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Denver!

July 25, 2014

After a brief two days in Colorado Springs we spent two half-days in Denver (evening, then morning).

Hotels in the interesting part of Denver are expensive, y’all! Much more so than I expected. Therefore we made our first foray into airbnb territory. We stayed the night in the Mulberry Cottage; very cute! There were a couple of cute cottages in a little clump set back on a large property (city lot). The hosts lived in one and listed the others on airbnb. This would have been even cooler if we’d stayed for a couple of days and gotten to know the others better.

Denver airbnb

Denver airbnb

Every time I visit a space like this, very small with just the necessities, I feel like someday I’d like to own a little cabin or something, and outfit it just right, like this one. Perhaps someday my vintage airstream will become a reality? Design*Sponge is no help of course… they featured two really cute trailer upgrades yesterday. C’mon guys! ;-)

Now, I don’t have any photos of the wedding because honestly I have taken so many photos at friends’ weddings that I never even look at again. I mean, people pay big money to hire a professional photog, and I’m going to let that person do their job and leave my camera in the trunk. I do wish I had gotten a couple of shots with some of our college friends, but my memories of the wedding, food, and playing games in the parking lot outside the church are more vivid than photos anyway.

The next morning we grabbed coffee at the VERY cute Black Eye Coffee, and I took a bunch of photos while my coffee got cold. You know, regular blogger behavior.  I just love craft coffee shops!

Black Eye

Black Eye

Black Eye Coffee

Black Eye Coffee

Black Eye Coffee

A vegan muffin– something I can get behind in theory but they just aren’t the same… you know? So dense!

Black Eye Coffee

Black Eye Coffee

Next, after a crazy brunch with a server I’m pretty sure was high (didn’t write anything down, took an hour to bring our food… I wonder if he still has a job?) we strolled around LoHi, the area our cottage was located in, and stopped into a few shops. After that we drove across the bridge to downtown Denver which was a mistake since the Rockies were playing. Parking was really expensive and the streets were packed! It was cool to walk around though, and I got to go into my first REI, which was very exciting but seeing all that super-specific gear reminded me how non-outdoorsy I am (although I wish I was)!

We got back to the airport with plenty time to spare but not enough time to make an alternate flight to San Diego… our flight had been delayed 3 hours(!) and the alternative one was taking off just as we rushed to the ticket counter. Cut to crying on the airport floor (I was so tired) and arriving at San Diego at 3:00 AM. Needless to say the following day went in to work around lunch time. Counting my blessings for a job that actually has PTO!

Aside from the bummer of an ending, our trip to Colorado was awesome and I just wish we had spent more time there! Definitely wanting to go back!!

For more travel, be sure to check out my On The Road posts.

Colorado Springs!

July 23, 2014

It had been forever since Doug and I had had a break. Okay, forever is an exaggeration but aside from weekend trips to my parents (an hour away) we hadn’t had multiple days off in a row since our Palm Springs trip (post one and twoJune 2013. We got double whammied this summer with wedding invites and saw it as a sign that we simply had to get out of town. Our first trip was to Colorado in May. Mere weeks after closing on our condo, it seemed like it was going to be impossible to swing the trip, but we scored an awesome deal on airfare (and paid for it later, by being stranded in the airport) and sold a bunch of stuff on Craigslist to help offset the costs. We were moving and it seemed like a good time to pare down anyway!

Some of our favorite people in the world live in Colorado Springs. We used to spend weekends with them when they lived in Lawrence, KS, so spending a few days with them in their new stomping grounds was awesome!

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Fun fact: I lived in Colorado Springs for my elementary school days in the mid 90s. When we went back to Garden of the Gods (above) it was awesome since I spent a lot of time there at a young age. Other things we did were totally new to me! Mom, how did we not go to this amazing old arcade every weekend when I was little??

Arcade

Arcade

Arcade

The arcade in Manitou Springs was incredible. There were probably a hundred or more game machines dating way, way back (which you’ll see below), including “modern vintage” ones, also known as games that came out in the 90s but are now approaching 15, 20 years old (Area 51 anyone?) and new new ones like the addictive Deal or No Deal. After pooling all our tickets we were able to earn a kazoo and pixie stick apiece. Man, the exchange rate on tickets is steep! 

Vintage Arcade

Vintage Arcade

Vintage Arcade

Vintage Arcade

Vintage Arcade

As far as food goes, our friends live super close to downtown so we walked over for brunch and dinner. I loved the food at Wild Goose Meeting House. The night we went there was very good live music so the place was packed! We snagged a couch in the way way back and had to balance our plates on our knees. Nobody spilled though, if I remember right!

Another amazing place that I wish I had photographed is Ivywild School. It is an old school building in the midst of being renovated. The school has been broken up into sections and each section is its own small business. On the far end, the largest rooms have been converted into a brewery (they probably pay the lion’s share of the rent to keep the place open); in the middle area right after going up the stairs there is a deli, pastry shop, and coffee shop! The coffee was very good and the pastries were super cheap– cheap enough for me to buy three (I couldn’t decide between them!) There are still lots of rooms yet to be claimed by businesses. It was so inspiring to me! I want to get an old building and breathe new life into it by making something cool.

Every time we get to spend time with Paul and Sarah we are inspired by their endless quest for thrift store gems and overall zeal for an interesting, easygoing, but anything but boring, life. Two great things to be reminded of every so often! Growing up is so hard–close friends scattered all over the country. The good part is… you have people to visit when the time is right!

Eat: The Wild Goose Meeting House, Ivywild School
Play: Manitou Springs Arcade // Hike: Garden of the Gods, Helen Hunt Falls

Check back for a handful of Denver pics on Friday!

Catching Up- Living Room Photos!

July 16, 2014

Well, the self-imposed deadline I wrote about last time totally worked. By the time we had our housewarming party, the kitchen and dining room were painted, the curtains in every room but the dining room were hung, and everything was tidy!

Of course, I took photos to document it. A few things have changed since then, but I’m working on detailing that in other posts!

I always seem to have about five posts “pre-written” in my brain, but getting them down into the computer? Finding the time is difficult.

Forget what it looked like when we moved in at the end of April? Click Here. Has it been almost three months already?

The Patio

A Seating Area

Living Room

The week of the housewarming we pulled the trigger on the amazing credenza you see above from our favorite vintage shop, Vestige!

Living Room

Living Room

To those of you who follow my blog & were able to come to the housewarming, I had such a fabulous time! To my family members who joined us the following morning for Father’s Day brunch, same to you! I felt so happy to host two back to back gatherings in our new home!

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