Day 787: Trip to Dallas

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Day 787: Trip to Dallas

A beautiful view of Dallas!

Back in May, I went on a work trip to Dallas! It was a fun and educational time. This photo above is the view from my hotel (the Dallas Omni). It was a beautiful hotel and was actually a green one. Basically my room didn’t have power until I put the key in a slot near the door. It was neat! There was even a TV in the mirror in the bathroom. Fancy!

Throughout the week I met some really nice members of STLE and it was great getting to know the people I worked with on the magazine. I also worked at the Information Booth, went to lots of meetings, and attended some important dinners. I even sat in on the Basic Lubrication Course.

One night I was able to walk to the Book Depository with a few editors (where John F. Kennedy was shot). I’ve been there before, but it was still sad, yet interesting. I’m not sure if I’m a fan of the cross on the road where he was shot, but oh well.

Day 787: Trip to Dallas

The Dallas Book Depository.

The main floor of the Annual Meeting.

The main floor of the Annual Meeting.

One evening, I was able to go to an event at Southfork Ranch! That’s where they filmed the show Dallas. We got a tour of the grounds, ate a nice dinner, and played some games. I even got on a fake horse and roped a fake cow! I never thought I’d do that in my life. It was a fun night.

The house from the show Dallas!

The house from the show Dallas!

It was a good time and was a nice little getaway! Next year’s Annual Meeting will be in Las Vegas… I’m looking forward to that!

Day 780: Arizona Trip

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Day 780: Arizona Trip

A beautiful Arizona sunset.

Just a few weeks ago, I went on a little trip to Arizona to visit my cousin Kim and her husband Raymond! I had a blast. I went on the trip with Scott, my mom, Ray, Uncle John, Uncle Paul, and Sydney. We got in very late Wednesday night, so we didn’t do much besides go to bed soon after arriving. On Thursday, we walked around the downtown area of Arizona State University. It was a cool area with bars, restaurants, and shops, so we stopped at an outdoor bar for some appetizers. The mountains around there were gorgeous! Later that evening, we ate some Buffalo Wild Wings and headed to the Coyotes vs. Blackhawks hockey game! The majority of the people there were Blackhawks fans… it was amazing!

Day 780: Arizona Trip

The gang before heading to the Blackhawks game.

Day 780: Arizona Trip

The Blackhawks about to kick butt!

The Blackhawks ended up winning 2-1. They had a lot of shots on goal, so I’m surprised there weren’t more goals! I’m glad they won, though. We then hung out at Kim’s place for a while… Kim and I had some lemon martinis! 🙂

On Friday, we went to the Cubs game at Sloan Park! It was a beautiful day. Sadly the Cubs lost, but at least it’s just Spring Training.

Day 780: Arizona Trip

At Sloan Park with Scott.

Day 780: Arizona Trip

From left to right: Me, my mom, Sydney, and Kim. Go Cubs!

After the game, we went to a restaurant called Oregano’s pizza. It was delicious! We waited a while for a table, so Kim, Sydney, and Ray ended up running through the sprinklers. Silly! We then went to Baskin Robbins for some ice cream and played games at Kim’s house.

On Saturday, I hung out by Kim’s pool with my mom, Sydney, Uncle John, and Kim while the rest of the gang golfed. It was a relaxing afternoon! We dared Sydney to get into the pool even though the water was freezing… and she did it! I tried it, too. Wow, it was cold!

Day 780: Arizona Trip

Sydney in the cold water!

I tried In-N-Out Burger at lunchtime for the first time ever, and it was really good! I haven’t had a hamburger in about six years, so I thought it was time to have one again. Later that evening, we went to Rustler’s Rooste for dinner and I had some really good salmon. The view there was amazing. Here it is!

Day 780: Arizona Trip

Beautiful view of Arizona.

After dinner, we played some games and had lemon martinis for our last night of vacation. Sunday ended up being a really long day full of canceled and delayed flights. We were originally supposed to get home early afternoon, but it ended up being around 9:30 p.m. Yikes!

I had an amazing time with my wonderful family!!

Day 776: My View Today

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February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 27

Day 776: My View Today

Yep… this is my view.

Happy Friday! Today’s photo had to be my view. So this is the view from my cubicle at work. It’s not the nicest, but it’s not the worst. It was a nice sunny day today, which helped! I wish my view had mountains or an awesome waterfall, but Illinois isn’t that cool. We should work on that. Maybe my view will look better in the spring? We shall see.

It’s been a good Friday night! My family and I went to a restaurant I’ve never been to before called Pappadeaux. It’s a delicious seafood kitchen; I ate some really good tilapia. Mmmm. My mom and I had some good wine, too! The place was packed, so it was good we made a reservation. I would definitely go there again. I ate way too much, though.

Yay, it’s the weekend!! Woo!!

Day 717: The Moon

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Day 717: The Moon

I had to devote a blog post to this photo of the moon. Isn’t it amazing? I took this during the second week of September. There were two days where I noticed the moon looked a lot closer to us than usual. So, I used lots of zoom on my camera and got this as a result. I love how you can see the craters and it’s so detailed! I’m proud of my camera.

So, why was the moon so close to us? Does anyone know? I looked it up and apparently we had a supermoon on August 10. Would that have anything to do with this? I hope someone can comment and give me more information!

There was a night in the last week where Scott and I drove home at night. We looked up and saw an insane amount of stars. I love those kind of nights; it was so clear. There’s something about the stars and the sky that amaze me. It makes me really believe there’s more to life than we realize.

Have a good night!

Day 697: Walking Around Town

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Day 697: Walking Around Town

What a beautiful summer! In the middle of June, Scott and I decided to walk downtown one night to dinner. We took this beautiful trail above. It’s a nice trail that goes through a lot of the town. I need to go for walks more often! It’s nice seeing all the other walkers and bike riders out this summer. What a great time of year!

We walked all the way to The Pub and ate outside at their beer garden. It was a very nice night to be outside. I decided to take some silly photos on the way home, including this one:

Day 697: Walking Around Town

I just thought it was a weird sign I guess. And it’s fun taking strange photos like this at times! Maybe I’ll grow out of my silliness someday.

There were a few days this summer I couldn’t be outside very long because of my allergies. I take a cardio class, and one day when we exercised outside, I developed a small rash on my face. And I was extremely itchy. Weird! I’m wondering if I should live with a cat or dog for a month and see if I’m cured.

Have a good evening!

Day 689: Anniversary

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Day 689: Anniversary

Hello, everyone! Scott and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary over the last weekend in April. We spent the weekend in beautiful Chicago! Here’s a photo of us above before heading out on the town. I stole this 1 Year idea from Pinterest and other folks, but I thought it was fun! We can see how we’ve grown together by our 50th anniversary.

We spent some time over at Navy Pier since Scott has never been there before. We even went on the Ferris wheel; I haven’t done that in years! Scott got a little scared as we got higher on the wheel. I was getting a little nervous, too! It was a beautiful view of the city, though. Here’s a photo of Scott enjoying Navy Pier.

Day 689: Anniversary

We then walked back to the hotel and got ready for our night. We spent the evening on The Odyssey dinner cruise on Lake Michigan! It was an amazing time. The inside of the cruise was beautiful and colorful; I guess they renovated their boats a few years ago. Here’s a photo of it for you.

Day 689: Anniversary

Right when we walked on the cruise, our waiter gave us a complimentary glass of champagne. That was a good start! The weather was windy and a bit cold, but we went outside to the top of the boat a few times. Our meal was amazing; the first course was a pumpkin soup and the second course had a salad and little crab cake. For our main meals, Scott has seafood pasta and I had salmon. Here I am enjoying my champagne!

Day 689: AnniversaryThere was a DJ on the boat and he was awesome. I actually felt like I was at a wedding reception most of the time. He announced that it was our anniversary and there were flower petals on our table for the occasion. We even got a complimentary piece of chocolate cake to share for our anniversary! It was yummy. After dinner, we walked around the boat and danced the night away. I had a lot of fun dancing! They even played our first dance song from our wedding (Can’t Help Falling in Love). I got a little emotional at that for some reason. We danced to some other fun songs, including The Cupid Shuffle. A couple actually got engaged on the cruise, too! Here’s a beautiful view from the top of the boat.

Day 689: AnniversaryIsn’t Chicago beautiful?? I love this place! After the cruise, we took a cab back to our hotel and tried our wedding cake from a year ago. We also had our anniversary wine we received from Stacie (thank you!). She gave us a bottle of wine to share on our wedding night and another bottle to share on our first anniversary. Here’s a photo for you of the wine and cake.

Day 689: Anniversary

The wedding cake was not so great. The actual cake part and the chocolate mousse inside was OK, but the frosting tasted nasty. It just tasted like old frosting that’s been sitting out for a year. Ugh, I wish I could forget that taste! Oh well. We just had a few bites of it and I was done!

My first year with Scott was amazing. From spending time with wonderful family and friends, to date nights and movie nights, to wonderful trips to Punta Cana and Paris. I can’t believe we did all of that in one year; how can we top that?? I know relationships aren’t always easy and they have their ups and downs, but I can’t wait to spend the next billion years with him and see what our future holds.

Have a good day!!

Day 679: Sunrise

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Day 679: Sunrise

Yikes, I am extremely behind! I might have to do another photo challenge just so I update my blog more often. Sorry, folks! Hope you will still read my posts.

Here’s a sunrise photo I took from my office back in January. I liked how the sky looked; it went from red to orange very quickly! It looks like I missed capturing the red color, but that’s okay. This is still pretty cool! I get to work pretty early, so I get to see a lot of sunrises. I’m glad the days are getting longer and lighter now.

Sorry I haven’t written much. Honestly, I haven’t been very motivated to write this winter. I’ve been busy with scanning and working; January and February was cold and depressing most of the time, too! (I mean the weather; I wasn’t actually depressed.)  Yay, winter is over.

I’ll write more in a minute! I promise!

Day 337: Sky

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I’m not sure why, but I like taking photos of the sky lately. Maybe because you can see blue instead of just clouds! It’s exciting. I know I keep talking about it, but I really can’t wait until spring. A couple of more weeks until it’ll officially be spring! I have so many plans and exciting things to do stuck in my head and I want to let them out! Anyway, I liked this photo of the sky, especially since the clouds look so cool. It is pretty warm outside today, but it needs to be a little bit warmer!

I really want to buy spring clothes!! I have a gift card I’m excited to use soon. Are spring clothes out in stores yet? I’m so antsy! Do you ever get tired of the clothes you own? I’m at that point right now and feel like I wear the same things every day. Sorry boys who read this, I’m being girly.

Do you have a Netflix account? I think it would be a waste of money for me. I tend to watch the same things over and over again, mainly because I know I like them. I don’t think I’d watch enough movies or TV shows a month to make it worth it.

Happy Thursday!

Day 335: Little Creek

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Hello! I finally did it today… I went for a walk! It’s still a bit cold, but I didn’t care. It was great! It’s so bright and sunny outside and it felt good to stretch my legs. I’m finding some cool new areas near my apartment complex, including the area in this photo! There’s a little creek nearby and I got to see some ducks. It’s nice that the water isn’t ice anymore. It was nice to see ducks again, too; I haven’t seen them in a while! It’ll also be nice when everything turns green again. I like how the creek continues to the top of this photo and keeps going. It looks like it’ll never end. Don’t worry; spring is coming, everyone!

I think it’s going to be a much-needed relaxing night. Maybe I’ll watch a DVD or two. 🙂

Day 334: Sky and Sun

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Happy Monday! Here’s a photo of the sky and sun for you. It’s been cloudy all day until an hour ago, so I thought I’d capture a picture. The sky is so pretty when there’s aren’t many clouds. Sadly this photo isn’t as blue as I was hoping, but that’s ok. I’ll figure it out and take another photo of the sky for you someday. When I took this photo, I was actually planning to go on a really long walk. I put my gym shoes on and headed out the door. But, after taking this photo, I was very cold! I guess it’s still not time go on walks yet, unless you can handle the cold. I’m antsy for some warmer weather!

Did you like the Oscars last night? I think I did overall. Well, to be honest, I didn’t pay attention the entire time; I must have a short attention span for award shows. But, I was happy about Colin Firth and Natalie Portman winning. And I’m happy with the low amount of awards that The Social Network won. Also, I’m glad that The King’s Speech won for Best Picture; I either wanted that movie or Inception to win. I wish Inception won more awards since it was a well-done and creative movie, but I won’t complain too much. As for the hosts, it seemed like James Franco didn’t want to be there most of the time. I thought Anne Hathaway did a good job, though; she was extra enthusiastic since James wasn’t all there. Those are my thoughts on that.

Did anyone watch The Amazing Race last night? I did! The cowboys were very far behind, but caught up and ended up in third place! I was very happy about that; I think I even shouted. They are my favorite team! I like how they aren’t dramatic and they even look like they are having fun most of the time. Some teams are too stressed out, but that’s probably how I’d be. Sorry if you don’t watch the show, but this is the one reality show I like!