Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Phoenix Area: Fall 2009

Still editing, but here are links to what I have finished thus far:

Desert Ridge (September 24, 2009)

Morning in the Cacti Garden (September 25, 2009)
Taliesin West
The Heard

Morning Musings (September 26, 2009)
Patio Dining

On the Road (September 27, 2009)
Montezuma Castle

And This is How it Ends (September 28, 2009)

Monday, September 28, 2009

And This is How it Ends

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We are home now, having left behind Phoenix’s sun and 100 degree heat for blustery skies and 57 degrees.

Summer is over.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

On the Road

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We are headed north to Sedona and it doesn’t take long for the urban sprawl of Phoenix’s suburbs to give way to broad expanses of empty spaces.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Patio Dining

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Today is our wedding anniversary.

I can't think of many better ways to celebrate than on a patio in the company of friends. . . tonight we are joined by college friends and art collecting friends at Lon's at the Hermosa Inn.

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Morning Musings

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After prolonged consideration (Should we go to Sedona for the day? What about Jerome? How about a scenic drive in the mountains?), we have settled on being lazy and hanging out around the hotel. We will read (After much debate with friends and colleagues over the appropriate reading material to bring on a vacation, I ended up with three literary journals: Aptly enough, one features a piece by Aldous Huxley from 1924 on the appropriate reading material to bring on vacation, the essential qualities of a good traveling book being that “one can open it anywhere and be sure of finding something interesting, complete in and of itself and susceptible of being read in a short.” He’s partial to poetry and the Encyclopedia Britannia,but clearly my choice of two Grantas [Nature Writing and Fiction] and a Lapham’s [this summer’s Travel volume] fit the criteria well.) and I will play on my computer (photos to edit for all of you) and finally get a long over-due haircut (not sure yet whether to go short again or stick with what I’ve got).

So here we are, in the incredibly beautiful “Vista Lounge, Lane doing the puzzle from this morning’s Arizona Republic while I write.

This is a guilty pleasure for me. I’m never able to truly shake the feeling that there is something more productive I should be doing, to believe that reading or writing for the sheer joy of it is not a hedonistic pleasure most appropriately left for some other, more appropriate, time when nothing else productive remains to be done.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Morning in the Cacti Garden

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Ok, so it is a very small cacti garden. Still, it gives you a more realistic sense of the desert than anything else here. Of course, it makes me wish we had gotten up with the sun and headed off into the desert for real.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Desert Ridge

Priceline gave me a gift this time. For a fabulous rate we have ended up at the Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. It is beautiful and totally over-the-top.

I think we should just spend all of our time right here!

It’s a weird place though, in the desert, but overflowing with water– a place were you are asked to hang up and reuse to your towel to save the planet at the same time obscene amounts of water are used to create pools and fountains and fake rivers that run along well-watered golf greens.

It is beautiful though. . . I may not leave.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Marvelous Maverick's

I know you all think I lead this exciting, dramatic life, but really, I'm pretty boring. For example, pretty much every Saturday when we are in town, you can find us eating lunch at Maverick's.

This little storefront restaurant in a shopping mall in Roseville (just north of Larpenteur on Lexington) is what Arby's should be - focused on a small selection of sandwiches filled with high-quality meat. While Lane swears by the roast beef, that's just too much semi-raw meat for me. Instead, I recommend the pulled pork. Yummy!

Inexpensive and good. What more could you ask?

Just know that if you are a newbie waiting in line ahead of us, they'll have my sandwich ready before you even get to the cashier to order! Being a regular has its benefits.

Friday, September 4, 2009

At the Fair

I wasn’t sure we’d get to the State Fair this year, having just returned from vacation, but a happy and productive Friday morning at work seemed like a good prelude to an afternoon at the fair!

We missed the fair last year (and the Alaska State Fair wasn’t really the same), but it seems that little changed during our brief absence.

It is a little prettier this year though, with more flower gardens and patios and comfortable places to sit and relax.
Perhaps we should have planned to spend the ENTIRE day here!

Thankfully, our favorite things are easy to find:

there are chickens (in a variety of forms),
miniature goats (which I didn’t know existed until today),
work colleagues,
President Obama (the seed art version),
and Karen’s band.
As night falls, the fair grounds transform into a magical, surreal place where even the ordinary becomes extraordinary.