Weekend Coffee Share – Viva Las Vegas

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It’s already Friday. I can’t believe it! Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about? All are welcome! 

This week have been really intense in a great way. The result of the past two weeks major life changes (that started here.) This week started out in a smoky northern California on Monday morning. Taking care of the horses at my old job for the last time. Saying my goodbyes to friends there. Driving to Reno (still Monday morning,) with a stop in Tahoe National Forest for a well needed hike. I just walked at a familiar trail, that I’ve stopped at a hundred times before. Taking in the scenery, and catching my mental breath. I purposely planned a short drive for Monday. I stayed in Reno for the night. Just relaxing, trying to grasp that I actually did it. I decided to be happy that my daughter finally get the chance to have a real relationship with her dad, not just the “Santa is back in town” kind of relationship. Instead supporting her decision in the only way that made sense to me. No matter what changes I needed to make. Was it fun to sell the horses? NO! Or leave a job I loved, my garden, and my friends? NO! Was it the right decision? YES! Sure I did it for my daughter, but I also did it for myself. I could never be happy living  far away from her. I feel that it undoubtedly was the right decision. 

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.

– Joseph Campbell

I got up at 4am Tuesday morning. When I know that I have an early start, and a long important day ahead, I always bring my own french press (see photo above,) my favorite coffee, and a water kettle. That way I know that the day gets the best possible start. LOL. It may sound silly, but a good cup of coffee gives my morning a great start. I enjoyed a couple cups before hitting the road Tuesday morning. The traffic jam going out of Reno at 5am took me by surprise. Until I realized that I was taking the same road as all the Tesla workers. As soon as we passed their turn it was almost empty. I had hoped to see wild horses, and I did. Plenty, hundreds if you count all the mustangs I saw during the entire drive. Unfortunately they were all in places where I could not stop, either because of traffic, or road conditions. I’m used to driving a truck with high clearance, I realized (without any damage to my car..lol.) that I need to obey different rules now when I’m driving a car. In places where I normally just would of driven of the side of the road, to get that perfect shot, I didn’t dare to do so. Something I had not considered. Hm.. On the other hand as I came further south, there is many places where you can see wild burros without endangering safety, or your vehicle. I took mental notes of different places, close to Las Vegas, and I will go back soon. With my camera.

I drove the majority of the stretch on Tuesday. Landing in the outskirts of Vegas around noon. I got a Nevada insurance for my car, and registered it here, while waiting for my daughter to get out of school. It felt great to have those details taken cared of. Gretchen was with me the whole time, and behaved perfectly at the DMV. Great training for her. I can’t describe the emotional rollercoaster, and pure happiness when my daughter got off the school bus, and I could hold her in my arms. I’ve never been away for her a whole month. We had a wonderful afternoon/evening together.

I spent Wednesday morning taking Gretchen for a long walk, organizing my things, meditating, and driving the final 45 minutes to my new job. It’s in a safe part of Vegas. I felt good driving through the area. I met the mother of the two boys I’m going to take care of. She was as sweet as I imagined while talking to her. I felt very welcome. Which is wonderful, sense I am going to live in their house, and spend a lot of time with the children. The two children are adorable. I’m thrilled to be able to be a small part of their important beginning. I spent Wednesday afternoon playing with them, and getting to know them better. Yesterday, Thursday, it felt like I’ve known them for a long time. Kids are amazing that way, with their flexible minds, just accepting a new person in their life so quickly. I took them to a nearby park yesterday morning, and they loved it. I’m going to do something outside with them every morning, before it gets too hot. 

I haven’t really mentioned Gretchen, but she is very happy. She is used to be outside a lot, and there is a big back yard here, with a huge swimming pool. She is a waterdog, and is thrilled! She sleeps with me in the house, but when I work she plays in the pool. She is happy as can be. The family also have a dog. In the beginning their dog seemed slightly scared of Gretchen. Gretchen is much bigger, but she have overcome that feeling now. We introduced them in baby steps, a few minutes at the time. Yesterday they were playing great. I feel good about it. They are going to have fun together. I am going to work with Gretchen every morning before work, and then again in the evening. Both Gretchen and I enjoy it a lot. It’s time to go out and go over our training routine as we speak.

I’m looking forward to spend time with my daughter this weekend, and to experiment more with my new camera. What do you look forward to? Ay fun plans? Grab another cup of coffee and tell em all about it!  


Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

24 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Viva Las Vegas

  1. Great new beginnings! Glad it is working out well. Soon you’ll be in the swing of things.
    We had a beach day yesterday, driving 2.5 hours to get there (and back) – swimming in the ocean is so wonderful. Meditating, too. At the end of the day, I felt like I’d had a wonderfully deep, relaxing massage. And a delicious seafood dinner before the drive back. We really should do it more often!
    Have a GREAT weekend!

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    1. Thank you! Your trip to the ocean sounds amazing!!! The last time I saw the ocean was on my birthday trip in December last year. It was cold, but beautiful, and peaceful. Have an amazing weekend 🙂


  2. What an amazing week for you! It is so fun to here how it all went and am so happy you have a safe place to work and live. 😀
    I love a good cup of coffee, its the best way to start your day. I will be spending the weekend tending to my horses, trail riding with my girlfriend as we share our events of this past week. ❤

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  3. I am happy that you will be able to spend some quality time with your daughter, this weekend. So important! Neat, that Gretchen can swim in the pool. An exercise that will make up for broad spaces to run in. I look forward to seeing some pictures of the mules and what you can do with the new camera. Such fun!

    We are back to smoky, humid weather, here, after a day or so of low pollen count and rain-washed air, so I am staying indoors … less than I need to, health-wise, but not as much outdoor time as I need other than that. I have been catching up on housecleaning (a bit) and long-neglected correspondence. Hundreds of photographs yet to sift through from the past week’s ventures into the backyard and south side gardens. (Not a lot of yardage, but many insects and plants to enjoy.) I am enjoying the switch from primarily drinking Toddy coffee to brewing select loose tea, which I think I talked about in my Coffee Share post for this weekend. Affects my energy levels, muscle tone, and reactions to allergens.

    Eagerly looking forward to your continuing adventures! (Is there another high clearance vehicle in your near future?) Best wishes for your week!

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    1. Thank you Lizl! My daughter and I did have a great day yesterday. She wanted to practice swimming, she’s just learning how to swim. We ended up doing that the majority of the day. She was thrilled, and very proud of herself. She loves the new place, which makes me incredibly happy, of course. We’re going to try to locate the baby burros later today, before I return her to her dad.

      Looking forward too see your photos, when they are ready 🙂 Going to come over for some tea at your house now 🙂

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  4. Starting over can be an emotional roller coaster but worth it in the end.
    Yes we used to see that Tesla traffic everyday on our commute to work and back. Thank goodness we were always headed the opposite direction and never been in it. Don’t miss it at all!

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