13th for our 35th

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I started graduate school last October. I am getting a MA in Health and Wellness with a focus in Lactation. The reason I am telling you this is because I am finding it difficult to keep up with both my schoolwork and this blog. I don’t have any control over when the schoolwork is due, so I have decided that I am going to start posting to this blog only once a week. I expect to be in school for another 2 1/2 years, so this is a long-term change. I appreciate you reading and I hope you don’t mind this change too much.

Now, on to my next adventure!

We started talking about our next trip to the Grand even before we came home from our trip in January. All our Grand friends ask us when we will be back, and at the time our best guess was June. It turned out to be an accurate guess. We like to go in June. Our anniversary is in the first part of the month and Zung’s birthday is at the end of the month, so we have two good reasons to take a celebration trip. Last year we were at the Grand for his birthday. This year my good friend Tami (owner of Trip Surfer vacations) was going to be celebrating her 50th birthday at Now Jade in the first part of the month. We considered doing a split trip because she takes along a whole bunch of fun people with her. We definitely wanted to be at the Grand for our anniversary. It’s 35 years, so worthy of a celebration. The timing didn’t work out for a spilt trip though. Our vacation dates were determined by good airfare (good begin a relative word, especially int his case), anniversary date and when I had to be back at work because other people were going on vacation. We would definitely be there to visit them all at Now Jade. It just wouldn’t work to stay there.

I was checking airfare every day, and the fares were crazy high for early June. Zung was having a difficult time committing because he is starting a new business. That is his definition of retirement since he is not the golfing or gardening type and I’m too young to be the “tour the country in an RV” type. He was not sure when he would be able to take time off, or even IF he would be able to take time off.

One day on my lunch break at work I found a really good deal (relatively speaking). I was at work and texted Zung with the fare and asked if we could commit. He texted me back a short while later that he had booked the flight, paying for one ticket and getting the second ticket with his frequent flier miles. A free (not counting taxes and fees) ticket is always a good thing. Ohhhh, those taxes and fees. They would really get us this time.

I was SO excited. Zung once commented that I am never happy unless I have a countdown.  I had my countdown. I was happy.

When I got home we were talking about it and he commented that the taxes and fees were SO high. Long story short, when he looked up the fare, he got a much higher rate than I did, but he thought it was because of the taxes and fees. The ticket we paid for ended up being the highest rate I had seen since I began checking and it has remained the highest until we left for our trip. It is so frustrating the way the rates change like that. Lesson learned though. Always confirm what the rate is before buying, and taxes and fees ARE included on that page that shows the rate. I guess this made us even more grateful for the free (mostly, kind of) ticket.

We booked for eight days this time. When we were there in January our flight home left at 12:30 pm instead of the usual 4:30 pm, which meant we just had time to eat and pack and go. I didn’t like that and so we decided to stay an extra day. The joke was on us because Frontier changed the schedule back to leaving at 4:30. That’s a joke I can live with.

Zung can’t really take off eight days right now, so he will work part of the time that we are there. That’s okay with me. I don’t have to work. And I am meeting up with friends. Friends I have never met in person, but these days that is just a technicality.

As we got closer and closer I got more and more excited. It has been a LONG, cold and snowy winter here in Colorado. It even snowed on Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day brunch. Take note of the boots on Susie and I. That was not just a fashion statement. Actually, they didn’t look that great with my dress, but I was bound and determined to wear that dress. And that rely cute dress on Susie? It’s mine. That might be considered bragging, but that’s something I am going to brag about for as long as I can.


I am ready for some sun and relaxation.

One out of two isn’t bad.



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5 Responses to 13th for our 35th

  1. Mon says:

    I completely understand being busy with homework so posting once a week is better than nothing. Looking forward to reading more.

  2. NiceNewYorker says:

    Can’t wait to hear more!

  3. Candy says:

    I have been looking forward to this trip report! Cant wait for more.

  4. Bonnie Bryan says:

    Andrea.. My sister and I stopped to eat lunch in Breckenridge today, and when I saw our adorable waiter’s tattoo and he said his name was Patrick, I instantly felt like I was reading one of your trip reports. I didn’t freak the poor kid out by saying anything about you, but he’s a sweetheart!

  5. shoediva50 says:

    Bonnie – this blog continually makes me realize what a small world it is! But this tops everything. He definitely can turn on the charm. I can’t wait to tell him.

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