2021-04-24 Arizona Adventure Day 6: The Journey Home 🌵🌸

Day 6. Saturday. The journey home. But first, flowers! 

One might recall 6 days ago when I arrived in Phoenix that had time to kill before getting on the road, that I tried to go to the Botanical Gardens, that it was “sold out”, and that I promised myself we would make time for it before going to the airport to go home. Well… promise kept.

We got tickets in advance and picked as late in the day as we could because the gardens were closing at noon for a special event. Actually, it did not say they were closing for a special even, the website just said closed at noon, but when we arrived, they were already setting up for some sort of shin-dig (my guess wedding and reception) so it was a given that is why. 

That morning, we packed and made the drive from Flagstaff to Phoenix and arrived at the gardens at about 11:AM. I thought we would not be able to see the entire thing because we were short on time, but I was wrong. 

Something happens to a person when they are walking around outside in the 90 degree heat under a blazing sun. It makes them move really fast so they can see as much as possible as quickly as possible. It makes them take rapid fire pics on the move without even checking the shot. And it makes them skip some of the farther reaching loops so they can make a beeline for the exit and get back in a delightfully air-conditioned car. In light of that, the rest of this blog post is going to mimic that experience.

After that we had lunch, did some sightseeing in Phoenix, went to the airport, and flew home.. The End.)

Peace,

~Miss SugarCookie

2017-04-28 Phoenix – Day 7, Going Home

I just boarded the plane that is going to take me home. I’ve been in Phoenix for 7 days and I have no idea what this city looks like or has to offer. It’s really a shame. This traveling for work BS is.. well.. BS.

Last night we had dinner outside at a place nestled between buildings blocking any sort of view. The sun was setting and I could sort of tell the sky was going from blue to pink but I could not really see it. I bet the sunsets are amazing here. A painted sky with silhouettes of jagged mountains scattered across the horizon. But I can’t be sure because I was denied seeing it.

I bet the nightlife is hopping. But I wouldn’t know it.

I bet the people are super interesting. But I did not get to find that out either.

I’m so exhausted that the words on my screen are blurry. I need sleep 😴 like the desert 🌵 needs the rain ☔️.

I’m going to see if I can take this opportunity to close my eyes and relax. The flight is 2+ hours.

I’m coming home,
Miss SugarCookie

2017-04-25 Phoenix – What Day is it Again?

Day 3 came and went and I did not have a minute to spare to write about any of it. Now it is day 4 and it is about ready to start all over again.

I’m running on 3 hours of sleep and that’s probably not going to sustain me for the whole day today, especially if I have to be “on” like yesterday. I also don’t think any amount of caffeine is going to help me. It’s one thing to work hard doing a job you are an expert at and really kicking ass, but it is entirely different adding a second job which you don’t normally do to the mix.

On this one I am both Interface Engineer and PM. The PM job is consuming all of my time because that’s the people interaction part that requires constant attention. I think I’ve spent more time typing notes, updating spreadsheets, and communication with folks in the last 3 days than I did in my normal job the whole month of March. That is saying a lot, because I take a lot of notes and am the consummate communicator.

I’ve been spending so much time on the PM stuff, the items I need to work on to resolve issues have been piling up. I really hope today I have a little time to work on that so I can start reporting things are ready to be retested.

I also need to spend a little more time alone, because the introvert in me get’s exhausted when it comes to spending a whole day with other people. At dinner last night, it was so dark in the restaurant and I was so tired from the day, I could barely read the menu and cary a good conversation with my co-workers.

Then last night they said they wanted to go out to breakfast and that would mean meeting in the lobby at 6:45 this morning. I’m not excited about that. I considered telling them to enjoy and that I would take an UBER to the hospital, but figured to wait how I felt this morning. Now here it is at 6AM and I’m not even sure if I can make it to 6:45 let alone, an another 10 hour day. But I guess I have no choice but to try Ayyyy dios mio.

Here I Go,
Miss SugarCookie

2017-04-23 Phoenix – Day 2, The Working Weekend Continues

Today I woke up at around 7AM, but only had about 4.5 hours of sleep. It was not because I was up late having fun, it was all work related. I think I went to bed after midnight, but must not have fallen asleep for a while, according to my trusty FitBit.

This morning I did not waste much time and got dressed right away to go work out. I knew that as soon as the day really started, I would get sucked into doing work stuff and my free time would go “poof”, like cinderella’s dress and carriage at midnight. So I worked out, walked to Walgreens, and ate at the Hotel breakfast, all before 10AM. Shortly after that, the work stuff started.

I’ve really been at it ever since. My co-worker and I met to go have lunch at a nice brunch place (and ice cream after), but that’s the only break I’ve had since just after breakfast. I’m really ready for sleep. I keep saying I am going to get more, but then I just don’t seem to. There’s always something more important. Apparently.

The place we had brunch was called 1130. And it was in a pretty nice area. I opted to get NOT a Cheeseburger today after ordering one the last two dinners out. I had the “lobster cups” which was like a big fancy piece of lettuce with lobster, avocado, sprouts, crispy strips, and some kind of asian slaw served with an asian dipping sauce. It was good.

The one thing I noticed on my walk today (which was early and already really hot), was that even though the city does not have a lot of green, there are a lot of cool plants with beautiful blooming flowers. I don’t know if it is because it is spring or if it’s always like that.

I think it got up to 97 today. The sun at 9:30 AM was already so brutal that I felt like I was going to burn under my SPF. I didn’t, but I felt like I was.

Well, I need to get a good nights rest as tomorrow is going to be another long one. Time to pack it in.

Zzzzzzzzz,
Miss SugarCookie

2017-04-22 Waking Up in Phoenix

I went to bed after 10PM, but it was really after midnight according to my body clock, and I was wiped. Traveling does that. Amazingly I slept until 5:30AM, which is really 7:30. So that’s pretty awesome. I’ll be here for a week for a work project and I’m officially switching to west coast time so I’ll stop making reference to the time difference.

It was 62 degrees at 6AM and last night I bumped my hotel thermostat to 77 so the air would stop kicking on. It’s nice to be able to have it as warm as I want and right now it’s 75 in here and that seems about perfect. When I packed for my trip I was focussed primarily on two things.. having professional clothes for M-F and workout stuff. Yesterday I realized I did not have jeans to wear to be casual at the hospital over the weekend and now thinking a target run at 8AM might be in order. Truly, how can I really evaluate the livability of a city if I don’t visit at least one Super Target??! 😃

I am planning on getting a bit of a workout this morning before anything else just to get some steps in. Our project timeline had scripts running until 8AM but things are behind, so I’ll probably have free time until like 10AM. The hotel also has free breakfast until 10AM so I’ll have to capitalize on that.

There are palm trees out my window and though it’s not the best view, it feels great to be somewhere else. I’m excited to have this next week to rock and roll on this work stuff and capitalize on every other moment to get all the feels I can. On that note.. it’s time to go explore.

Happy Saturday,
~Miss SugarCookie

2017-04-21 Miss SugarCookie.. Live from the Air

It’s the first time I’ve done the air travel thing since my Mexico trip in January. It doesn’t take long for me to remember how much I dislike it. It’s really just a means to an end. If I had my choice, and more time, I would drive.

I don’t like the check in and screening process. I hate waiting to board. Sitting on the jetway and takeoff gives me an uneasy feeling that always makes me want to contact all the people I love and tell them what they mean to me. I know it’s kind of silly to be worried and flying is safe, but it’s an emotion I can’t control. Once we are up, I’m ok.

Landing sometimes scares the crap out of me and I often wonder when they don’t make the landing strip longer. The brakes go on and it feels like the plane is going to flip over itself. I’m always relived when I’m off and leaving the gate. The whole process may save time, but sometimes it still feels like it takes a whole day in transit.

At the present moment I’m in seat 16D and typing on my phone. I kinda want to get my laptop out so I can type, but I hate close quarters and people around me being able to see my screen.

It’s a 2+ hour flight to Phoenix. This time of year there is a two hour time difference between Omaha and Phoenix so it’s like landing at just about the same time we took off. That would be cool, but it won’t matter to me because as soon as I land, I’ll have work to do.

My big dilemma finishing packing this morning was figuring out if I was going to dress for going straight to the hospital when I arrive or to the hotel. I opted to go the casual/hotel route. I won’t have a car, so I’ll have to Uber to the hotel. In truth, the timeline is so tight (and starting earlier than I anticipated) that I might have to work from the airport. Which I have done before.

And now.. Time for snacks! 😊

Laterz,
~Miss SugarCookie

P.S. Expect a post about a Phoenix Cheeseburger soon!