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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thanksgiving in Arizona

I fully realize how late this post is, however, I wanted to acknowledge our amazing roadtrip to Arizona and share some of the highlights.

1. You may have to turn sideways to fully appreciate the cuteness, but this little guy is totally worth it. Riding a John Deere sans pants - priceless.

2. There is no better way to see Twilight than with obsessed fans. An by obsessed, I mean, blogstalking, t-shirt making, Rob Pattinson worshipping, spend all of your wages on Rockstars and movie tickets, obsessed. Thanks girls, you made the movie amazing.

3. The view from South Mountain in Phoenix is amazing at night. It was even better since I was able to share it with some of my favorite people (Tim, you are my #1 favorite)

4. Phoenix has this amazing canal system that was built by the pioneers. I am sure the fact that it moves water throughout the city is great, but the roads that run parallel to the canal are the real bonus. This is one of the best places for running that I have ever found. You can run forever and only encounter cars on the rare occasions that the canal intersects with a through street. Saturday I had one of the best runs I have had in months - I ran long and fast and it felt completely effortless.

The trip was fast and furious, short and sweet, but Arizona, you didn't disappoint.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Proud to Drive American Made

Yesterday I had the rare pleasure of driving from Provo to Logan, and back. I had a lot of time to listen to the radio and am somewhat of a talk radio nerd. A large portion of the news programs were devoted to the hearings in which the US automakers made pleas for government assistance for their industry. Now, I have not ever been particularly fond of most US made cars, although my grandma, and then Craig sure loved the Taurus. However, last week Tim and I drove his Ford Escort XR2 to Phoenix and back and it performed like a champ. In support of American made vehicles, I thought I would give you the highlights:
1. We made it to Arizona and back on $70.00 in gas.
2. The seat reclines well and is quite comfortable for sleeping (Tim had to stay awake and drive)
3. When we hit an unexpected blizzard, it made it through the un-plowed roads without any major mishaps.
4. Law enforcement did not mistake us for drug runners (apparently a problem when you drive that path in a black BMW).
5. Did I mention the gas mileage.
I still love my gas guzzling, foreign made SUV, but after this last experience, I am looking a little more fondly at American made.