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UTAH – A ROOM WITH A VIEW

I loved our room in Park City. We were staying at the Snowflower Resort, which is one of those condos/timeshare/hotel deals. I had won two nights there at a silent auction. It was very cute, and I will show pictures of the interior later. But for now, I must tell you of the view from our balcony and master bedroom. Shall I let the pictures speak for themselves? I think I shall.

YES!! It is a cemetery! And upon check-in at the resort I asked the ski dude working behind the desk if it was haunted, and he said “Oh yeah.” Although we did not experience any hauntings. If my mother-in-law found out about this she would probably freak out saying I was inviting things to come back with us.

This is the Glenwood Cemetery, a place filled with history, as well as miners, immigrants, and members of fraternal organizations (aka secret societies). It’s a neat place to go and learn about local history. Here is a tour.

the front gates

right after entering the gates you cross a small stream. is this intentional since some people believe that spirits can’t cross moving water? hmmm.

remember friends as you pass by, as you are now so was I; as I am now, you will be, prepare for death and follow me.

no pain, no grief, no anxious fear, can reach the peaceful sleeper here. an 8-year-old child’s grave. a large amount of the graves were for children 10-years old and younger. winter births and various diseases meant high infant/child mortality rates. very sad.

a grave with a seal of a fraternal society, although I’m not sure which.

a grave of a Woodman of the World, one of the fraternal organizations, who often used logs as part of their grave stones.

a kitty hunting in the cemetery, probably lives at one of the condos. i like cemetery critters.

broken fence – no stream to prevent ghosties from following you home if you exit this way!

gates from the inside out

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2010 in adventure, fun, outings, travel

 

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KITTY ADORABLENESS

I feel like sharing some photos of my adorable kitties. Here is Charlie yawning:

Squeaky on my work bag getting head scritches:

She’s on her side, the photo isn’t sideways:

And here’s Squeaky in my luggage that I haven’t unpacked yet:

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2010 in cats

 

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UTAH – A DRY STATE?

I wasn’t quite sure how to post all my Utah pictures considering there are over 130 of them, so I’m going to do some by topic. Today’s topic – BOOZE! Utah is considered by many to be a ‘dry’ state, but if you’re in Salt Lake City or Park City there is plenty of beer and other alcohol. We went to three beer breweries, and one whisky distillery. It was fun. Here are some photos. We went to Squatters, Red Rock, Wasatch, and High West. And I’d just like to say that everywhere we ate had excellent food.

First up is Squatters. We ate here in Salt Lake City after we first arrived. It was my second favorite when it came to beer.

Squatter's Brewhouse sampler

Yes, I ate meat, but it was Niman Ranch burger which means it came from a family run humane and sustainable ranch. AND IT WAS DAMN GOOD! And those are garlic fries. Mmmm.

Next was Red Rock in Park City the first night we were there. It was my least favorite, but it’s because their main focus is food, and not beer. And the candelabra thing the beer came in was HEAVY.

The beer sampler at Red Rock in Park City.

The last brewery was Wasatch in Park City, and it was our favorite beer. This one didn’t have a sampler of 6 3-oz tastes like the other brewhouses, but they had 5-oz samples for $1.75!! That is nuts! I had the Apricot Hefewiezen and the seasonal Pumpkin Spice which was fantastic. Here are photos of the beer stills.

Beer in the making

Beer making technology at work

After having lots of beer at lunch we then went to the High West Whiskey Distillery for dessert. We shared this butterscotch pudding thing which was fabulous and I ate it before I took a picture. Oh well. We had samples of their five whiskeys and two vodkas. I recommend the Rendezvous whiskey and the straight vodka, not the peach vodka, which was too peachy for me.

From left to right, Rendezvous, 21 year, 16 year, and a "bourye" blend of bourbon and rye whiskey.

It was a very libatious weekend.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2010 in adventure, food and drink, fun, husband, travel

 

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GEOMETRY OF DOWNTOWN

I was in downtown Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago and took pictures of some of the buildings and the marble entryway to a building because i thought it looked cool.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in architecture, art

 

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I’M BACK!!

I’ve been busy these past couple of weeks, and lazy as well, so I haven’t posted much. Now I have lots to post because Hubby and I went to Park City, Utah over the weekend to see the leaves changing color, so I have tons of good pictures. But first I want to post these pictures I took at Target of the Halloween aisles because Bookjunkie at Tiny Island was showing photos of Halloween shopping in Japan.

Halloween toys and costumes

Halloween candy!

Americans are very into Halloween and trick-or-treating. We love candy. Unfortunately it looks like many houses near us aren’t decorated for Halloween, which makes us sad. Some years there seems to be more festivity than others. Maybe it’s due to the economy. Who knows?

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in fun, shopping

 

LUNCHTIME ADVENTURE

So Appelina and I tried a new place for lunch, called “I Love Tofu and BBQ.” They don’t have a website or I would link to it. It’s a Korean place, just a little hole-in-the-wall, run, it seems, by Korean ladies. Appelina got the chicken bowl with rice and veggies, and I got the Curry Tofu Stew, medium spicy. Both of us ate for only $16 total (no beverages, just water), and A’s chicken came with a small bowl of daikon soup and mine came with a very tiny salad. First they brought out my rice scoop, bowl, and an egg. When I got the egg I texted my husband to ask him what the hell I was supposed to do with it.

Then our assortment of side dishes came. This is my favorite part of Korean food. My favorite is the slices of fried tofu, the picked daikon, and the spicy cucumber.

Here is the very hot stone pot my rice came in. The waitress said she would help me with it because it was very hot but then she never came back so I used my napkin to lift the lid. Later she came back to put the rest of the rice into a bowl for me. But she left most of the crispy rice in the stone pot which was sad.

Here is my curry hot pot. It was bubbling like a lava pit. I broke the egg into the curry and stirred it up, which is what I think I was supposed to do with it.

And here is the adorable tiny dog we saw on the way back to work.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2010 in adventure, dogs, food and drink

 

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OOO, VIETNAMESE LUNCH TRUCK!

Yesterday I had lunch at a vietnamese lunch truck called The Mandoline Grill. It was very yummy. I was going to get the tofu Bahn Mi (sandwich) but then I said screw it and got the grilled pork banh mi. It was GOOD. Appelina got the chicken Bun (noodles). I also got the vietnamese iced coffee, which was only okay. I’ve had better. Here are pictures:

I don't like cilantro (coriander)

Bun (noodles) with chicken

The truck had nice artwork.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2010 in adventure, food and drink

 

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