Everyday Inspirations

 
 
spring
Dear spring,
Oh how I miss you. I dream of your sunshiney days, floral smells and bright green colors. I miss your pouring rain and pretty flowers. I will even embrace your taunting nature with surprise snow storms, if only I can enjoy your warmth for a few lovely days. Just please come quickly. I'll pack my picnic basket. Thank you.

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                                                                                                                           {angie}
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Lemon tree, Mexico. Image captured by Ash in May 2009.
 

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We've been talking about upcoming vacations and now I have beach on the brain. Badly.

A few vacation images from the past few years... ah, memories!
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
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San Francisco, California.
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Lincoln City, Oregon.
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romantic getaway
{angie}
In my opinion, there are few things that can bring you and your partner together more than travel. There's something about experiencing different cultures and new places together that can really renew your bond. Plus, getting out of the daily routine helps spice things up!

My hubby and I are planning a second honeymoon of sorts to Spain, the destination that was our first choice when we got married. So now to plan! For me planning it is almost as exciting as experiencing it...almost. In another post I shared my favorite sites to help get the planning started and I sure have been doing a lot of research. Seeing as it's almost Valentine's day, now would also be a great time to go for discounted, last-minute fares for something both romantic and spontaneous. And why not? Make it your goal in 2011 to plan some time with just you and that special someone without pets, jobs, kids or responsibilities--because you deserve it.  
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On Wednesday, Dan and I went to Ogden to see a Sundance film. The festival is held every January in Park City, Utah, but they also have showings in Ogden and Salt Lake City. Since tickets to shows we wanted to see sold out pretty quickly, our only option was to drive 45 minutes north to see "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" (which I highly recommend).

I try to take advantage of Sundance, even though I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the festival. As a local, I love the chance to actually see films (a few years ago, the only goal my girlfriends and I had was just to get into one of the parties). And since meeting Dan, a major movie buff, I've had fun picking out and watching some pretty great films.

However, I do feel I would be a bit... dishonest if I pretended Sundance is all fun and games. I'm sure it is for the Hollywood crowd. But as a local, you have to deal with less than red carpet treatment: freezing temps, total lack of parking, long lines. But most of all, you have to deal with the utter madness of crazy locals who feel the need to get all Sundanced up. Now, to be clear, I have no problem with locals who head up to Park City to see stars. The problem comes when dealing with hundreds of locals pretending they are stars. I promise you, no matter where you see a Sundance film (yes, even in Ogden), you will encounter an irritating faux star. And 99% of the time, this person will be in all black (with fuzzy boots, if she's female), will be wearing sunglasses, and will be shouting into a cell phone. My personal favorite was a dude on Main Street probably three years ago, screaming into his phone, "I'm at SUNDANCE! SUUUUNDAAAANCE!"

Our local on Wednesday night was just as loud, but at least his friends were with him, so we didn't have to deal with bad cell reception. I was lucky enough to stand next to him in line AND have him pick the seat right behind me. Yay, crazy local! Needless to say, my mental countdown wasn't so much for the movie to start as it was for him to stop pretending he was a movie expert. ("The director of this film? Yeah, I think it's Mark something." Um, Morgan Spurlock. Not exactly a documentary filmmaker no one has heard of. I mean, just saying.)

Anyway, despite two weeks of craziness, I still think it's pretty incredible that Utah gets this much attention each January. I happen to think Salt Lake and Park City are awesome and it's great to be a part of so much creativity and entertainment. And, fine, if the presence of all the stars and filmmakers makes my fellow Utahns happy, maybe I can try to be okay with all the outrageous, furr-lined giddiness. Maybe. ;)
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Happy birthday
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{angie}
Today I wish a very happy 26th birthday to one of my very best friends. Like the best of friends do, together we have cried tears of laughter, anger and sadness. She is laugh out loud fun, amazingly smart, totally gorgeous and inspires me (and perhaps you) nearly everyday. You might know her -- her name is Ashley and she is my blog partner and co-founder of Everyday Inspirations. In her honor, today celebrate someone in your life. Who inspires you? 

 

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Did you guys read that the National Weather Service reported snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 states yesterday? I think that is such a neat story. It's one of those awesome facts that makes our world feel a little smaller and connects us all a bit more.
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winter
{angie}
Ok, that's a lie. I'm just trying to convince myself. It happens every year -- the magic of Christmas leaves, the excitement of the new year is rung in, and suddenly I am ready for winter to melt and become spring. This year I thought it might be different since I've appreciated winter more what with my new job not requiring a commute everyday. I've loved looking at the cute white-topped roofs and the majestic snowy mountains from the comfort of my warm house, but now all I see is smog, cold and a lack of anything green. So in an effort to appreciate what is here (after all, it's only January 7...I have a long winter still ahead), I am taking a moment to bask in the beauty of all that is beautiful in winter. Twinkling snowflakes falling silently from the sky, an entire world covered in pure white, naked silhouettes of trees encompassed in fog, frozen skeletons of leaves emerging from melted snow, and glistening icicles hanging from the eves. It may be cold, but it sure is beautiful.
 

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It's been snowing quietly on and off all day. Since I've been inside nursing a rather nasty cold, I can't help but watch the weather and appreciate its symbolism on the last day of 2010.

Life is beautifully cyclical and provides many chances to discover ourselves. It's wonderful that we can learn and grow with each new year. Tomorrow is a chance to start fresh, to go in whatever direction you decide. It's like a blanket of white, sparkling, track-free snow. You're in charge of the impression you leave. What a freeing thought.

Have a happy, safe New Year's Eve.

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{angie}
'Tis the night before Christmas and all through my house are smells of cider, tastes of cake balls, sights of tree lights, sounds of Christmas music and feelings of hugs. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care and family is gathering to share love and good conversation. There's a reason this is a magical time of year! It truly is a season that delights all the senses, including those of emotion. My favorite family tradition is a pretty common one -- toward the end of the evening we all open one gift. I remember the excitement with which I waited for that time when I was a child and a little piece of that still lives with me (especially since two years ago my Christmas Eve gift was an engagement ring so it's a pretty important tradition). It is such an exciting time to be with family and it's moments like these that I truly take in how incredibly lucky I am. Take a moment tonight and tomorrow to take in everything that is good and happy in your life.

What family traditions do you have?