I finally talked myself into enough courage to kill the one I could see (the other disappeared when I turned away for a second) and then that one fell off the wall and ran under the bed and I haven't seen him again yet. My sneaker was all set to become a weapon. I was super tired as I pulled into the driveway, and now I'm wide awake and I'm not sure I'll be able to fall asleep.
I wish you were here with me right now. Any of you. It doesn't even matter who, except it would be helpful if you were someone who can get close enough to a cockroach to kill it. But even if not, at least we could be nervous and wide awake together.
Okay, let me concentrate hard on not being distracted.
I started my day in my apartment in Long Beach, and I'm finishing it here in Mesquite, Nevada. It's about 70 miles past Las Vegas, not quite to the Utah border.
Packing up the last of my stuff today went well, mostly because Jim and Marilyn helped with so much yesterday that there wasn't much left to do. So, I wrapped it all up, stuffed it into my car (I guess that's the part that took the longest -I seemed to have aquired a few things while I've been here....), cleaned the apartment, turned in my keys, and took off.
I decided that I needed to see the ocean one last time before I leave, so I drove straight to Seal Beach. I thought about just driving by to "see" the ocean one last time, but my toes claimed they needed to actually "feel" it again.
So, I happily obliged!
I took a little walk on the pier,
watched all the people enjoying their day,
and was able to just spend some time in prayer, thanking the Lord for the really great summer He's given to me and praying about what's to come.
I got on my way and was soon out of the greater LA area, and up into the high desert. I figured since I'll be heading into Colorado in the next day or so, this might be the last time I see "desert mountains" for a while (as opposed to Rocky Mountains).
I saw a beautiful sunset in my side mirrors, so Candis, I took this picture just for you! :) Don't worry, I was completely safe when I snapped it!
I knew that I'd be getting to Las Vegas about the time I would be hungry, so I thought it might be fun to eat at one of the many good buffets. I had settled on the one at Hotel Paris, because it got great ratings. Well, I hadn't realized it would take 20+ minutes just to go the 1.2 miles down The Strip to get there. In other words: TONS of slow traffic! It did mean, however, that I could really see a few things on the way -there was plenty of time to look around.
Here are some of the MANY neon lights all around the strip. In fact, this picture doesn't really do it justice.
New York, New York
The Eiffel Tower in Paris. I figured since my layover in Paris, France in November is so short, we probably won't get to leave the airport and this might be the closest I get to the Eiffel Tower again. I'll just pretend I'm on a different continent. The Arc de Triomphe
Me pretending to be on a different continent. :)
Another look at the Eiffel Tower
I tried taking a self-portrait, but it really didn't come out well. But, a lovely couple walked by and the woman offered to take one for me, and the husband insisted we kept moving around to find just the right spot! Very thoughtful.
I had considered staying overnight somewhere in Vegas since I was tired, but upon moments of my arrival, I quickly remembered why it's nickname is "Sin City" and I ended up deciding that I didn't want to contribute any more of my money.
I hopped back in my car and took off for Mesquite, where I now sit with the cockroaches. I haven't seen either one in during the MANY times I've scanned the room as I've typed this blog, but I'm considering leaving the TV on while I sleep. That's not ever successful for me, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
If you happen to be reading this tonight, pray for me as you fall asleep. And if you don't read this until later, feel free to call and check to make sure I'm still okay.
My plan for tomorrow includes Zion National Park, and possibly Bryce Canyon as well. YEAH for national parks!!!!