March 29th, 2007


A Quick Recap

We're back!

Phoenix was nice. The weather was great, sunny but not too hot, pretty much the whole time we were there.

We did a lot of hanging out. Went to the botanical gardens and saw wildflowers (and cacti, of course), plus they had a butterfly pavillion set up. The best was the hedgehog cactus, mostly because it's fun to say. There was a neat sculpture installation where an artist (Patrick Dougherty, sez der Google Intarbrains) had woven big round house-like structures out of saplings. Didn't look like much from a distance, but up close and inside they were pretty cool.

We also went to Bodyworlds 3 at the science center. (This is one of the exhibits where they have plastinated human bodies on display in various artistic/educational setups.) It was very interesting. Nearly all the full-body displays still had intact bits in a couple strategic spots: eyes, eyebrows, eyelids, nose-tip and lips. I learned lots of new things. Like, in the 1700s, public dissections were quite popular. Also: the insides of the body are very messy, so it's a good things we all have skin.

There was swimming in a very warm pool for old people (Phoenix is full of seniors), and eating out at a number of very tasty restaurants, and we played mahjongg one evening. We also made dinner one night and moved some paving bricks from Greg's grandmother's house (she passed away earlier this year) to his mom's house, and set them up in her front and back yards, so we weren't total slackers.

Oh, plus visiting the Chinese Cultural Center so Kuma could buy a huge pile of CDs and DVDs. I bought a "grassing bottle", mostly for the Engrish. It's a vase, some grass seed, and colored macropolymer beads that absorb tremendous amounts of water and swell up all jello-like. It's sitting on my desk at work.

I played a lot of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Wheee! And Jerry yelled "Objection!" a lot (Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney).

Now we're back, and it snowed several inches last night. Climate shock, much? But it's mostly melted now.

Y'all post a lot, by the way.