Favorite Things

I thought I would document a few of my favorite things from the last couple of months before March officially ended:

Food Adventures. There are few things I love more than discovering a good restaurant. Some of my recent adventures were Alamexo, Chopfuku, and Purgatory. I love good sushi and Chopfuku didn’t disappoint. I can’t wait to try more of their rolls.

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This is their UK roll. It has snow crab, avocado, tuna, DEEP FRIED BACON, salmon, white fish, jalapeno, tobiko, lemon, served with spicy mayo, and eel sauce.

Purgatory is a bar/restaurant that features Asian fusion food. We tried the K-pop fries, curry donut, Soul burger, and a cauliflower wrap. The fries were especially delicious.

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The K-pop fries featuring: Korean short ribs/ carmelized kimchi/gochujuan mayo/ herbs/crema

Not pictured: My delicious Alamexo queso, fish tacos, and churro. To top it off we ended up sitting right next to the owner, who was very nice. Definitely would go again!

Tennis. The true sign of spring this year for me was not the weather [which insists on being fickle], but the reappearance of concerts after their winter hibernation. I saw Tennis for the second time and checked out the State Room for the first time [and LOVED it – New top venue choice].

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Penthouse Upgrade. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be surrounded by the whisper soft embrace of a heavenly cloud? Wonder no further. It’s what lying on these pillow loungers is like. I stumbled across these on Amazon and they are one of the best purchases I have ever made. They have changed our movie nights forever.

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These pillow loungers are so beloved and life changing that Courtney felt she had no other option than to quit her office job and now she spends all her time promoting them. She is currently completing an internship under the Price is Right showcase models and will then be taking her efforts abroad so that no one anywhere in the world will be without the option of comfortable pillow based lounge options.

Ziggy. My sister and her husband added a puppy to their life and I’m sort of obsessed. Here are some basic facts about Ziggy: He is a Shih Tzu, he is named after David Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust, and he is afraid of hula hoops. I puppy-sat him for one weekend and couldn’t get enough.

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Currently: Catching up on This Is Us

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Grey Skies, Silver Screens

January and February are often grey and cold here in Utah, but thankfully I often find myself warm and cozy in a movie theater during these winter months. First, the Sundance Film Festival comes to town [I was lucky enough to see four movies this year!] and then before you know it, it’s Oscar season.

This year was no exception and in honor of the Oscars two nights ago I made a few prints to represent the best picture nominees. I wish I could say I have a print for all of them, but I ran out of time before the ceremony. Personally my top two best picture nominees recommendations are LaLa Land and Hidden Figures. Both are movies with a lot of heart that I can’t wait to watch again. I also really loved the selection of live shorts nominated this year.

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Arrival

Arrival is the story of linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors [pictured above, although in the movie it is always black]. It reminded me of Interstellar in the best way possible.

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La La Land

If you haven’t heard of this movie, I’m not sure what’s happening and I’m worried about you. Please go watch it. Emma Stone’s character, Mia, makes this logo for Ryan Gosling’s character, Sebastian, who wants to open a Jazz club.

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Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is the story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. This print was inspired by one of my favorite quotes from the movie. Katherine says this after someone implies they are surprised NASA would let women work there.

“I will have you know, I was the first negro female student at West Virginia university graduate school. On any given day, I analyze the binomial levels air displacement, friction and velocity. And compute over ten thousand calculations by cosine, square root and lately analytic geometry. By hand. There are twenty, bright, highly capable negro women in the west computing group, and we’re proud to be doing our part for the country. So yes, they let women do some things at NASA, Mr. Johnson. And it’s not because we wear skirts. It’s because we wear glasses. Have a good day.”

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Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of WWII American Army Medic, Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Currently: reading Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It’s basically a “choose your own adventure” paperback for grownups, which has been really fun.

Favorite Things: Christmas 2016

2017 is officially here, but not before I slipped away for a much needed Christmas break in Texas. We made some usual stops at some of our favorite places:

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HOT GLAZED AND A CHERRY ICED PLEASE.

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Caught up with some friends:

Enjoyed the perks of a “green” Christmas. Even if it did mean it was almost 80 degrees the whole visit.

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I love our orange tree.

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Also this weird fruit tree.

We tried to be a little festive:

If you know us, you know that is definitely not our house, haha. We keep it simple when it comes to Christmas lights. Dad showed us this crazy Christmas house that’s on his usual biking route.

Bella, our dog, had to have surgery recently and to help her not interfere with the healing process she’s been forced to wear turtlenecks. I convinced my mom that she should have  at least have a Christmas one for the holiday season.

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This day after Christmas we hit the road and headed to San Antonio. We stayed in a cute little house and had fun playing tourists for a few days.

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House fridge magnets.

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I loved the decor in this house, it was a colorful, but very clean aesthetic. The spirit of the Mexican influence on San Antonio was well displayed and the owners also seemed very inspired by spiritual elements [there were multiple nativities, a buddha, and some Hindu deities represented]. However they also did not have a tv and said they intentionally do so to encourage people to do things like play boardgames instead … but nobody’s perfect I guess haha.

We visited the mercado where I did some nativity shopping and enjoyed window shopping and churros.

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We checked out some bikes and rode the path between the missions. Of course, we also paid a visit to our favorite publication in town, Buena Suerte.

However, we mostly just ate our way through as many tacos as possible.

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My mom is obsessed with the taco garage baby.

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One of our eating highlights was Maria’s. It’s a small cafe that was right around the corner from the place we stayed [our Airbnb host recommended it]. The BEST brisket nachos ever.

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And naturally, we had to take a stop at the Alamo and the Riverwalk. We’ve been to the Riverwalk many times, but this time we decided to do the boat tour and it was a lot of fun.

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Boat tour highlights: When they pointed out the bridge where Jennifer Lopez filmed a scene of Selena! Also when they pointed out the stage where they filmed part of Miss Congeniality and no one cared but me. I then unsuccessfully tried to get everyone to watch this movie all weekend.

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Mom and I waiting for the boat.

But of course my most favorite thing about visiting Texas is just hanging out with my favorite people. None of which want to be photographed at the same time. Or sometimes at all. BUT I DO IT ANYWAYS.

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Hope your Christmas was wonderful and 2017 is treating you well!

Bonus LEAST Favorite thing of Christmas 2016: Getting a stomach flu type bug on Christmas Eve! Thankfully it was a 24 hour thing and I was still able to say hello at Noche Buena that night and enjoy some pie with some of my favorite Nelsons and DelaMares on Christmas Day.

Currently watching: Waking Ned Devine