Friday, December 2, 2016

Playing Hooky at Balboa Park

 My husband had been going non-stop all week attending meetings
and on the last full day of the conference he realized some of the afternoon workshops
would not benefit him and so he surprised me by saying he was going to skip out and
spend the day with me.
So we headed off to Balboa Park having figured out the Uber system on
on Sunday when we needed to get to church.
Our daughter Coryn told me how to set up the app before our trip
and we were so impressed with how easy, efficient, low-cost and fun it was.
We met some really interesting and kind drivers and had some great conversations.

Balboa Park is just gorgeous!
I sincerely wish we'd had more time to spend there.
So much to see and experience.
I truly enjoy visiting museums and so this was right up my alley.
It is home to 15 major museums, the famous Old Globe Theatre,
beautiful gardens, and the San Diego Zoo.

 The Botanical Building was very cool.

 Check out the facade and architecture!

 Being a theatre geek I totally wish we could have seen a play.
Next time, for sure!

 The Memorial Rose Garden was stunning!
Unbelievable colors and varieties and scents.

 The Return of the Prodical Son
IL Guercino (1591-1666)

The Timkin Museum of Art housed some well-known pieces.

 Madonna and Child with Saint Elizabeth, the infant Saint John, and Saint Catherine
Paolo Caliari (1528-1588)

 Portrait of a Lady in a Green Dress
Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1531)

There must have been something in the water.
My husband and I found our spirit animals and captured the moment in this photo.

 We loved our time in the Museum of Photographic Arts.
There was a terrific exhibit of photography of animals by local students K-12
I was blown away by the talent of these young photographers.

To finish off our day we ubered over to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner.
We both have enjoyed visits to this famous venue in other cities we have visited.
The food is always so delicious.
Fun to see all the memorabilia from famous musicians and enjoy the ambiance.
Our server Shelia, was a hoot and such a fun character, with flaming pink hair
and a personality to match.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Some Special Spots in San Diego

While my husband was in meetings, 
I got to spend the entire Saturday with my daughter Caitlyn, 
who had the day off and was able to come down from Los Angeles
with her boyfriend Jeremy, who was kind enough to be our chauffeur for the day.
Our first stop was the gorgeous LDS San Diego Temple (in LaJolla).
We had not been there since our girls were quite little.
The sight of of this magnificent House of the Lord took my breath away.
Back in 1993 we were able to take our three oldest girls to the open house
of this temple before it was dedicated.

We enjoyed spending some of the morning there.
We observed several Young Adults working on the grounds preparing 
the decorations and nativity scenes as well as  
hanging the lights for the Christmas season.
Around lunch time we headed to a nearby plaza to stop by
Trader Joes for a few goodies
and then ate a delicious lunch of gyros
at a yummy Greek eatery.
 Afterwards we hopped back on the freeway and headed towards Old Town.
This little San Diego Historic Village is always worth a visit.

Old Town had just wrapped up their Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations.
There were still a few festive decorations to see.
 My companions for the day.

 It was wonderful to see the lovely Mormon Battalion Historic Site.
The building and grounds have been renovated and remodeled since we last visited.
Some delightful sister missionaries led us through a fun and informative interactive tour.
Quite an amazing (and little known) history of this battalion.
I highly recommend a stop here if you visit Old Town.

 We wrapped up our day by picking up my husband after his meetings
and driving out to lovely Seaport Village.
The weather was so nice with a light breeze. 
The views across the bay were fantastic and it was neat to see the navy ships
and over towards Coronado Island.
Our delicious dinner at The Cheesecake Factory concluded a great day together.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Scenic San Diego Harbor Island

 On Election Day I hopped a plane with my husband
to tag along with him for a conference he was attending.
When I saw our view I knew this is just where I needed to be
for some peace away from the present political poison.
I felt spoiled from the get-go!

 The views from our balcony were amazing and the sky was ever-changing.

 There is something soothing and therapeutic about being near water.

 And the year-round blooms.
I wanted to bottle up the perfect weather and take it home with me.
(When we came home 9 days later we were greeted by snow...)

More to come...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Some words of reason about this election

The following are some thoughts by Utah's Lieutenant Governor, Spencer Cox.
(taken from my twitter feed)

"I have been reading a biography on every president. In order. Currently on Teddy Roosevelt. 
I know. I have a problem.
Over the past few months, I have heard people say that this is the most important election in the history of our nation.
It's not.
I have heard people say that this is the most divided our country has ever been.
They're wrong.
I've heard people say that this is the most disturbing, depressing, and disgusting election
in the history of our nation.
They're right.
You see we have had TERRIBLE presidents before.
And we've faced evil and challenges- foreign and domestic-far greater than this.
But here's the thing. We figure it out.
I still believe in us.
I still believe in our country.
I still believe that God cares about us.
And more importantly, I believe that most of us still care about each other.
Empathy and compassion exist.
I've seen it.
Remember, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which use and persecute you.
After tomorrow, our nation has some serious healing to do.
But that's on us.
One-on-one, R's and D's. We can't wait for the politicians.
But if we change, leaders will follow.
A new generation of positive, respectful and principled leadership will come.
Let's demand it.
So, no matter what happens tomorrow night, remember:
We've been through worse.
We've got this.
Be the change.
May God bless us."


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October Views from My Home

 East side

North Side

West Side

South Side

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

It's a Wrap...

Provo Rooftop Concert Series Season 7 has concluded.
And what a fantastic finish.
This season has been one of my favorites.
And I give special thanks to my two cohorts here for all their great help.
I could not have done this job without them.
 The Lower Lights (seen here at soundcheck) have traditionally closed out the season
(with the exception of the last two seasons when we closed with Neon Trees
and last year, Kaskade).
It was wonderful to have them back.
It's always great to hear them sing the great traditional hymns
in their trademark style.
Several new songs were added to their set this time with another upcoming album
due sometime before Thanksgiving.
Their Christmas concerts in SLC are always a sellout.

 We themed the greenroom in their honor by using their signature song
'This Little Light of Mine.'
Fitting also for our opening group
The SLC Mass Choir.

This choir was terrific!
They were all so gracious and thankful for the dinner and atmosphere of the greenroom.
I enjoyed talking with many of them.
Their music is all about praising the Lord and lifting people.
They use the hashtag #MakingGodFamous on social media.
The group was started by Tim Drisdom, a former University of Utah and pro basketball player.
He felt inspired to give up playing and put his efforts into this ministry.

 They really warmed up the crowd and it was awesome to see the energy and love.

It was a mild, cloudy night with just a light smattering of raindrops for a brief time.
As is always the case at Rooftop,
the crowds got bigger and bigger as the night went on.
The enthusiasm in Provo for these evenings is palpable.
 I stepped out on the patio of the greenroom to take this shot as the sun was setting.
The Provo City Center Temple is always photo worthy.
 And my concert-going days were not over yet as I played the cool mom
and took Cammy to see Coldplay on their world tour stop in SLC.
Coldplay has been her favorite band for most of her life.
It was a sold-out show.
She even cried a little when the lights went down and the music started.
And I have to say, I fell in love with them that evening as well.
It was one of the most amazing, fun concerts I've ever attended AND
one of the most visually pretty shows I've seen in a concert venue.
(And so what if we could only afford the 'nosebleed' seats.
The band played to everyone.)
Such a fabulous end to our summer!