Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fun in Phoenix

I am spending my spring vacation in Phoenix to attend an Edtech conference. I arrived a day early to give me a chance to relax a bit after a very busy month of March (report cards, yearbook, art fundraiser, MACUL presentation - all now completed)!

I am am staying in a ridiculously HUGE room in the Wyndham Phoenix. It was the only place available in the vicinity of my conference. I'm enjoying relaxing on the cushy bed and then switching over to the couch if I get bored. I can see a bit of the mountains between the buildings from my hotel window.

For dinner last night I had a wonderful grilled salmon salad at Marston's Cafe, the on site hotel restaurant. It was loaded with blue cheese, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, and little crunchy things. HUGE salad!

This morning, I lazed in bed, did some odds and ends on the free wifi. For lunch, I hit Focaccia Fiorentina which is right across from the hotel. Had a calzone - again HUGE (seems to be a theme on this trip), filled with mozzarella cheese, ricotta, sausage, and grilled red peppers. This had to be the best calzone I have ever had! I wish they were open in the evening so I could get dinner from there.

The Phoenix Light Rail station is right next to the hotel, which was convenient for doing a little exploring. I headed to the Heard Museum to view their collection of Native American art. OK, this museum wasn't huge, just a nice size to stoll for an hour and a half. I especially enjoyed their large collection of colorful kachina dolls.

Afterwards I sat in their lovely courtyard and sipped some blackberry jasmine iced tea under a shady tree. Lovely 80 degree weather. Ahhhh. I so enjoyed reading on Facebook that it had been snowing in Detroit. Sorry, folks!

On my way back to the hotel I came across a cute shop called Charming Charlie's. I have never heard of this chain - filled with all kinds of affordable bling like jewelry, scarfs, shoes, bags. Everything is arranged by color in the 2 floors of the store. I resisted buying any jewelry but actually ended up getting a couple cute sundresses!

So I've been enjoying my time in Phoenix. Tomorrow my conference starts. I'll share more on another post about how the blessing of attending the conference came about!

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