Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Back to school and more traveling (because being home is overrated)

So when I last left you I thought my traveling days were over. Little did I know that just 3 days after my return from Colorado I would be jumping on a plane to Louisiana (via Philadelphia). Thursday morning I received word that my Papa was in the hospital after having a stroke and decided that it would be a good idea to fly out to see him. I left Thursday night and arrived into New Orleans Friday morning. He is doing better now but they are still unsure what really is going on with his health. Hopefully soon they will be able to get him better. I was able to stay out there for a few days and visit with my extended family. It was really nice to see everyone since it had been a few months since I had been out there. I arrived back in Phoenix Wednesday morning (after missing my Tuesday afternoon flight). I spent the rest of Wednesday working and then went with my friend Janelle to the mall to pick up a few things for her wedding. Thursday I spent the day doing some much needed cleaning around my house. I also took my truck to have the damage appraised after her little accident a month ago. My battery decided it was going to die so I then had to take her to get a new battery. It seems like something is always going wrong with my poor girl. My friend Jonathan moved back to Arizona so Friday night we ended up having a bunch of people over at my house for a welcome back for him. It was really good to see all my friends again who I haven't seen lately since I have been gone so much. Saturday Lauren, my roommate Nate, his girlfriend Jen, and some of Jen's friends all went tubing down the Salt River. It was a lot of fun but the water was really yucky and by the end of the day I was so tired. The sun completely drained me of all energy even more than spending a day at the beach so Sunday I spent the day doing basically nothing. I read my book (Breaking Dawn the forth book in the Twilight saga) and laid around in anticipation for black Monday. Why is Monday black you may ask, well for me it meant another Semester at school. I spent Monday during the day working and then had class Monday night. Unfortunately for me Monday night I had a migraine and had to sit though a 3 hour lecture on the history of social thought while trying not to puke on the person sitting next to me. My professor is probably in her 80's and originally from Denmark so even had I not had a migraine I don't know how much I would have gotten from her lecture because her accent is so thick. My other classes are Hinduism, Justice Studies, and the sociology of Religion. My latter 3 are all online classes so we will have to wait and see how they go. This next weekend is Janelle and Jesse's wedding up in Sedona so my next post should be full of pictures but alas I don't really have any for this post. I am off to do some homework but I hope all is well with your world <3

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My Travels...

The last month has been filled with nonstop traveling for me. As my last post indicated I spent the beginning of July in California. Four days after my return from California I took a road trip with Chrissy and the babies and their golden retreiver to Chicago. We drove straight through and it took about 30 hours each way. The road trip was quite the experience and I can say without a doubt that I will never take a roadtrip with a child who doesn't understand the concept of time (10 minutes into the trip Mitchell was asking if we were there yet).

After we finally arrived in Chicago we had a lot of sleepless nights but overall I had a good time. The food was amazing and it was a totally different world up there. I wish I had been able to see more of the city but that wasn't really possible with 3 kids and a dog. We did visit the Museum of Science and Industry and spent one night walking around and shopping downtown.

The babies had a great time except for little Olivia who was in the process of getting 4 teeth during the trip. I was definitely ready to get home by the end and get some much needed sleep. After arriving back in Arizona I was able to spend a little time relaxing and getting things done but I was also working and trying to get my truck fixed (it was in an accident while my friends were borrowing it). I also had to face something that I had hoped I would never have to face again, another break in. My condo was broken into for the second time. They smashed through my sliding glass door and stole a bunch of my roommates things and a few of my DVD's. I was just happy that I wasn't home this time when it happened.

After about a week of being home I left once again and headed up to Flagstaff with my boyfriend. He was working up there so I went with him and we had a great time. I got to look at the NAU campus and go to the Lowell Observatory. We also drove around the mountains and it was beautiful. It rained every day we were up there which was a nice change from the heat in Phoenix.

From Flagstaff we drove up to Colorado to Lauren's parents cabin. It was amazing up there. Never could I have imagined how beautiful it could be with all the sunflowers growing wild. The cabin was built by his dad and grandfather and is on the Conejos river and I loved it up there. Other than a few mosquito bites it was absolutely perfect. We went rafting down the river, hiking up to a waterfall, and spent a day at a spa.