Vegas, Baby.

Let me start by saying that I am not a Vegas person. This will be the third time to Vegas and it’s always fun, but…a little overrated…in my humble opinion anyway.

That being said, we had an amazing time for my birthday. We met some of our very good friends from back home, Lisa and TJ. These girls are so incredible and so much fun. They were already planning a trip for their 25th anni and since we were close AND it was my bday we decided to make a weekend out of it. It was a nice 3.5-ish hour drive from Orange County through the desert. God, I love the desert.

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Friday night, we met them at Joe’s. We didn’t realize it at the time but Josh and I had actually eaten at a Joe’s in Miami. They have the best stone crab. I got the sea bass and holy crap it was so good. Melt in your damn mouth. 🤤

joes

After dinner, what else would you do in Vegas? Gamble, obvi! Actually, I don’t gamble. Not because of any moral issue…i’m just poor 😬

I did find out that you aren’t supposed to take pictures on the gamble floor. That’s how much of a rookie I am! Oops. I actually got in trouble for this one….

craps

Saturday, we spent the day at Caesar’s pool. It was hot AF. Literally like 110 degrees. Thank God for the pool. And the buckets 🤗 🍻

me in the pool

Somehow, we survived the heat and made it to dinner and our show. Lisa and TJ got tickets for Circ du Soleil’s Micheal Jackson One. OMG so good. I wish I would have been able to get more pics, but they were pretty strict about the no photography thing, and I mean…I’ve already been in trouble!!
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We really have to thank Lisa and TJ for making my birthday so incredible. The best thing about Vegas is, there is so much to do besides gamble. The restaurants, shows, shopping…so much fun. And even better with friends!

me and josh at pool

 

xoxo

Day 7 and 8 // 6.11.17

Woah. The past couple days have been crazy. I’ve been without wifi so i’ve been unable to post! Here’s the recap.

Friday, we went to Joshua Tree National Park. OMG. This place. It is unreal. These funky little trees look like a cross between a palm tree and a cactus. There were also these huge rocks. I mean, look at that!

johsua tree rocks

All the colors here were so vibrant. Check out the color of this sky. No filter needed.

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This would be a great place to camp and spend more time. I’d really like to check out some of the more challenging hikes. We will definitely be back.

After spending the day at Joshua Tree, we went back to our little apartment to get ready for dinner. We went to the Joshua Tree Saloon. The food was decent and they had pool tables and live music. The perfect ending to our day.

Saturday, we woke up relatively early to get packed up. Today is MOVE IN DAY!!! We will no longer be homeless! That is, IF the POD actually arrives. I mean, two days ago, they didn’t even know where it was. Trying to remain positive. No need to manifest shit going wrong.

I don’t think Mr. P wanted to leave. He had settled into our little apartment and even had some good window views!

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I thought the drive would only be two hours. It was three. And Mr. P had had enough of the car. He threw a temper tantrum just like a toddler. This is him digging and shoving his head aggressively into my overnight bag. So much for folded clothes.

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He finally came around.

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We got to the apartment with enough time to unload the car and get Pushkin set up. And then, guess what? THE POD ARRIVES!

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Hooray! We have stuff!!

We hired a couple guys to help us unload. However, they were a little late. They were supposed to be there between 4-5pm. They got there at 8:45. Oh well. We got the shit unloaded and was in bed (finally) at midnight.

Next steps: trying to figure out how to squeeze all of our crap into 700 sq ft….

xoxo

Day 4 on the road // 6.6.17

We got a late start on the day because we got to bed so late last night. We had dinner at a place in Albuquerque called Mas Tapas. It was the first good dinner we’ve had since being on the road. We have been eating a lot of “road food”. This place had some great veggies. We got the Brussels (of course), grilled artichokes, and a really fresh crisp salad. That’s really the only draw back of traveling like this. It’s so hard to stay healthy! They had a roof top bar and enjoyed some post dinner wine. We didn’t get to sleep until like 1:00am (thats 2:00am Central time ya’ll).

Driving West on I-40 out of Albuquerque is so beautiful. There was even a storm off in the distance and we could see the lightening. I’m not going to post the pictures I took of it because it just doesn’t do it justice. Seeing things like that is only good seeing it with you own eyes (channeling Local Natives).

Mr. P seems to know the car is for sleeping. As soon as we get going, he is out. He doesn’t even do his WTF face anymore!

pushkin day 4

Our first stop of the day was Continental Divide. Officially crossing over to the West.

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On to The Petrified Forest National Park. If you’ve never been here before, you need to go ahead and put it on your list. It is magnificent! You almost feel like you’re on a different planet. The Painted Desert looks like it does because of the mudstone and standstone rocks called the Chinle Formation. Long story short, after millions of years, continental shifts, and erosion, you get what you see here. Pretty cool!

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Again, pictures really just don’t do it justice.

painted desert

So the Petrified Forest isn’t really a forest (Josh). But it used to be. When we had just one continent (Pangea), this area was located around where Costa Rica is now. So it used to be lush jungle type forest. Once it broke apart it landed (roughly) where is it now. The trees were buried and over time the wood crystalized into quartz. Crazy!

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log josh

After leaving the forest, Mr. P didn’t look so hot. I think because of the elevation along with all the curvy roads…he puked. Poor buddy. We just had one more quick stop before we got to Flagstaff.

The Meteor Crater. A meteor hit several million years ago (or something like that) and left this evidence. Scientist continue to study it to better understand our universe. Just to put the size in perspective, it could hold 20 football fields. WHATTTT!?!?

crater

Just a quick 30 min drive to Flagstaff. Hang in there Mr. P! When we got to the hotel, we provided him with some kitty weed (catnip) and he was content.

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We were so exhausted we just ordered room service and hit the bed. Day 4 in the books.

xoxo