Vegas Recap

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Just got back from Vegas and my bed has never felt better. It was such a great weekend filled with a lot of laughter and a lot of fried food.

Some highlights from this trip: accidentally running into the sugar factory after searching for it for about 45 minutes

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Finding an Alex & Ani store and getting best friend bracelets with Kat

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Saturday brunch at Lavo

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Running around the strip after brunch and doing a few things that we are all hoping are going to “stay in Vegas”. (don’t worry mom, no new tattoos were involved)

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Until next time Vegas, you were too good to us.

No, We Want to be on Stage

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Kat’s brother was here from Tucson this weekend and when we told him we should show him around Mill Avenue, we took that very seriously. We started the night at dinner with the whole Lorenzen family. Kat batted her eyes and her mom (Terri) slipped us some cash and told us to have fun, that never ends well for us. We started off at The Yard where we drank pretty drinks and pretended we were hip enough to fit in there.

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Next stop…. karaoke bar. We walked straight up to the DJ and asked/demanded to be next. He told us there was a 30 minute wait, not gonna work. We asked a few more times until he told us he would put us next in line. Song of choice? Taylor Swift. We murdered it. We walked up and down the bar handing the mic off to anyone and everyone that wanted to join in on the fun. We stood on any elevated surface in sight and attempted all the high notes. It was amazing. If you ever randomly come across a sketchy karaoke bar, I highly recommend you go in.

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The next day my mom came over and we went to the Tempe Art’s Festival. All of Mill was closed and filled with stands selling everything from homemade lemonade to artwork to doggles (you guessed it, goggles for dogs, a necessity). We ran into this adorable pup, my mom was easily sold when she found out not only were they UV protectant but they also were pink and sparkly.

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If you ever think Marlee would be caught dead in these, think again. Mom and I made a pit stop at n’counter where we enjoyed a nice lunch outside. That night my parents invited us to meet them at a “Rolling Stones ” show at casino Arizona. We showed up but they failed to mention you needed tickets for this show. Our only option was to try out the whole gambling thing. We got some cash and went to the black jack table. We lost $15 in one minute, that’s gotta be record breaking. We then tried out the slot machines where we continued to loose. Needless to say, not our finest moment. We danced to a few songs with my parents and ended the night early. Moral of the story, karaoke is always a good idea. I don’t know how much longer I am going to be able to get away with standing on chairs and belting out Taylor Swift in public but for now, I’m owning it and having so much fun.

Friendship and Way Too Much Jack in the Box

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This weekend was a weekend for seeing old friends, eating sushi, drinking vodka sodas, and laying by the pool. My very adorable, long time, french best friend was in town from U of A for her spring break. Her name is Alix and she is one of the best people I know. We met in eighth grade and I instantly fell in love with her and her french heritage (aka her moms breakfast crepes after our weekend sleepovers). We cried when we graduated middle school and were headed to separate high schools. Thankfully this didn’t change much for our relationship. We spent Friday-Sunday’s together and would get in fights with our moms when they told us we couldn’t have sleepovers on the week nights. We shared our first drunken night together, naturally this happened in our good friends basement while her parents were asleep. We snuck our parents keys when they were gone and would take their cars for joy rides around the block when we only had our permits. We got our licenses together, went car shopping together, and legally drove to scottsdale mall as often as possible. Now I find myself at dinner with her legally drinking a margarita talking about friendship, love, old times, and everything in between. I feel so lucky to have a person like Alix in my life and I know this friendship will continue to grow long after our college days are done. IMG_6974 IMG_7031 IMG_7032 Lets just say Friday night there was a few too many vodka sodas involved and if the “four tacos, curly fries, cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, and oreo milkshake” order from jack in the box I came home with is any indication of my current relationship status…… you could say I’m still roaringly single. All those drinks stayed with me until about 1am the next day until my friend Macilin’s boyfriend surprised us with a hungry howies pizza. That’s true love. IMG_7014 Today I randomly ended up at the pool with seven of my close friends and about five bottles of champagne. These girls are so smart and some of the funniest people you might ever meet. They are the truest homies and I am very lucky to call them my friends. IMG_7021 I’m not sharing this to brag about my life right now but to recognize how lucky I am to have people who love me and accept me even when I spend $30 at jack in the box and eat it all myself.