TRAVEL THERE: NOT THE VIEW WE EXPECTED
Having been up since since 2:15 AM, when 4:30 PM rolled around I was ready for a nap – especially since I woke up on Texas time and was living in AZ time. However, we were in the lobby of the Westin Kierland Resort and they were doing everything they could to prove to us they were glad we were there. I just wanted to lay down.
How Does This Look?
The check-in desk was a little overwhelmed when we got there, but the staff didn’t want us to think we were being overlooked, so they were trying to chat us up about any number of things. They were giving us all kinds of brochures and maps, marking off the things we’d be most interested in and telling us how lucky we were to be there. I just smiled and nodded. There was no way I’d remember any of it told to me in my catatonic state.
Finally, we got to check in and I got the definite impression that the cleaning staff hadn’t managed to keep up with the demand. We’d been pre-assigned one room, but they were hustling to get us into something else, because it was not done. Bill let them know I was about to pass out in the lobby.
The desk clerk wanted us to be perfectly satisfied with our room and he was a little concerned we’d be unhappy with seeing a little of the parking lot from our balcony. So he showed us a picture from the room and asked, “How does this look?” It looked fine, because it wasn’t a live shot and it didn’t have that green container with all the trash bags in it. He went about checking us into that room.
How Does This Look Now?
Here’s the funny part. If the clerk had not made such a big deal about the view, chances are we would have gone into the room and directly to bed. What lay out our window would have been the least of my concerns. Instead, since he’d made such a big deal about it, I walked to the balcony and whipped open the curtains – and look what was there!
Bill immediately wanted to get another room, but I knew that if I didn’t lay down, I was going to fall down. I was actually trembling from exhaustion. I let him go to the lobby and laid down. All I wanted to do was get a few moments of rest. Instead I fell dead asleep and my precious husband wouldn’t allow anyone to disturb me.
Hours later I came awake and my first thought was, “Where the hell am I?” Bill was anxious to go check the room they were ready to move us to. I was still a little groggy, but totally appreciative he’d let me get my nap, so I was willing to do pretty much whatever the man wanted to do.
We checked out the new room and gave it our seal of approval. The first thing I wanted was a bath. After that I unpacked and got our suite organized. I figured the day was over and we’d just grab a bite at the resort.
Au contrare! Our little nap time and the chance to get all cleaned up had re-freshened Mr. Bill and he was all for heading out again. One part of me thought, “Are you crazy?” But another part of me was like, “Alight, alright, alright.” My inner Matthew McConaughey won the day. I got cute and headed out into the world with my marvelous husband.