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Yesterday there was a lot of excitement at my office, as this fellow was spotted on campus:

Most everyone had never seen a Great Horned Owl in the wild, much less during the day, so everyone was coming out to see it -- I don't know when he came, or why he decided to spend the day in one of our palm trees, but there he was. Fortunately, my supervisor had a real camera, because the ones we were trying to take with our cell phones sucked.

This morning we were up bright and early (much earlier, really, than we'd meant to, because for some reason, neither of us could sleep much past 3 am) and headed out to Tempe for the Breast Cancer Walk. Pink was in abundance, and a lot of awesome guys defied tradition and wore pink, as well. It's not a strenuous walk, but I was glad when it ended. I stiffened up in the car on the way home, though, mostly I think because we spent 20 minutes in the car trying to get out of the parking garage. (Seriously, if you are EVER in a parking garage in downtown Tempe, always try to exit on ANY street but Mill. Every time we've tried to get out an exit that feeds onto Mill, it's hell. Fortunately, we managed to get out of that line and headed out the Ash Street exit, which took two minutes, and we were back in Phoenix in a shorter amount of time than we'd moved four feet inside the garage waiting to exit onto Mill.)

Then I went to get my hair done. I was going to stop at Bed, Bath & Beyond on the way home, but the parking lot was ABSOLUTELY FULL (all the way out to Camelback), with a dozen or more parking sharks circling, so I gave up and came home. A while later, after hanging the laundry, I went over to Target, which was much easier to get into, and found what I needed there. Every time I hear something dire about the economy, I go to a store and it's packed to the rafters with people buying things. To this I say WTF?

I forgot until just now I was going to go to Trader Joe's and get more Greek yogurt. Well, perhaps tomorrow.

Despite the too-high temperatures in Phoenix this last two weeks, I'm starting to feel the holiday love. I adore buying gifts (even when I don't like the bills!). *happy smile*

One week until the cruise! I'm starting to obsess about what I need to bring, what I want to bring, and what I really don't need. I will need to bring computer, a book or two (will be writing more than reading, but still, some places one is more practical than the other), and then the usual run of clothes, casual to elegant, etc. I'm going to bring my sparkly red gown, because I haven't had a chance to wear that one yet and I'm dying to, and I'm not sure which other one. Maybe the silver one again.

I have Mexican Wedding cookies in the oven, and dinner will be pasta with sausage.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 8th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Wow owl!

Deeeelicious pasta, sausage, cookies :) .

Happy cruise! You'll look fabulous!
Nov. 8th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
He was a neat owl!

Nov. 8th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
I've only ever saw one once, in WI. THey're huge and magnificant and frightening up close. How cool.

Glad the walk went well

and have fun on that cruise and whip some of those cookie my way
Nov. 8th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
*virtual cookies sent!*

Nov. 8th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
yum, i'll enjoy them with the half bottle of wine I just sucked down. Now, back to the nano because I actually write pretty well on alcohol
Nov. 8th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
I didn't get nearly as much done yesterday as I'd hoped to, wine or no; I have to knuckle down this afternoon once we're finished with our usual weekend gadding about.
Nov. 8th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
my usual weekend gadding about ended abruptly when i got to the store 14 miles away and realized i forgot my purse. Yeah, I'm smart
Nov. 8th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
I love your anecdotes about the Phoenix area and Tempe in particular. I spent almost six weeks total there over 2007/2008 as my now-ex-girlfriend was finishing up her Masters at ASU. She lived right on the border of Tempe and Mesa, where another 3 blocks east and you went from students and families to ghetto. Good times.

That ex-girlfriend and I then moved to Houston so she could go to Rice for her PhD. I saw my first owl in the wild there... ironic, since Rice's mascot is the owl, and he was just a baby! So adorable. Great Horned Owls are rather creepy in that they seem to be always sizing you up as to your edibility.
Nov. 8th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there's some neighborhoods throughout the Phoenix valley were you go from gated communities, golf courses and million-dollar mansions to the projects. Not a planned city, Phoenix. *g*

I knew there were Great Horned Owls in the area (my sister-in-law lived over the freeway in Ahwatukee), but I never expected to see one, since I'm rarely in the area at night!
Nov. 8th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
Awesome owl -- and awesome you and Barb, too!

Nov. 8th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
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