The next few days are going to be insanely busy and hectic. My parents, younger brother, and I are preparing to go on a week long visit out of state. I've been so busy applying for jobs, hanging out with friends, and preparing visa forms that I haven't prepped for this trip at all. That's a first! Last February, my Dad found his birth family through Facebook. In doing so we found out that his sister and her children live in Arizona, where my niece and her mother also happen to live. We're combining the trip to meet our newly discovered family and also pick up my niece on the way back through. Every summer my niece comes to visit our family which usually consists of me flying to Arizona and flying back with her twice since she's only 7 so this will definitely save me a trip.
I've been hassling my mother to make up an itinerary. If you know me, you know I like to make a list for everything. I like to be prepared. On my trips to the Netherlands I usually plan months in advance which is almost ridiculous, but hey, saves me the trouble of last minute chaos and weighing heavy on my mind. From what my mother has told me, we'll be staying in Albuquerque, visiting Four Corners, visiting Monument Valley, staying in Tuba City, then off to Laughlin to stay for three nights. The Grand Canyon will also be squeezed in there somewhere, but I'm not sure when. I have a feeling I'm going to be drained by the time we make it to Laughlin. I can assure you. I can only imagine the 17 hour trip back with my niece. She takes after her mom in the sense that she talks way too much. Ha! But I am excited to see her.
Too be honest, I think I'm more prepared for the trip to Boulder, Colorado in August than this one. Speaking of which, I did find a nice hotel in Boulder within walking distance of the Boulder Theater and Pearl Street, and did I mention the hotel has complimentary bikes? Uh yes, please! I'll be riding that shit all over town, and hopefully I won't have to latch my arm around my Dutch boyfriend while he bikes for the both of us. Yeah, embarrassing as it is, that actually happened once. Obviously he rides bikes more often than I do. Another huge plus at the hotel, I can get a good deal with my Choice Privileges card AND get a discount for attending a show at the theater. Pretty fucking badass if you ask me. Who likes to save money? This girl. ;] I don't know how many places I've pinned on TripAdvisor to visit, but I'm definitely going to have to narrow it down. In other words, I've pinned, like, everything. I think we'll be staying for 2 nights, but I'm going to try to squeeze in a third if at all possible. There's just so much I want to do, and not enough time in the day.
I feel like I'm supposed to be doing something. Oh yeah, planning and making a list, but you know what I'm really going to do? I'm going to get off of here and go see Star Trek into Darkness with my little brother, and put off preparing my trip for another day. I never should have agreed to go. *sigh* Even homebodies need to get out once in awhile.