From Manhattan to Manhattan.
Aside from the fact that our journey started at 4:30 in the morning on Sunday, Chris and I have arrived safely in Los Angeles. (According to Chris, it was the calmest he had ever seen me on a plane, and this was without medication. Only one little Xanax pill crossed into my system just before the plane left from NYC. The rest of the day, I was fine on my own.)
I took a ton of pictures from the plane, of craters in the earth, various shots of the desert landscape, and the sun reflected in the wing as it rose. The American landscape is remarkable - I found my nose pressed against the window of the plane for hours on end as we traveled so I could get a better view. I also caught a photo of the shadow our plane cast as it approached LAX.
Blood sugars have been miserable for the last few days - more 300's than I've seen in a long time, and I experienced a very uncomfortable 46 mg/dl on the airplane. The bounce between very high and exceedingly low has left me feeling lethargic, sock-mouthed, and a little grumpy. Again, another example of stress having its way with my blood sugars. Thank goodness for fast-acting insulin, constant glucose checks, and the unending patience of my husband-to-be.
After we landed, we picked up our rental car. Which is a PT Cruiser in this obscene orange flame color. This thing is IMPOSSIBLE to lose in a parking lot. And because we're ridiculous and refuse to acknowledge the fact that we have already been traveling for 10-plus hours, Chris and I took our Rental Flame for a jaunt to Manhattan Beach.
(If you look closely at the left-hand side of the photo, my insulin pump is tucked tightly into the waistband of my pants. Not that you want to look too closely, because then you may notice my hair is all over the damn place, my necklace is making a run for it, and I'm sloppy from hours on a plane.)
The houses that line Manhattan Beach are tremendous, boasting a blooming garden of exotic flowers in each front yard. This one looked exactly like a bird.
And roses bloomed by the dozen, with the salt spray of the Pacific Ocean as their backdrop.
With today being Blog Action Day (and my sister's birthday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COURTNEY!), the focus is on the environment. Looking at these beautiful moments, I hope they are around for my children to "ahh" over, as well.