Friday, November 30, 2007

Final stop: Cypress, CA

We left Tucson around 11:30 yesterday morning and made it to Phoenix about an hour and a half later, where we stopped to visit my aunt and uncle in Glendale. I haven't seen them in probably over a year, so it was nice to make a pit stop by their house and see where they live! Aunt Hazel had made some brownies and they were sooo good.....mmm..... wish I had one right now. Oh wait, I can have one right now because she sent some for the road. :)

We stayed about an hour at their house and had to hit the road again. I tried my darndest to get a picture of a cactus, so here's a picture of one I got through the window while driving about 75 miles an hour. Why I didn't get a picture of one in one of their neighbor's yards, yea, I dunno. I guess I thought it'd be more of a challenge to find one while flying down the interstate. I like to keep things interesting.

So anyway, we made it to Burin's friend's house here in Cypress, CA, which is somewhere between LA and Long Beach, around 9:00 last night. Burin had an appointment/drug test/etc with the company he will be working for this morning, so I'm here waiting for him to get back. This afternoon I think we're going to go look around at houses and/or apartments, and do any last minute things since we're leaving for Bangkok in the morning.

And one last bit of exciting news for Southern Californians: it is raining, and I mean pouring this morning!! From what I understand, it has been quite a while since they've seen rain, and I'm sure with all the recent wildfires, they're glad to see it. I'm sure some kind of record is being set right now. Of course it would have to be the day we had planned to go out and look at apartments and all. Nice. :)

(Ok so maybe the rain isn't such good news.. it has resulted in flash flooding, mudslides, and fatal car accidents. eep!)


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Second stop: Tucson, AZ

I think driving on I-20 across west Texas is the most boring thing I have ever done in my entire life. No, seriously. Between Abilene and El Paso there is nothing, and I do mean nothing, besides you and a million truckers. I got so bored I had to dig out my camera. Here are a few results.

A nice sunset:

Some kind of self-portrait:

And a thumbs-up from my chauffer:

When we finally made it to El Paso, we made a Starbucks stop (surprise?). El Paso is a really nice place. I was impressed.

However, I was not so impressed with New Mexico. It stinks. Literally. No sooner than we got crossed over the state line did it start stankin'. It smelled like.. well.. the stinky end of a farm. Then we had to go through "Border Patrol," which consisted of stopping, the guy asking if we're citizens, us nodding our heads yes, him saying "ok," and us going about our business. I mean.....?....

We called it a night about 11pm when we got to Tucson, AZ, and by that time I was reeallly tired. We stopped again at a Best Western, and I was highly disappointed when I found out at breakfast that they didn't have an Arizona-shaped waffle-maker.

Til next time...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

First stop: Abilene, TX

We finally left Jackson yesterday around 4pm, a few hours later than we had originally planned. We made a Starbucks stop in Shreveport, an IHOP stop in Arlington, TX (between Dallas and Ft. Worth), and we are now in Abilene at a Best Western (which I highly recommend - very nice). We took turns driving and got here about 3:00 this morning.

Here I am with a waffle in the shape of TEXAS!

No, I'm not pointing anywhere near Abilene. And please excuse the bed-head/no-makeup-sleepy-face.


Thursday, November 8, 2007

Globe Hopping

November 21: My last day at work!

November 27-29: Drive from MS --> L.A.

November 30: L.A.

December 1: L.A. -->Thailand

December 21: Thailand --> L.A.

December 22: L.A.

December 23: L.A. --> MS

December 31: Burin goes back to L.A.

Whenever: Brandi goes to L.A.