Archive for the 'Trips' Category

27
Oct
08

what’s going on

for all of you who were wondering, yes, we have made it to nashville. most of you know that we had to keep it all very hush hush since my mom didn’t know the official date of our arrival. so now that that is out in the open, we can discuss…

my dear friend from high school, amanda cannington, flew out to san francisco to help us with our long haul across the country. we started our journey mid-afternoon on the 5th. we made it almost all the way through california but decided to stop in barstow, just on the border. our hotel, of course, was by the loudest train i have ever heard in my life! needless to say, we didn’t get solid sleep that night. oh, and not to mention, the dogs slept in the bed with us… a special treat that they hardly ever get at home b/c the little one wiggles too much, but daddy insisted. yippee…

moving on… from there we traveled through the rest of cali and got into arizona. there’s just something about the desert. so peaceful and beautiful. i can understand why people live out there, minus the heat. we stopped in flagstaff for a short lunch and kept on until we got to alburquerque that night to crash.

the next day we made it to amarillo, texas and stopped at the cutest little gas station. in the bathroom they had taken huge sheets of butcher paper and posted them around the bathroom on the walls and on the stall doors. at the top was written, tell us about your journey. for some reason i completely forgot to take my pen into the bathroom with me (silly me) but if i had, i would have written:

traveling 2300 miles in 4 days from san francisco to nashville with my husband, our two wiener dogs konked out in the back seat, my best friend from high school that i haven’t seen in 9 years, one car, and one uhaul. half way there, in the middle of nowhere.

from amarillo we got through the rest of texas (the most boring part of the drive). it was so boring that when we got into oklahoma, i couldn’t believe it! it was, by far, the prettiest part of the drive for me (amanda thought cali was the best part, i think). we got to oklahoma city around 7pm and decided to go ahead stop, have a good dinner, get some decent sleep, and maybe see a little bit of the debate that was taking place in nashville that night. (oh, and side note… thanks to the timing of our move, neither one of us can vote…) that night, we decided that the dogs needed to sleep alone, so we made them a nice little bed… in the closet. 

well rested, we got up and headed to TN. i really wanted jason to see beale street in memphis so we stopped for the night and enjoyed some blues and rendezvous (bbq). yummy! it was so much fun but our hotel was a little sketchy. i had gone out to the car to get something and when i came back, jason said “do we get a discount if someone has been murdered in our room?” what tha…?!?! you will not believe this but he found a pocket knife, a very large one at that, shoved in the seat of one of the chairs in the room. this was the beginning of another sleepless night for me… good thing we only had a 3 hour drive ahead of us.

the next day, we slept in, and then headed home to nashville. i have never been so anxious to go home! during the drive, we had been keeping in touch with friends and family giving them updates on our trip, all except for my mom. i spoke with her a couple times on the road but never clued her in to what was actually going on. we had been telling her that things were happening a week later than they actually were. her 60th birthday was that friday and she thought that we were going to miss it but little did she know we were going to be just in time! we finally got to nashville on the 9th and decided to go ahead and surprise mom instead of waiting for her birthday the next day. she nearly jumped out of her skin! i have never heard anyone scream so loud in my life!

so here we are. living in nashville again. i really cannot believe it! it’s been 3 full years and what an amazing journey it has been. jason and i have grown in so many ways. i am so thankful to be able to look back and see the evidence of Lord’s blessings and guidance in our lives. we are catching up with lots of new and old friends already and are going to begin the church search next week. pray for the Lord’s guidance in that process as well.

if you are a nashvillian, we hope to see you soon! to our cali and texas friends, we miss you, love you, and want you to visit us soon. visit my facebook page for pictures.

15
Oct
08

my new theme song

20
Sep
08

to do list

#1. get home


this is our route… soon to be traveled… stay tuned!

19
Sep
08

guzzle guzzle

anyone want to contribute to the “gas is insanely expensive and we’re about to drive across the country fund”???

i mean, for real…

18
Sep
08

here i come!

13
Sep
08

deeper still photos…

29
Jul
08

begas vaby!

oh wait… strike that… reverse it…

vegas, here i come! AGAIN! wahoo! i am SO excited! what’s better than vegas? oh yeah, vegas TWICE in a year! and on top of that, the reason i’m going to vegas makes it so much more exciting! i know there are most likely a couple questions pondering around in your mind right now, I just know it… why? when? with whom? and why again?

first of all, i’ll get the “with whom?” out of the way. i’m going it alone. yes….. i’m crazy! vegas…..? alone….?! who would be that dumb? oh yes, that’s ME! right here! i’m just that loco. (unless anyone wants to join me, feel free. i’m up for tag-alongs!)

and that leads me to the why… 

i have been dying to see this lady for quite some time now. she is one of the most inspiring spiritual teachers in the world today. last time i saw her was in houston for a conference that i volunteered for. she’s not going to be coming to the bay area any time soon so, i thought, why not combine one of my favorite places with the most amazing speaker of our time?! so, that’s exactly what i’m doing. a little bit of beth and a little bit of vegas! she will be leading, along with these ladies, a two day women’s conference at UNLV

so be praying for me september 5 & 6 that the LORD will teach me, bless me, move me, mold me, refine me and shape me those two days. also pray for safety 🙂 (mom, i’ll be fine!)

not only are beth moore and kay arthur teaching but my old choir director from back home (a.k.a. NashVEGAS) is leading worship. i think it’s been about… oh… 4 years or more since i’ve been in the same room as this guy, let alone experiencing him lead worship. i’m super duper pumped! i’m ready for GOD to move!

here’s a little glimpse of what lies ahead… http://www.vimeo.com/1382951?pg=embed&sec=1382951

01
May
08

What Happens in Vegas…

We’re back from Vegas! What a blast! We had such a great time. I think we saw just about every hotel on the strip from Mandalay Bay to The Wynn and I know for certain we walked about 100 miles! We were so tired by the third day that we practically just sat around and did nothing. Next time we’ll pace ourselves a bit more and stay in a hotel we don’t have to leave if we don’t want to.

On Saturday we were so excited to see everything, so we got in as much as we could, including some nice cold beverages which led to two sleepy travelers before the sun went down. I think we went to bed around 9:30p. Who does that in Vegas? Oh yeah, that’s right… the Joneses… of course! We didn’t even get to see the city lights! Ha! How about that for spunk huh?

Sunday was a much more adventurous day. We bought tickets for a Cirque show and the Wax Museum. Mystere was amazing, by the way! I can’t wait to see another Cirque! It blew my mind. We hit the rest of the hotels we hadn’t seen and stopped for a few street performances. I literally kissed a black man dressed head to toe in silver pretending to be a statue (don’t worry mom, it was on the cheek). Jason won $80 playing BlackJack – his first time gambling, by the way. But, most importantly, we slowed down on the alcohol consumption. That made the day much more rememberable and tons more fun! Who says you can’t learn lessons in Vegas? 🙂

Monday was the day we wished we could have gone home sooner. We woke up and decided to order room service (I think I’m the only 27 year old who’s never done that before). We checked out around 11am and then meandered outside. In about a hour we were ready to go home – seriously. It was quite a bit hotter outside plus we were just completely exhausted. We headed down to Madame Toussauds Wax Museum. I’d never been to one before… so, it’s super cool but yet really freaky at the same time. We ate at the Bellagio buffet for a late lunch, watched the fountain dance, and then went back to our hotel and sat around in a smoky lounge until about 5pm. Our flight didn’t leave until 9:25p but we went ahead and took a cab to the airport anyway. I have never been so ready to go home!

Next time, I think we’ll stay at Ceasars Palace or the Palazzo. Ceasars was by far my favorite although the Bellagio was the prettiest. I don’t think we would ever have to leave Ceasar’s if we stayed there anyway with all the shopping and stuff to do.

All in all, Vegas was just amazing! Better than I thought it would be. I realized though, and this is a really good thing, is that you don’t see all the sleezy stuff unless you seek it out. So it’s all good! We’ll go back again and again I’m sure, now that we found that out. ( Jason was a little nervous about it.) The alcohol however, flows like milk and honey and come to find out… it’s free in the casinos! Why didn’t someone tell us that? Oh well… there’s always next time. Am I right ladies? 🙂

Oh, I almost forgot… we saw a few famous peeps… Zach Braff & Donald Faison from Scrubs and then Criss Angel the magician. Pretty cool huh?

I’m taking a bunch friends with me next time. Who’s ready?

22
Apr
08

Vegas Baby!

Yep, I’m headed to Vegas! I cannot wait because I’ve never been… neither has Jason. We leave on Saturday morning and get back on Monday night. I’ll post pictures when I get back. Any suggestions on the must do’s?

14
Mar
08

Find Your Spot

Are you happy with where you live? Ever thought about leaving and moving to  a new place? Now that I’ve moved twice and lived in 3 different cities in the past 3 years, I think about that. What’s the best place for me to live? I found this website that figures that out for you… http://www.findyourspot.com/ Who knows, you might wind up in Alaska!

07
Mar
08

The Search Continues

Tomorrow I’m hitting the road with a friend of mine in search of my future dwelling place. I have about 15 places to check out and I’m sure I will be exhausted, confused, and very well aggravated by the end of the day. Please pray for me tomorrow that God will not allow me to have any of those feelings or thoughts. We now have 2 1/2 weeks to find a place to land. 

11
Feb
08

Namdaemun Gate – Seoul, Korea

This is what it looked like in December when Jason was there… 
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This is what it looks like now… 
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Read the story here. 

16
Jan
08

Hello again!

How is everyone? I know I haven’t officially written something in a few days now so I thought I’d give you an update on life.

1. Jason got a grant to start school this summer at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. This is a huge deal! Jason has been dreaming of going to this college since high school and now his dream is coming true! People get jobs at companies like Pixar after going to school there! He applied for the grant a few months ago and just this past weekend we found out that he got 75% of his summer school paid for! YEAH! If you’d like to congratulate him you can contact him through his website.

2. I*’m going back to school too! We’re not exactly sure when but soon. I will be taking the Event & Meeting Planning course at SF State. I’m working towards getting my CMP License (Certified Meeting Planner) and this is one of three steps: CEU’s (continuing education units), working in the industry (5 years), and taking the CMP exam. I hope to have all this done in no later than 4 years, mainly because of the work experience.

3. I’m healing still. My left leg is still not completely healed. I’m about at 90% on my right leg being back to normal but my left leg is still around 75%. Please pray for speedy recovery so that I can run around MacWorld with Jason on Friday and not have to think about my legs.

4. We’re going to MacWorld! YEE HAW! I’m super excited so that should clue you in on just how excited Jason is! (You know he worked for Apple in Houston, right?) I know, we’re dorks but it’s the coolest thing for us to be able to do this. We DO live in a fantastic city. I’ll post pictures later. I guess I should find out if I can take my camera in… hum.

5. We’re headed to Houston next weekend for my brother-in-law’s wedding. Yep, gettin hitched! That means that all the children are married… Jason & me, Andy & Michelle, Simon & Carrie. Whew! Now we’re moving on to dealing with mid-life crises’s and menopause and… just maybe… kiddos… We’ll see! I wonder who’s gonna be first to have a grandchild…

6. I’m in love… with Austin… Texas… It’s the best place on the face of the earth and I can’t wait until the day I can move there. The Bay Area is fantastic, it really is, but it’s no Austin. The biggest difference? Well it’s in Texas! DUH! 🙂

I think that’s all for now. There is one more thing that is new that I’m working on but I can’t post it here. If you’re interested then you can email me 🙂

 Love you all!

30
Nov
07

Jason’s adventures, day 2

Tonight we chatted for a while and they were getting ready to go talk to someone about an Otterball project they (Jason and Paul) are working on. It’s secretive so I can’t really talk about it. All I can say is “Am I Right Ladies?” Check the site for more updates. They were off to have dinner today. This is what they are going to be eating…  
800px-fatback.jpg  It’s called fatback… Yep, you’ve got it… it’s the back fat of a pig… healthy… Here, you can read all about it. So, you can check out Jason’s web gallery for more pictures from the trip as well as videos he’s taken. Keep in mind though when you’re watching these that he IS speaking to me. 😉  I’ll add more to this post tomorrow after I chat with him in the morning before he goes to bed. 

29
Nov
07

Jason is OOT

OOT? One may ask “What does that mean?” Others may think “Rebecca spelled the word ‘too’ backwards.” Well, guess again… it means Out of Town… and Jason is exactly that. This week, next week, and part of the next, that’s 17 days total, he will be residing in…

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…any guesses???Ding, ding, ding! That’s right… Seoul, Korea. His company (www.batiq.com) has an office there, and our friend Paul (who Jason works with) lives there. So, they are working on a big project right now and Batiq wanted him to spend a couple weeks there to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time.Tonight is the second night he’s been gone. I can certainly say that I don’t mind being alone and by myself BUT… being here in San Fran is different. We’re not yet quite connected like we were in Houston so it’s a little bit more secluded that one married young lady would choose. Other than that, things are swell. I spoke with Jason via iChat Video tonight. He’s doing well and is enjoying being in a new land experiencing new things (i.e. frozen yogurt with Fruit Loops). I will keep you all updated, or you can check out his website at www.jasonbjones.com.




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