My Great Texas Adventure

by jenna on September 7, 2010

I’m so sorry, y’all. I mean, one minute I’m driving a four wheeler in the mud somewhere in East Texas and the next I’m going eighty five miles per hour on the shoulder, trying to get to the county hospital with Almanzo rolling around in the back seat.

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Just a typical little vacation, you know?

The good news is that we’ve extended our little Texas vacation by a few days. The bad news is that now I know first hand the excruciating pain that kidney stones can cause. Ladies, email me if your husband or boyfriend ever gets a kidney stone and I can try to talk you through it. It’s not a pretty thing but will make for pretty great relationship bonding, I can assure you that.

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Thankfully, we have amazing friends here in Austin who have been taking great care of us and I’m getting pretty familiar with the city….or actually, the state itself. In a matter of three days, I’ve driven about eight hundred miles in a little white dodge rental car. It’s been a little out of control to say the least. I think we are on the up and up here though and should be able to fly out by this weekend.

However. I told Almanzo that we should just stay and attempt College Station round two since we didn’t make it to the Aggie game last Saturday. It’s all part of the adventure, right?

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So, because of the extenuating emergency circumstances, I haven’t been taking too many photos. My party at Lustre Pearl seems like ten years ago and currently I’m sitting blogging in a small lakeside coffee shop somewhere in Austin with the patient sipping water at my side. Good thing he’s so cute, I’ll tell ya what.

Here are some of my favorite photos so far. Despite everything we’ve been through (and we’ve been through a lot in the past four days…trust me), I really LOVE Texas! Hopefully we can come back soon for a pain-free vacation. But until then…


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jen @ Taste Life September 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

Oh my gosh, Jenna, that sounds crazy! It sounds like you and Almonzo really bonded, though, and perhaps this is a story you’ll tell to future generations. :) Keep enjoying yourself!

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katie@ Fab.Fit.Full. September 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

My sister is a massage therapist in Austin, maybe she can help with the pain/stress! http://www.remedyhealing.com/default.asp?contentID=793

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Heather (Heather's Dish) September 7, 2010 at 11:09 am

girl, i love texas too…i so miss it! the road trips are the best…where else can you drive FOREVER and still be in the same state? except for going north/south in california :)

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Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 7, 2010 at 11:11 am

What great photos! I love the boots in the mud haha. Looks like you’ve been eating some good stuff too =)

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 7, 2010 at 11:14 am

Aw, that sounds awful. My friend gets really bad kidney stones so I know how horrible they can be. Hopefully he’ll be back to normal soon!

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Jessica @ How Sweet September 7, 2010 at 11:14 am

If those are you boots… they are too cute! And I’m so sorry about the kidney stones… heres to a speedy recovery!

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 7, 2010 at 11:14 am

Aww poor Almanzo!! I’m sure you’re taking good care of him and he’ll be back up to speed in no time!

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R @ Learning As I Chop September 7, 2010 at 11:15 am

Such a cute picture of you two!

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Tina September 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

Oh no!! I hope he feels better fast! Glad you two get the option of staying down there longer though so you can enjoy everything despite the emergency situation.

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Kelly @ Happy Texans September 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

Ouch!! My hubby gets kidney stones sometimes and it’s so painful for him. He had to have one removed years ago. Ugh!

Sorry your Texas trip has had some stressful times. I do love those pictures. Makes me want a Shiner right now. :) Tour some of the vineyards and breweries if you get a chance. It’s a lot of fun.

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Therese September 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

Glad the emergency is no longer an emergency! I remember when my father had kidney stones and the doctor tried to tell my mother to brace herself as he was having a heart attack and she’s the one that said: “No, I think it’s just kidney stones.” and my Mother was a waitress for most of her life!

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Stacy September 7, 2010 at 11:23 am

Oh, no I hope he feels better! Kidney stones are definitely no fun. It’s pretty great that you were able to bond over it :) I am sure you have been a wonderful “nurse” helping to take care of him. That shrimp looks absolutely delicious!

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emily September 7, 2010 at 11:26 am

Awww, poor Almanzo! My husband had kidney stones and his was record breaking small and it still hurt like hell!

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Danielle September 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

Women get kidney stones too. They are an equal opportunity experience! My husband has supported me through three rounds of them, and I’ve been told they are more painful than being in labor.

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Tara @ FoodforFuel September 7, 2010 at 11:30 am

Mmm you went to Z’Tejas! Love their shrimp tostada bites. Hope the rest of your trip is eventful but without any trips to the hospital :)

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Lizzie September 7, 2010 at 11:31 am

Urgh! Sorry to hear about the medical emergency – but nothing lie adventure to keep up the bonding, right? Those shrimp look amazing!

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Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 7, 2010 at 11:31 am

I’m so glad he’s feeling better. That is definitely a bonding experience. Those are the kinds of things that deepen your relationship. Glad to see you guys were able to roll with the punches.

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Estela @ Weekly Bite September 7, 2010 at 11:32 am

I hope he feels better soon!

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marie September 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

The Aggies are my MORTAL ENEMIES. You’re better off without ‘em!

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Kelly September 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

Sorry about the kidney stone drama! I hope he feels better soon and that you are still enjoying texas!

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Amy September 7, 2010 at 11:35 am

Kidney stones are no fun – I hope he recovers quickly. Z’Tejas photos! That’s one of mine and my husband’s favorite restaurants for a dinner without the kids.

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Mary September 7, 2010 at 11:35 am

AH! kidney stones are the WORST ! I remember one time my ex boyfriend now, had one and I had to take him to the hospital at 5am because he was in such pain!

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kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com September 7, 2010 at 11:35 am

you are a guys’ dream girl!!! my cousin drives 4 wheelers and i only ever got the chance to ride on the back of one, theyre so fun tho!!

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jen September 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

too bad you guys didn’t make it to the game on saturday-it’s definitely an experience. hope he starts feeling better soon. at least you are stuck in a cool city and maybe it will stop raining here one day between now and the weekend :)

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megan @ whatmegansmaking September 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

oh my, I’m so sorry to hear that! Glad he’s doing better though. Hope you can enjoy what’s left of your vacation

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Beth (Blessed and Inspired) September 7, 2010 at 11:42 am

Let me guess… you went to ZTejas?? Sad that I can tell by the food picture! Also, I’m betting that you’re blogging from Mozart’s??

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Marguerite M September 7, 2010 at 11:44 am

Poor Adam! Hope all is well now! And then you are being hit with a TON of rain and wind from the storm! I think you will be happy to get back to Cali! And plan for your next trip to Texas! Glad you guys got a great bonding experience out of it! Enjoy what little time you have left of your Vacation!

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Kris September 7, 2010 at 11:44 am

Aww poor Almonzo! He’s lucky to have you with him. It is the most agonizing pain; I had to have the last one removed surgically. Make sure he keeps drinking his water, and hope he feels better.

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elisa September 7, 2010 at 11:46 am

Glad you’re enjoying my state! I couldn’t possibly live anywhere else! I feel your(Almanzo’s) pain with kidney stones as I myself have had 3. WORST PAIN EVER!! Hope you make it to the Aggie game! Whoop!

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Claire September 7, 2010 at 11:56 am

Oh man! Watching your bf go through a passing of kidney stones is the WORST! I had to do it last year and it was awful to see this 6’2″ man go through such excruciating pain. He wouldn’t even go to the doctor-just sat in the tub for hours and tuff’d it out :(

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Rebecca September 7, 2010 at 11:57 am

Poor Almanzo, glad he is feeling better!

And I gather by the cornbread that you went to Z Tejas, yummmm!

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Hallie September 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm

My brother got kidney stones like a week after he moved cross-country. And two days after he got mugged (but, learned an important lesson about Washington DC parks after midnight). It sounded BAD, the poor thing. Your guy is lucky to have you as a nurse!

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Heather September 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Glad to hear you are all doing well now, enjoy the rest of your trip!

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Maria September 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Shiner Bock! Black beans and cheesy things! YUMMM! But boo to Almanzo getting sick :(

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tasha - the clean eating mama September 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Glad to hear everything is OK!
All I saw was the beautiful picture of cornbread. That’s pretty much all I needed to see. =)

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Annie@stronghealthyfit September 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Glad everything is calming down! Sorry to hear about the kidney stones :-(
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Coley September 7, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Ouch! I hope Almanzo feels better quickly! Enjoy your time in Texas and thanks for the update:)

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Camille September 7, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Yikes, what an experience!
All your food photos are especially gorgeous!

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Stephanie September 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I recognize the Z Tejas cornbread, too! Glad the patient is recovering!

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Annie September 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm

You poor dears! I know how anxious you must have been. I had to drive to several different emergency rooms at midnight while my boyfriend screamed in pain in the back seat. (He was having major back issues.) I was shaking by the time I finally got into the ER.

I hope Almanzo feels better!

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Amber K September 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm

So sorry he was in such pain! I’ve heard that they can feel worse than labor. Not something I ever want to experience!

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers September 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Oh my gosh- my worst childhood memory ever is waking up in the middle of the night with my dad screaming from the bathroom floor with a kidney stone. yikes. Glad he’s ok!!!

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Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 7, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Sorry about the kidney stones! My husband got those a few times and even had to have surgery for one of them. Hope he’s doing better, and I’m glad you’re enjoying TEXAS!

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grace September 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm

glad you’re enjoying texas despite the mishap.

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm

This sounds like my last trip. I went to Virginia and my mom took a nasty fall, landing her in the ER for stitches to her head. Definitely makes a trip interesting, lol. On a happier note, wonderful pictures!

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Emily September 7, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Great photos! Sorry to read about the problems, but the food looks divine :)

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Jillian @ Reshape Your Life September 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Glad to hear he is doing better! And wow ya’ll have been driving like crazy! But it looks like ya’ll have had an awesome time (given the circumstances) and have eaten yummy food. Texas welcomes you two anytime! Hope Almanzo feels better soon!

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Emmanuelle September 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Aw, poor Almanzo, glad he’s feeling better though! Enjoy the rest of your time in Texas!

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Katie September 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Oh yikes poor guy!! Kidney stones would NOT be fun. Hope you enjoyed your vaca though!

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Alison September 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm

The last picture is awesome! Haha, I’d love to go muddin’ :)

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Courtney @ Bread & Bokeh September 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm

That picture of Almonzo and you is so adorable! I hope he is on his way to a speedy recovery!

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Nicole, RD September 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Love Texas…and Shiner Bock!

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Karen September 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Oh, I hear you! Just had the same experience with my boyfriend, except we were in New Orleans. (Interestingly enough – we live in Austin!) I took him to the Tulane Medical Center ER for the first round…and then to the Seton ER once we were back in Austin when it flared up again. Kidney stones are not fun! The ER doctor in New Orleans told us that it was the closest experience to the pain of childbirth that a man could have. I hope Almonzo is feeling better!

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Sana September 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Oh goodness I hope your boy is doing much better now!

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Rebeca September 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I am SO SO glad you’ve had a fun trip, minus the kidney problems. I adore living in Central Texas so I am glad you’re having fun. Lake side coffee shop? I hope you mean Mozarts! Anywho, enjoy the rest of the trip!!

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Mary Catherine September 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm

So sorry to hear about Almanzo’s kidney stones :( poor thing! Hope you get to experience some true Tex-Mex while you guys are here. Matts El Rancho has some of the best (their Bob Armstrong queso is to-die-for!) Balance it out by eating at Eastside Cafe – they serve fresh veggies from their garden to your table.

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Brooke - One Healthy Cookie September 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

haha, I was about to comment that I hope you’re at Mozart’s too! Oh, such a great little place.

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MaryK. September 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Kidney stones are not a walk in the park! I know how it can disrupt a vacation! My husband actually got an attack on the second day of our honeymoon and slept through the rest of our romantic vacation. We can laugh about it now at least. :)

Hopefully your trip home goes smoothly!

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eatmovelove September 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Hope he’s doing better now. Love all the pictures…but

THOSE BOOTS! woot!

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Caitlin September 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Well wishes to the boyfriend! I am a woman, but kidney stones are still one of my greatest physical fears. You guys must be very brave to get through it together!

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misti September 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Looks like you may have had the amazing Shrimp Tostada Bites from Z-Tejas. MMMMmmmmm good!

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Rebecca September 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

My dad suffers from Medulary Sponge Kidney Disease, which essentially means that your kidneys don’t properly drain… With new medications now, he has no new stones in his kidneys for the first time in decades! He’s had hundreds in his life. I know what it’s like to watch as a loved one is in unspeakable pain! Make sure Almanzo drinks TONS of water, and watch to make sure he takes it easy! I am sure you are doing this for him already… boys can be stubborn! Depending on what minerals his stones were comprised of (my dad’s are calcium oxalate), you may be able to help prevent stones in the future by altering his diet. Others, like my dad, will need medication to prevent the formation of the stones.
Hope you’re continuing to have fun in Texas!!

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Krystina September 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I’m glad he’s alright! Do I spy cornbread? Delicious.

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Kristin September 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Hi Jenna! I recently started reading your blog and I love it! So sorry to hear about Almonzo’s kidney stones. Hope he’s doing better. I live in Austin and I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying your time here (well, for the most part anyway)! Since you guys are still in the area, and if the boyfriend is up to it, you should head over to Brenham and tour the Blue Bell factory. It’s about 90 miles from Austin. They serve you ice cream at the end of the tour! http://www.bluebell.com/the_little_creamery/visiting_blue_bell/VisitBB_Brenham.html Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your time here!

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Janice September 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Oh no – I have had those 1x thankfully and that was enough- lots of pain for sure
But I also have 2 kids so kidney stones are cheaper and less body changing than childbirth at least ;)
As a born and raised and will probably NEVER leave the lone star state – welcome y’all an enjoy it fully!!!

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Katherine September 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Love the Texas pics, you too are beyond cute.

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Janice September 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Ok didn’t make sure my comment sounded like a redneck that can’t write ;( awesome!
– anyway
Live it up!

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hiplip September 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Make sure to try a Shiner Blonde too!

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Emily September 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Ugh to kidney stones. My dad had them once and it is the only time I have ever seen him literally writhing in pain. It was terrifying. Also, later that week, I got my wisdom teeth out. My poor mother had to take care of both of us invalids!

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Maren September 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

When I met my boyfriends Dad’s side of the family, after we had been together for almost 4 years, I got the worst case of food poisoning I’ve ever had a day into the trip. It’s awful, being away from home and sick, but I’m so much closer to those people now. You can’t really feel awkward over anything after that.

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

So glad that he’s on the mend! Wow…I have had a kidney stone and they are horrible!

I love your boots. I know other vegans will probably throw tomatoes at me for saying that, but they are so sassy, sexy, and awesome! I dig em!! :)

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Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ September 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Glad he’s okay and you and a little fun and some great food.

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Maria September 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Oh my goodness I love your cowboy boots please tell me where I can get a pair immediately?!

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Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up September 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Sorry to hear that about Almanzo! I hope he feels better quickly!

Glad to hear you’re enjoying Texas though! :)

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Lauren at KeepItSweet September 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Aw so glad he is doing ok!

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Suzanne de Cornelia September 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

The photos are JUST gorgeous and amazing.

COULDN’T feel sorrier for Almanzo. OMG–have WITNESSED this–Truly Horrible! Regis Philbin talked about his own frightening experience on the air. Get thee to ‘Prescription for Nutritional Healing’ ($17. medical bible)—to find out cause/effect/what to do. Poor Almanzo! But he has YOU! I looked on Youtube and several say Lemon Juice dissolves, including one who says his were the size of a nickel–Oy!!!

In the meantime, I’ve been blogging about the most romantic of the Loire Valley chateau, Chenonceau that can’t wait to return to for the summer moonlit walks. Very romantic story behind it (except for the wife, but in those times she, unfortunately, was a more of a political alliance than an amorous life partner).

Get Well Soon, Almanzo!! So sorry for your extreme pain. Not fair!!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Your poor man! But you two are TOO precious together! And that food.. oh yum!

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Rachael September 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Nothing like a medical crisis to cement a relationship :)
Apparently kidney stones are something more common to men, but I get them every couple of months (post-Africa bad kidneys).I’m still waiting to compare them to childbirth, but they are pretty darn atrocious…rolling around in the back of a car sounds about right. Hope he has a speedy recovery, and I’d recommend uva uri as an herbal prevention method in the next few weeks.

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Audra September 7, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I went to A&M and am kind of jealous that you get to go visit Aggieland! If you like fish tacos, you should definitely try La Bodega while you’re there. Amazing fresh food, great drinks and a fun atmosphere! I worked there in college and still love it!

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Catherine September 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I am also a fellow Aggie (class of ’06 – whoop!). I am super jealous that you are there. I worked at La Bodega in college and I too can attest that the food is great (the drinks aren’t so bad, either!). :-)

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Kim@BudgetOrganicLiving September 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I can totally relate to you driving 85 on the shoulder to the ER. I didn’t drive that fast when I brought my husband J to the ER because it was 4 am and I was exhausted, but it was difficult no to. He was in so much pain and we had no clue what was happening and I was so very scared. Thank goodness he was okay and that Almanzo is okay too.

You should definitely try to get to the game on Saturday. I think you all will have fun and if Almanzo is anything like my husband he’ll be as good as new in just a couple of days!

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kate September 7, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Glad youve still managed to have a decent vaca!

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Paige September 7, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Taking a wild guess from your pictures… did you happen to eat at Z Tejas on 6th & sit lakeside at Mozarts? I live in Austin & if you haven’t made it to those 2 places, I highly suggest it :)

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Joelle (The Pancake Girl)) September 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Gah, I want some boots too!!

I feel your pain on the hospital stay- trip to Nola a few months ago with my boyfriend landed us in the hospital all wkend as his appendix decided to be a big troublemaker.

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susan September 7, 2010 at 7:55 pm

How do you like the remnants of Hermine? Making for a beautiful day in Austin huh?

P.S. Shinerbock is the best… try the other flavors too just for fun!

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Rachel Wilkerson September 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Love the food pics and the lovely couple pic!!

Even though you’re still here under crappy circumstances, I hope you’re enjoying yourself!!

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Jessica@tastyandtrim September 7, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Sorry to hear about the kidney stones. I hope Almanzo feels much better! You two are just adorable together :)

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Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) September 7, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Poor guy! On a totally unrelated note, I always can’t help but wonder how many of your [new] readers/commenters think your boyfriend’s actual name is “Almanzo.”

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M September 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

That is funny about “Almanzo”(for new readers… he’s Adam in the real world! ;)

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Mary Lee September 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Aww poor Almanzo! My hubby has had them 2 times now, and he kind of lives in fear of more. The last time they told him he’d likely have another in the next year or so by the looks of an ultrasound, not a happy camper.

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Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle September 7, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I’m moving to Austin in January!!!! Glad you had a good time!

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Suzanne de Cornelia September 7, 2010 at 9:52 pm

BTW forgot to mention.

The Carmel Art and Film Festival Oct 6-1o is giving away (3)- FREE five day trips to Carmel for the festival! Deadline to enter 9/12. Details: http://tinyurl.com/oe4ezq

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Erin September 8, 2010 at 2:40 am

Oh man, these pictures make me miss Texas immensely! (i’m living overseas right now)

Despite the painful circumstances, I hope you enjoy your few extra days in the land of cowboys, bbq and Aggie fans :-)

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Gree September 8, 2010 at 3:20 am

Yikes! Kidney stones are awful, glad to hear he is recovering. Love the picture of the boots in mud!

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Christie - Honoring Health September 8, 2010 at 3:30 am

I hope Adam is feeling better soon. I have never known anyone with kidney stones but heard it is more painful than childbirth!

Enjoy the rest of your days and I hope it is pain free!

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Sarah September 8, 2010 at 4:25 am

A nurse told me kidney stones were the only pain as strong as childbirth, so there’s a justice after all ;)

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 8, 2010 at 4:37 am

I love the picture of you two, so cute! I’m sorry that Adam had to deal with kidney stones. :( I hope he’s feeling better.

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Laura (spokesnoats) September 8, 2010 at 5:21 am

Awwww! I hate when vacations don’t go as planned. And I hate even more when my better half is ill. So sorry for you both :(

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sarah k. @ the pajama chef September 8, 2010 at 6:27 am

yikes! glad he’s recovering and you guys have people around ya to help out. :)

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Jenny September 8, 2010 at 6:37 am

Looks like a lot of fun! :)

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Debby September 8, 2010 at 7:25 am

I love your hair color :D It is your natural color?

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Lynna September 8, 2010 at 7:48 am

Ah, yes, kidney stones…husband’s first round, he drove himself to the doctor’s office (WTH?) and they immediately put him on a demerol drip and called me. 2nd and 3rd rounds involved me driving frantically to the ER with him rolling around in the back seat, a la Almanzo. Excrutiating, he says…hope A feels better!

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Sarah @ See Sarah Eat September 8, 2010 at 7:53 am

Your pictures (and you!) are beautiful and you look very happy :) I hope your boyfriend is feeling better soon, that sounds awful.

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Sarah September 8, 2010 at 7:54 am

your trip looks so fun jenna! i have always heard austin is a great city. so sorry you had to deal with kidney stones…i had them in college it and was so horrible. i literally thought i was dying. i got them on bid day my junior year and enden up in the ER…not good. hope he is doing better!!

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Lauren @ Running Examiner September 8, 2010 at 8:49 am

ugh, poor almanzo. my boyfriend had a kidney stone last year, and he was none too pleased about it. (he even had a minor one!) hope he gets better asap.

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Rachel September 8, 2010 at 9:18 am

Wonderful photos! Sorry about the kidney stones. Come to Dallas, please!!

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Amy September 8, 2010 at 9:42 am

Whoop! To the Aggieland water tower and College Station, not the kidney stones. That’s a bummer.

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Kristin September 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm

county hospital? does that mean yall went to Brackenridge? i’m a nurse on the oncology floor there – it isn’t a pretty hospital, and i imagine you had to wait a longgg time in the ER, but the staff there is perty good :)

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Jen September 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

Oh man. I got a kidney stone on my sweet sixteen (happy birthday!). It is to this day the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. Methinks I’ll be able to handle childbirth much better after that, lol.

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Kristin September 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I’m a native Texan and now a Florida girl. I love me some Shiner. So glad you are having a (minus the kidney stone) good time, Texas style!

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