Saturday, August 23, 2008

FINALLY a new post! Birthday!

My friend Julia and I long ago decided that you get a "birthday week"-because one day just isn't enough! Last weekend I had a wonderful "birthday weekend" up in Estes Park. Toni joined me and we spent Saturday wandering through shops and eating! (It was too rainy to get terribly ambitious) I was just beside myself to find a sock store (only socks! nothing else!!) and Toni was a good sport as I exclaimed repeatedly about how amazing this place was. "Look! Socks with crabs on them!!" We also watched the Olympics and I tried some creative drinks from the Estes Park Microbrewery-among them, blueberry wheat beer and apricot mead! (Admittedly weird, but fun)

On Sunday, the skies cleared, sort of, and we went for a walk in Rocky Mountain National Park at the Alluvial Fan. (Which is what all the rocks and debris are called after they flood out of a canyon, it turns out). During brunch it started raining again. By the time we got back to the Denver area, it had cleared up again and we squeezed in a bike ride. It was a lovely weekend, and great to relax before all the craziness of the first week of school started!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Whirlwind Week(s)

(This picture is the roof (ceiling?) inside the tea house. It was beautiful!)
If I had a bit more time, I could probably do at least 5 posts from the last week! I don't have the time. Here's the rundown!

  • Last weekend, Toni and I headed up to Sterling for the Logan County Fair. This entailed a parade (while the whole family ran amok with water guns!), a Karg-style feast, and then, of course, the actual fair. Wow, it was so small-town fair-ish! I don't think a thing there has changed in at least 50 years!
  • Monday I got together with friends Chris and Rene, and we went on Rene's first hike since her knee surgery at Mt. Galbraith. Getting home, Chris and I fixed my hot water heater, with some phone tech support from Toni! Then I went to fencing and realized my legs were *really* tired. That night, went up to my mom's to check in on things, and Chris and Rene joined me there too...they had just gotten back from 8 days in Mexico so I guess we missed each other. Perseod Meteor Showers viewed from the hot tub were very cool.
  • The next morning (Tuesday) we made a massive breakfast (my first pancakes without some sort of Bisquick mix!), then went down to Boulder Reservoir for an afternoon in the sun. Then, to the Boulder Tea House for dinner. What a cool place! (I almost went down to the car to get my camera, but my legs are TOAST....soon.) That night I visited Toni at his pool tournament.
  • Wednesday. I had to go to work. WORK?!? What is this?!??? Harrumph. Lots of boxes to unpack in my new little office area, which I'm sharing with the GT teacher. I'm getting excited about my new position and new principal. But still. I had to go to work. Today-more work. Lots of meetings. This is tiring me out. Last night I did manage fencing for 2 hours, but couldn't handle poker afterwards! I'm pooped! (I fell asleep after getting home today and woke up around 6:30, and had to figure out if I needed to get up and get ready for school!).
I do not anticipate doing any posting until next week...we're going out of town (Estes Park) for my birthday this weekend! Of course, this plan was made when it was 100 degrees in Denver and the mountains were nice and cool. Tomorrow's forecast? Let's just say it may go on record as "Coldest Birthday Ever!!"
Cloudy with scattered rain showers in the morning, and more widespread rain in the afternoon and evening. Snow will fall in the Front Range Mountains at and above the 10,500 foot level. There may be some snow in foothills communities like Evergreen and Estes Park but it will melt as it falls. Morning lows around Denver will be in the lower 50s, afternoon highs will be in the lower 60s. (9news)

Yipes! Time to bust out the cold-weather gear! I think our room has a fireplace. :)

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Maybe it's the end of our record-breaking 90's streak, but today I was in the mood for 1. a bike ride and 2. a stir fry-two things I rarely do! They were both successful endeavors! Seriously, I think I've had a wok for years (some sort of hand-me-down) and I've never used it! I even had something called "Wok Oil"-who knew?? I found a recipe online that I modified (because I was too lazy to go to the grocery store) and wallah! Dinner!

Monday, August 04, 2008


This was written by my friend, John Blanco. Link to your right. Too funny to keep to myself.

John McCain Definitely Senile

posted by John Blanco @ 9:45 AM

John McCain has had a lot of problems with "misremembering" during this campaign season. Many times, he's insisted he didn't say things that he did say. But, this one takes the cake:

On Friday, McCain attacked Obama's record on the environment during a campaign stop in the Florida Everglades.

"Sen. Obama has no record of being involved in this issue that I know of," he said. "I will stick by my record and my commitment of many years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
McCain seems to have forgotten the *cough* The Obama-McCain Climate Change Reduction Bill.

Dear God.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Quiet week

Devoted Readers,
I guess the rest of my summer has been so exciting, I just haven't had much to blog about since getting home. No new pictures. But boy my house is clean! I did have a poker night/party last weekend. Otherwise, I've just been taking it easy, other than a couple classes last week. Reading books, hanging out with Toni, and trying not to think about the inevitable return to school! As local readers will know, it has been HOT HOT HOT here lately, so unfortunately, I've been staying inside a lot too (when what I really should do is go to the mountains and get in a few hikes!). Rockies are out of town. I took July off from fencing, but will return tomorrow. Hopefully I'll have a bit more to report on next time-but for now, chilling out is good, too!