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Friday Phone Dump

Happy Friday!

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1) Bethany and I met up at a diner that’s sort of between our houses (I can’t believe she’s only 20 minutes away now!) this weekend, and I accidentally made this “happy plate” with my bacon and syrup.  We were in the middle of a conversation when I noticed it and I just started laughing.  I mean, look at him!

2) My best friend from childhood and her husband stopped by Oklahoma on their way across the country!  It’s been years since we’ve seen either of them, and now they have a baby on the way!  We came by the shower to celebrate baby Paisley, and we had a great time catching up with everyone :)

3) I got to have breakfast at Kitchen 324 with my friend, Chelsea Rose, this week!  She recently moved to Texas, so it was so fun getting to see her since it doesn’t happen very often anymore.

4) My friends, Tabitha and Alissa, and I have started a tradition of taking an afternoon each week to work from Cuppies and Joe.  If you know me at all, you know I hardly need an excuse to go there!  It’s been nice getting to be with friends, drink good coffee, and get work done at the same time :)

5) I finally tried The Green Chile Kitchen this week, which was nothing short of awesome.  You may recall I love New Mexican food, and this place was pretty authentic!  It will certainly be  a new staple around here.  Also, I want this gate!  Isn’t it great?

6) Yesterday I got some craft time in, so I made this fun little garland for my office–yay bright colors!

I hope your weekend is the best!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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Road Trip 2014: Loveland, Colorado

To finish off our trip to Colorado, Colin and I drove up to Loveland to stay with his Aunt and Uncle.  We packed quite a bit into our 2 1/2 days there, and it was so fun!  Also, as you’ll see here, we tried lots of different beers.  I’m usually pretty strictly a wine person, but after trying so many different kinds of beer, I managed to find a few I really liked!  More on that later in the post.

Uncle Terry and Aunt Cindy have a beautiful home that’s only 45 minutes away from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP).  This is convenient, because Aunt Cindy is a pretty serious hiker!  She goes hiking with her friends about as often as I go get coffee with mine :)  We typically spend our visits to Loveland hiking non-stop, but this time we did quite a bit of wandering and relaxing instead.  I guess that means we’ll have to go back even sooner to get some hiking in haha

One of my favorite parts of staying with them is their lovely backyard.  We always eat really delicious food while we enjoy the gorgeous weather and the abundant Aspen trees (my all time favorites)!

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For part of our visit, we drove up to Fort Collins to explore!  Apparently part of one of the Disney parks (I don’t know which one as I haven’t been to either) has a section that is designed to look just like downtown Fort Collins–what?!  Awesome.

We started off with a tour of New Belgium Brewery (which is where we tried most of the beer I referred to earlier).  It was so interesting to see how the beer is made, learn about how to properly taste it, and experience what a fun company New Belgium is!  Also, they kind of have a thing for bikes…which Colin and I definitely connected with.

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#tourists

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Those barrels used to be for making red wine in France!  Now they’re used to make sour beer…which actually turned out to be my favorite one I tried!  Also, one of the first employees of New Belgium asked for a rock wall to be put in the brewery for his 10 year anniversary of working for the company.  So cool!

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I’m pretty sure Fat Tire is the beer New Belgium is known for.  This is Colin’s dad’s favorite, and it’s pretty tasty!

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Oh, and when you’ve worked for New Belgium for one year, you get a bike that is specific to that year!  I want to work there!  Well, you know, sort of haha

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So the brewery tour was awesome, and after that we walked around downtown.  It was such a cool area!

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After wandering, we went back to Loveland to attend the outdoor community concert put on by the Mary Louise Lee Band.  They were so good!  Lots of fun soul music, and it seemed like the whole city of Loveland was there!

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The next day (July 4th) we went to RMNP to drive Trail Ridge Road.  I’d never been to this part of the Park before, so it was definitely a great experience!  Basically the road takes you to the highest point in the Park, which is both a terrifying and amazing drive.

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This was officially the first time I’ve ever seen snow on the 4th of July!  Also, that’s Colin’s cousin, Adam, up there acting like he conquered the rock (I told him to pose like that haha).

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So beautiful, right?!  It was also pretty cold and windy up there.  Colin and I both wore our red, white, and blue, but we had to cover it up to keep warm!

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It was pretty busy at the top, so we drove back down some to find a good picnic spot.  It was right by a mountain stream, which was lovely!  Next to Aspen trees, I think rushing rivers are my favorite part of the mountains.

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It was a cloudy, rainy day, so before going out to watch fireworks, we played around with Aunt Cindy’s grandfather’s old cameras.  He was friends with Ansel Adams…like they went on trips together.  I know, it’s crazy!

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Eventually the rain and clouds cleared up a bit, so we went downtown to watch fireworks and enjoy a community band concert.  Is there a more American experience than that?  Probably not :)

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Happy Birthday, America!

Thanks, Uncle Terry and Aunt Cindy, for letting us stay with you and for showing us around!  And thanks to all of you who have relived my vacation with me!  You didn’t even have to be trapped in my living room with an album on your lap as I re-told all the stories :)

Until next time, Colorado!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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Road Trip 2014: Montrose, Colorado

Man, do I miss the mountains!  It’s only been a few weeks, but looking back through these photos makes me sad that I no longer have amazing mountain views to gaze at every day.  Oh well, these photos will do for now!

After our time in Durango, Colin and I drove the “million dollar highway” to Montrose, Colorado.  Guys.   Montrose. Wow.

Colin laughs at me because I always talk about how much I’d love to live every place I visit.  I’ve gotten much more realistic about it though, because I realize what makes a home involves a lot more than having a house to live in.  It would hurt so much to leave the people and places and traditions of Oklahoma.  Not to mention, I’ll still have responsibilities wherever I end up–it’s not like those go away when you move to a new place!

Montrose though…I think I could live in Montrose.  I don’t have many photos of the actual town, because we mostly walked around without my camera (sorry!).  Ask me about it the next time you see me though, I mean it!

Anyway, before we got there, we had a very scenic drive!

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About 20 minutes outside the town of Montrose is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park!  That’s where we actually stayed while in the area.  Canyons always blow me away, and this one definitely did not disappoint!  It’s much narrower and steeper than the Grand Canyon, but it’s deep and beautiful.  The landscape around the Black Canyon is pretty crazy too–rolling hills covered in green.  You’d never see it coming if you didn’t know it was there!

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No, that’s not our future house up there, it’s the gift shop….

What’s that?  You want to see a photo of the actual canyon?  Right–sorry!

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We got to camp under the thickest blanket of stars I have ever seen, and there was a deer right by us basically the whole time we were setting up our campsite!

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Maybe we picked up some coffee while we were in Durango :)

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There weren’t quite as many hiking options in the Park as we thought there would be, but we had lots of fun hiking the one by our campsite!  It went along the canyon wall (no steep drop offs, don’t worry), so we had awesome views the whole way.

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I know this is the millionth photo of desert sage I’ve posted, but I think it’s the prettiest!

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Here are the few photos I took in the actual town of Montrose!  The Daily Bread Bakery was a great place for sandwiches (and a pastry) after our hike.  We also stopped at a tiny pub to watch the last US soccer game of the World Cup!  It was so fun, but also sad :(

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We stopped by The Coffee Trader on our way out of town, and I only wish we could have stayed longer!  I quickly decided this place is the Cuppies and Joe or Aspen Coffee of the mountains…which of course means I would live on their front porch if I was anywhere near them on a daily basis.

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More photos coming later this week!  Thanks for stopping by!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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Friday Phone Dump

This week started all summery, and then it got blustery and rainy all of a sudden!  We sat around the fire pit in our backyard on Wednesday and I was wearing a sweatshirt.  This is blowing my mind!  Not that I’m complaining–I wish summer was like this (maybe not rainy, but cooler) all the time!  Also…confession: I made chai muffins this week.  I’m ready for Autumn!

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1) Colin’s dad and stepmom have a pool in their backyard, so he and I took some time to relax and soak up the sun this weekend!  How cute is the fishy print on their outdoor chairs?

2) Look at Colin’s cool shades!  Haha, he’s had those for awhile, but they’ve been broken and he just now got around to fixing them!  I think they’re too cool for school :)

3) My friend, Chelsea, got me hooked on this App called  DuoLingo (you can find it in the App store–it’s free!).   It helps you learn a new language, but you feel like more like you’re playing games on your phone!  I’m currently learning French, and I also plan on using it to refine my Spanish skills as well as learn some Italian.  Mostly I’ve been practicing animal and food vocabulary.  Sometimes the food category makes me hungry (note: it doesn’t take much to make me hungry)!

4) One of my favorite parts of eating at our relatives’ houses in Colorado is the ever-present bowl overflowing with juicy Colorado cherries!  These are not near as good, but the cherries were on sale at the grocery store this week…so I had to get some!

5) I got to wander around an antique store a bit this week, and I found this pretty cross-stitched art!  I didn’t buy it (it was really old. read–really expensive), but I still think it’s pretty.

6) A couple of friends and I had a work day at Cuppies this week, so of course I took a photo of my delicious coffee :)

I hope you find some time to snuggle on the couch and read a book or take a nap this weekend!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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Road Trip 2014: Durango, CO

Lots to see here today!  My dad’s cousin, Rosie, and her husband, Neil, were lovely enough to let Colin and I stay with them for a few nights during our road trip.  They live near Durango, which is a small and charming (and a little tourist-y in a good way) town in South West Colorado.  This was my third and Colin’s second trip to Durango, and it always ends up being a refreshing and fun place to stop!

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Downtown Durango is full of historic buildings, delicious restaurants, and various shops.  They also have an awesome farmer’s market on Saturdays, but unfortunately we were there on a Sunday this time :(  Though, we did get to visit my favorite coffee shop there (I brewed some of their French Roast this morning…yum!), The Steaming Bean!

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That iced coffee was much needed after a long walk in the summer heat!  Another great thing about Durango is the Animas River, which runs right through the town.  There are bike trails along the river, and lots of people float/kayak/canoe/paddle board down it in the summer.  Colin and I cooled off some more by enjoying a snack under a tree on the bank while watching people try to navigate the waters.

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Again with the horrible selfie skills….sorry guys!

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After relaxing, we rode our bikes around part of the trail!  The bridge above is for the historic train that runs between Durango and Silverton year round.  We got to see it go by!  It was pretty exciting :)

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Fort Lewis College overlooks the town of Durango from this little desert mountain.  All I’m saying is if I went to college here I wouldn’t have gotten anything done!

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Neil and Rosie were kind enough to feed us and entertain us as well, so we probably spent just as much time with them as we did in Durango!  It was awesome.  I love the way Rosie decorates her home–stuff everywhere!  That’s how I tend to decorate too haha

We had a lovely time swapping stories, eating delicious food (and drinking lots of coffee), and sitting on their awesome front porch before we had to get going on the next leg of our trip.

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Thanks for having us, Neil and Rosie!  We’ll be back :)

I’ll post some more photos from our trip next week!  I hope you enjoyed exploring Durango with me!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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