Monday, May 09, 2016

Musical Monday - Boom Jinx

Dance party - hello. Also, I love her voice.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Vegas is the Worst

So back in January, Celisse's birthday dream was to see Celine Dion. I was on board with this plan (mostly to get to a warmer climate, celebrate a birthday of a dear friend, and have some good girlfriend time) even though Vegas is a strange place. But the people and the food make all the difference we went - me, Celisse, Meghan and Julie.

We left later than expected on a Friday night and landed in a smokey old casino that had a restaurant we wanted to try. Hash Hash A Go Go - incredible portions. And when you're Mormon and not engaging in other Vegas pleasures, why not just eat everything in sight?

I was trying to be a little healthy, but that's a salad with a good chunk of fried chicken on top.

And don't forget the dessert, because, birthdays.

Saturday morning we attempted to hike out at Red Rock Canyon. It was pretty cold and windy, so we drove the loop and did a little walking.

And we're terrible at selfies.

Definitely a better part of Vegas.

All that hiking means more food! Celisse loves BabyStacks, so we went for brunch.

Did not disappoint. And I don't even love pancakes.

What else to do in Vegas? Shopping. Outlets. And I didn't buy a single thing.

Then Celisse's favorite place in all of Vegas - Freed's Bakery! It was amazing.

One of our many samplings of cake.

Then it was time for the big show. We prepped with a little nap before heading off to Caesar's palace. We arrived with time to spare, so Meghan and I went to explore. First stop, the roulette table to figure out how I would play it later (more to come on that) and then we wanted to see if anyone was getting married.

They weren't. But it was pretty!

The show. A terrible selfie to remind us of our experience.

This woman can sing. I mean, we all knew that, but it's another thing to see her show. And she awkwardly rambles and says odd things, but it's great. 

I tried to count all the hand gestures and chest poundings.

She took selfies while singing and didn't miss a single note.

We had the hots for the guitar player.

So does Celine.

Okay. Now it's time to play roulette. Long story short - a coworker gave me money to gamble when he heard I was going to Vegas. I had specific instructions on how to lose $10 on roulette, ended up having to put in a bit of my own money ($20 - high roller, I know) and somehow I played 2 rounds of roulette with bucks on number 11 and I won twice. I quickly cashed out and left that table, and I'm sure my gambling lucky streak is over. Fun while it lasted.

We spent the rest of the night wandering hotels and grabbing a snack at Serendipity 3. The Bellagio is gorgeous. 

The Cosmopolitan. Kinda sad I didn't get a pay a trip to see a Jose Andres creation this time.

My $$$.

Sunday morning we hit a quick church service, then hit the road. Always a longer drive home than expected. All in all, a solid birthday weekend!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Musical Monday - Van She

I'm digging this track lately. Synth-y dance pop, yeah.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Flashback - January 2016

Happy New Year 2016! Ringing in the new year was pretty low key. Lacey and I popped over to Emily's for a bit, taking some Indian take out with us. We gorged on cookies and sparkling cider, then quickly ran over to my house just before midnight to watch the ball drop on the tv. I went to bed, and they continued on to midnight breakfast. Call me lame - sleep sounded great.

Best nine was popular. I did it.

My usual Instagram recap of the year.

I popped down to the Springville Museum of Art to see their annual religious show. It's always really good.

I finished up my Junior Achievement tutoring in December and got lots of sweet thank you notes from the kids. They're adorable.

We decorated journals for YW one night - I do love being with these silly girls.

Work jokes. Smelly socks from winter boots and Rachel's love (disdain) for GS.

Winter skies. Utah does have really great sunsets. Thanks, pollution!

The Moth & the Flame came to town, so that meant a trip to Provo to see the usual suspects. 

Always love seeing Haleigh. And Caitlin moved to town!

After driving in the snow, I decided I want a new car. And I want a Volvo XC90. Except the new ones are the best one and the most expensive ones. I am saving my pennies. Mostly to get that heated steering wheel. It's time to get back to a European car.

My grandma posted this photo on Facebook of her, one of her sisters, and a couple cousins, maybe? I think it's pretty great. She's the 2nd from the right.

This kid. So cute. Especially wearing the outfit I got her for Christmas.

Do you ever buy those tiny little macarons and wonder why they're $2-$3 each?

Well, I found out why! Celisse's friend managed to get a private macaron baking lesson with the famous Adalberto and we spent a few hours trying to make those little things that require so much precision and perfection.

It's a pretty fascinating process, and I learned a lot, but if there's too much liquid in the wrong place or too much humidity or the cookies, all sorts of things can go wrong.

And you have to pipe the dough just right to keep it flat.

Pairing and filling is fun though! The flavor always goes in the filling, not the cookie. It competes with the almond flour, and any liquid flavoring you add messes up how the cookie bakes.

We did a raspberry chocolate ganache one, and this one, with the most amazing dulce de leche and creme filling. We got to take home the extra filling in some bowls, and I licked it clean.

Such a fun night! But bottom line - just buy the maracons - don't try to make them.

Wing Coop night. Small crowded place - really good wings.

I got all my Sundance tickets! And I got the free locals only handouts for best of fest. It's kinda madness, but it'd turn out to be awesome.

Back to work jokes - Rachel has these inspirational cards that someone gave her, and they're kinda hysterical. Every few days we each draw one from the pile and read aloud. It's calming to our souls. And we laugh a lot.

Tutoring is still going well, and I am eating well too. Date syrup! It's delicious.

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