Sorry for my last blogging hiatus everyone…as usual life has been chaotic, but I really should make the time to do the things that I enjoy and share them with you!

Jay and I decided to just spend the day together at home and do various Halloween activities.  We have bowling league every Sunday night and on or around holidays the association plans parties.  Last week we were told to come in costume and that everyone would bring in a “pot-luck” style tricks and treats.

I spent the morning baking brownie bites with Halloween colors and sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles in various themed shapes and sizes.  Jay loves when I bake mainly because I feed him anything that doesn’t meet my visual standards which happens a lot.

After lunch, we carved pumpkins for our trick or treating pumpkin patch.  We knew we would be at the bowling alley during trick or treating hours so we set up a little candy station on our porch.

We plan on staying in this apartment for a considerable amount of time and there’s just no room for an abundance of decorations for various holidays but that doesn’t mean we can’t decorate! Pumpkins have a shelf life, my orange mums are in the final bloom of their season,  and our coffee table is a chalk board! …and my fiance is an artist 😉

Jay and I really like dressing up for Halloween and chose famous movie characters for this years costumes.  He was James Bond (very simple costume – he manages a tux shop!)

And I was Audry from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  Believe it or not, I already had the majority of this costume which made it really easy not to mention inexpensive to assemble and neither of our costumes will take up any more room in our little apartment!  Ps. For those of you who know the movie well, Charlie is my “Cat” …aka the no-name-slob! 😉

Bowling was a blast.  There were so many goodies and amazing costumes.

It’s feels really nice as we start to feel connected to our community especially during the holidays.  Christmas will be a lot of fun in that regard this year because I’ll be singing in a holiday concert with The Longmont Chorale! 🙂

Hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween!

A whole list of firsts…

September 12, 2010

Morning everyone! …afternoon East Coast! The other night, my company treated everyone to a Colorado Rockies game and I thought I’d share some pictures.

I’ve never been on a work field trip before and it was awesome.  My co-workers especially deserved a giant break after all the hard work they’ve been doing re-locating families that have lost their homes in the fire.  I was privileged to meet with a few families myself Friday night and all day Saturday.

I’ve also never been to another stadium other than Fenway in Boston this was quite the experience for me.  Parking was only $4 and a two minute walk over the bridge to the park.  I was so excited to see that the stadium was surrounded by downtown Denver rather than parking lots!

Yet another first – Jay and I had never been to a major league baseball game together and we had so much fun exploring this giant stadium.  There was so much going on for International Night and regular games, pro-shops, bars, and restaurants that we almost missed the anthem which was performed by an elementary school chorus (adorable).

It’s times like these that make me so thankful for having found someone as silly as I am.  We’re best friends on top of everything else and we have so much fun doing just about anything together.  I’m a really lucky girl.

I doubt there are many baseball stadiums out there with gorgeous mountain views like this one!  It was a bit cloudy, so I’d really love to see what the sunsets here look like on a clear night.  A big thank you to the big wigs for taking us all out, there were definitely some epic bonding moments and it was just a great break from the reality we’re all facing.

Jay and I found ourselves in need of a FREE.99 outing for the day.  Weather.com informed me earlier this morning that there may be a possibility for thunder storms all afternoon, so we decided to change our original plans of kickin’ it by the city pool.

I’ve been DYING these four months that we’ve been in Boulder County to visit the Celestial Seasonings factory (the only Celestial Seasoning’s factory) seeing as its right here in town AND it’s completely FREE!  (Tracy…you and Dustin WILL absolutely LOVE this place when you come to visit!).

The experience starts when you sign up for the tour at the front entrance.  You are given two free tea samples as your “tickets,” and two little sample size mugs.  Inside, there’s an adorable cafe where you can sample ANY of their eighty different blends.

They also have TONS of art work which they’ve used for their original packaging and then there’s this little ensemble… an entire outfit: gown shoes, purse, and all completely fashioned out of tea bags! 😉 Adorable.

Just so everyone is completely aware… Jason has never in his life tried tea and made a huge exception during today’s little outing.

He loves fruit juice – so I suggested the “Moroccan Pomegranate” they had on tap.  Let the taste testing begin!

I added some agave nectar to his to help his taste buds with this impressive leap of faith!

Jason: I must really love this woman… (my interpretation of course!)

(Direct quote… “OMG this tastes like warm juice!”)

Taste testing success!

Not quite as exciting for someone who already loves anything and everything Celestial creates… 😉

There were no cameras allowed on the actual tour, but it was so much fun and extremely informative.  I contemplated regurgitating a ton of the information that we learned, but that’s such a spoiler alert!  I want you to take this tour yourself!  I’d rather leave you with a simple explanation as to why you should come visit the home of Celestial Seasonings or just switch brands of tea.  (Ps. The avg. box of Celestial tea will run you a mere $2.35 and contains 20 tea bags).

Celestial Seasonings supports eco-friendly practices with a strong emphasis on sustainable farming from countries all over the world.  Their white, black, green, and herbal teas are incredibly healthy and provide natural remedies for various stomach ailments, headaches, and difficulties sleeping.  They set a strong and positive example for large companies that it is possible to expand without losing your ideals.

Morning loves!  I’ve decided to “re-do” Couch to 5k this week, and this time I opted to bring it outdoors!  In Texas we had a workout room in our apartment community and a less than walk-able/run-able actual community.  -Not to mention it was pretty hot 🙂

Our new town has a beautiful green-way right down the street from our apartment PERFECT for morning runs while it’s still crispy cool here in Colorado.  Jay and I are working the program together (even though he’s a big intimidating Marine running machine – he’s agreed to go at my pace until I can pick it up a bit).It only takes about half an hour and we don’t have to drive anywhere so it’s fits very easily into our morning routine.  I’ll admit that I had made it through week 7 in Austin (indoors), but the extremely high elevation here combined with the fact that I had never run outside before set me back, and I’ve decided to just start over!  No shame in it.

It was rough, but I think swimming I’ve done this summer has helped my endurance.  Jay and I enjoyed doing this together and we’re planning (until schedules change) on running Wednesday, Friday, Sunday mornings 🙂

*If you try running for the first time, don’t forget to stretch and feed yourself!

Here are the instructions for “Cool Running’s” version:  You can run a 5k in just 9 weeks!

Week Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3
1 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
2 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
3 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
4 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
5 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.
6 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 25 minutes) with no walking.
7 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
8 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
9 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes). The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

Good morning! Hope you all slept as well as I did last night! I can’t even explain to you the wonder and simplicity of my happiness in this very moment…even before we moved to Texas bed-less we had terrible broken down overstock.com experiment that simply never did it for me.

There’s just something to be said about sleeping a few more inches above the floor.  I’ve decided to spend my entire morning in this bed and have already brewed my one-cup caramel latte tasting coffee and decided to spend this comfy time updating you on my new favorite after dinner activity! 🙂

I know I’ve said it before, but I really have fallen in love with the location of my little apartment.  We went into the deal as a last ditch effort to get out of our horribly expensive horribly disgusting temporary apartment in Boulder.  The apartment was 1/3 the price, really cute and clean, and the landlord was really understanding of our situation – 3 components which made this apartment amazing all on its own.  However, since we’ve settled in a bit to the area I’ve noticed so many additional bonuses to its local!

So far, we’ve discovered the pool water park (0.3 miles from home), St. Vrain Greenway which has a trail route which leads right into the Farmer’s Market and many other places (0.2 miles from home), downtown main street with coffee shops, restaurants with patios, book stores, antique stores (2 miles from home), an adorable little tap bar that some friends introduced us to (less than 2 miles from home), a bowling alley (2.2 miles from home) and now our dog park (1.5 miles from home).

In the past few years, I’ve concluded that I would be happiest living in a walk-able community and I think I’ve finally found a way I can do that and still save money.  This is the cheapest apartment either of us have ever had, but it has everything I could ever want!  I just love having the option to walk wherever I want to go! Props to Longmont, CO city planners!

Ah, back to the topic at hand!  Linus’s new hangout.  The dog park, another local gem.  This park is HUGE and is a part of several other parks including a baseball field, tennis courts, a soccer field, and a hockey rink!  There are other public parks in our town that I’ve seen which include skate parks too! Gosh, I love my little Colorado city-suburb.  Jay told me recently that he read somewhere Longmont was voted one of America’s top 50 cities to live!

Linus is a silly guy and he’s working on getting over his fear of big dogs, but this little gal gave him a good workout….or I should say Linus gave HER the run around!  My dog is fast.  I mean REALLY fast.  No other dog can keep up with him and he loves it.  It’s hilarious to watch him taunt them with his speed.

Jay and I usually bring our softball and gloves and play catch while the dogs frolic, but before the days of dog parks Linus used to play monkey in the middle with us and run supah fast back and forth as we threw the ball around.

Side note: the people that go to dog parks are so friendly and talkative.  Clearly they also love there dogs almost as much as I do.  They love learning all about your dog’s little life story and their mannerisms, likes, and dislikes.  In a word….adorable.

So, if you have a pup and you’d like to give him or her some exercise and just get out of the house – I highly recommend taking advantage of what your city has to offer and go play at the dog park!

Have a great day everyone! I’m about to finish up that home-made caramel latte, hop in the shower, and spend the day in Boulder working and helping out at the store!

Evening my loves! The weather certainly kept us on our toes today!  We had planned to spend the day at the pool water park, but weather.com told us otherwise.  There was a chance of rain off and on throughout the day, and the temperature wasn’t ideal for spending the day in the water.

Not to worry, I just pulled from the reserves of my fun day plans and remembered that I had a bunch of coupons for local shops in our downtown area.  We decided on a 20% off ticket for a bulk food store and picked up some natural treats and bones for the pup and cookies for US 🙂

It was gorgeous outside while we were out so we decided to walk both sides of main street and check out some of the shops which included tons of second-hand vintage and thrift stores, book stores, art galleries, and a little paint your own pottery studio that does “date night” on Saturdays!

Other than sorting through the little treasures at the thrift stores, my favorite part of the day were the used book stores! We spent a good amount of time in one and will be participating in their book exchange in the future!  Their used prices were phenomenal and the conditions of the books were equally as impressive.  Jay has been working on the Harry Potter series as his Junk Food Reading while things are slow at the store.  He recently finished the first one in record timing so he picked up book two and novel written by one of his favorites 🙂

I was lucky enough to snag a used copy of Eat.Pray.Love so close to the movie release! I can’t wait to finish up the Twilight series (my junk food read) so I can move on to my other summer novel plans.

If I learned anything from having to leave all my precious books behind in New Hampshire when we left for Texas, it’s the art of sharing or exchanging books rather than making a forever purchase.

Local book-exchanges at used book stores are the perfect way to do just that!

You don’t have to worry about late fees from libraries (yes I’m a repeat offender) so you can keep them as long as you want and then exchange them for your next page turner at your convenience!  So excited to make make this a regular lunch date activity.

Okay, well I have a ton of baking, cooking, and salad prep to do for the upcoming week (today is our second day off) so I’ll leave you to it!  Check out my summer reading list page and help me add to my selections.  I’m going for a positive attitude theme  with my theory of read about it – be about it in mind.

What’s your favorite thing to do in your home-front? 🙂

Bowl-0-rama ;-)

July 20, 2010

Morning folks! Last night was a long-awaited bowling adventure for my Jason.  We haven’t been since his birthday back in March! Simply unacceptable seeing as it’s his favorite hobby of all time!

I know what you’re thinking: Bowling can be expensive and this is blog is typically about saving money. BUT! Believe it or not there IS  a way to enjoy this all American pass-time for less!

All you have to do is a little research!  Either google to your hearts content or visit the actual bowling alley in person and pick up their “specials” flyer.  Bowling alleys definitely make their money by charging by the hour or game, but if you take advantage of the specials which are usually “all you can bowl” you’ll definitely get your money worth!  Especially, if you intend on going with a champion bowler who would as he says, “…bowl until my arm falls off…”

As you can imagine five dollars a game would certainly add up under those circumstances!  But if you pay $10 and play five games together…..well that sounds a lot better to me!

Okay, on a personal note – I’m really picking up on this little sport! As much as I love the pink shoes and ball Jay got for me last year, I always felt a little silly having my own equipment with zero skill to go along with it.

However, last night I finally broke the 100 mark! THREE TIMES!

We played five games and here are my stats 😉

  • Game #1: 94
  • Game#2: 102
  • Game #3: 99
  • Game #4 108
  • Game #5 103

We had a great time and we’re looking into joining a league for the fall season.  I’m really happy that we can share this together.  It used to be so difficult living so separate from each other with completely different interests but we’ve since realized that the best way to spend time together is to try new things and share old favorites.

Have you tried a new hobby with your lovey? Or, even better…have you tried something completely new together and it brought you closer together? 🙂

Yay for getting up early on your day off and getting everything accomplished prior to 10am leaving the rest of the day open for relaxing and F.U.N.

This morning with my fab caramel coffee at my side I did three loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen, we swept and mopped the floors, AND I made breakfast.

So, to get back to those healthy living questions – What I normally try to do is re-create the things that we already love in a healthier way rather than to give things up or deprive myself.

Insert: The Egg Mc.Muffin

  • Two fried eggs (cage free) …hopefully local 🙂
  • A dash of pepper or seasoning
  • A little bit of mozzarella cheese
  • Toasted whole grain english muffins
  • Spinach
  • Ketchup

It was a great little breakfast to jumpstart the day!  We had plans today to participate in a local Humane Society fundraiser where all proceeds went directly to the shelter!  We registered little ole’ Linus for a bathy and nail clipping and with that they gave us little freebies, and two beer comps EACH!

Good times were had by all and we made some new friends from my work who live in our town.  They also have their own little terrier so we’re all hoping Linus and Miss Maggie will become best of friends 🙂

I can’t think of a better way to enjoy our day off … hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

What’s the coolest fundraiser you ever attended?

Wow, I certainly fell off the blogging train there for a few days… sorry about that! Things got very busy so I thought I’d just catch you up to speed now that the dust has temporarily settled.

Errands can be boring, so I won’t bore you with the details, however we are now both able to communicate with the rest of the world via cell phones, wash our clothes (full disclosure here people…it’s not easy being poor!), and worry a little less about getting gas in the car.  It’s been difficult with my job requiring so much driving because I won’t get paid until August 1st and even then it will only cover the first two weeks.  I get reimbursed for gas as well (more than I probably use), but as of right now it’s almost as if I still don’t have a job AND we’re spending MORE!

Not an easy task as we were struggling before I started working, but obviously come August 1st we’ll be able to play a game of catch up!

Last night we were in dire need of a break and decided to make the most of a night IN.  Call me a home-body, but I LOVE spending the night at home curled up on the couch, “whatevaa I do what I want!” -that little gem was for pretty much every college friend that I have… 😉

We already had grocery shopping and laundry planned for the night so we decided to pick up some popcorn and ice cream while we were out and kick started the Netflix Watch Instantly section when we got home.

We watched some silly 80’s comedy and I fell asleep on Jay’s lap post ice cream cone and popcorn inhalation. It was a great time.

This morning, I’m going to continue the laundry process (as I probably will every morning until our outrageous amount of laundry is complete), sip on my incredible coffee, and make breakfast.  I’m thinking about surprising my sleeping beauty with some eggMCmuffins…..I’m making them myself, but for some reason still feel the need to add the “MC” to the title!

Today will be a double-post day for sure, because we have some pretty exciting day off events going on including a humane society fundraiser, and perhaps our mini waterpark!

Hope you all enjoy your Sunday Funday as much as I intend to 🙂

Hope everyone had a great time celebrating this weekend!

Last night was all about the roof top.

Somehow Boulder weather went from this:

To this … does anyone else see a resemblance between this menacing cloud and the “smoke-monster” from LOST?!

That man you see would be the lovable non-English speaking owner hard at work clearing off the roof for the storm.  He would have been my favorite people-watching experience of the night had I not come across a boy with only a bathing suit on (not the kind of boy that should be going shirtless), a small dog hanging out on the bar, and public lover spats. Yes, we were at another college bar on the infamous hill.  There’s just nothing like them! I feel too young to drink at fancier bars – I guess I’m just caught somewhere in the middle for now and that’s fine by me!

It didn’t take long before we were told to take cover downstairs and inside.  There was Chinese food consumed by some and a scorpion bowl served in a beer pitcher… classic.

The owners eventually let everyone back upstairs once the storm was (almost) over and word was received that the fire-works show was still on!

Jay captured this stellar display of tax payer mula.  Though, I really wish we had taken a video so you could get the full experience with cold rain falling, another round of beverages, and awkward America-lovin’ music blasting out of the Asian restaurant roof-top speakers.

Awkwardness makes life worth living.

How did you celebrate this year’s Fourth of July?