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Have been back from Vegas now for three days. Just getting back into the swing of things... I have zero desire to be at work... it just feels so empty here... and honestly, it kind of IS empty -- Of the 15 neighboring cubes, I'm the only one here.

Feeling drab... and down... Barry's sick... everyone's writing about great times in TBRU... Vegas was not all that fun... Lots of stuff with camp and RV-shopping coming up quickly (and overwhelmingly)... etc... etc... Don't get me wrong, I'm not really sad or upset or anything... just feeling blah... can't wait to get out of here and go to happy hour to hopefully cheer me up a bit.

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So the Vegas Wrap-up... when I last posted it was Saturday afternoon. Shortly there-after, I took a nap and woke-up hung-over. I was in no mood to go out... so we ended up just sleeping... I must have slept about 16 hours or so... Which on one-hand is good... but on the other, it sucked because we really missed out on going out in Vegas. All we did was gamble in the hotel and ... well... that's about it... gamble in the hotel. Lost a lot of money... but they comp-ed us dinner on Monday night because we gambled so much there... good and bad thing I guess. Barry and I agreed that it was our "most expensive dinner ever in our whole life"... LOL!

Vegas is such a lonely city I think -- at least I felt very alone a lot of the trip... I mean... sitting at a slot machine is really very solitary if you think about it. At one point I got so upset with myself that I had to walk away and try to do something -- I think that's when I went up to the hotel room and drank myself into oblivion on Saturday afternoon.

OK... so it wasn't all bad... there were things that I remember that were a lot of fun: Walking up the strip with Barry and visiting different casinos; pizza at New York New York; eating breakfasts and trying new things at the buffet; drinking and getting "free" drinks; the rare "wins" on the slots; sharing slots with Barry (like "Penny-Poker" and "Price-is-Right") was a lot of fun; playing roulette with Kim; going to the [straight] dance club with Kim, Carolyn, Don, Ryan, & Barry; watching the "volcano" erupt at Mirage; waiting for the "Sirens" show at Treasure Island (felt VIP as hotel guests, even if we never did get to see the show due to weather cancellations)...

Barry and I agreed that we could care less if we ever return to Vegas. We're still trying to find commonality in things that we like to do on vacation... it's different traveling with him... not good or bad in any specific way, just different.

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On our flight back (which took forever, ugh)... we had a transfer in Pheonix, AZ. Both Barry and I got quite choked-up as we were there and wanted to stay. We were very close to extending our vacation and just staying in Pheonix... if we had missed our connection, we'd honestly still be there. We'll definitely be going back to Pheonix... plans are turning in our heads already.

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This weekend... RV shopping... wish us luck.
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I know I shouldn't have worked on this for the last hour... but seriously, it was a lot easier than I thought and should have done it ages ago. (I love the LiveJournal image gallery.) Besides, it was nice to reflect on it for a little while and calm down a bit in the midst of the turmoil of moving... Such a wonderful trip...

There's 49 pictures of our trip to Arizona behind the cut. You've been warned... dial-up users beware... )
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OMG... I haven't LJ'd in like 9 days... Did a quick scan of all my friends' posts... Tried to catch up a bit. Things are so hectic, I have a feeling that posts are going to be at a minimum for a while... although perhaps while on vacation this weekend I'll be able to update a little.

* My last post was just before Barry and I put on our tuxes and went to my mom's banquet. Barry and I looked so hot in our tuxes! (Good god it was all I could do to keep myself off him all night.)

* The award banquet was preceded by several cocktail receptions. It was really great being there for my mom. And I could really tell she was happy that we could all be there.

* I managed to not get drunk and be able to take some good pictures at the banquet.

* Barry and I went out to meet [livejournal.com profile] thepup and [livejournal.com profile] cactusbear later that night. We met them at a different bar: I forget the name of it now... darn... but anyway... it was really nice place. Scary on the outside (we both were wondering "what are we getting into here") but really cool on the inside. We gave them Barry's rented tux so that he could return it for us (thanks Scott!) then we all sat and chatted and got slightly intoxicated and had a really good time. It was a really fun evening.

* "Scary stalker out-of-town business guy" showed up at the bar that evening (he was at the Padlock a few nights before hitting on Barry and I)... we all tried to avoid eye contact... ugh... He was so skeevey.

* Barry and I were hit-on by this really cute guy that was there. We played pool with him and he really wanted to spend the night with us. If it wasn't the last night of our trip, things might have worked out differently. (I'm just say'n)

* Return trip from AZ went smoothly. It was sad to go...

* Pictures from Arizona are on my PC and ready to be uploaded... hopefully soon. Really, I mean it.

* Last week and weekend was pretty un-eventful... Barry and I are just trying to keep on top of everything that needs to get done. Moving during the holidays is not a smart idea... but we'll manage.

* Had issues with getting Lee to pick up his stuff from the condo. It was really in the way and really starting to put us behind schedule. Ken & Don were constantly bugging me about getting it out of there and I was really getting stressed about it. Friday he finally came and I helped him move it all (in two trips, using two vehicles each trip).

* Keg party on Saturday for Sarah's 30th was a lot of fun. The "jungle juice" was so sweet and yummy... I paid for it the following day though. :) The birthday girl had fun too I think... even got her to do a keg stand... LOL! "Survivor Flip Cup" came down to me vs her... I let her win. ;) Barry was enjoying the beer pong game... his opponents (straight guys) were grabbing their crotches trying to distract him...

* Barry and I picked out paint colors for all the rooms in the condo. I'm SO SO SO excited and can't wait to see what the rooms will look like once they are finished. Ken & Don are going to paint the rooms for us... it's so nice of them (I'm giving them discount on their rent for doing it). Summary of rooms: Bedroom is dark red and dark blue; office is light blue and yellow; guest room is dark brown, tan, and orange; bathroom is light green; living room is light purple and light blue (almost white). I don't remember all the color names off-hand, but I'll have to do a post about them. (It was really fun picking out colors using the Behr color computer and previewing the colors in a picture on the computer.) For the bedroom, I'm planning to do a curtain along one of the walls (floor-to-ceiling)... we picked up that fabric this weekend too.

* Getting ready for our trip to Ohio (Aunt's house in Wooster) for Thanksgiving. Should be a nice trip.

That's all I can remember at this point... Feel a little better now that this is done... I feel like it's one more thing off my to-do list.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Yesterday we slept in a bit and went out for a pizza lunch. Then met up with my parents and brother & his wife... we all went to Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. It was a nice place and interesting... I liked the theater and cabaret that he had there (acoustics were great) and his designs integrating nature are really incredible. I still want to see "Fallingwater" but I think that would be all the Frank Lloyd Wright I would ever need to see any more of.

Peter & Sarah and Barry & I ate dinner at Margarita Factory while mom & dad went to a reception there for my mom. Dinner was good and it was nice to catch up with Peter and Sarah. We don't often get a chance to sit and chat with them... It was nice.

Afterward, Barry and I went out to Padlock again to meet up with Scott ([livejournal.com profile] thepup) and Jim ([livejournal.com profile] cactusbear) and also got to meet Mike ([livejournal.com profile] bearizona) and Connor ([livejournal.com profile] ubermunkey).

[Yay! I finally get to have a journal entry where I say I met so-and-so and so-and-so and so-and-so from LiveJournal.] :)

Scott was hard at work behind the bar... keeping things under control and making people laugh... just as one would expect... And, yes, he is as animated as one would think based on his photos.

All four of them were so cute... Mike was cheerful and tickling me... Connor gave me a massage that made me melt... Jim chatted and kept us company until we left... Several pictures were taken and I'm looking forward to seeing them on [livejournal.com profile] thepup's journal.

Barry was looking mighty fine and his new hat was a big hit.

Today we're sleeping in... hopefully sit by the pool for a little while... tonight is the big night -- black tie evening and induction banquet for mom.
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So to continue my update from where I left off two days ago...

Holbrook was as quiet / boring as we expected... The Best Western had make-them-yourself waffles in their breakfast though... so that rocked! And Barry made me "breakfast in bed", how sweet! :)

Our trip took us through Salt River Canyon, which was very scenic. And we headed toward Roosevelt Lake and then to Route 88. Now, I wasn't prepared for STATE ROUTE 88 to be UNPAVED! Yes, that's right, we got to this point where there was a sign saying "Pavement Ends 500 feet" and then "No Pavement for next 22 miles"... Holy Crap! I was like, "Um, honey, are you sure we're on the right road?" And then there was this state mile-marker there sitting at the side of the dirt road, just like it was a "normal" highway. It was neat... and some totally AMAZING views and scenery. Only thing that I didn't like was the fact that there were very few guardrails (if any) and the cliffs dropped down below us... I was so scared... literally shaking at some points... bless Barry for putting up with me... and for his great driving skills...

I wouldn't recommend this road for anyone faint of heart... but I would totally recommend it to everyone as it's amazing. Just take your time and have good tires.

Hit Phoenix during rush hour and must say it was quite a (stressful) difference between being cliff-side an hour previously and now being squished between 18-wheeler and five cars.

We weren't expecting much from our reservations at "The Royal Villa" in Phoenix... a gay, clothing-optional resort that we found on the web. Didn't hear much good things about it, but turned out to be a really nice place. Nothing super "fancy", but really nice and hospitable host, clean room, quiet setting, nice pool, etc. We were very happy with it... They are opening a brand-new Villa this Saturday (can't believe we missed the new place by one week), and I would recommend it as a place to stay when in Phoenix...

Barry and I got to meet and hang with Scott ([livejournal.com profile] thepup) on Tuesday night... Tequila was drunk in celebration of Barry's birthday. :)

Wednesday was spent around town... Started the day kicking our hangover with Oregano's Pizza (chicago style stuffed, yum!), got haircuts (mine is a bit shorter than I expected/wanted, but looks OK), rented Barry's tux and got acquainted with the area a bit more... sat in the hot-tub and relaxed... then made it out to the Padlock around 11pm (sorry to have missed [livejournal.com profile] bearizona)... closed the bar down and drank yet more tequila in celebration of Barry's birthday. :)

Today we had brunch and picked up the tux, went shopping -- got Barry a great pair of cowboy boots, and went to Harley Davidson shop for a T-shirt for one of Barry's friends and found a great hat for Barry as well. Then checked into our final hotel of our trip... Gainey Suites... a bedroom w/kitchen suite... very nice place. Met my parents for dinner and had a really nice dinner and conversation with them. It was great to see them... and I learned some more (from my dad) about what mom has done to earn the honor that she is receiving Saturday and I'm so proud of her.

Finally caught up... watching some TV and relaxing in the room... I think I'm going to go through our 400+ pictures and try and pick out some good ones to share with you all.
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Our trip up to Grand Canyon was nice... saw all kinds of different terrain. Didn't really expect / realize how much variety of terrain AZ has. The "traditional" cactus (the kind everyone thinks of with one long pole in the middle and arms) was like looking at little armies of green men waving at you as you drove along the highway. :)

Sedona was BEAUTIFUL! Ate at a little restaurant called "Blue Moon". Read about the energy vortexes in the area. Since we were racing against the sun to catch his last rays in the Canyon, we weren't able to actually find any vortexes, but note to self: spend more time in Sedona and hike to a vortex for the next time we come to AZ.

We got to the Canyon rim just at sunset and managed to get some nice shots in. Another hour or so earlier and we might have gotten more sun in the pictures.. but seriously, the gigantic hole in the ground was awe inspiring, but even though I'm grown up, it doesn't have much more effect on me than a few hours and then I'm like... "Yeah, ok, it's a hole in the ground". Albeit, a very beautiful hole in the ground...

The drive to our hotel in the dark was long and ... well ... dark. Very scary out in the wilderness with no one around for miles and no cell service and deer jumping out in front of the car. (Yes, that did happen once, but we were all OK. There were signs for "Elk Crossing" and we were just saying how terrible it would be to hit and elk and how much damage it would cause... I said something like, "Yeah deers are enough..." and just a few miles down the road I guess the deer overheard us talking about them.)

Raddison in Flagstaff was very nice. Included a whirlpool tub too!! Whoo hoo... nice dinner (although weird because we were the only ones in the restaurant). Really liked the place. And Flagstaff seemed like such a nice little town. Lots going on and Route 66 runs through it so there's all these quaint hotels along the road and lots of neon and flashing lights. Great little town.

Monday morning we awoke with breakfast in the room (room service, yeah! gotta splurge once in a while). :) Then got on our way for a nice relaxing drive across the state to Petrified Forest.

The "forest" of stone logs strewn about the landscape was pretty much just as I remember it. I think as an adult I can appreciate the beauty / wonder of the stones a bit more... but really not a lot to see. We saw it all in two hours or so. Painted desert scenery was nice. One vista was breath taking. And the petroglyphs still fascinate me like they did when I was a kid. I guess we don't really change that much inside as we get older. (Either that or I'm just a kid at heart still?)

OK... well... we're off for a lazy drive down to Phoenix... (well, once I shower...)
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Our travel went very well. Barry and I had several packing and to-do lists and we checked them twice... feeling really prepared for the trip... with our six pieces of luggage (which includes 1 large, 1 garment, 2 small, 1 camera, and 1 laptop). My sister and Chris picked us up and we all went to breakfast at Denny's then made our way to the airport. Nice and early arrival there so we had a beer and relaxed. Flights went very smoothly. Cincinnati is a nice airport... full of shops and food and pretty easy layout... no internet like Allentown though. :)

Hotel we're staying at is right near the airport and not a very nice part of town... lots of what look like "rent by the hour" rooms around the area, pawn shops, and adult stores... with some decent hotels (like this Days Inn and Ramada and such) mixed in. I wouldn't really recommend the area I guess... but from the inside of the hotel all feels fine. Extra security around the hotel and at the Circle-K makes one wonder though.

It's 8:30am here now and we slept in... I woke up a little early and am letting Barry get some more sleep (he was up earlier unable to sleep around 5am -- which is 7am our body time, which is his normal wake-up). Our plans: breakfast, then hit the road to see Sedona. I saw some beautiful pictures in a brochure last night and said "I want to see that"... Barry said, "That's why we're going through Sedona." Cool. I'm excited... the weather is absolutely gorgeous out!

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