This week I am dealing with a cold. As I try to get better on the couch, catching up on Westworld and reading The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, I see it trying to snow outside. Here in the Okanagan we are expected to have a warmer winter yet with plenty of precipitation = lots of snow. A warmer winter is in the range of 0˚C to -10˚C which is prime snowing temperatures.
Even though I am not escaping somewhere warm this winter like I prefer to do (I don’t ski or board) I am looking forward to the holiday season. But before we get there yet I want to bid adieu to the gorgeous autumn we had here in the Okanagan wine country.
The Okanagan landscape really is a photographer’s dream in all seasons but fall being my favourite.
The wineries provided a fantastic backdrop for my grandparent’s 50th anniversary as we treated them to a little wine tasting at Mission Hill Winery as well as a dinner at The Eldorado Hotel & Marina.
My adorable grandparents next to their cutouts from their wedding day made the evening nostalgic for everyone.
*Excuse me as I choke down a tablespoon of cough medicine in grape flavour 😯
I probably smell very strange as I’ve been desperate to get rid of this cold. I’ve ate a clove of garlic (the fragrance still lingers in my throat), oregano oil (which is better than Cold FX in my mind), and plenty of mint and lemon tea in addition to the pills and syrups.
Today there has been an upswing on my health and it couldn’t have come soon enough as I depart for Las Vegas this coming weekend to celebrate my husband’s 30th birthday. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to Vegas because I’ve lost count. I think it is about 16? I’ve been every year (sometimes twice) since I was 21 years old for both work and leisure (although my first time visiting was when I was 16). Yup, I’ve been visiting since the Aladdin was still a hotel.
More times for leisure, I’ve stayed at the MGM, Bellagio, The Wynn, The Boardwalk (since bulldozed), The Venetian, The Flamingo and New York New York. But this time around we’re staying somewhere new, The Cosmopolitan. This hotel has a different vibe than the rest of Vegas where kitsch is less welcome and unique architecture with glass & geometric lines. I am most looking forward to the food of course! I plan to return with plenty of foodie stories.
Wish us luck!
That’s what’s new with me. What’s new with you?