...and that's the last thing I really had to do before I collapsed in my chair.
I have been up since 3:20 a.m. and now I'm a tad bit wired. Apparently each villa here has its own wireless internet, pretty cool, so I am up hanging around on the Internet. My nephew wants to take the girls on an expedition over to The Stanley at around 2:00 a.m. so they can go up on the fourth floor and also Room 217. Merry Christmas, let's go scare ourselves! I have decided that I should go on this expedition because of the following:
1. They are minors.
2. It will be 2:30 in the morning.
3. The wind is gusting outside at up to 50 mph and it's only about 15 degrees outside.
4. I sorta want to say I did it.
So we picked up our rental car at the airport this afternoon. It is kind of embarrassing in its majesty. It looks something like this:
It had 50 miles on it when we got it--a 2009 Nissan Armada. Whoa. I have to say it's pretty darn comfy up front. But 9 mpg? Ack. No can do. Plus, can you see how HUGE this thing is? It's ginormous, no doubt about it. Seats 8 comfortably. But we still had to go buy some kind of luggage carrying contraption to strap to the top of it to fit everyone's stuff. That's just no good. I think it's probably over $50,000 on top of all that. Anyway, fun to ride in, glad I will be turning it back in next week, sure it will go on lots of happy ski jaunts and also to Starbucks in service to the Aspen set.
Did I mention I was wired? This place where we are staying is very, very comfortable. It's just very homey. So, I took photos. I have no idea what it looks like outside because it was dark when we got here, but here are a few from the inside:
There are SEVEN stockings there, can you believe it? One is hiding behind that glass vase thing.
When we arrived here at the villa tonight, everyone was completely blown away by how nice it was, even those of us who'd seen photos.
We put together a modified version of our traditional Christmas Eve appetizer/buffet dinner in about 20 minutes flat. Everybody was HUNGRY. The kitchen was surprisingly well stocked. Love the oven. I know what I want now if the one in my house ever dies.
This is the master bedroom (after we filled stockings on it and threw our stuff around a bit). There are two other bedrooms downstairs and then two 'living rooms.' One has a great big TV, and one does not. That's where I am right now.
Closeups of some of the stockings (before I got all 7 out there).
I wish I had one of these glowy ceiling deals in my house! Not going to happen, but very cool. Sort of peaceful.
Well, I've fallen asleep three times getting this all down so it's time for me to try to get a few hours of sleep before they wake me up for Operation Ghost Hunters. Heh. I hope I remember the camera....and that I don't freeze.