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I think February is my least favorite month of the year.  It’s deep winter.  Valentine’s Day is always depressing. It’s still dark all the time. It’s basically the Tuesday of months. And February 2019 was par for the course. Not a great month for a variety of reasons, but here’s hoping March will be better, brighter, and more fun!

Started the month by going to see Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal” show in Milwaukee.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
Scenes of winter. And carbs.
My very best Valentine!
My new pencils are awesome.
Yet another snowstorm. So I made pot roast!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

On my last day housesitting for my parents, it was TREAT YO SELF time to Chipotle!
Sadie girl.
Yellow tulips and Cadbury mini egg season! Also, LOL to Gracie’s face.
Went to Wendt’s (ha) with Denny.
Ventured to Chicago for about 24 hours with Jillian!
We went to a tiki bar, which was great fun.
Then we went to see Schitt’s Creek: Up Close & Personal! It was GREAT. Highlights: seeing my queen, Catherine O’Hara; hearing Annie Murphy describe her inspiration for Alexis’ absurdity; and listening to Noah Reid serenade us all with an acoustic version of “The Best” by Tina Turner.
And wrapped up the month at the UWay celebration event.

A mid-month post!  I’ve spent the past week housesitting/dogsitting for my parents (who are enjoying sunny, warm Florida) and as a result, my nights have been delightfully free and open.  I used the time to do some behind-the-scenes work on my baking blog, which I hope to revive sometime this year. I also cleaned up this blog a little bit.

About ten years ago, I wrote a travel bucket list.  It’s amazing how many places have been crossed off the list since.  I’m a lucky woman to have been able to see as much as I have by the young age of 34. But there’s more to see!  I re-wrote my travel bucket list.  Now accepting applications for travel buddies!

National Parks:
Yosemite
Acadia
Saguaro
Redwoods
Sequoia
Crater Lake

Cruises:
Viking European River Cruise
Viking Homelands Sea Cruise
Viking Southeast Asia Cruise
Alaska (comin’ up in summer 2020!)

Domestic:
Seattle
New Orleans
Charleston
Washington DC for the cherry blossoms
Disney World for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

International:
Europe (all of it; everywhere; all the places!)
Morocco
Japan
Montreal/Quebec

I’m a day early with my January blog post!  That rarely happens.  Who reads this blog, anyway?  I always wonder.  In any case, hello to anyone reading (aside from my parents – I know you two always tune in!).

January brought my trip to California, which I covered in previous posts.  Here’s a roundup of the rest of this month’s photos.  Mostly Sadie because a) I’m obsessed and b) what else is there to take photos of in January in Wisconsin? Bleh!

I spent NYE at the Y (gettin’ those steps in!) — I’m such a wild child.
Sadie and a recently-bathed-due-to-the-pukes Gracie.
Scenes of winter.
I deep-cleaned my house and reorganized parts of it.  It happens about once a year.  It doesn’t always look this “perfect”!
I moved my guest bedroom downstairs and my office upstairs cause the upstairs room faces south and gets the most light.
My mom and I went to the Dells for a work conference.
MEGA STUF OREOS ARE A THING!  *hyperventilates*  Also, my collection of mugs aesthetically soothes me.
Scenes of a snow day.  We’ve had record snow + cold temps this month.
Sunday Funday. Totchos are my new favorite treat (nachos made with tater tots instead of tortilla chips).
My sweetheart.

  • Bethany Cox - February 2, 2019 - 7:29 am

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I think Palm Springs is my new favorite vacation spot.  I immediately fell in love with it and I fell hard.  It’s small.  It’s gorgeous.  It’s full of mid-century modern everything.  There are dogs everywhere.  It’s basically everything I love.

  • We stayed at the Kimpton Rowan, which we LOVED.  It’s a beautiful hotel and our room was so aesthetically pleasing — whites, grays, blues.  So calming.  The location was also ideal — right on the “main drag” for shopping, within steps of a Starbucks (we joke that it’s not a vacation without 35 iced tea lemonades from Starbucks), etc.
  • Given our travel schedule (we did a lot of driving on this trip — jumping from Anaheim to Joshua Tree to Palm Springs, etc), we really only had one full day in Palm Springs.  I’ve already vowed to make a week-long return in a future winter.
  • I wanted to drive around and see all the “famous” mid-century modern houses — you know, the ones with the colorful doors that look like they belong in a magazine?  So that we did.  I probably drove my mom nuts driving around and around and around the same neighborhood, stopping every 30 seconds to take photos.  I chuckled because a few houses had signs that said “no photography allowed.”  Nice try.  I’m on a public street, I can take pictures.  If you didn’t want attention, you shouldn’t have purchased this type of house, ya know? (and I’m always a fan of the “ask forgiveness not permission” mantra)
  • We visited the Saguaro hotel (aka the rainbow hotel).  I’ve seen so many photos of it and given that it literally looks like a rainbow, I had to see it in person.  I’m glad we decided not to stay there because the hotel is, well, pretty sad.  It wasn’t very clean, smelled like cigarettes, and had a real party vibe to it (which hey, if that’s what you want, cool! But it wouldn’t have worked for us).  But OMG, I still love that it’s basically a rainbow.
  • After our short visit to the Saguaro, we went to breakfast at Elmer’s because, well, duh.  Much to our surprise and delight, it was one of the best meals of our trip.  Even my mom, who is not a fan of breakfast foods (Ron Swanson would be aghast), really enjoyed it.  I had a gigantic German pancake and some really fabulous bacon.  I was a happy camper.  I also bought 4 of coffee mugs because, well, duh.
  • We then went to the Moorten Botanical Gardens.  Loved it!  I’m a sucker for succulents.
  • In the afternoon, we drove about 30 minutes to Cabazon to visit the outlet mall, which was a bust.  We made our way back to Palm Springs and did some more shopping, took a walk, had some Mexican food for dinner, and packed our suitcases up to leave the next day.
  • I absolutely, 100% loved Palm Springs.  I can see why so many people want to vacation and/or retire there.  I can’t wait to return.
  • And thanks again to my momma, my best friend and favorite travel partner.

The area outside of our hotel.
I’ve heard that the Kimpton Rowan has the only rooftop pool in all of Palm Springs.  I find that hard to believe (as it gets to be, like, 100 degrees there).
These homeowners have a good sense of humor.  I love people that embrace the attention.
See what I mean?  It’s like a rainbow.
Unintentional coordination of sweater color, eye color, mug color, and restaurant name. :)
Look at that wallpaper!  Hot. Dogs.
Frankinbun. Cold Nose Warm Heart (where I spent approximately two billion dollars on items for Sadie).
Kimpton Rowan
There was an art museum behind our hotel — and some weird giant baby art to go along with it.
My favorite of all the houses.  Gimme that orange door, please!
Another successful mother-daughter vacation.  Taking advantage of these years while we can. <3

We were anxious about this element of our trip.  The federal government shutdown meant that the National Parks were either closed or just entirely unsupervised.  Luckily, Joshua Tree was “open” to visitors, but had no park rangers or staff present.  As it turns out, it was a fabulous way to see the park.  No one was there!  It was eerily quiet: no traffic, no crowds, no parking issues.  We were disappointed to miss out on seeing the Visitor’s Center, but all in all, we had a very positive experience.

We also didn’t see any litter, vandalism, or damaged trees or plant life.  This is not to say that the damage wasn’t there (after all, we didn’t visit the campground areas, etc), but sometimes you have to take what the media throws out into the world with a grain of salt.  It wasn’t anarchy; everyone we saw was peaceful, respectful, and the park was as beautiful as ever.

On our way, we stopped to see the Cabazon dinosaurs!  Of course.  :)
A highlight for me was the cholla cactus garden.  They are actually dangerous to humans (their little “barbs” will pierce your skin and be very painful to remove), but aren’t they pretty? In a the-desert-will-eat-you-up-and-spit-you-out kinda way?