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But they were only LITTLE snakes.

Friday night Sean had an event to go to so I figured man…I’m goin’ to the the Incline and I’m gettin’ my climb on.

I headed down there late so the sun was setting but I didn’t care. The park is made up of several small “areas” that go together to make one big park. There’s an amphitheater, multiple playgrounds for multiple age groups, a covered picnic area you can rent out with firepits, a soccer field, the incline and a zip line. It’s pretty huge. When I got there the sun was setting so there were fires going at all the sites and the trees had white Christmas lights on them around the amphitheater for a concert. It was pretty gorgeous.

I joined a few other people and climbed the incline, ran down the trail and did that three times for a total of about three miles give or take.  Since it was getting dark the mice and bunnies felt comfortable making themselves known on the trail. I thought it was a giggle since you couldn’t tell what it was darting across your toes but it made some people a little uncomfortable.
snake!

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Just kidding Michelle…
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Saturday Michelle and I went hiking at White Ranch Open Space Park. It was seriously GORGEOUS. Also, they weren’t kidding about the open space part but that’s for later.


Photo credit: Michelle because I am too lazy to take the photos from my phone. 
Yes, that’s a thing. My phone is across the room. Michelle’s photos are right here on the computer. 
Don’t judge me. Its 1am and I’m really tired. Also, we took the Rawhide trail and every single time I read it I sang “rawhide”. even in my head. Ask Michelle. I did it. It was irritating even to me but I couldn’t stop doing it.
Anyway…

This trail was incredible at the beginning. Truly beautiful, the views, the trail, everything. It was technical but not too technical. It was interesting and not crowded. It had everything. It was like the perfect boyfriend.
And then it got clingy and we dumped him like a bad habit.
We apparently went 4.5 miles all total. So I’d say the first half was good and the second half became out in the open, much wider trail (almost like a small road) and all painfully uphill. Not “hey, this is a cool trail that’s challenging my climbing skills”. No. More like ~apparently you felt the need to experience a death march~ uphill.
Okay, okay. I’m CLEARLY exaggerating. But it was hot and it was uphill and we’d get to the top and turn and there’d be MORE UPHILL and MORE ROAD and MORE NO TREES and I totally lost interest. I’m like…what the hell? If there isn’t anything interesting then I’m just on a long boring walk and I’m hot. Hell, I could do this in Aurora and have ice cream at the end. What’s at the end of this for me?
Not ice cream. 
I was very disappointed because the beginning was incredibly promising and I really really loved it. There are a bajillion trails in the area so maybe a different one would offer a more interesting hike but I doubt it. Sean looked it up when we got home and it rated that hike as the most popular in that area. I still kind of want to try again though. On a cooler day maybe I won’t dislike it so much. I don’t usually mind the heat that much but the uphill made me not like it. It was tragically boring. Michelle is totally the only thing keeping it fun. I love her. She entertains me endlessly.

You should see her freak out when she sees a snake.

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Yep. It’s a lot like that only with running around. hahaha. I love it.
We saw TWO snakes on this trail and her reaction is priceless. Fortunately both snakes were small and neither was a rattlesnake. But just in case we implemented an early plan for what to do in case she gets bit by a snake. I clearly can’t carry her out so I’ll get to cell service and call for help and then get back to her to keep the snakes away. CALL FOR HELP CALL FOR HELP.
It’s a plan.
Hey. I’m not proud. I’m exactly the same way with spiders.
I came home, showered and went dress shopping. 
::sob:: I’m so over dress shopping
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Sunday I had a migraine so we skipped the big workout/hike/let’s do something wild and awesome together and instead we….
didn’t.
We did, however, go to lunch with Adam and Shaughnessy and theboy and laughed our asses off because we could. Damn that was a good time. We sat at lunch for like two hours.
730 South. This place is great and I highly recommend. also Celiac safe. I spend way too much time at this place. I should work there. I need the discount.
Then I went….
DRUMROLL….

Dress shopping again. 

I KNOW>
I think I’ve made progress though. And also I brought several people over to the dark side of the dress situation so now I’m not so alone.
I’ve eliminated some that were possibilities, I’ve found one that might work and I’ve found a few that are definitely on the radar.
I’m feeling better about things. I’m going to work on that and rehearsal dinner stuff this week. I’m sure everyone is thinking…what’s the big deal? but anyone that really knows me must know I can’t rest until I get these things checked off the list so I can stop worrying.
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Today I am going to run and HIIT.
It’s also 93* so holy cow… it’s hot. IT’S HOT.
And I’m sure I have errands and such to get done but my brain is no longer working.
What are YOU doing today? Something interesting?
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Love to my friend who lost her brother this week…
Hope you guys have a good Monday…
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There was a near death in the family. It was a close call..

My iPod wouldn’t power up…It was devastating really.

I changed my clothes and grabbed my ipod to head to the incline (finally!) but on the way out the door I thought…ooh…there’s a podcast update. So I plugged it in to get the update and nothing happened.

Radio silence indeed.

The darn thing worked perfectly yesterday morning when I walked the dog but by the afternoon it had committed iPod suicide.  I headed out to do the incline but by the time I was nearly there it was dark and I don’t know if the trail is lit so I just turned around and came home. So frustrated and dejected.

YES I KNOW IT”S JUST AN IPOD

Ugh. This day.

When I got home I spent some time googling and I resurrected that sucker and it SPRANG to life!
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At which point I carefully set its broken self aside so I wouldn’t break it further and waited for Sean to come home.  Somehow he manages to not screw up computerie things. I don’t trust myself to not to that. He can never die.
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You’ll be happy to know there were no dead or injured bunnies brought to me yesterday. We won’t talk about today.

I walked Malachi (I try to walk him every morning) and when I got home from the park there was Skosh sitting in the middle of the street totally scoping out all the bunnies that were running around the neighborhood. You could tell he was trying to decide…which one? They all look so yummy…

Damn cat.

I gave him a good lecture and told him NO BUNNIES> If he knows what’s good for him…

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I messaged a few friends to ask about a hair person. Alex’s wedding is coming up and I need someone to do a hair updo for me. One of my friends came back with a name and said she’s supposed to be really good. So call her and tell her a client of so and so referred you.

Yeah, that won’t be confusing at all.

but I did just that and an hour and a half later we were fast friends. Turns out she’s Celiac, Hypothyroid/Hashimotos, too. We’re everywhere. I haven’t figured out if she can do hair yet. We burned her phone up and she couldn’t send photos. Hopefully we’ll figure that out. Meanwhile, I have a new friend. Can’t beat that.

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One of my beautiful friends who is single and living the good life was recently photographed in this GORGEOUS dress from Local Color Truck . This week she’s in Puerto Vallarta but last week she was on the French Riviera. I kind of hate her but I love her to much to really hate her so I love her. Anyway, check out this website, the clothes are gorgeous and it’s “An American Made Boutique”. A lovely concept all the way around.
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There is a dent in my forehead. I slept on my watch last night and when I woke up this morning there it was…this dark red deep dent in my forehead. I seriously slept HARD.

So I washed my face and did an ice cold morning scrub. Nothing.
Moisturizer…wait ten minutes
Argon oil…seriously I have ridiculously dry skin….wait ten minutes
sunscreen/base…don’t leave home without it…wait ten minutes
NOTHING HELPED
I’ve now been up for seven hours and I still have a dent in my forehead. I’ve permanently disfigured myself and the sleep wasn’t even that great.
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I am running today because I just really need to. Michelle and I are taking a trail adventure tomorrow. I need to be moving.

I’m going to HIIT both days, too, so I can get some strength in.
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Camping…do you love it or hate it?

I have always joked I will hike all day long with you straight to the door of a Holiday Inn. I like bathrooms. Bathrooms and showers.
That’s not really a joke, I really do like bathrooms and showers.

Oh man did I want my hair washed.

Lesson #1…dry shampoo. Why…WHY did I not think of dry shampoo?
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There’s really no help for the restroom situation. I have a disease that requires clean normal bathrooms to maintain  any sense of comfort and dignity.
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It makes for great small talk.

So on that note…let’s discuss the pros and cons of camping:

Pros:
um…Colorado. duh…

Great hiking!
Get away from the city
Mostly no electronics… (my phone had some limited service for which I was grateful. I don’t love the #noscreens trend. #buckingthesystem)
family time
fishing
#greatoutdoors #alldaylong
new experiences
pretty sure most of that is redundant and boils down to Colorado is awesome and that’s reason enough.

Cons:
the bathrooms (a polite word for them. yuck yuck yuck). 
You need to limit what you carry in
Bears (you can’t have anything but clothing at your campsite. Nothing. Not even a bottle of water. Everything has to be               packed up to a bear proof food lockers)
It’s so very very cold at night and in the morning
the dirt in the tent which can be unavoidable sometimes (we had Malachi with us)
no shower (that didn’t bother me but…my hair. Oh man my hair)
and really…sleeping on the ground isn’t comfortable…those pads aren’t fabulous. They say they are but they aren’t.                       Don’t take mine though…it’s better than nothing. LOL
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Eleven Mile State Park Review
This is our experience with Eleven Mile State Park.  The good the bad and the ugly. Overall I would say we really had a great time but I don’t want to gloss over the unfriendly parts of it.

Shaughnessy made the reservation online but I’ve done a quick trial and it seemed fairly user friendly. The cost is $18 a night plus a $10 fee for the first day registration because they can. So for two days it’s $46. A reasonable price for sure.

We reserved two back country sites and they were very near the water and the water sites were an oasis. It was so beautiful. The site says the back country camp sites can be 1/2 mile to up to 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot. They had very easy trails to follow, there were restrooms (so gross but I’ve seen worse) and of course the bear proof food lockers. Those were all up at the top of the hill from the campsite. It may not be the favorite way to camp but it’s safe and they go out of their way to provide these options so you can safely camp there.

Sean and I went early to get the lay of the land and we were glad we did because we couldn’t freakin’ find the site to save our lives. In the end this was to our benefit because it was kind of a hidden site and we weren’t bothered by other campers.  The first site we got to had the previous campers name still on the reservation stick and number of the site. It also had trash all over it. The final straw was a small pile of little chipmunk corpses under a tree. Like…five of them. This did not look like an animal did it, it definitely looked human and it was pretty awful. We were horrified and refused to stay at this campsite. We traveled next door to the secluded nearby site that did happen to have our name on it. This site was much better (and pretty gorgeous) however it also had some trash in it. Considering the high bear warnings everywhere it was concerning. We cleaned up the small bits in the second campsite, the worst part being (TMI here) a used feminine hygiene product. Yeah, that was tough to clean up but it also called the bears.  And I didn’t need my grandson to see it.
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Knowing someone comes by and changes out the names for the sites…it’s pretty disappointing they don’t do a quick sweep and clean up trash there. It wouldn’t take anything to get the names of the people that were there before and charge them a trash fee on their credit card. Put that in large letters on the website as they are checking out so they know it’s going to be there. If I have to acknowledge a box before I can “pay now” you can bet I read it. When people pay money they are more inclined to behave accordingly.

Our neighbors included college kids  on one side and a family on the other. The college kids were there with beer and a need to socialize. They didn’t really bother me but I know they kept Shaughnessy and Adam up with their talking. The family on the other side kept all their stuff at their campsite encouraging bear activity. They also had two dogs who were sometimes on the leash and barked if they saw you. They rarely saw us so that was fine.

I’m actually pretty scared of dogs and on the last day when I went up to use the restroom one of their dogs rushed me and jumped on me.  When this happened I freaked completely out and screamed my ass off. The owner gave a “sorry” in that “I’m only half sorry” kind of tone that says I’m making way too big of a deal about it and then she insisted loud and terse that “he’s friendly..he’s not going to hurt you.”.  You have to say that like you’re irritated with me. ha. She clearly was. I had some minor scratches running down my legs (I was wearing shorts) and I was shaken up. Again, people that feel like they don’t have to follow the rules. We had Malachi with us and he was on a leash 99.9% of the time. If he wasn’t he was in the tent. We were always completely aware of him.

We would totally go back to this campground. We liked it a lot. The upsides definitely outweighed the bad and no place is going to be perfect.
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We passed probably ten campsites and they were clean and beautiful and just as perfect locations.  And every campsite we hiked around seemed clean and beautiful and totally up to standards. Of the probably twenty plus campers in our area I would say there were the two who were slightly difficult and all the others were quiet and polite.  I do not believe you will always run into this. I actually believe the opposite is true. I would definitely not judge camping by our run in at this one campsite. And we will totally go back to this campground and we want the same campsite even…it was lovely, secluded and so close to the water and fishing. It was perfect. We just ask for better monitoring of the campsites so everyone gets to walk into clean beautiful campsites and not what Sean and I walked into.


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There was no warm fire but otherwise…it had everything promised.

We got back from camping today. Yes, you read that right. I went camping. And I survived.

I know. I haven’t been camping since MT was like..5 years old. MT. The Marine.

Yeah, that was a long time ago. Don’t remind me.

We went to Eleven Mile State Park and it was really beautiful. We chose a back country camp site which required a half mile hike to get to it. We took Malachi with us and I think if we had known the full situation we might not have. He’s older now and has a harder time with the hike in and the cold at night.  It was very hot during the day and it was pretty freaking cold at night. He struggles with the cold so we would bundle him into the tent and try and keep him warm. He did okay though did have a pretty good time. He chased chipmunks, played in the lake, fell in the lake totally upside down-legs straight up (that was hilarious and scary) and slept in the tent like he owned it.

The trail to the tent was pretty technical. It wasn’t difficult but it was technical and I would not take heavy coolers or strollers to get to it. We saw both of those things happen.

We had no idea it was so much of a task to get back into the campsite so none of us were prepared but we were more prepared than other people and we had four grown adults to pack stuff back and a six year old who could walk on his own. Reluctantly but he could.

Once we got back there and settled in with tents up and things put where they need to be we had time to really recognize where we were and how lucky we were to have this place.

By the end of the weekend we had completely fallen in love with the place, it was so secluded and beautiful and just what we needed. I take that back…there was a fire ban so we couldn’t have a fire but other than that…it was perfectly lovely. We ate s’mores. We drank wine. Okay, they drank wine. I watched them drink wine. We laughed a LOT. Theboy explored and fished and played and got dirty and was a boy camping which is what is supposed to happen. It was a really great weekend.

I did not run. I hiked a lot the first and second day and got my time in but running would prove to be too difficult.  There wasn’t a really great place to run that wasn’t a direct trail to someone else’s campsite. I figured that would be awkward. The rain poured the second afternoon and by the third morning even my second pair of shoes were wet so I just gave up on the whole running thing and called it good. I have three layers of dirt on me at least. I’ve used the campground facilities more times than I ever wanted to in my whole life (gross gross gross) and oh my gosh I was cold.

Camping.

My next post I’ll talk about the camping a little bit more. This post was a good “oh my gosh look how beautiful it is” post and also..you can totally be jealous. We passed probably twenty campgrounds at least on the way up to this one. Welcome to Colorado. I’d like to say this is special but this is just us on a regular day. We’re always gorgeous.


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Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated…

Wild ponies have inhabited Assateague Island for hundreds of years. Some have suggested that the wild ponies of Assateague trace their origin to horses released to forage on the Island by early settlers. However, the evidence strongly sugests that they are the descendants of the survivors of a Spanish galleon which wrecked off the coast of Assateague. This story, which has been passed from generation to generation on Chincoteague Island, is stronger than fiction. source

More history of the Chincoteague ponies…

When I was little I read this book called Misty of Chincoteague. There was actually a series but this was the first. It’s a true story based on the ponies of Chincoteague Island. I loved it immediately. I loved the idea there was a pony island and these beautiful ponies lived there wild and free. It made me so happy and like all little kids, I used to dream I’d get to go visit the island.

The book was written in 1947 so that dates me a bit (not too much, I was born twenty years later) but I still loved it even with its age.

When we decided to go to Virginia I somehow got a twinge of…I wonder??  And I pulled up Google to see if Chincoteague Island was anywhere near where MT was stationed. It was four hours away.

Four hours was totally driving distance OR it could be really really far away depending on who you’re asking. MT is definitely up for an adventure and didn’t hesitate. He dove right in and said we could totally go.
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Day 3 started  innocently enough. I threw a quick dress on and some sandals with a little heel because I was going to be riding in the car instead of walking everywhere. It was super comfortable and easy.
I chose to ride in the back seat, I’m shorter and I figure for long distances it’s just more comfortable for the tall people to be in the front.
If you guys recall, Sean plays a game called Ingress. In DC it’s an opportunity for new portals and whatnot (I kind of know what I’m talking about and kind of not). Just off base there was a trail where they were going to go “just a little ways on the trail, just a few feet” and I said okay…no problem. I’ll just stay in the truck.

I mean I’m in my dress and little sandals. Who goes hiking in that??
So I stayed in the backseat, turned myself so my feet were up on the seat and I was leaning against the door and I played on my phone. MT left the truck running for air conditioning and I waited. and waited. and waited.
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they were gone like…a half an hour (that’s a long time). While they were gone there was a woman standing in front of the truck for a while on her phone. It was kind of random and I watched her for a minute but whatever. I just went back and forth. Phone…random woman. Phone. Random woman. Eventually she left and I stopped caring.

Nearly a half an hour later MT comes back without Sean. He’s sitting there waiting with me and a police officer pulls up with a base MP. He comments that they aren’t here for us. Then they walk up to the truck…

“Maybe they ARE here for us”, he says…

The officer looks in the truck and says, “nevermind. We got a report of a truck with someone lying down in the back. We check these things out to make sure there aren’t any dead bodies but everyone seems fine here”.

THE CHICK ON THE PHONE

Yes. The chick on the phone who ACTUALLY LOOKED at me. I LOOKED at her. I WATCHED her on the phone with the cops. What a twit. I was leaning against the door and my feet were up on the seat but I could see straight out the front window and I could see her on her phone! What did she think I was doing? Head up…head down…head up…looking at her. We LOOKED at each other.

I can’t even. Seriously.

He took MT’s information so he could have it for his report and then he and the base MP left. So…

that was exciting.

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You can imagine Sean’s confusion when he came back to us with all the police cars. Ha. I always was a trouble maker.
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We left from there to head to the island and things got better from there. I mean, they would have to. I was dead and then I wasn’t. It was tragic and then it wasn’t.

I died and then I didn’t.

Reports of my death and all that…
It took four hours and LOTS of heavy traffic but we eventually got to the island and then I really did die of sheer joy. It was an incredible feeling. Driving to the island…over the bridges (the bridges!) and the water (oh man the water!) so incredible. Our hotel room didn’t suck. That’s so happy! Parking was awful. AWFUL. But we went out to dinner at the ONLY place open at a ridiculous hour of the night and ate outside in beautiful breezy ocean air on a sandy beach and had crab legs. IT WAS SO AWESOME.

Then we sat around the fire and enjoyed the evening and thought…this is the best night. It cannot get any better than this.
And then it maybe did.
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Day four:

Day four we headed down to the docks to meet up with Captain Dan! (please say that like a super hero. I’m sure he doesn’t but that’s how I say it in my head… CAPtainDAN!) We took a lovely boat ride that was several hours long that took us all the way around the island and over to Assateague island where the ponies are kept now away from prying annoying people.
It’s well known I don’t love being wet but I love the water so much. I could live on a boat and Sean and I have dreamed many times of boat living and sailing around the world. We would do that in a heart beat. So those hours on the water were incredible.

    

     
Assateague Island is a national park now and could not be more lovely. The ponies are on the island and protected.
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We went from there to the beach where Sean and MT played in the Atlantic Ocean for a couple of hours and had an amazing time. I could watch that forever. I hated to leave. It was the fourth of July weekend. Apparently the island’s busiest weekend of the year. An insane time to be visiting and the beach showed it. But it didn’t matter. There were people everywhere but people were great and we had a wonderful time just playing on the beach, in the water and having so much fun. Day four was the best day.
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Yipes…missed Flag Day. Birthday hangover???

First of all let me say we as ~fighters for all things positive and peaceful and beautiful and right in the government~ do not in any way condone or support the terrible shooting that happened yesterday at the baseball field to the congressmen and their aides and we hope everyone recovers both physically and emotionally from this tragedy.
The Great Fire of London. It already has a name. Such a horrible nightmare. It was hard to look at the pictures, those poor people. I can’t imagine the nightmare and terror they all went through and the fear those parents were feeling that threw their children out windows. I hope these people that put them in this situation are prosecuted to the full extent and given life in the worst prisons.

And finally…just because 45’s birthday is today…we don’t claim him. We just don’t. He doesn’t deserve a beautiful amazing June birthday.

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Is there another word for lucky? I mean besides blessed because geez that is so not my favorite word. You know, a word that I use to explain my life with Sean.

Favored. 

That would fit. It’s not nearly as cute and I don’t feel like I have to tilt my head and twinkle when I say it.

My life feels favored. Don’t get me wrong…it has not been perfect but whose life is perfect? Don’t go by Facebook because I do know a few people who for SURE have the most enviable life on social media and in real life…they have the most normal, the most average, the most completely ~I have problems like everyone else~ life that other people have and they only show the pretty things.

But I have Sean.

Sean who makes everything revolve around me on my birthday. It’s ridiculous how fun he makes it. He is hilarious and awesome and adventurous and fabulous and I love every minute of all of it.

Yesterday, on my birthday, we went to Manitou Springs to climb the Manitou Incline.

This incline is 2090 ft in .9 miles. There’s about 3000 steps. If you are fit and healthy and exercise regularly it seems you can do the incline between 45 minutes and an hour. I’d bet money Sean could have finished in that time. He was doing really really well and only stayed behind for me.

We all know I haven’t been at my best for the last few weeks but lets face it, I’m still getting in shape and I will always and forever deal with migraines from exertion. Stairs equal exertion. I’m just asking for it. But I really really wanted to do it. So I figured I’d

It did anyway.

I am so high maintenance. This is just another reason Sean is so great. He went really slow just to give me time to get my slow self up those damn steps. It took me an unbelievable hour and 45 minutes.

My God. I’ve given birth faster.
That is actually not true. But it FEELS true.

Granted…it was like…80* and very little shade. It was warm.
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****Photo album****

See that peak at the very very top?? It’s not the top. It’s the false summit. Yep…You actually can’t see the top. Ha.

 
I wish there was a better photo of this so you could see he is balanced on this rock at the top of the incline…it was precarious. 
      
This is the beautiful house we passed on the way there and Sean told me he’d buy it for me because he loves me. So there’s that. There’s a creek that runs in front of it. It’s really lovely and I need the house. Just sayin’. And that’s a photo of us at the top. Still smiling. Somehow.
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And as I climbed each step I could feel my heart pounding the blood into my head. It was so unfriendly.

It really did feel pretty good to reach the top but I was already planning my strategy for doing it better the next time.

Castle Rock mini incline a few more times…

many many squats

Keeping up the running

So much planning

And from there I can attempt another climb.

If I do all that, I feel stronger and healthier, and I still get the same results…I’ll consider it my fate.

I don’t ever feel like I need to climb in 30 minutes like a crazy person but I’d like to be average for sure.

Meanwhile..if you’re a migraine sufferer…check out this important page for information. I learned more about physical exertion migraines today than I ever have. Stairs. Who knew?

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The result, of course, is a pretty wicked migraine today…what I would totally rate as a solid 9 or a 10. I went to the dentist for a long ago scheduled cleaning and damn…I will never schedule any kind of dentist appointment during my beautiful birthday month again. How wrong is that. Let me hang upside down with a light in my eyes. That’s friendly.

The best part is all of this makes me sound all sickly and weak and I definitely don’t feel sickly and weak. I just feel like I’ve got a killer migraine today and I have to make better choices.

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Trust me. I’m still in kickass mode. Not weak. Not sickly. Just bummin’ about this damn migraine.

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I think by the time you read this, I’ll be better. I medicated a lot and sleep will totally help. I long for a good run and a good workout where I feel my legs, my abs and my arms. STRENGTH PLEASE.

Also I want to go shopping at the second hand store and maybe hang with my girlfriend because I’m still in the middle of birthday week.

We are TOTALLY continuing the festivities.

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We went to bed ridiculously late last night and I was SO SAD…

It was 12:45 and I had already missed 45 MINUTES OF MY BIRTHDAY!

Time is flying and I am MISSING IT>

I need to take advantage of the “week” status.

Shaughnessy asked if we wanted to go hiking this coming weekend again and it dawned on me…ohhhh…

It’s Father’s Day weekend.

WHY do I always FORGET that?

Yes. Yes I am self absorbed about my birthday because I LOVE birthdays.
And then I asked Sean why he had to have Father’s Day so close to my birthday week, it’s really an inconvenience. My birthday week goes Tuesday to Tuesday and his big fat Sunday is smack in the middle DAMMIT.

He said, “I bet your dad was so excited to have you come so close to Father’s Day…what a gift”

deflate ….thinkin’ about my dad now… missin’ him…gettin’  brand new baby for Father’s day…huh…

wow.

I really…like…wow…

NOPE

QUIT STEALIN” MY BIRTHDAY WEEK.

Nice try though. Stealer.
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My stomach was ill this morning so I grabbed some plain Greek yogurt (I know what you’re thinking…just keep reading), PB2 and Agave to just have something in it and also have protein. Two things…A: a prime example of my brain not working because I should have had a banana with almond butter Also…yogurt when your stomach is sick??. it’s…whack. and 2: It tasted pretty good! This means I used way too much Agave because I don’t like yogurt and I don’t like peanut butter. sigh. Watching what I eat today is clearly going well from the start. It’s okay though…
it’s my birthday!

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  • We are going to hike Manitou (or drag our asses up the incline as far as we can before we give up and ditch it on the side path because….
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  • We are going to get a fabulous cheeseburger even if we have to make it ourselves.
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  • Going Goodwill shopping at the giant Goodwill.  Because it’s awesome and we want to. And because of this, we are super busy and I have to go. So…
    I’ll talk to you tomorrow and let you know if  ANY of this HAPPENS…
    “ode to Wait Wait Don’t Tell me”
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Birthday Week…

We returned theboy to his parents on Saturday after he stayed with us for three days and then came home rest because I’ve been Celiac ill  for two weeks and oh my gosh the ITCHING>
I mean, I’ve done a million other things, too, but oh does my stomach hate me. It just does. I finally yesterday took some more Glutenease and a heavier dose of probiotics and some prayer to see if that helped. And I slept. I’ve also definitely started restricting the FODMAPS foods which is new for me but I figure why not…better safe than sorry. Fortunately I don’t eat a lot of those anyway so it’s not much of a cut back but a few of them are definite summer foods. They are off the list just in case they are contributing to my misery. Summer fun only!
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Sunday morning we got up early to go on a birthday hike with Shaughnessy and theboy. It was a GORGEOUS day for being out and we picked Bear Creek Trail at Lair o’ the Bear Park. 
When it’s that fabulous of a day you can bet you aren’t going to be alone but when we got there Morrison was PACKED with some random event we weren’t expecting. Cars were everywhere. It was crazy busy. People milling about, no parking available.What the hell? And then we saw them…the runners…

It was the Revel Rockies Marathon/Half Marathon!!!

If you can’t be IN a marathon the next best thing is to WATCH one!

We were beyond excited. Shaughnessy rolled her window down and waved and I yelled in my head because otherwise  would have scared everyone from the wrong side of the truck. It was the end of the race so it was VERY inspiring.

Shaughnessy and I both wanted to be there (she’s run the half before and said it was a really fun race). It looked SO beautiful. And we both wanted to go straight home and sign up for a race.
Running Humor #22: I am never running again. Oh, look, a race! - Nemo:

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Bear crosses through Colorado race, stunning runners

The runners were running the Garden of the Gods 10k and the bear needed to cross the road…~there’s an obvious joke there but you know that’s so not my style~ he politely waited for an opening and took his chance. Only in Colorado.
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photos from yesterday~ because I forced them all to let me take photos.

They.were.thrilled.
(well…theboy will always pose and loves selfies and loves to pose and loves to put his “I’m cool” fingers in my face…smart little thing)
  

      


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This is the start of my birthday week! I love my birthday week. Shaughnessy and Adam gave me these vintage Pyrex bowls for my birthday/thank you gift for watching theboy and even though I told them no gifts she does know I have a weakness for pretty bowls. I also have no cupboard space so I acquire something, something has to go. It wasn’t too difficult of a decision this time but I see issues in the future due to my aforementioned weakness. These bowls are gorgeous. And I love pink.

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it’s going to be 90* today (so unfriendly) so I’m going to try and run later tonight. Plus, oh the Celiac makes me exhausted. So I’m going to lift this morning, and I have many many errands to run. I’m going to run down to Castle Rock and do the incline (yay). Yes, even in the heat. Because we keep the work going even when it’s hard.And we encourage even when it’s hard.

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We climbed a mountain. Only in our dreams. Next time maybe.


This photo is weeks old but shockingly accurate for how we looked yesterday.  Maybe not as happy yesterday and I’m sure she made it black and white because I look much better in black and white. hahhahhaa. Thanks Michelle… 😉

Michelle and I walked the Bluffs Lake Flat 14er on Sunday. The link shows you to the Flat 14er page but it doesn’t list Bluffs Lake because whatever. I can’t find anything on it. But it’s there. I have proof in a really bad photo. Don’t blame the camera blame the direction I was aiming…Michelle was standing next to me so I was at a bad angle. Now don’t get excited…this doesn’t mean we climbed a mountain. It is “converting minutes of activity such as walking, running, cycling, playing soccer or basketball into steps towards reaching the summit of a 14er.”  We apparently climbed Mt Sneffels only…flat. Yeah…it wasn’t as exciting for us either. But we got to hang out and that was cool. And for a city trail it wasn’t bad either.  Now I want to really climb another 14er.


See? Worst picture ever…But it’s proof. That’s all I needed.
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After we walked my body was killing me like I’d actually climbed the sucker. So crazy. But it was really flat so it made no sense. It bothered me all day. I’ve been popping Advil every six hours but I couldn’t understand why I hurt so bad.
Perhaps if we go back in time to Saturday….
So…Saturday Sean spent the day biking and was gone the whole day. So I stayed home and weeded the yard for like…four hours. It was insane. Ten minutes into it I had the worst migraine. I quickly googled it and learned being upside down is not great for migraine sufferers. So there’s that. But I powered through to get the job done so I could then declare…

I’m never doing this again.
Sean said he’d do it and I said no. NO. You’d rather be biking, I’d rather be doing ANYTHING…I will totally pay someone to do this. He finally agreed.

So back to Sunday…I wonder why my butt and legs hurt so much??
Because I squatted for four hours. YEP.
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When I got back on Sunday Sean and I went to breakfast (LePeep for the win) and then we booked it to the movies to see Wonder Woman which you must go see immediately.

Seriously.

Stop reading now. Go to the movies. Right now.

IT’S SO GOOD>
I want to see it again. It was so good and really really funny. I laughed a lot.

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Talk about Wonder Woman…

At 94, Harriette Thompson becomes the oldest woman to run a half-marathon
Proof you are never too old. She STARTED running at 76. An amazing role model for everyone.
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Walking/running with Norma this morning. We’re going to try starting the couch to 5k! Exciting stuff. It’s also a pretty warm day so we’ll see how that goes. But she’s pretty hard core so I think she’ll do well.

I’m running tonight, too.I was up most of the night with what felt like the flu so we’ll see if it continues or if I’m feeling better. I was given a regular waffle by mistake yesterday rather than the gluten free (it was a genuine error, they were really cool about it and it’s a risk I take when I eat out) and I’ve been unrelentingly sick since. Charcoal and rest and lots of water has helped immensely but I’m still under the weather. I’m hoping some exercise will boost me up.
Set some goals. Stay quiet about them. Smash the hell out of them. Clap for your damn self.:
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Is this what “Snakes on a Plane” is like?

Sean and I had the perfect day. THE PERFECT DAY.

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I love those. Don’t you seriously just LOVE those?

I finished my work pretty early so I mentioned offhand that I was going hiking as he was walking out the door and he said, “you’re going hiking? I’m totally skipping work…” and he did.

We went to Enchanted Forest Trail because …hello Beautiful and because Sean hadn’t been there before and I really wanted to show it to him. And oh man it did not disappoint. There were a ton of bikes out (who knew so many people wouldn’t be working today? Slackers) but I didn’t care because they were all really nice and we have to share the trails, this is Colorado and everyone wants to be here.
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We met a darling girl named Chelsea who just moved here in January with her husband and son because they just wanted to. No job, no family, they just wanted to. She’s hiked as much in the last five months as I have in the last five years I think. It’s totally crazy.

We had to stop a lot for poor Chelsea and her asthma (I tease, it was totally me stopping to gasp). We also shared the trail with these bull snakes…

he was upset and actually striking at people


and these guys were fighting with each other. That was incredible!
A little over five miles (the map said 5.6…my steps said 5.3) gave us a really good workout. We were sweaty and tired and it was a crazy workout.

We went from there to have amazing Mexican food at our favorite place in Morrison and holy cow I’ve never had fish tacos THEYWERESOGOOD. I’m a convert. I will always have them. They were delicious. I’ve died and gone to heaven. Mango salsa. I want to go back right now. Well…maybe another day. I’m really full. But yum.

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When we got home (after what seemed like hours and hours and HOURS of traffic thankyouDenver for rush hour traffic) I had RUNNING SHOES waiting for me!
You know you’re a runner when you cheerfully, willingly, even ask to pay a ridiculous amount of money for a pair of shoes that are the ugliest most beastly color of green and you do a little dance and shout for joy when those suckers show up.
Yes…you cringe when you see the color. I mean…you’re not an idiot. But still…NEW SHOES!

You should know…this is not a true depiction of the color. They are a way truer green and they are ten times brighter and more offensive. They’re pretty bad. Sean said people will definitely see me coming. It doesn’t help that green is not my favorite color but still…yuck. Do I care? Kinda but hell no. I needed new shoes. Newton’s are hard to find right now so I’ll take what I can get.

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Walked the puppy and back home again. I was hoping for dessert but it’s pretty late. Time flew by.
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Today…HIIT for sure because yesterday I skipped it to go hiking.

I’m feeling the need for some strength.

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