Monthly Archives: August 2012

Cabin Fever!!

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Hey there everyone!

Today I need to speak about a very serious and real issue that occurs when you move.  This post will be most relevant for individuals who move from one city to another, rather than within the same city and/or community.  Additionally, I guess this post could really help anyone who is just looking for another way to meet people or to find a new social scene.

I’m talking about getting the heck out of your house and meeting new people!  After days of organizing, cleaning, sleeping for unnecessarily long periods of time, and watching the cats run and slide all over the hard wood floor – it’s time to break out of your shell and leave the house!  Otherwise you start doing things like this:

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And let’s face it.  People judge this kind of behavior.  Harshly.  After these types of things no one really looks at you the same.  They might say they do… but do you really believe that?  I mean really?

But alas!  How can you avoid this type of ridiculousness when you are in a new place?  When the Big Z and I moved here we knew exactly no people.  That was two weeks ago… and today I am happy to report that we still know exactly no people, but that we did meet some nice people last night whom we’d like to get to know better!  We went to our first Denver meetup, and boy did we luck out!

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“The mountains are calling and I must go.” John Muir

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Hey there!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend!  Here in Denver we’re still settling in and adjusting to our new surroundings… so what is a new Denver-ite to do their first official weekend in the city?

LEAVE… and head to the mountains where the Earth and sky meet… and where nature’s call certainly emanates from.  Well we did just that!

With a short pit stop to pick up left behind shoes and mail, we headed south to Colorado Springs and then on to Pike’s Peak!

For those of you reading from afar, Pike’s Peak stands tall and proud in the Colorado Springs skyline.  It is very obviously the highest mountain you can see from our friend’s front porch, but believe it or not, it is only the 31st tallest mountain in Colorado!  It stands at a whopping 14,110 ft, and is one of the famed 14-ers.  Luckily, because the Big Z and I have yet to start our exercise regime that will prep us for actually climbing (aka slowly hiking) these giants, there is a beautiful road that leads to the top.  It was a fantastic and gorgeous trip to the top with some unexpectedly breath taking views… and of course the obligatory hand-clutching-door-as-if-that-could-stop-the-car-from-plunging-off-the-side-of-the-mountain moments.

For some reason that I cannot even begin to fabricate, I did not remember to bring my camera… and so the pictures are minimal and taken by my phone camera, but they turned out okay.  Feel free to take a peak (hahahaha – pun and incorrect spelling intended!) and let me know what you think!  Could you climb a 14-er?  What are your favorite mountain trails?  Secret nature spots?

Check out the fantastic (wink wink) pictures below the cut!

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Three Days of Design

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Three days ago we moved into our lovely new one bedroom apartment!  While it is considerably smaller than what we had in Philadelphia, it suits our needs just fine.  With lovely hardwood floors in the galley kitchen and living room area, and a SUPER plush carpet in the bedroom we are very pleased.  However, when we moved into the apartment our boxes and some thrifted furniture bought in Colorado Springs took up all the space.  I wasn’t quite sure how we would get everything in the apartment… and I was even more unsure after we went to Ikea and bought the things we absolutely needed… like a mattress and shelf.   The above before pictures don’t quite tell the whole story, but at a little less than 500 sq ft… organizing and decorating this apartment will be a challenge.

Luckily, I am absolutely up to the challenge!  After day one was complete… here is what the apartment looked like!

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Getting Started… Road Trip RE-cap!

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First post!  Let’s go crazy!

Okay.  Well maybe not crazy, but hey… why don’t we re-cap the journey we took to get here (West Wash Park) from West Philly!

To start… at 2 am on August 10th we lit our final sparklers left over from a super fun summer, and took off into the proverbial sunset.

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Our first stop after leaving Philly was in Columbus Ohio…  luckily it was lunch time and the Big Z was able to get a delicious Skyline lunch!

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Then it was back to driving!  And driving we did!  For hours and hours and hours, until we reached Indianapolis!  Then it was sleepy time… and then more driving!

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Luckily, we had three co-pilots that made the trip more interesting!

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Not to mention, they sure were inquisitive and learned how to drive quickly.  Greybeard and Twinkie were checking the side mirrors as Stripes waited by the pedals for the go-ahead.

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Luckily after only one more night layover in Kansas City, we made it to the Colorado border where we were greeted by an amazing welcome center where we took some really fantastic brochures and pictures!  Too bad stopping here made us realize just how much further we had left to go!

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Not surprisingly though, we made it to Colorado Springs safe and sound where we stayed with friends for a few days and spent time looking for an apartment and settling in to Colorado!

And then… only a few days after arriving into the state… we found our new place!  YAY!  And thus, this past Monday, we made our way to West Washington Park… affectionately known as West Wash Park, a neighborhood of Denver located near (and named by) Washington Park.  We have spent the past three days moving in, and soon I will post pictures of the the day to day before and after’s.  One of the things that I get to work on right now, since I don’t have a job yet, is decorating and designing the apartment in a way that is pleasing to the eyes, and makes the place feel like home!  I didn’t really get the chance to do that fully in Philadelphia, so this is an opportunity!

Alright… off to go do more unpacking and organizing!