Vegas baby!

This past weekend Wes and I jetted off to Las Vegas to attend the wedding of one of my dearest friends. She and her new husband got married in Valley of Fire State Park, about an hour outside of Las Vegas. It was BEAUTIFUL and I’m sorry we didn’t get to do a little more exploring, although it was very hot so maybe that was a blessing!

We gathered a little after 5pm in a few spare patches of shade between the red rocks and watched them get married.

Later that evening we all went to celebrate at Fogo de Chao.

While in Las Vegas we stayed at the Signature at MGM Grand which was a great hotel – it’s 3 towers on the same property as the MGM Grand, but there are no casinos in the hotel. It was quiet, posh and a lovely place to stay. I would totally go back again.

Other things we did: dimsum brunch at the Rio, dinner at Hard Rock, visiting with my cousin and his wife and baby and took in the new Star Trek movie. All in all a great weekend.

And, the icing on the cake is that I finished the present just in time. I knit Jared Flood’s Umaro in just under 2 months. That’s a lot of seed stitch but I’m thrilled with how it turned out. I hope it keeps them warm together forever!

Celebration

For the last several months (pretty much since summer started) Wes has been working CRAZY hours. He goes to work early early in the morning and then comes home and works until late at night, weekends included. So I was elated when he found out a few weeks ago he was getting a promotion. I am so proud of how hard he has worked.

He had an idea of how he wanted to celebrate. He spent a few weeks poking around online and yesterday we went to pick it out.’

We had a BLAST – buying a bike is so much fun! He rode it home (I drove the truck) and then we took it out to dinner.

I love you baby! Enjoy it and ride safe.

PS He got the bike, they threw in the jacket and helmet, I got the t-shirt:

Are you a Maker?

This past weekend Wes and I went to the Maker Faire in Kansas City. This fabulous expo is hosted in Union Station and features makers of everything from robots and electronic gizmos to bakers, crafters, and other artisans.  We managed to miss the Faire last year, but were determined to go this year.

Wes specifically wanted to see the Makerbots:


I was ready to see some crafters. Neither of us were ready for the cross between the Power Rangers and Iron Man and someone who looked like a Transformer:

We also enjoyed getting to see the Delorean (although rental doesn’t mean test drive!):

Although there were plenty of souvenir opportunities, I was a good girl and limited myself to two small things. The Maker magnet joins my growing collection at home.  The felted flower was made by my friend Christine (aka TreasureGoddess) and I’ve been wanting one for a while.

California Dreamin’

This weekend Wes and I hopped a plane and headed for California to celebrate my cousin’s bar mitzvah. It was a really fabulous weekend complete with good food, good company and lots of laughs.

We flew in to John Wayne airport on Friday morning and headed down to San Diego to meet the family. Along the way we ate lunch in San Juan Capistrano, narrowly missing the Return of the Swallows. After living in the Midwest for several years I forgot what it was like to walk around an urban area and see fruit trees everywhere.

We had lunch at Sarducci’s Capistrano Depot and watched the trains go by (we were told they get 88 trains a day!)

Then it was down to Encinitas for Friday night Shabbat services and dinner with the extended family.

Saturday was the big day. We got up early and headed over to temple for the Bar Mitzvah. The day was mild and my cousin did a great job. This photo was taken the next day, but here he is meeting one of his new cousins.

The rest of the weekend was spent wandering Encinitas, eating good food and catching up with family we only get to see every once in a while.

There was a bit of goofing off:

Lots of time for the cousins to catch up:

And a cutie pie to snorgle:

There was even a bit of yarn tourism at The Black Sheep – a cousin and I went off in search of fibery goodness and were not disappointed. The store is beautiful and stocked floor to ceiling!

Unfortunately, after a weekend of fun we had to head back home. We got in late last night and returned to work today, and laundry and sundry chores this evening.

Happy Saturday / Unhappy Saturday

Happy Saturday occurrence: I let a woman in front of me at the drive thru this morning, and she bought my coffee!

Unhappy Saturday occurrence: The TV is deader than a doornail. Off to buy a new one.

Because I’m still 12 years old at heart.

Guess what we did today?

Did you guess yet? Ok… try this one:

I love this one too:

Retreat

The last two weeks have been very stressful and less than pleasant. So it was with a decent amount of anticipation that I headed out this past weekend to Nebraska City, Nebraska for the Sunflower Knitter’s Guild Spring Knitaway at Lied Lodge. A weekend of knitting and spinning was just what the doctor ordered.

Most of the weekend was spent knitting and spinning in this beautiful lobby.

We also managed to take a detour to Omaha and participate in a little retail therapy. We visited both String of Purls and Personal Threads. I might have died a little in the second. Please excuse the blurry camera phone photo of the wall of Koigu. This might be what heaven looks like.

And I even made a dent in my first April sweater:

Now I just need a weekend to recover!

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