Hey everyone – it’s been awhile so I thought I would just plunge in with some updates, highlights and clips of what life has been like around the Living Analog household lately:
After another trip around the blazing hot sun (it was 104 degrees here yesterday on the first day of October!) JT rewarded me with something I have had my eye on for a while now …. an Eames Hang It All!
Husband is actually very smart and lets me self-select most gifts as I am ridiculously opinionated on all things that live in our house. He did also surprise me with flowers at work this year, bonus points husband. Back to the Hang It All – is it a little overpriced for a coat hook? Sure. Do I love it and want to keep it forever? Yes please.
It’s right inside the front door so I can now just drop my purse and bag right when I get home from work. It keeps everything off the floor (e.g. dog hair free) and did I mention that I love it? Moving on …
Some more little updates from our world:
– Also for my birthday (did I mention I’m pretty spoiled?) JT and I took a weekend road trip to southeast Arizona. We visited Tombstone for a few hours (that’s about all the touristy time we could handle) and stayed the night in Bisbee, which I really loved and reminded me of the American West version of Portwenn in Doc Martin but far and away the highlight of the trip was the winery region around Sonoita. It was so beautiful and there was some good wine. We are going back and hopefully soon!
The high desert is amazing. I took this picture from a moving car while driving east from Sonoita towards our hotel in Sierra Vista. Amazing views for miles and miles. And – five years late I joined Instagram. I posted the above picture up and was proud to add the hashtag #nofilter! My Instagram handle is ct.livinganalog. I’m hoping to use Instagram to help me get my photos out of my phone more and into an actual printed form. If anyone has some good recommendations for Instagram prints, I’m all ears.
– Sophie (the dog) is on antibiotics after getting her first UTI. She started peeing inside the house once a day and we figured it was just a part of the old age thing so we got her a doggie diaper (that didn’t stay on … I also tried the toddler diapers from Target with a hole cut out for the tail but that was even worse …). The drugs seem to have kicked in and we are back to a pee-free house. However, we are now also a rug free house because she has done a LOT of damage. The carpet on the second level was pretty well toast when we moved in but now it’s beyond gone. Thanks Sophie …
(She’s so cute though And we’re glad she’s feeling better.)
– JT made me a log table! We had a tree crew come and cut down a dead and mostly knocked over tree as well as the tree at the back most corner of the yard. Couple that with our backyard neighbor getting their tree (excessively) trimmed due to aggressive hybridized “killer” bees, and things got kind of bare in our backyard for a while. The quail all quit us for a little bit but we got a huge bird feeding block from the hardware store and now they’re starting to come back. JT will have to do a proper post about the log table but it’s been a great addition for the living room – perfect for holding a beverage and just looking cool.
– There have been other, more terrifying bugs than the hybridized bees around … I found this THING in the garage the other day, words don’t even do it justice. It appeared to be part large black spider and part scorpion or crab. It was waiting for me at the door from the laundry room to the garage (it was inside the garage though, not actually in the house). I was too terrified to get a picture of it while alive and the dead picture doesn’t even show what it could be but here goes ….
The body part of the creature was about the size of a quarter and then the legs when out from there …. I hope I never meet that bug’s mother. I think it was an alien.
– We’ve been taking lots of little trips and one big trip (to Portland!). We’ve been traveling around Arizona and camping and staying as many places as our three day weekends allow – Payson and Lake Pleasant and Tucson, Jerome, Prescott and Apache Junction. We’ve driven to Las Vegas from here once (it’s about 5 hours and you go through about 5 different types of environments – even a Joshua Tree forest). Driving in Arizona is fascinating and terrifying because once you get out of the valley, the scenery is breathtaking but the roads immediately become steep, winding and full of tractor trailers going too fast.
Above is a snap from one of our jaunts – the Elvis Chapel at the Superstition Mountain Museum. Yes, Elvis (or a non-lifelike replica statue) was inside. Yes, my sunglasses are too big for my face – look at all that sunshine! A girl has to take cover where she can get it in this state. Portland (Oregon) was so amazing and such a great respite from the heat we’ve been plodding through. I’ll do a better Portland recap in my next post. I loved it there and I could easily see doing a 6 month split with Phoenix – live in Portland for the 6 months of summer and Phoenix for the 6 months of winter. Now I just need to find a job that will let me telecommute like that …..
I hope all is well with my interwebs friends! I’ll be around more and I hope to catch up with everyone.
Cheers – CT