Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Medieval Times

I've been living for the weekends lately. Work has been hard to get through. Not only is it monotonous, it's also really lonely. I'm not really friends with anyone on my team, and I sit in an isolated spot. So social interaction is rare and far between, and I've been too busy to get up and make any effort to be social. When the weekend rolls around, I've been trying to make an effort to think of something that's fun for Brady and me to do and also be productive at home.

On Friday, Brady and I went on a mini date to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. These Friday dates have become a tradition with us since we've been good about not eating out during the week. We had fun chatting and decided to go look for new pillows for our living room. We went to Tempe Marketplace and looked at Target, JC Penney's, Pier 1, and Cost Plus, and came up empty. We saw some that were cute, but they were either expensive, or a color that won't go with our red and black couches.

On Saturday we headed to the always awesome Renaissance Festival. We did this because as I was trying to think of something to do, I wanted to do something that Brady had never done. (Brady has done just about everything, so it's difficult to think of new things.) Well hallelujah! Brady had never done the Ren Fest, so it was a perfect time to go. We bought our tickets at Fry's and drove out.
All the rain and spring has brought pretty colors to the desert. The traffic was strangely slow so I took some pictures.Look at how green it is. So pretty.

We got the festival about 30 minutes after it opened. We walked around slowly, looking in at the shops. Brady was amused by it right away, especially by all the people dressed up. We first show we went to was a pirate show. As we were walking in, the girl that's in the show, "Bonnie Lass" asked Brady about his hat, "Are you from Boston? Or do you just have good taste?" Brady said "both". Brady would lie to some else later about something, I don't remember what though. Basically, Brady is a liar at the Ren Fest.

Pirate Show, it was cute and funny.

During the pirate show, the girl pulls out an accordion and asks the audience what it is, Brady yells, "a sqeeze box". Nobody else knew. When the pirate lady finally says, "it's a squeeze box" Brady just yells "YEAH!" really, really loud. It was quite funny, especially since the audience was completely quiet. I couldn't stop laughing.

We got turkey leggs! It was my first time getting one. They were delicious, but too big for me to finish.

We wondered around the shops and realized, if you're not really into the fantasy, medieval stuff, the shops aren't that thrilling. But there was one shop with wooden wind up toys, like cars, boats, and planes. They were really cool.

We went to a show that we had caught the middle of earlier that looked pretty cool. It was a whip master guy that has like 8 world records in whip cracking. It was pretty cool. Before the show started, we sat in the back area and he pointed us out and told us to move to a better seat up front. When we didn't move, he kept telling us that something horrible happens in that exact spot, so we should move. Did I mention that he had his microphone on and all 200 people around heard him lecturing us? We gave in and, laughing, sheepishly moved to a better spot.

The new spot was better.

It was really loud, since the whip breaks the sound barrier and we hear a sonic boom.

Here is the fire whip. I tried getting the first big fire ball it makes, but I missed it. Believe me, it was really cool.

Can't go the Ren Fest without seeing the "Ded Bob Sho"

Right after Ded Bob, we watch the Jousting Tournament. It was the last show we watched before heading home. It got pretty warm and really crowded by then. We did buy delicious candied almonds and grabbed chocolate milkshakes on the way out. It was a lot of fun. Brady said that it wasn't as cheesy as he thought it would be, and would go again.

1 comment:

  1. Is it just me or does the guy standing next to me look like he's going to take a huge bite out of my turkey leg?