17 in 2017

I’m in awe of all the beautifully packaged 2017 recaps. I can’t quite keep up with the month by month break downs and such, but here’s what I can give you. 17 things that happened in 2017:

  1. Sledding in Liberty Park

IMG_92112. Enjoyed a burger at a VIP Hires party


3. Read some books

  • Seance, John Hardwood
  • Turtles All the Way Down, John Green
  • When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  • Madam, Will You Talk?, Mary Stewart
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’ Engle
  • Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
  • Once and for All, Sarah Dessen
  • Maybe in Another Life, Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Idaho, Emily Ruskovich
  • A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin
  • Snotgirl, Bryan O’Malley and Leslie Hung
  • iZombie Vol 1: Dead to the World, Chris Roberson and Michael Allred

4. Saw a few Sundance movies 


5. Marched for Refugees 

6. Continued to pitch ideas, including:

  • Numerous Christmas rom com plots – Hallmark & Lifetime call me!!
  • Bachelor Dad – The same process/living situation/activities as the bachelor, but instead of women living at the mansion it’s all of their dads and the bachelor must pick a spouse based on his rapport with the Dad.
  • Unimportant Elf theory – The nun Buddy’s dad takes books away from during his opening scene if in fact the same nun that put’s Buddy in his crib at the beginning of the movie. The orphanage is in financial ruins because they once LOST A BABY. Also, note this theory has no bearing on plot and would not change anything.

7. Moved to a new apartment 


World’s best moving crew [plus a few others not pictured]. We have amazing friends.


8. Went swimming



9. Did not burn my eyes out during the eclipse 


10. Made these things 


My grandparents home of 45 years flooded during Harvey and they had to move. We made this book of favorite memories for them as a tribute to their time there.

11. Ate this food


Prettiest plate award: Stoneground

Including these local desserts:


Sidenote: Is Top Golf who I am now???

These out of town eats:

These state fair gems:

And this Cheesecake Factory Retrospective:

12.Got a Lagoon Season Pass



13. Hung out with my Mom after her ankle surgery


14. Had a cousin Thanksgiving with the Nelsons 


15. Attended multiple birthday parties for cute animals 



Ziggy at his fiesta


Merriweather at her spec-CAT-ular, spec-CAT-ular Mulan Rouge party

16. Watched as many Made for TV Christmas Movies as possible 


17. Witnessed the Galmour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta at MFA Houston 

My aunts Jan and Dianne went with me to this while they were home this Christmas. This exhibit was beautiful and had audio commentary by Andre Leon Talley [aka ANTM Cycle 14-17 judge]. This is the dress I picked for me:


Annnd that’s it. Here’s hoping 2018 brings good things to us all!

Currently: Having a nice lazy day after a late night NYE game night and hot tub celebration


Here’s What You Missed: The Soundtrack

I started with the best intentions of putting together a summer recap full of the roadtrips, life changes [I moved!], weddings, and events I went to. Which would maybe be followed by a brief summary of a few concerts I went to. But the concerts took over and here we are. Consider this a prequel to my summer recap. So stay tuned people who loved my instagram stories featuring full of long clips of muffled music and blurry lit stages off in the distance. THIS ONE’S FOR YOU.

Ogden Twilight: Oh Land/ Wild Belle/ The Shins/ Miike Snow

I made the journey to Ogden three times this year for Oh Land/ Wild Belle, The Shins, and Miike Snow. Every concert meant lucky slice pizza and a visit to my favorite brown vinyl clad car of the frontrunner. Probably the most memorable train ride was when a kid eavesdropped on me giving a summary of an L.M. Montgomery book which somehow led to us adopting him for the night. Although I doubt he is reading Blue Castle right now, which is a shame because it’s a great read.


The Shins was sold out and amazing.

Salt Lake Twilight: Little Dragon/ Cat Power/ Solange

Twilight was it’s usual madness. Little Dragon was wonderful and had crazy costumes and lighting as well. Solange was life changing [duh].



Little Dragon featuring her crazy neon veil.

But first, Cat Power. I read somewhere that everyone who’s been to a Cat Power show has a crazy story to go with it. I did not fully understand this until I saw her perform. She would start songs and change her mind. Constantly adjust, unsatisfied with the sound and the stage. In between the starts and stops she would apologize to the crowd. But no apologies were needed. Despite being the was the only one performing [not a single backup singer or band member to be seen], she filled the stage, switching between her guitar and piano. Her voice was less polished, but more powerful. And right when we needed it she spoke from her heart and gave us the pep talk we needed.


Solange almost didn’t make it due to weather delays, but once she was there any inconvenience was totally forgotten. Everything about the show was captivating. Her voice, the backup dancers, the arrangements, the band. At one point she and her backup singers just screamed into the microphones and somehow it still came out music. Magic.

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No bad days when Solange is in town.

Red Rocks/ Father John Misty

We travelled all the way to Colorado to see the infamous Red Rocks venue and it almost didn’t happen. On the way there a semi truck caught ON FIRE and blocked all the lanes. But we persevered through the standstill traffic, roadside “bathroom” stops [things got real], and made it just in time for the show. Red Rocks was gorgeous and the perfect venue.


Us waiting in stopped traffic.


Also us waiting in stopped traffic. IT WAS A ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS. 


Red Rocks!

HAIM/ Red Butte

One of the highlights of the summer, this was an amazing show [“Right Now” is still playing in my head]. We walked in thinking most of the spots were taken, but ended up in a little corner right at the front. Not only were we up close and personal for the drum solos and giant cricket intruders, but we got to be a part of their mass high five/ running to the crowd at the end. The cherry on top was their cover of Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much”, which if you have listened to I highly recommend [check it out here].



30 Seconds to Mars/ Muse

This was an unexpected end of summer treat thanks to my friend Mindy, who last minute offered me a ticket. Jared Leto was a presence to be reckoned with. Muse performed a flawless, seamless set with incredible lighting design and projected graphics. None of which  turned out in my photos, so you’ll just have to trust me ok?

Currently: reading Madam, Will You Talk? [my book club book for the month]

Favorite things: Food

Here are some of my favorite foodie escapades lately:

The sweet potato fries at The Bayou 

Portions may be bigger than the menu makes them appear. These fries were basically never ending. NEVER ENDING.



I finally tried the infamous Chip! If you haven’t heard of them they are a chocolate chip cookie and milk DELIVERY service. They are based out of Provo, but have a Salt Lake pop up on the weekend. Their cookies are gigantic and delicious.


Chicken burrito bowls ala buzzfeed

I’m all about meal prep lately [who am I?], but often when I try to copy trendy recipes they don’t translate. This was an exception. I loved it so much. Simple, but good. Get the recipe here.

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Feast Fest

Our friends did a series of food movie nights and it was truly the best. My favs were probably Chocolat and Ratatouille. Classics for a reason.


Can’t watch Chocolat without mass amounts of chocolate.

Frida Bistro 

I’ve been dying to go here for ages and it did not disappoint [Thnx Mindy for making my food/birthday dreams come true].



Carnitas de puerco and chipotle mashed potatoes. Yum.

Can you see that deliciousness? No, ok, LET ME ENHANCE THAT FOR YOU.


Plus the ambience is great too – inside and out.


Food & art are two of my favorite things and I loved how they decorated everything.

And last, but not least, the Birthday eating extravaganza


There were pancakes:


Courtesy of Original Pancake House, duh. If you need a recommendation my go to order is banana pancakes and a side of bacon.

Practically every “bite” on the menu at Even Stevens,


and Cheesecake Factory


Terrible picture, but it tasted oh-so-good.

Of course all that birthday food was made better by the fact that I shared it with the best of people. Thanks for the birthday love everyone!

Bonus [non-food] favorite thing: Ziggy helping me unwrap my birthday gifts


Currently: In love with the new Wonder Woman movie. I saw a screening last night and already can’t wait to see it again!