Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer Trip 2015

My trip to Utah and Idaho was pretty fantastic. My days consisted of family, friends, food and not a care in the world.

Pedicures with my mom for her Mother's Day gift. 

 

 Sno-cones with the fam on Pioneer Day (which also included a parade and fireworks).


Family reunion in Idaho with my mom's family.


Visiting with my dear friend Holli, whom I met when I was 16 when I started working at Wendy's.


Time with Lindsay-loo and baby Sydney. 
 

Bowling with the fam bam. 

A visit with Pammy.
Ummm, I didn't take a photo....
Hanging out in downtown SLC.

Dinner with Audrey. 


Family pics and a final meal. 

It was a great time and I'm so glad I have such great family and friends. I'm so glad my trip overlapped with Ivy, Elliett and Mo visiting from Seattle and Josue from California. I try to squeeze in seeing a lot of people, and sometimes it just doesn't work out. Maybe in December I can see more!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Post-Vacation Transition

I am back in Denton after being in Utah and Idaho for the past week. I will blog about that trip soon. Right now I am tired and steeling myself for returning to work in the morning.

It's always a weird transition back into regular life after being on vacation. My days the past week consisted of coordinating who I was going to meet up with, where I was going to eat, and how late I could sleep in. I didn't check my work email at all. I just enjoyed being back home.

Now I have to think about grocery shopping, and unpacking, and going back to work. I'm alone (except for Biscuit, of course). It's just a bit jarring for me when I have to make the transition.

Also a tough transition: the heat and humidity here in Texas. No, it's not like it's a brand new thing, but I "adapt" rather quickly to the dry heat of Salt Lake. It actually cools down at night. I can be outside at 8 am and not be covered in moisture. I don't have to worry about my hair going flat. I had to use a lot more lotion and my nose was super dry. But it was worth it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Double Indemnity

My local Cinemark theater is participating in the TCM screenings of classics on the big screen. So far I've seen The Sound of Music and Jaws. This past Monday it was Double Indemnity, the Billy Wilder film noir classic. It almost wrote the book on film noir and femme fatales.

I was telling my boss about this when he asked me if I had seen any good films lately. He didn't know what a femme fatale was, or really even film noir. And I fear I did a less than adequate job at explaining them. If you want to know, you can look them up on Wikipedia (I sent my boss the links to both those entries).

Or you could just watch Double Indemnity. Barbara Stanwyck is THE femme fatale.

I'll admit that I didn't really know what this film was about before seeing it. Which I guess is sort of nice. It lets me enjoy without lots of expectations.

It definitely deserves the title of "classic". I only with it had won Best Picture (it was nominated but lost to Going My Way starring Bing Crosby) so I could mark it off my list for 35 by 35.

I'm looking forward to the next round of classics to be announced.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Another Weekend in Kansas

I spent a very quick weekend in Kansas. I am so glad that I live close enough that I can visit my friends. It is hard living away from them.

My friend Kate is leaving Kansas for a new job in Bellingham, Washington, and this weekend was a bit of a "last hurrah" with the group of friends there.

 Kate, Paige, J. Hall, Rachel, Jess, me, and Janae

I was also able to see Amber before I headed out on Sunday. We laughed and cried and ate hamburgers. She's the best.

I love the people in my life. And they love me. I know this because we actually said those words to each other. "I love you." Those words are important, and I'm glad that I have so many people to say it to and hear it from.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pluto, This Is Your Moment

Nine years ago, NASA sent a rocket out into space. That rocket finally reached Pluto and has sent back photos of the mass that we used to call a planet (maybe it is a planet again now....or is it a dwarf planet?). The rocket traveled 3 billion miles in 9 years. Nine years!!!

This is amazing. Like for real. The rocket left Cape Canaveral, reached Jupiter in a year, then used the propulsion from Jupiter's gravity to "sling-shot" it's trajectory to Pluto.

Prior to take-off, the New Horizons team worked for ten years to plan the trip!

I thought I was past the time when I was amazed by things going on in space. But I'm not. This is pretty darn amazing.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

35 By 35

I have made a list of things to complete by the time I turn 35, which will be April 24, 2018. This list has 35 things on it (well, it's supposed to; I'm having trouble getting the last ones. I guess I will keep it open in case something changes....). I have made this list because I have a few friends who have made 30 by 30 lists.

You can check out the list here. You'll see that some of them are simple, like "Make jam" or "Kiss in the rain" (perhaps that's not so simple...). Some will require a decent amount of effort, like "Make a t-shirt quilt" or "Make a piece of furniture". Some are general and don't really have a specific item, like "Perform more random acts of kindness." The ones that involve travel will take money, which will require me to plan ahead and save.

Also, I made this list last summer. That's why I put "Attend an NFL game" and "Attend a MLB playoff game", because I had already done those two!

Thing is, though, I'm not naturally a list maker. It's not a part of my personality. What is a part of my personality: procrastinating. Hopefully having the list will help make me less of a procrastinator....

Friday, July 10, 2015

Old Foto Friday

Jeanne, Lindsay and I before heading to Lagoon. This is likely the summer before our senior year. The car is Jeanne's; we loved her white Honda.

I like that Lindsay is clearly dressed for a summer day, and Jeanne and I are wearing pants and tennis shoes. What's that about?! My shirt has a line of VW slug bugs on it.
 

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