This is where I'm spending my Wednesday night. In a plain old boring hotel room. It's what I do most nights each week. Just a reminder that a travel job really isn't glamorous. AT ALL.
Before you get into a cab without a pocketful of cash, ask the cab driver if he/she can take credit cards. Yesterday I forgot to ask so when we arrived at my hotel and I pulled out my credit card to pay, the cab driver told me his machine was broken. I had to go down the block to get cash (and pay a ridiculous fee since the bank wasn't mine). Then when I made it back to the cab, the driver didn't even have change. Total cab driver fail.
I got a window seat as I was flying out of Phoenix this morning. The sun was just coming up and the sky was absolutely clear. The light and shadows across the landscape was breath-taking. I think Arizona is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The desert is magical to me.
Today I'm flying to Albany, NY for the last of 4 weeks there. I played a small part in this project, which is why I was only spending a short amount of time there. It was a great opportunity to work with some really good people.
Today is also my mother's birthday! Happy birthday, Mom. I'm glad Dad is taking you to Napa this week. Enjoy it!
It was a surprise to get back to Arizona a couple weekends ago and feel the cool weather. It seems that fall has come early in Phoenix this year. Typically it doesn't get cool enough to sleep with the windows open until Halloween, but we enjoyed the cool nights the past two weekends. It's hard for me to believe that fall has arrived and that summer has passed. It went so fast! Which really means that I was just really busy.
Traveling every week for work definitely has a strange effect on how I perceive time. In August, my 9 month long project in Nashville ended, which was a relief. I even got to spend quite a few weeks at home. But as of the end of September, I've been back on the road. Though with the arrival of fall, I keep looking back to wonder where summer went.
Chris and I had a lovely and very busy summer. Here's a snapshot of the big events.
June - Week of Vacation in Orlando
We vacationed with our friends, Steve, Ang, their son, Gage, and two of his friends - Alex & Payton. It was tons of fun! A highlight for me was swimming with manatees.
July - Wes visit & Flagstaff + Grand Canyon
Chris' 17 year old nephew, Wes, came to visit us in Phoenix. We spent a weekend in Flagstaff and The Grand Canyon. It was Chris and Wes' first time seeing the canyon. Wes also really enjoyed Slide Rock in Sedona.
August - Long weekend at Lake Tahoe
To escape the heat in Phoenix, Chris scheduled a weekend at Lake Tahoe. It was really beautiful and relaxing. My favorite parts were the convertible we rented and the sunset boat ride!
September - Mike's Birthday in Georgia
Over Labor Day weekend, we went to northern Georgia to visit Chris' brother and celebrate his 40th birthday. It was so great spending time with family, especially our 5 year old niece.
My friend, MiQL, posted a link to Numair Faraz's webpage.
Numair Faraz writes "I am too busy living my life to maintain a public identity, so email me if you want to discuss something ... Life is pretty awesome when you live it outside. Get off Facebook, get rid of your TV, and go be interesting." Numair goes on for a couple paragraphs about not putting your life online but instead living it. His perspective is a good one, but is it too far to one side?
I started blogging over ten years ago because it was a way for me to share my life with others. I never stopped living life. I never let blogging be the focus. Life has always been my focus and blogging/social media has allowed me to connect to others. In fact, I started blogging as a way to keep my friends in other cities updated on my life. (It was more efficient than email.)
Then through blogging I made a whole bunch of new friends in other cities that never would have been possible without the internet. I'm so thankful for social media and the way it connects me to others.
I think it's possible to live your life and share it. Like most things, the key is definitely balance.
I'm proud to be one of the supporters for Season Two of Put This On. Thanks to all the supporters who pledged and made it possible for Season Two!
Put This On is a web series about dressing like a grown-up. In our first series, we took on big ideas in men's style. We met men who personified elegance, craft and aesthetic passion. We even shared a few goofy tips and tricks.For series two, we're going to take on the big places. Three world style capitals, selected by our viewers.
Mac had minor surgery yesterday where he had a cyst removed from his head. The vet didn't even put him to sleep - just morphine & local painkiller to relax him. He was pretty out of it last night and even cried a little bit. But today he's pretty much his normal self. He seems clumsier than usual but I think it just has to do with the cone. He doesn't realize it sticks out as far as it does. Poor little conehead.
My Grandma Lucci is turning 100 years old this week. My parents and friends had a celebration with her a few days ago. One hundred years is a really, really long time. I only wish her memory had lasted longer...it's so hard to see her confused. Our medical skills have progressed to the point we can keep a person alive for many years, but we still need to learn how to keep their minds sharp too. However, I'm so thankful that I was able to get to know my grandmother as an adult and that we had so many good years together.
"I used to think a credit score was all about your ability to pay, but it's clear now it's more about how profitable you will be to banks."
- Matt Haughey, Credit Scores are Bulls***