all i can do is manage to muster up some photos from the trip

More pictures coming soon, but life has now been taken over by my new boss, pneumonia. She is a mean boss. She doesn’t even like it when I fold laundry. Thank you for bearing with me as I try to breathe.

On my first day I was able to hit The Grove for some quick shopping and within a minute of parking the car saw two things that made it very clear that I was back in Los Angeles, a TV show filming:

Extra with Mario Lopez.

and a dog wearing sneakers:

Tika, the poodle.

Then I was able to sort of douse the flames of my building jet-lag inferno with some coffee and oversized lunch salad with friends.

Nobody look at Ann’s rack, OK? She totally thought I would not put it on the blog, but I said no one would look. So I thought maybe I should just make sure and ask you all not to look.

This is the spot I should fill with cute photos of Indra and Arlo, but they are getting their own post later.

I hit the skies (could not manage the road trip this time) and took off for Salt Lake City via Vegas before the sun came up.
Vegas is odd and at 8AM at the airport, it is really odd. I did find a dime on the floor and then I won a dollar on the machines, so not all that bad.

Salt Lake is quiet and clean. It was like all the residents had to sign some sort of paper to live there promising to be tidy.
All the rooms at the Grand America were sold out by the time I went to book and so we just took a Motel 6 spot nearby. Not the best of plans. I am pretty sure the pneumonia I have now started in that room. I had a choice of smoking room with internet access or a non-smoking room with no web. I figured that since there was not an actual smoker included in the room, I could live with the smell as long as I could Skype with my family and be reachable just in case…I have never encountered something quite so nasty as a smoking room at the Motel 6. Apparently they don’t give a hoot about the upkeep on those. My only guess is that they expect the occupants to trash the place. I did not sleep much there and I will attempt to block it from my memory now that the blog post is done. Ick.

I escaped to the conference a lot.

and never really wanted back into my room.

The whole thing was worth it though.  The conference was amazing and I have so many new ideas that will be put into action as soon as I get back to feeling better.

I can’t wait to build and reveal the new look for the blog and my site. Things are going to get very fresh and tidy around here.  I just need to shake this bug.

To be continued…

Thinking Thursday has been pushed back.  I wish I felt better, but I just do not feel up to much more than sitting.

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  • Serah - The dog wearing sneakers is just way too funny/strange/cute/insane! I love it. Feel better soon!February 3, 2011 – 1:11 amReplyCancel

  • DawnK - Pneumonia is rough. Loading the dishwasher made me short of breath. Laundry probably did, too, but I don’t remember anymore. It lasted for a while after the antibiotics were gone, too. Eventually it got better, though. Not sure where they found those sneakers for the dog!

    Smoking rooms are icky. We were in a “non-smoking” room a few years back, but the whole hotel smelled smoky, so maybe the hotel had only gone smoke-free a short while before that. Ugh. We only had to stay there one night, thank goodness.February 3, 2011 – 1:13 amReplyCancel

  • Jodie Hanna - Geez you did well getting these pics up then Rachael! Love the picture of the dog in sneakers and the photo of your gorgeous buddies (yep i would show that rack off too)! Hope you mend soon.February 3, 2011 – 3:38 amReplyCancel

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  • Annie - Hope you feel better soon!February 3, 2011 – 9:08 amReplyCancel

  • Trude - LOL “promising to be tidy”. You definitely get a good look at LA at the Grove – such a mix! 🙂 Hope you feel better soon!February 3, 2011 – 12:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Amy - Is that your new haircut?February 7, 2011 – 1:10 pmReplyCancel

    • sesame - nope, that is pre haircut.February 7, 2011 – 4:52 pmReplyCancel

  • nfoto - I’ve been a fan of yours on flickr for years, that’s why I came to see your blog link. Your photography is so special, that anything you shoot is a awesome!

    Hope that you feel better and stronger every day, and REST when you need to. You’ve got a lot of projects, and I know shooting or editing, even on 0 energy will help, even if a very little at a time. Feel better!February 12, 2011 – 7:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Sneakers For Dogs — StyleFrizz - […] There’s a new poodle in town. And he’s wearing sneakers! blue, mind you, coz he’s a boy! Proudly coiffed and brushed, he’s preciousss! now as far as you’re concerned, would you put shoes on your dog’s paws? Are they really useful? (also – notice the skull leash – it’s really one trendy poodle, this one!) (photo via) […]February 15, 2011 – 4:52 pmReplyCancel