What up from Sundance!? I’m still in Park City! The snow is still snowin’ and the film festival is still boppin’.
I’m so glad you enjoyed my monster cookie recipe yesterday! Those have been a serious hit around here. Healthy, nutrition packed, delicious cookies? What’s not to love.
I can’t believe it’s only Thursday! It has been a jam packed week, and I’ve definitely had some exciting highlights 🙂
Right now, it’s 7am, and I just woke up from a solid five hours of sleep. You see, last night, my sister-in-laws (who are really just my BFFs) and my brother went downtown and saw an awesome concert. It was in this tiny, intimate venue, so we had incredible spots. The singer was Skylar Grey. And if you check out my Instagram Story right now, you can hear her play! But she’s the songwriter/vocalist behind probably at least one of your favorite songs. (Love the Way you Lie with Rhianna; Coming Home with Diddy; Walk on Water w/ Beyonce; Glorious with Macklemore). Anywho, after the concert we stayed out and danced at a club and just let loose. It was so. much. fun. And shout out to my other brother who stayed home to watch the little nieces and put them to bed. Thanks for doing that and allowing us to have that great time 🙂
Reflecting back on the evening, I’m just so grateful for family. My sibs and I have been through so much together, and it’s so awesome to know that there are people who have your back and vice versa.
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We also saw some movies!
We saw this really interesting film about this prodigy teen chef, called “Chef Flynn.” He built a professional kitchen in his bedroom at the age of five, and by seven he was running an 8-course, gourmet meal from his living room. He’s now a teenager and is opening his own restaurant in NYC next month. It was an incredible documentary, and I got to meet him afterwards! Who knows, maybe I’ll have to post a restaurant review of his new place next month! 🙂
We did have a celeb run in. My sister-in-law and I went to another concert on Monday — Diplo. He’s a pretty famous DJ who has collaborated with Justin Bieber on Cold Water (my fav song) and Where are U Now; and Usher, Beyonce, Big Sean, Shakira, and more. Anyways. His concert was pretty crazy: Imagine 800 twenty somethings, all jumping up and down, capturing the flashing lights and fog and techno on their iPhones. Pretty crazy scene. But anyways, when we were walking out after the concert, we ran into the rapper, A$AP Rocky. He and his crew were rolling up to the club. Pretty exciting. 🙂
We’ve also eaten at some awesome restaurants. My favorite was the Seafood Buffet at mid mountain. It’s not just any Golden Corral. This is a gourmet buffet. All you can eat, fresh-never-frozen King Crab Legs. Need I say more?
Needless to say, we’ve had a lot of fun.
And in terms of chairlift conversations? None yet that really were striking. Although my uber driver was starting a halfway-house of sorts for kids and teens that have been rescued from human trafficking. So that was a really powerful conversation. Just goes to show that one person can really make a difference.
One last story: so last night, obviously, I was with my older brother. And he’s 6’3″, really well put together, successful guy. Anywho. So I was talking to this guy at the bar for a minute, and my brother introduced himself to him, “Hey, I’m her brother.” So the conversation ended, the night goes on. My brother has to step outside for literally three minutes. During that time, that guy comes back over and slips me a napkin with his name and phone number on it and goes, “So your brother is super intimidating, so I figured while he’s gone for a minute I’d make my move.”
Bahhhhahhahahaha. Oh my gosh, we all died laughing afterwards. How funny.
In true Caralyn fashion, I didn’t follow up.
Oh well, such is life.
TAKE AWAYS FROM THE TRIP
- Family is important. Cherish time together, and make the effort to keep those relationships strong and current. Because at the end of the day, nothing is more important than family.
- Always wear more layers than you think you need.
- Heated gloves and heated ski boots literally are life changing. I went from only being able to ski for an hour without freezing to the core, to being able to be out all day for six hours.
- Kids like to copy your every move, so make sure your actions and words are worth copying.
- People love photos, even if they protest taking them at the time. It’s worth the slight inconvenience.
- There’s nothing more beautiful than a conversation where you’re looking someone in the eyeballs. Taking your eyes off your phone or screen is vital for connecting with people you love.
- Drink waaaaay more water than you think you need at altitude.
- Cocktails in Utah are weak. Get over it. Or stick to shots.
- iPhones don’t like the cold.
- Snapchat is fun and worth feeling like an old fart trying to figure out how to use it. 🙂
I want to close with a lyric from Skylar Grey’s song, Moving Mountains that we heard last night that really spoke to me.
“And instead of moving mountains, let the mountains move you.”
Have a great rest of your week, friends!
See you Monday for programming as usual!
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