Saturday, June 07, 2008

    A Re-Cap of sorts

    So yeah, I went to Arizona.

    AB had work there, so essentially I was solo-parenting, albiet in lush surrounds.
    Was a bit concerned about the whole 'breastfeeding in public' thing as apparently this is a bit of a no-no in the U.S., so I was kinda always waiting to have red paint thrown on me, or to be spat on or something, but it was ok. We managed.

    Have uploaded the pics of the hotel ( it was too expensive to 'leave campus' what with the hiring of carseats and such - don't ask, that was a bit of a drama ) to my flickr, and also of the sidetrip I organised ( yay me ) to Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and architectural school.

    Taliesin West was really interesting - especially how advanced a lot of the design work was for the time. Franks' bathroom in was in all-aluminium ( a new and cool and as yet untested medium of the era FLW wanted to play with ). It was the size of a shoebox however, so very hard to photograph how cool this was.
    It would draw gasps of delight from you if you found it in your room in your most modern upscale hotel. Awesome.

    So this was the bulk of our holiday - AB working and us hanging about at the hotel, feeding ducks and getting down daily to the kid's sandpit and meeting other parental units. A couple of nights they screened kid's movies at dusk on big-screen TV's over the pool, so you'd get to lounge on the deckchairs and watch "The Incredibles" while sipping smoothies.

    Such is now my adult life, this was a highlight for me.

    Gone are the fancy cocktails while tanning by the awesome pools, the frocking up and playing footsies over candlelit dinners. Eyelash batting.

    No ?
    Oh, who am I kidding anyway ? I'm much more downmarket than that. More beer with a wedge of lime ( ooh la la ). Anyhoo, whatever the vice, it's gone baby gone. Not to mention this is my last 'work' trip. AB's got another two planned, to the UK and the US respectively, but it's just all too hard for him to retain the 'professional' facade with a harridan wife and 2 kids in tow ( and that's me saying that, not him ).

    Plus the baby will cost a seat next time, and we're cheap like that.
    Know when to walk away. Know when to run.

    Disneyland pics to come, I need to upgrade my flickr first.
    Oh, my Scottish pursestrings !


    Melody said...

    I bet it was nice to 'getaway' for a few weeks - and to see FLW's home etc., That would have been pretty cool. Obviously it was.

    I don't frock up any more either. It's not me. Never has been, never will. But I guess once in a while (ie every 10 yrs) wouldn't be bad!

    I have flirted with the idea up upgrading my flickr account too but I find it hard to justify the $ (says tight-arse-Melody). I'm too addictd to my iDVD to bother uploading onto flickr anyway *heehee*

    Look forward to your Disney shots. I bet there are lots of smiles in those ones.

    Can someone move that bottle of white out of my reach?...

    peppermintpatcher said...

    I cannot believe that you went to see a Frank Lloyd Wright! My Pete will be so envious!

    Ingrid said...

    I know the feeling travelling with children. In bed at 8pm, up at 5am. Knowing where every playground is........ Congrats on achieving it. You will always rememebr this as an experience (and how lovely it is that you get opportunities to travel)

    Janet said...

    I. just. cannot. imagine. travelling. with. our. darling child. Although that house might tempt me, maybe.

    Pleese upgrade your flickr, you won't regret it, and you'll be able to look back at all your pics, not just your last 200. And we'll get to see more.... man, how selfish is that? perhaps I'll become a more hardarse tightarse once we start paying our brand new mortgage....

    Damselfly said...

    Please tell me no one gave you a hard time breastfeeding while you were here?! (And by here I mean the USA.)

    I am still in awe of you traveling so far with two little ones. You are far more intrepid than I am.

    My father in law went to a small college where the buildings were all designed by FLW. Cool, eh?

    Stomper Girl said...

    I think sipping smoothies by a pool watching The Incredibles would be quite fun, even though I've seen that movie many, many, times now.

    I've just renewed by Flickr pro account for 2 years, it's not too exxie. I definitely think you should become a pro, given how much you love photography...

    Fairlie said...

    I remember a highlight of one trip we made to the Gold Coast was watching Scooby Doo on a big screen on the beach!

    That looks like one fancy-schmancy hotel?

    Kirsty said...

    Welcome home. Glad you didn't get spat on!

    KikiMiss said...

    That hotel looks fabulous, either that or its your photographic skills at work again. How are you finding the new Ixus? I'm keen to know you see as I'm upgrading..I'm desperate for a p&s to "toss" in the handbag.
    PS: Welcome home and both boys look so happy & sweet. Miss A loved peeking at those bunny piccies, she asked me "who put them there" ha ha ha.

    Suse said...

    I could have sworn I already commented here to say WELCOME HOME!!!

    Sounds like a marvellous time was had by all.

    Kylie said...

    that pool looks amazing!

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