Wednesday, December 27, 2017

February Flashback

February stuff from 2017. Let's get through this. Summary - it was cold outside, Anthony was still gone at Army, and I was getting through school and work. Pretty boring. 

Facetiming from his bunker - standing in one spot in his room that had a decent wifi signal. 

I was drawing diagrams about databases.

Mom came to town so we could buy a wedding dress. See the previous January post where I found the dress while shopping with Meghan. Felt kinda weird/bad to call my mom and tell her I went dress shopping without her and found a dress, but she was alright with it. She came out for a weekend, and we made the dress official. And yeah, then telling Anthony - hey, no pressure, you're out of town adn stuff and we're not engaged, but I bought a wedding dress, no pressure. Ha! Glad I can say now that it all worked out. Weddings take time to plan, I just wanted a head start!

I took mom to Harmons. It's magic. I could live in here.

We scoped wedding venues. If I did a winter one, I definitely would've gone with Hardware Building.


Tried out Crust Club!


There's the inside. It was pretty good.



Super Bowl time - I rolled solo to a party, mostly for the food and commercials.


Sushi outing at work.


Tried McConnell's. Don't remember if I loved it or just liked it. Probably just liked, given the price tag.


Trader Joe's pizza making FTW.

Hahahahaha. Photo Booth.

I hit my breaking point of long distance.

Homework.

Snow.



Blue Lemon lunch followed by Valentine's Day ballet with the girls.




Anthony sent me flowers for the love holiday to my office. Very lovely.



Since Lacey left Amex, we had to start having our own lunches. She came to Trio by my house, easy enough.

Someone sent me this - so true. Nothing as good as the original Dr!

I attempted a raspberry buttercream frosting, inspired by Meghan. It didn't work so well though it tasted fine.


My work nickname is Bubbles, and I got some Bai Bubbles. Yeah.

I started watching this lady's paint swirling videos on Insta, and it's great.


Gelato. Two block away yet I make it there only a handful of times a year. Shame.

Lovely day.


More homework.

More Facetime. Look at his shorn head!

My new computer crashed. I called for help. This guy stayed on the phone for ever with me. Thanks, Dell.

Becca H and I had lunch one time to catch up. Chile Tepin is pretty good.

It was our mutual friend Bill's birthday, so we sent him this photo.

Banbury, yes.

Birthday dinner for Sami with the Roberts crew (Anthony's fam).

Snow. Ugh.

But Moochie's makes it better.


This one I do remember liking. And I don't think I've seen this flavor since at stores.

Hooray! Anthony passed at Army. Soon to be headed home!


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Winter Sundance

My second year of Sundance - I finally figured out what works for me. Get tickets for SLC shows, don't bother with the Park City hoopla, and it's all good. I managed to snag tickets for most everything I wanted to see, and as things have gotten released this year, I've been able to see the rest.


A few highlights, mostly documentaries. First up, Plastic China, and it was amazing to see many, many cities in China that live in piles of trash and plastic, and people trying to make money recycling it. It's fairly disgusting.



I saw Novitiate on the first weekend, and it was incredible. It's almost out in theaters now, please go see it. So much to absorb about women and religion and adapting to change. I've still been thinking about it since I saw it months ago. Lots of parallels to current topics in Mormonism.

Some of the best shorts:
Mare Nostrum - basically a Syrian father throwing his young daughter in the water so she will learn how to swim, in case her raft to Europe sinks, she will know how to survive.
The Diver - imagine diving through the sewer system of Mexico City to repair pumps and remove clogs when large things get in there. Fascinating and gross.
Ten Meter Tower - so so entertaining! Watch people face jumping off a 10 meter dive platform.

City of Ghosts is one of the handful of docs I've seen on the Syrian situation, and I think it should be required viewing. It follows a group of people reporting on the city of Raqaa, which was an ISIS stronghold.  A few of the guys were able to come to the screening and talk after the showing. They're currently living in Europe, because their lives are in danger.



I saw the doc, Oklahoma City, which covers the 1994 bombing of a federal building. I was in 8th grade when that happened, and I certainly remember the day. I liked the film, but it wasn't my favorite.

Cries from Syria should also be required viewing. I saw this on the day that Trump announced his travel ban, and I cried all day long. This film did an excellent job of explaining what's happening in Syria and the history behind the civil war. It's a complicated recent history and this laid it out really well.

The last film of the week was Bending the Arc, about Paul Farmer and friends, who have changed the face of public health. Dr Binagwaho was the minister of health in Rwanda for several years, and she spoke after the screening.

Other films released this year that I've seen:
Icarus - Russian athletes doping scandal. Now on Netflix.
Beatriz at Dinner - great acting and so uncomfortable.
Casting JonBenet - long live the tiny pageant queen.
Chasing Coral - also on Netflix, watching this week at my doc party.
Last Men in Aleppo - more on the White Helmets 

Still need to see The Big Sick!

I've already purchased 2 locals packages for Sundance 2018. Definitely makes January not so terrible!

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