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I think we found Narnia. Or part of it, anyway.

Last week, when Dave and Debbie (my parents-in-law) were in town helping us move in and get situated, we took a day trip up to Park City, about a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake. You may have heard that this is the home of the Sundance Film Festival and Olympic Park… both excellent reasons to visit, I’d say. Olympic Park didn’t seem quite as exciting without snow, so we’ll have to go back and check it out later this year, but woooow is this place ever gorgeous. It’s so high up, even more so than Salt Lake, that you can see out forever, with the big open blue sky full of fluffy white clouds stretching all around you. I’m sure you’d have to be a batrillionaire to actually afford to live there, but it’s nice to know that it’s just a short drive away whenever we want to just get away for a bit. And I can’t WAIT for Sundance. I’ve never been to a film festival before! 

img_0002dDebbie needed a new Facebook picture. She looks so pretty here!


img_0006cDave is very detail-oriented. He’s always all about maps and brochures and atlases and whatnot. Which is good for the rest of us, because we are SO not that way and would probably have no idea where we were going or what we were doing without him!


img_0010cI like this. :)


img_0013cWho needs backdrops when you’ve got THIS???


img_0036cAll along historic Main Street, they had THE most beautiful flowers all over the place. I’ve rarely seen a place so clean and well-maintained. But I guess I would expect that if I were paying a batrillion dollars to live there.


img_0038cBright tulips + huge billowy clouds = Happy me.


img_0042cYuuuuuummmy deliciousness.


img_0045cVery nice of Debbie and Dave.


img_0048cJamie was not so much feeling the family pic action, clearly.


img_0061cI love the “Are you crazy?!” look on Debbie’s face here. :)


img_0065cI was really tempted to take home some “souvenirs”…..






img_0085cFor some reason, I just really love this one. I know it’s just a street flag, but whatever. Love it.


img_0090cGreen building, red umbrellas, blue sky. Color? Check.


img_0091cClearly this city is FULL of color.


img_0099cCan I live MY life in Park City? Okay, thanks.


img_0110cI’ve come to the conclusion that these shoes belong on my feet. Like Nutella belongs on bananas. THAT MUCH.


img_0114cWhen you run out of flower pots, sometimes you just gotta get creative.




img_0125cOkay, I know it’s not exactly San Francisco, but this makes me start singing the Full House theme song in my head. “Whatever happened to predictability… the milkman, the paperboy, evening TV?”


img_0131cOh, hi there little bumblebee.




img_0151cIn case you were wondering, this is the last tulip image. I PROMISE. Just couldn’t help myself!


img_0164cNothing more nostalgic than an old-fashioned general store.


img_0176cThis is where we almost got talked into sitting through a 4-hour sales pitch to win a free hotel stay. ALMOST being the operative word. Whew!


img_0182cYes, my friends, I ask you: “Why have just one?”


img_0193cSee what I meant about Narnia?


img_0197cI love how there’s still snow on top of the mountains. In June. Yessssss.






img_0253cJamie couldn’t get over just how happy his dad looks in this picture. I guess Utah just has that effect on people… :) I can’t wait to see my dad’s reaction when he gets out here to see this in person.


img_0260cGorgeous foreground and gorgeous background. Check and check!




img_0298cSee that green house? Yep, I’ll take that one. Wait…. how much? Crap. Guess it’ll have to wait til the day I get hired to shoot Beyonce and Jay-Z’s wedding. (They haven’t gotten married yet, have they? Hmmmm…..)



room(s) with a view

Well, first of all, my eyes are crossing backward into my brain, I’m pretty sure. I have spent so much time glued to this computer that I think Jamie might start thinking me and Mr. Mac are having an affair. I’m slowly but surely trying to navigate my way around all this social networking mess. I’m now on Twitter (yikes!) and while I’m learning just how powerful of a marketing tool it can be, that doesn’t make it any less overwhelming. Thankfully a bunch of smart computer people have developed all these sweet apps for the technologically impaired like myself, enabling us to easily sync and manage all these websites and tools. Whew! 

One good thing about having the time off that I’ve had is that I’ve been able to get so much done with my website and just working on my computer skills in general. (Did you notice the little mini-makeover this site’s gotten? Professionalism 101, Internet. I’m figuring it out. Yesss.) Still working on the icky details like my business plan, contracts, pricing, etc., but I feel a huge weight lifted just by making this much progress. 

Okay, my new comforter and curtains have still not arrived from Urban Outfitters, so still I cannot indulge you with apartment pics, BUT I can’t resist sharing a bit of the view we have from our back balcony. Because seriously, it needs no accessorizing. 

img_0356cAw, look at our lil marigolds! I’ve never had much of a green thumb, but we couldn’t resist a trip to Home Depot to get a few plants to brighten up the balcony. So cheerful!




img_0373cOh, hi there Mormon Temple. As in, THE Mormon Temple. That we can see from our balcony. Beautiful!


img_0382cLove me some late evening light.


img_0389cYep. My husband’s pretty hot. He had a brief stint at Abercrombie and Fitch. Can’t you tell? :)




img_0410cSunsets here are unreal. The days can get really hot, but with the lack of humidity, it disappears around 4:00 or 5:00 pm, usually around the time a late afternoon rain or thunderstorm rolls in. After that, the weather is PERFECT. Crisp, cool, breezy… and these crazy gorgeous sunsets.


img_0444cOhhhh yeahhhh….


img_0458cAnd everything about this reminds me why I’m the luckiest girl in the whole wide world.


So far, we’re still loving Utah. We’re a couple of blocks from the center of downtown, and a couple of blocks in the other direction from this amazing park/trail/off-leash dog area. This is why Salt Lake City is like no other. 


Tara Rhee - Morgan, I love the website makeover. Now I have even more of a reason to stalk your blog (like I needed an excuse, psh…)

megan - So I know I say this a lot, but again, beautiful pictures! We can’t wait to come to Salt Lake City to see these in person, especially the mormon temple, and of course you and Jamie! :)

thanks a latte, have a grande

So, good news. I have officially scored a shift supervisor position at a Starbucks here in SLC. Yay! I totally wasn’t expecting to transfer in as a shift, so this is super exciting. My store is in an area called the Gateway, about 5 or 6 blocks from our apartment (!!!)… It’s kind of like Turkey Creek in Knoxville, but much less suburban and with no parking lots all over the place. I think it’ll be a good fit, having worked at Turkey Creek for two years, and just being used to working higher-volume stores. I was worried I’d get stuck at a low-volume store and be bored to tears, but even though this one doesn’t have a drive-thru (which is kind of awesome), it still does the same kind of business as Montvue. So new challenges, new benefits, new partners… all kinds of newness to get used to. 

Buuut, I will ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS have a special place in my heart for my Montvue family. I miss them so much already, and I know they’re irreplaceable. Partners and customers both. So here’s my little tribute to the last few shifts I worked there. I love you guys, and I’m counting on you to keep Montvue the fabulous store it has been since the day its doors opened two years ago. 

img_9135cA different kind of coffee brewing…


img_9137cSingle-handedly, this image sums up exactly how much I will miss Jimmy… aka Severus.


img_9145cAnd Joshua’s ability to make me laugh uncontrollably…. yeah, I’ll miss that too.


img_9146cSarah, Sarah, Sarah… Why did it take so long for our love to bloom? Also… have you emailed her yet? Well, HAVE YOU?


img_9158cAww, Stephanie is pretty… And a pretty awesome manager too. She has always believed in me more than I’ve believed in myself, and has pushed me to be the shift I am. What leadership skills I’ve developed in the year and a half I’ve known her, I owe largely to her.


img_9187cI honestly don’t even know this guy’s name. He just saw me behind the counter with my camera and asked if I came just to take pictures of him, and I said, well, of course, and so he told me to come around front so he could pose. Let me just say, if every Starbucks customer were like this, my job would be a walk in the park. Clearly he does not have a debilitating caffeine addiction that requires him to be absolutely beastly to every human being he encounters before he gets his fix. I mean, we don’t have ANY customers like that… OF COURSE we don’t. :)


img_9192cI find this picture to be absolutely hysterical, because the looks on their faces are SO PERFECTLY posed. Just think about enthusiastic their voices must sound when they greet customers in the drive-thru every morning: “HI! Welcome to STARBUCKS! Would you like to try A DELICIOUS ICED COFFEE today? Oh, SWELL!!!” Yay.


img_9193cAnd this one of course… I mean, what do you expect when I run outside with the camera and tell them to hang out the window and pose?




img_9310cThis is the face I make when I’ve had my turkey bacon breakfast sandwich and iced apple chai every morning. But not a moment sooner!


img_9322cWait… aren’t those thermometers supposed to be IN the pitchers? AHEM. (Can’t take credit for this one… Sarah had my camera!)


img_9329cSometimes the coffee misses the cup and lands on my hand. Which kind of hurts, what with the 200 degree temperature and all. I am always baffled when people ask for their brewed coffee to be extra hot. BECAUSE 200 DEGREES ISN’T HOT ENOUGH ALREADY. (Credit to Sarah, again.)


img_9366cThere was supposed to be a whole series of pictures of me and Sarah, which were AWESOME, but unfortunately most were lost to waaaay overexposure. This is the only one I could salvage. And I love it still.


img_9400cErin and Tyler, looking as bad-A as they do in real life. Ha! When you marry into the Starbucks family, you still get to be included in the photo montage, Tyler. Just in case you were worried about that. Then again, you may not be able to even see this picture, because a little birdie told me that you haven’t broken down and purchased internet access yet. :)


img_9427cSarah is pretty. I’m jealous of her hair.


img_9432cMolly was having a very bad day. She did not want her picture to be taken. I said, TOO BAD because it is my LAST DAY and I want to remember your face. Fortunately she has such good friends as me and Sarah to force her relentlessly to get in front of the camera.


img_9436cThis picture is so…. Jimmy.


img_9463cMy, what a beautiful drink you have! (This is why iced caramel macchiatos are my favorite to make.)


img_9466cThis is Gary. He comes in every single day and orders at least two, if not three or four, quad espressos and sips on them outside while taking in the view (and let me tell you, Montvue Road is not much of a looker, so the espresso must have been pretty dang good). Yes, this is the equivalent of anywhere from 8-16 shots of espresso. PER DAY. I’ve told him on numerous occasions that if I even LOOKED at that much espresso at one time, I would go into cardiac arrest. But I guess that’s what happens when you’re a retired veteran. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. Also, Gary’s wife makes the best oatmeal cookies I have ever had in my life. Seriously. Whenever she would bring them to us, I would go hide in the backroom and eat like five until I made myself sick. They’re that good.


img_9470chahahahahahahahahaha…. The person hiding behind that Twilight book is James. He was also an English major, and I think he was taking a class where they were supposed to be reading these books that had little if any literary value, but were still somehow wildly popular. At least, that was the excuse he gave US for showing up with it one day. So we had this whole conversation about just how TERRIBLE the book was, and we were making Molly get all worked up (when she was already having a bad day- how terrible are we?!) because she was sucked into the whole series even though she, too, knew just how badly the books were written. Anyway, that was more rambling than necessary. I probably should have just let the image speak for itself. But really, when have I ever been able to do THAT?


img_9476cThis is Molly’s “get out of my face with that camera before I kill you and feed you to the vampires in the Twilight series” look.


img_9487cWell, at least ERIN was taking this picture seriously. :)


img_9494cMolly. You are pretty. All I wanted was just ONE GOOD SHOT so I could play with your bright purple eyes and red hair in Photoshop. Is it really so much to ask? I mean, see how beautiful you are?


img_9498cYay! Two people smiling at the exact same time! Success!


img_9512cI love Polaroids + I love these two girls = I love this image.


img_9521cAlso, did I mention that Molly is a ridiculously good artist? Dangit, I wish I had remembered to take this with me!


img_9532cSo precious I might puke a little bit.


img_9535cThis = another amazing Jimmy-face.


img_9541cAnd this!


img_9542cAnd THIS!!!


img_9539c…. But sometimes he’s nice and kind of normal. On days when Severus doesn’t visit, that is.


img_9545cI don’t know if I like the earring or the bokeh better.


img_9564cWork it, Erin, work it!


img_9573cDon’t ask.


img_9577cIt’s true. Erin does stalk people. One time, when she had just started working here, she saw Molly’s passport hanging out of her bag, so she memorized all this information about her, including her Social Security number, and then, later on, in casual conversation, she started dropping random facts that only a stalker would know. Needless to say, it freaked Molly out. Kind of a lot.


img_9606cI mean, THIS is the face of a creeper. Am I right? :)


img_9613cDon’t be fooled. Donnie wouldn’t even hurt a fly. But he looks JUST crazy enough in this picture to go there.


img_9615cOkay, THIS reminds me of THIS:

40-year-old_virgin1hahahahahahahahahaa…. LOVE IT!


img_9619cAnd, well, I think this is a pretty appropriate note to end on. Especially considering that Molly was the one who LEAST wanted her picture taken to begin with! Little did you know how crazy a person who shoves a giant DSLR in your face while you’re trying to make lattes could REALLY be…




megan - so precious!! I absolutely love your pictures, and Sarah is too freakin’ cute! Its crazy how Starbucks can seem like “just a job” most days, but really its so much more because of the people you work with and how they truly can enrich your life! I miss the partners so much, and there are days that I wish I could be one again. I can’t wait to see your new store, I bet its so fabulous!! Amazing pictures mrs. trinker, you are truly gifted!! Love you!!

kimber - those pics of jimmy are hysterical. he gave me pirate stickers. :)

admin - hahaha, this is not surprising. oh jimmy. how i love him.

Severus - This site sucks; (except for the pictures of me). Where are the promised nudes of Jamie? What a rip-off. The Dark Lord is angry. Lots of Love, Morgan and Jamie, (especially Jamie). We miss you so very much.