An Event-Filled Las Vegas Thanksgiving

Minus5 Ice Bar Las Vegas Cocktails

A few days ago I returned from my very first trip to Las Vegas where we celebrated Thanksgiving with Jonathan’s mother and stepfather. It was so much fun and exhausting. Is Vegas always so tiring? (Jonathan, a seasoned Las Vegas pro, says “YES.”) Though, it could also have had something to do with the 28-hours in the car we spent to get there and back!

I committed a good portion of the trip to playing with the settings on my new DSLR camera — a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Nothing particularly fancy if you’re into cameras, but given a past dependency on my Android phone’s Vignette app, this is a significant upgrade.

The vast majority of pictures I snapped were a blurry mess, but a few didn’t turn out half bad! Here’s a little peak…

Our Hawai’i Vacation w/ a Vintage Twist

Hanapepe Valley Watercolor by Marionette Taboniar

Jonathan and I have returned to the land of rain and clouds and cold after a lovely and relaxing vacation on the island of Kauaʻi. And you know what? We deserved it. Our trip couldn’t have come at a better time. You see, the Pacific Northwest has been stricken with the longest winter and coldest April in recorded history. The fewest days over 50ºF between the months of January and April ever. Plus, the current forecast is making the remainder of May look very grim indeed. Lucky us!

The combination of this cold and wet has made us very unhappy campers, and coming back from warmth and sunshine has turned out to be pretty demoralizing, to be frank. Sharing a few highlights from our trip with you is the best way I know how of getting a little bit of sunshine back in my life.

I took a lot of random phone pictures, but I ended up having an especially good time using the “Polaroid” filter on one of my new apps. I admit it is somewhat juvenile, but I’m actually loving the casual, vintage vibe it gives our trip. Reminds me of something I might find in my grandparent’s attic under a pile of old photographs…