I spent three days and three nights in Las Vegas and came home with leftover cash and without a sunburn or a hangover. I did lose my voice, but overall, I think that’s pretty good. I didn’t gamble, and I didn’t do any shots. Surprisingly, I did have fun. I never would have selected Las Vegas as a destination if it were up to me, but it was Jess’s 30th birthday so I had to make the best of it.
We stayed at the Cosmopolitan, which feels more like a giant mall than those “Just the Right Amount of Wrong” commercials would lead you to believe. We danced and drank and some people gambled, but the main activity of the weekend was lots of intense conversations. Jess went to Harvard and all of her friends went to Harvard, and they are all impressive geniuses and very intense conversationalists, which I enjoy. They are also very intense dancers, which I also enjoy.
I had a great time, but I do not approve of the existence of Las Vegas. It is culturally repulsive, egregiously wasteful, and personally I found it strangely sterile and unsexy and bureaucratic, albeit anthropologically interesting.
I wrote about Blueberry OG for 91LIFE.
I’d probably be more impressed by Colorado’s natural scenery (and cannabis) if I didn’t live in California. But Colorado is currently home to the cutest puppy in the world, and also Ed’s brother Brad and his wife Rebecca, so that makes it worth visiting.
We camped at Lake Granby and hiked past Monarch Lake to Cascade Falls. Nine miles was a little much for Yeti, who is barely four months old, so she needed a quick nap at the falls before we turned around.
I wrote about Cookies & Cream for 91LIFE.
My little sister is a married lady! The wedding doubled as her farewell party, since she moved out of our parents’ house in New Jersey and into her new flat in London almost immediately afterward. Lots of emotion, excitement, and charming British accents!
Ed and I went backpacking with Jack in Point Reyes last weekend. It was our first time backpacking, but we only had to hike a mile and a half to Sky Camp, so it was fairly easy. (Before we attempt any more serious backpacking trips, though, I will definitely need to build up some muscle and also visit a chiropractor.)
On Sunday we drove and hiked all over and saw tule elk and lots of elephant seals. And then we went to Cafe Reyes for pizza, beer, and chocolate cake.
I wrote about Jacks Over Queens for 91LIFE.
Ed and I found the Grove of Titans on New Year’s Eve. It was awesome.
260 flower entries and 57 concentrates in the 2013 Emerald Cup — all organically grown, outdoors, under the sun.
I wrote about Banana Kush for StickyGuide’s 91LIFE blog.