Monday, January 28, 2008

Kirsten's Visit, Version 3

Kirsten is a great friend - she has come to visit me three times since I moved out here! She was here for three days this weekend, and us girls had a crazy time on the town. The night she got here, we went to Stoney's for some country dancing and were out until 2:30am.

On Friday, she did the tourist thing on the Strip while I was working. Fortunately, she wasn't hanging out on the roof of the Monte Carlo hotel, which went up in flames.
That night, we met Leigh, Brian, and the LA boys at MGM for drinks at Rouge and dinner at Fiamma (not on the list of places I would eat again). Afterward, we went to a comedy show at Tropicana that I slept through.
On Saturday, the seven of us went to the Neon Museum to check out some Vegas history. Although it's essentially a junk yard, it's incredible to have so many famous signs gathered at one place. It will be very neat when they restore the signs.
Afterward, we got another taste of old Vegas at the Peppermill restaurant. My Cobb salad was the largest salad I've ever seen in my life. Three days later, I still have two boxes full of it.
That night, Kirsten and I shopped at the Miracle Mile Shops while Leigh, Brian, and the LA boys played in the Planet Hollywood poker tournament. Aaron and Scott joined us afterwards at Trader Vics for some tasty island cocktails.
Kirsten and I took a break from the LA boys to meet up with Brad and Rob at Firefly for some mojitos. After they wimped out, we met the boys back at Paris for some Let It Ride and much needed coffee. We finally hit the road at 4am.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Red Rock in the Snow

It amazes me that this place that is 100+ degrees in the summer can get snow on it in the winter. I love looking out the window and seeing snow, but not having to shovel it.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Boring white walls

I need color on my walls (anyone who had seen my walls in Burlington would know this), and it kills me to be renting a house with plain, boring, blah white walls. My boss showed me a website of stick-on wall graphics, Blik, and I knew I needed some to spruce up my house. I ordered the Leaves pattern that reminds me of Matisse in black, silver, and two shades of blue. They filled the area above my headboard perfectly and provide a nice splash of color in a minimalist black, white, and grey room.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Skiing in Utah

I bought a new car and decided to take it on a road trip. I headed to Brian Head, which is a ski resort in southern Utah, about three and a half hours from Las Vegas. It was a perfect day - the weather was amazingly clear, the drive was relaxing, and the snow was soft and powdery. Though it was a holiday weekend, the slopes were not that crowded. I spent most of the day tackling the black diamonds at the top of the mountain (doing everything in my power to avoid the moguls), and then racing on the course closer to the bottom of the mountain. I earned a silver pin for the second fastest time of the day!

Here's a picture of my new ride, a Lincoln MKX, with the slopes in the background