This & That

It’s been a while since I did one of these bad boys…here we go!

  • I’m still struggling to adjust to life after Cayman (“awww poor baby” I can hear you all say). It’s getting better, but I just still feel disoriented every now and then. Getting back into the routine of work and life has been no fun. I find myself asking very existential questions like….why do I need to work? Why can’t we all just lay on beaches and play in the ocean? What’s the point of laundry? 
  • My mom, sister and I took a quick little trip to Telluride when I got back from Cayman, making my transition into reality even harder. Going from one paradise to another….it makes reality very unappealing. Telluride was amazing! We hiked, 4-wheeled, ate good food and stayed in an awesome condo. Telluride will always hold a special place in my heart after David and I went there after we lost our baby. There’s something about that place…it’s good for my soul.

     Pretty little sister!
     Jenny and I dragged my poor mom up a pretty steep hike that she wasn’t exactly loving. I kept saying “just a 1/4 mile left to go! Just around this corner! Just over this ridge!” She did all 8 miles, we were all so proud! Way to go mom!
  • I’ve developed a weird little health problem. I can hear my heartbeat in my ear. Yes, you read that correctly. I can hear my heartbeat in my right ear. It’s a like a whooshing noise that never goes away. It’s been going on for about 8 weeks now. My optimistic husband said “well, at least it’s audible confirmation that you’re alive!” (thanks babe!), but in reality, it’s no fun. I started seeing a specialist who is having me go through a series of tests to try and figure out what’s going on. I had a CT scan yesterday and an MRI is on the horizon. I don’t like to get ahead of myself, but it’s kind of hard to ignore your doctor when he says “we need to rule out the possibility of a brain tumor and/or obstructions in your arteries and vascular system.” Awesome. So there’s that….
  • We bought another car! Before you go making judgements on our rock-n-roll lifestyle (2 cars and like 18 vacations in one year?! These people must be loaded!), you must first know that we are maybe the most frugal people that ever lived and we squirrel money away like it’s our job. Not that I have to explain ourselves, but our actions this year have been a little….out of the ordinary and people are starting to wonder….I’ve already had one person ask if we won the lottery 😉  Annnnyways, my little Corolla has been creeping slowly up towards 200,000 miles and we both knew it was time to trade it in before it bit the dust one of these days. Plus, I really wanted a car with All-Wheel Drive so that I feel a bit more in control when it snows. I drive an average of 30,000 miles/year, so being safe is super important! Eventually we settled on a Subaru Legacy. It’s perfect for me! It gets great gas mileage (up to 36 mpg), it’s full of air bags (9 of them, if I remember correctly) and it has full-time AWD so I’ll feel better in the snow. I don’t actually have the car yet, it’s on backorder because they’re selling so well, but I should have it in a few weeks. Weeeee!
  • While we’re on the topic of buying new things…..David and I are talking about moving (keyword: talking). Eeeek! I know, it feels like we just built this house. Although it’s been almost 4 years, it feels like we haven’t been here long. But, we think it’s time to probably sell and buy somewhere closer to his job. Poor David’s commute to work is getting a little out of hand. What should be a 20 minute drive has turned into 35-90 minutes each way due to the amount of stupid new people moving to our area and crowding the roads with their stupid cars  growth our area is experiencing. As much as we love our home, it’s slowly becoming impractical to live here. David will likely spontaneously combust if he has to keep this commute. Thankfully, our area is pretty popular and home values have gone waaaaay up, so we should make enough on the sale of this house to fund a move further north. We’re not 100% sure where or when we’re moving, we just know we have to get closer to his work. We probably won’t do anything until after the new year, but we’ve definitely started researching and exploring! It’s fun to dream and scheme….
  • I did decide to sign up for a fall class at Denver Seminary. I settled on Ecclesiology & Eschatology, taught by an amazingly gifted professor. So far, I’m way over my head. I’m one of 3 women in the class, surrounded by 5th year M.Div students. It’s all quite complex and overwhelming, which just makes me grateful that I’m auditing and not taking it for credit 🙂
  • Fall! Fall is here my friends!!! Colorado has been pretty out of control in terms of fall beauty this year. Goodness, it’s been magical!

     David and I took a little fall hike this weekend. One of our favorite traditions is taking a fall drive, combine with a little hike through the aspen trees. We used to go to Rocky Mountain National Park each year, but the crowds have gotten beyond what we can bear on the weekends, so we opted for a less popular area. Still beautiful, just less tourists. Yes!!

    We saw less than 10 people on the trail during our hike. There was a cold front that had settled in on our state, so we had crisp fall air to hike in. It was cool. It was quiet. It was peaceful. It was beautiful. It was perfection! Happy fall! 🙂

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