Monthly Archives: July 2012

Change of scenery…

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Transitioning back to school from summer equals changing something in the house.

Luckily, this was an inexpensive change.

Just a few gallons of paint.

Our “formal living” room, otherwise known as the living room got a fresh coat of paint. And, so did the “formal dining” room of the house in a dark red on a couple if walls. It where our computers live. It was bigger than the “office”, that I turned into a second family room. We use both the living and my family room.

What is officially the family room in this old house is my dining room. It’s right off the kitchen and it is big enough for my big table.

I never understood the point of a second dining table or a living room no one uses. It seems to me to be wasted square footage. The bank makes me pay the same amount of money if I use the room or not.

We live in all the rooms of the house. And everything is from a thrift store or craigslist so anyone can sit on any piece if furniture.

That blue and red are in the same color family as the greens, mustard yellow, and browns I have throughout the downstairs so you can look from any room and the colors all flow together. I take the same colors and continue them outside to my back garden.

Here is a quick before:

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And now after:

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The room with all the computers:

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Since getting the magic phone, taking pictures has been super handy. I have ordered some prints to do a gallery wall on that big red wall. I’ll show you how it turns out when I get it finished.

And yes.

For those of you that know me well, I am struggling with it not being finished. But I am looking at it as a learning opportunity. I hope I only have to learn for about a week.

Sigh.

🙂

TGIMonday…..

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Yeah.

I know.

TGI should not go with Monday, but it was a busy weekend.

So here you go.

This last week on Marrs…

We visited the cliff dwellings.

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We went swimming.

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I continued with the training runs.

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Sometimes with company.

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When the weather blew in, we would hang out at home.

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We caught dinner and a show downtown with very dear friends.

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I “ran” the diva dash.

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And with the help of an instructor and a few glasses of wine, I found my very inner artist.

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Just three more weeks until the first day of school…..

Sigh

Larimer Square…..

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Last night a few of us joined Jillian to celebrate her birthday at Canvas and Cocktails, a super fun place that serves wine and will take a group step by step on creating a painting.

Here is the visual evidence that they can get anyone through the steps and you end up with something that can go in the wall at the end of the day….

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What a super fun evening!

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Fifty shades of diva….

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The DIva Dash was this morning at the Boulder Reservoir this morning.

Jillian assembled our team. Tina made the shirts. I think all I did was drive.

Super fun morning!!!

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Super fun.

We started together and finished together.

And no one made fun of my irrational fear of heights while we were cloning the net.

🙂

The jersey boys….

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Alway always a fun time to hang out with Chris and Vicki.

Last night was no exception.

After multiple schedule changes, Hugh and I snuck away and met them downtown for dinner and a show.

Great seats, great friends, yummy wine, and music I remember hearing growing up on the am station.

So fun!!!!

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Happy take you pants on a walk day…..

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Here on Marrs we go big or go home.

After hanging with Danny for most of the night again last night….I didn’t just take my pants for a walk….I took my compression shorts for 8.8 miles.

I’m not going to lie to you.

When Jillian knocked at the door this morning at 7am, I was still trying to clear the cobwebs out if my head.

By the way, today is also Jillian’s 25th birthday.

Happy Birthday dear Jillian !!!!

Anyway, because she made over here at the ungodly hour of 7am, there was no way she was going to let me bail on my long run of the week.

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I made it.

It wasn’t pretty.

Or fast.

But I made it.

BTW-if you happen to be following me on Strava, only pay attention to the first 8.5 miles. I had to pick up Katie and forgot to turn it off. Hopping in my car and driving to the valley totally improved my pace and time.

Ha!

Happy take your pants on a walk day!!!

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You know what I walked by today…?

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Rows and rows of school supplies.

It’s that time of year again.

Only three and a half weeks until the first day of school.

Just three and a half weeks.

It’s time to start thinking about buying pencils and notebook paper.

And allergen free foods.

And IEPs.

And health plans.

And do not forget the Clorox wipes and gallons of hand sanitizer.

And jeans.

Backpacks.

New shoes.

And changing the therapy calendar again.

And

And

And

Sigh.

I know many moms who are thrilled for their kids to be back in school. Heck, I used to be one of them.

But that was before seeing someone sneeze would make me cringe.

Only three and a half more weeks to make Danny just as strong as we can, so that sneeze doesn’t turn into months at home.

🙂

It’s going to be tough to shop for school supplies from the pool.

I should have ordered the box.

Next year, for sure.

Danny and Jillian join me for my zen run….

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It is all cloudy and loud today.

Not enough for it to rain so far, but just enough to have my 83 pound wuss of a dog be concerned. He is so not a big fan of thunder.

Anyway, the point is, today is not really an excellent day to swim.

So. Danny and Jillian hopped in the car with me and while I did my zen run, the explored Red Rocks.

🙂

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Look at how handsome he is…

And he is one tired cookie this afternoon. He won’t nap, but he will be content to hang inside while we wait for the rain to pass.

Compliance tasks….

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If you were at the North Ranch pool this morning, you probably witnessed us working on compliance with Mr D.

Danny has really become a stinker about exiting the pool when it is time to go and get lunch. So much so that I am having a tough time taking him alone.

Well, you know what?

We can’t have that.

So today, Jillian and I worked on d exiting the pool nicely.

It looked a bit physical at first.

It always does when working on something with d.

But after a bit, there he was, getting out of the pool without arguing.

Nice.

We almost ended on a perfect note. He had collected his toys, we got them all in the pool bag, he climbed the ladder, walked over to mom……

Just kidding

With a twinkle in he eye…he turned back around….and leaped back into the pool.

STINKER

(he is a very typical 12 year old little boy in so many ways)

Did I say stinker?!

Today’s road trip? Cliff dwellings…!!!!

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Tracy was a bit late this morning. So the original plan of a quick run and then a trip to the pool flew out the window.

You know what we need?

An adventure!

So, right after we could get fries from chick-fil-a, Tracy, Jack, Danny, and I hopped in the car to drive the hour and a bit to the cliff dwellings right outside of Colorado Springs.

We went through them a few times. You know. Because the first time you go, one must run through them at full speed. It was on the second and third time around that we actually did some exploring.

🙂

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Super fun.

And educational. Jack was full of all sorts of tales as to why they lived in houses built into the sides of mountains.

And. Just so you know, Tracy and Jack tied in the slug bug game.

🙂