Goodyear AZ (Low 49 Partly Sunny High 73) We had quite an adventurous day yesterday, we got out of our comfort zone a little and we survived. We went with some friends to the Cirque D'Or show at the Herberger theatre in downtown Phoenix. Adventurous in so many ways; rode light rail to downtown instead of driving, out after dark, walked around downtown after dark, rode light rail after dark, and then driving after dark. Just proves you need to step out of your comfort zone now and then because we had a great time. After we departed the light rail we walked to Pizzeria Bianco for supper.
Arguably one of the best pizza places in the country (New York Times, Food and Wine, Zagat, James Beard winner) and it did not disappoint. we split the "Sonny Boy" a simple mixture of cheese, tomato sauce, salami and olives that was wonderful, you could tell the ingredients were fresh. Add this place to your list of places to eat.
We then walked to the Herberger Theater for Cirque D'Or. We have to agree with the advertising on this one, it was one of the most electrifying and mesmerizing shows that we have ever seen. Featuring a cast of some of the youngest world champion acrobats, contortionists, and aerial artists from around the world, although the theme of this show was Shanghai China, this award winning spectacle left us breathless at times. Even when they failed, which was inevitable but incredibly rare considering some of the stunts they were attempting, the show was still great. Their failure made it seem even more real and more amazing. Too many highlights to mention but we will list a few that really caught our eye. First was an acrobat that did a front facing split and then just flexed his thighs and lifted straight up. Second was another acrobat that stacked chair upon chair, we think maybe at least a dozen and then did stunts on the stack of chairs as it got higher and higher. Lastly, and probably the best, were the hoop divers. Hoops were stacked on top of each other and the team dove through them. Of course they had to keep adding hoops until they were about 12 feet off of the ground and diving, twisting, some forward and incredibly some backwards, through these hoops. We don't know how frequent it is for a performance to get a standing ovation in Phoenix but Cirque D'Or got one last night. Since you cannot take photos or videos here are some images we captured from the internet.
If Cirque D'Or is ever available we would recommend your attendance, you won't be disappointed. It was a acrobatic variety show with some of the best acts we have ever seen. Till next time, Bob and Jo
Goodyear AZ (Low 40 Sunny High 74) We recently saw a really good movie, "Saving Mr. Banks".
It tells the story of how the "Mary Poppins" movie was made. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney who tries over 20 years to convince Mrs. P. L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson) to let him turn her "Mary Poppins" stories into a movie. A little sad in parts, don't want to give too much away to spoil the movie, but a very good story if that makes sense. And a very good story made into a very good movie. Best movie we have seen probably since the "Kings Speech". Tom Hanks (best actor), Emma Thompson (best actress) and Paul Giamatti (best supporting actor) as well as the young girl in the flashbacks, all deserve Oscar nominations. The acting was first rate, top to bottom. A couple of tips; take kleenex and stay to the absolute end of the movie, well into the credits. If you do you will consider this time well spent. Till next time, Bob and Jo
Goodyear AZ (Low 37 Partly Sunny High 73) We sign up for loyalty programs, or e-clubs, at some of our favorite places to eat. Sometimes we get are discounts throughout the year or something for birthdays. Jo's birthday is in January so we have started utilizing the deals. We already mentioned the pumpkin pie in a jar at Red Lobster, ironically on the last day it was offered this pumpkin season, which was excellent.
The pumpkin pie in a jar was in addition to the $5 off we got for 2 meals as a birthday gift. In addition to Red Lobster we already have gotten a free pizza at Schlotzkys, free entree at IHOP, free drink at Starbucks, and a free steak at Black Angus. We still have the following coupons to use sometime over the next couple of weeks. - discount on 2nd entree at Famous Dave's - free dessert at Abuelos - free dessert at Longhorns - free entree at First Watch - free dessert at Mimi's Cafe - $ added to loyalty card at Black Bear Diner - $ added to loyalty card at Landry's group of restaurants, there is a Claim Jumper in the area - free creamslush at Sonic Of course at Denny's if you present your ID on your birthday you can get a free meal, no coupon required. There are a few offers that we cannot use since there are no restaurants in the area like Taco Bueno :-( We may not be able to use all of them but we will give it a good try :-) Till next time, Bob and Jo
Goodyear AZ (Low 35 Sunny High 70) A different kind of review from what we have been seeing from fellow bloggers, a review of our pumpkin season. We had pumpkin pie in a jar at Red Lobster, free for Jo's birthday (which we will blog about later).
The pumpkin pie in a jar was excellent, maybe the best pumpkin thing we have had this year which got us thinking about our pumpkin experiences. We are pumpkin-aholics, there we said it. For us the pumpkin season begins in September when Einstein Bros has pumpkin bagels and pumpkin cream cheese. This year we had a couple of places that had incredible variety: Aldi (a discount grocery store in the Kansas City area); pancake mix, ravioli, spaghetti sauce, ice cream, spiced yogurt, waffles, cheese cake, and others we cannot remember now. Trader Joe's; cream cheese, macaroons, croissants, bread pudding, waffles, cheese cake, ice cream, pancake mix Then we had pumpkin at other places; Pie at Bob Evans which is one of the best pumpkin pies
Chocolate chip and pumpkin cookies at Frys Grocery and Safeway Bagels at the aforementioned Einstein Bros, Dunkin Donuts, Paradise Bakery here in Goodyear, Pancakes at IHOP, First Watch, Mimi's, Black Bear Diner Bread Pudding at Sneads BBQ in Belton Missouri which was excellent. Ice cream; Blue Bell which was excellent and Dreyers. Cream cheese muffins at Starbucks. This was probably our best pumpkin season, so in the continuous improvement mode from our old working days we will strive for next year to be even better :-) Till next time, Bob and Jo
Goodyear AZ (Low 36 Sunny High 70) While walking today Bob heard the quote of the day as it applies to being a snowbird in Goodyear, "time is flying by, don't seem to be getting much done, but we are always doing something". Really sums up our time here so far, wish we had said it. Till next time, Bob and Jo
Goodyear AZ (Low 40 Partly Cloudy High 69) We finally got to see "The Hobbitt: The Desolation of Smaug".
It was a good movie with lots of action. You really get to know the characters in trilogies, this being the 2nd movie based on the book "The Hobbitt" by JRR Tolkien. The good thing about the two Hobbitt movies so far and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is that you don't need to read the books before you see them, in fact neither one of us has read any of Tolkien's books. It is a movie we can recommend. We got to talking about how the movies we have been watching lately, or want to see in the future, seem to be of the genre of the Hobbitt movies, or Marvel comics, or Hunger Games. What we would call regular movies with human stories just haven't been that good lately. We're hoping that changes with "Saving Mr. Banks" which we plan to see next. Till next time, Bob and Jo
Goodyear AZ (Low 40 Sunny High 74) During this holiday season we went to the Phoenix Zoo for the "ZooLights".
An annual attraction that attracts about 300,000 visitors from Thanksgiving and this year running until January 12th. Our photos of the 3.7 million individual lights did not come out so well so I borrowed some from the web.
It was a fun night, we like seeing Christmas lights and this was one of the best we have seen. Till next time, Bob and Jo
Goodyear AZ (Low 36 Sunny High 74) 2013 was an interesting year for us, a year of adventures both planned and unplanned. We spent last Christmas in the Kansas City area for Bob to recover from his
aortic valve replacement surgery. Experienceing a winter in the RV reinforces our desire
for warmer climates during the winter. We got most of the snow for the winter
in February and March.
We left the Kansas City area in late April and still got snowed on in the Des Moines area.
This year we were able to check off a lot
from our bucket list. Among those were Salisbury House in Des Moines,
sightseeing in Pella,
Grotto of the Redemption,
and the Buddy Holly sites in Clear Lake.
We then spent
the summer on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Houghton.
These were the planned
adventures. What we did not plan on was some maintenance issues that caused some
distress and time delays. We had some water damage while in Houghton along with
almost having a fire due to our transfer switch burning out. While stressful
the only impact is that we ended our
summer vacation a little early and headed back to the Kansas City area for repairs and some upgrades. While the RV was
being worked on we stayed in an Extended Stay Hotel in Overland Park Kansas.
The upgrades we had done were replacing the RV refrigerator with a residential
refrigerator and adding a dishwasher drawer.
While this was happening
we celebrated our 4th year of living fulltime in our Carriage Cameo. On our way to Goodyear Arizona we had another planned upgrade, adding day/night shades
from MCD Innovations in McKinney Texas.
After that work was completed we had yet another unplanned adventure, one of our slideout motors went out. We spent an extra week or so in Abilene and San AngeloTexas
getting that repaired. For the most part we don’t “have” to be anywhere at a specific date so we can enjoy the area that we are at
a little longer.
Every year we jam a lifetime
of vacations into one year but there is still so much more to see and do. Next
year we plan on touring California to Oregon to Washington for summer then down to Denver
in September and then back to GoodyearAZ for the winter.