I didn't know that Border's carried candles, bath salts, and fluffy lap blankets, but I guess all of those add to a perfect reading experience. Stopped by to take advantage of the 50-75% off sale, and came home with all of the above, plus some books. I managed not to sleep all day (like I did yesterday), and also hit the post office and library. I need to head over to Scottsdale one of these days to go to the LUSH store and find the makeup store that sells non-melting foundation.
Friday night there's free admission at the Science Center downtown, and there's also either an exhibit or a lecture about "Engineering the Sport of Baseball." Since the first-place Diamondbacks are on the road, maybe I'll go check it out.
Chalupas in the oven, mmm. Dinner then nap then back to work.
(Cervelli hitting a homer against the Red Sox? Icing on the cake of my day.)
Spoke to Mom and to Dad last night and this morning - they both survived the massive hurricane with the minimum of flooding and fuss. So glad I'm out here where I can get that "stick your head in the oven" hot feeling. When it rains here, it rains for maybe twenty minutes and then clears up again. That's my kind of rain, none of that 24 hours of window-rattling, cellar-flooding, ballgame-cancelling crap
Picked the right year to leave the east coast, weather-wise. I'll take the 110-in-the-shade and no humidity anyday over a severe hurricane warning. Monmouth County is slowly evacuating (tho not Matawan yet), and parts of NYC are under a mandatory evacuation (which ends like a block away from Dad's apartment), with the transit system shutting down at noon tomorrow.
Feed Me, Bubbe - the cookbook - arrived today. Can't wait to read it!
Coworker Elizabeth and I were going to squeeze in a late lunch between the mandatory nurses meeting and the Diamondbacks game, but I had to request a raincheck. I had the oddest sleeping night (probably because I fell asleep at 8pm, woke up at midnight, fell asleep at 4am) and wound up sleeping til nearly 3pm - missing the meeting completely. I'll have to go to the one tomorrow morning. Driving downtown for the game was fun - all the dust (DUST! Evacuate!) blocked the views of South Mountain and the White Tank mountains, it was very surreal. DBacks won, they're still in first place in the NL West.
Of course the Yankees game that I missed was the one where they hit three grand slams! But it was raining when I turned on the game, so I figured it was business as usual in the Bronx.
Ooooh, Nathan Gunn on the cover of Opera News. Mom knows just what to send me. I'm going to have to go back to NJ in May to see him in Billy Budd - provided he doesn't get sick like when we went to see it in Pittsburgh. While his understudy was fantastic, I really want to see Nathan do the role.
And what's this? An earthquake in NJ? And an impending hurricane?
Renewed my DBacks season tix for next season. I upgraded, going to sit down on the field level.
Cooking today - making another Stove Top cookbook recipe: chicken, veggies, stuffing, cranberries and pecans. Yum. And also a pasta salad with fresh tomatoes, feta and tuna.
Every month, our company has a contest for the "gas savers" amongst us - those who work off hours, carpool, etc. They do a drawing each month of those folks who fill out their little gas saver calendars, and the prize is a $25 gas card. This month, the winner? Moi. Yay! That's nearly a full tank!
When I got out of work this morning, it was a chilly 80 degrees out. The cats are lounging on the patio as I type. I'm sure it'll warm up later, but for now, this is perfect weather.
Four and a half hours - and a tank of gas - to Vegas. Rose and I had a blast, a nice non-stressful trip to Sin City. Didn't win in the casinos, but it was still a blast. Highlights? KA (of course), the Sirens show at Treasure Island, the wax museum (where we married George Clooney), breakfast and dinner at the new Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas, hitting Fremont Street (where we both bought snappy new fedoras), and just generally having a good time. Oh, and we played "spot the hooker" at 2am in the hotel. Always fun to make up a new game.
One more night at work, and then Vegas! After a nap, of course.
The cats met Lynda the catsitter today. Rather, Pippin soaked up the attention while Mimi hid under the bed. I told her she would probably never see Mimi. Now I am all set for Vegas, just two more nights of work. My coworker told me about a bar made entirely of ice, where they give you fur coats to wear as you enter. Might have to check that out.
Got to see the DBacks beat the Mets from behind home plate. Wish I could afford to sit there all the time!
Got home and it started pouring. Figures.
Filled up the car for $3.09/gallon. Arizona apparently has the cheapest gas in the country.
Went to the movies to see The Help (I read the book a few months ago, when all the controversy was about) - Viola Davis in yet another masterful performance. I loved it.
Rose got the time off from work, so we are all set for Las Vegas next week. I booked a free room at Fake Paris (my favorite hotel/casino) and tickets for KA. Neither of us has been up to the Fremont Street part of Vegas, so that's on the list, and walking around to people-watch. Oh and some slots and some blackjack. The pay schedule worked out well for us - my last paycheck went to pay rent and all my bills (except whatever is on my Visa card), so this entire paycheck is "extra" cash.
Coworker Diana had given me the number for her catsitter, so I called her today. She's going to come by on Monday to meet Mimi and Pippin and get the keys, and so I can show her where everything is, and then she'll come on Thursday and Friday to feed/water/scoop-the-poop. I'm glad she comes well-recommended, since I'll need a sitter for when I go to NJ/NYC in November.
I am so happy to have such a great group of coworkers, and it's nice to make some friends to hang out with outside of work. Working nights makes it tough to get out (tho my schedule is pretty awesome) or hang out, because I sleep at weird times.
later on 8/10/11
AJ's was like a mini-Wegmans, and Sprouts was fantastic. Who knew there were so many kinds of olive oil? And vinegar? Huh. So then I cut up all my onions to freeze, and now that I have the chopping technique down, I did not shed one tear. I also made a chicken and Stove Top casserole and am thawing out some ground beef to make a pepperoni pizza casserole tomorrow. Yum.
Next week, I've got my Wed-Thurs-Fri off, so Vegas, here I come! My coworker Rose is 99% sure she's coming with me - she put in her request to use some days off. I'm super excited to have a roadtrip buddy, and she's excited to take a few days off. Now to figure out what to see and where to eat.
Did the grocery shopping at 7am, found stuffed clams on sale, plus I had these coupons that Fry's sent in the mail - for free hot dogs, free cereal, free bottled water etc. I found some recipes that I want to try out, so I stocked up on ingredients. After I sleep, I want to drive over to AJ's Fine Foods, which I'm hoping is a bit like Wegman's in NJ. My coworker Karen - also from NJ - and I were talking about what a foodie experience Wegman's is, and coworker Elizabeth suggested AJ's. I also need to check out Sprouts across the street, which supposedly has a make-your-own-trail-mix aisle. So today is all about the grocery stores.
And booking the free room at Paris Las Vegas, of course!
My colleague, who loves baseball for the autograph-seeking, had Miguel Montero, the DBacks catcher, sign a ball for me. Aw.
And you see, I have the weird dream with Tesse in it, and she texted me today to say she'll be in Phoenix in October! To see the new Hotel Catherine del West and to visit her family up in Anthem.
Gotta start working Derek Jeter into my dreams somehow.
I had a dream that Tesse, her friend Ben and I were in Philly - or maybe Pittsburgh. In any case, it was a city that I had been to and she had never been to. And it was the middle of the night - we were getting dinner at some swanky restaurant where they had a singing waiter and very nice bathrooms. When Tesse came back to the table, she had bought a few candles from somewhere. I gave her an extra tote bag to put them in, and in the bag I found a winning lottery scratchoff for $500. We had to skip the main course (having had dessert first) because we needed to be at some concert in a basilica at 3am, and I wanted to walk past some architectural marvel that was on the way. While we were walking, we passed a bandshell where some (other) concert was going on, and we snuck in, only to be caught by a security guard. After he ushered us out, he said to wait there, and he would sneak us backstage after the show. It was some kind of rap or hiphop and we had no interest, so we snuck off under the streetlights. Kept walking past homeless guys and dead bodies in the street, and when I looked at my watch, it was 3.05am. So we tried to find where the car garage was so we could get out of there. Very spooky.
And then I found myself working in some new nursing home, where they had the patients (who looked like mummies) strung up in these cradle beds. I was trying to find some charts and kept running into people I knew.
Off to work now.
I purchased my tickets for the upcoming Phoenix Symphony season. Two classical concerts (Beethoven's 7th Symphony and a Rachmaninoff fest that includes "Variations on a theme by Paganini," otherwise known as the music from Somewhere in Time) and four Pops concerts ("Holiday Pops", "Rhapsody in Blue," "Broadway Rocks!" and "An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein"). They're also doing Handel's Messiah at several different area churches, but I need to look up where they are before I decide to go.
Between the symphony and the season tix for ASU Gammage (the bway tours) and the dinner theatre (discount!), I'm going to be at more cultural events than I went to in the past five years. I really do like having my "weekend" in the middle of the week so I have these opportunities.
I finished reading The Story of Edgar Sawtelle today. Yes, Oprah loved it three years ago, but I never heard of it until I picked it up at the library. the Hamlet parallels jumped out at me as soon as I read the inside cover - and it did not disappoint. I devoured it. Possibly one of the best books I've read.
Go read it. I'm going to pick it up for the Kindle so I can re-read it.
Since I fell asleep at 9pm last night, I was up (unhappily) at 6am today. Roadtrip time. I drove two hours north-east to Payson and the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. Beautiful drive (no kidding) up through the mountains to the Mogollon Rim, where it was 20 degrees cooler and full of pine trees. I hiked down to see the bridge from the bottom, and then drove back, detouring through Fountain Hills, which is also full of lovely houses that I can't afford.
Something set off my allergies, my eyes are stinging and dripping and my nose is clogged. I took my Claritin and did my eye drops, and we'll see. I'm not sure if I want to go out later to the ballgame or if I want to veg out with the TV and a book.
Sushi for lunch... so good. And I have real estate envy now - my coworker neglected to mention that she lives in a beautiful half-million dollar home in a gated community. Archways, stone floors, granite countertops - I felt like I was on House Hunters - absolutely stunning. I told her I was going to move into her guest room.
But I would miss my pool.
So I will stay put.
Went to see Harry Potter after lunch - I liked it, and am really glad I re-watched the first part of the finale last week.
My coworker Elizabeth and I had planned to BBQ outside tomorrow - but it's going to be 113 or so, so we're going to get sushi instead. A win-win.
I checked out the local tattoo parlor and got an Arizona tattoo. It's a cartoonish Gambel's quail, because they are so freaking cute.
I had the best nap before work last night. Out like a light for three hours of sound sleep. And I woke up to see that the Yankees had won, the Red Sox had lost, and the DBacks were about to beat the Giants. I dreamed that I took a bus to Washington DC with a bunch of other nurses, to talk to the President about Medicare cuts. It went well, and afterwards I went with a few people to the White House, knocked on the door, and it was answered by President Obama, who talked to us for an hour or two. And instead of taking the bus back, I asked if we could fly Air Force One to Arizona so he could visit with Congresswoman Giffords. It was a turbulent flight, but I got to sit next to the prez. Once we landed, I went to work in some hospital as the supervisor, and we were slammed with admissions.
That last part doesn't surprise me at all.
Gotta stop eating... anything... before naptime.
Seriously? August already?
We had some rain this weekend - a drizzle last night. My joints are feeling the increased humidity, thank goodness for Motrin. But I am thankful that I get to sleep through the hottest parts of the day, and don't really have to go outside until late evening. I really thought the heat would be a lot worse.
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