Saturday, July 24, 2010

What Happens in Vegas???

Everyone knows the saying, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Although, in this new technology-addicted world, I think it should have a footnote so that the saying would be read or said, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas* (unless it is blogged or on Facebook)." I bring this up because Barrett and I will finally be heading to Vegas on Monday after planning it for almost 2 years and will be adding our adventures via Blogger and Facebook.
Here is a little background on our continual frustration with planning and then cancelling our Vegas trips.
1st Trip - Planned for Spring Break of 2009. We spent numerous months planning where we would stay, who we would be going with, and attractions that we would see. After the new year and our trip to Memphis, TN to watch the ECU Pirates in the Liberty Bowl, we both went back to work and I started booking our trip. I typically keep my phone on vibrate when I'm teaching, but for some reason left the ring on this day. I was finalizing our trip with credit card information almost completed when I was startled by my phone ringing. I looked down to see Barrett's name and was automatically on alert since he never calls during school hours. He was calling to tell me that he had just been laid off and was packing up his office at the moment. We were both devastated, not only because we didn't see this coming, but because this also meant no Vegas trip for us. Things did turn around and Barrett was hired as the GM of Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill a couple months later.
2nd Trip - Planned for Summer 2009. After Barrett's appointment of GM, we decided to look in to Vegas vacation options again and head off before my coaching season started back up. We started looking at packages again and had narrowed our choices down to two. We were coming up on making a decision and were going to finalize this within the next few days. As Barrett is leaving for work he mentions that his back is giving him some pain (we both have had serious back injuries in years past, so I sympathised with him). He calls me shortly (barely enough time to even get to work) and is barely audible as he is trying to talk through the pain. He threw his back out when he was putting on his shoes and cannot move to get out of the car; he was in so much pain he couldn't even get the keys out of the ignition. I rush to Bikinis and help him out of the car and immediately we go to the ER. He is given pain medication and a referral to a Neurosurgeon. He gets scheduled for back surgery a few days later and is told he cannot fly for several weeks. No trip to Vegas!
3rd Trip - Planned for Spring Break 2010! Barrett won his company's Fantasy Football League and has WON a free trip for 2 to VEGAS!!! We are ecstatic!! We begin planning our trip for my Spring Break, but Barrett's work schedules his off site meeting, in Texas, for the following week and he cannot leave to go out of town. No trip to Vegas!
4th Trip - Planned for Summer 2010! Cross your fingers, but nothing has occurred that is causing us to not be able to go on this trip! Even if I were to have some freak accident and lose a leg, etc, the airline would just have to accept it as one of my carry-ons! Now, we get to have our TRIP to VEGAS!

I know some of you may find this blog to be overhauled with excitement, giddiness, and exclamation points!! However, VEGAS is the one trip that I had to experience before becoming a preggers and mom....who knows, maybe we'll join the trend of naming children after the location where they are conceived and when we do have a Lil' Dabbs we'll name him/her Stratos Vegas Dabbs!

I hope you all enjoy the upcoming blogs detailing the ups and downs, trips and falls, and mind blowing experiences had in Vegas!


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Bad Blog!

Well it has definitely been a while since I have written on here, but figured I should get back into the swing of things and let all of you know what's been going on in the Dabbs' World. I am not going to lie to you, this will probably be the worst blog ever written because I feel like my mind is going a mile a minute with stuff I want to write. Needless to say, you will be reading a blog that is soaked in ADHD and wrapped in confusion.
Since my last post I have graduated from ECU's graduate school with an MAEd in Technology in Education, which should give me more time to write my blog, but I've allowed myself to get sidetracked with other items. I have read about 6 novels so far this summer, and have enjoyed each and every book. Reading in the summer is so easy, since there's nothing on television and most of my days are spent by the pool :) One of my favorite series is Janet Evanovich's Plum Series. I started reading this years ago, but started around book 11 so this past year I have been catching up with the first ten and I love this story of a Jersey girl turned bounty hunter; it is hilarious! Aside from reading, I also have been sidetracked by becoming Susie Homemaker. I have finished our bed spread for our King size bed in our master. I can honestly say that that was a chore and I will probably never make a bedspread that size again. There simply just isn't enough room to make something that big! I also took an old storage cabinet and turned it into a jewelry cabinet, adding hooks to the inside of the door for necklaces and sliding shelves for bracelets, earrings, etc. I am going to add lights next, but am waiting for my shipment to come in (I'll add pictures soon).

Anyway, thanks for reading this choppy, bad blog. I just needed to write on here a little so that I can get back in the swing of things. Look for another blog coming soon!!! I promise it will be much better!