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Agency Life, National Days, On the Road

Road trip for Pie!

Today is National Pie Day and Jess and I are Road Tripping North! I’m super excited as she’s never been to the Rock Springs Cafe for the best pie in town!

We headed up at about 10:30 am and you have to be on the lookout because there is one sign for the exit and if you miss that sign, you’re more than likely going to miss the exit. Once you exit, it’s a bit tricky, you have to take a left and another left like you are going to get back on the freeway then it’s a blind turn into the parking lot.

They have the front decked out with all their Christmas decorations and a giant inflatable Rudolph the Reindeer.Inside, the pie shop has changed, they’ve moved the display cases around and we’re not sure if it’s completely finished as of yet. None the less the pie was still there. We ordered a slice of apple and chocolate creme.


The chalkboard sign I made for our APS TV Spot is still hanging in the Pie Shop. It’s a lot weathered and it looks like someone tried to clean it, then realized they would ruin it if they tried to wipe it. It makes me feel good though that after three years they still have it up in the shop. It just means something I did means a lot to them.


The shop wasn’t that busy and they didn’t seem to have all the trinkety things they had when we were there shooting the commercial. This is actually a good thing since we are in startup mode.

After coming back down, we headed into our office to get shit done for the day. We have so many projects going right now, but it’s not stressful. It’s a lot of fun. Probably because this is something that is finally ours. No crazy bosses telling us what we have to do all day. Jess and I manage our time, schedule  and productivity levels ourselves. Without all the drama, we actually get more done in less time while still being able to do fun things like going to get pie.


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National Wildlife Day

I love living in the outskirts of Phoenix because of the nature. On National Wildlife Day I want to share some of the beautiful wildlife we have out here in the desert.

Diamondback Rattlesnake -The muscles that cause the rattle to shake are some of the fastest known, firing 50 times per second on average, sustained for up to three hours.

While I would never want one of these babies in my yard, they are incredible animals that are protected and respected here in Arizona.

Coyotes – Pups will fight each other regardless of sex, while among adults aggression is typically reserved for members of the same sex.

If I’m coming home late, you will normally see a few of them out of the roads. Since we don’t have street lights, you really have to be careful and watch out for them.

Desert Cottontail – Hearing an oncoming predator is their primary defense mechanism.

These are seriously my favorite. They are everywhere and I don’t mind a bit. You can see them roaming around in people’s front years eating grass or the cacti fruit.

Desert Spiny Lizard – These lizards are amazing. They sun themselves on my brick wall and the males have gorgeous turquoise bellies. They do bite, though are not poisonous.

I love the wintertime when these flashy studs come out to heat themselves on the brick walls. They are HUGE and gorgeous.

Greater Earless Lizard – Both males and females are territorial and exhibit head bobbing, push-ups, and lateral compression of the body when approached by an outsider.

I never seen one of these but I am suspecting that one was on my back porch the other day. He took off like a bat out of hell when Leroy came running.

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Greater earless lizard. #cophosaurustexanus

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Gila Monster – The Gila monster lacks the musculature to forcibly inject the venom; instead, the venom is propelled from the gland to the tooth by chewing.

I’ve always been told these are venomous and can kill you. Though no deaths have been reported since 1939. I used to see them when hiking North Mountain, though I just learned they are too slow to catch you.

Regal Horned Lizard – They shoot blood from their eyes when they feel threatened.

I really just want to see one of these shoot blood from its eyes.

Javelina – They defend themselves with their long tusks, which sharpen themselves whenever the mouth opens or closes.

I remember one time when my friend was out hunting javelina and couldn’t find any. I came home to a family running through my neighborhood similar to the instagram video below. Javelina were on to my buddy and didn’t feel like being hunted so they headed to the burbs.

Round Tailed Ground Squirrel – Most of their foods are chosen for high water content because of the shortage of available water in their environment. The average water content of the food they eat is 80%.

If you want to see a lot of these, head to the Phoenix Zoo. They are all over and seem to love people. Mostly kids because the kids end up feeding them, though this is not advised.

Chuckwalla – Harmless to humans, these lizards are known to run from potential threats.

How cute are these reptiles? They are super nice and big scaredy cats. They remind me of dinosaurs.

Desert Tortoise – The desert tortoises live approximately 50 to 80 years.

Surprisingly, a lot of people have these as pets, though it’s more fun to see them in the wild. People here will stop and help a tortoise across the road if they see them, so they don’t get run over.

Bobcat – Each night it will move from 2 to 7 mi along its habitual route.

These cats are all over and can want to make your home their home. This is not advised as they can be aggressive. They are pretty to look at though.

Desert Big Horned Sheep – The horns can weigh up to 30 lb, while the sheep weigh up to 300 lb.

Gorgeous Rams. The Phoenix Zoo has a preserve for these animals because assholes hunt them for sport.

The facts next to the animal names are from Wikipedia.
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It’s Taco Day!

Today is National Taco Day! Woo! I wish everyday was National Taco Day. A lot of us ventured over to Comedor Guadalajara to eat tacos and they were oh so tasty! Did you eat tacos today? 
AJ had never had horchata! Can you believe that?!
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Tea for Two

Welcome to National Iced Tea Day. Yum! We just got a tea machine in our office for the summer and we are making a great use out of it. Check out some recipes below for a little tasty variation of your typical Arizona sun tea.

  1. Apple-Tea-ni
    You can make this with a little extra something something if you know what I mean or you can keep it simple and sober. Start with half a glass of unsweetened tea then add half a glass of apple juice with a splash of lemon to taste. Enjoy.
  2. Red Sea Tea
    They say the red fruits are energizing and hold anti-aging benefits. Can I prove that? No. I just love the way they taste. Start with half a glass of unsweetened tea then add pureed strawberries mixed with pomogranite-cranberry juice. Add skewered blueberries for an aesthetic touch.
  3. Tropical Tea
    If you know me you know how much I love tropical fruit and citrus. It’s really a weakness. Start with half a glass of unsweetened tea then add an extracted mixture of mango, pineapple, peach and apricot. Put your suit and glasses on and go sit by the pool with this one!
  4. Watermelon Lime Refresher Tea
    This one is for my fancy friends. Start with half a glass of unsweetened tea and add extracted watermelon. Cut a lime in half and use one half to squeeze into the drink and the other half to slice and perch on the side of the glass. Serve with an accent.
  5. Raspberry Arnold Palmer
    A nice twist to the traditional Arnold Palmer! Start with half a glass of unsweetened tea then add Raspberry Lemonade (1 Part Lemon, 2 Parts Orange, 3 Parts Raspberries). YUM! 
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National Donut Day

So today is full of delicious donuts. Rainbow Donuts for everyone. My favorite are the colored sprinkle ones. Anything else will not do. What’s your favorite kind of donut?