My last week in Phoenix was quite a good and memorable one for me, however. I think I left in the best way and got to see most of the most important people that I've enjoyed during my AZ stay. I'm over the days of throwing a party and inviting everyone I know to come over and bid me adieu. Instead, a small series of events is the way to go.
My parents, brothers and sister-in-law flew in the weekend before I moved for my cousin's wedding to this super cute girl. We started the celebrations with family reunion at a Macayo's somewhere - table for 17?
Katie made an appearance at the reception and also probably in some of my family photos.
my new cousin, and amazingly I even held him. If you know me and babies, that is kind of a big deal.
On Tuesday was a stop at my dining farewell tour of Phoenix - The Windsor. That town has some seriously good food, some of the best in the country. I am slightly concerned about finding my Postino substitution out here. Anyway - the food! A southern slant, and everything sounded good. I opted for the chopped salad with fried okra on top, Meghan got the brown bag chicken sandwich and we shared. Shannon had the mixed grain salad, which also looked delish. I am still dreaming about that chicken sandwich. Amazing!
The next night was my final trivia night - sniff! I've really enjoyed going regularly, and thanks goes to this one for setting it up. I've already looked for a good place to go here in LA and MCB reminded me the other day that both of us were on the academic bowl team together for a year in high school. I guess I really am a trivia nerd. We tried out a new venue, since we were sick of the food at another place, and while I found it a little loud since we were competing with TV, we still managed 2nd place.
MCB flew into PHX on Friday evening and with the help of a few friends and my mom, we loaded up the truck and said adios to La Terraza. We stayed the night in Mesa with my grandparents, and on Saturday morning, mom was off to the airport and MCB and I took off on our drive - me in the truck, him in my car.
The trip started out very well. Little traffic, and the truck, despite being fully loaded in a tetris-like way (otherwise it would not have fit) was able to hit 70mph. We stopped in Blythe for refreshment then kept going, straight into a crazy wind storm in the Coachella valley. Eeek! I really felt like the truck wasn't going to stay on the road, even though I dropped speed to about 45mph. Semis put on their hazards and were going really slowly too. I had to pull over into a gas station for a mental break and to psyche myself up again. Not fun. I had also planned to skip the shortcut by taking the 60, since it has a curvy mountain pass, but MCB told me to face my fear and do it, so I did. 6+ hours later, we pulled off I-10 onto Overland and watched the steeple of the temple guide me home. Yay!
My new roommate (who I'd never met in person yet) was at work and left a key for me in the lockbox. MCB and I unloaded all the small stuff then found a bacon avocado burger for dinner.
I managed to back the truck down our skinny driveway, leaving an inch to spare along the top. I'd better get good at backing in; it's the only way to park at our apt complex.