On the Road Again

Wednesday I leave Alabama again on a somewhat open-ended journey to Colorado. Officially, the plane tickets say that I return after 7 days, but that may not be the case.

My mom and dad need some help while they recover from various health troubles and Patrick and I are going out there to relieve my brother who has been out there since the 13th. Summertime is the busiest time of year for me at my job. This has been a very, very challenging one indeed. I feel like I just now finished recovering from my trip to Las Vegas and now I must turn around and leave again.

My parents live in B.F.E. Yes, they do. We have a flight from Atlanta (1.5 hours away) to Dallas and then on to Denver. Then from there, we have 6 hours of driving to do. So that makes for about 16 hours of travel all together if we leave Auburn that morning. We think we'll get a room near the airport instead, so that will shave about 2 hours off our stress. Getting up at 4:30 versus getting up at 6:30 makes all the difference in the world though!

I have a feeling, I will be there longer than a week. They really need help running their business and they are not able to do it right now physically. I wish I had my summers free like my brother and his wife do because If I did, I would just bring my cat and camp out there all summer. But, I can't do it...I've got my job and my freelance work that has to be done to keep my head above water financially...

Wish me luck everyone! And if you have emailed me and haven't heard back from me, this is why!!

Viva Las Vegas!

Las Vegas is not for sissies. The most sleep I got was 4 hours, and the least was 2. I slept for what seemed like 24 hours straight when I got home.

I was really pleasantly suprised at how cool and laid back everyone was and how easy it was to talk to everyone and get to know them. I thank my HOW friends for the late night laughs because I really, really needed those with all that has been going on.

The actual design conference was pretty good, but I have to admit that I had a hard time concentrating because my parents are ill and I spent a lot of time on the phone with my brother during the day.

Here are a couple of pictures of the party night. The first is at the conf. shin-dig and the last one is outside of 9 Fine Irishmen in NYNY after they closed. We kept shutting places down night after night. 'Twas great!

(r-l): Nick, Pez, Amy, RJ, Brandon, Dave, Prax, Me, Random Guy(?), Mike & Cal

(r-l): Me, Jeope, Mel, Jen, Dave, Brandon, Keith, Cheryl, Prax, Cal & Nick

I can't believe I wore that dress for so long. I'm so sick of sparkles and feather. Gah. I'll post more pics as I get them (espec. of mel's wedding!). These pictures are compliments of Nick from Ohio.