ithildin
08 April 2014 @ 07:04 pm
I'm Back!  
Had an awesome holiday, and will never catch up on LJ, or anywhere else for that matter. So let me know anything I absolutely must know. Saw Cap II, and loved it!! And considering I like Steve well enough, but he's not Tony or Loki, that's saying something :D More later!
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ithildin
29 March 2014 @ 05:13 pm
Upcoming Holiday  
Nin and I leave Monday for a week in earthquake plagued Southern California. Yay. We're spending three days in San Diego, where we will hook up with Roberta, then drive up to Anaheim to meet up with the rest of the Ladies Assemble gang for three days in Disneyland and Captain America II. I decided to try out an Instagram account for photos, if you'd like to follow our travels.
 
 
ithildin
24 February 2014 @ 02:00 pm
Our Big SLC Weekend - now for T Hiddy  
So the main reason for our trip was to see T Hiddy, errr.. Tom Hiddleston, in Coriolanus. Which did happen, between all the eating and stuff :D

Friday night, we went to the Utah Symphony to see Natalie MacMaster perform. She was wonderful! And seven months pregnant, but she still danced around with her fiddle! It was a terrific performance. Saturday, the screening for Coriolanus started at 12:15, and Nin had out the walking direction via Google into her phone, and we couldn't find the theater!! I knew it was sold out, and really didn't want to be stuck in the front row because we were late. I brought up my ticket confirmation on my phone, and read the address, and turned out she'd entered 11 Broadway, not 111 [whew] So we arrive with plenty of time, get seats, and of course, tweeted. I'm pretty sure the majority of the audience were there to see Tom. The play started, and you could tell from the quiet that the audience was drawn in. The interval interview with the director had some amusing moments, where she admitted that Tom 'was passing sexy' Our audience busted up laughing at that. We really enjoyed the play. Great cast all around, and I loved the staging, and how they used lighting. It's amazing that we're able to see live theatre all the way from London in our own backyard. So glad we decided to make the trip! And thanks to the University of Utah, Tanner Humanities Centre, for making it possible.
 
 
ithildin
24 February 2014 @ 01:14 pm
Our Big SLC Weekend - the non Hiddles part  
We had a great time! We'd booked a really good package at the Hotel Monaco, which was right downtown, and we walked everywhere. The hotel was lovely, and other than an issue I had at check in (I'm not sure if it was a lack of training or truly hotel policy)(And yes, I'm fussy, I admit it. I grew up in a hotel, worked in them for years.) everything from there on out was terrific, even the creepy love LOL Here's the thing, I'd tweeted on our way about our first stay at that chain, and after we checked in, a room service waiter brought us a bowl of strawberries with a hand written card, welcoming us and thanking me for tweeting about them. Now, since I tweet under Ithildyn, I was rather impressed with their detective skills. In a follow up twitter convo, they said they were glad they'd guessed the right guest. Their motto's something like 'love at first stay', so I said it was kind of creepy love, but I truly did appreciate it the lovely surprise - and I love strawberries!

The hotel itself is a renovated old building, and they've done a great job. The room has a funky traditional vibe, and they make the most of the space. My only wish was that the rooms have real shower heads. I can only assume that due to the age of the building, they can't, so instead they have these handheld wands bolted to the wall. Made for a very awkward shower. The bathroom itself however, was huge! And the zebra print robe gave me a giggle.

There's a wine social in the lobby at 5 every evening, which was a lot of fun. On Saturday, the host had SLC Comic Con on his name plate, and since those are usually where they're from, I had to ask. He explained that their staff tags had their guilty pleasure under their name. And he apparently was one of the organizers of the Salt Lake City Comic con. He said Stan Lee was their guest last year. They also have their staff massage therapist available to do a five minute complimentary neck/shoulder massage. I took advantage on Saturday, and she did an amazing job, knowing without me saying a word how messed up my neck is. Oh, and Friday, the host had her dog, Jazzie with her, and I made several trips back to pet the pup. Such a nice change from where I work which bans all pets from property. (We used to be able to bring dogs for a visit, but we had an animal hater employee complain, and so it was ruined for everyone.)

The package came with a dining credit in their lounge, and since their whole restaurant menu is available there, we didn't feel like we missed trying out the restaurant itself. We had some amazing food! I think the highlights were the duck toast, the cheese plate (had that twice!), and the mussels. Amazed at the mussels - tried them even though I don't like fish or clams etc..., but the preparation sounded so good. Yum!! The service was spot on. Even though it was jammed on a Fri/Sat night, the servers instantly noticed when my drink was empty and came to see if I wanted another. We did eat in the restaurant for Sat. morning breakfast, and I had biscuits with spicy elf elk sausage gravy. OMG! So good!

So a great stay was had! I can definitely recommend staying at their property in SLC, and I can only assume that the other Kimpton properties are just as great.

We did a teensy bit of shopping at City Creek: Sephora! And we had dinner one night at an Asian place called The Naked Fish. Before we headed home yesterday, we had our obligatory farewell SLC lunch as Squatters Brewery, which was delicious as always.

All in all, a much more relaxing weekend than going to Vegas. I think it was worth the extra two hour's drive to go to SLC instead.
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ithildin
21 February 2014 @ 05:09 pm
And we're here  
Went to work for a few hours this morning and then Nin picked me up and we headed to Salt Lake City. Made good time, got checked in, and will be joining the wine social here in a bit. The hotel is right downtown, and within walking distance of everything we are doing this weekend. Tonight, we're going to see Natalie McMaster and the Utah symphony, and tomorrow is the long awaited viewing of Coriolanus! Squee!
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ithildin
10 December 2013 @ 01:53 pm
No one told me Disney had Hell Land  
or, this is what we get for being spontaneous.

[personal profile] strangevisitor7 was flying in to L.A. on business, and since it was only a 6 hour drive, we decided to head down after work on Friday. And [personal profile] ninjababe was just two days out from her birthday, so we decoded to go to Disneyland on Saturday. We were pooped, but still, we were having a grand time. And it had rained throughout the morning, and once it cleared up, it was cold - cold for SoCal. But that did a lovely job of clearing out some of the crowds. About 8pm, Nin started feeling unwell, by 9pm, the poor thing had lost the contents of her stomach. We will never look at A Small World the same way again. Our first thought was food poisoning, which would have been bad, since all three of us shared appetizers for dinner. But after getting Nin cleaned up, and waiting around till she felt she could travel (we were 45 minutes from our hotel), Casey and I were both still feeling fine. So we figured she had gastroenteritis aka 'stomach flu'. Of course, that brought up my next worry - it's highly contagious, and I'd drunk from her water bottle, soda, etc.. Not to mention we had to share a bed this trip. Anyway, we get ready to leave L.A. on Sunday, and I start getting texts from my assistant, telling me that the gorge was closed between Mesquite and St. George, that most of the streets in St. George were closed, and that there were people stranded in the gorge overnight due to the snowstorm we'd had on Saturday. I know if you live in an area that gets snow all the time, 6-11 inches isn't a big deal, but our cities don't even own snowplows! And we live in a rural area, which makes it worse. So we don't know if we can get home, and Nin's still not feeling great, so we decide to book a room in Vegas, and for Nin to go see a doctor Monday morning before we head home. Last night, we finally make it home. And guess what? Gastroenteritis really DOES have a 48 hour incubation period! I am so sick right now, I want to pull a rock over me. And it's been so cold -- makes it hard to remember that a few months ago it was 105 on a daily basis. It's been down to 5 at night. Our chickens are very unhappy, poor things. Though I must say, it's so pretty outside! I'm pretty sure this will be one Dland trip we won't forget.
 
 
ithildin
21 October 2013 @ 10:32 pm
Last minute trip  
So that good feeling I was having about events was quickly shattered, and I was so stressed out we decided to take a very last minute trip the Grand Canyon. We left Friday, came back last night - in a record time of 4 hours! I suggested to Nin we take a below the rim hike, as opposed to our usual meandering along the paved rim paths; after tackling Balcony House at Mesa Verde, I've been feeling quite adventurous. So we did 3 miles round trip -- 1.5 straight down, then back up again. We took our time, stopped at the first rest house for lunch, then started back. Took us three hours, not counting the lunch break. Did I mention I fell at the first tunnel, 1/2 hour in? You should see the bruise on my hip and my right arm. I think I twisted something in my arm. Fortunately, it was my right arm, and you don't need your arm to walk. Nin and I have a goal to make it as far as Indian Garden in the next two years, which is 4.8 miles below the rim, and who knows? Maybe we'll get to Phantom Ranch before my bones are too old to move!
 
 
ithildin
25 August 2013 @ 08:19 pm
Where I've Been  
Have been vacationing in the four corners region with Nin and Roberta since Saturday. Yesterday and Monday, we were at Mesa Verde National Park, the photo below is at Spruce House, after climbing down a ladder into a kiva. The first day, we got caught out in a lightening storm on top of the mesa, and lightening hit the ground a few hundred feet in front of me. It was very scary. The next day we did Spruce House, Cliff Castle, and Balcony House. Balcony House included a 32 ' ladder and a climb out along the cliff face with just a chain fence between me and the cliff edge. I was shaking like a leaf, but am proud of myself for doing it!
 
 
ithildin
27 May 2013 @ 03:42 pm
Spontaneous  
Nin and I decided to be spontaneous and take a quick weekend trip to Park City. All the time we've lived here, we've never been. We left early Saturday morning and came back yesterday. We had a terrific time, and will definitely go back. We stayed up at the ski area, and being between winter and summer, it was very quiet. It was in the mid 60s, about 30 degrees cooler than here, but it was still warm enough for a dip in the pool amongst the mountain tops and aspens. We had some terrific drinks at the High West Whiskey Distillery and some tasty small plates and bar bites. Thinking it would be a great place to celebrate my birthday in July, seeing as it's supposedly one of those milestone ones. Though I'm still in complete denial over that.
 
 
ithildin
18 May 2013 @ 05:34 pm
That's Settled  
Nin and I need to look into buying an old Jeep. Too many places around here we want to explore and need a high clearance of 4WD vehicle. We started down to here today, but it wasn't doable in a car. And it's not the first time we've been thwarted in our explorations! Our ultiame goal is to be able to do the Toroweap road which leads to this:


Somewhere along the way, Nin and I have become adventure girls. I blame Utah :D
 
 
ithildin
02 May 2013 @ 01:19 pm
Vegas, baby!  
We arrived safely yesterday morning, a really long day after we fetched all from airport over next 12 hours. It was about 1am when we got to bed.

Nin, Roberta and Casey are gambling currently, and since I don't gamble, I'm contributing to ensure vice quotient by sitting in the bar behind Nin's black jack table, drinking a Margari-tine at 1pm.

Iron Man III
in 8 hours!
 
 
ithildin
04 January 2013 @ 09:10 pm
A Place We Love  
So you know we went to the Grand Canyon, but one of the highlights was returning to Wupatki National Monument. What's Wupatki? It's an ancient pueblo ruin, the major one, in a park filled with many ruins of pueblos.

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Wupatki is the largest pueblo in the park. A self-guided trail begins behind the visitor center.

People gathered here during the 1100s, gradually building this 100-room pueblo with a community room and ballcourt. By 1182, perhaps 85 to 100 people lived at Wupatki Pueblo, the largest building for at least fifty miles. Within a day's walk, a population of several thousand surrounded Wupatki.

Wupatki appears empty and abandoned. Though it is no longer physically occupied, Hopi believe the people who lived and died here remain as spiritual guardians. Stories of Wupatki are passed on among Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and perhaps other tribes. Members of the Hopi Bear, Sand, Lizard, Rattlesnake, Water, Snow, and Katsina Clans return periodically to enrich their personal understanding of their clan history. Wupatki is remembered and cared for, not abandoned.


[livejournal.com profile] ninjababe and I have been here several times over the years, and this visit mimicked our first - arriving at sunset after the last ranger had gone home for the evening. If you're ever in the Flagstaff area, I highly recommend you take the time to visit this remarkable historic site.

Pics below!! )
 
 
ithildin
03 January 2013 @ 12:41 pm
Home, and Fic!  
I am back! Will try and share some Grand Canyon pics over the next few days, and Wuptake! Going to work for a little bit here in a few, but I have to talk about [community profile] hlh_shortcuts fic. No one guessed my story, but other people were guessed for it. As far as I can tell, only one person guessed me, and that was for the aforementioned Avengers crossover.

I'm going to post it here eventually, but if you just can't wait to go read it :D it's 'The Memories of Stones and Stars' and I wrote it for [personal profile] lferion
 
 
ithildin
31 December 2012 @ 06:13 pm
Happy New Year!  
I won't be up till midnight - need to get to bed for an early start in the AM - so Happy New Year to one and all! I sure hope 2013 is a step up from 2012.

We didn't do a big Christmas, since we got the new stove a few weeks before, so mine and [livejournal.com profile] ninjababe's present to each other is a one night trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to see it in winter (We go to the North Rim at least once a year, as it's about 2+ hours away, but it's closed in the winter.). It's about six hours from us, and the weather has been decent, so it's a go! We actually got a room in the park, 1/4 mile from the rim. Will be awesome, with no wasting time driving out to the nearest town to our motel. Especially as this is a one night, then home again, dealy.
 
 
ithildin
01 November 2012 @ 07:10 pm
For Anyone That's Still Around  
I was in Phoenix for a few days to visit [livejournal.com profile] robi_travels - we get together every Octoberish, as it's our 'anniversary', our 10th this year. It was nice getting away, just wish I'd had a few more days. Anyway, didn't look at the internet much at all, except to keep up on the news. I didn't even tweet, or read twitter, except to post a few travel photos. I also have so much TV to catch up on, I'll probably be behind for weeks.

What else? Waiting to see Skyfall - we had Roberta watch the first two in Phoenix, and I think we got her hooked.

Need to get started on my Highlander fic exchange story - I really should have gone with my first instinct and not signed up. Stress and just a feeling of being down has sapped all my creativity.

Several kids last night told us how much they love our decorations and that they come every year to see what we've done! That made me feel good. Nice to know the work is appreciated!

Not sure how much I'll be around in the near future, will see how it goes.
 
 
ithildin
11 July 2012 @ 05:36 pm
FYI  
We got home Monday - we drove in from Primm (Ugh, the rooms at Buffalo Bills are skeevy!) Monday morning, I went to work first, then came home. Been work, work, working, ever since.

Had an awesome time, made me totally homesick.
 
 
ithildin
11 July 2012 @ 05:36 pm
FYI  
We got home Monday - we drove in from Primm (Ugh, the rooms at Buffalo Bills are skeevy!) Monday morning, I went to work first, then came home. Been work, work, working, ever since.

Had an awesome time, made me totally homesick.
 
 
ithildin
11 July 2012 @ 05:36 pm
FYI  
We got home Monday - we drove in from Primm (Ugh, the rooms at Buffalo Bills are skeevy!) Monday morning, I went to work first, then came home. Been work, work, working, ever since.

Had an awesome time, made me totally homesick.
 
 
ithildin
13 June 2012 @ 07:32 pm
Home Again, Home Again  
Pretty much ignored the internet while I was gone, so no idea what coolness may have happened whilst I was away. Point me to it, if you think it be worthy :)

We had a great time, including a float trip down a portion of the Colorado, followed by fishbowl margaritas. Actually, I think tequila and/or margaritas were a constant of the last four days - Nin made her killer ice bucket margaritas twice for us. Survived intact, with no sunburn. My only mishap was late yesterday, when I was wading in the Virgin River back of our inn, and the current got underneath me and tipped me over. Banged up my hip and my upper thigh pretty good when I came down on rocks. Now, we're home, and I'm doing laundry, and getting ready for work tomorrow. If you follow me on Twitter, you already know I Lokied Nin and Jen really good, but will share the full story here at some point. Pictures will also show up soon as well.
 
 
ithildin
13 June 2012 @ 07:32 pm
Home Again, Home Again  
Pretty much ignored the internet while I was gone, so no idea what coolness may have happened whilst I was away. Point me to it, if you think it be worthy :)

We had a great time, including a float trip down a portion of the Colorado, followed by fishbowl margaritas. Actually, I think tequila and/or margaritas were a constant of the last four days - Nin made her killer ice bucket margaritas twice for us. Survived intact, with no sunburn. My only mishap was late yesterday, when I was wading in the Virgin River back of our inn, and the current got underneath me and tipped me over. Banged up my hip and my upper thigh pretty good when I came down on rocks. Now, we're home, and I'm doing laundry, and getting ready for work tomorrow. If you follow me on Twitter, you already know I Lokied Nin and Jen really good, but will share the full story here at some point. Pictures will also show up soon as well.