Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cloud Cover

This week has brought rain, clouds, and fifty degree days.  Here, the Santa Catalina mountains are entirely covered by clouds.  

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Vintage Sip

2016: A Sea Of Blue
2015: We Are On The Biggest Boat In The Marina
2014: The Only Thing I Haven't Done
2013: United Tails
2012: I Grew Up In The O.C. Too
2011: Snowy Arrival
2010: Not A Pretty Sight
2009: Marking This Day In History With A Vibrant Spot Of Color
2008: Lighting To Do Laundry By
2007: The Benefits Of Dating A White Boy
2006: Shhhhhh, You’ll Wake The Driver
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Snacks & Bar

Mesquite Smoked Whiskey?  Interesting.

I'm a teetotaler and don't know much about how whiskey's made, but the idea of using mesquite wood in the process of making this product sounds unique and definitely representative of the American Southwest.

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So This Happened Today

2016: Cat Nemesis
2015: Bon Voyage!
2014: All This Entertainment For Less Than The Cost Of A Restaurant Entree
2013: Ten Things I Hate About Flying
2012: Teeth Or Another European Vacation? Ooooh, It’s A Real Toss Up.
2011: Not So Wacky After All
2010: Spreading The Word
2009: He Had A Dream. Tomorrow We See It Come True.
2008: Who Do You Know?
2007: South Beach Blue
2006: Jawl Spake Anglesh??
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Running Through Hollywood In The Desert

This weekend Ed and our neighbor John participated in the Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run.

Old Tucson is a movie studio and theme park located adjacent to the Saguaro National Park just west of the city of Tucson, Arizona.  They've been making movies here since 1939, and I'll bet there are several on the list that you've seen.  I even ran into Josh Brolin once while he was filming Young Riders there. 

Check out the list of movies and TV shows filmed at Old Tucson.  You might be surprised to learn that some of your favorites were filmed just 20 miles from my house!

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Demo Day

2016: Fierce
2015: The Nuts And Bolts Of It
2014: Gorgeous, Rich, And Rugged. And That's Just The Bag.
2013: Back To Basics
2012: I Can Think Of Better Ways To Spend Hump Day
2011: Can I Appoint Myself The Baroness Of Cattle?
2010: This Time Losing The Wallet Really Means Losing The Wallet
2009: Marley & Me
2008: Eddie Gets Handy Friday
2007: The Perfect Neapolitan Slice
2006: The King Of The Flying Salmon
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Three Hippie Chicks And Me

Mina, Vicki, and Kelsey (seated) in the Barrio Viejo in Tucson, AZ
My best friend is a hippie. 

OK, well, not a real hippie.  She's more Bohemian, free-spirit, a live-and-let-live type.  She embraces casual and personifies laid-back.

Easygoing, down-to-earth, engaging, funny, non-judgemental, kind, not influenced by trends, unencumbered by "stuff", happy to bloom where she's planted, a lover of the simple life.  She probably hasn't purchased a tube of lipstick or wielded a curling iron in 30 years. 

In other words, the polar opposite of me.

And she's been this way since the first day I met her, 32 years ago, at a ski resort in the Catskill Mountains.  I walked in wearing a red silk blouse, black trumpet skirt, black heels, and a merino wool cape.  Don't laugh, capes were in style at the time.  And it was my mother's, I just borrowed it for my interview.  I had big eighties-style hair and a full face of makeup.

Vicki was wearing a turtleneck, sweatshirt, jeans, and sneakers.  Maybe mascara.  Same hairstyle as in the photo above.  That's how we rolled - I was full-on glam, she was usually in boxer shorts and a sweatshirt and no bra.  We still laugh about how it is we're best of friends.  We think so much alike that we joke we share two halves of the same brain.  She is my soulmate if such a thing exists. 

She came to visit me this month, with her daughter Mina and Mina's best bud, Kelsey.  We had a great time.  I was transported back to my twenties when we'd sit around my house in the woods and talk and laugh as time passed without notice.  We were inseparable.  Ed made a comment after Vicki left about how much laughing we did.  He said, "I heard what you were talking about.  I was listening to every word.  But I still have no idea why you were laughing."  And he never will.  We didn't leave him out, he was included in everything we all did while she was here, but we have something special and it's never been duplicated.  My life was filled with a familiar joy when she was here.  I felt alive and energized.  The vibe was decidedly different.

She texted me after she left saying how she missed me so much already.  I miss her, too.  There may be distance between us physically, but mentally we're always in the same place.

A visit to Nashville is now on the 2018 calendar.  

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2017: The Fanciest Digs In Town

2016: Moon Rising
2015: Almost There
2014: Winter Water Running Through Watertown
2013: The Pretty Pink Sailor
2012: Many Thanks To Those Of You Who Come To Peer Through My Window
2011: And I Thought My Feet Were Big!
2010: ABC. Easy As 123. As Simple As Do Re Mi, ABC, 123, Baby You And Me
2009: Under The Black Palm Tree
2008: The Zoo In Stateroom 7377
2007: Pillars
2006: Fiori Di Como
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Garlic Is Life

Photo courtesy of America's Test Kitchen
Garlic is life.  The smells of my childhood wouldn't be complete without the smell of garlic wafting through the air.  I've only met one person in my entire life who said they didn't like garlic. 

"I don't like garlic.  Ruins any dish you put it in."  Those words came from our neighbor John who, along with his wife, was deemed "the best new person I've met" in #36 of my 2017 year-end meme.  Those words almost ended our newfound relationship. 

I'm a skilled enough cook that I can whip up a meal sans garlic for the night I finally get around to inviting them for dinner (Hey Susan!  Let me know what your schedule looks like - we'll make plans.) but for all those other nights, and all those other meals, I've found several garlic-filled recipes that I definitely will be slipping into my rotation.

Garlic Butter Roasted Chicken Thighs with Charred Lemon Salsa Verde & Asparagus

Rosemary Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

Creamy Roasted Garlic Potato Soup with Crispy Brussels & Chili Oil

Baby Artichokes with Garlic and Tomatoes

Thai Style Green Beans

Garlic and Rosemary Grilled Chicken with Scallions

Garlicky Bok Choy

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic and Chili

Classic Garlic Bread (Ed's favorite way to eat bread)

Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms

Oven-Roasted Garlic

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Roasted Potatoes (Can't have enough potatoes!)

Grilled Garlic and Black Pepper Shrimp

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2017: The Queen Of Copper's King

2016: Working The Land
2015: Pre-Columbian Toothlace
2014: Who Needs Sochi? We've Got Watertown.
2013: Pit Stop At Home
2012: Adding A Few More Wheels To The Big Rig
2011: Again And Again And Again
2010: Hood Ornament
2009: Eddie Out Of Control Friday
2008: My Boyfriend Simon Is Back In Town
2007: A Little Taste Of Miami Beach
2006: Ooooohhhhhh, Jabra!
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Dog From The State Of Sonora

I've been living in Tucson, Arizona off and on for 38 years and this week was the first time I've ever had a Sonoran Dog.  Since my best friend was in town, I thought it'd be the perfect opportunity for Ed and I to try something new and for them to experience a Southwestern specialty.  

There are two places I considered going to for this Southern Arizona treat - El Güero Canelo and BK Tacos.  El Güero Canelo has been around since 1993 and recently received an American Classics award from the James Beard Foundation and BK Tacos was featured on the Travel Channel's Food Wars show.

As a group, we decided on BK Tacos because we also wanted to try their grilled carne asada tacos, featuring meat cooked over a mesquite fire, which is a custom in this area.

A Sonoran Dog is a regular beef hot dog, wrapped in bacon, cradled in a soft, pillowy, slightly sweet roll, topped with whole pinto beans, grilled and fresh onions, fresh diced tomato, decorated with mayonnaise and a dash of mustard and finished with their secret jalapeño sauce.  It's served with a plump, tasty, grilled yellow pepper on the side.

The tacos were great, definitely a win, and I've gotta say I was also pretty impressed with the Sonoran dog.  I liked everything they put on the dog, and the mayonnaise was a surprise.  I didn't think I'd enjoy mayo on a hot dog.  The grilled yellow pepper it was served with was delicious - soft and warm, with a nice charred flavor. 

Next time, we'll hit El Güero Canelo.  I'm all about taste tests and a little local rivalry.

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More Like A Submarine Sandwich

2016: Good Stuff, Maynard!
2015: Spiky On The Outside, Sinfully Delicious Inside
2014: The Most Awkward Descent Down A Snow Covered Hill. Ever.
2013: At The Top Of My Favorite Cities List
2012: Not Looking Anymore
2011: There Is Hope
2010: Where The Bunnies Of The Desert Hang Out
2009: The Marion County Shirt Factory Incident
2008: Eddie Roams The Mayan Ruins Friday
2007: Self Service Antiques
2006: Begin At Once
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Comfortable Love

This is the practical route for sure, but this year I bought Ed two cards and he bought me three.

Our first Valentine's Day as husband and wife.

After we read the cards, we watched a movie.  Win-win.

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I Heart Cats
2016: Sweet And Undefineable
2015: Grand And Important
2014: Winter Is A Table Set With Ice And Starlight
2013: The Romance Of The Road
2012: Celebrate With A Wild Desire
2011: Powerful Stuff
2010: Falling In Love With Ugly 
2009: A Love Like This Can Know No Death 
2008: Peace To This House
2007: The Sultan Of Love 
2006: It’s Even Better Than Arbor Day
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Free Spirits

My best friend Vicki's daughter Mina (in orange) and her best friend Kelsey posing in the doorway of an old building in the Barrio Viejo section of Tucson.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Healing, Herbs, And Community

This store has been around since 2003 and I would have never a) known it existed, b) gone inside, or c) been able to tell you a thing about it, if it weren't for my best friend from Nashville and her daughter coming across it as we walked around downtown Tucson this past week while they were visiting.

The Tucson Herb Store is located on 4th Avenue in Tucson, Arizona and from what I gathered during my short visit seems to be a great place to pick up herbs, essential oils, teas, and incense.

They even have smudge sticks should you be in the market for that kind of thing.

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This Is Everything

2016: Shocking
2015: Waiting For Turistas
2014: The Still Before The Storm
2013: Sizzle, Drizzle, And Pour
2012: Dreams Explored Over Dinner
2011: I’m In Love And It’s Not Even Valentine’s Day Yet
2010: Eddie As Fisherman Friday
2009: Birds And Barbells On Muscle Beach
2008: A Girl On The Shores Of Cozumel
2007: I’m Not Exactly Sure What You’re Proposing Here
2006: The Blizzard Of 2006
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bestie In The Caldera

My best friend of 32 years came from Nashville to visit me in Arizona.  Here she is (the very tiny person in the center of the photo) at Gates Pass, standing in the caldera between the Tucson Mountains - seen in the distance - and the Santa Catalina Mountains, which are not visible in this photo because they're behind me.

The road through Gates Pass began in 1883 when it was carved out by Thomas Gates, a local pioneer, saloon keeper, and rancher, as a shortcut to his carbonate mine in Avra Valley.  A sign at the top of Gates Pass says, "While exploring these mountains, he found this natural canyon, marked by 'bubbling springs, streams, and lush growth'.  Gates paid $1,000 to clear and grade the winding road over this pass, which now bears his name.  Three years after he built this road, he was appointed the superintendent of Yuma Territorial Prison.  Gates made it one of the best-run prisons in the country."

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A Living Snapshot Of Another America

2016: C'mere, Give Me A Hug
2015: La Bufadora And Almejas Gratinadas
2014: In The Nick Of Time
2013: This Business Means Business
2012: A Nodding Donkey On The Hill
2011: What A Croc
2010: Flash Of Pole
2009: They Hire ‘Em Young These Days
2008: Setting Sail At Sunset
2007: Happy Bee
2006: It’s Not Unusual
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, February 09, 2018

Maybe This Time

I used to watch Glee religiously. I loved the characters, the show tunes, the original songs. It's not on anymore, but I'd happily pick up where I left off.

Last night on Grey's Anatomy, one of the patients in the beginning of the show was belting out "Maybe This Time", a song from the musical Cabaret. In Glee, the song was sung by the extraordinary Kristin Chenoweth. It's one of my favorite versions.

On a side note - it's weird seeing Matthew Morrison again in this clip because recently on Grey's Anatomy they just killed him off - he was playing the abusive ex-husband of Jo, one of the main characters.

Yeah, I watch too much television.  I know.

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Queen Of The Copper Camps

2016: He Ran By And Told Me To Share Links
2015: Heading To Shore
2014: Chocolate And Gnocchi - The Best Of Any World
2013: Looking And Smelling Good Behind The Wheel Of A Big Rig
2012: Necessary Evil
2011: Getting Drunk On Summer Fun
2010: How Is It The Fish Don’t Freeze???
2009: A Meal Even 300 Year Old Monks Would Love
2008: Not A Knock Knock Joke
2007: Eddie Shades Friday
2006: The Idiot And The Box
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, February 08, 2018


Ed took this picture in Oceanside, California of a surfer wiping out just as he made his way to shore.  All the surfers wore wetsuits.  I know it's California, but it's still February, people.  That water is COLD!

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Protecting The Garden

2016: A '58 Turns 58
2015: The Animals Came In Two By Two
2014: The Jolly Green Giant Lives In Blue Earth
2013: My Man's Got More Than A Million
2012: He Might Not Be Able To Move A Rubber Tree Plant, But He Can Certainly Get Transportation In California To Come To A Screeching Halt
2011: Business As Usual In America
2010: Teeny Tiny Cows Are So Delicious With A Side Of Teeny Tiny Tortellini
2009: Sleeping Atop Signal Hill
2008: Eddie Reads A Book Friday
2007: Finally! Someone Who Thinks I’m God’s Gift To Man
2006: Pool Shark
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Beware, Stupid People

Captured a picture of this brown pelican on the pier in Oceanside, California.

They must perch here often because just below the railing was an area cordoned off with rope and a sign that said, "Don't get too close.  He bites stupid people."

I was not bitten. 

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A Creator's Paradise

2016: The Naked Truth
2015: True Civilization
2014: Late Afternoon In South Dakota
2013: Farm To Market
2012: Providence Silhouette
2011: We Got Fatter But We Lost Weight
2010: Stripping, Vitamins, And Cheesecake
2009: Ocean Front Crowd
2008: He Wouldn’t Recommend His Wife To Anyone He Knows
2007: Spring Has Sprung In My Hotel Room
2006: High School Hottie
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

First Birthday As A Married Man

This is the first time I've ever been able to say this...

Happy Birthday to my smart, sexy, funny, sweet, generous, loving, extremely handsome HUSBAND!!!

Looking forward to many more wonderful years of celebrating with you!

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Established 1975

2016: Happy Birthday, My Sweet Prince!
2015: Celebration At Sea
2014: Winter Baby
2013: Let Me Count The Ways
2012: He’s Been Waiting For This Day For Thirty-Seven Years
2011: Twisted Raoul
2010: The Spring Chicken Celebrates His Big Day
2009: Eddie It’s My Birthday! It’s My Birthday! Friday
2008: As Pisghetti Gains Another Year, I Lose Eight
2007: Happy Birthday My Sweet Eddie!!!
2006: The Many Faces Of Ed
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!