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It Happened! It Finally Happened!

After 18 years playing the clarinet, last night I played a piece composed by a woman. It took from the young age of 8 all the way until 26 for me to sit in my seat in the clarinet section, look over the new music on my stand, and realize, huh, is this piece written….by a woman?!

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Is it Saturday yet?

Another work week is coming to a close and I am in need of a restful weekend. The past few weekends have been filled with travel, planning and prepping, hang outs with friends, The Sims 4, and sickness. All of which have left me feeling low on energy and I am so looking forward to relaxing the next couple of days. Continue reading

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Shedd Aquarium – Chicago

Earlier this month I went to Chicago and Milwaukee to visit family. One of the highlights from the trip was visiting the Shedd Aquarium. The aquarium is located in the heart of downtown Chicago next to Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and the Field Museum. We took the L train downtown and it was packed both ways with festival goers (Lollapalooza was bumpin’ in the park!) and Cubs fans on their way to the ballpark.

Thinking about it, I am pretty sure this was my first time at the Shedd Aquarium. Despite visiting the Chicago area almost every year of my life, we’ve never been!

Beluga whales!! #sheddaquarium #chicago #beluga #whales #ocean #swimming

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2BlueEyes - Month in Review

July 2016

Even though another month passed by in the blink of an eye, looking back it doesn’t seem like the month was very eventful. It was mostly spent inside in the air conditioning and preparing for our trips to SoCal last weekend and the midwest this weekend. Now that I’ve started playing Pokémon Go the summer needs to hurry up and turn to fall so that walking around outside isn’t so miserable. How am I supposed to hatch my eggs if it’s too hot to walk around?! Anyway…..here are some of the highlights: Continue reading

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My Favorite Childhood Computer Games

Next month, we’re getting a brand spankin-new desktop computer. And thank goodness because my 80 year old laptop (aka 8 Earth years) is on its last legs. Simply opening a new internet browser is a lot of effort for the poor thing. I haven’t had a desktop computer in years and I’m looking forward to a full keyboard, mouse, and large monitor (they’re like small TVs nowadays!). But, I’m most looking forward to playing my favorite computer game: The Sims. Of course, I won’t be playing the original version of the game but the latest installment, The Sims 4.

Every summer, my brother and I had three months off from school and we spent a lot of our time on the family computer. Our mom even set a kitchen timer to avoid sibling squabbles about who got more play time! Here are three of my favorite childhood computer games. Continue reading

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Lavender Festival at Red Rock Farms, Arizona

Cutting a bouquet - Lavender Festival - www.2BlueEyes.com - 2BlueEyes BlogAfter our day touring the Petrified Forest, we spent the night in  tiny Holbrook and the next morning drove to Red Rock Lavender Farms. Months and months ago we had found a groupon that included entry to their lavender festival as well as a “pick your own” bouquet of fresh lavender. Curious to explore more of Arizona we purchased the tickets, booked our motel, and planned our road trip. Before moving to here, I didn’t know all of the wonderful weekend places the state had to offer. This was my first time in eastern Arizona and it was a blast.

As you drive away from Phoenix making your way north the cactus thin out and soon shrubs take over the scenery. When you climb in elevation the trees (real trees!) tower over your car. At one point we missed the turn for the small county road that to us to our destination. Stop signs and stop lights can’t be seen for miles at a time. The most exciting thing you’ll pass are cows and yellow signs warning you about elk crossing. Continue reading

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Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest - Arizona - 2BlueEyes Blog www.2BlueEyes.comI feel sorry for the Petrified Forest out in sleepy eastern Arizona because it is a glittering gemstone of a national park but it hangs in the shadows of the Grand Canyon. If people know one thing about Arizona it’s that we have the Grand Canyon! How can any other natural landmark compete with that?! While the Grand Canyon proves tough competition I would like to put forward a strong contender for most breathtaking part of Arizona: the Petrified Forest National Park.

Located about 3.5 hours away from Phoenix and near the I-40 between Flagstaff and Albuquerque, the Petrified Forest remains an untouched example of what life was like millions of years ago. At the southern ranger station you can walk through an area with many different types of petrified wood. Massive pieces of wood (rocks?) that stand taller than most people and other smaller pieces with brilliant yellows, purples, and greens are all over. You can hike and camp throughout but if you’re pressed for time you are able to drive your car through the park, stopping as you go to take in the views. Along the way you’ll see petroglyphs from prehistoric peoples. It’s amazing how a picture someone embedded into a rock thousands of years ago can be preserved! Continue reading

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Two More Awards!

I’ve been nominated for two more blogging awards! Many thanks to Sara from “Foodeez Junction” and Serena at “Serena Joy Sinclair” for your recognition. Their blogs are two that I frequently read and enjoy catching up on! The awards are for inspired and admired blogging. Blogging is my hobby and creative outlet and these awards mean a lot to me.🙂 Awards usually have specific rules and nomination guidelines but seeing as I’m combining the two into one post I’ve adapted my responses as these two awards go well together. If you’re one of the bloggers I mention feel free to separate the awards or continue my mash-up! Continue reading

2BlueEyes - Month in Review

June 2016

June was over with in a snap! It’s hard to believe that we’re in the first week of July already. 2016 is officially halfway done!?

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Saw the Phoenix Symphony perform “The Music of Deep Space: Star Wars vs. Star Trek”!
  • Went to Phoenix ComiCon and saw Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, speak again, she’s so great!
  • Celebrated my birthday at Mother Bunch Brewing!
  • Went to the Petrified Forest and a lavender festival in eastern Arizona!
  • Bought a yoga ball to replace my chair at work!
  • ….and last but not least, bought new glasses!

How was your June? Hope your July is going well and Happy 4th to all my fellow Americans!

P.S. You can read my past “Month in Review” posts HERE!

P.P.S. Learn more about My Monthly Memories HERE!

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Camping in Quebec

Camping - Gatineau, Canada - www.2BlueEyes.com - 2BlueEyes blogThis is part three of a three part series on my trip to Canada. Check out part one HERE and part two HERE!

At the end of the trip my friends and I spent two days camping in Gatineau Park. A wonderful regional park in Quebec and by the far the most well-kept and cleanest campground I’ve ever been to. Even the outhouse was nice! We stayed in a semi-permanent tent with bunk beds for the four of us, a kitchen area stocked with utensils, a table, and a nice stove for cold weather. Our campsite also had a picnic bench, propane grill, and campfire. Luckily, we went camping during the weekdays and the lack of people made it feel like it was just us (and our critter friends, of course).

My initial reaction was shock at how green everything was. I felt like Rey in The Force Awakens when she lands on Takodana exclaiming, “I didn’t know there was this much green in the whole galaxy!” Not only were things green, there was animal life all over. Caterpillars steadily dropped onto us from the tree branches above, we saw chipmunks and squirrels running around, a deer, geese families with their goslings, and we became frenemies with two very fat and very annoying raccoons. Continue reading