House of Night Series…

More specifically, Tempted (House of Night, #6) by P.C. Cast

Finished today

I am completely hooked on this series and and almost sad that I only have one more to read. With that being said, the ending of this book shocked me. It also leaves a lot on unanswered questions. I cannot wait to read Burned!

Las Vegas Photographs

I had a hard time narrowing it down to a only 2 or 3 pictures, so I finally gave up and decided to post all of my favorites.

Below are the Luxor, Bellagio, Venetian and Excalibur Hotels.

The Stratosphere Tower...blogger isn't liking my favorite picture of the stratosphere but here's a second best and a picture of one of the rides at the top of the tower.

Red Rock Canyon

Viva Las Vegas!

We were in Vegas a little over a month ago and it was such a whirlwind!

We flew out VERY early and thankfully the flight went smooth. I love flying so my eyes were glued to the window most of the time. This was hubby's first time flying and even though he was nervous, he did great and I am happy to say he is willing to fly again which definitely opens up the list of vacation possibilities!! So exciting!! I love traveling!

Looking back, our time in Vegas was such a blur. 4 days, 3 nights of exhausting fun! We tried to fit in as much as we could in such a short amount of time. It's a large city with so much to offer but the sheer beauty of it doesn't hit you until the sun goes down. The city is breathtaking after dark. Two of the best things we did after dark were going up the stratosphere tower and seeing the fountain show at the Bellagio. Both will stick in my mind for a long time.

We went to the wedding (which was the reason for the trip. It was exactly what our friends wanted, a simple (and slightly cheesy)) Vegas wedding.

We also took half a day and separated from the group to go on a the Red Rock Canyon tour. The canyon is beautiful even if the tour itself was a little slow moving.

Our last morning came so fast, but we were all exhausted and were looking forward to getting home and it only took a 4.5 hour flight, an hour dinner, then a 1.5-2 hour drive home from Baltimore to get there! It's crazy to think that, due to the time difference, it took a full day to get home.

We all had such a good time that our group is already talking about a second trip out west to see everything we couldn't fit in the first time around.

I will post a few pictures tomorrow!


Here are a couple poems I stumbled across in my 'surfing' today...

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Oft I remember those I have known
In other days, to whom my heart was lead
As by a magnet, and who are not dead,
But absent, and their memories overgrown
With other thoughts and troubles of my own,
As graves with grasses are, and at their head
The stone with moss and lichens so o'er spread,
Nothing is legible but the name alone.
And is it so with them? After long years.
Do they remember me in the same way,
And is the memory pleasant as to me?
I fear to ask; yet wherefore are my fears?
Pleasures, like flowers, may wither and decay,
And yet the root perennial may be.

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Life Quotes

Carpe Diem - Seize the Day

There are no facts, only interpretations. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Life's not always fair. Sometimes you can get a splinter even sliding down a rainbow. ~Terri Guillemets

Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night. ~Marion Howard

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ~Danny Kaye

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. ~Abraham Lincoln

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. ~Ruth E. Renkl

May you live all the days of your life. ~Jonathan Swift