06/16/02:  Right at this very second I’m on a plane flying to Las Vegas.  This morning I woke up and finished packing, and then Jordan came over for a few minutes to say goodbye.  Ahh, I really do love him so incredibly much!  I ended up crying because this will be the longest that we have ever been apart, even though it’s only a week.  Also, we have never been so far away from each other.  Anyway, I finished packing and then we got in the van and drove to Midway Airport, which is in Chicago.  We ate lunch there and then waited until we could get on the plane.  We took off and I was pretty freaked out because of what happened last time I flew.  The scary part is when you are on the runway because it feels like you are going sooo fast.  I remembered that happened last time.  Now we are so high up that we can look down and see the clouds.  We have been on the plane for about an hour, so we only have 2 hours and 45 minutes to go.  We got some snacks and a drink just now.  I ate a sausage thing, breadsticks, cheese, an apple-cinnamon fruit and oatmeal bar, and a chocolate mint.  Yum, yum!  I also had a Coke.  Well nothing really exciting is happening, so I’ll write more later!

P.S. – I miss Jordan!

06/17/02:  Last night we took a cab from the airport to our hotel.  It is sooo nice!  It’s the Monte Carlo.  There are a bunch of things to do in the hotel like casinos, shops, etc. and there is a pool, lazy river, and wave pool.  Anyway, last night we went to see the fountains at the Bellagio hotel, and that was pretty cool.  Then we walked about five freaking miles to the Rio hotel.  Oh yeah, and the temperature here is 107 degrees!  Once we got to the Rio, we saw a show called The Masquerade or something like that.  Then we split up, and I headed for the arcade.  After about an hour, we left and took a cab back to the hotel.  It was only eleven o’clock here, but back home it was one in the morning.  I was still in Illinois time, so I was extremely tired.  I was awake most of the night because my legs hurt from walking so far.  This might sound bad, but I really don’t miss Jordan as much as I thought I would.  I still think about him, but I’m sooo far away from home and it feels like a whole different world out here.  The only time I miss him is when I see a couple who is hugging or kissing.  Anyway, this morning my dad got me some pancakes and I ate those for breakfast.  Then I got ready and went down to the pool.  I stayed in the wave pool mostly, and this guy came up to me and was like, “My friend wants to hook up with you,” and I told him no and that I had a boyfriend.  The kid told me that my boyfriend was so far away and he would never know if I cheated on him.  I just laughed and swam away.  Later he came back with his friend and was like, “Oh, actually we both like you, so will you go out with one or both of us?”  I was like, ummm NO!  So they kept following me around, and it was getting annoying.  One of the guys said that his friend Matt liked me a lot, which is dumb because he doesn’t even know me.  Then he said right when Matt first saw me walk in he said, “Check out that hot ass!”  They also told me that I have such beautiful eyes.  They were kinda cute, but not my type and I knew I shouldn’t even try to talk to them because Jordan would be mad.  I didn’t mean to go on for a whole page about those guys.  Right now my brother, sister, mom, and dad all left to go walk around in the city.  I didn’t really feel like going because it’s way too hot, and I just wanna relax.  I think I’ll go back to the pool to try to get a tan.

Commentary: When I mention being scared about flying because of what happened last time, I’m referring to when I flew to Cozumel and the pilot informed us over the loud speaker that we had “lost our hydraulics” meaning steering and brakes.  Luckily there was a back-up system, but it’s definitely scary when you land and a bunch of firetrucks and ambulances surround the plane. This is random, but when I was younger, I always thought heaven was above the clouds and pictured spirits walking around up there. I remember being very confused/disappointed when I flew for the first time above the clouds and didn’t see anything resembling heaven. Today’s blurry photo is from our extremely long walk to the Rio hotel. My legs hurt just thinking about it.