I've spent close to a month in Arizona, and today I'm moving on to Las Vegas to meet up with my future sister-in-law, Dominique, and her friends for her bachelorette party. Here's my top 9 favorite things from Arizona.
1. Egyptian Magic. Before I left San Diego, Merle poked her head into the bathroom as I washed my face and asked if I wanted to try some Egyptian Magic. She uses all natural products instead of anything with chemicals, a.k.a. she's a hippie, and she told me that it can be used as face wash, makeup remover, and a moisturizer. I'm really glad she sent a tub with me to Arizona, because my skin tends to freak out in the desert climate and it's kept its cool this time.
2. Arizona sunrises/sunsets. One of the first nights I was here, Joan and I were driving and I was flipping out over how unreal the sunset was. She looked at me and responded frankly that 'yes, we have beautiful sunsets here.' I know that I tend to get overzealous over sunsets, but I honestly couldn't believe that I'd forgotten how common they are here and how they almost seem fake.
3. Indian food. I hadn't ever tried Indian food before, and Joan has tried almost every Indian restaurant in Phoenix, so one night we went to her favorite spot, Passage to India. I really believe that good food inspires good conversation, and she bestowed upon me some of that fairy godmother wisdom over lamb saag, garlic naan, and tikka masala.
4. Desert glass. I've hiked Camelback a million times, so I tried to explore new mountains on this trip. I found that Papago Park is covered in smoothed over glass from broken beer bottles + sand, and the result looks like dried out sea glass.
5. The Good Earth tea. I rediscovered one of my favorite brands of tea, and the best part is each bag comes with a quote that somehow matches up exactly with whatever is going on in your life in that moment.
6. Pendleton blanket. I keep my wool blanket in the back of the car so that I can spread it out at the park and soak in the sun while calling friends, listening to music, blogging, coloring, etc. Last week, a guy walked up and asked me if I was working on a school project while I colored, which goes to show how mature I'm coming off to people.
7. Virtual reality goggles. I spent a lot of time at Harts Home helping the Hartsteins redesign their website. I also learned lots about SEO, transferring domains, building a website for a business, and I even got to watch the earth evolve from Genesis via their virtual reality goggles.
8. Vegas care package. I was telling my friend Mandee how I didn't pack Vegas clothes for this trip so she offered to mail me a dress she'd borrowed a while ago. Instead, she sent that dress + 4 of her own + some of my favorite things, like tea, chocolate, and jewelry. I say this a lot, but I'm really lucky to have such good friends.
9. Ballet lessons. One of the fun parts about having ClassPass is sometimes I end up taking a class that I probably wouldn't otherwise. I thought I'd signed up for a Barre class, and it ended up being more like ballet taught by a former ballerina. It was a good practice in being graceful.