Monday, January 12, 2015

Our First Road Trip!

First leg of the trip!

Ok, so let's start. We left Kentucky about 1030am, due to a snow/sleet/ice wintery mix. Jeter meowed the whole way to Indianapolis (1 hour and 30 minutes).  Dropped him off, got him settled & I missed him terribly. That's my babyyy. ((:

Here's driving through Illinois:

We arrived at around 11pm, and we stayed at the Holiday Inn in Urbandale...I chose the Holiday Inn, as my Dad (Lt for IMPD) has always worked security for them, and thus, when we vacationed, we got discounted room rates. It had it's pro's and con's though...
Con's: It was older, kind of ran down. There was a crack in the ceiling, that ran the length of the room, and the repair job was crappy enough that it was visibly noticeable. Also, while the room was clean, it REEKED of man's cologne. I mean REEKED.
Pro's: The bathroom was fairly nice. (pictures below) Of course, I failed to think to bring my swimsuit, so I can't comment on the pool.

We did order pizza that night from Northern Lights Pizza Company, while we were in Urbandale, Iowa.  It was good for a local pizza place! I have issues with pizza always disagreeing with me, but it settled fine, and it would be worth checking out, if you ever find yourself in Iowa!
Here are a few pictures as we were driving through Nebraska and Denver: 

Second Leg!

We left early on 12/21/14, to make it to Denver by nightfall, and we made it. We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton, and it WAS all it was cracked up to be. My boyfriend ordered their bison meatloaf (yum!), and I ordered a veggie sandwich wrap that night from Radius Bar and Grill, which was located within the hotel. We also drank off some of the stress. Ha! I am definitely looking forward to my next stay at a Double Tree hotel. It was just perfect. No complaints!

Woke up on Monday, headed to the bank, and made our transaction for this beauty:

Homeward Bound! 

On our way back, we were racing ahead of a snow storm, and battling 50mph winds across the plains of Nebraska. Ugh. It was awful. That night, we only made it as far as Lincoln, which given the circumstances was a pretty good haul. We hadn't eaten all day, opting to drive and get ahead of the bad weather, in an attempt to get home by Christmas. So, on our way out of Colorado, we stopped in at Santiago's. If you are ever in the vicinity of Denver, there are several Santiago's locations. They have been featured in various reviews and articles. It's worth it. My boyfriend's mom and I both got the Chicken Fajitas. My boyfriend got tacos-they were huge!!

Chicken Fajitas

Later that night, we stopped in at the Comfort Inn. Now, this is a 2 star hotel, but NOT BAD AT ALL. Probably because it was in Nebraska, small towns can have hidden gems. The front desk clerk was more than accomadating. The vending machine wasn't working. So, he comped up drinks and snacks from behind the desk. We also took advantage of their continental breakfast, which was mostly cold (oatmeal, bagels, cereal, etc), but it was plenty to get the morning started. Here are my pictures from there:

So, our first road trip was a SUCCESS! We didn't kill each other, and that HAS to count for something. I got to get to know his mom on a much more personal level-she's a saint. My next trip is in 21 days! Puerto Rico for my birthday!!

Until next time!


Currently Watching: Love and Hip Hop New York

Sorry for the editing issues. No matter how much I played with the pictures, they would not cooperate -_-

Ending 2014 with Blessings

So, this post, was inspired by another fellow blogger, that I randomly found and followed. (Here is her post, Happy Thoughts: Part 2.)

I'm going to do my own spin on her post. I'll list 3 things that I'm grateful, thankful, happy, lucky for every day until the end of the year. Basically, just 3 good things that happen to me daily.

1. I finished my Christmas shopping, or rather, helped Nathan finish his.
2. Snuggles with my Jeter <3
3. Bubble baths

1. My family. They're amazinggg, always keeping me grounded & a special thanks to my seestor, watching JeJe for me
2. Unexpected road trips to Denver with my love
3. The NEW chili's menu (omg, nom!)

1. I'm so grateful that Nathan has excellent communication skills when we're having issues. Road trips make for grumpy people & his patience is amazing.
2. Verizon's amazing service. I don't mind paying more when I can contact my loved ones
3. The relationship I have with my sister is the best ever. My sister, my best friend, better half & soul-mate

1. Mountain Views
2. Starbucks, or Coffee in general
3. Our New Truck

1. Making it home safe and sound in time for Christmas
2. My memory foam bed
3. Jeter. Oh, how I missed him!!

1) I'm so glad to have spent Christmas Eve with my Mom & Sister!! I love our little family.
2) Our traditions: I swear our Chinese dinner was the best ever.
3) I had no idea what to expect gift wise, but I'm blown away and so grateful!!!

1) I'm grateful for those, such as my mother, who have to work holidays
2) My sister and I celebrated Friendsmas 2014, drinking wine & playing my Spongebob Monopoly (:
3. My friends!!!

1. The WONDERFUL staff at 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis!
2. I found out my boyfriend may be able to spend New Year's Eve with me!!
3. Designated drivers (:

1. Today I made Chicken Enchilada Pasta, and it was a success!!
2. I'm thankful for quality time watching tv with my sister after work.
3. I love working for the Great Lakes Bengal Rescue! The kitties are so cute!!

1. Wineries are God's gift to women, and I'm so thankful they're open on Sundays in Indiana.
2. I got to spend #SundayFunday with one of my VERY best friends, and we went to Cedar Creek Winery in Martinsville, IN
3. I'm so happy I learned how to make our family's chip dip, because I made a mean batch this afternoon.

1. I went to Harry & Izzy's in Downtown Indianapolis tonight, it was amazing! (Blog post soon)
2. Thankful I finally got to celebrate Christmas with my Dad and Stepmother
3. My Dad and Step mom also got a new puppy, Kona. She's the cutest French Bulldog EVER.

1. I talked to my Grandma, and I'll finally be able to see her on the 2nd, for Christmas, officially
2. Today was spent cleaning in preparation of my boyfriend visiting for NYE. Having a clean place relieves stress in ways though, in my opinion.
3. I made bird feeders today, as Christmas gifts for those I have yet to see! I'll probably blog about them, as they were SO easy to make, everyone loved them, and they're cute, with country flair!

Without being repetitive and listing the same 3 things twice, I'm beyond grateful that I got to close out 2014 with both my Sister and my Boyfriend. We were fortunate enough to meet Jason Michael Carol while at his concert at 8 seconds, and for the first time ever (in this relationship), I got to kiss my boyfriend at midnight.

While editing this (and hopefully catching all errors), it just made me realize that even though I'm stressed to the brim, I have so much to be appreciative for and of. I have finally surrounded myself with a core group of good, positive people, and I am SO ready to start my new chapter in 2015. A lot of changes happened for me at the turn of the year, most of which I'm sure to detail in upcoming blog posts. When you feel at your worst, why not sit down and write out 3 things to be grateful for? It can instantly change your mood. Finding the positive is always worth it.