Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Lucky me...I got to light all their candles. (And, no it wasn't 120 candles.) (And, yes, the cake was gorgeous and from the same bakery that provided the Dala Horse cake for Baby Ingrid's first birthday.)
H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y , L & D !!!!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
But the one piece that all the garden-goers seemed to be flocking to at night was the Saffron Tower. This piece is about the height of a two-story building and is a wonder to behold in person...by picture you just can't get same scope.
Thoughts went through my head as I gathered with the crowd around the tower: This looks like my high school bonfire! Is this what the burning bush in the Bible looked like? Has E.T phoned home and they're coming to get him? It was oddly, wonderfully weird. So much so that people were taking pictures with flash regularity for complete strangers. A community was being born of the folks surrounding the Chihuly Saffron Tower. World peace was possible.This was our last night to be spent in Arizona. It was memorable. Certainly magical. And it really helped us to balance a difficult trip with a good experience following many challenges.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Somehow, the idea of going to something never gone to before intrigued me - Wes not as much. After all, it would provide a goal for us to complete at our work project, and we could eat lunch there, too.
So, we took a break and headed to Tumbleweed Park.
Much to our surprise, there was a huge turnout for this festival. We saw the parking fee alone was $5.00 and opted to walk from a distance instead - exercise, you know?
Once at the gate, there were lines forming at the ticket booth.
And wild rides to be viewed in the distance. This was a big deal! And $9.00 per person to enter. To pay $18.00 for just an hour break here seemed crazy! Besides, where were the ostriches?We walked around the fence to see if we could spot any ostrich action - this wasn't exactly how we imagined a festival celebrating ostriches should look like. But wait! There they are!!! Poor things are penned up and on the 6:00 news later that night we heard how they were racing these awkward guys. If you look closely, you can see that we finally found these attractive-challenged birds in a pen far from the ride action.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
A common thread with each breakfast meal was that we would split the cinnamon roll offered at each fast food place. (Rating on a four star system with one star as the lowest.)
Here are our results for these cinnamon "sins":
Deb: These rolls have it all...gooey with ample cinnamon ribbons throughout the roll that tasted just like Grandma had made it from scratch. A half isn't enough! ****
Wes: Very good. ***1/2
Deb: Yummy, so gooey you need a fork to eat it (and are tempted to lick out the container because so much goo is left over once the roll is eaten!) ***3/4
Wes: Too much frosting and sweetness! **1/2
Deb: These four little cini-minis come with a separate packet of frosting. Good thing the frosting is available, because these little swirls are as dry as the desert day we were having! *
Wes: At first I thought these were the best because they weren't sweet like the others. But when we went back to Wendy's for a second comparison, I realized I liked Wendy's better! ***
Cinnamon roll winner: Wendy's
Next category: egg entrees
Deb: I had the Bacon/egg/cheese wrap. It was a little funny looking when I unwrapped it due to the petite little potato rounds tucked inside. However, the flavors melded nicely and it was better than it looked. **2/3
Wes: This egg/cheese croissandwich is my traditional favorite. I like it without the bacon or sausage because it's less fat. ***2/3
Wendy'sDeb (visit #1): The breakfast biscuit with egg and cheese was the best fast food biscuit combo I've ever eaten! The cheese and egg were tasty as could be, but the biscuit was divine - soft on the inside with a touch of crispness on the outside. Again, this tasted like something Grandma would have made! ****
Wes (visit #1): I had the biscuit just like Deb did. It was delicious...and quickly devoured. ****
Deb: We saw the Bacon/cheese panini on the menu the first visit, and agreed to come back on our last day to try it out! It was the best!!! Freshly made with grill marks on the bread, and the right balance of inner ingredients. ****
Wes: Not able to comment immediately because he couldn't put it down! ****
Egg Entree winner: Wendy's once again!
And also a shout-out goes to Wendy's for their delicious Minute Maid yogurt smoothie!! Nice blend of o.j. (with pulp and mini bits of oranges) and frozen yogurt!
We also ate most lunches and suppers at fast-food places (and NO we aren't going to be making a documentary on this experience anytime in the near future) and wish to pass along our recommendations for these to our loyal followers - all three of you.
Del Taco is good. Especially if you like a spicy kick to your Mexican food meals. Too many jalapenos and onions for Wes. I enjoyed my chicken and cheese quesadilla quite a bit.
The new roast beef sandwich specials at Arby's are very tasty. Wes liked all the add-ins in the cheddar and ranch and I liked the bleu in the bleu cheese.
KFC has a decadent mashed potato bowl. Wes missed the "Chicago" in the hot dog and though the meat was tasty, he had to add relish to kick it up a notch.
Our overall winner: Wendy's!!!
After our five days of eating (mostly) like this, we can honestly say we're not ready for any more fast food any time soon. We did what we needed to do as far as our family business, and this added a bit of fun to our days - and amazingly enough neither of us gained a pound. However, our arteries are not talking to us at the moment...
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
It was also heavenly to sleep with windows open and breathe in the Arizona fresh air. And eat warm cinnamon rolls every morning for breakfast as Wes and I challenged each other to find the best fast-food place for these. Coming soon: our unhealthy eating choices and which restaurant wins: will it be Arby's, Wendy's, McDonald's, Burger King, or Del Taco? We actually ended up quite surprised with the winner!
Monday, March 09, 2009
The writer/owl caregiver receives a four day old owlet who has nerve damage to a wing so he can never be released into the wild. She describes how he looks: "His eyes weren't open yet, and except for a tuft of white down feathers on his head and three rows of fluff along his back, he was pink and naked. His long, lanky legs stuck out awkwardly, and his oversized talons erratically scratched anyone who held him. His scrawny body had two little nubs that would eventually become wings, and his pterodactyl-like head wobbled from side to side."
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Monday, March 02, 2009
We are so thankful that these two are living in a comfortable, warm and inviting situatation surrounded by friends and care. We miss not having them closer.
Happy Birthday, Dear One. You are beautiful on the inside and outside...and I just LOVE this hat!