Monthly Archives: March 2012

March 25, 2012

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March 25, 2012

 

One of the last books I read was One Day by David Nicholls. While I must admit I found the story a bit predictible…the concept really intrigued me. The story follows one set of friends and then recounts one day in their lives year by year by year. The exact same day. Today, being an anniversary of sorts, made me stop and reflect. This time last year I was in a blind panic trying to find the quickest flight possible to Phoenix. I had  no care in the world about how much it would cost (not an awful lot…it turned out…w00t! w00t!). I only cared about how quickly I could get there and crossed my fingers I wouldn’t be stuck with a minivan for a rental car. I vaguely remember packing my suitcase by dumping my laundry basket into it, slamming it shut and then just telling myself I would figure out how to get clean clothes later.

How much of a difference a year can make, no? Today was spent outside on an absolutely gorgeous Colorado spring day filled with laughter, good food and good company. While I did spend a bit of time reflecting on the past…thanking the powers that be for what ended up being an astoundingly difficult…yet miraculous year…I also did a lot of looking forward to the future!

So…enough dwelling on the past…here’s what I did today. (If I can remember, I’ll check in next year on March 25, 2012, too.)

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Hellooooooo Mr. Giraffe! Nice to see you, too. Sorry you’re so camera shy…lol. (Giraffe at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo).

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Dave talked me into feeding a giraffe a biscuit. It was super-fun! I can’t believe you can actually pet them and feed them. This guy would stick his tongue out in anticipation of a biscuit. He was also watching how many pieces I had left. He knew when I was out and moved right on to the next person. Ummm…kind of slimy experience though. Thank goodness for the hand sanitizer.

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Cute little Red River Hogs!!! They kept digging and digging. A minute or two later they were all zonked out asleep in the little patch they had dug up.

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Dave posing with the Spiny-tailed lizard. Too cute. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has a ton of interactive activities for kids (grown ups, too).  You can: feed chickens, ride a pony, pose on ATV’s, hold lizards and snakes, take a skyride or tram to the top of the zoo, take a turn on a carousel, etc. (I said top of the zoo because it’s built up the side of Cheyenne Mountain! We walk to the top for the exercise but you can also ride to the top and then walk down.)

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We’ve never seen the moose this close to the front of the enclosure before. Awesome. Beautiful! The only other time I ever saw a moose was right outside of Yellowstone.

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Children’s play area – pic for J, K, M, A & A…and S, H &  S. I imagine many afternoons chasing four little boys around this place!

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After Zoo dinner at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant. Love to Mom, K, and J…you know why this was special. 🙂 Didn’t eat here exactly 1 year ago…close enough though. That “one day” anniversary falls during the work week.

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Yeah…so…I ordered the wine flight with my lunch/dinner…was expecting three little “shots” of wine. This was a ton for a lightweight like me. I didn’t drink it all…don’t worry! Just a few sips of each… Felt so goofy with that thing sitting on the table!!

This year…I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to what next year may bring. I also know that…with such strong friends and family… we’ll all get though …no matter what! But, of course…this year is going to r.o.c.k, right!!  Love, h

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I am actually just freestylin’ this post. No set agenda or topic to write about!! It’s a beautiful day here – if you can disregard all of the pollen and the chilly wind. I’ve had my cup of coffee – even though I swore I wouldn’t touch caffeine or caffeine-like (i.e. Kirkland brand knock-off 5-hour energy shots) substances for quite some time. Seriously…who gives out 5-hour energy shots at 5:00pm (Costco!!!)! Well, granted, it was my lapse in good judgement that led to me drinking the knock-off 5-hour energy sample in the first place… It was a free sample. I couldn’t resist. Not much in the works for today. Laundry. Housework I didn’t get done yesterday. Getting my butt whipped in Words with Friends while simultaneously whipping the butts of some other friends, Indian food for dinner, race-reading the digital library books whose loan period is about to end, more laundry, second trip to the store to pick up stuff I forgot yesterday, etc. Did I mention laundry? Ah! Mr. C. appears to be awake now which means I’m going to go fix my “world famous” scrambled eggs for breakfast. I wish you all could join us! I’m going to leave you with a couple of random photos taken over the last couple of weeks. Until next time!!

 

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I call this pic, “Checking out that new crepe place we found in old town Littleton that put too much salt on their potatoes”. Other than that…it really was good. I think it was called the Fat Frog Cafe?? I’d give them a second chance. It appears that they just remodeled and reopened so are probably still trying to get their act together.

 

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I call this pic, “Heather and Max stare goofily out the window while D. takes their picture.”

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I call this one, “Mr. Happy Paws” or “Timmy practicing his photobombing expression.”

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