Hanging out with my sister

I had Monday and Tuesday ff from work for fall break. It was generally quite nice to get the days off, although both days I checked my email multiple times and did a bit of work. Even days off and I can’t get away. Am I becoming a workaholic? I never thought I’d be like that!

Anyways, on Tuesday I got to hang out with my sister, Kaitlin! We ended up going to Dinosaur Ridge and walked the whole paved path this time (last time it started raining on us so we ended up leaving shortly after we arrived). Next time we’ll have to go on the dirt trail as well. Or go to a new hiking location!

We went into the gift shop for a bit. I thought it was a museum so I was disappointed when there were just a few museum-type things. But Kaitlin found some cool items in the store to look at, so that was fun. Going in there made me think how much we would have loved it when we were kids. We would have wanted to buy many of the things in there.

After the gift shop we went on the path and saw some gorgeous rocks, dinosaur bones, and fossils. We also saw some lovely views of Colorado and Red Rocks.

I’m so glad we were able to hang out. She lives 40 minutes away from me so we don’t see each other very often. Although Colorado isn’t the largest state, the cities are definitely spread out. Or, there are at least so many of them that it seems that way. With me not getting home  until 6 every day, it makes seeing each other during the week a bit difficult. So this was a nice treat!

My second room

Gene and I went to my parents’ house this weekend. For a month or so now, my mom has been planning what our room at her house will look like (as well as Kaitlin and Kevin’s room). This was the weekend that we started to set everything up and decorate. I really should have taken before pictures but didn’t think about it so you’ll just have to imagine a room with a bed and  a dresser. At the end of the weekend, mine and Gene’s bedroom looked something like this:

P1070268Isn’t it beautiful?! Together my mom and I picked out the majority of items in this room. I feel like it’s so peaceful and serene. Not to mention it’s way nicer than my actual bedroom. The room has a few more additions and changes but I didn’t get any pictures right before I left (when the changes were made) so those will have to happen another day.

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I really like the vase that my mom made. It’s just so cute and the flowers are perfect.

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My mom also put together the two pictures you see above. I picked out the three pictures in the large frame and she ended up printing them out, finding a frame, and painting the mat! She did so much work on my room, I’m very impressed and grateful. I know it took a lot of time.

P1070274I absolutely LOVE this saying. My mom found it and put it on a picture that I had taken in Grand Lake, Colorado. How awesome is that?! It’s now hanging near my light switch.

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My mom ALSO made this awesome tray. She painted it, put in the blue paper, and found all these cute items to put on it. This tray is one of my favorite parts of the room (although at this point I think the majority of items in my room are my favorites). Look how adorable it is!

Everything just goes so well together. My mom has always been so good at decorating, especially when she has a theme in mind. My theme was blue, gray, and yellow as well as a bit of Mediterranean. I’m so glad she took the time and put in the effort to make my room so special and inviting. I can’t to see it again!

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And we can’t forget Gene who helped build the bench at the end of the bed as well as one of the bedside tables. He didn’t complain once and was very gung-ho about getting it done. Thanks Gene, you were great too!

 

Pippin caught another mouse

As I pulled back the shower curtain this evening to get out of the tub, I saw Pippin playing with something brown in the bathroom. He stepped away from it for a moment and lo and behold it was a dead mouse. Oh my gosh. I started screaming at Gene that there was a dead mouse in the bathroom. I admit, I did overreact a bit, especially since I was pretty safe in the bathtub, but boy was it shocking.

It was especially shocking because Pippin hadn’t been outside since I came home so it meant he hid the mouse somewhere. As Gene so nicely put it, “that’s the problem with letting him come and go during the day.” Well gosh darnit, he’s so much happier being outside but I want to make sure he can come in to use the bathroom and get food and water. I didn’t quite realize this was part of having a cat. I’m super proud of him for possibly killing it (granted, it could have been the other outdoor cat), but golly I wish he hadn’t brought it in. Thank goodness for Gene who grabbed a paper towel and disposed of it for me.

That was my adventure for the day and boy was it enough!

It’s time again?

I think it may be time I start writing again.

Anytime I thought about writing a blog post, I got this feeling like I was fake, like my writing would be inauthentic. My guess is the feeling came from finishing the one year of posting. It may not make much sense, but there it is. I was also just really lacking in motivation or inspiration.
But for the past week or so I’ve been wanting to write again. I’ve been getting the itch to type something. I wasn’t sure I was going to write a “where I was” post but here I am. Hopefully these posts will be few and far between and I can start writing good quality stuff again. Or at least, something more interesting than this.
I’m doing pretty well right now in my life. I’m not as stressed as I was back in August. August was a really rough month for me where I was anxious, depressed, or stressed every single day. It built up until I had a bit of a burst and ended up having an honest conversation with my supervisor. After that work has been much better for me and way more manageable. I still get stressed sometimes and am trying to figure out how to manage that, but it’s not nearly as frequent or as intense at it was.
Pippin seems to be growing slightly more mature. He’s not as insane as he used to be, although he does still have his moments. He’s such a cutie, I’m really falling in love with the little guy. He cuddles with me each night from around 6AM to when I get up. Although it is sweet, sometimes it gets tiring because he can’t keep still and he continues to walk back and forth over me. This morning he stepped on my throat and stopped my breathing for a second. What am I going to do with him?!
The only other thing that’s major in my life right now is that my grandpa isn’t doing well, health-wise. No one can predict the future, but knowing that he will die one day is very saddening. I know death is a normal thing and an inevitable thing, but when it’s so close to me, it’s quite sad. My mom will be going to visit in November and staying for as long as she is needed. That at least will be a good thing for my grandparents I think.
So that’s it I suppose. I’m not promising anything because I can’t seem to get myself to that point quite yet, but I do want to write more. I’m still alive, overall I’m doing really well, and I want to spread happiness and my random thoughts to the world again. Here’s to the future!

I went on a walk

Gene is gone. He’s visiting his family until Sunday. And while I’m so glad he gets to do that, I have found that on the first evening I’m alone, I don’t quite know how to fill my time. So, the schedule-loving person that I am has started to create a schedule for myself.

One of the items on there was to go on a walk. I skipped the gym today (although it would have been a good idea, I’ll admit) so  I thought not only would a walk take up some time but it would also get me moving a bit. I took a couple of pictures while I was out there too.

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It was an interesting walk because about 10 or 15 minutes into it I started to hear thunder. For some reason I didn’t even think about turning around, instead I just tried to walk a bit faster. Somehow I got lucky and it didn’t start sprinkling until I was walking in the parking lot towards my apartment. The sky was pretty awesome during that whole time though. I even saw a rainbow.

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Two of the pictures I took I added filters to. I don’t normally manipulate a photo so much but with Gene gone, I’m going wild! Hehe. The picture above is the first one I changed up.

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Here’s the second picture I manipulated. When I saw the rabbit, he just looked so grand, I felt like I had to take a picture. There was something about him. I don’t normally find larger rabbits cute (I’m way more of a bunny person), but this rabbit caught my eye. I hope he’s warm and dry out there.

So now I’m back from my walk and am about to have dinner. It’s 7:30 PM already so I think I’m doing pretty well for myself. I wonder what the rest of the evening will bring. I’m thinking TV, Wildstar, and some reading?

Book of Mormon!

Yesterday, Gene and I bought tickets to go see the Book of Mormon Broadway show! Granted, we have a year to wait (a year exactly from yesterday), but the knowledge that I’m going to get to see it is AWESOME!

That musical has intrigued me since the moment I heard about it. I really have to thank my mom for the tickets because she had me thinking about what I wanted my parents to buy me for my 25th birthday gift and I thought, “Maybe there’s a musical I’d want to see.” So I googled and happened to see that Book of Mormon was coming back to Denver in 2015. Woot! Thanks Mom!

Now I just have to figure out what I want my parents to get me and I’ll be all set. At the moment I’m thinking maybe a hiking backpack and an annual membership to the Botanic Gardens. Thoughts?

People stop listening after….

Let me clarify a few points to begin. I work in a building where the Denver Public School’s Enrollment Office is. I also work in the front of the building, so when people walk in, they can easily see me. A good chunk of people that come into this building need to go to the Enrollment Office.

So, naturally, many people come ask me where to go. Or I ask them if they need directions and I point them towards the office.

Here’s pretty much what I say to every single person, “Go through these doors and it’s the first office on the right.” I point towards the office as I say this. The odd thing to me, is that, maybe 40% of the people, after they go through the doors, head to the first door on the left. Immediately. Without a thought they start heading into this poor guy’s office.

So I wonder. Were they not really listening to me? Or, once they heard the word “first”, they stopped listening? I mean, that must be it, right?

It’s happened so often that I tell people and then I watch them because there’s such a high chance they’re going to try to go into the wrong door. If I see them going into the wrong door I tell them, “No, right. On the right.” Some of them are a bit embarrassed, although not nearly as much as I would think they should be. Some of them aren’t phased at all. Some of them still try to go into the door on the left.

I think next time I may have to try to use colors, “It’s the door by the green wall.” Perhaps that would help. I’ll just have to try!