Tasting

I am not the right person for this job, but when duty calls, I’ll do my best! Had the food tasting for our fundraiser. 2 full course menus to try with full size portions… 

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…followed by 4 desserts! Where are my stretchy pants?! I took 2 bites of each of these. CS was the lucky recipient of these leftovers.

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Kan Goo

Huh?

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Guess who joined for the latest fad in exercise?

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We weren’t the only ones!

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This class was a WTF. All jumping. All the time. Like you had mini trampolines on your feet. It was quite a heart racer. I was done with the jumping after 15 minutes. My brain needed a new activity, but everyone else seemed to really enjoy it. Consider it like step aerobic exercises on springs and then mix in squats and jumping jacks. It was definitely unique!

Blind Auditions

The new season of the Voice reminded me of old footage CS shot. We love the Voice and wanted to turn our experience into something like the real show. Our version… wear a blindfold and you have to guess at certain characteristics of the singer during their audition. CS got to choose the characteristics. I had to guess the gender, the hair style, clothing, and ethnicity. While he cues up the TV, I listen to music to avoid hearing any clues from their interview. Like my own private party!

CS’s turn. His challenge: gender, hair color, ethnicity.

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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Mt. Bierstadt – Day 2 of 3

Alarm went off at 6 am so we could get out the door by 7, to see this beautiful landscape…

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Our mission was to get to the top of the peak on the right, Mt. Bierstadt. CS was game to get to the top of his 1st 14’er. Let’s do this!

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B and his best friends were our chaperones. These dogs were amazing on this adventure!

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We started out in the willows but luckily they had built a bridge a few years back so we didn’t have to wade through a swamp.

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On the trail!

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As we gained elevation, the dogs turned into mountain goats stalking little gopher prey. I was impressed at how agile and quick they were all the way to the top.

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After the willows, the switchbacks arrived. Gahd I hate these.

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Nature called at one point, so I kept spying the right place to exit the trail to have a moment with nature and a flat rock. Had to wait for some more coverage. CS felt it was appropriate to capture the return moment.

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At mile 3, the heart rate really shot up. CS and I were breaking every couple of minutes to gather our breath and find a new spot to focus on achieveing. For being at sea level 17 hours prior, we were doing well with only 1/2 mile to go. All day the trails were full of people going up and down. It was quite crowded at the top! 

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Did you know that the top of a mountain is really a shit ton of rocks piled up? It’s crazy.

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Kiss for the official peak spot!

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Officially 14,060 ft.

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Felt the need to do a Yoga tree pose since I didn’t do anything cool at the top last time. Channeled my inner Yoga mouse.

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My original 14er partner helping me hit my #8 14er!

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My new 14er partner!

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We spent some time enjoying the view while the weather was cooperating. It hailed on us as we drove off the trail head.

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On the way down, a very bright yellow hat was heading up towards us. With my company’s connection to the Indianapolis Mini Marathon and my participation for over a decade, I knew exactly what the hat was! I had to stop the guy. His name was Ryan. Prior resident of Carmel, now a resident of Denver. Had to grab a pic!

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As we headed down, the clouds were rolling in. Yep we were up there. Way up there!

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Data geek time. For the whole trip, we rested over an hour. Hello sea level living! I did some jogging on the way down to make myself feel awesome, hence the 4:40 min/mile pace as the best!

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After fueling ourselves up with a tasty burger, we cleaned up and headed over to my nieces school fundraiser carnival. Where would they ever get their silly-ness from? Not these genes.

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Best part of the event was Kayla in the petting zoo. Very timid at first. Then the girl in the hat and full body coverage was owning the blonde chicken. Carried it around with her all over the cage. What else should observers do but try to get their “kid” to hold a chicken too! “Kayla, go pick up the chicken.” She followed hat girl around until she put it down. Then swoop in, Kayla got her shot!

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The chicken whisperer!

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1 great day done, 1 more serious adventure to be had! 

Mountain Time – Day 1 of 3

Had a need to visit some elevation again, so CS and I crammed a whole lot in a quick 3 day Colorado trip. First stop, my crazy nieces!

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Syd spontaneously turned into a cat?!

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After our bellies were full, it was time for a game everyone could play. Even B joined us!

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We hit the beds early because we had a full early departure for day 2 planned!