|Air Force One's arrival last night in Topeka|
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
My son got engaged this past weekend to the woman of his dreams....and our dreams, too. (Cue fanfare and heavenly angel chorus.) I would have told you sooner, but I was bound by a promise not to blab until the happy couple announced it to the world via Instragram. Here's how they did it (emoji not pictured)....
Now, I prepare for my new role as MOG, realizing that in the big scheme of things, the mother of the groom is a character part, at best. But, what the heck? I'm a character! And I've been rehearsing for this for 33 years. Wedding to be sometime in October.
|Later that evening...on land.|
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
On Sunday, we treated our hostess to a spa day as thanks for putting us up and schlepping us around all weekend. I picked The Spa at Camelback Inn, simply because my parents used to stay there and I knew it was good. It was. That said, I've had better massages for one-third the price here at home.
I was jump-up-and-down thrilled to obtain TSA pre-approved status on the flight home. I was the only one without it on the flight out and, let me tell you, it makes all the difference in the world. The other girls were almost on board before I got through the line and had my picture taken by the naked x-ray machine. They told me it was because they were over 60 and I wasn't. I didn't buy that for a second.
|Site of the most intense massage I've ever received. I have bruises on my back. Seriously!|
|The obligatory feet by the pool shot. Still a little cool to swim, but not to hot tub.|
|I love a fanciful succulent, don't you?|
Sunday, January 11, 2015
I'm re-posting the recap from Phoenix due to poor quality photos from my iPad Blogger app. It's warmed up to a balmy 18 degrees here in Kansas and I'm already missing those highs around 70.
Saturday's trip to Singh Farms was a highlight. Agri-tourism at its best, this is a working farm with vendors, tons of creative natural seating areas and horticulture galore. Check it out here. So cool...
|Hiking by Red Mountain|
|This trail was just two blocks from our friend's house|
|The backyard pool we never swam in. A little too cool for lightweights. But lovely.|
|The canopy I want to duplicate in my backyard.|
|Lemons like grapefruits.|
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
Not way warm, by anyone's standards, but warmer than I am here in Kansas...which is why I'm counting the days (7) to my upcoming girls' weekend in Mesa, Arizona. Is 70 warm enough to enjoy swimming in my friend's backyard pool? Probably not. But, who cares? I can deal with 70 and sunshine. I can deal with mid 40s at night. These are my ideal climate conditions, people. And no Happy Light for 4 whole days!
And, the greatest thing is, I don't have to pack my shorts and other skin-baring garb I wasn't mentally prepared to revisit so soon, anyway.
The only challenge in this embarrassingly fortunate scenario is paring down my shoes so I don't have to check my bag. But, it's a new year, dammit, and I am up to the task!
|Phoenix AZ long-range forecast|
|Lawrence KS long-range forecast|
Friday, December 26, 2014
After the FitBit fiasco on my birthday, (which I don't believe I wrote about...suffice it to say my highly coveted new FitBit failed to count steps on the treadmill... apparently, you must have forward motion - who knew?) the hubs decided to make up for it two times over. Not only did he give me a fancy clip-on New Balance pedometer, he also gifted me an iPod Nano which - omigod - has a built-in pedometer and is cute as a bug's ear. (My recently replaced iPhone in the larger '6' size was proving a little too large for my workout pants pocket.) I'm sure the NB pedometer cost considerably less, but you'd never know it by the epic operating instructions.
The little Nano, on the other hand, is elegantly easy to set up and is so light and small, it fits inside my exercise bra where the only problem will be keeping it dry. (For this reason, I may have to purchase a clip for it.)
|You can't be serious, pedometer people!|
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
|Christmas smiley face|
Sunday, December 7, 2014
The weather wasn't the best, but Bentonville, Arkansas (aka Walmart World Headquarters), did not disappoint. We checked in at the oh-so-hip 21c Museum+Hotel Friday afternoon and got a preview of the artgasmic experience we would have on Saturday at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
After a short power nap, we drove to Crystal Bridges (because it was cold and raining; you can easily walk or bike from the hotel) for "Culture Hour." $5 glasses of really good wine and cheap but delicious apps plus a jazz duo to enjoy while you take in the amazing view.
We had a nice dinner at The Hive in the hotel and enjoyed a stroll around the Bentonville town square. It's a sleepy town, but we found a fun bar down the street where we could watch the Kansas basketball game with a bunch of friendly Arkansans. Fortunately, the game ended well.
The next day, we walked the 1.5 mile Crystal Bridges Trail from downtown to the museum where we spent the first two hours at a demo/talk with Bob Trotman, a sculptor from North Carolina, whom we would befriend in earnest later over wine and Italian food. Very talented and personable guy whose work depicting men and women navigating the corporate world is beautifully provocative.
|The view from our room. Note signature green penguins on roof.|
|Penguins magically and randomly appear anywhere, anytime. They were my favorite.|
|Luxury King room. A black light behind the huge bathroom mirror made for a trippy night light.|
|Someone found a new friend in the elevator|
|Culture Hour at Eleven, Crystal Bridges|
|The view through the window across the lagoon into another wing.|
|The store that is still lit behind the trees is the Walton Museum located in an old Five & Ten.|
|Dreamworks has an office here. Really. They must have some exclusive deals in the making with Walmart because, otherwise, this makes no sense at all.|
|One of Bob's pieces at Crystal Bridges. Second piece in video below.|
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
|Anyone want a sewing room to go?|
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Today, my extended family will gather to celebrate one last Thanksgiving around the big table in my childhood home. (Mom and her hubs are moving to a retirement facility in January.) It's a bittersweet day, especially since my son stayed in Brooklyn in lieu of a 10-day visit over Christmas. Life is a trade-off. To overcompensate, as I am wont to do, I am cooking up a small storm. The pre-brined Trader Joe's turkey will go in at noon "stuffed" with fresh sage, thyme and a cup of white wine if I can figure out how to get it in there.