Day 20 – Salt Lake City

Sandy and I planned to be a bit more active today. We left the house around 9 am, cruised by Starbucks, then ran a few errands that she needed to take care of. The main attraction of today was our early lunch at a place called Cafe Madrid, a Spanish cafe in the Cottonwood Heights…

Day 19 – Salt Lake City

Today was mostly a day of rest. I didn’t even take any photos! (the featured photo on this post is a mural that was in Park City) Sandy & I got Starbucks in the morning, then read and putzed around a while. Around noon, we went to a movie. We saw “Late Night” and both…

Better day

Shortly after I finished writing my post yesterday, my mom called. She shared that she had been triggered to grief the day before. It’s her story, so I’ll let her tell it if she wants, but we both agreed how unexpected it can be. We shed a few more tears then got on to other…

2 Years & Cookies

Today marks my 2-year anniversary of moving into my awesome downtown apartment. Crazy to think about that passage of time – how I’ve become more myself (I think), how I’ve lost a bit of weight, how I’ve become (maybe too) comfortable on my own, how my family unit has shifted, and how I can sit…

the rest of the week

After the disappointment of Wednesday night, the rest of the weekend has been pretty good. On Thursday, out of nowhere, I decided to see a movie. Instead of a variety of Oscar-nominated films I could have chosen, I selected “Winchester” starring Helen Mirren. It’s about Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle company fortune and…

music is a beautiful thing

Last night I was gifted with an invitation to the symphony with one of my BFFs, The Becky. At first, I thought, “The symphony?” But then I looked at the link she’d sent with the invite: John Williams. THE John Williams. Musician, composer, conductor. He’s scored such films as, oh, Jaws, Close Encounters of the…

Red

Red as an apple in her lily white hand Red as the blood you shed on the land Red in your dreams at night Red until the day you’re dead – from “Red” by Barbara Nesbitt Today’s reflection prompt was “red.” (By the way, I’m doing this December Reflections 2017 thing.) The first thing I thought…

it’s all good

Just checking in to say that the shine on this place is still quite shiny. Since I last wrote, I have taken many walks through the downtown neighborhoods. Last Friday night, I walked down to a bar at the Hard Rock Hotel where my friends were playing a free show. It took me 8 minutes…

holidaze

Year after year it gets more and more difficult to get into the “holiday spirit.” I don’t know if it’s the beautiful San Diego weather or the merciless onslaught of all things Christmas 6-8 weeks before it. Probably a combination of the two. I mentioned that my family isn’t super traditional for Thanksgiving, and I…

Dear Janis,

I watched a movie about you today. Actually a documentary. You died before I was born, but when I discovered you – your voice, your energy, your insecurity – I felt as if I’d known you. This film only cemented that. I read your sister’s book, Love, Janis, in college and wrote an extensive paper about you…