Downtown Summerlin parking lot
As soulless as parking lots may be, it would be a lie to say I wasn’t elated when I opened up the curtains at my Las Vegas resort and saw the sunny parking lot above. I mean, look at those palm trees! And sun (keep in mind, I live in Seattle).
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
I chose this hotel for my trip in November purely because Sunset magazine had recommended it, but was pleasantly surprised by the gorgeous surroundings. Next time I’d like to rent a car and head out to Red Rock Canyon nearby. (I’ve heard amazing things about Zion National Park too, just a three-ish-hour drive to the northeast.)
September 24 will mark the 20th anniversary of BBC’s 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries release… So who’s ready for some tailgating? :)
To start, here’s “Elizabeth observed”–one of my favorite musical interludes from the series, which clues us into the depths of Darcy’s affection for Elizabeth. Like much of the official soundtrack, it was composed by Carl Davis, who, according to Wikipedia, was born in the United States but has lived in the United Kingdom since 1961.
Give the whole playlist a listen!
Yes, I have recently discovered the incredible tastiness of Trader Joe’s Roasted Eggplant Parmesan, and all I want is to shout it from the rooftops. (This is not even a sponsored post!) The eggplant is the best texture; just enough cheese; good amount of sauce; microwavable/highly convenient… I’m just in love with the whole thing.
I’ve also noticed that Trader Joe’s can carry three+ kinds of eggplant parmesan at a single location, so, for information’s sake, here is a package picture as well.
Two years have already passed, but it recently occurred to me I never posted about one of my favorite Old San Juan walks: a $3 tour of La Fortaleza – Palacio de Santa Catalina (aka the Governor’s house). It was built between 1533 and 1540, and, according to Viator, is the the “oldest functioning executive mansion in the Western Hemisphere.”
The house doesn’t have the normal gloss of an official residence–instead the structure and grounds offer sumptuous blooms, palm trees, and ceramics (not to mention a view of the bay).
Iggy Pop first landed on my radar when he guest appeared on the Nickelodeon show Pete & Pete. I only just heard this song a week or two ago, but it has such great energy (especially for a winter’s day). No wonder Tina Turner covered it!
A May issue of the New Yorker had been floating around my apartment, purse, and backpack for a while now (let’s not bother to count backward). When I finally did dig into it, though, I was delighted to come across Adam Gopnik’s “Word Magic.” Here are just a couple of my favorite parts:
1. On word use:
In truth, language seems less like a series of cells in which we are imprisoned than like a set of tools that help us escape: some of the files are rusty; some will open any door; and most you have to jiggle around in the lock. But, sooner or later, most words work.
2. An ode to good writing:
If lucid writing is the sign of a moral state, it’s the moral state of hard work, keener effort, acquired craft–a desire to communicate rather than intimidate, to have fun with a fellow-mind rather than bully a disciple. Sane and shapely sentences are good because they’re sane and shapely. There’s no guarantee that they’ll contain the truth: lots of sane and shapely sentence makers have had silly ideas. But, like sane and shapely people and homes, they are nice to have around to look at.