Filed under: Music, Phoenix, Photography | Tags: Music, Phoenix, Photography
Heading home from work…moonroof open, camera extended…
The best time of the week has arrived! Friday night is always the best because the whole weekend stretches out before you, with all its potential. Maybe you’re doing something special or maybe you’re just catching up on your chores, relaxing, and doing stuff around the house but it’s your time.
This should get you in the mood (crank it up):
Here’s what we saw as nighttime settled in (and I didn’t even know it was going to be up there):
“After sunset on the evening of Friday, February 27, 2009, skygazers will be able to see the planet Venus and Earth’s only natural satellite, the Moon, together for the last time—at least until early in 2010. You’ll also get a chance to see them on a few more following nights, but not quite as spectacular as Friday’s event.”
Check it out on the weekend if you missed it on Friday, it really was spectacular.
So, what are you doing this weekend? You’ll know what I’m doing if you check back here.
Have a great weekend, whatever you do, and think about African Kelli’s CAOK 2009 (http://www.africankelli.com). I know I am.
Filed under: Art, Phoenix, Photography | Tags: Art, Parks, Phoenix, Photography, Scottsdale
I guess I’m fortunate–I still have a job and can spend an hour in this beautiful park everyday if I want. The weather was gorgeous today, as it usually is this time of year, so I took my lunch and my camera to the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, a plaza full of flowers, public art, fountains, ponds, restaurants, shops, the library, City Hall, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, ducks, swans, other birds, quiet benches and tables, an amphitheater with lunchtime entertainment, a hotel, and a lot of happy people enjoying the Arizona sunshine.
This guy and his friends were having a good time, too, and they have a nice, new, safe gated area to protect them at night now.
But, hey, what’s going on at AZ88, one of the “trendy” restaurants in the mall? The recently painted windows are causing a stir. I heard about this on the radio this morning and wanted to see for myself. Hmmm, does it taint the family atmosphere of the park?
Checkers, anyone? (This photo was actually taken at the park about a year ago, not today like the others.)
Here’s an interesting photo site that I found out about from photojojo.com today:
Hope spring is on its way to you, too.
My Catholic Corner
Look at African Kelli’s CAOK 2009/Lenten project, sounds great! (http://www.africankelli.com)
After work, I stopped at Nello’s to get a pizza, the best in Phoenix, in my opinion. There are only 5 in the whole metropolitan area, though. It was delicious, as always.
Peanut Butter Cookies
Then I tried this quick and easy recipe:
1 cup peanut butter
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Stir together well. Drop in spoonfuls on a cookie sheet, press with a fork. Bake 10 – 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
My neighbor likes PB cookies so I baked them with her in mind.
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This is an old photo of some local petroglyphs.
Can you tell I’m having a hard time posting tonight? One of my personal goals is to post 5-7 times a week. So I guess some of them are going to be a little lame.
Off to spend some time with my Pussycats.
Hope you had a good weekend. It was pretty slow here. The weather was lovely and it got into the 80s (which is a little too warm for February). I didn’t do much other than read, clean, do laundry, spend time on the internet looking at other blogs, hang out with the cats, things around the house. It’s actually my favorite way to spend a weekend but it always goes really fast. I wrapped it up by watching the last hour or so of the Oscars.
Tony and I don’t go to the movies very often because we don’t have the same taste in films usually. I sometimes have a movie-renting marathon to catch up when he is busy elsewhere. But the last movie we did see was Slumdog Millionaire and we both loved it–Tony maybe more so as he’s been to Mumbai three times on business, although not for about 6 years. I was very excited last night to watch the cast and crew win 8 Oscars, especially the one for Best Picture.
One of the times Tony went to Mumbai, he was able to fly up to Agra (in 2002) to see the Taj Mahal:
Street in Mumbai:
I have only seen (so far) a couple of the other movies mentioned, including The Visitor, another excellent film, and The Duchess, also very good. And, really, Angelina Jolie’s emerald earrings were gorgeous!