Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekend Getaway

Yesterday we visited Fallingwater, the Kaufmann Residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Here's a little Instagram teaser.  More photos to come.


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2013: Long Shadow In Kansas
2012: Spreading Joy, Pixie Style
2011: Coming Soon
2010: Feren Films Y’All Shouldn’t Miss
2009: This Guy Sucks
2008: Shine And Shine
2007: Eddie Hoots It Up Friday
2006: Eddie The Bird Whisperer
2005: Laundress

Saturday, September 20, 2014

V-8 Reflection

Today we made a little day trip to Mill Run, Pennsylvania.  On the way we came across a car show in a local football field. Ed came to a screeching halt and pulled into the lot.  I wasn't super-interested in the subject matter, but did take a few shots of a bunch of old cars.

So here's an Instagram shot of an old Ford pickup truck.

No, I don't know what kind it was.  Or what year it was.  See if you can figure it out yourself - here's a picture of the rest of it.


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2013: Keeping H-116 Safe
2012: It’s Never Too Late For A Monday Meme
2011: Minatory Montana Morning
2010: Crafting A Way To Fill A Need
2009: The Other White Meat: Tropical Style
2008: Night Falls On The Fuel Island
2007: Wanderlust Checklist
2006: What Are Records??
2005: Hello, America!

Friday, September 19, 2014

To Me, You Are Perfect

I love Hugh Grant.

He's my favorite leading man in a romantic comedy.  I just watched Love Actually again, and decided that it's not only one of my favorite movies, it's one of my favorite Hugh Grant movies.  It is the ultimate romantic comedy.  And although I love his story line in the movie, it's hard to pick a favorite among the group of them, they're all so good.

This is one of my favorite scenes:



So, Love Actually holds the number one spot in the list of Hugh Grant movies I love.  

Here are the others.

2.  Notting Hill

3.  Two Weeks Notice

4.  Four Weddings and a Funeral

5.  Music and Lyrics

6.  Bridget Jones's Diary 

7.  Mickey Blue Eyes

8.  About a Boy

9.  Nine Months

10.  Did You Hear About the Morgans?



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2013:  View From A Kansas Rest Area
2012: I Hate New Blogger!!
2011: Come On In And Take A Seat
2010: Doctor Recommended For Sure Death
2009: Wardrobe Malfunction: Intentional And Uncensored
2008: Eddie Friday: Outlined
2007: Modern, Yet No So Much
2006: Why Higher Education Is Desperately Needed
2005: Does A Bear Shit In The Woods?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Supersonic

We just delivered some aircraft parts to Boeing in Seattle.  We love aircraft parts loads - they're light, and they pay.  And they always need them yesterday, as if they didn't know they needed this part to build the planes they've been building for decades.  Granted, sometimes the parts were just manufactured and they need them right away, but still.  Planning, people.

One of the Boeing facilities we dropped at is in Seattle, near The Museum of Flight.  And at The Museum of Flight is one of the world's fastest jetliners - the British Airways Concorde.  It's one of only twenty ever built, it's the only one on display on the West Coast, and it's one of only four outside of Europe.

It's a pretty spectacular looking aircraft.  It must be wild to fly in it.  It was retired to The Museum of Flight on November 5, 2003.  On its way there, "the Alpha Golf set a New York City-to-Seattle speed record of 3 hours, 55 minutes, and 12 seconds.  Much of the flight was over northern Canada, where it flew supersonic for 1 hour, 34 minutes and 4 seconds."

FYI - Supersonic means faster than the speed of sound.

What?  You're there.  That fast.

Amazing.



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2013: The Kiss
2012: Driving A Hard Bargain
2011: Making Places Beautiful With Sarah + Bessie
2010: High Class High
2009: Not Such A Bad Idea, This Man In Chains Thing
2008: Razz Ma Taaz Me!
2007: Casa De Cambio
2006: Eddie Birthday Suit Friday

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Longest Shortcut

Nevada State Route 318 is supposed to be a "shortcut" between Las Vegas and Ely.

But while you're on it, it feels like the longest road ever.

And these are the lonely, long-ass roads truck drivers should be appreciated for traveling.

Someone got their goods today because we drove this godforsaken strip of highway.

You're welcome.




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2013: The Only Way To Enjoy Texas
2012: Bleu Evolution
2011: They May Look Pretty, But They’re A Bitch
2010: Food, Family, Fun, And Poker Winnings
2009: Ring Of Moving Fire
2008: Everything Is Weathered In Weatherford
2007: Eddie The Professional Tourist Friday
2006: East Coast Tag
2005: Float And Set

Friday, September 12, 2014

Five Guys Fries Cap Off The Week

We've been off for twelve days.

This has been one of our more productive visits home with the completion of the mini-renovation we did on my mother's kitchen.  It's not ready to photograph (although it looks exactly the same) because she's still doing some last minute organizing and has crap all over the counters, but it's done.  And she LOVES it.

Ed also replaced all of the light bulbs inside and outside of the house with energy-saving bulbs.  Have you ever priced energy-saving bulbs?  Get yourself a drink and sit down before you start Googling.  If my step-father was alive and Ed told him he just spent $9.00 on a light bulb, he would have collapsed right there in the middle of the kitchen, dropping to the floor, mouth agape.

Today we went out to do some last minute errands - returned a chandelier we bought because my mother didn't like it, went to Five Guys for lunch (first time we've had it in about four months), I got a haircut, stopped at the pharmacy to get prescriptions for my mother, and then picked up some groceries for the truck - we leave tomorrow.

First we head west and then we steadily cruise east.  My birthday is a little more than a week away and I want to be east of the Mississippi to celebrate.

Time to start making some plans.



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2013: Give It A Try
2012: The House I Live In
2011: Through Chicago To Cheese Country
2010: Ghost Rider
2009: I Only Think I Know A Lot Of Things…Here Are Ten Of Them
2008: Texas Love Bugs And Hurricanes
2007: Pimping For Presidency
2006: Demographics Of A Lifetime
2005: Glacial Impact

Thursday, September 11, 2014

He Can't Be Trusted Around Electronics

Ed cannot get fifty feet from a Best Buy without dropping hundreds of dollars.  Today we went out for lunch and were supposed to be going to Home Depot when he said, "I just need to stop by Best Buy for a minute."

An hour later I was still sitting in the car, occupied by a phone call with my friend, waiting for Ed.

This was going to be an expensive day.



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2013:  Light As Air
2012: Remember The Living
2011: In The Pink While Manning The Wheel Of A Big Rig
2010: Still Standing
2009: Eddie Dumps It Friday
2008: Vicki Goes Hollywood
2007: Market Flora
2006: Now Where The Hell Did She Park My Truck???
2005: Channeling Angelina Jolie

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Giant Three-Armed Spiny Monster

So, today and yesterday we basically did nothing on the kitchen renovation project.  

We're done with the big stuff and just had a few little things to finish up - lining the cabinets with Con-Tact paper, installing the last of the hardware, applying a second coat underneath the cabinets.

In the process of winding down, a few other things made their way under the paintbrush - the table and chairs set, a wicker end table, a bar stool - I told you my mother can't be trusted around white paint without wanting to apply it to things.

Ed and I are looking for a load out.  I need to get through Nashville to visit my best friend, then I have to make my way to the East Coast to meet up with some blog readers who are visiting the U.S. from Australia!  I'm so excited!

And I slacked off just enough to get outside and take some photos of cactus.

Enjoy.



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2013: Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'
2012: A Beautiful Iranian Mind
2011: Clowning Around
2010: Smolder
2009: Comrades In Driving
2008: Black, White, And Tan
2007: If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Fart At The Speed Of Light
2006: Draped In Sarcasm
2005: Feast Your Eyes

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Wildly Fierce Candy Cactus

This is a Candy Barrel Cactus - or Ferocactus, which means "fierce or wild cactus - we've always just called them Barrel Cactus.

They have bright yellow to red-orange flowers.  The fruit is green when they're unripe and yellow when they're ripe.  Once they ripen, from late November to March, you can eat them, although I never have and probably never will.  If you have packrats in your yard, you'll see where they've carried the fruit and jammed it into their nests.

This cactus is also called a Fishhook Barrel Cactus and for good reason.  The spines are thick and heavy and have an extremely sharp hook on the end.  You will get hooked if you get too close.

The flowers provide a burst of color in an otherwise neutrally colored desert.



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2013: How I Spent The Day
2012: From Farm To Table
2011: Ups And Downs
2010: Three Men, Two Generations, One Passion
2009: Miss Tooth Reigns Supreme
2008: And This Is Why She Will Always Be A Maid At A Hotel
2007: I’ve Been Everywhere Sunday
2006: Family Reunion Rules
2005: Chillin’ In Anchorage

Monday, September 08, 2014

Rain Day Delay

Today we woke up to rain.  And it got worse as the morning went on.  

My brother stopped by to see the progress on the kitchen renovation - it's really more of a re-paint, rather than renovation - and we slacked off quite a bit, not getting right to our work.  

By the time we decided to get going, we had noticed the rain had picked up quite a bit.  Well, more than a bit.  For about an hour it came down steadily, with bursts of heavy rainfall.


Then my mother said, "Oh my God, look at the flooding."

So we all rushed to the front window to peer out into the yard.  In over thirty years, I've never seen water like this in the yard.  Rushing.  Out of control.  Over the banks of the little river bed that was supposed to contain it.


The entire yard was under water.  The front path was flooded.  The driveway, impassable in a car.  Our mailman got stuck just outside the edge of our driveway.  He was stranded for about an hour until someone came to get him.

It's not uncommon for water to quickly flood every low lying area in Tucson when it rains.  The ground is so hard that it can't absorb the water as quickly as it's coming out of the sky.  Many people try to pass the washes (dry river beds) and get stuck, even though they have been warned repeatedly for years and years and years, not to drive in them.

I've seen washes run out of control.  But oddly, I've never seen our yard look like this.  The water was flowing in the front arroyo, but it was the one behind the house that shocked me the most.  The sheer speed of the water was unbelievable.

I should have used my regular camera to take the video, but I was already outside and I had my phone with me, so I just used that.  Enjoy!




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2013: That Sunday, That Summer
2012: Heading To The Mountains
2011: End Of Summer Rainbow
2010: UGG, What A Surprise!
2009: Under The El
2008: We Escaped With Our Teeth Intact
2007: Praying In The Jewel Of The South For Over 250 Years
2006: Drive Time Champion
2005: Yukon Bet We’re Far Away

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Teamwork

My friend Kim helped us with the kitchen makeover.  It's her own fault. She's an early riser, usually between five and six in the morning, even on days she doesn't have to go to work.  WTF?  

She texted me the morning we were planning to start, at 6:30 am. I didn't respond.  Then she called at 8:30 am.  I didn't respond.  I wanted to sleep a bit longer.  Then, at 8:36 am, she was knocking on the door.  I opened it, hair askew, one eye open, tank top, no pants.

She wanted to know if I wanted to go for breakfast.  Hell no, I didn't want to go for breakfast.  Then she shoved her pug in my face.  Riley, her dog.  UGH.  Clearly, she wanted a beating.  I told her I wasn't going anywhere, not because I didn't want to go for breakfast, but mainly because I had to start the cabinets.


That's when she offered to help.  Sucker.
Kim and my mother, in the kitchen.
She was in it from the start.  From taking the hardware off the doors, to stripping the paint, to doing some pre-preliminary hand-sanding (before Ed went all kick ass today with the electric sander), the painting all the doors while I cleaned and prepped the cabinet boxes.  

She's an amazing friend.  I honestly don't know how to thank her.  I have ideas, but really, anything I do will be inadequate.  She spent her weekend helping me do a DIY project.  I told her I would have never done it for her.  Ever.  

Oh, if she wanted me to cook a meal for forty people, I'd be all in.  Take her to the airport at 3 am, I'm there.  Pay for dinner at an expensive restaurant, you got it.  But help her strip, sand, and paint her kitchen cabinets?  No fucking way.
Kim painting the doors, Ed prepping them with the electric sander on the back porch.
I have to say, Kim joining us on the project made it fun.  Ed and I would have argued over who was doing the doors better, and would have made no progress.  My mother and I would have argued over...well, everything.  

Having Kim here saved me.  
Cabinet doors lined up, backside facing up, drying on 4x4s that Ed set up in the kitchen.
Tomorrow we'll finish what's left.  I can't wait to see how everything looks once it's bathed in bright white paint.  I'm sure it'll look just like the old kitchen, just whiter.

Exciting, isn't it?




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2013:  Pecan Bacon Syrup. Need I Say More?
2012: That’s Right, The Entire Web
2011: And We Have A Winner!!
2010: So What’s Wrong With A Good Idea?
2009: Where Is A Palm Reader When I Need One?
2008: Fred’s Plan Appears To Have Backfired
2007: Eddie Plays A Round Friday
2006: Don’t Worry, Be Happy
2005: 50 Little Facts About Alaska

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Light, Bright, And Airy


My mother has been a fan of white paint for as long as I can remember.  Everything in our house as a kid, if it had a surface that could be painted, would eventually be white.

The antique china cabinet?  White.


The Adirondack chairs?  White.

The pigeon coop?  White.

The pool deck?  White.

She thinks it makes everything look light, bright, and airy.


My father said if he stood in one place long enough, she'd paint him white too.

I have vivid memories of paint brushes with handles splattered with white paint, bristles wrapped in aluminum foil, neatly lined up on the kitchen counter at the end of the day.

Now she's at it again.  Her big idea to make her kitchen look different?

Paint the already white cabinets....you guessed it.  

White.

We made it to the end of day one.  We're both still alive.

I'd call the "reno" at this point, a success.




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2013: How To Get Rid Of A Pain In The Ass
2012: Working Together, The Democratic Way
2011: Teams Take A Day Off
2010: The King And Queen Of Sun And Sand
2009: Popeye Would Love This Stuff
2008: From The Confines Of The Hampton Inn
2007: When I Grow Up, I Want To Be…
2006: Fire Water
2005: Ed Having Fun With Photoshop

Friday, September 05, 2014

I Prefer IPY To DIY

We've been watching waaaaay to many HGTV renovation shows lately, because I don't know what the hell I was thinking when we made the decision to renovate my mother's kitchen.

My mother, after watching waaaaay too many of these HGTV shows herself drops the word "reno" into her conversation like she's a contractor.  "Before we start the reno, we have to make sure to we have all the materials we need so we don't have to keep making trips back to Home Depot." and "I bought gloves to wear when we're doing the reno on the cabinets so we don't get the paint stripper on our hands."

OK, mom.  We'll remember that when we're doing the "reno".  

I'm crafty and creative.  I like doing projects like sewing dolls, creating custom Easter eggs and Christmas ornaments, decorating little boxes to hold trinkets, fashioning a Halloween costume out of fabric scraps and whatever else was on hand, cooking.  

But DIY projects that involve screwdrivers, paint stripper, manual sanding, and 90-degree weather?  Again, I must have been out of my mind to agree to this.  I don't do physical labor.  I abhor sweating.  And I can't stand to get dirty.

But we've started the ball rolling with the cabinet door removal, so we'll just see where this goes.  I do have a backup plan that involves a contractor doing the work, which I'm already thinking is the better idea.

I call it IPY - I'll Pay You.  




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2013: Heading To Primm
2012: Fashion (And Country) Forward
2011: Slowly Meandering Through Farm Country
2010: Long Beach Lights
2009: 4423 Humboldt Avenue
2008: Eddie Tourist Friday
2007: Ripe For A Dognapping
2006: What Lies Beneath
2005: Big Sky Country

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A Taco Garage Worth Pulling Into

This week we ate at a restaurant that's been in Tucson for a couple of years but one we've never had a desire to try.  The location closest to us is in the perimeter of the Tucson Mall parking lot.  We've driven by many times, commented on the cheesy name, and passed on it as a chain we didn't have any interest in.  But then Ed discovered that this place was listed as one of the restaurants on his American Express rewards list so we thought we'd give it a try.

And it's not really a chain.  Not nationally, anyway.  We found out from our waitress that the restaurant is locally owned, by the same people who own the legendary El Charro restaurants, and that there are locations here and in Phoenix.

The name I thought was cheesy?  Sir Veza's Taco Garage.
The menu was pretty good.  Different.  Mexican stuff, but different.  With cool names.

The waitress suggested we start with the Johnny Vegas Roll for an appetizer - chicken, avocado, cilantro cream cheese, jalapeño slaw, chipotle wrap.  It was served sliced with a drizzle of something on top.  They were pretty good.

The place was decorated like a garage - car parts, clip-on work lights, old car bench seats, chains hanging from shock springs, everything "rusted" - surrounded by garage doors which on cooler days, are probably open.
I didn't take any pictures of our actual food, because Mexican food always seems to look like one big blob of cheese on a plate, but what we had was actually pretty good.  Very flavorful with a really nice presentation.

I had the Big 3 Combo - a soft shredded beef taco, cheese enchilada, and corn tamal.  Rice and beans on the side.  It was a bit too much for me to finish everything, but I enjoyed every bite.

Ed had the Roasted Poblano Chile Relleno - stuffed with barbacoa carnitas, chipotle crema, casero, homemade squash calabacitas, and black beans.  He finished it all.  If there's a Chile Relleno on the menu, especially stuffed with meat, Ed is all over it.  
Their tagline is "We Fix Hungry", but this car shows that they also fix thirsty - they have a large selection of beers of all kinds and even in the afternoon, the bar area was busy.  

There were other things on the menu I thought looked interesting so we'll certainly give it another try. 

I might even try their version of the Sonoran Dog.


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2013: Who?
2012: You Can’t Ask For A More Convenient Setup
2011: The Thoughts In My Mind About This Guy, Are Criminal
2010: The Queen Of High Society
2009: An Icy Glare For The Heat Miser
2008: Jazz Funeral On Decatur
2007: Keeping The Homeland Secure One Dog At A Time
2006: Reputation Is Everything
2005: ”_________________”

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Only One Working Today

Our first day back home and my brother's already at the house doing construction.

My brother is a tile contractor, and he's the one who tiled the house over twenty years ago.  Just recently, some of the tile in the high traffic hallway area started to have a hollow sound to it.  Then it started to give just a bit when you walked on it.  Ceramic tile is not supposed to have bounce.

Turns out, some of these tiles started to buckle and once he chipped them out you could see the glue on the back had dried out.  He removed six total.  Thankfully they didn't break, because we have no extras.  He's going to grind the glue off of these, spread a little Thinset, put them back in place, and grout.  It'll be good as new.  And while my brother was chipping out the floor, I was taking pictures and Ed was drinking a beer.  


Exciting post, huh?  This is the best I can do on a day that consisted of running errands - bank, FedEx, grocery store, buying a new can opener, picking up RedBox flicks - and eating lunch.

And a post from home wouldn't be complete without a complaint about the heat...

It's motherf*%@+!# hot here!!



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2013: Only The Lonely
2012: Tunnel Of Love
2011: A Stinking Welcome
2010: The Star Of The Spinning Centerpiece
2009: My Nizzl Fa Shizzl
2008: When You’re Smiling
2007: I’ve Been Everywhere Sunday
2006: Decision Dilemma
2005: Alaska Later!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Imaginative Perspective

When I'm driving, I often "see" faces and animals and objects in trees and bushes and clouds and mountains and fog.  Just today we saw a cactus in New Mexico that looked like a rooster.  

Victor Nunes is a retired art director from Brazil, in his sixties, who opened a Facebook account in 2013 to post sketches he created where everyday objects, and food, were part of the finished product.  His drawings are amazingly creative.  And FUN.  Check out some of his drawings here:














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2013: Somewhere Out West
2012: All You Have To Do Is Feed Them
2011: Homeward Bound!
2010: Foreign Invasion
2009: Downtown Detroit: Occupied And Vacant
2008: Barracks And Decatur
2007: Dicks In Tennessee
2006: Canoe The Blue
2005: Minalicious