Friday, September 3, 2010

in the city, the city of angels

Wowza! It's Friday night and I was hoping that I would've been able to update this more often, but it just hasn't worked out. We're in LA tonight and tomorrow, and I'm really excited about staying in the same city for 2 nights in a row. We've been busy. I've been in 11 states (including ga) in 5 days and it's overwhelming, but amazing. So much to write... where to begin?...

After leaving Oklahoma City, we headed to Albuquerque for the night, passing through Texas. I thought that western Oklahoma was really beautiful, the wind was really sweeping down the plains and pushing my car around, and I abused the "sweeping down the plains" joke, like it was going out of style.

We stopped in Texas for a picnic lunch at the nicest rest stop I've ever seen. It was insanely windy and we enjoyed peanut butter and jelly sammies, chips, avocados, good company and a fantastic view, narrowly escaping the clutches of death from a rattler bite. We drove across the boring as crap panhande into New Mexico, the land of enchantment. It is freaking gorgeous! We had dinner in Albuquerque at a place called The Frontier. Albuquerque, for those of you that haven't been there, is a cute freaking town. It's like a big Athens, but it's surrounded by beautiful beautiful scenery. I think that's a town I could live in. Brooke's cousin's friend, Angie, put us up for the evening. She has a studio apartment and hosted 3 girls for the night. I think that says a lot about someone's character. She was a doll. We left the next morning for the Grand Canyon, and while driving out of Albuquerque, my check engine light came on. We drove on to Flagstaff and dropped my car off at the Mazda dealership and headed to the Grand Canyon. Broken car = lame. Grand Canyon = awesome.
It was insane. We all cried. There's no way to put into words how you feel looking at that massive chasm. I felt incredibly small. I felt that God is incredibly immense, and I felt so thankful that I was able to experience that place. We walked around the rim trails for a few hours, then headed east to watch the sunset. We hiked out to this cliff and drank Lucky Duck wine and admired the wonder of it all. After sunset, we headed back towards the visitors center and waited for the stars to materialize. As we sat there, they kept getting brighter and more of them kept appearing in the blackness.
He heals the broken hearted... He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.
Psalms 147: 3-4
The next day Brooke and I said goodbye to Mary, who headed to Phoenix for a few days, and we went back to the Canyon for a helicopter ride. Again, breathtaking. Brooke got to sit shotgun in the helicopter and we took a half hour flight of pure magic. I kept tearing up sitting there thinking about the beauty I was staring at, and how it must have felt to be an explorer and stumble into that thing! insane. I could write for days about the feelings that I had there and what I experienced, but none of it could convey how emotional and spiritual it was. You should go. Now.

After that, we headed to Vegas to stay at the Flamingo. Eh. I wasn't too impressed with Vegas. It depressed me. We spend a lot of money on a drink, a few hours at the pool, and a couple of hours wandering around and gambling. I think I could go the rest of my life without returning there. 

And now we're in LA. I am happy to report that this place has really exceeded my expectations! It's really pretty here!! We drove around West Hollywood and Beverly Hills tonight and had dinner at The Ivy. We're staying with Brooke's friend, Kyleen, who is a freaking excellent hostess! She took us to the Griffith Observatory tonight, which overlooks LA. The weather was perfect and in the distance, we could see fireworks from Disney. It was really cool. Tomorrow I'm brunching with a friend, then we're heading to Malibu for a day at the beach. Not too shabby. 

I'll write more soon! I love you!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

6 states 1 day!

Well, I'm sitting with Brooke Oliver in the business center of the Sheraton in Oklahoma City and I'm feeling so refreshed! I don't have any pics today because the internet isn't working here on my computer. We did take a lot yesterday though. We didn't do much more than drive. We covered more than 1100 miles and six states yesterday! It was a record for me. I don't really recommend Arkansas to anyone. Or at least not driving the length of it in one go. We got here last night after about 15 hours of driving and Brooke and I had dinner with her friend Sarah, her sisters and mom and her bro in law. The food and company were wonderful but after all the driving,  I was a zombie. Sleep has never been more welcome than last night.

My throat was sore all day yesterday from crying a whole lot on Sunday. It was so hard to say goodbye to my incredible family, friends, home, cat, and Atlanta. I'm still kind of numb to what I'm doing and it's hard to see anything past 5 minutes ahead of me, but I'm excited about this trip and my new life.

Brooke and I are caravaning with another friend, Mary. We have walkie-talkies. Best investment ever!! Today we're leaving from OKC and headed to Albuquerque to stay with a gracious friend of Brooke's cousin. We're planning on taking our sweet time today. Angie, the girl we're staying with, is sending us to some mountain that overlooks the city for a nice hike before we head to her house for the evening. I'll try to post soon with photos of our adventure. It's been fun so far and we haven't even done anything!

I love you!

Monday, August 23, 2010

It's the final countdown!

Well, it's my last week in Atlanta and I am carpe-ing some diem! This time next week, I'll lay my head down to sleep at the first stop in my journey in Oklahoma City. I'm busy packing and getting rid of things and I think I'm slightly numb to the fact that I'm leaving really soon. I'm trying not to focus on what I'm leaving behind, but looking forward to the future. I had an amazing last few weeks at Aria. I walked out of that place feeling really loved. I've grown so much there, both within the context of my career, and also as a person. I'm so thankful for my beautiful girls (and Matthew) that I've worked with for the past four years, and also for my incredible, amazing, interesting, day-brightening clients. It wasn't easy to say goodbye to all of them, but it will be so amazing to come back and visit!

I've also had the extreme pleasure of hosting my 3 1/2 year old niece, makayla last week, for an evening with Auntie Marmar. We colored, got donuts, made breakfast, went to the children's museum, had lunch and playtime at Chick-Fil-A, and got toys at Target. She had a blast. I had a blast. It was awesome.
I've taken care of my car for the roadtrip. I'm slowly pawning off all of my belongings to my friends. I'm enjoying my favorite restaurants and beautiful places and people of Atlanta. I'm looking at a week of more packing and cleaning, but I'm excited. I'm actually doing this and I think it'll be grand! But for now I'm off to sleep! Goodnight world!

Monday, August 9, 2010

i'm leaving... in a mazda... don't know when i'll be back again...

so the title of my first post isn't quite as catchy as the original tune, but it's true and i like it.

in 3 (extremely short) weeks, i'm heading west. folks, this is big. it's time for a change and some adventure. i'm driving out with an amazing friend, brooke oliver. and we have lots of america to see before we get there. i'm going to use this blog to add photos and tell our tales of the open road. comments of encouragement and prayers of safety and provision and gladly accepted here.
i love you!