Freed Up Girl

Wright On

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Husbands and significant others, listen up. When your other half asks what you want to do for the day and you say, "Whatever". Know, that this gives your other half free rein to plan whatever the fuck she/he wants.

And so starts our Saturday. I've been wanting to check out Frank Lloyd Wright's "winter camp" since we moved here over a year ago and just never got around to it. Perfect timing this past weekend when we did not have any plans and the other half was down for "whatever".

We arrived and made our way to the book store where I thought we bought passes so we could roam freely around the grounds. Turns out, you must do a guided tour that lasts about 1 hr 1/2. Tickets were $36.00 per person. I glanced at my other half and received the head tilt and the death stares. I shrugged my shoulders, gave him a little smirk, and proceeded to pay. We ran to catch up with our tour since it had already started. 

The walls are made from local rocks. Wright believed in using local materials instead of having them imported. 

It was so hot that day. Sweat was dripping down everyone's backs. Trying to keep hydrated. Maybe not the best day to take the tour.

Can you believe that he only paid $3.50 per acre, for that view!!!??! I know, I sound like my grandmother. Remember when...

The Garden Room. I was crushing hard over those chairs and would have loved to reupholster them. Gah!! 

Not sure what this room was. I must be honest, I am horrible with guided tours. I lose interest when I am spewed facts. I am a wanderer and a snoop so I like peeking into things that I maybe shouldn't. Creating my own stories in my head. (I am definitely the person who will check out what you have in your medicine cabinet. No shame in my game.) So we found ourselves falling behind peeking into rooms and crevices while the others continued ahead.

Nothing like laying on itchy, fur blankets in 100 degree weather. 

We left a little before the tour ended because our stomachs were growling and I thought Jer was going to die of heat exhaustion.

If you are ever in the area I would recommend a visit. Frank Lloyd Wright was an architecture genius who designed over 1000 structures in his time. He was known to keep his structures in harmony with the environment which was evident in Taliesin West. 


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Living in a digital world, the amount of time we spend behind a computer and on our phones is excessive

For me, working from home has definitely increased my usage. Jer will come into my (home) office and remind me that I have not moved for five, six hours(yes, sometimes it is that long). He then likes to boast about all the times he was able to get up from his desk, walk around, and how sitting for so long is not good for you...blahblahblah.  I know, I know. But, when I'm in the zone I find it hard to walk away (working on it). 

It is refreshing to step away from everything. Take a road trip and unplug from it all. 

We drove up north to Flagstaff for a quick getaway. I can't tell you how nice it was to finally feel a cool breeze.

Luna was in her element and was all smiles when she exited the car. Instantly taking the lead.

We were on our way to Bismark Lake. This is such an easy walk with the pine tree covered mountains as your backdrop. Now, finding the trail head is a different story. We ended up taking the scenic, off-roading route. We were praying the granny mobile would not get a flat. She held up like a champ.

We raced to the lake...

{Body Suit-Here}

To quickly find out that it was completely dried up. With only a small puddle to distinguish it's previous existence. So we had to come up with other things to do...sword fight anyone?!?!

Luna was watching intently. Secretly cheering me on. Jer will never admit it but she likes me best. 

I may have taken it a bit too seriously...

He was legit terrified. (It's a stick babe, relax.)

Leaving him in the fetal position, I walked away triumphantly. (Who runs the world, girls!) 

Boys will be boys.

The clouds started to roll in and we felt a few drops so we packed up our stuff, took in one last view, and headed home.