Thursday, August 25, 2016

March Madness Recap

Summer's just been too fun and I haven't been blogging and my photos are all messed up and out of order and on different applications since some Google changes and I don't know how to get them straightened out so I can blog the way I'm used to, but whatever. Let's get to some recaps.

Back to March. The month of March Madness where I won my office bracket challenge out of nearly 200 people. But there was other stuff too.

I've driven by Coachmans a ton of times and was always intrigued and late one evening I went there for dinner and meh.

Fiiz the soda bar opened by my office and I'm there way to frequently. Dr Pepper with coconut and blackberry syrups is ah-mah-zing.

I got tickets to Carly Rae! Her album last year is seriously one of the best pop records ever, and I was excited to see her. I danced and sang the whole time and it was glorious. Don't knock it til you've tried it.


Trip to Provo means trip to Don Joaquin.

And a trip to Provo for a hair appointment also means stopping by to see the nieces after.  Best face, right?

Shopping.  I'm good at it.

Brittany at House that Lars Built had a coloring party for the launch of her coloring book, and it was so fun! Meghan and I went and I also got to see a handful of friends from my DC days. We spent the evening snacking on delicious things are coloring our hearts out. More photos are here.

DC 2nd ward!

Meghan and I hiked Bells Canyon one day for some therapy from the man problems in our life. I've still never made it to the waterfall, and there was a good bit of snow so we didn't make it this day either.

Utah gymnastics! I'd wanted to go for awhile, so Lacey, Celisse, Emily, and I got tickets to one of the last meets of the season. It's the best attended women's NCAA event in the country.

Meghan S and I hit up Daughter one evening and it was so, so beautiful. Please go see them if you have a chance. And it was the perfect night to be angsty about a recent break-up. Silly boys.

Taco tour! A friend was putting on a taco tour for a ton of people, so I rounded up some friends and made them go along. Three stops around downtown SLC and all were pretty good.

Meghan and I hiked Stewart Falls one Saturday when her sister was in town. Still so much snow!

Right after I had a babysitting date with these little ones.

It snowed more in late March. Ugh. I'm already dreading it again.

The Moth & the Flame came to town, so I went and met up with Caitlin. It was the end of a long tour for the guys. Always good to see them. And little did I know that I'd run into someone that night who I sort of knew, and we've been dating since right after that. Maybe that's also why I haven't been blogging as much?

One night of 80s dancing with friends, where previously-mentioned person I'm dating came out with us. First time hanging out with him, and yeah, sparks were flying.

Meghan stayed over after. I miss our slumber parties now that she's moved to TX.

Easter time! Lacey hosted at her new house, and I was supposed to bring deviled eggs and the first batch didn't peel well at all. Celisse saved the day with a new dozen, but it was a hassle. Tasted good though! Can't go wrong with bacon and chives.

I still visit my Iraqi family and they still feed me like this:

I saw Rams, which I'd missed at Sundance. Beautiful and somber Iceland.

That's it for March. More fast recaps to come soon, I hope.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Freezing in February - Arizona Time

In the middle of February I was freezing, and my mom was popping over to AZ for a few days, so I decided to join her. Note to self - just book a trip there every other weekend next winter.

The inversion was terrible around then, and I hadn't seen blue skies for days. It was so crazy taking off and getting up above that nastiness. Tiny mountain peaks all around!

Oh, beautiful Arizona winter.

Grandma has adopted a friendly neighborhood cat.

We survived a harrowing drive by my grandma through the streets of Phoenix during rush hour and a setting set that was quite blinding. We didn't let him drive on the way home.

We were headed to great aunt Betty's 85th birthday.

She looks great for 85! She's in the purple.

A little Bahama Bucks action later that night. Of course. Thank goodness Utah has some now.

The next day I drove up to the old office and had lunch with Leslie. These spicy feta fries at a Greek place are amazing, and I had missed them.

Pool time after some Orangetheory time.

Postino time with Shannon. I miss her and this place.

On Saturday I started to feel quite sick, with some weird feelings in my lungs, congestion, not breathing well, and a fever. After a quick visit to urgent care, I still went south to visit the Coolidge grandparents.

Pretty barren drive. 

Grandma Williams is the best cook. Homemade tamales, always.

More pool time. Maybe the heat would make my fever feel not so bad? I hadn't been that sick in awhile.

I still felt horrible when I flew home, and I cried the last 20 minutes of the flight cause I felt so bad. Crying on airplanes is not awesome.

Doc told me to wait and start the z-pack in a few days, but I jumped right in and thankfully I started feeling better very soon after. Bless drugs.

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