Monday, January 16, 2017

CES 2017 - Day 1


I can't believe this is my 6th year attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's soo much better when I can blog about it at the end of each day but I was exhausted and out late after the conference, then up early to do it all again so the blogging just didn't happen. Now it feels like a chore to document which sucks because I never want blogging to feel like a chore. However, what I did and saw must be documented so here we go. It also must be noted this is the first year I think that I was actually able to go for 3 full days. I dont stay Sunday since it seems like most companies are dismantling their booths that day but maybe next year I'll go for half of that day or something. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

NYE in Las Vegas




The past 5 years we've lived in Utah, we've never had good plans for New Years Eve. Nothing that is a tradition per say. Once or twice we went out to see a movie and honestly I'd have to look back at my blog to see what else we ended up doing the other years. I think once or maybe twice we went to Idaho but missed the potato dropping in Boise by 10 or 15 minutes. A pro to being in Boise for New Years is that my sister in law & her husband throw a really fun dinner party.  In Utah, I always wished we'd get invited to a party but that never happened and our place wasn't the best for having a lot of people over. So since we still don't have any good traditions for New Year's we decided to give last Las Vegas a try. 



The night was dark and cold. In fact, as we got in to Nevada it was raining some. Was not expecting that!



We finally found parking in a shopping strip and walked and walked to get to the strip. It was probably just a mile or so. If we do this next year, I have some ideas how we will do things differently. 



It was time for dinner (at 8pm!) and I have been wanting to eat at Yard House for a long time and it finally happened! Expensive but really good food. I am not sure where my pictures of the food that night went. I ordered a pasta dish and Tony got a hamburger. 

We walked around on the strip and explored some of the hotels...









It was a little annoying that you could not cross the strip wherever you wanted to. They had the street shut down, no traffic, but big gates set up in the middle and only a few spots to cross to the other side. We walked from about the Linq to the end of the street where this huge bus and lots of patrol cars were blocking the street and we crossed and walked down the opposite side. Kind of interesting. Someone said they blocked it off so that people didnt destroy the landscaping but I'm not so sure. There were quite a lot of police and military people out patrolling the streets. We were in one spot and a bunch of cops were chasing a guy who had ran beneath the building into the parking garage. Men with guns running everywhere, so fast! It was kind of funny but kind of not and we kept walking.



We were ready for the fireworks and countdown at 10 seconds to midnight. Of course we kissed and then you could turn your eyes any direction and see fireworks - all synchronized! It was pretty awesome. Once the show was over we walked back to the car because, what else was there to do?

(soo cold - Tony let me wear his coat)



All in all, it was a fun way to spend New Year's Eve. I procrastinated leaving Utah a bit but next time it would be fun to get a hotel on the strip and not have to worry about finding parking. Maybe we will find friends to split a room with next time and do that. It was nice to break up the drive from Salt Lake to Ridgecrest even though I was a bit sad to miss Tony's family fun dinner. It will be interesting to see how we end up spending next New Year's Eve. Anything is possible!

















Monday, January 2, 2017

Top 10 Posts of 2016



A few days in to 2017 and I'm still hanging on to some awesome memories of 2016. Here are 10 of my top posts of last year! Take a look...

Friday, December 30, 2016

My Year In Review - 2016


I managed to get cards out to a handful of friends this year but didn't get any kind of newsletter or update given. I feel like most people have gotten the scoop on my Facebook statuses throughout the year but here are some highlights in case you missed anything!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hair Care Review

Left: dirty hair Right: clean hair

A blogger friend of mine who lives in Utah asked if anyone would want to try some samples of this shampoo and condition called Monat Renew Shampoo and I said yes because my hair needs help! I never noticed it having problems when I lived in Northern CA. Then I went to live in Portland, Phoenix , Salt Lake and now I'm in Southern CA. My hair seems to be the worst down here! So dry, not soft or shiny (to me) but then again I always hide it under a hat. So I figured it was worth a shot to give this a try.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Beach Day





The beach vs. the mountains, I just can't decide which I love more. Who says I have to take sides anyway? Since there are not really any mountains where I am at in CA, I will go to the beach instead. I do miss the mountains in Utah a lot but luckily its just a 10 hour drive and when I go, it can be for longer than just a weekend, usually, so it's sort of like the best of both worlds in a way.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Scenic Utah Drive


My friend Nicole and I took a scenic drive through Alpine Loop one day with my fancy camera and I was able to get some fun pictures. Lots of pictures, no words here so scroll and enjoy :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Nashville Tribute Band Concert


I got the opportunity again to see Nashville Tribute Band in concert at the 
Scera Theater in Orem.


They put on a fantastic show and I knew more of their songs this year than I did the year before when I was such a newbie to their music.



Ryan from Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband came out and performed as well!


I was forever excited when Alex Boye comes out on stage to perform! Wasn't expecting that!
 


Thanks to my friend Joy and her kids who let me share a blanket with them. They were great company and it was nice also to not have the concert end early because of a thunderstorm (like last time).  All in all a fantastic time and I'm so glad I could go!



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Utah Summer Fun

These are going to be an assortment of random pictures that I dont really have a blog post to put them in so they can all go in to one!

Hiked to "The Living Room" in SLC by the U on Wednesday night. Okay, I didn't make it all the way to the top but the view where I stopped was pretty legit!

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Weekend With Tony

Since Tony has every other Friday off from work he rents a car and drives to Utah to hang out and do stuff with me for the weekend. I love it! He usually can leave work in the early afternoon on Thursday and gets in by midnight or so that night to Salt Lake. I have to work on Friday but that gives him time to do errands or pack some stuff or take boxes to our storage unit. 


Friday nights we've been able to go to movies in the park again.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Salt Lake Parade of Homes!

 I was able to go on a preview of the Parade of Homes for Salt Lake City last Friday before I went to Venture Night Out movie in the park with Tony. It was really fun to walk through some of the homes - these ones were in South Jordan in the Daybreak community.


Check out some of the neat things I saw!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Donut Falls Hike

 As part of the Questify 4 week challenge through Questival, we had to hike to Donut Falls. Lucky me, I'd signed up to hike there with Yelp Outdoors and so it was perfect timing!
 

Friday, July 29, 2016

What Is Millcreek Venture Night Out?

Tony and I attended a few of these events last summer and have gotten to go to a few already this year. Millcreek hosts a night out at a different park each week for anyone who wants to go. They have food trucks, activities for kids and adults and an outdoor movie! These events are my favorite Friday night activity.

Here are some fun pictures from the ones we have gone to!



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bear World Is My Favorite World


So stoked to finally be able to come here. I've been wanting to go ever since a girl in one of my classes at the college talked about it.  It was finally my turn and what a fantastic time it was.

Tender Mercies on Pioneer Day at Liberty Park


My main reason for going to Liberty Park on Pioneer Day was to catch Pokemon at an event happening at the Tracy Aviary. I have not been to the aviary for awhile and its one of my favorite spots in Utah - plus it has owls! We had just gotten to the park (its HUGE) and I saw a lady on a bicycle - she had a real live parrot on her bike too! I ended up getting to hold her guy, Medusa. The sweetest parrot! She got him from the day he was born pretty much and has raised him and bonded with him. He rides around everywhere with her. He doesn't bite hard. He doesn't fly away. Maybe if I raised a parrot from day 1 I would not be scared of their big beaks. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Birthday Celebrating All Month Long!

My birthday was July 10th and we celebrated on the 9th by going to Bear World in Idaho. So so fun. Each week I wanted to do something that friends could come to so one week was a movie in the park, nobody came. The next week was Draper Days and no one was able to come to that either. Next I did a night at Create Donut which is a new dessert place in Sandy. I actually had quite a few friends that were able to come. Hooray! Here are a few pictures from that night but sadly I did not take many at all because I was too busy talking to everyone!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Taste of The Town - Layton!


I missed this event last year but it is so very fun and I'm glad it worked out to go this year. Tony's cousin Joey and I went together. You could buy tickets for $1 and got a sheet of paper that said all the vendors, what food they were offering and how many tickets each thing was. I think most foods were 4 tickets or less. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Five at Lagoon!



I've been trying to fill up mine and Tony's week with something fun every day/night. Tony has been really wanting to take my nephew Riley (age 4) to Lagoon for awhile and of course the day before he has to drive to California to start his new job is the only day that works for us to take him. In the end my sister came too and brought Reese (age 2) as well. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Provo Hot Air Balloons!


The 4th of July celebrations started on June 30th this year. There were hot air balloons flying on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. Tony & I decided to drive down with our teardrop on Friday night, stay the night at the field and watch the hot air balloons take off in the morning. The ETA was for 6am and we did not want to get up at 5 to drive down to Provo.  Our plan worked great and in the end the balloons did not really start inflating until 630am or so. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Another Round of the UV Parade of Homes

Tony & I got to go together to view more homes in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes. I went last week with my friend Tiffany and was so excited to have Tony join me on the tour this week. We spent most of our time in Highland and Lehi.