Thursday, December 29, 2005

Red rock country......

Finally, some free time to post. My brother-in-law and his wife were just here for a few days visiting us, so I was pretty busy. We did some fun stuff while they were here, so I hope they enjoyed themselves. They drove in from Denver and got here around 730pm on Monday. Becky and I prepared a bunch of yummy appetizer type foods for them, and we just munched on them for dinner. The next day we took it pretty easy, just sleeping in and then watching the food network for a while (one of my favorite channels). We went to this great Asian Fusion restaurant called Monsoon on the Rim for lunch. We all shared several different kinds of sushi. I highly recommend going there if you ever happen to be in Flagstaff, Arizona. :-)

After lunch we went out to visit the museum I used to work for. Its actually a pretty nice museum. We spent a few hours looking at the exhibits, then we came home for a few hours and just chilled out (i.e. more food network!) For dinner, we went to this little Italian restaurant called Oreganos. The food is always good, especially the thin crust pizza, but unfortunately the wait is always long.

Yesterday, we got up a little earlier, at the crack of 930am, ha ha, and drove down to a small town south of Flagstaff called Sedona to go hiking. Sedona is known for its beautiful red rock sandstone formations. We took a short hike to the top of Bell Rock, can you guess how it got its name?! ;-) Here is a picture of us at the top:

Around 2pm, we went to lunch at the Bice Grand Cafe and Restaurant. Becky and I had gone to dinner there for our 1 year anniversary a few weeks before and we were itching to go back. The restaurant is situated on a large hill overlooking the city and various rock formations so we had a great view with our meal. Also, the weather has been very warm in Arizona lately and the temperature was a very comfortable 65 degrees F, so we were able to sit outside on their terrace. Here is a picture of us at lunch:

We were pretty tired when we got home that night, so we decided to stay in and I made spaghetti with my homemade sauce, cheesy garlic bread, my wife's specialty, and salad. Oh and wine of course! Can't forget that! After dinner we watched the movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", the newest version with Johnny Depp. It was pretty good, and also very trippy. I had been wanting to see that one for a while.

This morning my Becky had to leave for work at about 630am, so they decided to just get up at that time too and leave. I got up to see them off, but then went right back to bed. I have to savor my time to sleep in since next Tuesday classes start for me and Monday thru Friday I will have to be at school at 8am, which means getting up at about 630am everyday! Yuck! I am excited to start school and get the proverbial ball rolling. I am sure once the homework starts pouring in I will be singing a different tune, but right now it is exciting. I really hope to make some new friends and have a good relationship with my classmates. I have read on several nursing student's blogs that they become very close with the other students in their classes and end up forming lasting friendships. I hope to do that. Since we moved to Arizona from Minnesota about a year ago we have had a really hard time making friends, so I hope that school will provide the outlet I need to find some chums.


SVN, prn said...

Sounds like you had an enjoyable visit. What a nice relaxing start to the next stage in your life.

I am excited for your future blog entries as you get acclimated to being a student.

Happy New Year Justin.

JENWAG said...

Hello! Great Blog. I am a radiology transcriptionist from Minnesota. I work for Mayo. Don't you miss MN? Snowing hear right now. My husband is gone ice fishing for the weekend (only in MN)!

As a rad transcriptionist, I type all the "lingo" you will be learning. Not sure I understand it all, but I can spell it at least!!

Your pictures of your day trips look awesome. Don't see that kind of scenery around her or "up north"!

Good luck. I will follow your blog in your journey!