Personal posts are really hard for me to write. Mostly because I feel as though people have their own lives and reading about mine falls low on the list, I get that but you know what? Some of my favorite posts on my favorite blogs ARE the personal ones. I follow several amazing food blogs and photography bloggers and every now and then, the writers will share a personal post. I always read them because I love to hear about what goes on outside of their blog. After having given this some thought over and over and I am going to write this series “Adventures in ____” as a “letter”, so to speak, to my friends and family.
Above: we are spoiled with such incredible sunrises. Colorado speaks to my soul with these beautiful skies.
Adventures in Colorado
My Adventures in Colorado start here-ish. I had to buy some nice snow boots because the first week that I got here the temperatures started to drop below zero. Adam took me to see the zoo lights in Denver and all I could think about was “When are we leaving? Oh gosh my toes are so cold I can’t feel them! OMGosh! What if they fall off? Seriously, frost bite can happen! OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! Where’s a bathroom? I can’t walk!” It was miserable and I felt so bad because I know that Adam planned this really sweet date and I was overcome by thoughts of something that had a simple fix! Good news, I love my new boots. It snowed yesterday and it was freezing cold but my feet were nice and toasty warm. I paired my new purchase with lightweight merino wool socks. Win!
One of the things that I have really loved about moving here is exploring nature. We’ve made a really big effort to hike/walk/drive around and really take in the naturey sights. I love it! On Friday, we headed to North Table Mountain. A 2 mile walk turned into a 6.3 mile walk because I kept wanting to wander around to take photos. Well, what I didn’t account for was my filling bladder. By the last 1.5 mile I was grumpy and was walking funny. I had been trying so hard to hydrate during our walk that I forgot to account for the ‘needing to go the bathroom’ part. On another note, don’t we look like we are on a different planet? Seriously cool.
For Valentine’s Day, which also happened to be our 5th wedding anniversary, Adam booked a cooking class for both of us. The class actually took place on the 15th but it was a gift for Valentine’s Day 🙂 The class was called ‘Date Night: Italian Romance’ at Sur La Table in Boulder.
My favorite part about the class (aside from cooking with Adam and learning some cool new techniques from the Chef – which I used today!) was that we got to make fresh pasta! Now, I’ve made fresh pasta before in another cooking class but it wasn’t with a pasta maker! OMGosh! I am hooked! I want a pasta maker and I told Adam we must get one! He agreed and told me that he expects homemade lasagna with my mom’s secret Bolognese sauce. I told him “DEAL” (because I love my mom’s recipe and I love lasagna. Total win-win). Our class consisted of fresh made pasta with a creamy fennel sauce, sauteed scallops served in a citrus arugula salad (it was so good!) and profiteroles with homemade whipped cream. After taking pictures with the chefs (yes I roll like that LOL) we headed home because it was snowing outside and it was about a 20 mile drive back home… and I was driving. I am not the most experienced snow driver, I should add, but every time I drive I get better and better which makes me very happy. I’ve graduated from “Seriously lady, get off the road you are going so slow in your AWD vehicle” to “Ugh you’re too slow so I am just going to pass you now and be on my way”.
On the subject of snow. It snowed the day after our class too and I just want to point out how depressed my cat has been because of this. Its not that our cats hate snow, its that our cats have been spoiled by warmer days the whole week leading to said snow. With said snow, no windows have been opened for said kitties to enjoy said nice weather. While Stealth (my grey ball of love below, pouted) I ate my ultimate comfort food, Mac and Cheese.
I took my first Colorado snowboaring class a couple weeks ago! I was TERRIBLE. I haven’t gone snowboarding in about 6 years and even then I have only done it twice. Getting back on a snowboard proved to be more difficult than I anticipated simply because I couldn’t remember what to do. The good news is that I picked it up right away and my instructor thought I was doing quite well. For those who snowboard I ride “Goofy” (if you are unsure what that means, click on the word for the explanation), I told Adam this and he looked at me and said “I’m not surprised” and laughed (I don’t do anything the normal way of doing it FYI LOL).
Finally, my last topic is: I got a new point and shoot camera! Well, this camera is not your average “point and shoot” because it has manual features just like a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera) which is a feature that I really wanted. It also has a cool vintage look which I LOVE!!! The camera is the FujiFilm x30. When I was researching a camera that would be perfect as a point and shoot I also wanted something that I could control manually and was one step down from my big camera. Sometimes I want to take nice photos but I hate carrying my Nikon D700 which weighs like a gagillion pounds when I pack it with the 24mm-70mm lens and some other items. Right now I have a waterproof Olympus camera that is 7.5 years old. I love that it is waterproof and it still takes great photos but honestly my cell phone is better. I wanted a step up and I finally have it! I am so excited! Most of my photographer friends have the FujiFilm x100s camera as their “go t0” point and shoot or smaller pro-ish camera. I really love the quality of that camera but the fixed 35mm lens was a huge negative for me. Yes, you can add filters for zoom or to make it zoom out more but I didn’t really want to have to fuss with that.
Thanks for reading! I now leave you with a pretty sunset photo. Til my next adventure folks! Share one of your adventures in the comments section below 😀