Monday, March 30, 2009

Our weekend

We took the Metro Light Rail for the first time this weekend to go to the Tempe Art Festival. It was really amazing to see Phoenix through the windows of the train. If you had asked me 10 years ago, I'd have never though a metro was possible in this city and I NEEDED one then because I didn't have a car! At any rate, I think that this is a good mode of transit is best for us when going to events: art festivals, parades, baseball games, etc. We aren't near a stop, so we have to drive and park to take the train. It would have been much quicker to just drive directly to Tempe. But it was nice to not have to park and walk a million miles. It was nice to see the city along the way. The Tempe Art Festival was BUSY! It's nice to see so many people out and about spending money on art. Yay!

Otherwise, it was a typical weekend. I got to yoga twice, which hasn't happened in about a million years. We played tennis and walked Honey. I cleaned up our home and read my latest installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Very relaxing!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Breast Cancer 3day 2008 Results

Aren't they cute? They were waiting patiently for their mom to walk by.

Today, I was happy to read the final results are in from the Breast Cancer 3day 2008. As you may or may not know, I walked 60 miles with my mom, my aunt and my friend in San Diego, CA.

Investment in mission program and services for 2008 = $79,837,095

My aunt was brave and signed up again for 2009. If you'd like to donate, please visit her donation page. It is a wonderful cause.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Family dinner

We had a lovely dinner last night with Josh's mom and his grandparents. The food was great and the company was even better. I really enjoy family time, whether it is Josh's family or mine. It is always nice to share a meal and a chat.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rest in Peace, Patch!

Josh's parents lost a much loved family dog. Full of love, life and happiness. He was always very sweet and definitely special.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Lovely weekend

This is such a beautiful time of year in Phoenix. The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. The picture above is from our favorite plant shop, Berridge Nursery. It sits at the base of Camelback Mountain. Josh & I dropped in last night to pick up a new cacti for our back patio.

I had such a lovely weekend. I went to the West of Western Culinary Festival for good eats & good wine on Saturday as well as volunteered my time at their front entrance on Sunday. My friend Marietta and I go to this event annually every March.

The ambiance of a sophisticated garden party. The artistry of renowned Arizona chefs. The flavors of international wines and spirits. West of Western, the Southwest’s premier culinary arts festival, features chefs from top independent and chef-driven resort restaurants and delivers an avant-garde epicurean experience. Held at Phoenix Art Museum, this multi-sensory affair of signature dishes, stunning works of art, live musical performance and hands-on demonstrations celebrates its fifth anniversary on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 2009.

Designed as a weekend of fine food, education and entertainment, the highlight of West of Western is the Chefs’ Invitational Grand Tasting, an unparalleled gathering of the Arizona’s top Executive Chefs, Chefs de Cuisine and Pastry Chefs. Participants are selected for their excellence and innovation in the culinary arts and come ready to impress with trend-setting specialties. Set in Phoenix Art Museum’s lush and tranquil Dorrance Sculpture Garden, chefs prepare entrees “al fresco” exposing the art of the kitchen to guests who sample incredible gourmet offerings. Different restaurants will present each day.

This year, we decided to volunteer on Sunday as well. The event is almost entirely volunteer driven. Even the chefs are selected and invited to show on a volunteer basis, bringing their own food and staff. The event is held in the Phoenix Art Museum. It just is really neat.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Back from Montana

We had such a nice visit to Montana. It was relaxing to not be tied down to a computer or a phone. Although, I did miss both. Here are some of my favorite photos from our trip.

We went to a park with trails by the Yellowstone River. My family had made a huge turkey dinner, so we needed to walk some of it off. We took my Mom's dog, Jack. This is the trail that my Mom walks just about every day.

We got to see my little cousin play basketball. It was adorable. He was so serious about the game. He is still so little, the ball is practically as big as he is. My uncle Kevin is the coach. It was just fun to see...and they WON!

We played a lot of scrabble. Since it is cold outside, my family is big on playing games in the winter. Scrabble is by far a favorite. It was wonderful to play games with my cousins, aunts, uncles, mom & Grandma.

I read. I slept. I ate. I hiked. I introduced Josh to Montana. I hugged. I laughed. I enjoyed.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Long weekend in Montana

Josh and I are going to fly home to Montana with my aunt and cousin for a long weekend in Montana. I grew up in Montana and still have a lot of family in the area, including my Mom. Unfortunately, I always have technical difficulties with my phone and little to no internet connection. So you probably won't hear from me for the next few days. I'll be back on Monday and better than ever. I'm looking forward to some scrabble, hot cocoa, mom hugs, snow, sweaters and wintery fun. Then us Arizonans will fly back to our lovely 80 degree weather.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss

I spent the morning at Washington Elementary this morning again. I read Dr. Seuss books, mostly to kindergarten and first graders. "Hop on Pop" was a big hit. There is really no beginning and no end to this book. It doesn't tell a story from beginning to end, but I think that this is genius for little ones. Their attention doesn't hold for too long. So, it is like a bunch of mini stories. I learned today that Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated 44 books.

If you live in Phoenix and like to volunteer doing all sorts of different community volunteer jobs, please check out The Phoenix Volunteer Meetup. It is well ran and has lots of different options and opportunities. If you don't live in Phoenix, take a look - there might be one near you as well. If not, maybe you start one! :)


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