Feliz Cumpleaños + Dia de los Muertos.

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Yesterday was my birthday (the Day of the Dead, the irony isn’t lost on me), and it was such a beautiful day. I had work in the morning so Sam brought my “breakfast in bed” to my job. After work, a friend and I went to lunch at the Crimson View, which if you live near the University of Utah I recommend trying because it has the most gorgeous view of Salt Lake City.

The rest is the day was everything that I loved from my childhood. Sam took me to an old fashion candy shop and let me pick out some candy I loved as a kid and haven’t seen in years, like the combined grape and strawberry Nerds, Sugar Babies, Candy Buttons, and we split a Shirley Temple. We then ventured to City Creek Mall and sat by the fish pond and threw coins in while making wishes. We went to go see The Florida Project at Salt Lake Film Society, which made me think a lot about my own upbringing in Florida, and the differences between my own mother raising me as a single parent and protagonist’s single mother. It made me feel really thankful for the everything she’s done for me, and the sacrifices she had to make along the way.

My only birthday request was to have dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Trolley Square and sit in one of the streetcar booths, so Sam made it happen. I use to be obsessed with trolleys as a child. In my hometown we have the most beautiful, old style trolleys. They’re the only public transportation in my tiny town and they were turquoise and banana colored magic carpets to me. So we ate pasta, spumoni ice cream, Italian soda, and felt warm and safe and loved.

The last stop on the birthday adventure was Ulta. I wasn’t kidding in my last post that I can spend hours there, last night was a testament to it. My mother treated me to a little spree so I picked out some new products before heading home and falling asleep watching Bob’s Burgers. We hope you have a great weekend, and keep an eye out for the full moon this weekend!

Take care,
The Wiesenbears

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