Phoenix rhymes with Kleenex!

October 1, 2009

Don’t mind the blog title, it’s 2:29am and I’m feeling rather creative yet sleep deprived from partying for the last two weeks straight!

I just booked my flight out from Phoenix and back to Orlando for November 8. I scored a non-stop flight for $152 flying US Airways. I wanted to eat my sock for not purchasing the $115 Delta flight the other day because tonight when I went to book, the price had taken a massive leap forward, however I felt some comfort in knowing that at least this flight was direct, rather than having a layover and making the total duration eight hours when it only needed to be four.

The closest I’ve ever come to being in Arizona was stepping over the state line at Hoover Damn back in 2006 so I’m kinda excited to be able to add Phoenix to the list of places that I’ve seen and been!

So far the itinerary is Las Vegas November 5 and 6 staying at the MGM Grand then driving from Vegas to Phoenix for the 7th and 8th to attend the Arizona State Fair. So excited, never been to a U.S. State Fair before! MMMMM fried food Oh, and I kinda failed to mention we’d be seeing the amazing Miss. Kelly Clarkson live on her “All I Ever Wanted” tour in both cities… she *cough* may *cough* be the reason for our four day vacation… or I may just want to get terribly drunk in Vegas and eat more fried food than my heart could ever desire at the Arizona State Fair… Guess you’ll never know 😛

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Florida, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma… Oh My!

September 10, 2009

I’m already back in Orlando, boo-hoo!

What a whirlwind weekend adventure that was! It started at 3:10am on Sunday morning when my shuttle came to collect me from Chatham Square. I’d got home from work at midnight, headed over to a mates place to knock back a few drinks then rushed back to my apartment to finish packing, then off I went to Orlando Airport on no sleep what so ever. Actually, I hadn’t had any sleep since 9am Saturday morning.

Hashbrowns, french toast (was more like deep fried bread) and syrup!

Hashbrowns, french toast (was more like deep fried bread) and syrup!

By the time I got to the airport and checked in I was starving! The only thing I could find that was opened was a Burger King which had a very limited 4:30am menu. Ugh, I was hungry, so indeed, I ate then made my way over to my departure gate.

Needless to say I was absolutely buggered. I fell asleep by my terminal gate in fetal position on the floor with my carry on and my hand bag securely fastened in between my tummy, my knees and my arms. I can only imagine how ridiculous I looked to those around me. I think I managed to score twenty or so minutes of sleep before my flight boarded. As soon as I took my seat I was out so fast because I don’t even remember take off, the flight itself, or landing. I was now stuck within the perimeters of the Atlanta Airport for a few hours… no surprises here, but I fell asleep again at the terminal gate and woke up just as they were making the final boarding call! SHIT! I almost missed my flight!

The flight from Atlanta to Dallas was dead! There were maybe twelve of us on there so we were able to choose what ever seat we wanted. I had the entire exit lane to myself so the arms went up and I made myself comfortable across three seats with a blanket. Within seconds, I was out and before I knew it, I was in Dallas, Texas… earlier than I had expected too… seems they got us in a half hour earlier than what was scheduled. Actually, Delta had us in early on all four flights. I was very impressed with Delta’s courteous flight crew and their friendly service, not to mention their flight prices! I paid $125 US, return (inc. taxes)! Will definitely be flying with them again.

DALLAS :D One day I will live here!

DALLAS 😀 One day I will live here!

Kristi picked me up from Dallas Airport and we headed back to her apartment to change clothes and then head out for some lunch. Soon enough, we were at Jess’ apartment and departing for our roadtrip to Thackerville, Oklahoma. How do I put this nicely… those folks out in Thackerville, or maybe just Oklahoma in general… they are a whole different breed of people. There were some scary ass faces around there! Enough about them, though. We met up with Crys, Nicole and Kelly, did some outlet shopping and then headed to Chilis to meet up with a few other people for dinner.

Dinner was insanely fun. We maybe had one too many beers and the conversation led to not so appropriate dinner talk which led to me laughing until I looked as though I was crying and having to pee every ten minutes due to the amount of beer that was consumed. Fun times indeed! CONCERT TIME!

We got to the Winstar World Casino and saw it appropriate to carry on our beer-guzzling ways before Miss. Kelly Clarkson took the stage.

Kristi, Kelly, Nicole, Jess, Me & Crys right before taking our seats for KC!

Kristi, Kelly, Nicole, Jess, Me & Crys right before taking our seats for KC!

KC raising her mic stand to the audience to let them join in.

KC raising her mic stand to the audience to let them join in.

So needless to say Kelly Clarkson was amazing as always. She told us she had a big surprise for us which made me super excited, only to discover her version of a big surprise was cutting my two favourite songs and adding in a Reba McEntire song. FAIL! Grrrr, damn Kelly’s love for Reba! Ugh. I so wanted to hear Don’t Let Me Stop You. Booooo. Oh well, next time. And by next time I mean in eight weeks when I see her again in Las Vegas and Phoenix and then four weeks later in New Orleans. Yes, I am slightly obsessed. Love her to pieces; she is amazing!

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Kelly and her sex=on-legs guitarist, Cory!

Kelly and her sex-on-legs guitarist, Cory!

We drove back to Dallas that night and I got some much-needed sleep. I spent most of the next day in Dallas hanging out with Kristi, but before I knew it, it was time to board my flight back to Orlando… back to reality… although I guess you can’t really call the life I’m living here in Orlando a reality… My reality would be when I eventually return home to Australia… but let’s not think about that right now.

Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX and Thackerville, OK… Four states in the span of 48 hours! Insane, I know, but also insanely fun! I love my life here 🙂