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Biking

October 14th, 2013

Last weekend I rode “Tour The Moon” – a 64 mile bike ride through Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction.  Unfortunately, the route was re done last minute due to the government shut down & not having all access to the park.  The ride was still awesome.  Cold & a lot of up hill (4000 […]



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Last weekend I rode “Tour The Moon” – a 64 mile bike ride through Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction.  Unfortunately, the route was re done last minute due to the government shut down & not having all access to the park.  The ride was still awesome.  Cold & a lot of up hill (4000 ft in elevation change), but still awesome.

 

Aside from a few moments going up a steep climb when I was in the lowest gear & frustrated that I couldn’t shift down any lower & to proud to get off & walk my bike like some others and my fingers going numb, I’d do it again.

 

1.5 miles before the end, it was all down hill & I was cruising along when my ride got a bit bumpy.  I thought “hmm, did the road change?  Nope, still nice smooth asphalt”.  Then I looked back at my back tire & it was flat.  Really universe?  1.5 miles from the end?  My riding partners thankfully realized I was missing once they got to the next intersection & came back to help me change my tire so I was able to finish.

Official now w/ bike rack.

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Selfie in Monument

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Views from the top

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Phil, myself & Burke at the finish (for the record, I know how sexy I look in bike spandex, no need to fill the comment section up about it).Image

 

 

Matt & Link came along to support me – my biggest fans.  I asked Matt what he was going to do all day w/ Link (this ride took me 5 hours) and he proudly said Link & he were going to have their very first Father-Son Real Estate Scouting Expedition.  I couldn’t help but giggle while my heart warmed when I heard & saw the excitement from Matt.  Unfortunately, Link slept through their entire expedition.


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biking

May 18th, 2013

I biked to work last week.  It was awesome, except for the part where I went 1 mile in the wrong direction (2 miles out of the way total) and fell off my bike.  My butt & quad may never recover. The most interesting part was riding the light rail home.  Bikes are allowed on, […]



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I biked to work last week.  It was awesome, except for the part where I went 1 mile in the wrong direction (2 miles out of the way total) and fell off my bike.  My butt & quad may never recover.

The most interesting part was riding the light rail home.  Bikes are allowed on, but only in designated areas & only 2 per area.  The area I picked was occupied by a hipster & his fixy bike.  I felt like he was judging me & my road bike.  About 3 stops into my ride home, another hipster got on, which made for a very cramped 2 person (which now has 3) bike area.  You’re kind of stuck at the beginning of the train, standing up, trying not to fall over, all while keeping your bike in place & out of people’s way.  OI!  I did enjoy listening to the hipster’s conversation.  They talked about snowboarding & catching some major air, bike wheels & gears, and craft beer.

I hope to find time to do this more often, because despite my novice fall (I forgot to unclip my foot from the pedal), I had fun…and my butt didn’t hurt nearly as bad the next day as I thought!


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Half Marathon Relay

April 8th, 2013

I love running (nuts, huh?).  However, since I’ve had Link, I’ve been less then motivated to run more than 3-4 miles.  My friends at the gym run the Platte River Half Marathon every year and really wanted me to join this year – after all, it is the best post race party of the year.  […]



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I love running (nuts, huh?).  However, since I’ve had Link, I’ve been less then motivated to run more than 3-4 miles.  My friends at the gym run the Platte River Half Marathon every year and really wanted me to join this year – after all, it is the best post race party of the year.  I mulled it over, and thought, sure, I can do it.  After a few weeks of training, I realized, I wasn’t motivated.  That was the difference between training for this half marathon and ones I’ve done in the past, I was motivated to train for the others.  Needless to say, I said pooey on it.  However, my friend Kelly suggested we do the relay – sure, I can run 4-4.5 miles.

 

I didn’t really train much, mostly because it crept up on me and because I was sick.  Last weekend, I took Lucy on our daily weekend run and decided we should go at least 3.5 miles, that way if I have to run 4.5 I should still be able to make it.  Poor Lucy B, the sun & her short snout got the best of her.  After 1.5 miles she laid in the shade – this is NOT typical.  Typically, she rolls in the grass for a few seconds & we carry on (but that happens about 700 times).  I let her rest & gave her water – she got up & we walked, VVVEEERRRYYY SLOWLY, with lots of stops for rolling.  I honestly contemplated calling Matt to come pick her up, but thought I’d give her a few more min. to recover.  She finally did, and we ran the last 1.25 miles.  When we got home, we had gone a total of 3.6 miles.  I told Matt I felt amazing and I could totally run more – he then reminded me that I stood in place for 5 min. of that run & walked another half mile.  Good Point Matthew!

Here is Lucy after our run – she didn’t move for an hour & withstood pestering from her brother the entire time.

Tired Lucy

 

Yesterday was the big day – turns out the first 2 legs were 5 miles & the last leg was 3.1 miles.  I ran the 2nd leg, and killed it!  I ran the full 5 miles with NO walking in 48:49.  I know, not medal worthy, but super awesome for me.  Less than a 10 min. mile & I didn’t have to walk.  I haven’t run 5 miles since the first few months of being pregnant w/ Link.

 

I felt like I could have run more if I wanted, but I was sure glad to be done!

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My running crew – Kelly & Philip are into cycling (Philip is new to it like me), they think I should do a race with them in June.  It’s 100 miles.  My butt hurts just thinking about it.


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*ahem* privacy please?

January 7th, 2013

*sighs*  It was a nice 29 year run.   I thought it was just a one time thing last week, but now it’s an every shower (unless I manage to get in before he wakes up) kind of thing.   In other news, it’s big things going on here.  Link turned 10 months yesterday (the […]



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*sighs*  It was a nice 29 year run.

 

I thought it was just a one time thing last week, but now it’s an every shower (unless I manage to get in before he wakes up) kind of thing.

 

In other news, it’s big things going on here.  Link turned 10 months yesterday (the official post will hopefully come this weekend when I can take pictures), but not only is it Birthday Month, but it’s BIRTHDAY WEEK for me.  I give you all permission to celebrate, preferably with a birthday hat, cake & kazoo.


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Saving Lives

November 30th, 2012

I classify all spiders into 2 categories.  If it’s brown, it’s clearly a brown recluse.  If it’s black, it’s a black widow.  You can’t take any risks people.  It is a running joke at our house & in the office.   Last Wednesday, I was leaving work for the holiday weekend.  I took the stairwell […]



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I classify all spiders into 2 categories.  If it’s brown, it’s clearly a brown recluse.  If it’s black, it’s a black widow.  You can’t take any risks people.  It is a running joke at our house & in the office.

 

Last Wednesday, I was leaving work for the holiday weekend.  I took the stairwell down to the first floor when I saw this giant black spider on the wall.  I knew exactly what it was instantly.  Everyone in the office, except for J was gone for the Thanksgiving.  She needed to witness this, so when I told everyone else on Monday, they would believe me.  I sent her a text with a picture saying “legitimately think this is a black widow”.  J came down & knocked it off the wall for me – and there it was, the red hourglass shape on it’s belly.  I stomped on it & kicked it outside.
I saved everyone in my office building a horrible death by black widow.  That, my friends, is something to be thankful for.

 

 

 


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Burrito Stress

October 30th, 2012

I can’t be the only one in this world that has burrito anxiety. There are 3 main burrito places in Denver (probably more) – Chipotle, Q-Doba, & Illegal Pete’s.  And also in that order is the extent of their menu’s – Chipotle basic & Illegal Pete’s is extensive (and contains booze, I sometimes think I […]



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I can’t be the only one in this world that has burrito anxiety.

There are 3 main burrito places in Denver (probably more) – Chipotle, Q-Doba, & Illegal Pete’s.  And also in that order is the extent of their menu’s – Chipotle basic & Illegal Pete’s is extensive (and contains booze, I sometimes think I need booze to get through it).

 

Scenerio:
You are still standing at the tortilla warmer, your burrito is all the way down by the salsa’s, and they are hollering at you about what salsa you want, but you don’t know that because you can’t hear them because you’re about 10′ away and it’s lunch rush hour, so it’s busy, not to mention you aren’t familiar w/ the menu, so you don’t know what kind of salsa’s they have, or which ones are hot, but you can’t just go & look, because you’re still 10 people deep in line, so you just have to randomly guess, because you don’t want to hold up the line, and chances are, you’ll guess something the picky eater you are will hate and then you’re burrito is ruined.  Seriously – anxiety.

 

I have Chipotle mastered and have no fears about it.  I used to feel this way about Q-doba, but I’ve been there enough times, that I MOSTLY can shout what I want (although sometimes I still screw it up).

 

Today, they asked if I wanted Q-doba for lunch, and without hesitation & much pre-lunch anxiety, I agreed.  THEN!!  They told me there was a change of plans & we’re going to Illegal Pete’s.  Lunch is 45 min. away, I’ve looked over their menu, and it’s large, and not very specific, can I get a burrito bowl?   or do I have to get it w/ the tortilla?  I.DON’T.KNOW.  Panic has set in.  Lord help me.

 

Maybe I should stay back & eat my Lean Cuisine…it sounds safer.


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Envy

September 27th, 2012

I have a 45-60 min commute home every evening.  Usually, I call my mom or my friends to catch up, and it’s great.  Sometimes, no one is available, so it’s just me, the many other commuters, and my thoughts.   Let me do some simple math for you!  Catie + alone w/ thoughts = not […]



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I have a 45-60 min commute home every evening.  Usually, I call my mom or my friends to catch up, and it’s great.  Sometimes, no one is available, so it’s just me, the many other commuters, and my thoughts.

 

Let me do some simple math for you!  Catie + alone w/ thoughts = not good.  Did you follow that?

 

*Matt, at this point, it’s wise if you stop reading – you might consider The Big D if you keep reading*

 

See, I have a SUV, and I LOVE my SUV.   It’s comfy, stylish & big enough.  However, I have mini van envy…  Seriously – I see these mom’s in mini vans on my way home, and the van’s look roomier, comfier, and easier to get the car seat in & out of.  Not to mention, it might have better gas mileage (but probably by only 2 mpg, not enough to make an impact, I’ll need a Ford Fiesta for that).  I know, what you’re all saying…”Catie – mini van’s are NOT the cool thing & you’re a cool kid.”  But guess what my friends?  You’re right, I’m a cool kid, but one who doesn’t care – mini van’s are where it’s at.  Plus, I think I’d look awesome in a mini van.


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chinner’s

September 14th, 2012

*WI family & friends – please do not be upset about what you see below.    He has proper fan attire* The problem is not that I live in a split household & my son is proudly wearing one of his dad’s favorite football teams.  The problem isn’t even that he has 2 chins, because I […]



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*WI family & friends – please do not be upset about what you see below.    He has proper fan attire*

The problem is not that I live in a split household & my son is proudly wearing one of his dad’s favorite football teams.  The problem isn’t even that he has 2 chins, because I love his 2nd chin & i love calling him chinners.  The problem is I’ve been hearing he is starting to resemble me a smidge, and I see it too, WHEN HE’S DOING HIS DOUBLE CHIN.  ugh.


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water power walking

January 11th, 2012

I started, what I like to call, water power walking this weekend.  Its really just walking the lazy river at the rec center by my house.  After Christmas I got a case of “swollen ankles & feet”.  It was awful & hideous looking, and I refuse to let that happen again.  So in my infinite […]



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I started, what I like to call, water power walking this weekend.  Its really just walking the lazy river at the rec center by my house.  After Christmas I got a case of “swollen ankles & feet”.  It was awful & hideous looking, and I refuse to let that happen again.  So in my infinite research, I found swimming & walking in water is really helpful to leg circulation.  So I thought “what the heck?”.

 

I went Saturday AM, and I made a lot of new friends in the lazy river.  The average of my new friends is probably 78.  We talked about gardening, getting up early, baking, and how some days, its really hard to exercise, but you just have to do it – the secret to staying young.   Apparently there is a “river walking” class on Wed PM’s – I was invited by my new friends.

 

As I’m water power walking, I couldn’t help but think that every pregnant lady who tells me swimming & being in the water is so amazing is a liar.  I didn’t feel lighter like they said I would.  And my hearty baby bump didn’t feel weightless.  I also didn’t quite understand how this was such a great workout…granted, when you make the corner & the jets are against you, it was challenging, but it really just felt like walking.

 

However, when I got out of the lazy river, I was hit by a brick.  I felt about 30lbs heavier, and my legs were so exhausted, I could barely move them.  Seriously, I thought about sitting down & taking a break during the 20 steps to the locker room.  It made me realize that my new friends are pretty hard core grannies – water power walking IS NOT for the weak.  Walk On Grannies!!!!!

 

 


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San Antonio – why are your colors so bright?

December 22nd, 2011

After a wild goose chase to a job site today (that was really a school, not the medical office building that it was supposed to be) I found myself in a very Hispanic neighborhood.  I’m going to preface this with – stereo types wouldn’t be stereotypes if they weren’t true.  I knew I was in […]



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After a wild goose chase to a job site today (that was really a school, not the medical office building that it was supposed to be) I found myself in a very Hispanic neighborhood.  I’m going to preface this with – stereo types wouldn’t be stereotypes if they weren’t true.  I knew I was in a predominately Hispanic neighborhood due to the large amount of F-150’s & Chihuahua dogs running around…oh, and most things were in Spanish.

 

I loved this area and I wish I would have brought my camera.  I had to call matt & tell him that this part of San Antonia is Texas’ version of Vegas (for my anyways).  Hear me out.

 

Over Thanksgiving, I posted about the lights of Vegas.  How during the day, they aren’t on, and I feel like I’m not missing anything, but in the evening, when they are bright & flashing, it’s a whole other story!!   I found myself wanting to go into EVERY ESTABLISHMENT in Vegas at night, even though I knew it was a strip club or someplace I didn’t want to be.  But the lights…oh the bright flashy lights, they draw you in & make you feel like you’re missing out if you don’t at least step inside the door to see what its all about.

 

This area of San Antonio didn’t have the lights, but they had bright & vibrant colors…and huge signs.  I wanted to go into the local markets, pawn shops, bakeries, and restaurants.  I laughed at myself as I was driving by a tamales restaurant.  I don’t even really like tamales, but the building was BRIGHT YELLOW and it said “delicious tamales”. I seriously almost stopped.  I thought (and still think)  – how could I not love a tamale from there?  I feel like I missed out on so much not going into all the very attractive places.

 

If I ever go into business, I’m taking lessons from this neighborhood – bright colors & huge signs – it makes it SO tempting to stop in & see what its all about.

 

On a completely different note – I’ve had an urge to start knitting again.  After starting back up on Saturday night, I was quickly reminding why my knitting things are collecting dust in the closet.  I’m determined to knit a hat, it seems so simple, but it’s not turning out right (please help mom!).  Apparently Lucy feels the same way.