Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday was the big slumber party. Just me and my niece for the entire night. We saw our first 3D movie together, not sure how I've missed the entire 3D craze, but based on my viewing of "Puss in Boots" I still don't see the real appeal, am I missing something?
After the movie we went to Target to get supplies for the rest of the night and both came home with a pair of platform sandals (too bad it isn't sandal weather yet.)
Next up, a little dancing...our soundtrack? Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl, Miss M's favorite, Katy Perry's California Girls and just to help round out her musical education for the night, the original California Girls by the Beach Boys.
We painted our nails, made cupcakes.....
and ate them for breakfast. We had a great time and I for one, can't wait to do it again with my very favorite little girl.Pin It
Friday, February 17, 2012
Today is a very full day at my house, I'm finishing my last day at work before a 3 week vacation (yes, I know I'm lucky.) I'm getting ready for a sleepover with my niece - we are going to go to a movie, make cupcakes and maybe even paint our nails, I hope she is as excited as I am. I'm packing for that vacation I mentioned and I'm prepping for a 10 year reunion tomorrow (oh, the pressure of picking the perfect outfit and hoping for a good hair day!)
I hope you have a wonderful Friday - and that your weekend is as full of fun as I expect mine to be.
Just in case your day didn't start out quite as golden as mine, here's a little golden music to keep you warm. The Damnwells - Golden DaysPin It
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Valentine's Day is one of those holidays I usually dread (being chronically single may influence my opinion.) But this year wasn't so bad. After sleeping in and getting a little work done, I hit the stores (along with half the men in the city) to pick up a little something for my niece and nephew. I then spent a couple of hours playing with them (one of the biggest benefits of finally being home is being able to spend a bit of time with them each day.) Then the day was capped off with another personal favorite - homemade Valentine's cookies (it's official, I have the best neighbors in the world.)
By the end of the day, I was ready to admit that Valentine's Day doesn't have to be a day to dread.
How did you celebrate?
Have you heard First Aid Kit yet? Check out their Emmylou or The Lion's Roar - both have been on heavy rotation at my house this week.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Taken with my iPad as I flew over the Alps,
maybe I need to give up my aisle seats more often if the view is this incredible.
After 3 months of 80+ hour work weeks, where I worked 20 out of 24 Saturdays and Sundays, my project is finished and I made it home.
This time getting home was in itself a lesson in patience and perseverance, I left the office around 4 on Thursday afternoon, hiked up the hill in Lausanne (where it was freezing), grabbed my suitcases and caught a bus to the train station.
Uncharacteristically, the train was running late, so I stood around the station for an extra 20 minutes. I arrived in Geneva, found the shuttle to my hotel room for the night. I got checked in and quickly realized that if I wanted dinner I'd have to take the shuttle back to the train station because there were no options within walking distance. 6AM brought another shuttle ride to the airport where finally my journey home felt like it was beginning.
I landed in London on time and, luckily given how many flights had been cancelled last week out of Heathrow, mine was on-time. The flight to Chicago was uneventful, on arrival the snow on the ground made me slightly nervous, but I had a 5 hour layover, so surely things would be better later in the day.
Not so - only after I checked my luggage through to Salt Lake I discovered my flight had been cancelled. After standing in a few lines and talking to several people, it became apparent I wasn't getting out of Chicago on Friday. I sweet talked the airline into a voucher for a reduced rate hotel room (and thanked my lucky stars that I always pack a carryon, with the expectation that I'll get stuck somewhere.)
I braved the blowing snow to track down yet another shuttle bus to the hotel, crashed in what was probably the most comfortable bed I'd slept in in 3 months (thank you Marriott!) and prayed for a less snowy Saturday.
My prayers were answered and at noon I boarded on my final plane (for a few weeks at least.) More than 48 hours after I left the office on Thursday I was finally home. The best part of my trip home was being picked up by my sister, niece and nephew, how I've missed them.
The next time someone makes a comment about how glamourous it must be to travel for work, I'll probably grin and agree, but in the back of my mind I'll be remembering all the trips like this that turn the glamour into pain, but for now I'm going to revel in being home, sleeping in my own bed and being able to visit Target whenever I want.
Am I the last person on earth to discover Lana Del Rey? After a coworker turned me onto her album last week, its been on heavy rotation: Video Games
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