No, we didn't. We went to the Woodland Park Zoo where they were having a Bear Affair.
And to show how dangerous humans can be to bears, and vice-versa, they set up a "backyard wedding" in the bear enclosure and then let the bears out to explore it.
Don't worry, all of the items were approved for the bears to eat.
Here's a grizzly bear devouring the wedding cake.
And... he broke the plastic table. But that's not going to stop him from eating cake off the ground.
Here you can see the whole setup better. There was an arbor (with flowers and fruit), a table with the cake, a table with red punch bowls and watermelon baskets full of fruit salad, a table full of presents (some had food inside the boxes), and a heart-shaped ice sculpture with fruit inside.
Eating the fruit off the arbor. He also was really interested in the flower arrangements on either side of the arbor, he rubbed his face and upper body all over them.
Enjoying some punch.
Moving on to the ice sculpture and the presents. One bear knocked over the whole table of presents but didn't seem too interested in opening them, just rolling all over them. The other bear knocked around the ice sculpture a little bit but maybe the fruit wasn't worth the effort.
And, finally, for comparison, they had food in a "bear safe" garbage can. This frustrated the bear and he worked on it...
(In this picture, you can see a purple flower stuck to his butt from destroying and rolling around in the flower arrangements.)
...and worked on it...
...and worked on it...
With no payoff. Poor bear. But, then again, he did just destroy a wedding and eat a whole wedding cake.
We also saw a Sea Eagle. Some people say the bird in the Seahawks logo is actually a Sea Eagle, based on the shape of the beak. I can see that.
Wolves, there are 3 in this picture.
Meerkats. (Doesn't that kind of look like Olive?)
They were cute but... they kind of look like wet rats...
Overall, it was a great day at the zoo. It's a really nice zoo with beautiful landscaping between exhibits. I like how it feels like a park with animal exhibits rather than just row after row of cages or enclosures.
And we became members! The nice thing about being members is we could spend a few hours at the zoo, see a few things, and not worry about seeing everything because we can come back anytime! And we get visitors passes... so who wants to come to the zoo with us?
That's right, I got a job. So I'm no longer a full-time trophy wife, I'm now a full-time lawyer.
The best thing about my new job? Ok, ok, the best thing is getting paid, obvi. The second best thing? There's a Starbucks in my building. I don't even have to go out in the rain to get Starbucks! How great is that?
The third best thing is that our office is just getting brand new computers (did I show up at the right time or what?) and the fourth best thing is that they have nice pens in the supply closet.
The not nice thing is the commute, I'm working about a half-hour drive south of Seattle. Another not nice thing is that I don't have any paid time off for the first six months (is that even legal?!?)
Another nice thing is that I've found a nice doggy day care for Olive near my work, so she comes with me on the commute.
Overall, right now, I'm going to say the good outweighs the bad.
They were kind enough to play a short video about the rules and the purposes before the match so we knew what to look for. They also had an announcer explaining what was going on during the bout. My favorite team was Derby Liberation Front. I liked their awesome uniforms and their synchronized (read: intimidating) pre-bout warm-ups.
Even cooler than that, was the players' roller derby names. Names like Ophelia Melons, Yoko Onoudin't, and Coach Ida Slapter. I couldn't help but wonder, what would my roller derby name be?
But the coolest part? The junior roller derby made up of 9- and 10-year-old girls played a match between regular adult matches.
Why was there nothing this awesome when I was a kid? The kids sat in our section, complete with their cool roller derby names on their shirts, and they were way cooler than I ever could've hoped to be at 10 years old.
If you ever get a chance to check out roller derby, I highly recommend it. It was awesome!
Jon and I went on a quick vacation to Arizona to get some sun and to celebrate his birthday. It was a surprise trip for Jon - he knew we were going somewhere (he had to request the vacation time at work) but not where. I did all of the planning.
At the airport. Trying to drown out the anxiety of not knowing where we're going.
Surprise! We're staying in the Tonto National Forest...
at the Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch.
It was beautiful.
We did some hiking around the grounds...
and appreciated the vast change in scenery from Seattle!
We don't have cacti in Seattle!
We hiked to some Indian Petroglyphs. If you look carefully, this one is kokopelli.
This one is a chief's head. Wait, I'll rotate it so you can see it better...
Now do you see it? It's a profile view. He's either smoking a pipe or has a word bubble coming out of his mouth? Don't worry, I wouldn't have seen it if our host hadn't explained it.
The view of the Saguaro Lake and the dam from our hike.
Selfie with Cactus!
Ok, more cactus. We were kind of impressed by them. I didn't realize there were so many different shapes and styles of cacti.
Four Peaks in the distance.
My favorite spot was these adirondack chairs by the river.
I think this will be my "happy spot" for quite a while now.
We went to an awesome Mexican market in Mesa, Pro's Ranch Market. It was incredible, I felt like I was back in Mexico. Here we are with Ranchie the Bull.
The view from our chairs by the river at sunset. Do you see the red and yellow paragliders?
Cactus at sunset. We enjoyed sitting by the river until sunset... then the bats started flying around and we decided to make a run for it!
The next day we explored a few more parks and did a few more mini-hikes.
Selfie with butte.
Doesn't this look like one cactus giving another cactus a piggy-back ride?
I like big buttes and I cannot lie.
We even waded in a river, looking for the wild horses. They must have been close because we saw fresh horse poop, but the only wildlife we saw at this spot was lots of fish. Do you see them?
Cacti and buttes.
The view from Water User's Park. I'm not sure, but aren't we all water users?
We caught the Mariners vs. Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Our view from our lawn seats. It was really nice to sit on a blanket, enjoy a cold drink, and watch baseball. It felt like spring.
Later, when the sun on the lawn got to be too much for us, we moved to these shady seats.
It actually felt a little cool in the shade!
View from the stadium.
The next day, we went to the brand new Cubs Park in Mesa. It's a beautiful park.
Cubs mascots through the years.
Outside the stadium, you can see the practice fields and the players warming up.
Inside, they have a marquis like the one in Wrigley Park. Happy Birthday Jon!
Inside the stadium, they did their best to recreate a real Chicago atmosphere. We had Old Style, the real Chicago beer we enjoyed at Wrigley in 2012. We could not get real deep dish pizza but we did enjoy a Chicago dog, dragged through the garden.
One thing not Chicago-authentic? The temperature!
While at the game, we overheard some people talking about the nearby "Ostrich Festival" and of course, we had to check it out after the game.
It was more like your traditional fair. Less emphasis on ostriches than I expected, more emphasis on food on sticks and deep fried food. Like deep fried burritos...
Bacon wrapped corn dogs...
and deep-fried everything else!
This being an Ostrich Fest, you could also get Arizona Ostrich Burgers. Right next to the stand selling ostrich feather dusters and other ostrich feather paraphernalia. Talk about using every part of the pig.
Oh, and speaking of pigs...
We paid an extra dollar to see Harley, reportedly the world's biggest pig.
Here he is, in all of his, umm... glory?
We also saw bulls...
and baby goats (I think they look like Olive. Or maybe I was just homesick for my baby!)
And this Holy Goat. (Isn't that part of the Holy Trinity?)
Don't forget the Pig Races! Each of the pigs had a color.
I was rooting for Green Eggs and Ham!
Olive stayed home with Olivia, her Rover-sitter. I knit up this Michigan hat during our trip for Olivia who is a Michigan alumni.
I finished it just before it was time to head home.
At least we had some nice views from the plane during the day...