Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Viva Las Vegas

While Vegas may be a little creepy and hot [okay extremely hot], we still had a fabulous little vacation from my vacation.

Who: Maddy, Collin, Julie, Geoff, Annie, me
What: Roadtrip to Las Vegas, Nevada
When: July 22-24
Where: stops included Beaver, St. George and Vegas
Why: the Celine Dion concert and a good time
How: Geoff as a chauffeur and all others as delightful passengers

So with a 1.9 lb bag of Sour Patch Kids, a duffle bag each, and iPods to rotate through we set off on our mini adventure just like we had so many times before- except state side.

We drove and drove and drove with the boys hogging the speakers the majority of the time with their music, the girls taking cat naps, attempted car games and lots of London stories (sorry Annie) we took a one night stop in St. George and then arrived in Vegas.

Among lots of sweating and walking through crowds, we had fun.
Also, when at Chipotle- I found an unfortunate piece of chicken in my burrito bowl. It was raw. So Julie being the "foodie" that she is, demanded that we say something to the employees. Naturally, we made her do it and she did. She got our money back and we were pretty happy about it. 
Even if we don't gamble, we felt like winners.

The real winning event however was Celine Dion.
I couldn't have been more excited about going to see her. 
I made music videos of It's All Coming Back To Me Now
I cried during My Heart Will Go On
I identified with Taking Chances
I  loved singing along to A New Day Has Come
Basically- I'm obsessed with her.
 Seeing her in concert completed my life. 
I cried for the first 15 minutes and couldn't have been happier about it.

Reads, Eats, Giggles


Leading up to my latest vacation I was questioning whether I was being irresponsible rather than spontaneous but thankfully, I'm sticking with spontaneously perfect.

It was a little bizarre to be in Utah and not have to go to school or work, and just relax. But I quickly got over it because I had time to read, eat plenty and giggle.

Reads: Perfect Timing by Jill Mansell; The Little Prisoner by Jane Elliott; The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells

Eats: Brick Oven, Sonic Happy Hour, the Awful Waffle, Olive Garden, Chipotle, La Casita, Pancake Nights, the Cougar Eat, Jamba Juice, Kneaders, In n Out and Five Guys

Giggles: [with] Maddy, Julie, Jared, Collin, Annie, Geoff, Lisa, Grandma, Sallie, Heather, Alexandra and Cameron

After lots of late nights, shameless London reminiscing, treats, and movies, I am supporting the spontaneously perfect claim.

Monday, July 18, 2011

splurge

So while in London, we splurged. 
We got tickets to see this lady in Vegas:

So I'm off to see her and these people:
(and a few others...)

And i'm totally ditching the crazy kids at work but not until after the water fight and learning our flash dance.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

the end of an era

It seems that everyone is coming out and admitting their true love for Harry Potter these days and I fully admit that I am a Potter fan.


I've Read the Books
I read them all and would buy them immediately once they were released. A memorable book release was the 7th (and final) book, it came out right when our family was going to the beach. As we were stuck in beach traffic a car near us had a sign in the window that said, "Ron Dies!" We were appalled (considering none of us had read it yet) and when the chance came we asked them if it was true through car windows. They said, "we don't know, we just wanted to see everyones reaction."

I've Seen the Movies
It seems like the first one didn't come out too long ago but it's been like 10 years! Again, the movies always seemed to come out around the time we would be at the beach so I've seen a lot of Harry Potter in the dinky 2 screen theater in Avon, North Carolina. For the Deathly Hallows Part I however, while at BYU, we went to the midnight premiere and while some of us were dressed up, I think we greatly enjoyed everyone else's outfits. We had a great time sitting in that theater for at least an hour before it started.

I've Been There
I've been rather obnoxious during recent screenings of the movies because I often blurt out, "I've been there!" When living in London, inevitably you end up being everywhere Harry has been. It's awesome. Not to mention when we spotted and stalked Ginny Weasley in our neighborhood in London.

So I have to be honest, I'm sad to see it end. Harry and his friends have grown up as I have. They've learned their lessons while I've learned mine. I know that's cheesy but it's true. JK Rowling, you're awesome. And I'm really glad that you went to the Elephant Cafe that day in Edinburgh and wrote on that napkin.


Harry Potter in One Word:
Epic.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

family that stalks together, stays together

This last weekend, some of our relatives were in town. They stayed with us one night and I came home the night they were there and this is what I find:
Dad had his iPad out and everyone gathered around to see the doings of extended family, former classmates, neighbors, etc etc on Facebook. 


Just another night at the Turner home.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

My Life in Terms of Food

Long gone are the days of fine European dining. No more banana-man chocolate covered fruit in London, crepe stands in Paris, endless gelatto in Rome, greasy yet fabulously delicious fries in Belgium, or Chocolate Soup in Scotland. Now I go for the fine American dining. And most things I eat these days, have a story. Unfortunately I haven't captured the homemade blackberry ice cream, the chinese food nights, or the massive amounts of pizza but, these gems capture my life in terms of food just as well.

The BYU Bookstore is famous (at least to me) for their chocolate covered cinnamon bears, they are the perfect combination of flavors and my mom brought some home for me from her recent Utah trip to drop off Annie. Obviously I ate them while wearing my leopard print pj's.

The "Turner Meal" could probably be best exemplified at Rio Grande. We go there countless times when I'm home due to guacamole cravings and they cater every Christmas and graduation party at the Turner Home. Nothing beats chips, salsa, guacamole and a diet coke from Rio Grande.


A spontaneous trip to Old Towne with Katherine and Mary Kate proved successful when after walking by the water front we stumbled upon a homemade ice cream shop. I was delighted with my choice of cinnamon ice cream on a sugar cone.

A typical lunch at work with the kiddies consists of diet coke, goldfish and a pb&j. I just can't sit at the "peanut free table" due to kids with peanut allergies and obviously a diet coke helps me get through the day.


Because we didn't follow through with our camping idea with my co-workers (thank goodness), we opted for some s'mores on a friday night. We had a few setbacks because it was raining so we couldn't roast and my oven being broken, so we carefully roasted marshmallows in the microwave.

An italian meal always makes my heart sing, especially when olive oil and bread is involved. Mom, Dad and I pretended we were in Rome as we sat outside an Olive Garden in Sterling eating our pasta and breadsticks.


And finally, Cafe Rio. When we were in Europe we had many a conversation that ended with us salivating over the thought of a Cafe Rio meal (some more than others... Maddy) so when Katherine suggested a road trip into Maryland for some, I answered with a resounding, YES! For whatever reason their fountain drinks make my sweet pork enchiladas taste so wonderful. When we pulled up to eat, the first few things we saw were: Utah license plates, a couple grabbing dinner after a trip to the temple and some obviously Mormon singles. We felt just like we were in Provo.

Now if I learned anything from London it's what I got off of a napkin at Zizzi's...
"One cannot think well, sleep well, live will, if one has not dined well."