Friday, November 06, 2009

From Vegas to "Reno"

Colorado River/Lake Mead approaching Las Vegas

I have been home for three full days, back to work for two, following a perfect holiday where we enjoyed 13 consecutive days of warmth, sunshine and travel without hassle. Each day was a new learning experience as we visited places never seen before. It has taken a while to get back to the eastern time zone after being three hours behind on the Pacific coast but I actually awoke today and felt rested.

The day after we left, the contractor we hired removed the wall between our kitchen and dining room and started a major renovation to our main floor. Initially we planned a kitchen renovation only, but once flooring and wall colours started to change, it was apparent that the work needed to continue in other rooms, especially when the house was taking on a more open concept appearance. I arrived home to "Reno", and found no place to sit and eat. My desk was covered with items removed from the construction areas. It is a good thing I have a laptop and wireless internet. My husband and the Becka did an excellent job of organizing things in the chaos, but I did not know where they had moved items we needed.
I just started going through photos last night. Digital cameras are great but looking at over 1000 pictures is a time consuming task. Many will be trashed as I try to organize the best ones.

I had a chance to try Apple's iMovie software for the first time and made two short movies, this one of the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas...

...and another of a cable car ride in San Francisco.

Hopefully I will find time and place to re-enter the blogging world on a regular basis in the next week or so. I have been scanning other blogs but have not had time to comment.
Have a good weekend!


  1. Glad you had such a good trip Ruth.
    Playing "catch-up" is going to be the worst part, I bet.....

  2. You do have alot going on at once.Glad you had a relaxing vacation,so now you are ready to carry on at home.The house will be lovely when all done.

  3. Great shot of Lake Meade from the air.
    Must be hard to get back into the swing of things, and especially difficult with all of the construction. Hope that goes well.

  4. Glad you had such a lovely holiday. Movie making is fun ... but time consuming!

  5. You brought me back 35 years ago, when my aunt too me to the trolley ride in SF. Great photo.

    Are you used to your new kitchen?

  6. It's so nice that you're back and it sounds like you had a wonderful time! It's funny that you call Becka..."the Becka" because my parents call me.."the Tan"! Welcome back :)

  7. Welcome home Ruth! I am so glad to hear that you had such great weather and so few hassles during your journey. The video of the Bellagio fountain is amazing!

  8. Welcome home Ruth! Even if it is torn up a bit, that's not forever.
    That first image taken from the plane of the Colorado River is so Awesome! Sorry I can't see your movies, but with dialup it just doesn't work well.
    I know what you mean about catching up with 1000s of photos.

  9. Haha - good title. I didn't "get it" until I realized Reno meant renovations!

    Glad you had such a fun trip. Welcome back! Too bad your house is upside down at the moment. It's such an upheaval when you're undergoing renovations.

    Thanks for taking us along with you on your holiday!


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