tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-160970142022-01-12T02:27:21.542-07:00Adventures of LaurenHoyaUnknownnoreply@blogger.comBlogger1166125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-11025989257863979922022-01-07T22:37:00.001-07:002022-01-07T22:37:17.558-07:00Weekend in Capitol Reef - May 2021The first weekend in May we popped down to Capitol Reef. It's the closest park to SLC - about 3.5 hours drive, and I'd never been. After being there, it might be my favorite park. The scenery is incredible, and it's quiet! The campground in the park was full, and I didn't quite feel like roughing it that weekend, so we got a motel room. We spent the first afternoon in the Grand Wash. Anthony's Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-45503464951263209432022-01-03T13:32:00.001-07:002022-01-03T13:32:00.216-07:00Archives - April 2021Back to April. Still staying home, still lots of cat photos. Got vaccine dose two. Grateful.One of our neighbors lost their child in a weird car accident. Everyone else was fine. Her favorite color was purple, so the neighborhood put up purple ribbons for her. Sadly, they also lost another child to cancer a few years go. So terribly sad. Towel snuggles.One of my favorite snacks - toast, goat Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-43374263074468027192022-01-01T13:32:00.002-07:002022-01-01T13:32:00.207-07:00Archives - March 2021We came home from AZ with lots of citrus from grandparents. Fresh OJ every morning for a bit. Can't be beat. I also came home with some sniffles, but after messing up 2 saliva covid tests, I finally got a good reading and didn't get covid on the trip. Just a cold. These two. We also brought back lots of fresh tortillas. I've never had better. I brought a bunch back for cousin Julie too. They Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-91264913206390667312021-12-30T21:43:00.001-07:002021-12-30T21:43:57.737-07:00Tanque Verde Ranch - Family Trip 2021Welp, months have gone by since I posted. I was doing so well to get caught up! Then life got hard at the end of the summer and I put a lot of things to this side. But here I am over Christmas break, going to at least do a photo dump of the year for posterity's sake. At the end of February, the whole Williams clan headed to Tucson to enjoy mom and dad's Christmas gift - a long weekend at a dude Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-15217760564966021222021-07-11T23:33:00.003-06:002021-07-11T23:33:41.020-06:00February 2021Let's go back and see what I was doing in February. It was still covid times and winter. Terrible combo. But apparently not super terrible with a Miriam on your lap. Ordered these baskets, intending to hold shoes in here, but these two had other plans. Oh, and see this carpet? It's gone now, which is excellent. We cooked something with lots of veggies? A beauty influence convinced me to buy this.Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-84610083243088930902021-04-30T10:40:00.001-06:002021-04-30T10:40:00.209-06:00January 2021 Can this year please be normal?! It certainly didn't start out great. Covid is still raging, the President tried to get Georgia to find votes for him, January 6 was just terrible, police brutality, etc etc. At least a few vaccines started to get out into the world. Meanwhile, at home, I'm very confused about all of these colors, which all have 'gray' in the name.  Got out the spikes and went up Unknownnoreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-79874255796740116622021-04-28T21:15:00.001-06:002021-04-28T21:15:53.877-06:00December 2020 - the end of a weird and terrible yearAlas, December. Bye-bye 2020. I started getting into recipes from What's Gaby Cookies - this butternut squash pasta is pretty good. Miriam, always a sweetheart who is in the way. Soup, bread and royal gossip. Love that year-end Spotify data. This is not a surprise. Been a long time since we had sushi. I'm always skeptical of sushi takout, but this is right up the street and it's pretty good. And Unknownnoreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-60333170220469088212021-02-07T20:20:00.003-07:002021-02-07T20:20:41.090-07:00Archives - February 2020Apparently at the beginning of February 2020, I was doing lots of furniture shopping, trying to find more pieces for my house. No one needs to see all those photos, but there are lots of them. No one needs to see all the cat photos either, but too bad. Miriam is my sweet lap snuggler. We got a big snowstorm in early February. Trapped at home before we knew we'd be trapped at home for other Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-8861145533254971882021-01-24T19:47:00.000-07:002021-01-24T19:47:55.257-07:00Bryce Canyon - Thanksgiving 2020For Thanksgiving weekend, we got out of town to hit up Bryce Canyon, especially since I'd never been. And when you have an annual parks pass, you'd best use it. Anthony and I both had Friday off as well, and initially I wanted to be away for the whole four days. But with cold weather and wrangling a cat sitter, we just did a quick one-nighter, which turned out to be enough. The kitties wished Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-51345320399398277802020-12-27T22:28:00.000-07:002020-12-27T22:28:20.306-07:00Archives - January 2020I will get caught up on this blog! I am almost caught up and current! I did start solid blogging in March of this year, so I'll do a little archive of Jan and Feb and call it good.Seems I started 2020 with a flashback of the previous decade. I see you, Vancouver 2010 Olympics. But January was a lot of hanging out, like this. I got eager to strip the varnish off the baseboards in our guest bedroomUnknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-15897523187014454282020-12-06T17:50:00.001-07:002020-12-06T17:50:29.275-07:00November Came and Went... Where has the year gone? How is it now December? We've been doing this covid thing for almost 9 solid months now. Ugh. But the end is in sight. Miriam is looking for it. This is upside down, but I bought a fancy leaf vacuum mulcher thing to reduce how many leaves I have to rake. We don't have huge trees in our yard but all our neighbors do, and tons of it ends up in our yard. No more bagging, Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-22741359505918440292020-11-04T20:36:00.005-07:002020-11-04T20:37:07.892-07:00Post-Birthday to HalloweenWhat's been happening these last six weeks or so? I keep saying nothing, because nothing is new, but I do have a few tidbits to share.Right after we got home from Yellowstone, Anthony went to Alaska. And in that 36 hours home, he had to find a place to get a Covid test, and hopefully get negative results quickly so he could roam free in Alaska. I was stressed for him, but luckily it all worked Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-74242375466716422412020-10-23T23:37:00.000-06:002020-10-23T23:37:43.187-06:00Archives - December 2019Before we get to December 2020, let's revisit last year, when people could congregate and hug and celebrate the holidays like normal. Snow is coming again. At least it's pretty here, so I'll try and keep that in mind. Snow capped mountains are quite the sight. Meghan held her annual ornament making night. I forgot the theme. Maybe it was just a felt ball theme. Sure grateful for these little Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-25840637077271629712020-10-04T22:56:00.000-06:002020-10-04T22:56:04.284-06:00Birthday in Yellowstone!Welp, time to face the big birthday.  I needed to do something to acknowledge and celebrate, so off to a National Park!I had a pretty normal workday, and then around 3pm we packed up and got outta town. Yellowstone has been absolutely packed this year, and I almost dreaded going. But we've found that mid to late September is a great time to be in a park, and I'm guessing most people are back at Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-67447604733120743372020-09-13T23:16:00.002-06:002020-09-13T23:16:30.250-06:00It's September, It's Still CoronatimesI think I'm tired of trying to do a daily blog blurb, so maybe I'll aim for weekly or something. And then I drafted something for the first week of September, delayed on publishing it, and then I lost power/internet at my house for four solid work days, so who knows what this publishing schedule will be. It's whatever I feel like! And Leo does whatever he feels like. So here's the beginning of Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-50365722004964896502020-09-01T16:14:00.000-06:002020-09-01T16:14:33.906-06:00August - the Coronavirus DiariesSaturday, August 1Anthony left this morning on a hike adventure, with plans to stay overnight. Day to myself! Parade of Homes kicked off this weekend, and I made plans with Cher to go see a bunch of houses. Let's go see what strange choices people and builders make. First off, a super custom home with a Cinderella room. I guess I'd do this if I had young kids, but thinking about them outgrowing Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-49269186365787968722020-08-01T03:58:00.001-06:002020-08-01T03:58:00.234-06:00July - the Coronavirus DiariesWednesday, July 1I'm starting to lose track of days. I haven't worked in a month, the 'rona is spiking again and places and re-shutting down, and there's not much to do except wait on job interviews. I've got about ten companies in the mix and I'm reluctant to start more, because it's getting harder to keep track of who is who and where I'm at with each company. Maybe worse than trying to date Unknownnoreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-57356403816759786082020-07-01T22:49:00.002-06:002020-08-31T21:56:25.154-06:00June - the Coronavirus DiariesMonday, June 1Applied for a couple jobs last night and sent off my resume to a few people today. Fingers crossed for something. My laptop charger broke, the prongs in the middle box receded into it, so of course that's great timing as I'm about to turn my work laptop in and I clearly need one to keep applying for jobs. Luckily Taylor has the same model computer as I do, so I drove to his house Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-84740008031153044402020-06-07T14:53:00.001-06:002020-06-07T14:53:00.528-06:00Archives - November 2019Stuff that happened last November, a time when I had events on my calendar and could hang out with people. But still mostly hanging out with the cats. Apparently one night we got soup dumplings at the newish Sweetie D market in the Avenues. I love soup dumplings and they're hard to find here. And then we saw Motherless Brooklyn, which I recall not loving, but liking more than I thought.The next Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-59033651034623412262020-06-01T22:40:00.001-06:002020-06-01T22:40:51.593-06:00May - the Coronavirus DiariesFriday, May 1Decent day at work - feels good to wrap up the week. We decided to try Pizzeria Tasso for dinner. They're close by and had just opened a physical location, as opposed to their food truck, right as everything started to shut down. Today was the first day that restaurants could officially open for dine-in, with social distance measures in place, but it doesn't seem like anyone is Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-85502169339414710792020-05-01T15:41:00.001-06:002020-05-01T15:41:38.485-06:00April - the Coronavirus DiariesWednesday April 1It's finally April! March was such a crazy month. Hello Fresh has been nice to have during these times. We usually only order a box once a month, but we've increased since it helps out with groceries. This pork bowl was a hit on Instagram, with several people asking for the recipe. As seen on a daily walk. April 2Cat face. I got designs back from Modsy! Faster than expected. HereUnknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-47504979043219353232020-04-07T16:10:00.000-06:002020-04-07T16:10:15.889-06:00March - the Coronavirus DiariesThursday, March 12 Things are feeling weird. Most of my company offices around the country are closed, but I'm still waiting for the SLC announcement. In a work planning meeting this morning, we got a notice to drop everything and turn our attention to supporting schools now going online as they close up. Delta calls me and cancels my trip to Japan in April. Wah! Boo! I leave work early Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-18530536771021356502020-02-27T13:41:00.002-07:002020-02-27T13:44:35.751-07:00October 2019 - Austin City Limits Festival!ACL Festival! I kinda thought my music festival days were over (I last did Coachella in 2009), but I'd heard that Austin City Limits Festival is a little more chill (not so many flower crowns and boho Instagram outfits and celebrities), and the lineup was pretty killer this year, PLUS Meghan and Kevin are still living there, so I knew we had to go for it. I bought festival tickets at the endUnknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-47152664623398209762020-01-27T15:49:00.000-07:002020-01-27T15:49:58.947-07:00Archives - October 2019October stuff! We kicked off the month with Ethiopian food. I remember the first time I tried this cuisine, years ago in DC, and I didn't like it much. Thankfully I've come around. Mahider is excellent. And Celisse got me on the Normal Club train. I didn't like their ice cream much the first time either, but I've since gone back for their salted vanilla soft serve with an almond ganache Unknownnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16097014.post-52633599506066352792020-01-06T13:28:00.000-07:002020-01-06T13:28:03.078-07:00September 2019 - Great Basin National ParkOff on a birthday adventure! We left on a Saturday morning to drive to the middle of nowhere to explore Great Basin National Park for a few days. Great Basin is one of the least visited National Parks, and it's got some of the darkest skies in the USA. We just missed the annual astronomy festival. The park is just outside Baker, NV, population 68. The campgrounds at the lower levels wereUnknownnoreply@blogger.com0