Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Photos [2.28.14]

Here are some photos from Andy & my week:

I helped judge the state DECA competition in Colorado Springs. The hotel it was hosted at was just beautiful! It was a whole campus on this pond.

Monday night sushi with Andy.

  Tuesday night Nuggets game in Denver. They lost, but put up a good fight at the end.

Our friends Cassidee and Ashley after the Nuggets game.

I saw this painted on a truck in a high school parking lot...

...and it reminded me of that time Michelle and I drove around Maple Grove with a sign saying "I'm single" and my phone number! Oh, high school.

Hanging out at a Starbucks in northern Colorado between my high school appointments Thursday.

And here we have the art teacher's room :o)

I hope you had a nice week! I am exhausted and looking forward to a less packed weekend than the last! Tonight Andy's making me popcorn and we're watching the first Lord of the Rings movie (he's been asking me to watch it for three years!) and tomorrow we're heading up to Boulder to hang out with our friends Jenny and Mike. The four of us are supposed to go for a hike, but it looks like the weather wants us to not go hiking. 

Have a great weekend!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Beers, Beers, and Beers

Friday I got together with some of my former Regis colleagues for some beers over by the campus. Gosh, I miss these ladies! It's such a cliche, but the people is what's made it the hardest to leave that job. I worked with Jamie, Shelly, and Ashley in Admissions at Regis, and then Ashley and I left Admissions to form our own Compliance Office at Regis. My workday is so much less awesome without these folks.

The waitress was less than awesome about bringing beers when asked.

Saturday morning I did exactly what I said I'd do: read and yoga. Perfect peaceful morning :o) That afternoon Andy and I biked to City Park to watch our friends, Ashley and Cassidee, do the Polar Plunge. What an event! It was jammed-packed! Andy and I wandered around looking for our friends who were dressed as ninjas and apparently did a good job because we just could not find them! After a while we ran into them by the dressing area and had just missed their plunge! The four of us spent the rest of the afternoon at the park hanging out having a good time. Ashley, being the social gal she is, snagged us a bunch of free beer from the vendors! I guess her line "I'm here to see if I can have some beer and not pay for it" worked! What a charmer.

Inflatable soccer field for the kiddos. Our soccer team, CO Rapids, are so supportive of Special Olympics.


Ashley and some of her free beers!

This little guy was stealing hearts! Until he started eating all the goose poop in the park.

Saturday night we had a double-date with our friends Lauren and Amy. This was our second attempt at a Groupon double-date (the first one, a murder mystery dinner in the conference room of an Embassy Suites, was a bust) and we totally nailed it. We went to the place called Upstairs Circus where you make a craft, drink beers, and hangout. It was totally casual, go at your own pace, and we made awesome and useful items.


The final products! Amy with her coozie, me with my flask, and Andy and Lauren with their six-pack holders. (Photo stolen from Lauren's Instagram.)

Sunday I took a brew bus from Denver up to Boulder and Longmont. The bus picks you up downtown Denver and brings you to four breweries: Two in Boulder (Avery and Fate) and two in Longmont (Oskar Blues and Left Hand). It's so nice to be shuttled from place to place and not worry about anything other than making it back to the bus in time! Breweries plus friends certainly makes for a great Sunday afternoon!

I hope you're feeling refreshed and recharged from your weekend!


Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Photos [2.21.14]

Here are some photos from Andy & my week:

Walking with Andy, and sometimes Ella, to the library (pictured) and post office has become a weekly workday event. I love it.

This is the tiling, original I assume, outside a restaurant in Andy and my neighborhood. We met our friends Ashley & Cassidee there for dinner on Tuesday. The place has history!

A Wednesday afternoon yoga class is just what I needed.

Andy got to "land the Mars Rover" using an X-box at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Thursday at their Science Lounge Event.

Andy and I cheersing in the Planetarium Thursday night. 

Kevin and Shelly (ok, so mainly Kevin) making a vehicle to protect their egg when dropped from the second story at the museum (it didn't work).

Here's mine. See how the popsicle sticks and cotton balls really support the egg inside? See?...

...yea, not so much. Fail.

My typical morning breakfast: fried egg, avocado on toast, and coffee enjoyed in front of Facebook.

Friday lunch.

I'm really excited about this weekend! I grabbed happy hour (or three) with some of my dear friends and former colleagues tonight. Saturday during the day I'm actually looking forward to a peaceful day of reading and yoga, and in the evening Andy and I have a crafty double date with our friends Lauren and Amy. Sunday I am taking a bus to four breweries a bit outside of Denver with some pals. So, yea, it's going to be a good weekend!

What are you up to this weekend?

For fun (and because I love it), here's one more photo of us from the event at the museum: 


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Recruiting in the Mountains

I travel to western Colorado a few times a year as part of my new job. My territory includes most of the mountain towns - Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen - and the western slope, as we call it out here. Last week was my first work trip out there. I was hoping to see more of the area through hiking or snowshoeing, but I worked pretty much all day everyday! I guess that's why it's called a work trip, huh?? The thing about the mountains, though, is that you don't really have to hike or snowshoe to see beautiful views; they're just right there. And, I think most of you will agree, the views are pretty dang spectacular, even from the road. During a snow storm.

Downtown Frisco, CO. Can you see the mountain in the picture? It's hiding in the snow, but it's there!

It was snowing like crazy as I was driving! Luckily I left about two hours prior to my first visit to make sure I didn't feel rushed, and I made it there exactly on time! My colleague was out at the same schools the prior week, and she got snowed in for a day when they closed down the roads back to Denver! So I guess I don't have anything to complain about. I visited a lot of high schools on my trip, and I really loved seeing how the schools are set-up; they are all so different! I visited one that was a bunch of house-like buildings on a small campus, another one that lets students paint murals on the inside walls, and a handful that are surrounded my mountains. I snapped a few photos here and there, but with young teens floating all around, I felt a tad like the creepy lady with the camera!

I found these banners encouraging students to embody their school mascot, a demon, ironic.

The Guidance Counselor's son is an Olympic athlete! We are in Aspen, folks.

For the majority of the week I stayed in Glenwood Springs, CO which is nestled in Glenwood Canyon. It's such a beautiful community! I could see Andy and I moving there some day when we've had enough of the city life. I stayed in a place I found on I rented a room in the home of a very kind and extremely interesting woman, Ann. I loved having a kitchen to cook meals and a comfortable home to come back to. Ann's company was wonderful as well; we enjoyed a hike within the first hour of me arriving, cooked a meal together one of the nights, and had some great conversations. And check out the location of the house! I mean, is this real??

Look, Dad! A train!

Ann's super friendly and playful dog, Uley. He chased that stick all the way into the river and back...about a dozen times!

My room for the week. That bed was unbelievably comfortable.

The scenery's not too shabby at this new job, huh? Here's one last picture in case you need some convincing.