It’s funny how even the most well planned weekends can go totally awry, yet end up being even more fun that you could have imagined. That was precisely how Nate and my July 4th weekend turned out. We had envisioned cooler temperatures, an ocean view, and easy laid-back days. What reality brought us was record breaking 118-degree heat, desert scenery, and a weekend packed full of events we had never anticipated. But, surprisingly, it was so much fun!
FRIDAY | The weekend started Friday with a happy hour at The Office and an unplanned shopping expedition (for me) where I happened to stumble upon some 50% sales at Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and JCrew. Can we say SCORE?! :)
SATURDAY | Saturday was spent scrapping/crafting with a few of my girlfriends. I started a lot of projects, but didn't finish a thing. However, after a disappointing showing in the crafting arena, I arrived home to the best mail day EVER! Not only did my new RAM arrive for my computer (yay!), I also received copies of the activity book I designed (a post on that coming very soon), AND my first check for publication in CK! Fun times all around :)
SUNDAY | As the time came to depart for San Diego on Sunday, we realized our plans weren't going to pan out. So, what did we do to escape the heat? Well, we didn’t. We drove further south into the desert to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson. The perfect adventure for two aviation nerds. While the temperature was only 105 (as opposed to the 109 in PHX that day), it was still HOT as H-E-Double Hockey Sticks both inside and out. Nate wrote up a nice account of our journey on his blog here. I’ll share more stories and the photos as I create layouts with them.
While we were in Tucson, we had to stop and try out a Sonoran Dog at El Guero Canelo, a restaurant we had seen featured on the Food Network’s Man Versus Food. A Sonoran dog is a hot dog, wrapped in bacon, topped with pinto beans, onions, mustard and mayo. I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty it was!
MONDAY | By Monday we were tired and the only thing I did that day was go to the store to buy new rafts and alcohol so Nate and I could spend at least one relaxing day together. As you're probably guessing, the bulk of the day was spent floating in the pool, with me trying to stay in the shaded half to avoid wrinkles. I made an amazing concoction of fresh strawberry puree (with a little agave nectar), low-sugar blueberry juice, raspberry vodka, club soda and a splash of Sugar-Free Red Bull. It may just be my new favorite pool time drink!
Totally not the weekend we planned, but I wouldn't trade it for anything!