Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Travel Days: The rest of Denver!

I am always so behind on sharing parts of my trips!

You can see my first post about Denver: A Concert at Red Rocks here! Now I can share the rest of the trip.

Day 1: We landed and then took the train into Union Station, the bus to our Hotel (Hilton Garden Inn) which was perfectly located. We were super early so we just wanted to store our bags. Getting around from the hotel was great because we were a block off the main 16St Mall so we could hop on/off the bus and get around. We had brunch at Snooze in Union Station and then checked in, walked around and checked out Tattered Cover Bookstore(because books!), had lunch and got ready for Deadmau5 at Red Rocks.

Day 2: We were a bit tired and bit hungover so we were slow moving. We decided to check out Voodoo Donuts, went to the Denver Botanic Gardens, checked out Epic Brewing Co and stumbled on C Squared Cider where we hung out and had drinks while playing some of the games they had. For dinner we went to Linger, which was fantastic! It used to be an old mortuary and I am fascinated by all things weird so we had to eat there.

Day 3: We  explored some more by checking out the Downtown Denver Aquarium (don't do this unless you don't have one in your city...coming from having access to the Shedd all the time I was pretty sad), more food, of course, stopped by a couple shops because I was in Denver and its legal. Had brunch at Denver Biscuit Co and again..amazing!

Riding the bus everywhere!

exploring the streets near our hotel

We had a great time! It was short and sweet and we both hope to go back in warmer months because we know there are a lot more things going on. Have you been to Denver? Any recommendations for the next time?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March Prompts!

 Another month for prompts from my class! You can see the others here & here!  

- March is Women’s history month. What woman in history inspires you?
OOh this is a hard one because we have some pretty amazing women to look up to. I think I would choose Margaret Sanger right now though. If you don't know much about her I encourage you to check this quick summary! I very much value the ability to make my choices about reproduction and having the ability to decide whether or not I want children and have ways to protect myself. It is easy to take for granted the fact that we can get birth control and condoms at all.

- National Pi Day! Share your best pie recipe to commemorate the day!
 I love love caramel apple pie! I can't seem to find the photo of the last pie I made but here is the recipe I like to use!

- Best story from your high school science class!
I loved Anatomy class and it is actually where I became friends with one of my closest friends. We had to dissect fetal pigs the first semester and mid way through one class our teacher (who was young & super fun) lets out this ridiculously girly yelp and we all crowd around to see what happened. She had been demonstrating something to a table and accidentally sliced the pigs head right of the kids at the table then started to puke. Of course everyone was either horrified or thought it was hilarious but she was just kind of silent and then started laughing so hard she had tears. It was so funny and something that still comes up when I catch up with anyone that was in that class with me.

Not relevant...but still funny 

- What is the first sign of spring?
I feel like in Chicago the first sign of spring is any weather over 40...suddenly everyone is outside in their light jackets acting like its summer time. So much pale skin!! Also St. Patrick's Day usually kind of makes everyone assume its almost Spring since it is in March. 

I'd love to hear some of your responses!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Travel Days: Orlando - New Years Eve

I know I have been saying I will post this for a few months now but I am getting my life together and so here we go!

I love to travel and you can check out some of those recent trips Mexico, Cruising & Denver: Red Rocks! I still need to post about the rest of the Denver trip and get my old posts together so I can share all my different Asia trips.

But today we have celebrating New Years in Orlando! 

First things first...some things I want to share.
  • If you want to see the fireworks over the castle go the night before. They do the exact same thing and even count down like its really NYE. **Listen to this warning unless you plan to be in line at Magic Kingdom at 6 am on NYE and hope you get in. 
  • Tickets to Orlando for NYE were effing expensive. Everything was expensive. 
  • You can bring food into Disney parks...just no glass. Bring food. or spend $50.00 on a lunch for two people. 
  • Staying off the Disney resorts afforded us a 2 bed, 2 bath apartment for 1/4 of the price of the Disney resorts (even w/the added price of taking ubers back and forth) We stayed at Polynesian Isles Resort 
  • Book your fastpass ASAP. Unfortunately we did not purchase our Disney tickets until 1 week before the trip so there were no free times for any of the rides that were convenient for us.  You can book a minimum of 30 days ahead. do it.

Now the fun part! 

We hopped off the plane, got checked into our hotel and right into an uber to Magic Kingdom where we stayed until the 1:00 am.

 The fireworks were you can see! 100% worth going the day before to see them! 

On NYE we started the morning at Animal Kingdom.We ended up waiting 3 hours in line for the Flight of the Avatar ride. I am not usually one to wait in a long line but the weather was nice (high 60's) it was sunny, and I wanted to check it out! 

It was awesome and so worth the wait! 

Then..we headed from there to Epcot to walk around and wait for the countdown. I am not sure what I was expecting since I have been to Epcot before but it was really amazing to see each  country had its own little party going on. We ended up finding a spot in Italy since they had a huge stage and dance party going. 

I have no idea why I can't find the photos of the fireworks...I know  Thenewguy took video but I was just so excited and exhausted that I put my phone down and enjoyed the moment and the music. 

Next time I will share the photos from our New Years Day at Universal Studios! 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Show Us Your Books:March

Life According to Steph 

This is one of my favorite links because I love love reading! For February I got in 13 books, it was a short month and I had two really big research papers due so I am not sure how I managed that.

Crazy Rich Asians (****) So I started it...and let it go because it was kind of slow. Then at a meetup a girl was talking about how great it is and she convinced me to give it a shot and keep reading. So I did...and then I finished it and China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. I ended up liking China Rich Girlfriend best but they were all a fun read!

One True Loves (****) I didn't think that I would enjoy this book as much as I did, sometimes storylines like this can be really cheesy but I think the author did a great job! I am not sure if I would know what to do in a situation like that!

From Lukov with Love (***) So this book ended up being read because I think I saw it on a few blogs for the last link up. I just...I just didn't love it. It wasn't a DNF but I felt like it didn't measure up to there books I read by Zapata. So it was a solid 3 stars for me.

A Wrinkle In Time (****) I wish that I had read this book as a child because I can see how I would have absolutely loved it. As an adult who reads A LOT I was more critical of it. I still thought it was great though and am so glad I finally got around to reading it.

When We Were Worthy (***1/2) Another book from last month's link up. I loved the small town, everyone knows everything but doesn't kind of storyline but I felt like the end was not as satisfactory as I thought it would be. Turns out I like Marybeth Mayhew Whalen's writing style because I immediately downloaded The Things We Wish Were True (****) after I finished this one and really really enjoyed that one. This one I loved, again, the small town gossipy thing seems to be something I like.

What books have you been reading??  
Link up @Jana Says and Show us your books!

Friday, March 9, 2018

High Five For Friday
Linking up with these ladies for High Five for Friday! 

1.  Got to spend some time with this adorable face and my family for Breakfast on Sunday! We followed it up with going to a bookstore to look for some books for my nephew...and me of course! 

2.  My brother was King Arthur in Spamalot! He was amazing and I am not just saying that because we are related! He is! We have seen him improve with every new show and its amazing to see the progress. 

3. Booked our trip to Austin this week! Yay!!! Thenewguy and I are will do Tuesday-Monday and really get some time away to explore! Also, got a great deal on a studio on Airbnb which  makes me even happier. 

4.  International Women's Day! I am lucky enough to be surrounded by strong, kind, and empowering women in my personal life and professional life and am grateful everyday for it! 

5. Successfully hosted another fun & cheap  meetup! Of course, I suck and didn't get photos BUT It was great! Everyone who RSVPd showed up! Thursdays from 5-8 pm are free entry for IL residents to the Art Institute of Chicago. We met up and walked around, chatting about art and our days and then went across the street for hot chocolate. It was a great time and I was super excited to meet some new girls!Best part? Only cost me $3.00!

What are your favorites this week??

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