Thursday, April 16, 2015

Want it Wednesday...a day late

It feels like Friday, but apparently it's only Thursday which means yesterday was Wednesday.

So here's what I wanted...yesterday.

Atlantic-Pacific: a trip down memory lane
This dress and a fabulous summer party to wear it to.

But this is my workplace after
To decorate my apartment walls like this.

This kitchen except that shelf would be covered in cookbooks. 

Matisse Fonda Tan
These sandals. I am in desperate need of sandals this year, all mine are falling apart.

Nehalem Falls - Fabletics
This super comfy outfit to relax in.

Mara Hoffman Maxi Tank Dress
This maxi dress and a trip to somewhere tropical where I can wear it.

Most beautiful pool with a breathtaking view of Amalfi!
Like, how about a trip here for instance?

To not be totally terrified that I'm joining Orange Theory on Monday.

Before I Go To Sleep
Time to read more (get off the internet then, Val) books like this one that's on my list.

And a nap.

And 10 less pounds.

And a baby.

I ask for so little you guys...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Scenes From Our Hikes

By far our favorite Colorado tradition has been going on hikes every Saturday. There are so many amazing trails around here that we can't wait to try. So far, we've done the Chautauqua Trail in Boulder twice and the Beaver Brook Trail in Golden.  It's so beautiful all around you while you're hiking, that it makes even working out seem fun. Almost. Mike is never happier than when he's outside running around or crawling over a branch to cross a creek. It's cute and also terrifying because I am horrible at this crap. Haven't fallen into a creek yet though! (Famous last words) When we hiked Beaver Brook, we kept fining it odd that everyone passing us was going the opposite way. We figured we were just going a weird way since we are always lost on trails. We realized why everyone went the other way when the entire last hour of our hike was completely uphill and covered in snow. Whoops. We really need to learn to read trail maps.

We follow up each hike with a visit to a nearby brewery. Because, well, we earned it right?

I finally got a new camera cord, so here are some photos Mike has taken on our hikes.

Colorado, we love you!

The dude behind me was running. Running. Screw you, man.

And then we saw a pug so we of course took photos.

This so truly portrays Colorado. One half of the trail was covered in snow and the other was dry and warm. 

Creeks are stupid.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

And...a Myspace Questionnaire Because Why not

So, apparently I only blog when I'm bored or unhappy. Which is dumb but also means that I have not been bored or unhappy lately which is good and also whoops, no blogging. I really want to post photos we've taken on our hikes, but we can't find the cord to our camera because moving is basically one giant way to lose and/or break all your shit.

Also, I'm tired because the last two days have been the first I've felt stressed at my new job and I just started a new shift where I wake up at 5:30 every day and hey, I'm a whiner.

So here's a Myspace questionnaire because why the hell not it counts as a blog ready set go...

A) What does the last text you sent say? And to whom? "Leaving now" to Mike. I never leave on time from work so I text him every day on my way out of the office so he knows when to expect me since we work out together. (Man, I am one long run on sentence today) Something I realized today that I really need to work on is the fact that I find myself stressing about Mike being mad at me if I stay late at work. He probably wouldn't be, but I've built up this world where Mike is going to get mad at me about trivial things and I get anxious about it and it affects my decisions. That is probably not healthy...
B) What does the last text you received say? And from whom?  A confirmation of my payment to AT&T. I'm super exciting, guys.C) What time do you wake up most mornings?  Used to be 6:15 and now is 5:30. Boohoo. But I get off work at 4:00, so I'll take it.D) Are you afraid of walking alone at night?  Depends on the area. I probably wouldn't be scared to walk home at night from my current work, but I would be super aware and not wearing my headphones if it was dark.E) What do you do to relax at the end of a stressful day?  Sit on my duff and browse Reddit or watch The Office or drink some wine.F) Where did your last kiss take place and with whom?  It was obviously my husband, but I can't remember when or where. Is that bad? We've been married for four years and aren't super romantic...G) Did you get into trouble a lot at school?  Nope, I was a Grade A nerd. My first detention was for throwing carrots at someone during lunch outside. At least I was throwing healthy food...H) Do you enjoy your job?  YES! I finally enjoy my job. First time for everything??!! I am happy to go to work. What?! Who knew. I) Do you often pick up on double entendres and innuendos?  Yep. Or create them in my 12 year old boy head. THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID is constantly being screamed in my mind.J) Have you ever been offered drugs but declined?  No? I don't think so, I don't hang out with people that do drugs generally.K) Have you ever met someone who has completely altered your way of thinking?  No. I'm very stubborn. Although, being around my husband has made me start to act and think differently, but nothing has completely altered me.L) Have you ever been offered drugs and accepted?  I smoked pot a couple times in my youth (I'm so old).
O) What is something you have given a lot of thought to lately?  Having kids and where to live and how that's going to affect my new amazing commute and I don't want to buy a second car and do we buy a house and on and on.P) When did you last swallow your beliefs to avoid an argument or confrontation?  I do it every day. Hashtag marriage.Q) Do you usually initiate hugs?  Yep. I am and always have been a huge believer in hugging; whether wanted or not.R) Are you a very affectionate person?  Very, but my husband isn't so I've trained myself to hold it in.S) Can you roll your own cigarettes?  Nope, gross.T) What are you looking forward to?  The weekend! Hiking and beers.U) Do you have any tattoos. Do you want any/more?  I have one horrible tramp stamp and I would like more, but I feel like my first one is so dumb, I don't deserve it.V) Are you mentally strong?  Nope.W) Are you physically strong?  Nope, but working on it.X) Do you think you’re a good person?  Sometimes, but it comes and goes. I could be much better.Y) Name one thing you wish you could change about your life right now. I would be ten pounds lighter and we would have a backyard.Z) What do you usually eat for breakfast?  Yogurt, but the French guy at work made crepes the other day so I've been eating those. So good.

And yes, Lauren, I'm missing letters. I deleted dumb or dirty questions and cared too little to fix the letters. Deal with it.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Very Colorado Day

Today we had a very Colorado very awesome day.

We started out by waking up super slowly, taking the dogs for multiple walks, and going to the gym. Then we walked about a mile to have brunch at Root Down where I didn't take any pictures because I was too busy having a good time and I ate my delicious breakfast in like three bites, but this is pretty much what I ordered except all salad and no potatoes (who am I):


Then we walked home and took the dogs out again (they're very spoiled) and then headed off for a hike on the Chautauqua Trail in nearby Boulder. It was really hard (I'm out of shape, friends) and beautiful and relaxing, and fun, and effing perfect weather.

(Mike took pretty pictures with the camera, I'll post those later)

After our hike, we drove to Wild Woods Brewery in Boulder and had some "good job hiking up that g-damn hill and not passing out" beers.

After our beers, we headed home, walked the pups again, and ate some mother effing delicious burgers from Blue Apron while watching Into the Woods. 

Short Rib Burgers on Pretzel Buns with Hoppy Cheddar Sauce & Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds 
Find the recipe here

Then we saw a naked butt on our last dog walk of the night. Which maybe isn't a quintessential Colorado thing, but maybe it is?

We love you, Colorado!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Life Lately

I feel like every other blog post on here is titled Life Lately which is lazy, but also, isn't that what lifestyle blogs are about?

This is also kind of an iPhone dump.

You've been warned.

Unpacking is the worst. But our bar is set up and it looks great. Priorities, people.

The dogs are settling in well, except for Gizmo's nervous stomach. Which is a nice way to say that Denver has given Gizmo the squirts. (Aren't you glad you're reading this blog?)

We rocked Ikea, thankyouverymuch. 

One of the best things about our new neighborhood is that pretty much everything is within walking distance. I've gotten pretty good at talking myself into believing that if we walk to a meal, I'll burn enough calories to not feel guilty about that meal. That's a thing, right?

This guy loves Denver so much. No seriously, he can't stop talking about it and he's so smiley.

Scenes from my commute. I have a 15 minute walk every morning to work and I get to pass some really pretty sights like the ones above. I love having such a short trip to work (adios 2 hour commute!) and I like to pat myself on the back for the 1.5 miles I walk every day (it's that not a chubby girl thing to say, I don't know what is). Ask me when it's snowing or raining, but right now, I love my commute.

Today, I had a lunch date with this guy at a fancy/weird hot dog place which was delicious of course.

After lunch today, we went to the first of hopefully many Colorado Rapids games. It was just flippin' gorgeous outside, our team played really well, and it was really fun to hang out with a bunch of soccer fans and have some beers. Although, I've realized that I'm a little too sensitive for sports; I get really bummed out when people boo the other team or when they applaud when the other team messes up. That's just mean and I just want everyone to be happy and have fun. I'm going to be the worst soccer mom ever.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Right Now

Right now, I'm sitting on our couch with a pug to my right and a corgi at my feet. I have my computer on my lap so I can blog and shop for zip ties and replacement squeakers on Amazon (riveting shopping, folks) and I'm watching The Office on Netflix. (I will never ever get sick of watching The Office and neither will Mike) I'm wearing my Spring pjs (as in no flannel) because it's not freezing here (wahoo!) and my feet are killing me from the last couple of days.

Thursday and Friday we spent on our feet, covered in dust, unpacking our things, deciding what to throw away or donate (the worst), and trying to find a place for everything and get our shit organized. I always forget how awful that part of the move is. Your house is a mess and, especially when you're downsizing, you have to figure out what you're okay throwing away which is always hard.

Today, we ventured out to Ikea and Target to get the final items for our new little apartment. We got this print for the living room because Mike put his knee through our big canvas we had up during our move from Maryland to Virginia, this dresser for the bathroom that we plan to paint and replace the knobs with fun ones from Anthro, this shelf to go in between the washer/dryer and the wall for our dog stuff and cleaning supplies (hashtag no storage in our tiny kitchen), this rug for the living room that I'm pretty obsessed with, and a bunch of random stuff not worth linking (unless you really want to know what trashcan we got). We were in that joint for like 3 hours and didn't kill each other, which is a feat, and also their hot dogs are tasty and cheap so go Ikea.

We then headed off to Target to get some groceries finally and a bunch of other random shit. I forced Mike to buy a little decoration with a "G" on it and his comment was, "Everyone will know for sure know what our last name starts with." because I have bought about four thousand "Gs" since we got married. I can't help it!

Denver is filled with people celebrating St. Patrick's Day which is hilarious because you get to drive by young people dressed in embarrassing green outfits who are drunk already by 3:00pm and you can shake your head and say, "Oh silly kids." and pretend that you weren't doing that exact same thing ten years ago.

The apartment is finally coming together and we are having so much fun exploring our new neighborhood. I'm super nervous for my first day of work on Monday, but I'm ignoring that for now. I can't wait to get all these boxes out of here and the broken furniture that we have to hold onto for the moving company to come inspect in order to pay us back. Urgh, that's a whole other story.

This is a pointless blog post, but that's what's going on with me right now...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Another Opening, Another Show

So, the title of this blog post should be "another move" or something like that, but everyone knows how much I love Smash and I constantly have their songs in my head including this one today, so there it is.


We moved again!

Three days, 1,686 miles, and one dog barf later, we are in our new home in Denver, Colorado. This move was definitely easier than the last one where we had to drive a giant Uhaul towing our car across the country, but it still was not easy. I love those dogs you guys, but ugh. They make moves not so pleasant. But we're here! And my "holy shit we moved here for me and what if we hate it" panic attack is not as bad as anticipated so that's good...right?

Day 1, we drove from Triangle, Virginia to Evansville, Indiana. I think moving across the country is kind of like childbirth or getting a tattoo. After it's over, you forget how horrible it was and don't even hesitate to do it again. A couple hours in, the car was covered with dog hair, it smelled like dog butt, and Tuffy kept jumping from lap to lap and wouldn't sit still. Thankfully, we had candy and the Disney Pandora station to lift our spirits and no shortage of very nice rest stops along the way. Side note: is California the only state with horrible rest stops?!

The only truly bad part about that day's drive was that a good chunk of it was on a curvy and hilly road that lead to this little munchkin barfing all over his bed in the backseat. We pulled over, got him all cleaned up, forced another car sickness pill down his sad gullet, and refused to let him sit in the backseat the rest of the trip. Thankfully, that was our only barf of the trip which is pretty good for little Gizmo.

Day 2, we drove from Evansville, Indiana to Salina, Kansas. The dogs were a lot better on day 2, mostly because they were exhausted and slept a lot more. Kansas looked exactly like you think Kansas looks. We drove by the town where my brother-in-law went to college, and watched a bunch of 30 Rock on my phone. The best part of day 2 was that we got to our hotel super early and Mike ran back out to get us some Kansas bbq and local beers. We sat in our giant hotel bed (we need a king bed at home, STAT) and watched Brooklyn 909 on my laptop while eating DELICIOUS bbq and drinking beers. That is the way I like to move.

Day 2, I also realized this is what I looked like when I checked into our hotels and that's probably not great. I'm not a crazy person guys, I swear.

Day 3 aka last day! We drove from Salina, Kansas to Denver, Colorado. We were pretty over it by this point. I mean, check out Tuffy's face, he was sick of the damn car. The only bad thing about day 3 was that there were long stretches with nothing out there so we ended up STARVING and having a late lunch. We were ridiculously excited to find a Del Taco when we got into Colorado. We can't help it, we love us some veggie works burritos and we've missed them living on the East Coast! We headed off to the Post Office to get a money order because we're geniuses and packed our checkbooks before we left for Denver. We signed our lease and now we're home! 

Our apartment is super cute and super small and super new and I can't wait until we get our furniture so it can feel like more of a home. Be good to us, Denver!