Arizona in February

If you have the Winter Blues and are reaching your limit on cold or snow or bulky jackets, might I suggest a quick trip to Arizona?  There’s palm trees and baseball and hiking and sunshine!  We planned a trip back in December and after a week in which it snowed THREE TIMES, we were more than ready to escape to the land of perpetual summer.


We went the Airbnb route and stayed at a beautiful house in Scottsdale.  There was even a grapefruit tree in the backyard and though the pool wasn’t heated, it was pretty to look at 🙂  Post rental car pick up, house check in and brief unpack, we headed towards Old Town Scottsdale (though I think we were technically a few block from it) for dinner at Craft + Farm and look, they serve kombucha cocktails!

Afterward, we walked to Goldwater Brewing for beer and spicy popcorn, followed by a quick trip to the Sugar Bowl.  I think everyone was having ice cream buyer’s remorse after seeing all the interesting concoctions on the menu and having just ordered plain old scoops of ice cream.


The next morning, we made our way to Hash Kitchen for breakfast and the restaurant turned out to be huge!  And there was also a DJ setting up, ha.  We were sat far enough away that the music was a fun addition instead of an annoying distraction.  Also, I can’t speak for anyone else, but my Huevos Ranchero Hash was incredible!  Can I put fried onions on everything from now on?

We hiked Tom’s Thumb afterwards and the weather was so perfect for mid-day hiking.  I thought the difficultly level of the hike was just right, but I’m not going to lie, my calves were sore for like four days!  Later on, we took ourselves to the Salty Sow for happy hour/early dinner and we saw two groups of people take a selfie outside and felt compelled to follow suit.  We ordered Brussels sprouts with golden raisins and nachos to share and both dishes were SO GOOD.

May or may not have accidentally driven to a way out of the way movie theater to see Black Panther later that night.  I’m not sure how I feel about superhero movies in general (I feel like they tend to lean into plot/action scenes and neglect character development, though this one offers much more nuance/depth) but I know Shuri was a hilarious badass and Michael B. Jordan plays an incredible villain that you almost end up rooting for.


SPRING TRAINING!  BASEBALL!  ROCKIES! I’M SO HAPPY!  We had breakfast with Joey’s grandparents Monday morning then made our way to Salt River Fields to walk around for a bit before the game started.  We had lawn seats and though there weren’t many of us, it was kind of nice to not feel so crowded or hot.  Rockies maybe lost and we maybe left towards the end, when all the big name players had been switched out, but Joey caught a Kyle Freeland warm-up ball, I drank a margarita in the sun and most importantly, we got a taste of baseball ♥

For dinner, we went to Twisted Grove and ordered… Brussels sprouts!  But also pasta, chicken, a crab cake and a sandwich, all of which we approved of.  We tried to go to Top Golf afterwards and there was seriously a two hour wait, on a Monday night!  How?!  So we changed course and went glow-in-the-dark mini golfing instead.  I really really lost but I need you to know that at one of the holes, we had to spin a wheel and Lori was forced to use her club like a pool cue and SHE GOT A HOLE IN ONE!  I’m still amazed.  One last ice cream treat afterwards, then we were done for the night.

Tuesday, before our flight, we had a chance to grab breakfast and coffee at Maverick Coffee and then we popped into a cute little baseball apparel store (where I totally bought myself a shirt) before heading to the airport and back home to Denver.  Till next time, Arizona!

Where We Stayed: Turquoise House Scottsdale 

Where We Ate/Drank:

Farm & Craft // Healthy options, normal portion sizes and kombucha cocktails!  But most importantly, David Dahl eats here.

Goldwater Brewing // I had a Birthday Suit IPA taster and really liked it!  Plus they have a popcorn maker, where you can help yourself to a snack.

Hash Kitchen // This place is busy but it’s also big, so the wait is no big deal.  Get the Huevos Ranchero Hash and let your waiter talk you into writing a Yelp review (twist my arm…) for 10% off your bill!

Salty Sow // Order Brussels and nachos off the Happy Hour menu and just know that the entrees are big enough to split.

T.C. Eggington’s // We needed a place in Mesa to meet Joey’s grandparents and picked this place.  It was halfway between hip and homey and the Hilltop Acres skillet was plenty cheesy!

Salty Señorita at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick // This early in Spring Training season, lots of stands weren’t open but I was able to grab tacos and a margarita and they were both surprisingly good!

Twisted Grove // I had a hard time deciding what to order because everything looked good!  And luckily, it all was.  I ate a surprisingly good (for a desert state) crab cake.

Sweet Republic // This place was quite cute, but I’m just going to be honest, I thought the ice cream was really icy and flavorless.  Like if I just closed my eyes, I would have thought I was eating snow…

Maverick Coffee // I appreciated the hipster vibe (all the brewing methods, all the non-dairy milks, all avocado toast) and I was delighted to find they had overnight oats but the portion seemed unnecessarily large and it was topped with what I believe were dried banana slices that had soaked up some moisture and tasted REALLY off-putting.

What We Did: 

Tom’s Thumb // A really good moderate hike, that will get your lungs and leg muscles working.

Spring Training // If you’re not catching a Spring Training game, what are you even doing it AZ? 🙂

Glow Putt // In case Top Golf has a 2+ hour wait.

Baseballism // The best baseball shirts!



Weekend Things

I really really wanted to start this post out on a happy note with something like “ROCKIES MADE IT TO THE POSTSEASON!  HANNAH HAD A BABY SHOWER!  I RAN A 15K!”  But then I woke up this morning to news of the Las Vegas shooting, the death of 50+ people, the injury of hundreds more and now I don’t know what tone this post is supposed to have.

It is genuinely confusing when, within the confines of your own small life, things are good and happy, but in the world at large, things aren’t going so well.  Or are just plain atrocious.  I don’t know what to do, but for now, may I offer you my weekend?


When you get to put on your new Nolan shirt before work on Friday, then it’s going to be a good day.  This image is from the Father’s Day walk-off home run for the cycle when Nolan was all pumped and maybe bleeding from the eye and someone had the epic idea of making it into a shirt.  Joey surprised me with it and I was SO HAPPY.


Packet pick-up after work and though I was actually trying to snap a picture of the junk treats they give out after the race, the highlight ended up being Joey’s face as he walked away from the chocolate fondue sample table.


Joey was all “let’s eat leftovers before the game,” and I said “how bout not!”  Cut to us waiting outside Fish N Beer for 20 minutes till they opened.  We sat at the bar and the staff was SO FUN.  They all seemed so happy to be there and it was pretty infectious.  We hit that happy hour menu hard by ordering beers, shrimp po boy sliders (where are the pickles, though??), fish & chips that Joey LOVED and buffalo blowfish tails that were so good we got a second order!  I need to be at this place way more often.


ROCKIES WIN!  It is a lot of fun when you beat the Dodgers 9-1 and witness four home runs.  Nolan hit one in the first inning and I was the only one in the women’s bathroom clapping.  It was kind of cold, but we didn’t even mind because this game was just that much fun!


When we got home, I opened the package that contained this book for Hannah’s baby shower the next day and TRUE STORY: As we flipped through it, A LITERAL BUTTERFLY FLEW OUT!!!!  Okay, so maybe it didn’t come from inside the book, but it suddenly appeared and considering it was fully dark outside and I don’t think butterflies are out and about at night, I’m going to believe it magically came from the book.  HOW WEIRD IS THAT?!


The shower was so fun!  I cannot believe we (I guess I’m saying “we” like I’m included in this :P) are a mere eight weeks away when it feel like just last week she told me she was pregnant!  Hannah has a bunch of teensy baby clothes all hung up and ready to go in the baby’s room and I was supposed to be giving my mom and sister a tour of the house but we ended up just looking at all the cute outfits for 15 minutes.  ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥  My heart is already exploding!


After the shower, we headed to Baby JJ’s first birthday party and I liked how he slept next to the pile of presents for most of the party.  I wonder if it would be acceptable for me to nap at parties too?  They woke him up when it was cake time and I thought that mini cake was too cute!  Naps and cutesy cakes?  I think babies might have it made!


You guys, when the Rockies made it to the World Series in 2007 and the playoffs in 2009, I was still VERY new to baseball.  I was happy and excited but I did not fully comprehend the gravity of the situation and I wasn’t fully aware of all the moments that led up to those big events.  Ten years later, I am much more aware and I’m not taking any of this excitement for granted!  We’re playing that Wild Card game on Wednesday and when I think about it, I feel a very real mix of excitement and terror.

P.S. I think I could watch footage of the champagne locker room celebration for hours and hours.  It made me so happy!


Rockies excitement aside, I actually slept pretty well (maybe I was worn out from running laps around our kitchen and cheering?) and felt rested and ready for our race Sunday morning.  We even got there early and walked around for a bit before heading into our corral and taking off.  Very happy to report that the race went swimmingly!  The miles kept going by so quickly and it was a beautiful fall morning in Denver.

They were handing out “sweet treats” periodically, so Joey was in his happy place eating gummy bears and M&Ms as we ran.  What a goof!  Post-run, we posed with this marshmallow gal then Ubered to get coffee and walked home.  Where I basically parked it on the couch for the rest of the afternoon.  We did pick ourselves up to eat lasagna dinner for Adam’s birthday though.

So now it’s Monday and sad messed up things are happening and my heart is with Las Vegas and each and every one of you because we’re all humans navigating this confusing world.