Monday, March 23, 2009

SLC: snow, scrapbooking & a red iguana

Hi there! Hope your week's off to a great start.

Today was our 2nd full day here in Salt Lake City, and it was great. We woke up to snow! And it continued snowing all day, pretty. And I wore my parka, brrr. We haven't seen The White Stuff since we visited Prince Edward Island, Canada back in winter 2006. I had forgotten how serene the silence of snowfall is.

Sal had a busy day at the conference, starting off with an early AM recruiting session/breakfast. It was a chance for him to promote FAU and to attract new chemistry graduate students to his department. He also attended a luncheon for Purdue University Chemistry Alumni, and got to catch up on what's happening at his Alma Mater (he got his PhD there). After some other meetings and technical sessions, he called it a day.

Meanwhile, I was doing what any scrapbooker who's visiting SLC would do ... a scrapbook store "shop hop". Oh, what FUN! This is the sb'ing capital of the world, after all! I visited 3 fab stores today, and had a blast! Each shop had a great selection and some creative projects on display. I love visiting sb stores when I travel, it's not only a chance to see different products and ideas, but is a nice way to interact with locals. The employees often love to chat about their hometown, and they ask about Florida, too. So, if you're a scrapbooker and find yourself in SLC, be sure to stop by Heartland Paper (they have 2 stores ... I went to their Bountiful, UT location), Paper Creations (HUGE selection!), and Mom & Me Scrapbooking (they have some great page kits).

We ended our day with a Mexican dinner. I've noticed that there are tons of Mexican restaurants here in SLC, who knew? But apparently THE place for Mexican here is The Red Iguana, so we ate there. No regrets, it was terrific! Great atmosphere, service, food, and reasonably priced. I had perhaps the best vegetarian fajita ever! I splurged and had a (non-alcoholic) mango margarita and it was delish! :-) When we left the restaurant, the line to get a table was out the door and down the sidewalk! Now I know why.

Getting tired now, I'm off to bed.

Good night! :-)


Momofboys said...

sounds like you are truly enjoying yourself in Utah!! and i'm sure you'll hit a few more scrapbooking stores before it is all over with!

Susan said...

Susan, if the owners allow please take a photo of the LSS for us. Smiles, Susan in ATL

Michelle Aguilar said...

Wow, that is so neat for you to enjoy yourself also. You know I was at this LSS once here in mesa and now I can't remember what it was called as it closed.

Well, this girl had her laptop and confronted me in the parking lot trying to map quest SBE. I thought it was the funniest thing. She stated her husband was on a business trip and this was her enjoyment as she travels with him. LOL

that is what you are doing and that is great also. YIPPEE!!!
Have a great time and Yea for good Mexican food!

Denise said...

Hey now, I tried to bring some snow to Florida when we came down early this month, but it melted (ba-dum-bup). Sorry, couldn't resist.

Sounds like you are having a fantastic time! I'm with Susan, post photos of the LSSs if you can!