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Drive up yesterday was "looonnng", but OK. Town is nice and the shops look great... scenery (both actual scenery and eye-candy) is nice... Was too tired to go out partying last night, so Barry and I called it an evening after dinner. Well rested now, sitting on the porch, looking at the Moors and enjoying the nice breeze... looking forward to the beach and a night out on the town.
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Mar 23rd -- that was the last posting... *sigh*

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bigfundrew for the nudge a couple days ago... that nudge combined with [livejournal.com profile] philabearjoe's recent picture of me, and inspired by the fact that [livejournal.com profile] obsessing7 is still posting... has finally got me to come in to LJ and visit for a spell.

Since March I've poked my head in a couple times and tried to keep up with a few LJ friends... but never got around to making an entry. Sad part is, I know there's been a couple of events in my life when I thought in my head "I should make an LJ entry about this"...

The truth is that I used to journal while at work... but earlier this year, I had an intense project that took away my surfing/journaling time... now, I'm just out of the habit.

So without further ado...
16 Notable Events in the Past 16 Weeks )

Kind of amazing that there was at least one important thing each week... makes me feel good to reflect on them a bit and record them. I'll have to share some pictures of them too -- once I find/upload the pics.

So now we're caught-up to today... I'm sitting at camp right now, recovering from a night of fun "Bear Weekend" partying. Barry and I are on vacation this entire week... we're going to P-Town for Bear Week. I'm excited about going to P-Town for the first time ever... and excited about having a "fire and picnic on the beach" -- something I've always wanted to do. Really looking forward to a fun and relaxing (and "sexy" with all the eye-candy there will be) week!

(Hugs)
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Good lord it's been a long time since I posted... and I've been sitting on pictures from Mardi Gras for almost two months now.

Mardi Gras (back in the first weekend of February) was a great trip. Ryan and Alison were gracious hosts. Had a great time with Kim and them in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Got my pictures uploaded.. here's a sampling... You can also see them all in the gallery.


Getz me some Sonic! Getz me some Sonic!
Yumm! I've gotz to get me some Sonic whenever I get near one. :)
First Beads First Beads
Alison, Ryan, Paul: Our first beads and Ryan got me and him coozies. "Shuck Me, Suck Me, Eat Me Raw"
Fun Times Fun Times
Alison, Kim
Fun Times Fun Times
Paul, Ryan: with the "S Word" that lasted a few nights before getting broken by beads and then stolen.
Waiting in Line Waiting in Line
Paul: waiting in line for breakfast at Mother's with "feather" beads that I caught the day before
Stopping by Brad & Angelina's Stopping by Brad & Angelina's
Kim, Alison, Paul: We stopped by Brad & Angelina's but things were quiet there.
Say Cheese Say Cheese
Bead Heaven Bead Heaven
Rolling around in the beads -- end of the weekend we had probably around 200lbs of beads -- seriously!
Kim & Paul Kim & Paul
Jazz Brunch at Commander's Palace
Ryan & Alison Ryan & Alison



Since Mardi Gras, it feels like a lifetime has passed -- hard to believe it has only been 7 weeks... I've been SO extremely busy at work. Got somewhat of a promotion -- or at least a new job function -- being the admin for my department for a new software package that the company is adopting. I've been frantically developing linkage from my software into this new software so that our business can still function. The timelines for the implementation of the new software has been crazy tight... April 7th is the "go-live" date... I've been working until 2-3am in the morning a couple nights getting everything in order.

Tomorrow I leave for NYC for a week of training. I'm so excited about being in the big city for the week. I love it when the company puts-you-up and I get to be "corporate traveler". I'm hoping to catch a play and shop in the village and meet-up with a college friend. Oh, yeah, and train and work too...
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OK... caught up on some overdue LJ reading...

Leaving on Wednesday for Mardi Gras (New Orleans)!! Whoo hoo!
Quite excited about it. A little nervous -- travel nerves and wondering what-all we will do down there for the weekend... My friend sent an itinerary this morning scoping-out all of our plans and that really helped put it into perspective that there's lots to do and I'll be with good company (fun and knows what to do there). The plans really helped ease my concerns about "what will we be doing while there".

A little nervous about spending "so much" money when I really don't have it. But I'm not going to think about financial stuff while there... will have taxes and bonus coming in a month to help with all that... so yay for credit cards.

Other than travel nerves, another thing kind of causing a little trepidation about the trip: clothes. I need more comfortable clothes. Or, I need to loose weight to make my clothes more comfortable. But, I'm also not going to think about that... I'll take what I do have that's comfortable and just make-do.

I'm very excited about the trip... a whole weekend of travel and fun and adventure. I've told a couple people that it's a "Girl's Weekend" because I'm going without Barry. I feel a little weird about the fact that I'm going without him... it will be my first trip / weekend without him in a very long time... like two years?? He's going to Boston for the weekend... which I feel a little jealous about... is that odd? I guess it's only human.



In other news:

We got a small camera (Olympus Stylus 760) for us to be able to take pictures on trips and such without me having to lug around my Canon 20D. I'm excited about the new toy. Barry's taking it to Boston... I'll take my Canon with me to Mardi Gras... but it's always so heavy to be walking around with it... but I feel photographic right now. However, I'm sure after a few hurricanes I won't be thinking of being artistic with a camera.

Barry got a job (starting in a week or two?) -- yay! Hopefully the debt hole we've fallen into will go away over the next few months with two incomes again.

Went up to the campground two weekends ago to check on our site... all is well -- a little snow cover on the ground -- the camper looked so "sleepy".

Speaking of The Woods, I've been hard at work developing new things for the website. Most recently: the photo gallery, which is dynamic so that the owner can upload and label the photos and "for-sale" items. I've been up late working on that and some other "geeky-fun" things. I *heart* web development.
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Just wanted to post a quick little entry to recap the vacation weekend.

Barry and I drove to my parent's in West Virginia on Wednesday. Fairly easy drive... had a really good time with my parents and family. And Thanksgiving dinner went very well. There were 26 people -- my mom's side of the family... almost all of them. Barry was a major help in the kitchen, keeping everything cooking and making sure everything was ready on-time.

We made a video for my grandma (mom's mom) where everyone related their favorite "Holiday Memory" and wished her well -- since she lives in Florida and can't travel to be with everyone. It was really nice... now if we (Barry and I) can just get it burnt to a DVD -- darn software is not working quiet the way it should.

Black Friday was spent with family, sitting around and chatting... and a little shopping thrown in.

Barry and I drove back home on Saturday. We then went to Santa Saturday in New Hope... got there just as the main festivities were ending, but honestly, that was OK with me... seemed a bit (a lot) crowded, and I'm not sure I was really in the mood. We got to see Frank and David and have dinner with them... which was really nice. Also got to see one of the local bed and breakfasts (Wishing Well) where a bunch of guys from camp were staying. It was nice. My favorite room was the one behind the bookcase. I drove us home (as Barry was tired of driving since he drove all day, and because he had a bit more to drink than I).

Sunday night I went to my uncle's viewing. We buried Uncle Stanley today. He passed away on Wednesday morning... My father's brother... it was a really sad thanksgiving for that side of the family. I don't have too many memories of Uncle Stanley -- mostly that he was just a nice guy, and always talking about where he had been making his deliveries lately (deliveries for a produce company I believe). I remember him coming to our house in the country when I was very young to fill up milk jugs with our well-water... and me being scared by him... showing up when I least expected it or something. Now I look back and laugh and wonder why I didn't spend more time with him or talking with him. *sigh*

It was good seeing family and all -- just one of those "wish it was under better circumstances" kind of things.

Oh... yeah... and I got a speeding ticket on my way to the funeral. UGH.
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Oh yeah baby!  Just purchased my flight tickets to Mardi Gras 2008!

I had said in the past that I probably wouldn't ever get the chance to go back to Mardi Gras... but...
*dreams of* good times, New Orleans, atmosphere, friends, shopping, food, parades, gala balls, the boas and frill, the hurricanes, beignets...  
Just something about it all that keeps drawing me back... 

Just four months... whoo hoo!  Can't wait...
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Barry and I hopped in the car Saturday morning and headed up the road to Boston. About a six hour car ride... it went rather smoothly. It was nice to chat, listen to the iPod, and browse the scenery along the way. Dana (old friend of Barry's) met us with open arms and welcomed us into his apartment with a beer. We sat and chatted... then went for dinner and came back for more chatting... then we got ready and rode the train into downtown Boston to a gay bar "The Alley". It was Bear Night (every Saturday) and I guess it's a predominately "bearish" bar all the time. Got there fairly early (for GayStandardTime) before the crowds and got comfortable on a bar stool. Met and saw LOTS of great looking guys... and just enjoyed the evening tremendously. There was some kind of fund raiser going on by the leather group, but mainly we just enjoyed being out and about... and totally forgetting about the "car stuff" we had been dealing with the prior two days.

Sunday morning, we woke up and got on the rode before 9am. Ride back was just as smooth as the way up.

We went to Barry's mom's for Easter dinner on Sunday evening. It was a great time seeing his family. His mom cooked TWO HUGE hams... for 10 people... Holy cow I don't know if I've every seen so much food for a family dinner. It was really good.

My brother and his sister we in-town visiting my new niece yesterday, so we joined them for dinner on Tuesday. It was great seeing them.

The latest "long story short" with the "car stuff" is that we got the car back from the rude police on Monday and had it towed to the bodyshop yesterday morning. The front-end was completely smashed-in... like into a telephone pole or tree or something... pushed in to the radiator. Still technically drivable, but we don't trust it's condition. It was covered in mud and we estimate that they put about 100-miles on it. Currently we are awaiting the insurance appraisal... then fixing it... then getting an alarm installed.

I felt like it was "so dirty": like someone "raped our car"... which is basically what happened. I still love her, like I feel bad for her having had to go through it all. I just hope after the repair that it will be good-as-new.
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Fun night tonight... went out on the town with Carolyn and Dawn and Greg...
OK, OK... so "out on the town" meant Brew Works and Loopers... but had some good dinner (Brew Works) and then some good martini's (Loopers) and it felt like a whole evening-out-on-the-town. And it was... considering I don't get out much anymore.

Especially nice "release" after the whole "car issues" we're going through.

So while we were sitting there tonight... SOMEHOW it came up that we should go to Boston... and I said "YES! Let's do it!" We've been saying that for some time now... and every time we say we should, something comes up. So we just called Barry's friend ("D") and said "We'll be there tomorrow"...

I'm not really sleepy... I should be... but instead I'm catching-up on some long-overdue LJ reading...

We'll be in Boston tomorrow by noon. Spending just the evening there... go out on the town there Saturday night... so if anyone in Boston reads this... text message me! (contact info on my profile) :)

Returning Sunday for dinner at Barry's mom's... so it'll be a really quick trip... but really looking forward to it.
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OK... so wow... I haven't posted (or read) LJ since mid December... and that was just to grumble about the fact that Winterfest was no-more. So really, I've been out of the loop for almost three months now...
Work has been so busy for me since November... and being that the only time I really read/update LJ is during work hours: hence why I've been out of touch... Here's a quick recap of the last three months:

Work: very busy times... creating huge updates / redesigns to my web time/project tracking system... no time to breath really...
We moved to a new building in mid-December. The new place is really nice. Commute increased from 1-mile/5-minutes to 7-miles/20-minutes. *sigh* Oh well... It was "rough" at first... but totally used to it now and seriously, it's nothing to grumble about.

Thanksgiving was nice... my sister hosted and Barry and I helped with cooking and all.

Holiday Party with [livejournal.com profile] labelsdc at the start of December was fun.

Got our new living room furniture... HUGE set, but really nice.

Got a real Xmas tree on Dec 9th... Was so nice to go "tree hunting" at the farm and actually saw the tree down myself. Marea and Chris joined me and housemates Ken & Don for the hunt. Marea and Chris also got their tree. It was nice... only thing that would have made it better would have been some snow on the ground and Barry to be there with us.
(Pictures of tree and living room to follow shortly.)

That night, had a good time at Bill & Jerry's annual wine-tasting party. Got snookered. :)

Annual tree-trimming party at Brian's was fun... drink a beer and hang it on the tree. What a great concept... my only concern is: after a few weeks, does the tree start to smell of rotten beer?

Got to visit campground on the 16th... weren't going to do any parties that night, but then decided at last minute to stay at hotel with Ken & Don and go to Pat's Holiday Party. Was fun... drank a lot... The next morning, our drive home wasn't so "fun"... but we made it and recovered over the next two days. :)

Christmas gift shopping went rather well... Barry and I got out several nights and managed to get everything we wanted to get. Spent one evening at Tara's getting some pearls for several of the girls on our lists (family/friends). (I helped her with her website... check it out: Perennial Designs Jewelry.)

Fantasy Football: I lost... darn... so close though... I was doing well, then really bad... then I started to do better... but it was too late... *sigh* Oh well... at least the dinner and cooking part was all done on one night and was rather fun... Todd's new house was really nice and got to play "Wii" as well, which was interesting/fun.

Christmas was very nice... I went to my traditional dinner at Grandmother N's house. That was nice to do... Barry didn't go, as we still aren't technically "out" with that side of the family yet... but I have a feeling that won't be the case for much longer... Barry's been included on my parent's xmas-card-letter for the last two years. And was in the picture they sent to all the family too this year. :) Christmas morning was at my sister's house... she being pregnant (due in March), she didn't want to travel, so all of the family (including my brother) came to her. It was such a nice day: three hours of present opening -- we take turns and really cherish each gift. Took a breakfast intermission to eat "Cheese Strata" that Barry and I made (YUM, new tradition?)... I spent the most of the day putting together my nephew's "Kenex Roller Coaster" -- It was like a big puzzle or like playing with an erector set or legos... FUN!
(Speaking of Christmas Card Letters: Once again I did not send any cards this year... I'm such a slacker... this is the second year in a row without sending any letters... *grrr* I'm so mad at myself... and yet, have I done anything to correct the situation? no... *sigh*)

New Years: Barry and I went to spend the weekend with Frank & David (our neighbors at The Woods). It was such a fun weekend. They hosted us in their beautiful house in NJ. They drove us into New York on Saturday evening... we drove around in their convertible (through China Town and Little Italy, top-down, freezing weather, bundled-up in blankets and earmuffs, playing loud music, people looking at us like we were a bunch of fags out on the town... which we totally were... it was so much fun!)... then we walked around the village and had some drinks... the two of them are very familiar with the gay bars and places to go/see in the city, so I felt very comfortable and it was SO NICE to be in the city again. (Oh how I've missed the city...) We went to see "Drowsy Chaperone" on Broadway and had front-row mezz seats... it was AWESOME! Then went back to the village to hang out and drink until wee-hours of the morning... and flirt with a bunch of cuties...
Sunday (New Years Eve), we slept in and then helped them prepare for their dinner party that night... they hosted a "murder mystery" party. I was "Mary Kay Eternity" -- in drag, I was the wife of Barry (who played "Jim Bob Eternity") -- we were a TV-evangelist-couple from the south (think Tammy Fae Baker)... very fun... wonderful dinner and lots of champagne...
The following day we recovered from our hangovers and just lounged around.
(Pictures of this also to follow soon...)

January was pretty uneventful... just lots of work, rolling out my system changes to the department, including training all 140 associates in the enhancements.

Barry and I got an SUV (replacing his car) on Jan 24... We got a Toyota FJ Cruiser. It's SO awesome... We totally love it. 4WD and high-clearance... it's going to be so cool to have for the summer going up to camp... and for the winter snow... and just in general it's so cool... :)

Last week (Jan 27 - Feb 3), Barry and I went to Breckenridge, Colorado with a big skiing group. Being that I've always wanted to go skiing out-West... when Matt and Tara suggested that we go with this group that they have gone with a couple times in the past, I jumped at the chance. Barry was looking forward to just getting-away for the week even though he doesn't ski, he figured he could sit in the condo by the fire and relax. It was a great week away from things and I got some good skiing in. At first I was disappointed at the conditions, but then we got about a foot of snow on Wednesday and we went to Vail that day... it was the most amazing riding I've ever done (I'm a snowboarder)... That's what I went out-west expecting. It was great. Barry hurt his knee on the first day, which made it difficult for him to enjoy his time, but we managed to go out around the town one day and go out to eat a couple times. He also cooked a big spaghetti dinner for a group of 10 of us the one night. All-in-all it was a fun time. I'm not sure if I would go out-West for skiing again and may just stick to Vermont for my "big snow"... but who knows... perhaps another ski trip is in my future.

Back to work today... and it's actually been a rather slow day... I caught up on my emails, and thankfully nothing pressing or urgent came-up while I was away. Nothing was planned for today so that I could use the day to catch-up... so I actually had some time to post this. YEAH!

One final note: Barry left his job this afternoon... they really dicked him over -- for the last time! I'm so glad he walked... They gave him a bad annual review... and he works SO DAMN hard for them... they had no right to do that. He stood his ground and told them it was unacceptable to get that kind of rating. They really dicked him over about a raise and promotion several months ago... and things have been going so bad for him there since then... and I've told him several times that the stress of that place isn't worth it... But he kept giving them his best and giving them more chances... today was the final straw, and I'm glad he stood his ground... it's the principle of the whole thing... he handed them an immediate resignation and walked out. On one hand, yes, I'm nervous... with only one salary we're going to have to tighten our belts a little and live a bit less extravagantly... but on the other hand, I'm really happy because perhaps it's a blessing in disguise... A chance for him to start new and fresh somewhere and not have this horrible stress that place was giving him. And also... haven't you always wanted to say "take this job and shove it"? Imagine: he actually got to do that today. *cool*

So that's a wrap-up of the last three months... ending on a pretty big note...
Over the next couple days I'll catch-up on some of my LJ friend's journals... so don't be surprised if you get a response to a post from months ago. :)
*hugs everyone*
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Not much to report... even though really there's lots to report... Been so busy... both at work (with lots of stuff going on for end-of-year and business reorg and moving buildings)... and at home... Barry and I are closing up / winterizing the camper this Saturday... finally we'll be home on the weekends again... yay! Our house has really been going to hell in a hand-basket this summer and we have so much work to do around here (cleaning, organizing, etc)...

But first a trip is in order... for Barry's birthday we're hoping to do something last-minute... we've been planning for months now that we'd like to do something for him for his 40th birthday... but haven't been able to come to any solid plans. I told him months ago that it could be anything he wanted... and I think that may have been a bit overwhelming... since he couldn't really make up his mind... Originally he wanted to go to Greece... but we thought that my family might be going, so we put that aside and thought of other things. Now it looks like my family won't be doing that trip anytime soon (being that my sister is pregnant among other things)... so we should have done Greece... but it's too late to plan that now. So now we're looking at yet more options and flights... So many ideas, so little time...

So that's the latest with me... nothing... and yet a lot...
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Your Inner European is Dutch!

Open minded and tolerant.
You're up for just about anything.

I've been thinking a trip to Holland would be my next European trip (besides UK or Ireland again)... Very interesting... :)
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Trip to Florida last week was interesting...

Barry and I spent a good three days in Disney... got to tour MGM on our first night... Had dinner and rode the rides we really wanted to see. It was a nice evening and the Port Orleans resort we stayed at was just beautiful. Monday we spent the day fighting crowds at Magic Kingdom. Wouldn't have been so bad if we had taken a break in the middle of the day... but kept putting-off the break until it was too late and Barry was exhausted. We managed to recover and go back to the park in the evening... I did well "holding back" and remembering to not try and do everything. Barry didn't like the crowds, but seemed to enjoy that I was enjoying the place. Tuesday, we went to Epcot... and managed to see several things before we got run-down and couldn't walk much anymore. Had a good dinner at Rose & Crown and had amazing seats to see the fireworks from our table.

That evening, I awoke with stomach pain... felt awful... I just wanted everything out of me (puke, crap, etc)... and I just couldn't feel any better... up every half-hour or so... no sleep... felt terrible... Thought it was indigestion or hangover... but it felt "different"... something about it made me uneasy... It wasn't normal feeling of upset-stomach... it didn't move at all... it didn't go away after puking... Wednesday was the day we were checking out of Disney and meeting my family at Universal. Guess that all worked out for the best because didn't miss out on Disney... and figured I could recover in time for Universal... but...

Tried feebly to eat something for dinner... my mom said something's wrong and did some basic symptom-finding on me... and said "Appendicitis, we're going to the hospital NOW." OMG... Me? sick? hospital? I'm actually going to a hospital?

We sat in the ER waiting area from 8:30pm until midnight... waiting... my mom said I didn't give them a high-enough pain level... frigg'n kidding me, right? No... if you are ever in the hospital... and they ask you a pain level on scale of 1 to 10... say 8... no matter what, even if it doesn't really hurt.

I got poked and prodded and stabbed with needles more in that evening than I have ever in my whole life combined. KNEW I would hate getting an IV line put in... and I was right... they had to try 5 times before they got one to stay. I went into surgery around 7am on Thursday... So the 12 hours was spent in a ER room, getting drugs, and fading in-and-out of sleep.

Surgery was laparoscopic, so that went very well. But coming out of the anesthesia, I took-in some liquid or something into my lungs, and almost didn't make it... wheezing and coughing for hours... so the doctors were really upset with this and thought I had pneumonia or something... and kept me 2 days to watch my breathing and all. Spent two days in the hospital... looking forward to each little step forward that I took... like the first time I stood-up, the first time I pee'd into a toilet, the first time I ate jello, the first time I ate real food, the removal of my IV lines, the disconnection of my oxygen line, etc. Saturday afternoon, the doctor finally released me.

There, by my side, throughout the whole thing, was Barry and my parents. My mom double-checked the doctors and nurses and made me feel like I was in good hands. Barry spent the days with me... entertaining me... keeping my spirits up... holding my hand... eating by my side... *choking-up* I don't know what I would have done without him there with me. Seriously...

So after the hospital, I FINALLY got to spend a little time with my whole family: brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephew, sister, brother-in-law, mom, dad, & Barry... we had a nice dinner and they got me an electric scooter so I could ride along with them to Universal Studios for the evening. Got to see three of the rides there and a parade. Not the Universal I expected to see for the trip, but at least something.

Flight home went OK. Working from home yesterday and today... taking it easy. Still not 100%... stomach is tight and a little pain... general discomfort and such... and on top of the physical recovery... there's a lot of emotional recovery that I find myself going through too. Really mixed feelings... feelings of insecurity, vulnerability, helplessness, etc... I don't know how to put a finger on it... For example: I feel like I ruined the vacation for my family... even though logically I know it wasn't anything I could control. Don't get me wrong... I'm happy to be alive... very happy... so the fear/upset feelings are mixed with the happy/comfort feelings... leading to a very mixed, uncomfortable state of mind.

So... I left a little piece of me in Florida... a little, useless, terrible, infected appendix. May it rot in a Florida medical-waste site forever.
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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.

Vegas...

Mar. 18th, 2006 01:35 pm
savage25: (Drink)
In Vegas... city of lights? city that never sleeps? city that takes your money? all of the above... ;)

Flight went fine... really dislike the Southwest boarding mess (they need longer lines for their three seating classes "ABC")... but all-in-all not a bad airline, and if the seating thing is the price you pay for cheaper flights, then I'll pay it. :)

Barry and I are staying at Treasure Island... it's nice... nothing fancy... but nice. Can you believe that they charge for internet access?!?! $11/day -- at first I was grumbling about it... but I just got back to the room after spending three hours and $40 on a nickle "Dream of Jeannie" slot machine... and I figured what the hell: $11 for 24 hours of internet is a small price to pay for me and my geekiness... I'd enjoy surfing for three hours for $11 more than slots for $40 any-day.

Guess I'm not a big fan of Vegas... not a big fan of gambling... but I'm trying my best... I'm looking forward to getting out the hotel and seeing some of the stuff around town... Barry's enjoying the gambling... so that's where he is.

We went to bed kind of early last night (around 9:30pm local time) and woke up early for a nice buffet breakfast... it's 10:30am and I've already had breakfast, 4 mimosas and now I'm in the room drinking my silly on coke and some rum (that I brought along). Whee!

Cheers... here's to four more days of doing nothing and enjoying it. (I hope)
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Went snowboarding last night for the 5th (and final) time of this season. Although we had one of the warmest and rainiest winters that I can remember, it was surprisingly one of the best ski seasons I can remember -- at least conditions were always good... I have a feeling that might be because of Blue Mountain (the place I skied this year)... I never really skied there much in the past, but I'm very impressed with their snow-making capabilities -- they did awesome... and last night, middle of March, and they STILL had all but two trails open with lots of snow. Two evenings ago it was 75'F... last night it was back down in the teens and I was skiing!!

Winter is dead to me now... I'm ready for Spring.

The Woods Campground will be open in about 45 days... I can hardly believe it... it's coming up SO fast now... Barry and I have so much to do to get ready... including buying a new RV. We sat and looked at our calendar for the next couple months and we really only have two weekends between now and camp in order to purchase the new camper... and we'll only have one or two weekends to get the site ready for it! Yikes!

TGIT: Thank God It's Thursday -- My last day of work before our 5-day vacation to Vegas! Yay!
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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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