Saturday, June 16, 2012

This post is going to be a little short on pictures, unfortunately. I spent Tuesday and Wednesday in the Denver area delivering boxes. The count is now up to 161 boxes personally delivered!

On Wednesday evening, I went to another cousin's house for dinner. She made ceviche, which is a seafood dish where the fish is cooked by lemon and lime juice. I was a little nervous about it, but I actually really liked it!

On Thursday after work, I headed back to Denver to pick AnnaGrace up at the airport. We were supposed to go camping this weekend, but the wildfire ruined that plan. So, I decided to pick AnnaGrace up at the airport and spending Friday exploring Denver.

Our first stops were the Buffalo Exchange and Deja Blue, two thrift stores in the Denver area. At Deja Blue, I found a Prada purse for $17!! By far the best find I've ever made at a thrift store!! :) The jury is still out on whether I'm going to keep it for myself or try to sell it on Ebay...

After hitting up the thrift stores, we headed to lunch at City 'O City in Denver. It was a great little vegetarian restaurant in downtown Denver, and we were even able to find free 2-hour parking! I had their margerita pizza, which was fantastic.

Next we walked down the street to the Denver Public Library. The building is seven stories tall!! They have a self-checkout, as well as an automated return system that sorts the items by type. Definitely the coolest library I've ever been in!

Today I slept for 12 hours and then spent the day on the patio reading the second book of "The Hunger Games." I needed a day to recharge after all the running around I've done this past week. :) Now it's off to get ready for my trip up to Aspen, Vail, and Breckenridge next week for work!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Concert in the Garden, Renaissance Festival, and More

Life just never seems to slow down enough for me to write about all of the cool things I'm doing. :) I guess that's better than sitting around twiddling my thumbs, though, right?

This past Thursday evening was the first Concert in the Park in Windsor. The weather was beautiful. I think one of my favorite things about living outside of Texas is that it actually cools down overnight. Last night, it got down to 45 degrees!!! I love walking out in the morning when it's still kind of cold.

But I digress. The concert on Thursday evening was great. There were free hamburgers, and the band did a pretty good job (the poor female singer was flat all night). They played covers of everything from Journey to Ricky Martin to country hits. It was a great mix!

The boy rockin' out!

Saturday morning we got up and went to the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur. It was a fun event - there was jousting, some shows, and lots of yummy food (roasted nuts, snow cones, and turkey legs!). It also provided ample people watching opportunities. :)

While there, Jake and Laura got a didgeridoo. Joshua is really good at playing it! I told him he's going to be a great brass player someday.

On the way home, we stopped at Casa Bonita for dinner. It is a super cool restaurant, even though the food is only mediocre. They have a waterfall in the middle of the restaurant, and various shows throughout the night, including cliff diving. My pictures are a little dark because the lighting wasn't very good, and my camera doesn't do well in less-than-ideal situations (never again will I buy a Kodak).

Sunday afternoon we went bowling to celebrate the birthday of one of Jake's nephews. I won!! I scored a 113. Jesse (the youngest) came in second. It might have had something to do with the rack he used. :)

On our way home, we drove up into the foothills a little ways to try and see the latest fire here in Colorado. On Saturday night on our way home, we could see a reddish glow up in the mountains. It was very eerie, and it's sad that the mountains are burning, but it was definitely a cool experience to say that I've seen it. Yesterday evening, the fire had spread to over 20,000 acres (up from 5,000 on Saturday when it started). I haven't heard yet today how big it's grown, but the billowing smoke that stretches all the way across the northern horizon says that it isn't under control yet.

Over the past couple of days, I've started going to parks on my lunch break, instead of eating at my desk and catching up on blogs. I'm trying to soak up all the time I can spend outdoors, since I won't be doing any of that for a long time when I get back to Texas!

On Friday, I went to a park on the edge of Lake Loveland.

Apparently Texas is not the only state that doesn't fill in holes in the road...
Today I went back to the Loveland Sculpture Garden.

That's all for now!! Happy Monday!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Whirlwind Week

Whew! This week has been crazy. A two-day trip in the middle of the week will do that. :)

First, we're backpedaling to the latter half of last weekend. On Sunday, I had success with the Fort Collins Bike Library. Isn't my bike cute?

I biked just a little over 5 miles down the Poudre trail, then went the opposite direction into town.

Colorado State University has a trial flower garden, so I hopped off the bike and took a little tour. I cannot wait until I have a yard and a garden. I want some of these flowers!! (And yes, I took pictures of the signs with the names, so I can be sure and recreate them at my future home).

On Tuesday, my supervisor and I headed out to Colorado Springs. Over the course of two days, we delivered 38 boxes to Ob/Gyn offices. It's always interesting to see the response we get. Some of the individuals are super interested, ask questions, and seem really excited. Others just sort of stare at you and say, "Okay." I am just praying that the boxes get into the hands of the people who need to hear the information.

On Tuesday, we finished up around 4pm, and headed out to Garden of the Gods to kill time before heading out to Seven Falls. At night, they have lights on the Falls, so we were waiting for it to get a littler darker.

At Seven Falls, we walked up the 244 steps to the top. That was one of the most scary things I've ever done. I hate heights (just looking over a railing on the second or third floor makes my palms start sweating), and these stairs were steep!! About halfway up, I realized that there was no elevator, and I was going to have to come back down them...thankfully, I made it down without any incidents, though I gripped the rail with both hands.

You can barely see the steps on the left side of the picture
On Wednesday, we finished delivering boxes around lunchtime, and then went for a tour at Glen Eyrie. It was built by General Palmer, a railroad man, and is currently owned by the Navigators and used as their headquarters. The building and grounds are gorgeous, and I have already decided I'm going to come back and stay at the Bed and Breakfast someday.

On our way out of town, we visited the Air Force Academy. Unfortunately, I left my ipod in the car, so there are no pictures from that part of the trip. Maybe I'll swing by there on the way out of town so that I can get a few. :)

The biggest excitement of the week was when my supervisor got a call from her ex-husband saying that her daughter had a really bad infestation of lice. I checked my supervisor's head, and she didn't have any, but I bought lice shampoo today just in case. I'm still not sure whether I'll use it tomorrow morning - part of me thinks I should to calm my paranoia (I didn't sleep well last night thinking about them crawling around in my head), but the other part of me just wants to get my $10 back. :)

Well, that's all for tonight. After not sleeping well last night, I need to get myself off for some beauty rest! :)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Just a Quick Update...

Because my computer is at 9% battery life, and it's time for me to turn in for the night. :)

I just got back this evening from an overnight trip to Colorado Springs to deliver more Ob/Gyn boxes. We delivered around 36 boxes, plus we did a good bit of sightseeing (my supervisor is so cool!). Last night we went to Garden of the Gods and Seven Falls. We climbed 409 steps - and I got quite a workout from my racing heart going up them!! :) (More on that later...)

Today, we finished up around lunchtime, and then went to Glen Eyrie to take a tour of the castle. SO COOL! We also went to the Air Force Academy on the way out of town, and got to see the iconic chapel. Unfortunately, no pictures of the latter because I left my ipod in the car (I left my camera at home!!!). :(

Dear future husband: this is where our honeymoon is going to be. I hope you enjoy hiking and mountains. :) Sincerely, Katelyn.

Just got the reserve battery warning - so it's goodnight for me!! More pictures to come later...