Time flies by way too fast at home! It’s hard to believe, but here we are at Tuesday and I am back at school and ready to take on the final six weeks of my college career.
I’ll be honest and tell you it was nice to take the weekend off from blogging and spend time with The “Bender” Clan. As I mentioned in my last post, my aunt came to town, too, so it was great to have the chance to see her.
One of the most fun things we did during my weekend away was attend My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge in Tempe on Saturday afternoon.
I used the event as a chance to take some photojournalism photos. It’s a hard-hitting news story 😉 But really, it was for a great cause – the Arizona Hemophilia Association – and with more than 90 different salsa variations ranging from mild to super spicy, it was a foodie’s dream, too!
I’m trying to be artistic here with a carefully placed pineapple I did the same with a piñata.
There were about 12 other pictures that I really liked. This fancy camera is really growing on me!
Another exciting part of our weekend: watching professional bull riding! We went to the Buffalo Chip Saloon on Friday night and I enjoyed a Corona while trying to snap some photos. Most of them didn’t turn out very well, but I promise that was actually because of the lighting 😉 It’s very difficult to get a non-blurry shot when it’s so dark outside. Here was my best one:
They are prepping the bull + rider to go out into the “ring” (correct terminology?) I had no idea what they actually did to make the bulls buck. It was kind of eye opening. Read about it here.
Last but certainly not least on the “event” agenda was getting the chance to visit Cave Creek Coffee Company, the coffee shop where Miss Stephenie Meyer herself is rumored to have written a lot of The Twilight Series.
I really wanted to order a coffee, but unfortunately it was closed when we arrived Next time!
And visions of Edward Cullen danced in my head…kidding! Kind of.
It was a really great weekend. We ate pizza on Friday night, went to a nice Italian restaurant on Saturday night, and then Papa Bender was at his finest on Sunday night. We had steaks for dinner, which were excellent, but the highlight was the first corn-on-the-cob of the season!
I love corn-on-the-cob!! It screams spring + summer to me Another great foodie highlight was the best sweet bowl of oatmeal I have ever had. I made this before I played golf and it fueled me well!
I used the whole banana method again and topped the oats with a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips and a spoonful of Barney Butter. Quite the obvious combination and one that I have definitely seen on other blogs before, but I had never tried it myself. I really enjoyed every bite.
I love trips home during the middle of the quarter. Although they aren’t necessarily productive, they do help me refresh and get out of the “Go! Go! Go!” mindset, if only for a few short days.
Uh Oh – I would write more but I just spotted a SPIDER on my ceiling! To give you a sense of what my fear is like: I currently am typing but not taking my eyes off of the ceiling, and my palms are starting to get sweaty. Time to go get a big wad of tissues.
I’ve got a lot of reviews to do this week – I’m thinking I may do a video post for the P90X recap. Would that be something that interests all of you?
I hate spiders,