Morning In The Desert

On Sunday, a girlfriend and I made it over to South Mountain Park for a morning of hiking.  This park is located a little bit south of Phoenix.











The desert heat is gone for a few months and we were treated to temps in the 80s.  To the right is a view of the valley floor.  Camelback Mountain is directly in the center.  If you look closely, you can see that it resembles a camel laying down.










Downtown Phoenix can be seen in this one.  I work in one of the highrises there. 












These saguaro cactus epitomize life in the desert.  Many of them have been used as target practice by people with guns (there's still an element of the wild west here and it is legal here for most to carry guns).  Saguaro are protected by the state but are often poached, only to wind up in someone's yard. 

They are quite majestic.

Below is a pile of volcanic rock.  This mountain range at one point in history had been an active volcano.  Glad that's changed!






Here is a view looking west.  If you look to the horizon of this picture, you can barely make out the tops of houses in the valley below.  Somewhere in there is Ruben's and my home.










The stone structure to the right was once part of a camp.  This area had been a working ranch at one time.  The park has these type of structures scattered throughout it's grounds.  At one time they had tin roofs.  Most have an old fireplace inside.


One item I had hoped to catch on camera was a boulder with ancient Hohokam Indian drawings on the side.  I remember the first time I stumbled across it I stood in awe at the drawings of scrolling lines and the outlines of what appeared to be drawings of people.  This time around though, the entire boulder was gone.  It could not have been an easy feat to remove that from the mountain.  I hope it is safe in a museum somewhere where all can enjoy and not in some millionaire's home. 


So this was my Sunday.  Peace was had by all.

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Thankful Thursday

Today I left the house trying to name off all the things I'm thankful for.  I had a lot on my plate today and was a bit stressed out about it.  Well, it is the end of the day (for which I am also thankful for) and I also had some funny things happen today.

One of my chores today was to go and exchange some gift cards for some in smaller denominations.  I was told by the company yesterday on the phone that I'd be able to either do this on the phone or in the office.  Thinking I could save myself the delivery time, I went down to he office.  Lo and behold, the office had moved down the street.  After 30 minutes I found the office, parked in their garage, and walked inside to be told they don't handle gift cards in the office.  So I marched back to my office and called their 800 number and was told I had to go to the store to do this.  I was telling a coworker about this and she and I just burst out laughing.  It wasn't that funny when I was going through it but now I was hysterical. 

I also had to call a hotel for meeting space.  I kid you not.  This is how they answer the phone: "Wherever, whatever, we are the W Hotel.  Your wish is our desire.  What is your wish?" 

Talk about throwing me for a curve ball!  I almost answered 'a stiff drink and some Godiva chocolates.  If you can handle that we'll book our meeting with you.'  The girl connected me with someone in sales whose phone message completely rhymed and there was a line about him wishing he was at work to take my call.  I think I have contacted the Lolly Pop gang. 

I have to laugh at moments like these.  I'm grateful for moments like these.

Here are some other blessings in my life:

  1. My husband -his wisdom and insightfulness.  Also his sense of humor and some of the people he knows.  He actually knows someone named Stinky Ron (for obvious reasons).  He also knows a whole barrage of other characters with interesting names as well.
  2. It's almost Friday.
  3. Finally speaking up at work to get some help on certain items.  I don't like to make waves or get people in trouble so this is a big one for me.
  4. Knowing that a month from now I will board a great big ship bound for the Caribbean with my husband and family.  Some family members I have not seen in over two years.
  5. Getting a free upgrade to a suite on said great big ship.
  6. Knowing that if my Gram was still here, she would have celebrated her 98th birthday today.  Happy Birthday Gram.  I will miss you forever.
  7. The sun came out today.   

Be blessed my friends!

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Thankful Thursday

The other day on my way into work I started thinking about all the blessings in my life.  I started to name them off one by one.  This continued until I got into the office.  There are so many things I take for granted every day.  It is 13 miles into work and in that timeframe I named off well over 100 things that I am grateful for.

I decided to start a new group called "Thankful Thursday" and I hope others will take advantage of it as well.  Here's the short version of what I am thankful for:


  1. My health
  2. I woke up singing the theme song to the movie "Animal House" and not something melancholy.  This set the mood for the rest of the day.
  3. Our new president-elect, Barack Obama.  Woo-hoo!
  4. My Vox neighbors.
  5. Feeling like I'm finally getting somewhere at work.
  6. Thanksgiving being right around the corner
  7. That nesting feeling I often get in November when it actually starts to feel like Fall in the desert.

Oh, I could go on and on!

Be blessed my friends.  =)

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Voting Day

Well, it's voting day. I'm standing in a really long line so it's given me a rare chance to blog. Although it is not fun waiting in a long line, it's great to see so many people that have come out to vote. The weather has cooled off a bit so its actually quite pleasant (and it beats being at work).

Its no secret that this country needs big changes fast. I'm casting my vote for Obama today. When I first heard him speak it touched me to tears. It felt like hope.

Many in line today have brought their elementary school age children. If I had children this would be a part of history in the making that I would want them to witness, too.

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