Monday, March 28, 2011

Savoring Springtime with the Zonies.

It's Spring break!  In the early hours of the morning (3:30 a.m. to be exact), Eden hopped on a bus with a bunch of middle school peers and drove to LAX.  He's now wandering around Washington D.C. and having a blast.  When I got home from dropping him off, Claire and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to Arizona to visit my sister,  Hauley -- pronounced "Holly."  (Why my mother felt that she had to improve on the spelling is just beyond me.  It reminds me of a trucking company instead of a beautiful berry.)   

We loaded our bags in the car, waved goodbye to the rain, and headed off for what was sure to be a comedic weekend.  My sister is hysterically funny, and beautiful.  I still envy her long mane of hair.

The exodus from California was breathtaking.  The hills are rolling green, covered with wild flowers.  About half-way to AZ, Claire took a turn at the wheel as we drove along the 10.  Hair raising moments letting your daughter merge onto the freeway next to a huge 8-wheeler.  This driving thing is raising my blood pressure. 

Hours later, we pulled into my sister's driveway, at the perfect time -- dinner hour.  

Hauley took us to a neighborhood joint around the corner from her house -- Postinos, a hip restaurant in what used to be an old post office building.   We took a seat out on the patio and took advantage of the beautiful Spring weather.  I'm sure the Zonies are savoring their last few weeks of that -- it will be scortching hot here soon.  

The menu was tantalizing, I didn't know what I wanted to try.  Hauley recommended the Bruchetta Plate, and warned "Trust me on this, you will want your own plate.  I'm not sharing"

As we waited for our Bruchetta, I looked around.  There were all sorts of people out and about.  A middle aged woman rode past on a beach comber with a Yorkie in the front basket, and several couples headed for an intriguing deli next door.  I wish I had a cool restaurant in the middle of my neighborhood.  I'd be there all the time.

Our food was delivered, and I fell in love.  I am definitely making this when I get home.

Do you know that this is only the second time I've been to Arizona.  Where have I been all these years!!!  It's only 6 hours away!  So many fun things to do here, and the weather in Springtime is amazing."   I definitely need to come out here more often.


Jenni said...

you were/are in az and didn't tell me?! what!!!!???? are you still here?!

where does the sis live? i would love to meet up with you next time you are out this way!

how fun for eden to be in dc! i went when i was a junior in high school with a "close up" group and it was the best time of my life! what a great experience for him!

Eve said...

I always wondered how your sister's name was pronounced. I was imagining "Hayley", even though that made no sense at all.

That lunch looks delicious!

I've only been to AZ once, with Wendy and no kids. Some people close their eyes and picture a beautiful sunset to relieve stress, I picture the Scottsdale mall. :)

Little Chicks Info said...

Don't know what area you are visiting but go to that cute store that Nie Nie always talks about...she just blogged about it...I've always wanted to go there! Have fun!

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

This post makes me want to cry! Here in Washington we have not seen a dry day the entire month of March. And there was frost on the ground three days ago. I can't fathom why people choose to live here. There must be a heck of a lot of people on anti-depressants. Sigh....