Dawn DeVries Sokol


Just doodlin '


Hello! I figured it was about time I posted...Many things going on...all good! I doodled this page while at a conference in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. I was waiting for my next seminar to start, so I sat down, got out my journal and just started having fun. I used watercolors and gel pens for color when I got home. I was going to add journaling, but haven't decided where to do that! There's a lot to the pages already... Chihullybellagio
So, yes, I went to Vegas. My favorite place: The Bellagio. (Photo to the right is of the ceiling in Bellagio's lobby...a little Chihuly!) I LOVE the dancing waters in front of the hotel. It seems really corny when you hear about the concept but then you see it and how grandiose it is, and you get caught up in it. The Bellagio and Paris make up my favorite block of the Strip. I'm not a huge Vegas fan. One night is really all I can stand. We were there for two. We stayed at the Mandalay Bay (that's where the conference was) and the best thing about that was the House of Blues. No, we didn't get to go to any concerts there, (we were one day shy of Dave Matthews!) but I love the whole concept and design of the House of Blues. Too cool. Photos include the outside of Paris and a chair outside the front door of the House of Blues...(And if I have to hear Mama Mia one more time, I'm going to scream! It was playing at Mandalay and that's all I saw and heard...)



Last weekend, hubby and I went to Chicago. My father-in-law is a Notre Dame alum and gave us tickets to the Michigan/Notre Dame game. Me, I'm a HUGE Michigan fan! I love Notre Dame, too, but when they're not playing Michigan. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

On Friday, we went to the Art Institute. AWESOME! Then, we hit Dick Blick (never been to the store) and walked all the way from State St. and Monroe to Chicago Ave! I had to shop again at The Paper Source. The one on Chicago Avenue is the best one I've been to so far. So many awesome papers, ribbon, stamps...I was in heaven! Hubby patiently waited for me. It was quite warm that day, surprisingly. But still better than AZ. We also walked over to Michigan Ave and shopped at the Apple store, Eddie Bauer and Nike Town. So much fun! But the BEST part? Hubby and I got last-minute tickets to see Wicked that night! It was INCREDIBLE! The woman who played the Wicked Witch of the West had the MOST beautiful voice...

Next day, we hit the road for South Bend. Now, I must say, pictures do not do the stadium justice. To walk out to our seats was indescribable. The electricity, the spirit, the enthusiasm. We had tremendous seats, right near the Notre Dame band and just across from the student section. I have to hand it to the ND students: even when they were down and out, the team struggling against Michigan, the students cheered them as they came out after halftime just as if they were winning the game. The students REALLY supported the band as well. This is how college football should be. I was happy to see Michigan win. I would have been happy even if they hadn't (OK, I wouldn't have been extremely happy, but I wouldn't have been crushed). Just being there did it for me. And I was thrilled to see the Michigan band has three twirlers. Cool day! (Also, met a cool young woman sitting in front of us who was wearing a t-shirt that said on the front "Irish and Catholic. Not stupid." On the back "Go Blue!"...too funny! We high-fived a lot!)

Sunday, back in Chicago, we went to the Bears game. Hubby's bro has season tickets. Soldier Field is like a video game. VERY cool. I hate the NFL, but I have to say, this was mind-blowing. It's like I'd imagine a Quidditch stadium in Harry Potter. Pictures don't do it justice, either...

So all in all, a very fun two weeks. I will be posting more journal pages very soon...And pictures of Chicago, etc. Blogger is NOT cooperating very well on posting pics. I've spent the last couple of hours trying to post them. I keep getting errors. Great.

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