Life Lately #7

Rainbow dress + Boise Boba at the Saturday market — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I recently rediscovered my love of boba thanks to the boba trend that’s seemingly taken over Boise. It honestly seems like a new boba place opens every week! I tried a peach and strawberry smoothie with boba from Boise Boba the last time I was downtown for the Saturday farmers market and OMG. It’s my new favorite drink! I’m already planning to get another one this weekend. Are you a boba fan? What kind of drink do you like with boba?

P.S. My rainbow-striped dress from Madewell is now on sale (+ an extra 30% off!) or it’s also available from Nordstrom (who may price match if you ask!).

Korri and I were in Minneapolis last weekend to visit his parents and go to the Vikings preseason football game against the Seahawks (my boyfriend is a huge Seahawks fan; we went to the opening home game in Seattle last year!). Unfortunately, the Vikings won the game, but it didn’t matter since it was only a preseason game. ;) The U.S. Bank Stadium is a great stadium as far as professional football stadiums go. We saw Taylor Swift there almost a year ago so it was fun to be back!

Besides the game, we also stopped at the Mall of America, of course. (I made a return at Nordstrom and picked up this belt bag and another striped shirt from Madewell—both on sale.) We checked out the aircraft viewing area at the airport—so fun if you’re an aviation geek like I am—and grabbed some food at the Sandcastle restaurant at Lake Nokomis. We also rode the train to Minnehaha Park to check out the falls. You’d have no idea the falls were there! They’re hidden down in the park. It’s an absolutely gorgeous area. There were lots of people out enjoying the beautiful weather. We really got lucky with the weather with high 70s/low 80s and relatively low humidity by Minnesota standards. We did have storms one night, so Korri and I got to enjoy a nice lightning show.

Ice cream and wine flight at The STIL, Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I met up with a couple of girlfriends a couple of weeks ago to catch up on life at one of my favorite local spots, The STIL (short for the “sweetest things in life”), known for their fun flavors and alcohol-infused ice creams. The STIL features unique blends of ice cream, including varieties that are vegan and/or gluten-free. One of my favorite flavors is strawberry rosé, but this get together introduced my brand new favorite (non-alcoholic) flavor to me: almond creme, Oreo bits, and chunks of waffle cone. OMG, it is heaven! I’ve been craving that flavor basically nonstop since then.

We ordered an ice cream and wine flight to share (beer flights are also available) and got to pick the flavors of the ice cream and wine that we wanted. It was actually surprisingly tasty to pair the ice cream with wine! Korri and I go to The STIL often for a quick sweet treat (I got him hooked on the heavenly almond creme flavor) and I want to take him to get a flight when we have the time…hopefully sometime soon before summer is over!

Life Lately #6

Rosie and Sybil — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I haven’t shared much about my girls in a while! I couldn’t help but snap this photo—it’s rare to see them smoosh themselves together and sit like that for any period of time! I swear that Sybil (the calico on the right) just wants to be besties with Rosie because she loves sitting close to Rosie and if Rosie is getting attention, Sybil wants attention, too. Rosie doesn’t really want anything to do with Sybil, though. Haha. It always surprises and excites me when Rosie is willing to let Sybil get close to her. My heart!

Not much has changed in their world. I’m saving money for a dental for Rosie, which may require a echocardiogram first because her vet hears a heart murmur (she’s heard a murmur since the first time I took her in, and I had an echo done a few years ago but they want to check again…). Both of those will cost a pretty penny. I’ve been managing Sybil’s tendency to develop crystals in her urine due to stress by feeding her a little bit of urinary prescription food every day (and of course, trying to minimize stress, which tends to pop up when we travel/leave the house for a while).

They are currently loving the beautiful weather we’re having. I’ve been opening the windows more often, and we (the cats and I) even went out on the balcony for a little while. They make me nervous when we’re out there because they want to jump up onto the short walls or climb through the railing so I’m trying to think of what we can add to contain them so I don’t have to worry about them. Maybe some sort of screen or shade? I’d love to let them out whenever and not have to watch them. (There was one time I accidentally left Sybil out overnight. I felt terrible! And I’m so glad she was okay. We have huge owls around here that would have no problem picking up the cats if they saw them…)

At the end of March, Korri and I attended two gymnastics conference championships in the Salt Lake City area, and on our way back home, we decided to take the scenic route by detouring through Twin Falls. We stopped by Shoshone Falls, which is known as the “Niagara of the West” and is actually taller than Niagara Falls at 212 feet (right photo above). The Snake River runs through it, and though it’s normally not super impressive, the central Idaho mountains received some incredible snow amounts this past winter, so the falls were roaring—and we were sprayed by it! (Word is that it’s probably going to be even more impressive in a couple of weeks when the snow really starts melting, so we might be taking another day trip back.)

We also grabbed a bite to eat at a restaurant situated right at the top of the canyon on the west side of Twin (left photo above). We had an amazing view of the Snake River and of the Perrine Bridge, which carries the main road going into Twin Falls from the interstate. It’s well-known in the base jumping world but that’s not something I ever plan on doing! The bridge, which was completed in 1976 (replacement to an old bridge), is 1,500 feet long and 486 feet above the river. I love exploring these cool places right in our home state!

The Record Exchange, downtown Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

This year’s Record Store Day landed on last Saturday, April 13th! We picked up an Audio-Technica turntable when a local business was going out of sale a couple of years ago and have been slowly building up our vinyl record collection ever since. I always take Record Store Day as an opportunity to add more records, mostly because there’s usually a couple of exclusive release I want. Plus, my list of favorite records to eventually buy keeps growing every time a new record I love is released!

This year, I picked up Imagine Dragons’ newest release, Origins, and Chvrches’ latest release, Love Is Dead. As usual, both sound incredible on vinyl! (I’ve been listening to these albums on Amazon Music pretty much every day for weeks now haha.) The one exclusive release I had my eyes on was a record of two Spotify singles by Kelsea Ballerini. It unfortunately had sold out by the time we got there, so I’m guessing they only got a couple in. Luckily, they were able to get me a copy, which I picked up today! Woohoo! Gotta love the local record stores. ;) Are you a vinyl record collector/listener?

Life Lately #5

Spring skiing at Bogus Basin, Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Last weekend, I went to Bogus Basin, a small ski resort just north of town, with my dad, step mom, and boyfriend to enjoy some spring skiing. I'm normally not one for skiing; I hate being cold, and my legs usually can't handle very many runs before I'm exhausted and ready to sit in the lodge with a mug of hot cocoa. I know how to ski, though, since I was forced to go with the rest of my family growing up. (My dad called it mandatory fun, haha.) One of my brothers is actually a competitive skier in slopestyle (jumps) and sometimes half pipe. 

All that to say, I actually enjoyed skiing this time, even though I hadn't been in over a year! I'm not sure which had the greatest effect on my skiing, and subsequently, my mood: my new helmet, my hairstyle that mimicked the women skiers and snowboarders in the Olympics, or my extremely warm hand-me-down Saga coat from my younger brother (that coat is the GOAT). It was probably a combination of all three if we're being honest. ;) I did eight or nine runs in about three hours, and the evening light was gorgeous! (The photo above was taken near sunset.) I even did one black diamond run! Of course, the highlight of the evening was the basket of French fries I engulfed at the lodge, haha.

My boyfriend, Korri, went skiing on Wednesday and ended up injuring his knee going off of a jump. I've luckily been able to work from home the past two days so I can help him as he is fairly immobile. We went to an orthopedic clinic yesterday and it sounds like he has a probable MCL tear, but we won't know for sure what is wrong or how bad the injury is until he gets an MRI...and his insurance has to approve it before he can get one. Sigh. Fingers crossed he won't need surgery!

Sephora masks, Kiehl's creamy eye treatment, The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I used a Sephora gift card I received at Christmas to order myself some new goodies when the Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum was being offered in a trial size. The full price of that serum is a little rich for my blood, but I wanted to try it out just for fun because I've heard that vitamin C serums are super beneficial. I'm really hoping I don't like it so I'm not tempted to buy the full size. ;)

Sephora is also currently offering one free face mask when you buy three of their in-house brand. I've previously tried the pomegranate eye mask, and while I don't think it was life-changing (or gave me noticeable results), there were no ill-effects, so I decided to order some face masks to try. They have fabulous reviews! (I think Rosie is a fan of the rose face mask I ordered. ;) She is always very helpful when I put together flatlays, haha.)

I rounded out my order with the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment, which I've been eyeing (ha ha) since it was released, and The Ordinary's Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%. I'm a sucker for pretty much anything avocado-related, hence the eye treatment. ;) Plus I figured I should start doing some preventative skincare since I am nearing 30 years old! I was also in the market for a new product to treat acne; I've been breaking out a little more since I discontinued oral BC and got an IUD over a year ago. I had been wanting to try something from The Ordinary because the prices are incredible, so my mom, an esthetician by training, recommended this product. I really hope it works for me!

Boise State vs Sacramento State gymnastics meet results — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed a barrage of tweets about collegiate gymnastics every weekend since the start of January. I've become a bit of a crazy gymnastics fan, haha. It all started in grad school; I attended some meets with grad friends and fell in love with the atmosphere. (They consistently sell out their 15,000+ seat arena each meet and have the highest attendance record of all women's sports in the NCAA!) It definitely helps that they are also consistently ranked among the top five teams in the country.

Since moving back to Boise last year, I decided I was also going to be a fan of the Boise State (BSU) gymnastics team. They have been killing it season after season as well and are currently ranked 15th in the country. We attended their preview "meet" (basically a scrimmage that is held prior to the start of the season) a few days after attending the one at Utah. And, yes, I stayed after each meet to have a poster signed by the gymnasts...hahaha. We attended all of the home BSU meets (there were only four this year, sadly), watched every other meet we could online or on TV, and have tickets to attend the NCAA regional meet being held next weekend in Salt Lake City. There are six regional meets, and the top two teams from each regional will head to nationals in three weeks. Unfortunately, BSU will not be at the regional in SLC due to their ranking, but I am super excited for it regardless! I hope both of my teams make it to nationals!

Now that I'm a fan of two teams and watching a bunch of meets because of it, I've slowly started following a multitude of other gymnasts and teams and now consider myself a general fan of collegiate gymnastics. Of course, I want my teams to do well, but if they aren't in the championship, I'll find another team to root for. ;) It's just fun to watch good gymnastics! One of my new goals in life is to become an assistant coach (funny considering I have zero background in gymnastics nor do I have any flexibility or grace) or some sort of commentator. I think it would be interesting to be a judge, too.

I'm still learning the proper names of all of the elements in each routine, and I'm also still learning how the scoring works (honestly, it's sometimes very obviously crazy in one direction or the other). But it's fun and keeps me occupied, and I got Korri into it too—I love that it's something we enjoy together!