Here we are atop "Chicken Point" on the Bell Tower trail in Sedona, AZ. This was a glorious hike: day 2 of our vacation. Climbing rocks is a thrilling and challenging feat. We had a wonderful, wonderful time in Sedona and were sad to leave....
Other highlights of our vacation include:
1. Stocking up at Trader Joe's (we ate fresh fruit parfaits and cranberry orange scones with dark coffee to drink every morning)
2. Driving to the Grand Canyon (snow, ponderosa pine forest, ski mountain, and desert)
3. Arriving at the Grand Canyon (we walked the rim trail and could have spent the next two weeks exploring the Grand Canyon)
4. Sedona Weather (crisp, cool, and dry)
5. Day hikes around Sedona (Slide Rock trail, West Fork trail, Huckaby trail, Bell & Courthouse trail)
6. Eating at the local micro-brewery, the local bakery, and the vegetarian cafe (mmmmm!!!)
7. Perusing the Art Gallery's (for which there are so many of in Sedona) and shopping in uptown Sedona to purchase strings of beautiful beads
(for some reason I can't rotate this picture sent to me from my teacher friend Nancy) *Here's Erich helping one of my students perform "Tu Ti Ta"... pulgares arriba (Thumbs up) 1. Erich substitues for me when I am sick! 2. Erich plans a surprise dinner for me (it had to be cancelled on account of my sickness, but the thought was super) 3. I receive wonderful birthday love, presents, and calls 4. I still look ok in the running pants I have been wearing the past 4 days 5. I managed to make tortilla soup in under 5 minutes in my pressure cooker this evening using the pressure cooker cookbook my hubby purchased me (and eat it without stomach problems) 6. I got to listen to wonderful music on my drive back to Bryan thanks to my madre 7. My medi-scale is being assembled as I type.... 8. I get to sleep in my bed tonight 9. I get tomorrow off (because I'm still sick...) 10. I will finally finish my 40 report cards tomorrow (while sick in bed)
Ok, so number 9 & 10 are a bit cynical, but I am greatful for them both. Oh, one more great thing! I just weighed myself on the new medi scale and I weigh less than I thought (probably due to the sickness of course, but still!)
I am bringing in my 27th with the FLU. This must mean that things can only get better from here on out for me this year. I have never had the flu. The flu really sucks. Yesterday was the worst and today I'm feeling a bit more alive. I came home to San Antonio this weekend to spend some time with the family and go to "women of faith" with my mama. However, I have spent the last 24 hours on the living room couch doing rotations of: reliv, medicine, bathroom, sleep, reliv, medicine, bathroom, sleep.... To make matters worse, I can't taste anything and I have the runs. So...visions of a delicious birthday meal and dessert have quickly vanished. Alas, although a bit down in the dumps, I have much to be greatful for and look forward to in this 27th year. Here are the lyrics to a Phil Whickam song that are hitting the right chord with me this season in life.....
"Sailing on a ship" A voice is on the wind It calls me further in I'm heading deeper into Your heart Your mark is on my chest My sails filled with your breath You guide me by the light of the stars I'm sailing on a ship that's bound for life I wrestle with the wind against the tide I leave it all behind to reach for more I'm sailing on to your golden shore Though skies go blue to grey And I'm thrown from wave to wave You still will hear these lungs singing hard With every storm I face, I find a greater grace That pulls me deeper into Your heart I'm sailing on a ship that's bound for life I wrestle with the wind against the tide I leave it all behind to reach for more I'm sailing on To where the water's running sweet and bright The sun is rising in the eastern sky I leave it all behind to reach for more I'm sailing on to your golden shore