores. We really only have Babies R Us, so I figured I would go on the hunt for some non Carters/BabyGap brand clothing for Mal.

Then there is the restaurant agenda... This is intense folks. We ALWAYS go to  Niko Niko's on Montrose and Crave Cupcakes on Kirby, but this time we have many more places to visit. I don't have a Panera, Chipotle or Chick Fil A up here!

I should mention that we will only be in Houston for 3 days...

Wish me luck!

Oh, and if you could say a quick prayer for clear scans, that'd be great too ;)

Have a happy Thursday!

Ps. My granny is meeting me in Houston! I'm so excited to show her around and introduce her to her first great grand baby :) 


  1. Amanda - I recently found your blog and I'm so thankful I did! My husband may be stationed in AK at some point, and I'm very worried about not having access to "normal" stores! Good Luck on your scans!


    1. Thanks Katie! Thank goodness most places ship up here and it's not too terrible pricey. I still use Amazon a lot but Overstock is crazy expensive to ship. Otherwise I've only run across a few stores that don't ship to Alaska.
      Maybe I should be looking at this as a time to save money.... hmm... nahh

  2. First, good luck on your scans! You will be in our prayers at the Farley's. Secondly, do some shopping for me- I literally cannot wait to see what you end up purchasing! We never made it to Huston while we have been in Oklahoma. We did make it to the Galleria of Dallas, so I can only imagine the Galleria of Houston!!I hope y'all have an awesome trip!

    1. Thank you Chelsea! I will be sure to update everyone on my scan results. But I plan on doing some serious damage to the ol' wallet.

  3. Praying your scans come back clear and you have a safe trip! It's so great your grandmum can join you too. I definitely feel you on not having stores....Hawaii doesn't have a great variety either. I hope you enjoy your shopping spree!!!!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I appreciate your prayers :) And of course I will post pictures to instagram of my purchases!

  4. I follow you on Instagram, wish I would have seen this earlier! I live in Houston and could have shown you around! Glad to hear all worked out well with your scans!


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