Saturday, January 31, 2015

Super Phoenix

Phoenix has gone over the top crazy with parties, celebrities, traffic and, oh, some sports, too, for over a week now and I was itching to be a part of it. I spent my lunch hour on Friday driving Shana and Scott to the Open where they scored tickets in the rain to the VIP Pepsi tent. Halfway through my movie on the couch night with Shawn, I got the "Are you drunky?" text from the kids, too cold and wet for the Bird's Nest, ready to get home and not an uber in sight. This morning Shawn and I hit the airports again for some Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous plane viewing. Scottsdale, Deer Valley and Glendale airports were all packed full of $40 million plus Gulfstream and Bombardiers and every other ritzy non-Southwest Airlines jet we've ever seen. I finally got in on some real action as Jo and I took the light rail downtown where it was transformed into party central - a Grand Canyon rock climbing wall, blocks and blocks of games and bars, excited people everywhere.  We took our clever VIP perch on a gorgeous night above the sea of football fans decked out in their team jerseys, dined on pizza and beer (from the barber shop selling Hefeweizen while a couple of men were actually getting a shave, reclining back, steaming towels on their faces, somehow relaxing in the frenzy), and met up with these guys,
plus Heather and new friends Olga and face-painted dude, for a fun, festive, electric night, even spotting the Roots getting out of their van from our not-quite backstage pass area and heading to the stage.
Phoenix got a touchdown tonight.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Club

Book Club at Maddie's. There was a book. And leek casserole. And Mama, sitting around the kitchen table.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bird Watching

Shawn just about jumped out of his seat as we turned the corner and spotted these two bad boys on the tarmac. We spent the next hour or so doing some major bird watching, walking up as close as we could, talking to the cool Air Force people, watching them pack it up and get ready to head back to their base in New Mexico. They had snow over there, so they spent a few days in sunny Arizona doing some training exercises, first at Luke Air force base, then at Glendale airport after Luke kicked them out for the weekend. Officers in flight suits, flight crews inspecting the plane, the space age propellers, the local girls some met from last night here to wave good-bye. Shawn's pilot friend, Franz, showed up on a motorcycle and let us inside for and up close and personal view as they taxied down the runway and took off into the beautiful Arizona sky like in some science fiction movie.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sonoita Senoritas

A perfect playing hookie, day drinking with the Divas kind of day.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday a-fair

Peace and Community Day

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Write On

A Pop-Up Writing workshop! These two cool geniuses helping some to keep a New Year's Resolution. At the hippest bookstore in town.

Changing Hands Phoenix

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Copper Queens

It sounded like taffeta.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Last First

Today is the last first. I had my first birthday without my dad singing to me. My first Father's Day without a father. The first wintery holiday season without him at the head of the table. And today, Old Wildcat's birthday, the first one I won't hear him say oh how nice, no matter how off key I am.
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday, dear Dad,
Happy birthday to you.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Quail Release

Beautiful morning in Cave Creek to watch the quail fly.

Just let it go...P,P,P,P.