@mrsnurse I have a Singer Simple and I love it. Not so many features that it is super confusing for a beginner, but gets the job done. Also inexpensive-ish.
I am not a super great sewer, but I am making cute vintage-y aprons for all of the women in my family for Christmas. I found a pattern on Craftsy that is pretty easy, but still teaches you a few techniques (like gathering) that I didn't know how to do before.
@RoyRogersMcFreely Don't be afraid of the wine! I don't know what Utah's liquor stores are like, but every nice, big liquor store I've ever been to always has super-nice, wine-loving people in it who will help you no matter how little you know. People who really love wine usually want other people to love it too. I would go in and ask for a few good, cheap, different red and white styles to try to see what you might like. Or just find some with cool labels and try them out!
@Mira I've heard the same thing. It's because you don't want to offend the host by implying that they're cheap.
Put a bird on it (it being The Hairpin)! Put a bird on EVERYTHING!
@LaLoba The rape/murder thing was one of my biggest take aways from Bill Bryson's excellent book, "A Walk in the Woods.". He discusses it in a bit of depth, and it's something I wouldn't have thought of either, but it does happen. There are crazy/terrible people everywhere, even in the wilderness.
@Kirs It is not happy hour if you are ordering an entree! Happy hour was made for drinks and appetizers only!
@Hammitt Noodles and Co is indeed the best! Oh my god the mac and cheese and the pesto cavatappi and now I am starving.
@meetapossum One of the (many) wonderful things about Denver is all of the fast casual restaurants that start here- Chipotle, Qdoba, Noodles and Co, Mad Greens, Tokyo Joe's, Garbanzo's, and probably more I can't think of off the top of my head. I don't know what it is about this city, but I love it!