Monday, August 31, 2015


The beautiful hotel

Manhole on the way to "walk the wall"

A sweet treat following the eerie, but hilarious, Night Watchman's tour
who sent us to Hell - we went twice (amazing wine down there!)

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Tim and Tami 

Shawn met Tim a couple of years ago on Xbox (the new playground), which led to BFFs, a spot in the BIG day

and a fun meet up in Germany, where Lt. Tami Bishop is whipping her new troops into shape. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015


I heard there's a breathalyzer on the premises, but it's a good thing we didn't find it. These Germans don't just drink a beer. They have a BEER. In a beer stein, which is like three beers' worth. And then you have another one. We went to two places with Tim and Tami, and that was before the three hour beer tour of Munich biergartens and beer museums and other various pubs before we even reached the Hofbraeuhaus at around 11. I'm sure if we blew into that thing, it would have exploded.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Upcoming Germany! Castles. Rivers. Beer gardens. Porsche Museum. Seems like a good place to celebrate a couple of 50th birthdays and the little Princess' new degree.

Then the Lisas are going to burn up Nashville.

Spooky October takes a couple of Formula 1 fans to Austin to cheer on Lewis.

Why Is There No Great Arizona Novel?

Changing Hands - Phoenix location

Tuesday, August 11th at 7

Monday, August 10, 2015

Purple Mountain Majesty

The mountain stopped me. In the parking lot, after a two hour, two drink girls' night, it stood up. Strong and purple in front of waving light orange stripes, and pink. And blue. I turned my friends around to look up. See that? But they didn't grow up with Camelback hovering over their back yards. They weren't shushed by it every night as it turned to red, then purple, then black as the sun sank down. I got my daughter on speakerphone as I headed north to home. She understands her mom's obsession, especially on nights like this, smack in the middle of monsoon season when the humidity changes things. Go look! See that? Do you see that?

Now shush.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Leslie's 30 (again!)

Dancing in the moonlight

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Feelin' Beachy

Amy knows how to spontaneously squeeze every little drop out of a weekend. Piers, plays, Laguna festivals, sandy intervals, bananas, Taco Surf, Slomo.
Not bad.

Saturday, August 1, 2015


The English Garden