Hi everyone. Have I mentioned that it is really hot in Phoenix right now? It is really hot in Phoenix right now. And now that July has kicked in, there is now humidity thanks to the monsoon storms. I was told this place had dry heat. I need a refund.
Nevertheless, the heat can’t keep me in – I refuse! Last weekend (4th of July weekend which was really long for us since we got Monday off as well (which to note is not an Arizona thing but rather a result of working 4 ten-hour days)) we did a little exploring and this weekend we did a little more. I thought I’d share our adventures with you in a few snapshots.
Last weekend’s visit to the Antique Plaza in Mesa yielded a few results – some more vinyl for JT’s record collection and a cool copper printed map of Arizona for me. There were some other items I didn’t want to leave behind . . .
The Antique Plaza was huge! Some of the prices were right on, some were a little high and there was actually some MCM to be found (usually with the higher price tag). We’ll be back.
We have a field mouse hiding in our house somewhere . . . I’m trying to catch him with peanut butter and love but the next step will be JT taking over the offensive and his methods are not so sweet.
Friday night while JT was out doing a band audition I met the mouse and went to Home Depot for the traps. The next morning found me back at the Depot for a lighting class and meet and greet with (now) local blogger Jenny Komenda from Little Green Notebook. The actual class went a little sideways and no one else took photos so I grabbed this shot with furtive shame on my phone (that’s Jenny on the right in the green blouse).
Jenny was super sweet and ready to relax a little after finishing up the Domino Magazine photo shoot at her house. I can’t even imagine!
And no, that isn’t me above with a half buzzed head but the heat has convinced me that less hair is the better option. Here’s a quick in-the-salon before pic to show just how long (and kind of straggly) my hair had become.
And after! So much better for the summer!
So today I took my new haircut out into the heat and JT and I visited Cosanti which is the residence and studios of Paolo Soleri. JT described it as looking like the place where Luke Skywalker lives and while I don’t have a good frame of reference on that, it was a unique place that had primitive and futuristic aspects all at the same time.
Doesn’t that kind of look like a wooden spaceship came to land in the desert? Steampunk kids take note, this place was started in the 1950s.
Also (random alert) there was a lot of olive trees among the vegetation and the site produces, bottles and sells its own olive oil. Wowza.
I can’t wait to go up north and stay the night at Soleri’s larger experiment, Arcosanti.
What’s been going on with you guys? Any tips for the heat? Thank goodness my local grocery store carries a few flavors of coconut milk ice cream or I might have melted already. Cheers – CT
(PS – More adventures to come – a day trip to Jerome and JT finds a new man chair. Oooooh!)
My solution is to go from the air conditioned house to the air conditioned car to the air conditioned store. It’s been really hot here too, but it’s supposed to get down into the 80s this week. Yay!!!. You’re making some fantastic trips though. I’d love to visit Cosanti.
Believe it or not, we’re having a mild St. Louis summer for a change. Kindof freaky.
Hope all is well with you – just thought I’d pop by and say ‘Hi!’