Things have been, well, normal for us, but bananas in reality.
Last you heard, we had moved to southern California, and AwesomeK was working in Funner, CA. Yes, Funner.
As much FUNNER as that was, we moved. To Las Vegas. Yes, that Las Vegas. The one where our dreams were dashed, slashed, and left to rot in the summer sun. Why in the world would be live here? What is wrong with us? The Land of Always Hot where Dreams Go to Die?
Because it is none of those things. We love Las Vegas, always have. We got married here. We feel right here. It also helps that K got a transfer to a casino out here. So here we are! Living in Vegas, Baby!
Which is not like you would think at all, really. First of all, Vegas is NOT just the strip. It really has a lot more to it, and a lot less at the same time. It feels more like a small town, with a giant tourist attraction plopped in the middle – that none of the “locals” go to. Ever. Whenever you mention the strip, all the locals sort of groan and roll their eyes, yet most of us are here because of it. We work in the casinos, or are supporting the people who do, yet we never go. Funny. The rest of Vegas is just, well, a town in the middle of the desert. There are Targets to shop in, grocery stores, pet food, vets, all the things. The only difference is almost everything is open 24 hours, and almost everything has a slot machine in it.
It is also the Land of Not Actually Always Hot, which was a shock. In the “winter” it gets to a nice and calm 60 degrees (Fahrenheit). The summer gets to an uninhabitable 115 or so, but the winter is nice. Seeing people in full down jackets, mittens, and hats while there is a light breeze is a treat, something to remember when the sidewalk is melting in the summer.
So here we are. Cats, people, all living in Vegas. So far so good…
What else have we been doing? Other than working and living? Well, Saucy G has been working on a book. A couple of books. And short stories. And other things that have fanciful words in them. So this begs the question, if she was to share her fictional writings, should she do so on this blog? Or should she create a new website? What to do! What do you think?
Anyhoo, that is the brief and abridged update on what has been going on for the last six months. These last few months, years, have been crazy! Stick with us, though, and we will get back into the swing of adventures, writing, and what nots!
Happy New Year from Las Vegas, the Land of Not Always That Hot, where Dreams go to Thrive!
Life is often its own adventure, with ups, downs, and a lot of things you don’t expect.
Life for the Duo has been a roller-coaster adventure over these past few months, but we think we are headed to a slightly more awesome ride – with less whiplash and more “aw man this is rad!”
We just saw the Anniversary of our Launch Day, of the day we found out our home was stolen, and of the day it was found – ransacked and in shambles. These past few weeks have been emotional and sad, remembering all of our great promise, and feeling our devastation all over again. Losing everything is not as much fun as it sounds, and it is really hard to describe to people. It would be easier to tell them that our home burned to the ground, at least then they might understand the total and complete destruction that losing the RV was for us. Most of the time we get a lot of, “Oh bummer, sorry your RV got stolen. At least you could just go home,” or, “Oh, did you have anything important in it?” The other thing we hear a lot is, “Well, at least it was covered by insurance, right? Just get it repaired and head back out!” If only any of these statements were true, and it were that easy! We would have hit the road ages ago! Sadly, however, it is a little (a lot) more complicated than that.
Insurance barely covered repairs, and even then they didn’t cover all the repairs. That, coupled with the fact that repairs took SIX MONTHS, took a big chunk (all) of our emergency money, travel money, living money, and some of everyone we knows money. Not to mention that the place were the RV was being repaired LOST our TRAILER. Just….POOF, up in a puff of smoke. There was also the pesky fact that someone STOLE OUR HOME AND ALL OF OUR THINGS. That is something even we have a hard time grappling with, still. We go to watch a movie, or read a book that was in the RV, or look for a cooking utensil, or a shirt we remembered having…and have to remind ourselves that if it was in the RV (and it was), that is it gone. A year later and it still kicks us in the teeth. Clothes? Gone? Bedding? Nope. Pots and Pans? Outta here. Starting from total scratch is scary, and very expensive.
We had to buy all new furniture, bed, bedding, clothes, stuff for cats, suits for Awesome K to job hunt in, TV, an entire kitchen of stuff, ALL. THE. THINGS. Sometimes, when people look at us blankly, I want to tell them to look around their house, then imagine that ALL of it is gone, and they have to start over. Not only did we do just that, we did it in a completely alien location! We were both from Denver, and we landed in Sacramento, thanks to some AMAZING friends of ours who let us stay with them until we could get on our feet a little bit.
We did just that. Awesome K got a job in Sacramento dealing poker, and Saucy G started working on her biggest project – a fictional novel! While we waited for the RV to get repaired, we explored Northern California as much as we could, with the (tiny) budget we had. We went to the Winchester Mystery House, which, by the way, is the greatest house ever! We took one of our Mews, Matilda Pants, to the beach where The Birds was filmed (luckily we didn’t see anything too scary). We even added a member to our Mews Staff! Saucy G spent her birthday in San Francisco, which is one of the greatest cities in the world (just make sure you go hungry)!
However, we quickly learned that Sacramento was not the town for us, and we started looking for better opportunities. Sacramento was also where we said our final goodbyes to the RV.
Unfortunately, due to lack of finances, the inability to get finances for travel, and the Universe giving a CLEAR message that this was not the path for us, we were forced to sell the RV. We sold her to a wonderful charity that gave the RV to a single Mom in need of a safe place to call home for her and her child. We sold the RV for 1/3 of what it was worth, which was a huge bummer, but it went to a great cause and a wonderful woman. If you see the RV (last time we saw her, she still had our crest on the back) give her a wave for us, but please do not disturb her new charges.
Even though she went to a good home, it was like losing her, and our dreams of traveling, all over again. It was the final goodbye to the life we had planned on for so long. There were a lot of tears, and some swear words, but we knew it was for the best.
After saying our goodbyes, we moved from Sacramento…which brings us to our NEW New AwesomeSauce HQ! The duo has landed in GORGEOUS Oceanside, California! Our first moments driving into our new city brought us flowers, a view of the ocean, and a renewed sense of adventure!
Awesome K has a job with one of the local casinos (in Funner, California. Yes, Funner is a real place!), doing what he does best. Saucy G is still working on her first novel, and the Mews have settled in nicely. There are a lot more breezes, trees and flowers in Oceanside, and 100% fewer fleas, which is a big plus for them. The weather here is always amazing, and we are just mere moments (about 20 of them) from the beach! We can literally go to the beach whenever we want! Saucy G grew up in a “landlocked” state, and had only been to the beach a handful of times, and only on rare special occasions, so being this close is mind-boggling!
Miss Matilda Pants feeling sassy
Mister Archer Funnyfoot feeling sassy
Lady Lana BoBana, and Cass (Fluffer) enjoying a wonderful ocean breeze
We have even saved some pennies and gone on a few (small) adventures, and hope to go on more soon. Cost of living is pretty high in Oceanside, apparently EVERYONE wants to live in perfect weather near the ocean, so our adventures are a wee limited – for now. That doesn’t stop us from trying, though.
Our most recent adventure took us back to Las Vegas! Now, you may be asking, “Why on EARTH would you go there? After all that happened?” Because we love Las Vegas. We were married in Las Vegas, and we weren’t going to let one mean nasty person ruin the city that we love. So we went to “take it back” for ourselves. We went to the Flamingo and saw our brick (You can see our brick, too! We are the AwesomeSauce Duo, with our wedding date of 10/31/15 on it), we checked out the World Series of Poker (although we didn’t play in any events this year), and we relaxed by the pool. We might have avoided Bally’s, but other than that we had a wonderful time in the city we love.
After Vegas we haven’t really been up to much. We go to the beach, we check out the sights, and we plot and plan our next adventures.
Through a lot of luck, and careful planning, we were able to get tickets to the San Diego ComicCon this year! You can check us out on Thursday and Sunday of the Con. We are also going back to Midsummer Scream for the whole weekend, which will be amazing. They say the Elvira, Mistress of the Dark will be there this year!! Saucy G is a HUGE fan, and is super excited for the chance to see her in person. Also, if we are lucky, and can get our hands on some tickets, we are hoping to go to this years CatCon in Pasadena!
So, that brings you up to speed on where we are at. It has been a helluva year, but we are still Awesome! No RV? NO PROBLEM! We may not have an RV, but that doesn’t mean our adventures have stopped!
Thank you for sticking with us through this crazy year. Now it’s time to put the past behind us, and focus on an awesome future! We will be back soon with new adventures, new posts, and all things awesome!
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