But let's go back and document anyway. We started off back at REI again, trying to figure out the backpack situation and how to use our gift cards from Christmas.
Anthony tried to find one in a color that he could also use with the Army (since theirs are heavy or something?) but he was indecisive and didn't get one. I think he eventually got a backpacker stove and fuel and a couple other gadgets.
So much snow. Ugh.
Mike came into town and found a last minute hotel deal at the Monaco. I met him for lunch one day and proceeded to lose my brand new wool gloves. I sucked it up and ordered a new pair right away. I need those things.
Dinner that night at Tibet House - my last night with Anthony for 11 weeks. He got a slot to train as an Army Medic in a condensed training program, so he was off to Pennsylvania the next morning until March. Ugh - that was the worst.
Baby face. Countdown til he returned. Good thing I started school to keep me busy.
I went up to campus one day to get my ID and get official.
I completed my annual Dowdle holiday puzzle.
Rachel got our coworker crew some Fiiz mugs. So good. We go almost every Wednesday on double punch day.
Thank goodness for Celisse's birthday getaways. She kinda hates January birthdays (she says everyone is on a diet and broke) but I was ready for some warm weather.
We booked an Airbnb from this guy who apparently caters to visitors from China. He didn't speak any English to us, and when we asked for the wifi password, he just typed it into all our devices. Whatever. It was a nice place.
First stop - Target.
Next stop - late night In n Out. Wild Friday night.
Celisse had heard about the Donuttery in HB, so we had to drive over and try it. This trip is mostly about sweets. It's a birthday trip, what do you expect?
The lunch crew - Dixie in town with her little, Kari, me and CC.
Kari Ann offered us her house to hang out, and bikes, so we headed out for some last ocean views.
Kari made us an amazing dinner before we left.
Early morning flight.
Back to the snow.
We stood in line for free Sundance tickets to Best of Fest one Saturday morning.
One night little H wanted to call me. She is the best.
Gourmet grilled cheese night at Meghan's house. This should happen way more often.
I got to a Sundance screening at SLCC through unplowed streets, meeting Dana who tried to get us food beforehand. We all tried to meet at the restaurant, but the streets were so bad that no one could get there on time. Then I rushed through streets to get to another film downtown, left that early and went to a wedding dress shopping appointment that I'd made, since Meghan convinced me (she'll say it was all me).
She and I had talked a couple weeks before she came into town about what she wanted to do, and she said we should go look for a dress for me. Keep in mind, Anthony and I are not engaged at this point, and I felt weird about pretending that I was, since you kinda have to do that when you make an appointment. This isn't like trying on a sweater at Gap, you have a consultant who is helping you. But I sat on the idea, and figured whatever, it'll take me forever to find a dress I like when the time is right, so might as well get started. Welp, dress number five looked like a big nothing on on the hanger, but I put it on and it was the one. I guess you find it when you're not looking....
Also I'd like to state that I saw a lot of other people wear this dress this year, but I bought it first :)
Also in that same day, we had tickets to the Ice Castles. I'm already a nervous driver in the snow, and the new snow storm and driving through canyons made me a wreck. Ugh. I need a Xanax next time I have to drive in the snow. I don't do well. But we made it! And it was cold in Midway but not too terrible. Glad I saw this once, but don't feel the need to do it again.
Azhar made me Middle Eastern food.
One Friday night I took Azhar and family to a Meet the Muslims event at a local mosque. Super great, love that so many people here are interested and showing up. They also had a ton of food, but we went to Shawarma King after.
Munchkin visit at Cafe Rio.
My lovely new computer. Thanks for the friends discount, Meggles!