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September Fun, or the Month I Turned _0

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I really kind of dreaded celebrating the first anniversary of my 29th birthday.  And for a short while after, I pretended that if no one mentioned it, it wasn't real.  A few months down the road now, I'm happy to say I've settled into my age and feel good about.  This next decade is going to be great, I can feel it.  No more dumb stuff from my twenties.

In any case, I had a wonderful birthday month that was packed full of really super fun awesome things with really super great awesome people.

I kicked the month off with Labor Day weekend in California, continuing the summer flirtation with MCB.  It's amazing what years apart will kick up, and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream was the appropriate summer soundtrack.  Anyway....

This wasn't just any roadtrip, however.  My traveling companion -  my grandma!  Her sister lives near Long Beach, and the two of them don't see each other as ofter as they'd like.  My grandma doesn't really like to fly, won't driv…

Big Week Ahead

Short week!!  I'm excited.

These people and this person are all coming to AZ to visit me this weekend.

I just read the weather forecast and it doesn't look as awesome as it has been.  Since nice, compared to east coast thundersnows, but not as nice as it could possibly be.  Oh well.

We'll do the Phoenix Open (think I'm going to the Pro-Am on Wednesday too, to keep with tradition), Taliesin West, maybe a hike, and definitely some good Phoenix eats.

Now to clean my bathroom, clean out my car, take all my extra stuff to Goodwill, buy good snacks, etc, etc. Good week ahead!

Food Adventures and August Monsoons

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It's not often that I host a dinner party, but I enjoy it when I do. Our church congregation instituted Dinners for Six, which actually turns out to be the perfect number of people when you're trying to get to know someone beyond the "Hi, what's your name?" conversation that seems to happen over and over each week when there are 300 people milling around.  Roommate and I pulled out our colorful bowls and had a fiesta last August.  She was recently returned from summer adventures, and it was maybe a house-warming of sorts.  I'm getting hungry just looking at this picture.
A week or so later I saw this recipe that I just had to try - Almond Hazelnut Cupcakes with a Chocolate Ganache frosting.  It took a few hours, but totally worth it!

You start by toasting the almonds and hazelnuts.  Toasted nuts are soooo good.
Then you grind those up, mix them with flour and sugar to make the base.  First time using our KitchenAid; I can finally see why everyone wants one o…

Rolling in the Deep

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The first track is already everywhere, and the rest of the album is just as good or better.  I love her, Ms. Adele!  Go buy the album when it's out next month.

I can't wait til this tour - I was a casual listener when I saw her awhile ago, and her voice, her presence, her charm, and her humble, bashful amazement that people actually want to hear her sing turned me into a big fan.

Not that you have 15 minutes to watch this, but once you buy the album and wanna know what's behind the tracks, you'll come back to this.

Warning: slighty savory language ahead.  It is a breakup/relationship record, after all.

I'm a Junkie

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Two small confessions here, I suppose.

I'm a magazine junkie.  Come over to my house if you're out of things to read, and I promise a box of old magazines are laying around for the taking.  I provided several magazine Christmas trees as decoration this year; I'm all about reuse or recycle.  Need some pretty paper to make a collage?

I think the whole love of shiny printed pages stems from not being allowed to read all those fun teen magazines that tell you how to be cool and look cute when you're in junior high.  I recall going to slumber parties at other girls' houses who had stacks of them, and I'd usually ignore what was going on in the room so I could pour over pages of clothes and make up and articles about boys (which I found dumb at the time and still do.  My own common sense is a much better guide) to catch up on things I might have missed.  Or maybe that was just my escape from reading too many serious books, as I always have.

I grew out of the teen sta…

Family Adventures in Arizona August

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Only a few more months of updates to go!

Littl bro came home to Oklahoma in July after two years in Argentina, and just before he started school at OSU (only one kid in the family made it to BYU), he and the parents came out to AZ to say hello to the rest of the extended family.  Tay and Court came down from Utah and we had a mini reunion with everyone else.

When you see a rainbow on your way to the airport to pick people up, it's got to be a good sign of things to come.  Monsoon season!

All of dad's family came over to mom's parents house (they were gone) on Saturday to kick things off.  I decided it'd be a great idea to buy a 1000-piece puzzle to keep people occupied, if they weren't into swimming or card games or whatever else my mom had planned.
As demonstrated by the photos below, cell phones > puzzles.

However, I'm slightly obsessive about these kinds of things and knew I couldn't leave the puzzle unfinished, nor would my grandmother let me keep tha…

Ah, January Weekends

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Can they get better than this?

Friday night arrival at LAXOutdoor sushi dinnerIce cream bonbons from TJ'sA sparkling clean room (he even took off the windows to scrub them)Girl with Dragon Tattoo trilogy movie completionDiner breakfastsBiking to the beachPeople watching in VenicePita chips and red pepper hummusAll the Dr Pepper I could drink
Head shavingCollaborative art show by the guy who made the famous Obama Hope poster and a guy from Devo (Whip It!)Late night In-n-OutAwesome cars at the Petersen MuseumWalking through museum row on a beautiful dayRicotta blueberry pancakes at BLDSad goodbye at the departures curb at LAX
This man danced in the drum circle with a stuffed dog on his head.

We watched this man below cause a traffic jam when he fell.  He literally couldn't stand up.  He'd try and try again to get up, would be on his feet for 2 seconds, and bam!  Right on the ground again.  Finally he resigned himself to laying in the sand for an hour or so.  He was trying to …