Pushing the Limits

So I did a thing…..

I went way out of my comfort zone Thursday morning. I not only drove to a city I hate to drive in…. I also got on a plane and went to visit Arizona brother.  I had so much anxiety about the drive there and none about the drive back. It turns out the drive back was way worse but I survived and am home now.

As I was sitting on the plane….next to the single mom with a four month old….I felt so bad for her. It took the baby about a half hour or so to stop crying and settle in for a long nap. It was before he started crying that I looked around at the small enclosed space and wondered why I wasn’t anxious about this part of the journey? I don’t know? The plane landed about an hour earlier than anticipated so I had to wait a bit for my brother to get there.

He lives two hours from the airport and I thought I could catch a decent nap in the car….it turns out I can’t sleep anywhere. I guess I’ll have to stop saying that line. It went really fast though and in no time we were pulling into his gated community. Sometime after my brother moved to Arizona he learned he had a green thumb. Talk about plant envy…

That aloe vera plant is huge!  I was in love with the plants and shocked at the amount of protein powder he has. Why does one person need all of this?? I guess someone could say the same about me and my books or my crystals, or essential oils, etc. To each their own.

It was sunny but chilly and that didn’t stop us from changing into shorts and heading out into the sun. Thursday was the sunniest day of my trip. We hung out in front of a couple of these and soaked up some vitamin D.

When we were leaving, we shared an elevator with a woman who asked “you have to be from the Midwest?” She had a holiday sweater on with long pants and was complaining about how cold she was.

We went back to his place and changed and went to almost downtown and even ventured down a block of downtown. There were some cute shops down there. We walked around for about two hours checking it all out. Then we stopped to grab something to eat and headed home.

Friday was my favorite day. We drove out to a museum in the desert and according to my brothers fit bit thingy we walked 10,000 steps. My left Plantar Fasciitis foot is still feeling it. It was worth every step! There was a demonstration as soon as we got there so we hightailed it to that side of the park. There was a fox, a porcupine, and a parrot. The feathers were stunning!

My very favorite part was the birds of prey demonstration. I learned all about the Harris Hawk and am still in awe.

They were flying so close you could feel the breeze as the soared by. It was so cool. Then there was the hummingbird house…..that was awesome too. When they fly by it sounds like a large bee. I was trying to get a picture of the first bird I saw when another one dive buzzed me twice. It wasn’t until I turned to take his picture that he stopped trying to get my attention. He was quite the ham! That picture is on my camera and I haven’t uploaded those as of yet. This is one I took with my phone…

We stopped so I could grab some desert pictures…the ones on my camera are much better.

I have never seen anything like it!  We hobbled back to the car…my foot…his knee and ran to the grocery store. I made a big pot of wedding soup and some flatbreads for dinner and then we watched a movie.

Saturday was extremely overcast and my brother wasn’t feeling so hot. He was having a bad allergy reaction from our many hours out in the desert. It was a good thing I made all of the soup. We just hung out all day Saturday. He kept apologizing….I was there to see him and the sun, everything else was just a bonus. I am not that person who has to be occupied every second and that’s not why I was there.

This morning I said goodbye to the palm trees….and got on another plane…

It was clear the whole way home until we were about forty five minutes out. That’s how I knew we were close….to cloudy dreary skies that I call home…for now.

I am so grateful that I don’t have to go back to work until Tuesday. I have lots to do tomorrow. Mostly….I am looking forward to crawling into my own bed and snuggling under my blankets and getting a long overdue good night’s sleep….Zia

 

 

About dragonflyzia

I am just a woman finally accepting that I was never meant to be in the box. I don't fit into any stereotypes, please don't try and label me, that doesn't work either. I am embracing my uniqueness in ways that are new and challenging to me, so that I may continue to grow and never stop learning.
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