Saturday, November 12, 2005

Final Days in Scottsdale

tI have a little more than a day left here in Scottsdale. My last conference finishes tomorrow at 4pm. I am looking forward to going home, even though it is probably much colder there. It has been in the 80s and low 90s here all week. I miss Ed and I have barely spoken to him all week.

I feel like I have tons of work to do, so I will probably be staying late at work most of next week. In addition to my regular work, I have to put together a presentation on this trip, another one on printer profiling for department training, and I was asked at the last minute to write a blurb for the newsletter about the conference.

Last Sunday I went to Sedona, which is about 2 hours north of Scottsdale. If I had more than one day off, I would have driven the 5 hours to the Grand Canyon. Sedona's Red Rock region was beautiful (pictures to come). Unfortunately pictures don't do the beauty justice. I went a couple of times to Old Town Scottsdale, but I haven't seen all of it because everything was always closing by the time I got there. Everything other than restaurants and malls close early around here. I did manage to buy some gifts for Christmas though.

It was great to see all my old friends from grad school this week. Everyone is scattered throughout the country: Kansas City, Boise, Rochester... And some new friends from throughout the world: Switzerland, France...

In other news, I finished reading Jarhead, which was really good. I am worried that the movie is not as good as it looks. I am sure it doesn't do the book justice. I just started reading A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, which is an Oprah Bookclub book. So far it is really good. I bought it after a recommendation of a woman sitting near me in a restaurant that started chatting with me last week. I have also gotten addicted to Sudoko puzzles during this trip and have done almost no knitting.

Anyway, pictures soon!

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