Downtown Date

The starrs aligned for a great downtown weekend!

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Started our adventure with the Evening of Promise Gala benefiting the American Lung Association. Attire was black tie with a bit of whimsy. Silly Hoosier felt this was whimsy.

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Since my dad and CS’s dad have both fought and are winning against lung disease, we were especially thankful that we could support this cause and still have our fathers in our lives! Great reminder to live every day to it’s full potential!

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After the event, we were treated to a wonderful stay at a friend’s condo to prep for a Colts brunch before the game.

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Not only did we know the hosts of the brunch, the best family East of the Wawasee Boat Company was there with us!

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Great memories made again!

#Motivation

I had some really exciting opportunities come through work. First was getting to hear Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri share his insights and experience on team work and how it relates on and off the field.

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This guy is so cool! (I sound so old.) He’s a living legend that will be in the Hall of Fame someday. He just took the Most Consecutive Field Goal record to 43 and he’s the oldest player in the league at 43! He was very humble and grateful for what life has afforded him.

Next, it was time for some women empowerment. I’m totally going to name drop because the speakers I had access to are globally recognized power-house women. I kicked off my morning at the 2016 Indiana Conference for Women listening to Arianna Huffington speak on the importance of sleep and how it has shaped her career. An area I definitely recognize I can do better in.

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After a breakout session, our lunch panel consisted of Moira Forbes, yes like the magazine. Jessica Herrin of Stella and Dot fame. Along with Miki Agrawal who is revolutionizing women’s hygiene.

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Miki has been racking up the awards lately, 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year at World Technology Summit and her Company THINX was named Time Magazine’s Best New Inventions of 2015. And I’m pretty sure she’s in her 20s.

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I left with a head full of concepts, a heart full of passion, and a bag full of books that will soon be read.

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I can do anything I put my mind to.

End Zone

CS scored some sweet seats for the Colts v Texans game. 4th row end zone!

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Got to see Hasselbeck up close.

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After a gaggle of kid cheerleaders took over halftime, Vinatieri and McAfee going to practice.

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McAfee can boot the ball!

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Stayed until the end hoping they’d pull out a victory but it wasn’t in the cards. Let’s hope there is a wild card for us.

Playoffs

As I sit here getting ready to watch the big QB showdown, I remembered that I had a post about last week’s playoff game! I went thanks to my HLP!

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Thank gosh she’s a ticket snob like me. She bought great seats! Except the people in our real seats weren’t fun to sit next to so we moved over to the another section that had a row of empty seats. They were pissy about how much we paid vs. them. 

2 minutes to kick off…

Bronco Birthday – Day 3 of 3

Before heading to the Mile High city, we took in one last view of the mountains.

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I like uniqueness in places I visit, so Hotel Monaco in the heart of downtown Denver, would be our resting place for the night. It had a Bronco cowboy theme in each room which was fitting for our last and best adventure of the trip. 

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We were getting ready for the ride of CS’s life! It was bucket list time. CS was finally going to get to experience his birthday present. What better way to arrive at our destination then by pedicab! Even in the color CS loves to see!

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Welcome to Mile High Stadium! Opening night of Sunday NFL!

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When planning this trip, I wavered back and forth on what level of tickets to get. When it came time, I said we’re going big. Level 1 Row 32 behind the Bronco bench, 30 yard line. View from our seats…

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The view was so worth the cost! And if you didn’t like that view, you could watch on the largest screen I have ever seen.

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Or a smaller one on the side.

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One happy guy watching his long time favorite Bronco’s in action against our own home city, Indianapolis Colts.

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CS was decked out in Bronco gear. I stayed neutral in gray. And rooted for Offense! There were some Colts fans spread out around us. It was fun chatting with them at half time. Our half time show was some lame frisbee dogs who didn’t manage to get off the field while the players were returning for the 2nd half.

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We hung around after the game to soak up the environment and let CS relish in the moment. Clever way to clean up all those Gatorade cups!

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Happy b-day CS! Not sure how we’ll top this for 43!?

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Decision Dilemma

My bestie won tickets to a Pacer suite the same night we had a wedding to attend. Then, she got invited to another party. Then, I got invited to a dinner party out of town. And THEN her and I both were offered Colts play-off tickets against the Chiefs. Holy hell. All same day. Urg. How do we work this out?!

After juggling a few ideas, we denied the Colts tickets. Timing was not right, couldn’t miss the nuptials.

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Then with more juggling, it was decided that CS and I should hit the Pacer suite to take in the game.

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Seemed like this guy also had a similar dilemma. Root for all the teams!

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No matter where we sit, this guy has the best seat in the house!

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Boilermaker Tailgate @ the Circle

Mayor Ballard proclaimed 08/30/2013 was Boilermaker Tailgate day! I headed the few blocks from work with fellow alum to check out the sea of black and gold @ the Circle.

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The event was a super-sized pep rally sponsored by the Boiler Business Exchange of Indianapolis to send off the football team as it headed to Cincinnati for the season opener the following day (not a good outcome FYI). The Tailgate included past players from football and basketball, along with the entire current football team, first-year head coach Darrell Hazell, cheerleaders, pep band, Purdue Pete, and the Boilermaker Special. But my favorite guest was Mr. Robbie Hummel!

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To which I yelled without pause “I LOVE YOU ROBBIE HUMMEL!” Finally, the football team arrived atop the Monument steps then came down to greet the fans.

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NL said he was going in for the handshake with the new coach. I barely got the video ready but got the money shot!

The real man of the hour sweating it out with us…

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It’s been over 5 years since we had our pic together. I felt it was time.

Glory Days

K wanted to relive her college days. So we went to this…

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I was skeptical. These guys were at their prime when I was in *cough* college. Then, the doors didn’t open til 9 pm. I, apparently showed my age when I said, “Oh my god, what time do they even start?”

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I was very curious. What kind of crowd? What covers would they do? Turns out, it was a fabulous evening! 99% of the crowd was 30+. 99% of the crowd was age appropriately dressed. Men in cardigans and oxford cloth button ups. Ladies in fitted pants with heels or boots. No one was wasted. No one spilled a drink on me. And they did covers of songs that are popular now like Fun, Mumford and Sons, Train, etc. For $5, I’ll go back every time they are here. 

So tonight, I really showed my age while watching the NFL playoffs and timing myself finishing puzzle #1 in 2h 30m 14s. 

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I know how to rock a weekend!