Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Anniversary Trip

 The weekend was actually pretty hectic with last minute mask orders to fill, edits on the children's book I just finished and Mike and Phoebe running over to Phoenix Fan Fusion (what they call Phoenix Comic Con now that they lost a lawsuit). Naomi was off at a coding convention with her boyfriend as well, and Chloe was about with her good friend Katie (the only one of her friends that came home for the summer).
Finally waiting at a gate in Phoenix Sky Harbor

  Monday came around and Mike and I packed and got ready all day for our flight at midnight. Finally the time came and we hugged the girls farewell and went to check in at the airport. As I waited in line Mike rushed off to the bathroom when a person from the airline appeared and told us all that our flight was cancelled. The crowd became hostile in an instant. Yelling at the women, demanding money and a new flight. Mike returned and I told him about the cancellation and when we walked up to the counter . Mike was smiling and relaxed and said "Isn't there anything you can do? Surely there must be something"

 While people in other lines were being told they couldn't leave till Thursday or they could get an $86 voucher, we were booked for a trip leaving the very next day. While it was admittedly a crazy journey from Phoenix to Denver to Miami and finally to Mexico City, it was great that we would only miss one day of our travels and spent an extra one with Chloe who was still home for a while.

This is me at dawn in Miami Dade International airport, where they were clearly trying to set a world record for the most refrigerated airport. We had an epic layover here and had to step outside over and over to warm up in the humid, tropical pickup area.

The view as we flew over the Gulf of Mexico on our Mexico City flight.
This flight was so empty people were lying down each in their own row! I love empty flights (it hardly ever happens!).

The view from our rooftop patio

Travel is never easy and usually I'm just waiting for something to go wrong, and this trip lived up to my expectations. Upon arriving we knew we wanted to uber from the airport. We called one as soon as we found out how to get away from the taxis, but we were still either ripped off or our driver was a bit dim. Anyway he changed our destination, we wound up in the wrong place and charged us for a new ride from there. In all it cost about $20 USD for a ride from the airport instead of about $12 USD. In the end it really was the extra 35 minutes in the car that annoyed me, but we are here.

Inside the building courtyard

Let me tell you, so far this city is world class. One of the most incredible places I have been and it's only been 24 hours.💕

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Graduation Day

       This week has been a blur of finishing things. I taught my last class at Madison Elementary, I finished the illustrations and final digital work on my children's book commission, "Annie Goes to Oak Island", and finally, Phoebe finished her finals and projects is now done with her last semester at high school!

On Thursday Chloe spent the day in the Saint Louis airport, just waiting and waiting for her flight home. The tornadoes have been raging across the midwest and are pretty focused on Missouri these days. It took off 5 hours late and she finally landed in Phoenix well after midnight. At least she got a flight voucher!

Friday was graduation day, and Phoebe was ready!

She decorated her cap with a unit circle from pre-calculus. Considering she hand painted it flawlessly, I was pretty impressed!

Phoebe onstage!

Afterwards posing with her rose.

Phoebe and Mike after the ceremony. Love these guys!!

On Tuesday at midnight Mike and I are leaving for our trip to Mexico City for our 25th wedding anniversary.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Drawing over Breakfast and school is ending

This morning  Mike and I finally got out of the studio for breakfast.

We've both been so busy with work that this was really kind of special. We went to a random restaurant downtown that we chose for the shade and the misters, it's called "Bliss Rebar". 

Mike's drawing

When we draw at a place (especially in the States) we often get pestered by the waiter, but this place was great and the waiter asked to see our drawings when we were leaving, which was pretty cool.

I can't stress enough how nice it was to have a relaxing morning. Honestly it's been a LONG time.

In other news Phoebe schooled me on how to mess with the people at Starbucks this week. She walked up to the counter and ordered a complicated drink and the lady was pushing buttons on the register in the systematic way like they always do. Then Phoebe turns to me and says "The people here hate me cause when I order I just make stuff up, picking random flavors and things that sound good."
"You can do that?!!"
"Apparently. Sometimes it comes out bad though."
And here I always thought she was a Starbucks expert. 

This is Naomi in a tree when she went on a picnic with her sister and friends. I really like this shot, so excellent work Phoebe (she took the picture)!

School is wrapping up here in Phoenix and we're all just trying to get through the next week. On this coming Friday Phoebe will graduate and Chloe is flying in from Missouri for the event!

Have a great weekend. Cheers!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Prom night and deadlines

Last night was Phoebe's prom.

She was trying to pose with Oscar (our dog) because she was going to meet her friends downtown.
He's not a well trained dog (or trained at all really), so he wandered off and licked himself a lot for the camera.

Phoebe, though, looked really stunning.

Her prom was held at the Hard Rock Cafe way downtown, and since this whole prom thing was last minute she was going to take the light rail (my kids are so much hipper than I ever was, I rented a stupid limo!). Anyway, we talked her into taking an uber (Did you see those shoes!). 

Her prom is last minute because she is graduating a year early. She has done some extra work to cover her last English credit so she will actually walk at graduation this year!

For me things have been hectic the last few months, because I'm working on a children's book job.

It's a book call "Annie Goes To Oak Island" and features actual people and places on Oak Island. There is a TV show called  "The Curse of Oak Island" on the History Channel and it has a lot of the same people as in the show. Anyway the deadline for this book is looming. Along with teaching and mask making I'm pretty swamped.

Anyway, it's May so we're trying to limit our a/c to just a couple hours at night, but that's getting more difficult. Phoenix is gearing up for the massive heat blast we call summer. At this point in the year it's like a clock ticking down.... Here it comes!

“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”-Calvin (Calvin and Hobbs)


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