Tom headed to the East Coast today; he landed in Islip, NY (?), and drove to New Jersey, where he will do a computer upgrade tomorrow, then will drive to Philadelphia. I think. He's supposed to be back late Friday, but we'll see. There's a crisis brewing at the recent work site in Texas...
We spent last weekend watching tennis, mostly, but also fit in a couple other things. Saturday morning, we got up early (well, early for us, anyway!) and drove to East Mesa to check out a swap meet. It's outdoors, but the site is permanent- they have huge awnings/tents set up, so the vendors can leave their merchandise there year-round. There weren't a huge amount of vendors (it's still a little too hot for that, I think), but we found what we were looking for. We bought an iron sun with a Kokopelli and saguaro cactus on (it's about 2 ft in diameter) that Tom hung on the house above the garage. We saw lots of stuff we'd love to have- floor lamps made from saguaro skeletons (expensive!!!), southwestern switchplate covers laser-cut from iron, huge sets of pine furniture- no vintage things like most flea markets, but you can find pretty much anything else you'd want there. We'll definitely be going back for more home decor items!
After we left there, we stopped at our favorite Chinese restaurant, Pong Pong, for lunch... it used to be close enough to our apartment for take-out, but alas, no longer... They make the best Kung Pao Beef , according to Tom, and they even make it as spicy as he likes it! This place has actually been his favorite for as long as he's lived here (he even introduced me to it the first time we came out here on vacation, before ever moving back here)... so, when we get the chance, we stop in.
After lunch, we stopped in at a stamp store I wanted to find in Chandler (Stamp Works is the name). I will definitely be going back, now that I know where it is! The owner, Nic, is very nice- I ordered stamps for my Christmas cards, and a new flourish/swirl stamp from Hero Arts, so I will have to go back when they come in! LOL! They had some interesting-looking card samples from classes, too... must check into that!
We did see Andre Agassi's last match on Sunday- it was hard to watch, but in a way it was also a relief to see him finally lose- he struggled through those terribly long matches, and you could just tell how difficult it was for him. Watching him sit with his head in his hands after he lost wasn't easy, either! Now, I'm rooting for Roger Federer, I think- there are a couple other up-and-comers (Rafael Nadal from Spain, for one) to keep an eye on in the future, too. Tom is pulling for Andy Roddick, I think. Makes for some interesting conversation!
We ran Sedona off her feet on Monday- there's a small park near the entrance to our subdivision- we took her up there, and played ball till her tongue was hanging waaay out of her mouth, but she wouldn't quit! The whole way back to the house Tom would throw the ball down the street as far as he could, she'd barrel after it at top speed, and bring it back for him to throw again. She finally gave up on the ball, and on the way back down the street, she walked up to the door of every one-story house we passed. I felt so bad having to tell her "No, that's not our house!" because she was SOOO tired! That night, she crashed in our bathroom, and I think she was still in the exact same spot the next morning when I got up! (she was hobbling a bit like Andre, herself!)