Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to you all. This year, Isabel and I are celebrating our 5th Valentine's with our first being at my El Chorro. This year we are keeping it pretty low key with me riding in the Parada del Sol this morning down Scottsdale Road, then we are off to our client's grand opening of Gigi's Playhouse in Scottsdale and then we have a nice dinner reservation at the spot of our first date, Zinc Bistro.

I am so fortunate to have found and fallen in love with my Valentine, my lovely Isabel. Life is funny and I have learned it is simply an adventure and despite your best attempts to plan and control its outcome, you really can't.  As soon as you accept the fact that you just have to have an endless endurance to push forward and have faith that good things lie ahead you just have to embrace the pot holes, hurdles, and detours life throws you and really relish and celebrate those good things when they do finally come your way. Trust me, I have had my share of the potholes.....but I have also had so many absolutely amazing experiences, met so many remarkable people, with my Isabel being the best surprise and gift in my life.

Isabel is my best friend, my lover, and truly my life partner. We have so much fun together including now designing several projects together. I know our clients are enjoying our talents and passion not only for design but each other and the energy we infuse in our projects together. We love to travel - Isabel drives and I navigate, we love to cook with and for each other, and we love just hanging out and reading, playing the piano and enjoying what little downtime we get - trust me - that downtime is really hard to find!

So, thank you Isabel for brining so much joy in my life. Every day is Valentine's Day with you!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl in Arizona

Well the day has arrived! SuperBowl Sunday in Glendale, Arizona. Although I am not going, I am having a few friends over to enjoy some Paella and the game! Isabel and our good friend, Gicela, are off to New York this afternoon to do a little shopping for her store, Earth and Images. So I will be bachelor-ing it for a few days!

I am hoping for a better Super Bowl this year than the one I had to withstand last year being a diehard Denver Bronco fan. Seattle and New England - really you couldn't ask for two better teams to come to Arizona - both wonderful cities with amazing entrepreneur spirits and two of the wealthiest cities in the country. So I am happy they are bringing the dollars here to Arizona. I wish the weather was a bit better so we can truly showcase our beautiful city. How about the fog this morning.....geez - Really???

Its been fun to just be in the city and feel the electricity. Yesterday was my father's 80th birthday and so Friday we made it to the Super Bowl Breakfast where they honored Peyton Manning and then off to the Phoenix Open to get poured upon, so we escaped to the Spa for some massages and of course a martini, and finally capped the day off with dinner with the family. But what was great was all the people coming and going and the celebrities we saw all over town. What fun.

So no Super Bowl red carpet parties, didn't make the NFL Experience, and no ESPN Zone.....just a wonderful day with Dad and today I'll kick back and enjoy the game on my big screen with some good vino and good friends. I am proud of our city - what a great opportunity for us all! Let's all be gracious ambassadors and make this the best Super Bowl ever so the NFL has no choice but to come back. I think with all this fog and rain you would think Seattle.....but last year was the Year of the Horse and look what happened! So I am going with New England 27 - 24 in OT. So who do you think is going to win today????