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7/31/11
There was actual rain last night, like a mini-thunderstorm. I went outside for a few minutes to watch the lightning. The rain brings out this dirt smell, instead of the fresh grass smell I'm used to. I certainly don't miss the unending stream of rainy days I had last year in NJ, but I do miss the occasional thunderstorm. I wish it would rain on my day off, so I can curl up on the couch and watch it.

My coworker Elizabeth has really gone out of her way to make me feel welcome at work and in AZ. She's suggested that we do some hiking when the weather is cooler, and we keep trying to make plans to catch a movie or get dinner - just to do something outside of work. So last night she mentioned that there's a Melting Pot fondue restaurant in Glendale. Ding ding ding, we have a winner. We're aiming to go on Thursday or Friday this week. It's nice to make some friends here.

7/30/11
I have no idea how I missed paying my cellfone bill, but apparently I did! I have no phone service til at least Tuesday, when they get my payment. Grr.

Update: somehow my email address was set to 'blank' on the Verizon Wireless website, which explains why I hadn't gotten my last two bills. I reset it, and sent them an email asking why it was changed in the first place. Anyhoo.

One can buy LUSH products on amazon.com! Love!

7/29/11
Happy birthday, Kati!

I was awake at the ungodly hour of 10am this morning, so I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One. Next week I can go see the last one, and Cowboys and Aliens, too. I was going to watch the Yankees game, but - surprise - it's raining and the tarp is on the field. So I'm watching the Phillies pound the Pirates. Picked up an overtime shift for tonight, so I'm about to go get some dinner and then take my pre-work nap.

7/27/11
Well, no perfect game, but a win nonetheless. The Yankees managed to lose to the Mariners today, thus ending the M's 17-game losing streak.

Did some cooking, so my freezer is full. I am addicted to the taco casserole recipe, especially since it feeds a small army.

I bought a callous remover for my heels, which resembles a cheese grater. My heels aren't so rough now. And tomorrow they will be pampered with a pedicure when I go to get my nails done.

Went by Borders, which is closing, to pick up some cheap books. I'll have to go again when they get closer to actually closing, so the discounts will be higher.

And I met up with my friend Heather (friend of my friend Erin), the stage manager over at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, to pick up a ticket for Baby for tomorrow night. She's very kindly letting me use her employee discount, so I can do dinner and the show for $25. Awesome. I know a lot of the songs, but have never seen the show.

Not bad for a day off.

7/26/11
One more night, and I will have survived the seven-in-a-row stretch. It wasn't that bad after all, but I really am looking forward to my days off. Gonna try and catch Baby at the dinner theatre on Thursday, and go to the movies on Friday. Cowboys and Aliens is going to win out over Harry Potter since I haven't had time to re-watch HP7.1 again yet.

Woke up to watch the Yankees game - CC throwing 5+ perfect innings, and then the rain comes. Hopefully it's just a passing shower, so he can get back to it!

7/22/11
Jeez. Oslo.

7/20/11
Fact of the day:

In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run."

On July 20, 1969, just minutes after Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first home run.

7/19/11
Work asked if I could work Thurs and Fri nights as overtime, so of course I said yes. Seven days in a row should make me nicely crispy by the end of it. I think I'll have to go get a massage at the spa next week.

Did all my errands, and am staying in with the Yankees instead of going to the movies. I want to re-watch the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows before I go to see the final part.

7/18/11
I have to stop sleeping through the dust storms! It's the most "weather" we've had and I was sleeping. The perils of the night shift. I'm working tonight and Wednesday this week - my coworker wanted Wednesday off, so we traded nights. So tomorrow I can do all the things I wanted to do today but slept through - library, grocery store, post office, Borders Books (which is closing all its stores, so I can probably score some good discounts). And maybe I'll hit the movies.

Go help Jay out with his fund-raising!. I almost wrote "fun-raising," which is probably true, too. He's biking from Boston to NYC for charity, and has promised to give Fenway the finger. I know he had a great time last year with it, and hopefully will share some road stories when the biking is over this year.

7/17/11
A whole photo gallery of baby quail! So freaking cute.

7/15/11
Despite the DBacks loss, I had such a great time at the game tonight with Michelle and Sean.

Back to work tomorrow - I did nothing at all with my extra days off (well, went swimming, made food for the freezer, cleaned the apartment, did laundry, paid bills), and I'm looking forward to getting back to work.

7/14/11
I curled up on the couch to tuck into a library book that looked really good on the shelf. Of course it looked like something I'd like - I realized about four pages in that I'd read it a few months ago. Now I have to find something to read (not a hard task, trust me).

7/12/11
I think the HR Derby (and chase for the mascot photos) was the most fun for this week. Of course the game was a lot of fun, but I was really tired by gametime, and it would have been more exciting if the American League had won. The All Star Parade this morning had already been shortened (in length) because of the heat, but it was still an hour out in the sun before it started (well, in the shade, we had a great spot) and 90 minutes of parade. I was so happy to get inside the air-conditioned FanFest. Love the heat - or rather, the lack of cold - but not sitting out in it for hours on end.

I ended up not-buying the stadium seats.

And while watching the game, I got suddenly homesick for East Coast baseball. Sigh.

7/11/11
Best part of the Home Run Derby? Robbie Cano, doncha know! And Joe Torre - as VP of Baseball Operations for MLB - got to present the trophy to him. Very, very cool. It was a lot of fun to be there in person, and watch all the warmups etc. Everyone went crazy for the homeruns, and the entire crowd (except for the snarky Brewers fans behind us) was up on their feet for Cano's winning homer (the cranky fans were complaining about how they couldn't see and how Rickie Weeks was robbed etc).

Before the derby, we hit FanFest and wandered around, looking at all the memorabilia for sale/auction (if I had $22K, I could bid on a signed Ruth/Gehrig ball) and ballplayers (Gaylord Perry was selling 'doctored' balls). One of the vendors is selling Steiner Sports' Yankee Stadium seats, and they made a good offer for a pair ($1400, *including* the shipping) - I'm going to see if they can come down any lower tomorrow when we go back.

All of the mascots were there today - but by the time I got downstairs to where they were coming off the field, most of them had disappeared into the bowels of the stadium. I did get a pic with Bernie the Brewer tho. Eight more mascots to go - will try to catch them tomorrow if I can.

7/10/11
So the stadium tour was a lot of fun - it almost makes me want to see a football game. Not only is there a retractable roof, there's a retractable field, so they can switch out the surface for football, soccer, monster trucks etc. We saw the visiting team locker room, where the Giants celebrated after their Super Bowl win.

I finally had pizza in Arizona, and went for the best. We drove downtown and went to Pizzeria Bianco, rated the best pizza in the country. I might actually agree with that. The place was packed, as it usually is, and we had an hour to kill while waiting for a table. Luckily they have a bar in the bungalow next door, and they come over to get you when your table is ready. I had a margherita pizza with proscuitto on top, and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Sat next to a guy from Boston who was here to do some kind of marketing thing with State Farm and the HR Derby.

Today started off with watching the FIFA women's soccer game - and while I've never seen an entire soccer game, I have to admit this one was pretty tense. It went into double-overtime and then to penalty kicks, and the US ended up beating Brazil to advance to whatever round is next.

Back downtown (loving the $12 parking for all the festivities - sure beats the $30 that the Yankees charged) for the Futures game and Legends/Celebrities game. Spent a good two hours walking around Chase Field - and discovering that most of the teams brought their mascots! We saw the Oriole bird in the lobby, and then kept spotting them. So we got pictures with seven mascots before the game, and then in the middle of the Futures game, we went down to the lower level (because we had spotted the mascots over by the pool) and got ten more. The other nine mascots weren't in the park tonight, so we'll be keeping an eye out at the FanFest tomorrow. For those keeping track, four teams - Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers and Angels - don't have mascots.

Best part of the games was seeing Bernie Williams come out to play the National Anthem, and then play in the Legends/Celebrity game along with Rickey Henderson, Rollie Fingers, Ernie Banks, Ozzie Smith and some Red Sox players who don't need to be named.

Long day, but so much fun - especially the unexpected mascot photos.

7/9/11
Derek! 3000! And a home run to boot! And 5-for-5 with the winning RBI! Oh, I am so proud.

My friend Garrett is on his way here from LA for the All Star Game festivities - today we're going to tour the University of Phoenix Stadium (the huge football stadium), and then watch the game so we can watch Derek's moment all over again.

later on 7/8/11
Oh wait, the Yankees/Rays game in NY is rained out. On a Friday night. Plus ca change....

And what's this about Derek, A-Rod and Mo skipping the ASG? Grr.

I kind of want to make a protest sign against all these illegals in AZ. I mean come on - Blue Jays fans, go back to Canada where you belong!!

7/8/11
Happy six months of living in Phoenix! So much less stressed out here. Now if only I could move all my nearest and dearest friends out here.

If I were still on the east coast, with my Yankees season tix, I would be at tonight's game, to hopefully see Derek hit #3000. He's two hits away. I will watch on the big screen TV in air-conditioned splendor instead.

I drove south about 45 min (near IKEA) to Guadalupe, to visit the Mercado Mexico, a market full of ceramics and pottery. It's a mostly-Mexican town, got some good deals on decorative stuff. I even found a Talavera quail. Which I bought. They also had drawer pulls, which I've been looking for, but I didn't pick them up this trip - next time.

7/7/11
Took in some of the cultural sites today - went to the Phoenix Art Museum downtown this morning. They have a nice collection of American and European paintings, and a lot of "western" art. They also have a way-too-large Comtemporary Art collection, which never manages to evoke an emotion other than "what is this crap" in me. There was one cool exhibit tho, where the artist took a pitch black room, lined it with mirrors, and had these LED lights strung from the ceiling which faded in and out in different colors. Gave me the feeling of being in the middle of the universe. All it needed was some eerie music and perhaps some hallucinogenic drugs.

Had lunch at the museum, came back to get my brows done and finish my grocery shopping, and now I'm stretched out, ready to watch the Yankees game - Derek is almost to 3000 hits.

The ballplayers for the ASG are staying at the Biltmore. I hope they enjoy the Catalina pool as much as I did.

7/5/11
Who said the weather in the Valley is boring? While I slept, this massive mile-high dust storm swept through Phoenix, I'm wathing the news and the photos are just amazing. I'm sure it wasn't much fun for the people driving in it, or trying to breathe in it, but wow - just check out some of the pictures.

7/4/11
Awww, I saw a papa Gambel's Quail this morning while leaving work, and he was leading a whole floofle of baby quail across the street. So, so cute.

Happy Fourth of July - I celebrated by going in the pool, noting the spark of humidity in the air, and watching some baseball. Back to work in a few hours, after tonight and tomorrow, I'm off the following weekend for the All Star Game break.

Speaking of, the monsoons are supposed to come between Thursday and Tuesday. Huh. The Yankees come into town for the ASG, and it pours. I didn't see that one coming.

7/3/11
Super windy out - the news said that the monsoon season will be upon us this week, so lots of rain and thunderstorms. It'll be just like summer in NJ, only 40 degrees hotter.

7/2/11
Have a great birthday, Miss Dona!

7/1/11
Oh, the hotel was so lovely and relaxing. Just what I needed. Happy birthday to me. I may have to make this an annual pilgrimage.

Going to get my tattooed eyeliner touched up today at 2pm. I managed to have the entire phone conversation about it in Spanish (and while at the loud ballpark, too), so I am quite proud of myself this week.

Went to the post office to buy stamps - they tried to give me the "Reagan" ones. I opted for the regular ones, thanks.

-catherine

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