January has been fun, we had a lot of snow and Kiwi has been enjoying lots of snowboarding at the numerous resorts close by. So far as soon as it warms up and the snow starts to melt within a few days we have another snow storm. It’s been nice to watch out the window and enjoy wintery walks.
Whilst we had some time we visited Capitol Reef, one of the smaller national parks and admired the rocks and went petroglyph hunting. There’s been a fair old amount of baking in the house, mostly as I am still adjusting recipes to work at high altitude – this is a real thing and really annoying! I think though I’ve got my favourite brownie recipe to work. Now I’m waiting for mini eggs to start hitting the ships to add these in!
We have been seeing a fair few sporting events, first basketball and then a gymnastics meet. I really enjoyed the gymnastics, I’m always so impressed at the athletes physicality, this was a great weekend. We have also been invaded for Sundance film festival, this takes place just up the road in Park City, and you can even Uber a helicopter to take you around! Craziness! We attended a few screenings which was very exciting.
At the end of January I went on a trip to LA for a long weekend, it was great to walk along the numerous beaches, eat many ice creams and enjoy the warmer weather. So that’s life lately, and snuggling with the kitties of course.
December has whooshed by, but we have enjoyed being extremely festive and taking some time to recharge ready for a full speed new year. Some of my favourite things this month have been enjoying the Christmas lights, Salt Lake City you really know how to put up some stunning light displays, although there were no roasted chestnuts/hot chocolate and Christmas markets!
I took part in a choir performance in the state capitol, a beautiful building with amazing acoustics, this was quite magical and one of my favourite moments. we also went ice skating and enjoyed the snow. I baked all the festive goods, two roast dinners with all the trimmings, chocolate truffles, mince pies, cake and biscuits. We had several board game evenings and I also enjoyed visiting the local zoo and aquarium as part of the free zoo days events.
It’s been a while since I wrote a ‘good bits’ post, having sailed past our emigration anniversary I’ve been more focusing on living life, but I’ve missed taking out some time to reflect back and just be happy about little moments and activities that don’t warrant a full on post. So I’m bringing it back, but instead of marking a particular date, I’m just looking at all my favourite bits of the last few weeks.
November was glorious, having waved off our UK friend after a pretty epic road trip we settled back into daily life, hung out with friends and drank allll the hot chocolate.
And my favourites, a cake decorating class I went to, watching the first few snowfalls and getting excited that the surrounding mountains now have white tops. Trying out a new yoga class – it was hard work! Doing Pilates most days and enjoying a good old stretch, its far to cold and dark early now for outdoor running and I’m ok with that. Instead we’ve been going on wintry walks so I can wear all of my scarves! Perusing some of the local vintage shops for possible treasures, playing board games and eating far too much cheese, singing in my local choir and celebrating thanksgiving. We even tried green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and trad turkey it was awesome and I have a new found cookie addiction, hello Rubysnap cookies!
So, seeing as a whole year has gone by, I’ve continued rambling on this blog and sharing some of my favourite photos and our adventures. We’ve visited a lot of places and enjoyed some unique experiences. So if you fancy seeing a snapshot of the last year, here are all the #thegoodbits posts as well as a small montage!
3rd April: Indiana, USA
2nd April: Indiana, USA
18th April: Indiana, USA
25th July: Nevada, USA
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So far August is hurtling past, and amid the long hot and sunny days we have been exploring our new home.The kitties have settled well and are enjoying having more windows, and importantly large window sills to sprawl along. They seem to approve and already have several favourite spots.
First impressions of this city are that is is vibrant, so green, and has lots to do, especially outdoor activities. the weather has been glorious, for once I feel like I’ve had a proper summer, its consistently 30+ degrees, with a few instances nearer 40 – which has been a little too warm for my delicate rose skin. Aside from avoiding the mid afternoon, I have however been enjoying living in shorts and flip flops, and making the most of the local outdoor pool, ice cream and abundance of vitamin D. I created a summer wardrobe, although if I’m honest I’m really looking forward to ‘fall’ which is my favourite time of year. I cant wait to be cold enough to wrap up warm again!
Kiwi and I have begun exploring our new state, with a few trips south and west. Visiting one of the islands on the great salt lake, eating our body weight in ice cream shakes (almost) and hiking to some darling hot pools.
We also had a fantastic time in the UK, and reminisced about home (well for me anyway) complete with bbq’s, Pimms, camping and enjoying a few days around our old stomping ground. It’s hard to believe I landed in the US a whole year ago – it’s a bit longer for Kiwi. In some ways it really doesn’t feel like I’ve been gone that long, but I guess we have crammed a lot into the last year.
As we approach Labour day – this is effectively like August bank holiday weekend, it’s officially the end of the summer but as Americans get less holidays its even bigger! we will be exploring more of the national parks whilst the weather is still good. We are looking into ski season passes for the approaching season and finding some local treasures.
Summer so far has been a whirlwind of activity. Although the blogs been quieter than usual, Kiwi and I have been packing in lots, and literally packing everything up. We spent much of July in the UK – more to come on this trip soon! Having left almost a year a go it was great to see friends and family, catch up with everyone, see some familiar British places and celebrate a best friends wedding. Continue reading