Thursday, December 4, 2014

Flagstaff and The Grand Canyon

It has been a little over two weeks since my sister left Phoenix. It was hard to get back into the groove of things after she left. I was emotionally raw the day she left and a few days after. Work resumed the day after she left and it was hard getting back into the swing of things. ESPECIALLY when I knew that I only had to work two days (Wednesday and Thursday...November 19 and 20) since I had to take random days of PTO off. So, it was obviously hard for me to stay focused on those two days.

During those two days of work, I discovered that my team moved areas again. It took me a good five minutes to find my desk. But, I love the people that I sit next to. I laughed entirely too much. Thursday ended with my winning the "Shining Star Award" at work. I was surprised and shocked. It was unexpected and I appreciate it. It makes me feel like I am actually on course at work.

Plus... I got a balloon...

Via

OH and I got a cool little thing in the mail from someone I adore... She is so sweet!


Via




Friday November 21

Thursday night was hard for me to fall asleep. I was excited for the weekend plans and consequently ended up falling asleep around 2 in the morning. That is why I was a little bit disappointed to wake up at 6 am because my phone dinged. I was not too disappointed though. The ding was due to a text message from my sister. It was so sweet and I am so glad we reconnected while she was here. 

Why was I excited? Dreamy and I planned a trip to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon that weekend. 

Why was I nervous? Because this Florida girl does not know how to pack for the cold weather. 

So, I spent my Friday off from work getting ready for my trip. I texted my sister and a couple of friends for advice on what I should pack for this trip. I then headed out in search for a jacket and a pair of boots. I was lost and asked so many questions when I was shopping but ended up getting the things I needed. 

After packing and getting ready, I headed out to pick Dreamy up from work around 4:30. Is it weird that I still get Pterodactyls in my stomach when I am going to see him? The drive up was awesome. It reminded me of the road trip we took to San Diego. We talked, laughed and got to know each other a little bit more. Even when it was quiet, it wasn't awkward in the slightest. I am liking road trips with Dreamy more and more. 

When we got into Flagstaff, we checked into the hotel, freshened up, and headed out to have pizza with Dreamy's friends. Nerve wracking. I am horrible at meeting people and didn't want to give them the wrong impression. Especially since I really like Dreamy. I think it went well, though. I mean, we ended up going bowling and drinking afterwards. They didn't run away screaming or rejecting me.

Why is it so hard for me to meet people? Social anxiety at it's worst. 

Saturday November 22


We woke up super late and got ready to head out to the Grand Canyon. I am shocked and embarrassed that I went on this trip and did not take a single picture. I just enjoyed the beauty.

Dreamy took me to a bagel shop and we ate the bagels during the drive up.

Guys, the Grand Canyon was BEAUTIFUL. I was shocked that something that big could be real. I was in awe and had a hard time moving. I just wanted to stand and stare for hours. When Dreamy asked if I wanted to do the trail, there was no way I was going to say no. So we headed down. We kept going lower and lower. I kept warning him that going down into the canyon was easy, but we would need luck to get me to climb up out. And sure enough, when we started to come back up I was exhausted and having the hardest time. I was so embarrassed. He was hardly breaking a sweat and I was breathing so hard and dying.

After our hike and a last minute view of the canyon we made our way back to Flagstaff. I was STARVING and the hunger was affecting me. I passed out in the car and did not have the energy to go shooting with Dreamy and his friend. So, while he was shooting, I watched the fun and slept in the car.

Let's be honest, if I do not eat, I am GRUMPY. I definitely was a moody pants. So, we changed pretty quickly and headed out for dinner with Dreamy's friend. Dinner was great. I laughed so much and ate a ton.

Sunday November 23

We slept in. To the point where it was lunch time when we left the hotel and checked out. So, we had barbecue for lunch. We played games at the table while we ate. Dreamy then surprised me by taking me to a reindeer farm. We got to see all kinds of animals and we even got to feed the reindeer. It was amazing!

Again, I cannot believe I failed to take pictures on this trip. I started to regret it when we headed back to Phoenix. I was so sad on the drive back. I didn't want to come back.

The only thing that made me feel better was knowing that I had Monday and Tuesday off.

Yup. Two more random days off.

XO





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