Monthly Archives: June 2011

Thanks, Lola

Two holes where our pretty gardenias used to live. Thanks, Lola.



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Bike To Work, Work to Bike

I made a job change about a month ago, which was really good for a lot of reasons. One really nice thing about the change is that I can ride my bike to work, which I’ve been doing 2-3 times a week. And my bike fits so nicely in my little corner (the perfectionist in me loves that).

It’s about 14 miles each way, mostly on the Platte River trail. Pretty decent. It’s been helping me stay in biking shape. This is key, given it’s the only biking I’ve done in the past couple months since the Iron Horse.

We (me and five family members) have the Courage Classic coming up in a month (eek!), which is a three-day, 150-mile tour in the Colorado mountains. At this point, I’ll be fine with the distance, but not the climbing. I’ll probably need to get out and hit Deer Creek this weekend. Any takers?

Oh, and speaking of the Courage Classic, I’d like to raise $1,000 this year and I’m at $850 right now…if you’re feeling generous, you can donate to my effort by clicking here. Here’s a pic from last year’s ride. Me and the hubs on top of Vail Pass.

Sunshine and butter pops!

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You Can’t Budget For Serendipity

I have a little hobby called shopping on Craigslist. I have a running list of things I’d like for the house. They include a mid century record player/console that could double as a credenza, an Eames molded rocker, dining room furniture, rugs and very large art. Every once in a while I’ll pop on Craigslist and see if I can find a winner.

I’m what you’d call a bit particular, so it’s not often that I find THE thing I’ve been looking for. But this week, I found a perfect record player/console! It looked something like this:

 It was perfect! But, alas, the asking price was $300. And that wasn’t quite in the budget (we have a pretty tight budget these days and it only includes planned things…). So, I hesitated.

And, now it’s sold. Big huge bummer. And so the search continues…

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Craft Nights

For the past several months, I’ve gotten together with a group of friends for craft night. Although lately, they’ve turned into let’s-drink-some-wine-and-talk-while-maybe-thinking-about-our-projects nights. I’m OK with that too.

Tonight, we celebrated the birthday if our dear friend, Samantha.



If cupcakes from Happy Cakes don’t say “happy birthday,” I’m not sure what would.

And, I did some crocheting. Maybe four rows of a blanket that’s taking me FOREVER.


I’m doing a single crochet ripple stitch. Crochet is new to me and I’ve never done a blanket before. I kinda got ahead of myself…it was supposed to be a wedding gift two weeks ago. 🙂 Scarlet and gray for some ultimate fans of The Ohio State University.



I need to do about six more stripes to make it a decently sized blanket. That’s Blue, our cat, checking out my handy work.


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A couple of friends and I went to a Kanzashi flower class at Fabric Bliss on Sunday and learned how to make these.

Ours didn’t quite turned out like that (or as we hoped), but the process was fun. It also so happened that my niece turned the big f-o-u-r yesterday, so the one good flower I was able to produce turned into a barrette for her. Yay!

I went home and tried another with some scrap fabric.

I didn’t get pictures of the second one, but it turned out just as cute. Another yay! So, two hair clips were shipped in the mail. Happy birthday, Gracie girl!

By the way, if you live in Denver and like to sew, you definitely need to check out Fabric Bliss. It’s a cute shop, filled with tons of awesome fabrics and yarns (lots of Amy Butler!) and is owned by a fabulous woman named Aurora. She just opened a couple months ago. Go forth, buy stuff and support local biz! Oh, and here’s Fabric Bliss’ blog:


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That’s Very, Very Neat

If you know anything about me, you know that I like the word “neat.” A lot. I may or may not use it way too much.

So, I’ve started this blog to talk about things that are neat in my world, such as:

  • trials and jubilations with training (for marathons, triathlons, bicycle races, relays, etc.)
  • adventures (hiking, traveling, etc.)
  • pretty and poignant things (like the quilt I’m making, or other fun crafty stuff)
  • life in general

So, that’s all for now! I look forward to sharing with you!

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