Sunday, April 27, 2014


I participated in the 10th annual Pat’s Run yesterday along with about 29,999 other runners! What a sea of humanity. It’s a very popular local race because it supports the Pat Tillman Foundation that honors a local hero. The race is 4.2 miles, winds its way through Tempe and ends with runners entering Sun Devil Stadium on the Arizona State University campus. Pat wore #42 (hence the race distance) when he played football for ASU (he also played for the Arizona Cardinals). You can learn more about the race and the foundation here: The Pat Tillman Foundation

Just a few members of our running team

Waiting to get the race underway (I was in corral #5)

Runners everywhere

We had our own paparazzi!

A sea of yellow.

Campus construction showing off an image of Pat's AZ Cardinals jersey

Yay! The finish in Sun Devil Stadium.

My post race electrolyte replacement.
(all photos were taken with my iPhone)

This wraps up my race season for the summer. It just gets too dang hot here for me to train in the summer. My next scheduled race is the Disneyland Half Marathon in November. Our training for that race starts in August. 

Next week we are off for a two week vacation. We will be starting in Rome and cruising to Barcelona. I will try to blog while I am gone (I've never done that before) but it you don't hear from me I'll be back soon with plenty of photos!!

Until then...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

And that's a wrap...

The fourth year of the Liberate Your Art postcard swap has come to an end. Once again it was an awesome experience!  There is just something about the anticipation of a new card arriving in the mail along with a personal note from the sender that makes this so special. I visited the sender’s blogs and websites to enjoy more of their fantastic art. I feel like I made five new friends even though we may never meet face to face.

My thanks to Kat who is willing to host this swap year after year. I know it’s a lot of work and I’m grateful for her commitment. I am also thankful for the many talented swappers whose participation makes this such a unique event.

Postcard #1 from Marjorie

Postcard #2 from Siobhon

Postcard #3 from Shirina

Postcard #4 from Kelly

Postcard #5 from Suzanne

The image I used for my postcards

Kat's postcard in my Palo Verde tree

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Breaking the rules... again

Recently my daughter and I had a wonderful girls’ night out at the Phoenix Botanical Garden. We went to a Chihuly After Dark event. We had seen his exhibit the last time it was at the PBG but we went during the day. This was our first experience seeing the glass light. It was very cool! I think his work is amazing.

We both brought our cameras and had fun snapping away. Shooting after dark is tricky and I still need tons of practice. I opted to leave my tripod at home even though I know its “required” for nighttime shooting so the photos are soft and a bit noisy but I’m ok with that. If I have an opportunity to go again I’ll bring my tripod and make it more of a “photo shoot”. I just didn’t want to get so wrapped up in the photo taking that I missed enjoying the art.

My favorite
"Glass cactus"

Squint and you can see the moon.

These ladies were demonstrating some awesome hula-hoop moves. I tried to grab some shots but like I mentioned, I didn’t bring a tripod….

So tell me, do you take your tripod with you for night shoots? Please tell me I'm not the only one who doesn't!