Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
It has been a few days. I think I'm vacation cursed. I've been sick the last few days. The one room that I became very close with at the San Diego Hilton was the bathroom. It is awful. Hopefully I'm better now. I've been drink Pepto like water.
I started to feel sick at the Safari Park. I couldn't eat anything for dinner. I was up at 4 am and spent 3 hours in the bathroom. I thought I was going to die. I managed to get well enough for our Tijuana tour.
Tijuana was a bust and a dump. They are so poor and the houses are shanties. Kind of sad. We spent some dollars on leather goods and jewelry that the vendors were pushing. They are like vultures. Very annoying. We had lunch and came back to the US. I'm sure if I felt better I would have enjoyed it more. The crossing back to US took well over an hour. We got back to San Diego and Eric, Mike and Mom went on a harbor cruise without me. I was too sick. I actually took a nap. I felt better last night but still couldn't eat anything.
I had another rude awakening this morning but atleast I could sleep in until 5:30. But I finally had an appetite! We left San Diego by 8am. We took the very long way back to Las Vegas via Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park and 29 Palms. It was an interesting drive with different scenery. We are currently standing on I-15, 51 miles from Vegas. Ugh! Tonight we are meeting my cousin Jerry.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Hello from the back seat of the minivan standing in a long line for the entrance to the Safari Park in Escondido, CA. It is part of the San Diego Zoo...but much cooler...which probably why we are standing in this long line. :( We are with my cousin Bev. We are heading to the park with her.
The weather is gorgeous. 83 degrees and sunny. Too bad my capri jeans got fish guts all over them yesterday.
Yesterday was a great day. Steve took us to Newport Beach and checked out the beach and ocean. There were a ton of surfers out. The water was freezing! It was also very foggy. We checked out the pier where they were fishing for smelt. We saw a sea lion and I leaned over the pier to get a better look and I got fish guts all over me. Gross! Somebody cleaned their fish on the pier railing. I also got to hold a crab. After that we went to Downtown Disney for some shopping and lunch. We saw some Oregon Duck players.
We had dinner with Steve, Susie, Mike, their son and Miguel a friend. We went to outback steakhouse. It was such a nice night and the place was packed we ate on the patio under heaters. It was so nice. The gave me ice cream for my birthday...too bad I don't like ice cream...I shared it with everybody. After dinner Steve and Susie gave me a Christmas Train for my birthday. It was a great night!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Last night was great. We went over the Steve and Susie's house. It was so nice to see the family again. Mike is so grown up now! We had some dinner and watch some TV. It was a good night.
I'm not sure what the plan is for today. I think we are heading to the beach. Sweet!
Monday, December 26, 2011
Tracie gave us the Pahrump Tour. We saw all the schools and the infamous Chicken Ranch. They had some awesome t-shirts like "Freshly Laid." We took Mike's picture to show his friends that he made a stop. But he wouldn't go in and buy a "menu."
Our first stop on the way home was Stratosphere. We went up to the top. They have this new experience where they attach you to a cord and you free drop to the bottom. 880 ft. and you go as fast as 45 mph as you free fall to the bottom. I'm not sure I'd do it.
Right now we are relaxing at our hotel in Whittier, CA. We made the ever nerve wrecking drive down I-15. What a crazy drive. There was a mile back up to go through the inspection station. What a joke...just slows you down to wave you through. It was so busy too. I'm so glad I don't have to drive it again for a while.
The weather is beautiful today, sunny and 72 degrees. I'm not sure what our plans are for this evening and tomorrow. I guess we will find out.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
|View of Hoover Dam from the Bridge|
Yesterday was a very busy and fun filled day. We got up at 4:15 for our flight. The airport was crazy busy at 5:30 am on Christmas Eve. Yikes. Our flight was uneventful.
First stop, Hoover Dam. The new bridge over the gorge is awesome. It is so high! but unfortunately you can't see the Dam because the wall is too high. After turning around in Arizona we head down to the Dam. First stop was the rest area just under the new bridge. After a short walk up 66 steps (or you can do the handicap ramp) we were walking across the new bridge. It was so cool!
|View of the Bridge from the Dam|
We made our way back to Vegas and In-N-Out Burger. Yum! It was so good, I was so happy to finally get my burger and fries. Its been over 2 years since my last In-N-Out Burger. I'm starting to sound like an Alcoholic in rehab. LOL!
After a long line at hotel registration, we finally got up to our room and relaxed before heading to 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral 3 blocks away (on the Las Vegas Strip!). It is kind of weird going to Mass at a church on the Las Vegas Strip.
We made Mom walk a marathon up the strip. We went to the Wynn and checked out their flower display. It was cool. Next we stopped at Venetian to check out the shops and gondolas and the Mirage for the Volcano thing. We went to Gilly's for dinner. It wasn't that great. I ate the cornbread and my mouth went numb. I'm not sure what was in it but it tasted good until the kick happened. It was very weird feeling having my mouth and lips go numb. They were still numb an hour later. We gave Mom a reprieve and hopped on the Deuces bus to the Bellagio for the water show. It was amazing like always.
We rounded the night off with a long bus ride to the Fremont Street Experience. I have to say I really don't like Fremont Street. A combination of old casinos, weird people, loud music and a very tired Kimmer makes for a very unhappy person. I was so relieved to get back to my bed at 11pm. Which begs the questions....why am I up!!!!!
Friday, December 23, 2011
So here is the itinerary for our next week. I came up with some, I think clever, titles for each day. I based it on songs.
December 24, 2011 — “Leaving on a Jet Plane” to Las Vegas (Peter, Paul and Mary)
In 1 day, 6 hours and roughly 21 minutes I'll be sitting down to an In-N-Out Burger, sinking my teeth in the best burgers around. I know that Dylan thinks my countdown to In-N-Out Burger is weird but its one of things I look forward to on our many trips to Vegas. My plan for tomorrow is 7am flight to Vegas, rent the car, drive to Hoover Dam to check out the new engineering marvel, the bypass bridge and than back to Vegas to In-N-Out of burger. After that I don't care what we do.
December 25, 2011 — Christmas in “Pahrump a pum pum” (from Little Drummer Boy)
I also look forward to seeing family again. We are spending Christmas Day with the Wards in Pahrump a pum pum...ha ha I love that name, it always reminds me of The Little Drummer Boy. Only seems fitting to be there on Christmas.
December 26, 2011 — “Going to California” (Led Zeppelin)
December 27, 2011 — “Happy Birthday” Kim (general)
December 28, 2011 — Driving down the “Pacific Coast Highway” (The Mamas & the Papas)
December 29, 2011 — Do You Wanna, “Tijuana Taxi” (Glenn Miller)
December 30, 2011 — Back to “Sin City” (AC/DC)
Back to Sin City we go to meet my cousin Jerry and his family.
I think the trip will be fun. Hopefully all goes well. My goal is to blog each day. We will see if that actually happens. :-)
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
|Danielle, Mom and Dylan |
at the Holidazzle Parade
This morning, after church, we opened gifts. We drew names this year. Nancy had me and I got my glass and metal 9x9 square pans and a DVD. Dylan had Eric's name and he got all three Revenge of the Nerds, a gift card to Kwik Trip and candy. I had Nancy's Greg and Eric had my mom. Mom really LOVES her gift. Eric insisted we get her a digital photo frame. I loaded it with about 200 pictures. So when she opened it, I plugged it in and let the slide show begin. She was very happy...Eric is so smart!
Soon we will have lunch with Greg and Celeste and at 2pm is my Share the Warmth Concert. I'm very happy that Mom, Mike, Danielle and Eric are coming to see me perform. It has been a great weekend. I love these happy times with family.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Mother Nature didn't waste anytime sending us the cold weather. I read that it is suppose to be 4 degrees tomorrow morning. Yes! I love it. Well not really but I tolerate it. I was thinking about this the other day. The first couple weeks of cold weather, all I want to do is move south. But after that I look forward to walking outside after work into the crispy, clear, cold air. Its so refreshing. It also means that the ice rinks will be open soon and of course Christmas is around the corner.
Speaking of Christmas...I didn't realize there were so many Christmas movies/shows. Every night its something different on the TV and they all seem to have same theme. Evil Santas, Injured Santas, Comatose Santas, Drunk Santas and Sappy Love Stories...blah, blah, blah how many Christmas movies can one take before they want to scream? Oh, and Eric has to watch all of them.
Next weekend is my family Christmas. They are all coming up here. A weekend of fun and family. Holidazzle Parade, dinner, my concert, Very excited!
Only 17 days to Christmas but we will be opening presents before that. All my presents are bought, wrapped and under the tree. Eric still hasn't bought his presents yet. Procrastinator!!!!
16 days, 11 hours, 24 minutes until our vacation. SO EXCITED!!!