Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Shawn scored big today! A last minute, FREE, fourth row behind the dugout (complete with valet parking) downtown at Chase Field surprise. Go Dbacks! Go Shawn! Beautiful, sunny semi-retirement half-day Wednesday, more employees than spectators, fawning all over us, big beers, big burgers, big baseball, big underground secret clubhouse, big breaking bats and a big time fun afternoon.
Posted by Lisa at 6:59 PM
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Laugh if you will, but walking though the Montelucia resort, with all of the stone and arches and tile and fountains, especially at night, really feels like Europe to me. Tonight they showed Roman Holiday in the courtyard, under the stars on a gorgeous spring night. Shawn at a little cafe table, white sangria and Rome.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Rent a few times, does that count? Arizona Opera's screening on the grassy knoll at the Scottsdale Civic Center started with some amazing, how do they do that, hair-raising singing, bolting it out there on a cool, dark night. Then the movie, incredible.
Posted by Lisa at 9:45 PM
Friday, March 25, 2011
Shana's chucking an opportunity to hang out in Europe for an extra couple of months. Live it up. Explore. Putz around on her last summer before graduation. Said something about being happy to have been able to see so much already this trip, instead, heading home in May. It might have something to do with these people.
Or, more likely, this character.
I'm trying to be excited. Trying not think about how she may regret this later. I told her that we'll have so much fun in Phoenix!!!
Posted by Lisa at 2:42 PM
total destruction in a couple of months, rising into a new muted, not so loud inside, mauve-y taupe. I remember the day I got my first pair of glasses, staring out the passenger side window with my Dorothy Hamill haircut and thick purple plastic frames, in awe as I looked up at the bright yellow golden arches and could see "over one million served" for the first time. I remember in high school figuring out with friends that if you asked for something special order, they would make it right then. I remember my first "chicken" McNugget, fries soaked in beef grease, my first vegetarian friend ordering a Big Mac without the meat (thought of her last week at a baseball game, when I got a hot dog without the hot dog). There's my friend with "regularity" problems that goes through the drive-thru to get a cheeseburger and twenty minutes later, like clockwork, problem solved and the always clean bathroom at the Yuma location. There was my guy friend in grad school, working behind the counter for research, learning how to switch the time stamp stickers so the stuff just sits and sits forever under the hot lamps, waiting for the next meat eating victim. Oh, the memories. Now with lasik-ed eyes I can see that even without the clown, some things at McDonald's will probably never change.
I'm Lovin' It
Posted by Lisa at 10:40 AM
Thursday, March 24, 2011
It Gets Better. What an amazing organization.
Many LGBT youth can't picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can't imagine a future for themselves. So let's show them what our lives are like, let's show them what the future may hold in store for them.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Traveling with the Divas, Traveling with Pomegranates. Journey across the world to discover themselves.
FYI - another great read...
Posted by Lisa at 10:40 PM
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
With cathedrals like these, who needs a church? Sunday sermon started at The Alhambra in Spain
with an email from Amy, sitting on a terrace at sunset with Shana - "I love, love, love your firstborn! Please have one more," she said. My feelings of being left behind faded as I saw Amy from her I-can-say-anything-and-you're-stuck-with-me-clear-view-perch, how much she means to Shana and how today I can't get in the way. Moved to The Mission,
with it's adobe, been here forever (for AZ) walls, for some sustenance and social security, surrounded by parents with their precise, but never preachy, presence. Getting to Gammage, stunning
monument growing up out of the desert, built just Wright as a place to worship Maya Angelou, so full of life and wisdom, who told us how the people in our lives, the "rainbows in your clouds," make it possible for us to teach others, as I sat next to a mother who has given me poetry since I could read. Enchanted evening ending at a Cave Creek labyrinth
on a cold desert night, full of community, the smell of rain on Palo Verde trees and a beautiful gong, vibrating the day down deep.
Posted by Lisa at 9:58 PM
What can you get for $495? Eleven day Spring Break trip: plane from Madrid to Paris, train to Brussels, train to Bruges, train to Amsterdam, ferry to London, plane to Madrid, lots of nights in hostels, several thank-God-for-friends free nights in Paris and London and all the walking around your feet can handle, says Shana. Throw in some baguettes, Brie and beer and you're pretty close to 50 bucks a day.
Posted by Lisa at 12:37 PM
Balinese Temple Gong
Posted by Lisa at 9:35 AM
Friday, March 18, 2011
ipic theater. Whoa. Fancy, fancy. All alone in pre-assigned seats. Pillow, blankie, free popcorn, reclining plush seats, nice waiter bringing lunch and drinks, a bathroom I could live in and oh yeah, a movie. The Lincoln Lawyer. Not too bad, either.
Posted by Lisa at 3:38 PM
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Posted by Lisa at 9:20 PM
I'm not really a dog lover and thirteen (fourteen?) years after bringing home a lost and found tiny white ball of fluff, I still can't believe that I actually own one. Nameless after a couple of weeks, I just put "SULLIVAN" on a dog tag, put it around his neck and he's been Sully ever since. He follows me around, begs for food, whines, snores, poops, jumps all over anybody that comes to the door, can't take a walk without acting like a crackhead, dragging his nose all along the path and is an overall anxious wreck. We've gotten used to each other, but I could swear that sometimes he looks at me the same way I look at him, sort of smiling and nodding his way through the relationship, knowing my heart's not in it, really deep down I'm a cat person
Posted by Lisa at 7:47 AM
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Dbacks were on fire for tonight's Spring Training game at the brand new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick vs. the Giants. The night was perfect, stunning sunset, cool grass, state-of-the-art facility. We got there early for some hot dogs (double dog for Shawn, my once a year ketchup, mustard and relish fest on a bun fix) under the stars and headed home early. Seems like the fire went out when we left as the Giants pulled out a win in the end.
Posted by Lisa at 8:01 PM