Sunday, August 17, 2014

I've Missed Blogging

Life is busy lately and I've really missed blogging in the past couple of weeks. Here's what I've been up to the last 8 days.

Parade of Homes in Lisbon with Craig. I liked most houses we saw. I definitely know what I love in a house: screened in porches off a kitchen and master bedroom, white trim and kitchen cabinets, rounded doorways, big windows and lots of light in general, and a grey/blue exterior.

We picked up Jamba Juice after. I had a juice instead of a smoothie and it was delicious. Join their rewards program for great discounts and a free b-day smoothie (Craig got his, I got $3 off my juice).

Last Sunday, we went to State Fair with my parents. My dad's military card got us all in for free and all of us hadn't been to the fair in about 10 years or so!

A house near the fair always features themed windows throughout the year.

I enjoyed seeing the horticulture building and the winning food entries!

My mom said that the gladiolus was one of my Grandma's favorite flowers. I love learning things like that. I'll think of her every time I see them now.

Like most people, clowns terrify me. This garbage can is just creepy. 

I love animals and enjoyed seeing the rabbits. We found one named Mary, like my mama!

This vegetarian couldn't bear the cow and goat buildings. Looking into their eyes makes me want to cry. I've been like that since I was a kid though so it makes sense that I became vegetarian for ethical and health reasons.

Here's a typical State Fair scene.

Our 5th wedding anniversary is next week and while we wanted to go to Hawaii in the winter months to celebrate, we also have a bit of travel fever lately (well I definitely do, Craig just seems to sort of have it). Planning a trip to Colorado just seemed logical and easy to do compared to Hawaii. 

Flights to Denver are really cheap right now and we're hoping to head out there in October to do lots of hiking. We think we'll split our time between Colorado Springs and the Boulder area, with a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park too. If you've been to the Denver area, I'd appreciate suggestions! I've only been to Aspen and Snowmass to ski. 

By Thursday night, Tanzi appeared lethargic and couldn't jump onto Craig's lap. We booked an appointment with the vet for Friday afternoon and hoped it wasn't something serious. I was home on Friday morning because I worked late at night, so I was able to watch his behavior. I caught him licking a lot and finally spotted a bad sore near his bum. He has an abscess and thankfully, they put him under and drained it. We hope it's healing up now and he'll recover soon. The poor little guy had a 105 degree fever! If we hadn't acted quickly with getting him into the vet, we could have lost him.

Cuddles from Shiva comforted me while I worried about his cat brother. My colleague said that cats sit close to your face like this because they feel your heartbeat and it reminds them of snuggling their cat mother.

A scene at work on Friday night.

I worked again on Saturday morning, with a 5:45 a.m. arrival time, so the rest of the day was sort of shot. After a short nap and catching up on house work, Craig and I ran errands.

We shopped for collars/cones for Tanzi. He still keeps licking his wounds. I hate the idea of putting a cone on him.

We stopped for fro yo too. I went a little crazy with the toppings.

At my new job, I trained some more, took a tough ringside class, and learned how to check the pool's chlorine and ph levels! I also had a great sales training and learned a lot there. Next week, I am supposed to start training clients if my book fills up with appointments! I sort of feel ready, but I'm also a little nervous.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! We're off to Irish Fest, where my work is hosting a summer party.


  1. Colorado is a great idea! In Colorado Springs, I recommend taking the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak and walking/driving through Garden of the Gods. I haven't been to Red Rock Canyon yet but my sisters-in-law talk it up. Nearby is Manitou Springs, which is a fun hippie town. I think Craig would like the penny arcade there. Can't think of much to do in Denver, we typically just dine out with Chris' friends there, but Boulder and Rocky Mountain National Park are definitely worth visiting!

  2. I've been struggling to get out the posts too and I don't even have as good an excuse! I loved Rocky Mountain National Park. It's been ages but there is some lake there that is absolutely gorgeous. I had my first Hagen Daz in Boulder--there are probably piles of flowers and mementos in front of the Mork and Mindy house there right now (do people always visit TV houses--the tour in Minneapolis took us by the Mary Tyler Moore house...) Have fun!

  3. I love Denver and Rocky Mtn Park! I went there last summer and have some blog posts about it. In Denver, my favorite restaurants were Watercourse Foods & City o' City. In Estes Park, we rented the most amazing air bnb spot... But its probably too big for just the two of you since we went with another couple.