Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Leaving Las Vegas....Day 1

As I was driving out of Las Vegas...I was full of mixed emotions. This was the same road that I came into town 14 years ago. I came to Vegas with a husband, 2 young kids and entry level job skills. During the next 14 years I started working in the construction accounting world and worked my way up to the top. My kids grew up, Megan graduates in a few weeks and my marriage...well that was a roller coaster that ended up coming off the tracks and falling hard. But would I change any of it? Maybe a few things, but I believe that what happens to you makes you who you are. So...I left Las Vegas, alone...no husband, no kids with me and no job. But what I did leave with was a sense of excitement of the possibilities....of things to come, of places to see, people to meet and things to experience.

The early part of the day was spent in Utah....my most dreaded part of the drive.
All a bunch of rocks and nothingness. One sign said no services for 110 miles....they weren't kidding....nothing, nothing, nothing....as I entered Colorado, the terrain started to change.
I started to notice more colors...brighter colors and I started to feel like I was in the Wizard of Oz. You know how it starts in black and white and then turns to color.
The further I went, the more color I saw. I knew that things in Las Vegas were always a bland mix of browns, tans and sages. The only color being the neon signs.
I got to the Rockies in the late afternoon. As I drove through and saw all the snow still on the ground, I was happy I made the decision to drive my car across the country now instead of when I come back from Turkey. It will be winter then...I so didn't want to drive through there during winter! My plan was to stop for the night once I got right past Denver....
Well that didn't work....I had to keep driving....into the sunset....because I couldn't find a vacancy at a hotel! I kept stopping at the next few towns only to find no room at the inns! Finally...when I got into Nebraska, and into central time...midnight...I found a room. 1000 miles driven...and 700 to go tomorrow... 15 hours in the car. The 10 hour flight to Turkey will feel like a breeze compared to this day. Sleep came easy.....

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Soon....

Soon I will be leaving the city that I have lived in for the longest period of my life. 14 years here in Las Vegas. I have seen it grow at an amazing pace and have enjoyed the benefits of that and now I am watching as it takes a huge dive.... But don't count out Las Vegas yet. It will bounce back. My kids and my friends are still here so I will be back to visit. Where else in the world can you go to New York City part of the evening.... and then Paris for the rest of the evening?
Or where you can walk in and see a lion in the middle of a Casino?
Or watch fountains dance to music....
Or see the most neon light that you have ever seen?
I am sad and excited at the same time. Sad to leave my kids and my friends but excited to start my journey of discovery....This weekend I am packing up my car and heading East to New York City. I will be making pit stops along the way. I am starting my journey in the Good ol' US of A. So stay tuned because I am going to try and blog alot more often about this trip....I don't leave the US until June 14th so I will have plenty of time to see the USA. Maybe I will discover things that I never knew....we will see....

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ignorance is bliss....

Sometimes.....I do really stupid things....I read an email that I wasn't supposed to read from about 11 months ago...and it just brought back all of that CRAP right back in front of me. I cried for hours over it last night....It was very hurtful...to me...to read. But then, the more I thought about it, the more I decided that it was a good thing for me to see. I 100% know for sure I did the right thing last July. I know now...that I am stronger than I thought I was. I know for sure that I can survive just about anything....A friend saw me today and said I was just glowing...that I looked so happy now...So to me...that said it all....you can knock me down but I am gonna get right back up and I am gonna be stronger than before....

Monday, May 4, 2009

My first class!

I have no pictures! Can you believe it????? I was so scattered brained or maybe it was that my students were such a rowdy bunch! LOL Ladies....you were the BEST! I had the best time ever teaching you. If you read this, please send me pictures of your flowers so I can post them! I was so proud! They did a great job and we had a lot of fun. Although...warning for future students as told by past students...wear goggles around me....My wires tend to fly across the room! LOL.