Heading home pt. 6

Dear, goodness, if I never see mountains again, it will be too soon! Fall has hit early in Colorado, and the leaves are already changing to vibrant orange, yellow, and red. There is even snow capping the peaks at higher elevations and blocking out the view of your windshield as we cross over the range. It’s an eerie feeling driving over a snowy mountain in a state that doesn’t believe in guardrails.


The ride back to Denver over the mountains is bittersweet. I’m so happy to be going home, but leaving my newly wedded friends two thousand miles away hurts me. I have the curse of waking up entirely too early after a night of partying, so the morning of our departure, we pack up and hit the road for our five hour drive back to Denver. It makes me sad not to be able to say goodbye, but the memories of the night before will be all I need to carry me through until next time. 

It was my second time off the East coast. My first time in Colorado and it’s time zone. My first time to the Rockies and seeing the Rio Grande. The furthest from home I have ever been. The longest time away from my daughter I have ever spent.

And the biggest moment of my best friend’s life thus far, getting married.

It was a huge trip full of amazing experiences and moments to remember for the rest of our lives, but as our flight lands, I am so happy to be home! 

I can’t wait to see my little girl and feel her little arms and legs wrap around me in the biggest monkey hug her little body can give me! I can’t wait to hear that little voice and see that sweet smile when we pick her up and bring her home! Anticipation is driving me nuts! 

Setting up the big day! Pt. 4

Day 1

After traveling for over ten hours in the span of two days, we finally are here in South Fork, Co. doing exactly what I have been anxiously anticipating for months! Setting up this gorgeous wedding!

The venue itself is beautifully set at the base of a mountain on a fork of the Rio Grande. Two cabins and a garage sit on one side of the river while a bridge connects an island in the middle of the river. The island is covered in stunning wildflowers with a gazebo and arbor in the center where the ceremony will take place. The river runs at the base of the mountain covered in beautifully changing foilage, providing the area with the most gorgeous scenery.  
We are only adding personal touches to this already perfect setting, but there’s a lot of work to be done! Hanging tulle, lights, flowers, and monograms in the perfect spots. Cooking food, baking cupcakes and cookies, and prepping the bar are necessary. There’s always something to do, and it must get done! My best friend’s wedding day will be nothing short of the best if I have anything to say about it.

Now, if only this rain would stop.


Day 2

It hasn’t stopped raining since we arrived in this gorgeous tiny town. We’ve ventured out to a few of the small shops and restaurants like the Mexican restaurant with the amazing food and the coffee house with tasty coffee and breakfast, but after our bellies are full, it’s back to work! 

Steaming tablecloths, shirts, skirts, and the wedding gown. Test run of makeup and hair and the rehearsal dinner. We are all running around finding the last minute items in hopes of leaving no stone unturned, but there isn’t much we can setup outside right now without it getting soaked and muddy. 

Please stop raining!

The bridesmaids decide to lock the bride away from the groom for the night into the day of the wedding, and she is none too happy. She had anticipated being part of setup through the next day, and being stuck in her room had not been part of the plan, but we stand by the tradition and keep her hidden. We pamper her and serve her drinks, play games, and have a sleepover. We talk her to sleep and try our hardest to keep her that way!


Day 3 – countdown to wedding time!

This is it! The final countdown before the wedding begins! The rain stops, leaving an icy coating  on every surface, but the morning is warming up and taking it’s time melting it away. A new shipment of flowers and various other decorations come in, and we quickly get them up and start working on the outside items. The final food preparation is underway as chaffing dishes are heated and covered. The bridesmaids take a final run through the ceremony and receptionareas before beginning hair and makeup, and I already need a drink!!


Denver & South Fork, Colorado, A Journey pt. 3

Fying into Denver, seeing those huge mountains in the distance, it’s still so weird that we were there. I never would have guessed a few years ago that we would have made it out that far west, that far from home. Hubby hates flying, so his willingness to go out there for one of our longest known friends was the only reason we made it! And we just barely did.

After a near miss in midair freak out, we grabbed our rental car and started out on our five hour drive through the Rockies. In the middle of the night.

Denver seemed to stretch for miles in the valley beneath the mountain, and I felt a large familiarity as we sat in bumper to bumper traffic, but as the miles slowly slipped away, the mountains suddenly popped up and we’re right next to us as if we had only blinked. I swear the sun was more intense at that altitude as it descended below the looming mountains, and the night sky began to sprout sparkling light. I had no idea how much manufacturing was based out of Denver, but the Purina plant sticks out in mind the largest with it’s signature pet food smell. The skyline of Downtown sprawled across the horizon as the city passed us by just as the interstate gave way to the mountain pass.

Two things I realized about Colorado during this drive which may be exclusive to the mountain roads. One, whoever built the roads does not believe in guardrails, probably because if you’re going to fall, your gone regardless of speed. And two, streetlights are reserved for cities.

After a five hour plane ride, we drove for two and half hours in the darkest night I have ever seen on the windiest roads I have ever been on before we called it a night for sanity and safety reasons. We figured we’d finish the last half in the morning, so we pulled into the least spookiest hotel we could find. (I’ve seen too many scary movies to stay in a small hotel in a small town as a tourist.) 

Sleeping was another oddity at that elevation. Every time I tried to slip into a deep sleep, my breathing would cause we to wake again. My mind wouldn’t shut off, and my dreams sent me on wild rides through the dark mountains. I woke up many times through the night trying to catch my breath as my heart raced from my latest dream.

When we woke up in the morning, I dreaded getting back in the car and continuing the drive on those roads, but I wanted so badly to see my friend. With coffee in hand, hubby and I pushed on to South Fork, and our final destination for the weekend. We passed red rock mountain after mountain, but the last half of the drive was nowhere near as teeth clenching as the first. With the sun shining brightly, the land lit up in it’s vast array of colors of the changing leaves, rocks, and valley floors. It was beautiful! All apprehension melted away as the last two and a half hours melted away in gorgeous sights and breathtaking scenery! 

When we finally arrived in the sleep  it off South Fork, we checked into the hotel and before even making it to our room, we were out of breath! At 8,000 feet, breathing at what we knew was a normal rate was going to be hard!

Manners up in the air – Wedding in Colorado pt. 2

Moving on now to the wedding weekend festivities! This will be a multi-part series much like the Bachlorette posts. Hang tight as I go from start to finish on this second and final piece to a wonderful ride!

My girlfriend is getting married! I’m sure I’ve said that before, but have I mentioned how long I have known this incredible woman? 

20 years! She was a bridesmaid in my wedding, now I will be one in hers in three shirt days! I’m so excited and cannot wait to get to Colorado to get this long weekend, second time off the East Coast started!

I don’t travel much; mostly because my husband is terrified of flying, but I somehow got him on this plane! It was pulling teeth, but his love for me and our friend got him here.

I booked us on Southwest for a couple of reasons. One, in school I have completed many an analysis on the company at large and found their devotion to the customer and their employees to be admirable and worthy of my business. And two, they were the only nonstop flight with planes large enough to even be considered by husband to board. I purchased the tickets at a decent price, and their two free checked bags, one carry-on, and a personal item sealed the deal on my happiness.

And then we started the boarding process, and the gate attendants announce that with Southwest, you can pick your seat. Initially, this sounds great, but as we slowly make our way onto the plane, it’s clear my husband and I will not be sitting together. 

He’s scared if flying, I’m stressed we won’t be able to sit together, and here we are in the aisle of the plane looking for seats. We move past the first ten rows just as the flight attendant comes  over the intercom to say, “if you’ve passed a seat in the first fifteen rows, you’ve already passed your seat.”

Every seat we’ve passed has been a single seater. I look to the next five rows, and I find two center seats on either side of the row. I turn to the guy on my left and ask if he would mind moving over to the empty seat on the other side so my husband and I could sit together. He sucks his teeth and says, “I don’t want to.”

Now, I’m not sure if this I am just being emotional because I’m worried about him, stressed we won’t be sitting together, and just feeling deflated and defeated, but I started to cry right then.

I asked him to please let me in, so I could sit in the empty seat as my husband filled in a center seat across the aisle. If you know me, you know I don’t cry, like ever, but for some reason, my eyes welled up and tears ran down my cheeks.

As I sit in this aisle seat, there is a woman on the other side of me next to the window and every time I look out, she covers my view with her newspaper. 

And now turbulence! 

Is this a typical experience, and my Austin was abnormal? Or am I just making up the ease of that journey in this one?

New title: Aunt pt. 2

Just left the gender reveal! My sister and her significant other made cupcakes. Each had a pink and blue swirl icing top to a yellow cake filled with icing the color of the gender of the baby, blue or pink.

We each first guessed as we ate dinner (my guess was a girl) then for dessert, we were given a cupcake. I was too excited, couldn’t help myself, I cut the darn thing straight to the center and found..

BLUE!

I’m going to be an Aunt to my NEPHEW! Such a happy memory!

Austin Pubcrawler pt. 7

I know I have been dragging the events of this bachelorette party weekend out, but there is just so much to show and tell of this glorious weekend in an awesome town!

I’m cursed when it comes to the morning after a night of drinking. My eyes pop open at the slightest glimmer of dawn regardless of the pillow covering my face. I lay in bed, trying desperately to convince my brain it isn’t time to get up yet as I roll over and cover my entire body with my sheets. My head threatens to spin me toward nauseum, qnd I finally push out of bed and stomp toward the bathroom, knowing the only cure for my spins is warm water running over my face.

I soak in the shower and slowly put myself together. I climb gingerly up the stairs to the main floor where my blessed roommates are sleeping soundly through their hangovers. I make myself a cup of instant coffee which is surprisingly good and scarf down a protein bar and ibuprofen. I let my friends sleep in, not wishing the same fate of feelings on any of them, but then I remember.

While in our inebriated state the night before, we scheduled an early Pubcrawler experience! If you’ve never heard of it, let me tell you what an experience that was! 

You jump on a mobile bar with peddles beneath your seat, and a bartender/guide is only steering and serving you for two hours through the town. We made three stops with multiple bars in the vicinity and got to see what Austin looked like in the daytime. Every stop we made, we entered a different type of venue including the Tiniest Bar in Texas, Fado Irish Pub, and Rustic Tap. All excellent choices, and all a great time! 

We played music the entire ride through Downtown, drank the drinks we brought with us, and had a drink at each stop. A little hair of the dog action. Our guide was fantastic, funny, and showed us a good time, but nothing could have prepared us for the fantastic workout our bodies generously thanked us for following the end of the ride.

It may not have been the best idea following a hangover, but it is a great memory. I would recommend this type of event, whether in Austin on the Pubcrawler or any town that has a similar version. 


 

Bathroom break pt. 4

The next great innovation needs to be a way for people not to have to take so many bathroom breaks. Imagine the time we would save in a day if we didn’t have to stop what we were doing to go to the bathroom. Imagine what we could accomplish if we soaked up all the minutes wasted in the restroom.

There would be no more apps counting the time or tallying the money your earned while going to the loo. There would be no lengthy, catchy tunes in ads for supposed soft or strong toliet paper. There would be no need or use for the space a luxurious John can take up in a house, or even an airple; there would just be one more seat or closet. 

These thoughts are running through my head as I sit in the window seat of this airplane. Three seats deep in this row, with a sleeping guy right next to me and another guy who looks like he doesn’t want to be bothered in the aisle seat, and I have to go to the bathroom! The rambles of a knee bouncing fool in the window seat.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5

I’ve been sick recently with the nastiest summer cold. I came down with it last Monday, so I didn’t get to pound out a post. I finally kicked it hard enough to make it to Game Of Thrones night this week, and I am so glad I didn’t miss it! Plus it was my birthday, but GOT definitely had priority for a Sunday night!

Here we go!

If they don’t come out and say that Jon is a Targaryen, I’m going to lose my mind!! Did you see the way that dragon allowed Jon to touch him? Stop toying with us, and just say it already! Everyone already knows, so why keep up the charade! As Sam talks about leaving the Citadel and Tilly rattles off what she thinks is nonsense, she all but spells it out for him that Rhaegar and Lyanna had an annulled marragie, but Sam is so wrapped up in the dead army, he glanced right over it. Come on!

Did anyone else see Daenerys hiding her concern when Jon said he would go find a white? Or as he was saying goodbye? Jon is her cousin, but the Targaryen’s are no stranger to incest in the past. I want it to happen so badly for Jon and Daenerys to get together, the perfect match of fire and ice, but does that make me weird? I don’t know how to feel..

Cersei is pregnant again with Jamie’s baby, and she’s not afraid to tell everyone this time, but what’s a baby announcement without threatening the baby daddy? When she tells him to never betray her again, you cen feel the ice between them. She’s losing her mind! He is the only person still on her side who actually wants to be there, but I can’t shake the feeling that Jamie is having second thoughts about his beloved on the throne. He killed a Mad King once, will he do it again?

I have mixed feeling about Little Finger planting the message in his bedroom for Arya to find. I can’t tell if he’s setting up Sansa to run away with him, or for Arya to die. He’s literally picking off the rest of the Stark’s, so that Sansa has no where else to turn, but him. He has a rude awakening coming if he thinks he can mess with Arya though. She’s one of the strongest characters in my mind now. I just hope she doesn’t fall into Little Finger’s trap.

All of the guys getting ready to head over The Wall is an eerie feeling. A few of them actually know what lies beyond, but there are even more that have never seen the dead army. Most of then going beyond are favorites of mine, so I am hoping none of them die! The Red Preist is going with them though, so I hope that if anyone dies, he can bring them back!

I’ve heard from my husband who has read all the hacks that this next episode is one of the best in the entire series. I can’t imagine anything better than the first dragon fight, but oh my, I’m hopeful!

Check back next week for another episode review!

Move Review: The Choice

IMDB: 6.6/10 – In a small coastal town, the veterinarian Travis Shaw works with his father Shep and is very close to his beloved sister Steph. Travis is very successful with the women and dates Monica every now and then. When the resident Gabby Holland moves to the next door house, she initially believes he is a pretentious man. But when her boyfriend Ryan MacCarthy, who is fellow doctor in the same hospital where she works, needs to travel to another city, Gabby and Travis have a relationship and fall in love with each other. Out of the blue, Ryan returns and proposes to marry her. Now Gabby has to make a choice between her two loves.

I really do not like the above “storyline” description for this movie. It misses the entire point and purpose of the film. There isn’t one choice that is the sole focus of the lives of Gabby and Travis such as the above leads you to believe. She doesn’t just have one choice “between her two loves”; she has a lifetime of choices to make.the-choice-mocie-quote-2

“Every path you take leads to another choice.”

Life isn’t about one big decision; the small ones count, too, in this continuous journey of life. No matter the circumstance, each choice pushes us onto another path and into a new decision, and every one of them make us who we are, put us where we choose to be. That is the message I found through this story.

10/10

I am absolutely in love with this movie and book! I purchased the book after watching the movie, and I love them both so completely. I’m sure I will receive a lot of gasps with this statement, but I do not like The Notebook or A Walk to Remember. Pause, please, as I add the disclaimer that they are wonderful movies and books in their own right, but I want a happy ending! Death is not a happy ending to me, so when Nicholas Sparks offs his characters in the midst of these great love stories, he may as well hack a piece of my heart out of my chest!

The Choice absolutely is now my favorite Nicholas Sparks movie and book! It delivered in every way I could have ever asked or wanted. It made me laugh, cry, sad, and happy, but most of it all, it had a happily-ever-after! I love it so much! It was perfectly cast with the most beautiful setting. I couldn’t get enough of Travis’s accent or Gabby’s attitude. The sunsets and marshy backdrops were amazing. I can’t say it enough; it was just perfect!

“Come bother me, baby. Forever.”

Movie Review – Boss Baby

IMDB: Sethe-boss-baby-718x1024ven-year-old Tim Templeton has always been a boy of an overactive imagination, and for the past seven years, life was all peaches for him, getting all the love and affection from his caring parents. However, life will never be the same and Tim won’t be the centre of attention anymore as the arrival of an improbable new brother named Boss Baby, dressed in a black suit complete with a tie and a briefcase, will shortly rob him of all love, as he takes over the whole Templetons’ house. Nevertheless, although this may be true, soon, Tim and the new Boss in a diaper will need to put differences aside and join forces, as a sneaky scheme involving the head of Puppy Co. threatens to tilt the balance of power towards their insidiously adorable furry antagonists, not to mention that the next Pet Convention is in only two days.. Brothers, hurry up.

Rating: 4 of 5

I really don’t understand how this movie got such low ratings. My husband and I were actually very surprised with how much we enjoyed this film. My daughter also liked it! And that is saying something! (Babies and puppies! How could it not interest her?)

Holding aside the lighthearted-ness of the kid-centric movie, I believe it really dove into a large issue many parents and kids face: new babies/siblings. I can’t tell you how many times I pointed out the way the main character, a seven year old boy, was feeling towards his new baby brother to my husband and said, “See, kids do think like that!” I get that it is just a movie, but I believe every child goes through these thoughts and feelings of having less mommy-daddy time than they did before the new baby came, so it was solidified in this film.

This coverage alone should have won it more favor with critics in my opinion because it actually held merit to a real issue. I guess that is why I’m not a critic; I can never guess what they will like and won’t, and they will never know what I will like and won’t, either. This movie was definitely a like!