i have some around-the-corner neighbors who are pretty stinking great. three of them and i went on a road trip to sacramento last weekend and we just really had a great time. in wonderful moments of that glad weekend i felt such healthy and healing doses of optimism. it was just a happy lil adventure.
our first stop after driving past downtown sacramento was costa vida, a beloved utah chain restaurant with only one california location. we laughed as we walked in about how we were sure the place was full of utah mormons. as it turns out, there happened to be one pretty special utah mormon there:the tall old guy is elder l. tom perry, one of the twelve apostles. it was pretty exciting to see him. elder perry is a friend of my family, and he is one of the most spirited people i’ve ever met. and he’s celebrating his ninetieth birthday this week!
we stayed over at my friend rachelle’s house. it was fun for me to catch up with rachelle and her husband and for all of us to catch a glimpse of the olympic opening ceremonies. in the morning we went to an endowment session at the beautiful sacramento temple:
i love, love the nostalgic, colorful, lively, frolicsome feel of the fair.
i ate a banana on a stick and a carton of garlic fries.
we watched a hypnotist show and people showing off their sheep.
we sampled salsa and watched kitchen knife demonstrations and sat in massage chairs and giggled at tacky trinkets and spun wheels to win random prizes.
we also saw some pretty darn incredible things in the arts & crafts buildings. a lot of talent on display, and obviously an empty-faced portrait of the mona lisa with a corndog! by the time we got to the rides, we were wiped out after seven hours at the fair.but brittany and i decided we must ride the ferris wheel to make the experience complete.
and of course the drive home was stuffed with girl talk. we smelled like grease and sweat but we were happy! an optimistic weekend was just what i needed.