Monday, September 15, 2014

Musical Monday

I'm obsessed with the new Ryan Adams record. And I've been going back into the older stuff. There's so much to dig into.

His Letterman performance this week was so good that Dave asked him for a little encore. Watch it. Love it. Buy the new album.

He's not really touring anywhere near me, but I am scheming on how to see him.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AZ YSA Conference

I'm a bit too old to be crashing the church singles conferences filled with college kids, but dear friend Meghan was running a good bit of the show, and the speakers lineup was pretty rad.

I'd told my parents about it while I was home for Christmas, and my brother and his girlfriend decided to fly out as well that first weekend in January. This was going to be a big deal. I drove over from AZ, picked up Tanner and Kimber, and we headed to the first event on Friday night, which was supposed to be Elder Holland. He was a huge part of the draw, but sadly he had a last minute conflict and they had to shuffle some speakers. Sheri Dew was great, of course.

I've read Stephanie's blog for years, and it was wonderful to hear her and Christian speak.

There was so many people there, that it was kind of hard to plan a service project for 4000 people, but apparently stuff got done very quickly.

Thurl Bailey was really memorable and funny, and the rest of the afternoon went well too. We all hurried back to Gamamge Theater at ASU to hear the Romneys on Saturday night.

 We were all the way in the back, but whatever. Ann talked about her conversion story, which she said she hadn't done in a long time.

There was an Alex Boye concert after Mitt and Ann, and poor Mitt got pulled on stage to dance. I felt so bad that it was all over the news the next day, but he was a good sport.

Weirdly I didn't even take any photos with my brother, but Tanner was indeed there. The next day I picked up Marcello at the PHX airport - he was flying back from UT and had a connection. He was a sport and drove back to LA with me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LACMA Visit - James Turrell

It took me ages to get myself to this exhibit, but hallelujah, I did in January. They'd been setting up for Turrell when I was in NYC in June, so I'd just missed the Guggenheim exhibit, and I was excited to see some of his work in LA.

I don't think I was allowed to take photos, but I tried to do it on the DL.  I don't have a photo of the first piece, but it was one of my favorites.

The big elevator.

We had timed entry to one section, got to wait in a long line, and put on some great footwear before entering the great abyss.

Marcello snuck a few photos in here. About ten people were allowed at a time. Don't walk too close to the edge that you can't see, cause you'll fall off.

We also walked through Calder.

Museum was closing, we were getting kicked out, and no photos allowed - it's blurry.

This was the day I accepted a job in SLC and told a few people. It felt strange and this view made me not want to leave, but I knew it was the right thing.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Musical Monday

Sohn - coming to SLC in November and I'm excited.

I dig the part around 3:15.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Stuff from January 2014

Whew, finally made it into the current year. Let's see if I can catch up before the year is over?

A famous sticky bun from Sycamore Kitchen. That place is so good, but I don't miss paying $20 for lunch.

Anyone else follow Miguel Bloombito? Hilarious.

Went by Annenberg for the National Geographic exhibit. Working there was so awesome back in my DC days.
 Um, this exists?

Finally ate at Din Tai Fung! Not the ones out in Arcadia, but the new one that opened in Glendale. Not too long of a wait, and I got that XLB!

I'm a dumpling face.

That's better.

Dessert. Red bean buns! I gotta find some of this in SLC.

I finally discovered dry shampoo. Changed my life. I can't live without it now.
Just another pretty LA winter day.

Colored stairs at Madwell.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

NYE 2014

The NYE travel tradition with Tim didn't happen this year, since Tim was in between posts, had little time off, and I was all over the place interviewing for jobs.

I'd interviewed for a job in SLC during the month of December, and was surprised that I was even in the running, since I knew so little about this part of the company. Little did I expect what would happen in the first part of 2014.


NYE - LA decided to host an event downtown, so Marcello and I made plans to go. I curled my hair with my new toy from mom. It sucks your hair into a clamp and curls it like magic.

Checking out the scene around City Hall and Grand Park.
I didn't want to wait in line to take my photo in front of the LA balloons. Maybe next time.



Daedelus played and some other bands came out. Food trucks were crazy crowded, glad I ate before I wenet. But overall, a pretty good event.

Yay 2014! I was ready for a new year.
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