Showing posts from August, 2015

Musical Monday - Stephan Bodzin

I saw a clip recently of Stephan Bodzin at a Boiler Room event, and I was hooked. I think I'd heard a bit of his stuff before, but had filed it away in one of those things I need to listen to more of, and I never got around to it.

His latest album is on repeat, and when he comes back to LA for a show, I will fly myself there for a night of dancing.

Happy Birthday, USA!

Quick flashback to the Fourth of July....

The weekend started off right with afternoon brunch at the Original Pancake house with Celisse. I'd never been and I think I'd already eaten, but I devoured that thing below.

Friday night I drove south to partake in part of a weekend extravaganza, organized by Kyle and Melissa. They had a camping spot in Provo Canyon for Friday night. I didn't plan to stay and camp, but I went to make a foil dinner and s'mores. The drive in was several miles of dirt road. I don't think my poor little car likes that very much.

I reached the campground just before dark. Tons of people made the trek out.

I left the campground close to midnight and drove into Provo to see my LA friends who were up for the Provo Rooftop Concert Series. It was super late and nothing in Provo is open except for the Provo Hospital cafeteria. That's where the cool kids hang out! So that's where we went.

I managed to get a workout in Saturday morning, then C…

Take Me Outta Funky Town...

Update to the Garmin saga below....
------------------------------- I haven't had the best last few weeks.

Boy I was dating, the one mentioned is a recent previous post, broke up with me for a reason I still can't exactly decipher, after we spent a great day together and then he came and met my brother and his family and had dinner with us. Who does that? I was a bit blindsided.

I started an eBay store to get rid of some clothes that I've barely or never worn, and I've made a few sales. But after fees the eBay is taking, I don't even know if it's worth it. And so many trips to the post office! I always use the automated machine to mail my stuff, and I had several packages returned for insufficient postage. What? You weighed the thing and told me what to pay! And then sent it back for more funds. This isn't worth the hassle.

I keep turning down wrong streets while driving and not remembering where things are located. My mind is not sharp lately. That…

Musical Monday - Chvrches

Chvrches is almost back with their next album, and I can't wait. And they're coming to SLC again - woo hoo!

Bluebird Cafe at Sundance

After two trips to Nashville in the last year, I'm a little bit obsessed with that city. I'm so glad my friend Tara told me about the Bluebird Cafe summer series at Sundance, so that I could have another little piece of Nashville music right here!  She rounded up a dozen or so people and got us tickets to the first night.

We all drove down to Provo and stopped for dinner to celebrate Elisa's birthday. Then up to the mountains! The sun was already behind the cliffs, but the setting was so beautiful. We had to hike up a ridge and then back down into the amphitheater.

Okay, to the music! The writers featured that night were Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne. I don't listen to a lot of country, but after going home and looking up the songs they sang, they have written ever major hit on country radio right now. Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, and on and on. It was great to hear their versions and compa…

Carpenter Family Reunion

These are my great-grandparents (my dad's mom's parents) and I'm lucky enough to remember them a bit. Great-grandpa died when I was about 6, and great-grandma died when I was 15. They raised their family in southeastern AZ. 
They started a family reunion tradition, which is held (for as long as I can remember), every two years, with each of their 5 kids rotating turns on who plans it. 
Them and me. 
This is from a reunion up in the AZ mountains in the late 80s. My grandma, with all her siblings, is second from the left on the back row.

These scanned weird, but here's the rest of my Williams family. 
The tradition lived on this year, with all of us gathering in southern Utah near Zion National Park. I wasn't able to go the whole time, but Taylor, Courtney, Hallie and I loaded into the car on Friday after work and drove south. We pulled into Ponderosa Ranch right around sunset. 

We got there just in time for a bonfire and s'mores with the whole gang, then we wen…

Musical Monday - Foals

I love this band. I love the new stuff I'm hearing. I can't wait for the fourth record to come out at the end of this month.

Go rock out and make yourself dizzy swirling around this video.

More Utah Summer!

Summer is flying by. I keep telling people that summer is basically over and let's get ready for a scary winter, but others keep telling me to be more optimistic. It was 90+ degrees today. But fall is coming!!

In June I took public transportation for the first time in Utah! I convinced Abe to come north to Ogden Twilight with me, which had such a great lineup. Better than the original SLC series. I loved that they included the train ticket in the cost of the concert ticket.

The show started super early with my friends The Moth & the Flame opening, so we tried to hop an early train after work. I met Abe at the downtown station, which was full of some characters. No one ever checked our ticket, but someone sure did tell us to put our feet down.

I'd only been to Ogden once. It's got a nice downtown.

TMTF started playing at 6pm, right in the heat of the day. The train had a lot of stops and some delays on the way up, so we really didn't see too much.

Abe had gotten VIP…