Sunday at home

Gene and Pippin sleeping in

Gene and Pippin sleeping in

Well, Dungeons and Dragons was cancelled yesterday. The fourth member never confirmed that he could come so we  had to postpone. At least it gives me a bit more time to solidify the background story of my character and make sure I chose and did everything correctly. I’m playing a female tiefling bard, for those who know what I’m talking about. It’s going to be interesting as I have 18 charisma and 4 strength. Hahaha.

So instead I started playing Dragon Age, a game that two of my friends keep recommending. I only played for about an hour so I can’t say for sure if I like it or not. It’s a different way of doing things than I’m used to, but I haven’t died yet so maybe that’s a good sign. I don’t quite like how I can switch characters so easily, that confused me a few times, but perhaps with more game time I’ll become more familiar with the mechanics. I like the role playing part of it for sure, there seem to be loads of different paths I can go down. I also like how I can pause the game when combat begins and choose what characters do what. I haven’t quite gotten that down yet, but it’s still nice to pause and not have to react immediately.

Gene and I also watched three or four episodes of Daredevil, the new Netflix TV show. That show is bloody and violent but barring that it’s quite good. Gene says that since it’s Netflix and they don’t have to follow the rules that cable networks do, they make their shows more extreme. That’s definitely the truth. There’s always a fight scene (which I get, it’s a hero show) that seems to go a bit over the top with the spurting blood and the sound of punches and crunching bones. I have to avert my eyes at least once every episode. Violent scenes are just not my cup of tea. I still like the show though, it’s very well done. I do notice that in many of the scenes, the rooms/buildings/homes are dark. I like being able to see and having lights on in my own life so I don’t get that. Guess it adds to the mood of the show? Still, it seems a bit unrealistic. In the end, I hope they come out with a second season sooner rather than later.

This weekend is awesome so far

Yesterday night I did the normal “chat with friends” routine except we had a special surprise. Yusuke, the 4th member of our core college group, showed up! He moved back to Japan after college and has been in medical school ever since (he still has three more years of school and then a couple years of residency before he’s done). It keeps him quite busy so none of us had really talked to him in the almost 4 years since we’d all separated for the last time. Thus it was quite the shock that he actually got on and we all webcammed together.

It was almost as if we had never parted. We quickly got back into the normal swing of things.  We caught up, we made jokes, we took pictures, and we drew on each other’s faces. It was so nice. That truly made my entire week. I know we won’t be able to chat with him often because his schedule is so intense, but perhaps we can try catching up a bit more often than every four years.

And then today I went to a friend’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. I knew almost nothing about it (I was told it had to do with white slavery but that was it) so it was completely new to my eyes. The production is comprised of third to eighth grade students and it was pretty well done, especially for that serious of a topic. I enjoyed it and laughed many times throughout. There were some truly talented actors in the bunch. I’m not sure I would have chosen a production for children that involved selling women to Hong Kong though. Still, I liked it and am so glad I was able to go. I got to see their first show and they did fantastic. Anyone in the Denver/Aurora area that’s interested, let me know and I can give you the details. Tickets are $18 for adults, but the production is about 2 1/2 hours long and it’s worth it.

(Two posts in one day, how crazy! I had started the telemarketing post yesterday but never posted, and I had to express the awesomeness that is my weekend so far, so there it is.)

Telemarketing…or whatever it was

Yesterday at work I received a call from a woman who wanted to talk to the person in my office who dealt with our phone system. Well, I work for Denver Public Schools, so that wouldn’t be anyone in my office, that would be someone in another building, a building of which I have no knowledge. I tried telling her that. I explained that I work for DPS and that it’s our tech department that does all the phones. But for some reason she didn’t understand. I’m not really sure why to be honest. I tried telling her I could give her someone else’s number, someone who may know more, but that didn’t work either.

I don’t remember that part of the conversation clearly so perhaps my explanations were not as clear as I thought.

I ended up deciding to talk to her and answer her questions (I do not remember my reasoning). Twenty minutes later and I’m finally off the phone. There’s no way that I helped her in the slightest. It was a very odd conversation and was a bit suspicious. Initially, she told me this address where my office was supposedly located and asked me to confirm that’s where I worked. I had never heard of that address and didn’t even know where it was. At first I told her I didn’t recognize it but she kept pressing me so I just ended up saying sure, we have a building there and that building runs our phones. Yeah, I lied to her throughout the rest of our conversation. She was asking me questions that I had no answer to (and that I will never have an answer to, I’m not in charge of the phone system). I’m honestly not sure why she continued the conversation, although I imagine it has something to do with metrics and numbers.

She now has my phone number and my name but I’m not sure helpful that is. I’ve written down what the caller ID says and stuck it near my phone so I won’t answer next time she calls. Because even though she told me this is her first time calling me and she won’t call again, I swear her voice sounded so familiar from another weird phone call I had a few months ago (it’s hazy but I know it happened). Shrug. If she’s trying to steal my identity (which, I don’t think is actually the case) then she’s doing a crappy job of it, I can tell you that much.

At least it made for an interesting, if not weird, part of my day.

 

Brisk spring day

I feel like recently, nothing very interesting has happened to me so I have nothing to write about. But then, the other day, I thought, “well, I wrote a post every day for a year and there’s no way something interesting happened every day, so somehow I thought of stuff. Why can’t I do that again?”

I need to get back into that mindset. I just need to write again. There’s something about it that is very freeing and very relaxing. Why would I not want that for myself?

It snowed today. I know it’s not surprising for Colorado but I still want to point it out I guess.

Taking a picture every day has almost become a habit. Most days I think about it before the late evening (although the past two days that was not the case). I’ve been doing it for a little over two months now. I think I’ll keep going.

This weekend I’m going to a play and Gene and I are going to hopefully play some Dungeons and Dragons. It’s not going to be the same without the college group, but I am still hoping it will be fun. I will report back after the fact.

 

My weekend: parents and houses

Gene signing some pre-approval mortgage paperwork

Gene signing some pre-approval mortgage paperwork

I visited my parents for a few hours yesterday. Gene had to work in order to continue and make progress on a project he’s been working on lately. His boss went in as well to answer some questions Gene had been waiting on. I thought it was a bit crappy (no one really wants to work on a day off) but he is paid for it, so that’s good.

I got to my parents’ home in time for some lunch and then we played Forbidden Island. So glad they were up for playing a game, it was a lot of fun (and, of course, we won). I also got some laundry done and then we browsed houses for sale in the area Gene and I are hoping to buy one.

This morning Gene and I met with our real estate agent for the first time to discuss the process and really so I could feel comfortable with our choice. We have been pre-approved for a mortgage loan and now it’s time for us to start looking for houses. Guess we’ll see how this goes! I think by the end of this I’ll have to write a “how-to” guide for this whole process.

Good hair day

Good hair day

 

Lydia’s visit

For the past four days, Lydia visited us. She landed in Denver Friday afternoon and left yesterday morning. Our days were packed with fun and adventure, which meant I had no time to write blog posts.

Friday evening we drove down to Colorado Springs and spent time with my parents through Sunday afternoon.

048 Cheyenne ZooOn Saturday we went to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. My first visit there, I had a great time. The layout of the zoo was impressive, it was basically a circle so that you didn’t have too much back tracking. I loved how many shows and interactive experiences there were. We watched an elephant be examined to ensure it was healthy, we watched people feed another elephant, we saw a barn owl being trained, and I personally fed a giraffe! I can’t believe I actually did it, it was an interesting (and slightly scary) experience. My parents surprised me by buying some lettuce from the zoo. I wasn’t very prepared, however, and when the giraffe’s huge head came near me, I gave him the whole bunch. It was fun and I’d like to do it again, but next time I’ll stay more calm.

Not only is the zoo a cool place to go to see animals, but it has a great view of Colorado Springs. The zoo is up on Cheyenne Mountain, so it’s higher than everything else. This does result in a bit of hill climbing and stairs, but we went at a slow enough pace that I didn’t have any problems.

There was one super cool animal that I saw that I was not expecting: Pallas cats! Sidney and Elisabeth had sent me YouTube videos of these interesting cats a few months ago, so when we passed by their exhibit I couldn’t believe it! It was hard to see them through the glass, but it was still awesome!

063 Cheyenne Zoo

 

After the zoo we had dinner at this amazingly delicious Greek restaurant, Jake and Telly’s. Their pita bread and stuffed gyros were fantastic.

074 Red Rock Canyon Open SpaceOn Sunday, Gene, Lydia, and I went hiking at Red Rocks Canyon Open Space. Although we got lost a couple of times (the trails weren’t well marked in some areas), we made it back in 3 1/2 hours. There were some beautiful views and it’s a place I would go back to hike. During and throughout the hike we could see Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and lovely red rocks.

086 Rocky Mountain ArsenalOn Monday, Lydia and I went to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. We saw bison and deer but were disappointed in the landscape. We had thought there would be wetlands and forests and prairies, but it was mostly dry ground with bare trees. The first hike we went on we were surrounded by the remains of a fire. I’m not sure if it was a controlled fire or wild, but the land was black and bare. It smelled quite bad in many places. We moved on to a second trail near a pond which was better. We heard an eagle, saw some birds, and ended up finding the deer. Perhaps we just came at the wrong time of year for the plant life.

On Tuesday we went to the Capital before taking a tour of the Mint. You can go on a tour of the Capital for free, although we ended up walking around on our own for the most part. We  caught up with a tour group as they went up to the dome (as far as they would let us go) where we were greeted with great views of nearby Denver. It was neat to see where Colorado’s legislature works. The house wasn’t in session when we were there so we didn’t get to see any lawmaking in action. The Mint (another free tour, this one you have to reserve though) was interesting as well. I went with Elisabeth a couple of years ago and this time around we got a free penny!

Throughout Lydia’s visit here we went to Pinkberry, ate at a few restaurants, and played some games. She even bought us the board game, Pandemic, which I wanted ever since we played it back in November! It was a whirlwind four days but definitely fun. Now it’s back to checking emails, cleaning, and getting a bit of relaxation in too before my Spring Break officially ends.

Catch up time

Catch up time!

046 new recipeOn Friday, I tried out a new recipe: creamy tomato tortellini soup. Made some grilled cheese with it and boom, I had a meal. Granted, I could have had a meal without the grilled cheese too but what would I do without those extra carbs and calories? ;) I enjoyed the soup and will make it again. It was a nice change from the plain tomato soup that I don’t really like anymore (perhaps it’s too acidic?). It was a very easy recipe with not many ingredients and took less than 30 minutes to make. Next time though, I’m reducing the amount of Italian seasoning I put in. I think 1 tablespoon is a bit too much.

047 PippinOn Saturday, Gene and I enjoyed the warmth by taking Pippin on a walk around the lake. Well, we didn’t make it all the way around but we got about halfway. We originally were on our own, but Pippin was hanging out in the undergrowth area by the path and heard our voices so decided to join us. He was such a cutie. He would try to pounce on the grasshoppers by jumping high into the air. He never caught one of course, but it was an adorable sight. He did end up catching a snake, though. I thought it was a mouse but out he pops with a snake wriggling around. He ended up  leaving it without eating it so I’d like to think it escaped and is still alive, but I don’t know how much damage Pippin did. We were outside for an hour and a half with Pippin that when we got back, the little guy just collapsed and took quite the cat nap. He ended up curling up on a pile of leaves in the corner of the balcony while I began to undo the chicken wire I had put up months ago. He also let me brush him for like 15 minutes, which was the longest he’s ever allowed it. He must have been really tired!

On Sunday, Gene and I went to reddit game night where I played Sherrif of Nottingham and Kittens in a Blender. Both games were quite fun and may be added to my wishlist once my two best friends move over here. Hint hint. Gene and I don’t have friends over enough (if ever) to warrant buying a lot of board games. And the fact that we might move soon means I don’t want to add any other items that will  have to be packed away.

I’ve been reading the book Elisabeth sent, The Warded Man, more and more frequently now. I’m beginning to really get into it. I’m almost halfway done and the three main characters still haven’t met. That makes me a bit worried.  I’m sure it’ll all work out in the end though!

Today I went to work, did laundry, vacuumed, made dinner, and continued to work on the Wikipedia page I’ve been rewriting for a couple months now. I AM SO CLOSE! I emailed the subject of the page this evening and she responded saying she would read my draft. That has made my night, oh my goodness. I am so thrilled!

…and tired. I think it’s time to sit back and relax my shoulders, browse reddit, and go to bed!