Monday, April 27, 2009

How?

How do you know that it's summer at

When it's 10 PM, I'm still at work and I've sent 147 emails in 11 hours.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Beautiful



Thank you Monica and Shahauna.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Still too country?

Is this one better than the other one?
Alicia, thanks for the referral.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter 2009

Mary, Brent and I went up to Tara and Jeremy's for Easter dinner tonight. We started out by dying eggs, and then had dinner. We had last year's salad, HoneyBaked Ham, cheesy potatoes and bread. Yum!After dinner Tara put on a great Easter egg hunt...for the adults.

After the egg hunt we had dessert - cake made by Tara. No pictures, but it was so good. During dessert Mary helped Darci learn to walk. She's only taking a few steps at a time, but Mary is a great coach!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I'm looking for a dermatologist in Utah county. Any recommendations?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Birthday Week 2009

My birthday week was awesome thanks to really great friends. It started off with lunch at Happy Sumo with work friends on Tuesday and on Wednesday (my 28th birthday) I got to have lunch with my managers at Tucanos.
When I got back to my office after lunch I found it decorated by several different groups of people (thank you everyone!)... ...and then went down to the gym to give blood.
I left the office early to have dinner with friends at Cheesecake Factory. I got so many nice gifts, most especially an "I like you" book personalized for me from Tara, made by my friend Shauna. Seriously, if you want to make someone cry get them one of these here. I've read it every night since and still love it.

Thursday I saw Wicked with Tara, Alex, Debbie, Guy, Kim, JT and Raechel and then had dinner at Fleming's. Sorry for the lame pictures, Tara and I didn't have our cameras so the iPhone had to do. Side note: Wicked is just as amazing as you've heard. I saw it a couple of years ago and loved it and this time I literally could not stop grinning at the stage. If it's coming to a city near you figure out a way to get tickets. You will not regret the hassle or the price.
On Friday Josh arranged for a group of us to go high speed go-kart racing for my birthday. It was awesome because it's not something I would have thought of but I thoroughly enjoyed it (isn't that the best kind of surprise?). Turns out Tara is an awesome racer (she kicked the boys' butts) and I am not (not surprising, I love having something to achieve, not winning). Everyone had a really good time, I recommend it for all mixed gender parties.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My birthday wish list

Here's a birthday wishlist for those of you that have requested one. It's a little lame because I'm coming up with things off the top of my head so if you already have a gift and it's not on my list, don't sweat it. I'm sure it's perfect.

iTunes gift card

Fun headbands - big flowers, jewels, whatever

Your favorite book that I haven't read and you think I'd like - please write a personal message in it so that I remember you and our relationship forever

For my new house I want to do a photo collage of casual pictures (think Liv's living room and stairwell if you've been there). I have a lot of pictures but need more - so any really good pictures you have of me with people I love or just of people I love I'd love to get them. You can print them in 4x6, 5x7 or 8x10 in matte finish.

House goods - I'm looking for decorative items now. I like most modern-y things, but I can go traditional as well. I'm looking at buying a giant house so if you're in doubt, just get it, I can find a place for it somewhere.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Too country?

I'm looking at new bedding and I'm thinking about a patchwork quilt, like this one from Pottery Barn.
What do you think? Too country? Cute? The wrong patchwork?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Banff

Tara, Mary and I flew to Calgary on Friday morning. Like the start of all girl vacations, we took pictures.
Due to the hour and a half road trip ahead of us went right to lunch at Joey Tomato's. After learning our first lesson about Canadians moving slower than Americans we finally started on our way to Banff.For being 3 girls that have each lived in Utah for over 9 years you'd think we wouldn't be excited by mountains but really, each set (or portion of a range) really does have its own look and feel. The drive to Banff is spectacular and totally removes you from real life.We drove through downtown Banff to get to The Fairmont Banff Springs loving all of the little shops and getting excited to go shopping. The town looks a lot like Park City but has a slightly European feel and is just darling. I had seen plenty of pictures of our hotel online but I wasn't quite prepared for its size - it's HUGE!
We checked into the hotel, checked out our room (small...but had chocolate dipped strawberries).After we checked into the hotel Tara and I headed straight to massage appointments. After getting rubbed down we went to the spas pools. Not quite The Grand Wailea, but they have several pools of varying temperature. Tara and I pool hopped and Mary joined us after her massage. We sat in the outside hot tub for quite a while, laughing and talking.

After the spa we went to dinner at the Grapes Wine Bar. We had baked brie as an appetizer,
steak with mashed potatoes, and chicken stuffed with boursin. Yum!
After dinner we were so tired we almost fell asleep at the table so we headed back to our room and went to bed.

Saturday morning we slept in and then headed to town for shopping. We browsed the shops and then had lunch at Earls where I had pad thai and we shared chocolate sticky toffee pudding for dessert.After lunch we went to a local lookout and took pictures......including this one of us with Cry Babies (anyone remember these?).Tara really wanted to see wildlife other than what she sees in her backyard, but there was nothing. She did catch this little guy on camera...
After our photo shoot we stopped by the hotel and then went to Lake Louise to live out a dream of mine - a sleigh ride! First we had dinner at The Fairmont Lake Louise which included "small bites" of various tasty appetizers, a good steak, and passion fruit creme brulee.
After dinner we went on a sleigh ride around Lake Louise. It was freezing cold but so amazingly beautiful!After the sleigh ride we went back to our hotel and went swimming in the outdoor heated pool. It was so cold outside but the pool was hot and Tara and I both count this as one of our favorite parts of the trip.

This morning we slept in and then got breakfast from the lounge on our floor and brought it back to our room. We sat in bed and listened to General Conference while eating breakfast. To all the Mormons out there, this is the way to do conference. Try it, you'll love it.

After breakfast we packed up and headed to the airport, but not before a stop at the Rundle Lounge for lunch. I'm a crabcake snob and these were good...

The drive to the airport included my usual lead foot and being caught in a speed trap (do foreign tickets get put on your record?) but we made it to the airport in time to catch our flight (barely).

These are 2 of the girls I love the most and I'm so glad we were able to get away together. We had so much fun goofing around, eating good food and just hanging out. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend!