Sometimes when we don't have a lot going for us we have to accentuate the positive and focus on our best features. Like Kate Middleton is to the Royal Family, the Outback's bloomin' onion is to the vegetarian, and the Grand Canyon is to Arizona. There's always a silver lining. Speaking of Arizona, I just spent the weekend there but I wasn't visiting the Grand Canyon so I had to search for other redeeming qualities in the area. I've decided to sum up my brief jaunt into three categories: 1) Things I cannot explain, 2) Things I don't need to explain and, 3) Things that are hard to explain but worth trying.
THINGS I CANNOT EXPLAIN
1. 115 degrees
2. The 4 women in the airport who wore matching shirts and mini trolls glued onto their shoulder.
3. Did you hear me? I said ONE HUNDRED FIFTEEN DEGREES.
4. The other woman in the airport who traced through security with me wearing a backless dress that revealed a tattoo covering her entire back. The tattoo was a picture OF HERSELF. I was tempted to slip the phone number of a photographer into her bag with a message on the back reading, “There’s an easier way.”
5. Seriously, we actually said the words “It’s too hot to go swimming.”
THINGS I DON’T NEED TO EXPLAIN
1. Nielsen’s frozen custard
HARD TO EXPLAIN BUT WORTH TRYING
1. We went to see The Help. Having read and fallen in love with the book I had high expectations which were surprisingly met. I was so happy that it fell in line with everything I had envisioned in my head when I read the book! The tension and violence of that time and place in history was felt but not overdone. The blind ignorance of characters such as Hilly Holbrook was blatant and frustrating yet disturbingly believable, while the actors who brought Aibileen and Minny to life felt like my good friends by the time the movie was over. “You is smart. You is kind. You is important.” I loved, loved, loved this movie. I want to marry it.
2. Featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, we headed over to Joe’s Farm Grill for lunch one afternoon. I had the Fontina Burger, sweet potato fries and a dark chocolate shake, which is to say I forgave Arizona for being so hot that my spleen was asking to borrow my anti perspirant.
3. I tried to teach my 4-year-old nephew about jaundice in regards to his Grinch stuffed animal with yellow eyes. I think he gets it now.
I know a lot of you who read my blog here at RITH call the Grand Canyon State your home, and I’m happy for you. However, in the future I think I’ll restrict my visits to fall between November and February. It’s better that way.