May Photo-a-Day

I realize we are now 5 days into June, making this post a little late, but I wanted to share my collection of May Photo-a-Day pictures with you all.  Also, please remind me not to commit to these challenges anymore, as I kept forgetting to put my picture up and half of these never even made it onto Instagram.  Oops!  All forgetfulness aside, May was a fantastic month and I’m ready to start June on a happy note.

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“I bought this!”  New hot pink running shoes.  I’m very loyal to my Brooks.

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“Morning ritual” I think I have my dad to thank for my tea drinking obsession.  Although I think he drinks about 5x as much as I do per day.  I’ve been in love with this lemon ginger tea for years.

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“This is really good!”  If I have to be home sick on a Friday night, at least I can watch the Rockies game from bed.

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“In my cup”  An iced latte at the Wooden Spoon, possibly the cutest little breakfast place I’ve ever been to.

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“Paper”  Program and ticket to Mary Poppins at the Buell Theater in Denver as part of Joey’s mom’s birthday celebration.  Thank you, Lori!!

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“Broken”  There’s nothing like asparagus season.

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“Something beginning with F”  My feet, kicking back after a day at work.  My fashion sense can’t be replicated.

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“Shape”  Not sure if I was referring to the shape of these donuts or what they might do to your shape if you eat too many…

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“Snack”  Cough drops: the snack of the sick.

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“Stars”  I love this album of Ellie Goulding’s.  We’re actually seeing her in concert (with Bruno Mars!!) later this summer and I could not be more excited.

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“A smile”  Okay, is anyone else laughing at the disinterested look on Hunni’s face?

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“Mother”  My own mother, my sister and I on Mother’s Day.

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“Sunset”  Larimer Street on a warm Monday night in Denver.  Joey and I spent a lovely anniversary dining al fresco at Rioja.  I was in my happy place.

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“Need”  Believe me when I say this pre-Vegas pedicure was much needed.  I wish I remembered the name of that color because I love it!

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“7 O’Clock”  Just finishing up at the gym.

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“Mailbox”  I’ll consider myself a real adult when I check my mail and actually have stuff in there.  For now, it’s basically Cooking Light and our city newspaper, which is about 5 pages long.

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“Season”  Nothing says spring like blossoms on the trees.  Or in Colorado’s case, nothing says spring like freak snowstorms one day and blossoms on the trees the next.

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“Want”  I really wish I could remember the exact description of this burger on the menu.  I just know that it was delicious, especially alongside a beer and 3 sides of fries 😛

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“My favorite view”  Nuff said.

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“Light”  That would be a psychedelic image of Jim Morrison during the light show down on Fremont Street in Las Vegas.  He was only 27 when he died — tragic!

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“I care about this”  Or more like “I care about these.”  I came across this picture of my parents on my sister’s phone.  She took it in front of our hotel in Vegas and I find it hysterical.  I wish I had seen my mom doing this in person!

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“Change”  Confession: Joey always leaves change on our kitchen counter and I always snag it and add it to my change collection.  Which I keep in a little cupcake-shaped container I painted when I was about 10.  And Joey may or may not be reading this over my shoulder right now, so I guess the secret’s out.

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“PJs”  I no longer know the difference between my pajamas and my work-out clothes.  But pairing it with slippers automatically makes it pajamas, right?

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“Go”  Green light on a cloudy morning drive to work.

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“Us”  Joey and I at the Boulder Farmer’s Market on a very busy Saturday morning.  All busy-ness aside, the weather was beautiful and the pupusas were delicious.

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“Fave thing to do on Sunday”  There’s nothing better than a lazy Sunday morning with a cup of tea, a delicious breakfast and some Food Network going on in the background.  True Story: I love watching “Sandwich King” on Sunday mornings.  Jeff Mauro is so fun — I bet the camera crew has a blast filming him and how adorable is his son Lorenzo??

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“Can’t live without”  Uh no, not referring to that Michelob Ultra — blech!  Referring to my two Bolder Boulder companions.  I look forward to hanging out with these two at Folsom Field every Memorial Day.

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“What you’re doing now”  Snacking on some Nut Thins and hummus.  I forgot how much I love these crackers until I saw them on sale and grabbed two boxes last week.

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“Kiss”  Doesn’t he look like he’s enjoying my affection?

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“Tool”  Work tools.  For the record, those highlighters stood up like that all on their own.

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“Four things”  Four perfectly crispy sweet potato fries at Friday night’s dinner at Park Burger.  Does anyone else remember not even knowing what sweet potato fries were?  They’re everywhere now!

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What were the highlights of your May?

What is your favorite thing to do on Sunday?

Sweet potato or regular fries?

Vegas Vacation: Part II

Part of what made this vacation so good (and easy!) was the fact that everyone felt free to do their own thing.  The eight of us didn’t feel obligated to eat every meal together, walk to every hotel together, or see every attraction together.  I don’t know about your family, but my family has this problem where we can’t seem to coordinate or agree on anything during vacation.  It was really nice not to have that problem this time around.

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Take Monday for instance, half of us wanted to go see the Hoover Dam, while the rest of us were content to relax at the pool all day.  I happened to be part of the latter half.  Joey, Hannah and I grabbed breakfast (and Bloody Mary’s of course!) over at Planet Hollywood then spent the rest of the day at the pool.  Funny Story: We headed over to the “party pool” when were first got there and it was 1) completely empty and 2) $100/chair or $500/cabana!  Shockingly, we decided to pass and headed back to one of the three free and just as relaxing pools.

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I drank two of these bigger-than-me beers and felt prrrrrrretty good.  Cut to Hannah and I floating around and gabbing in the pool for hours, followed by a totally unplanned nap.  Oops!  Once the other half of our group got back from the dam (which I was told was very cool), we all met up for dinner at Todd English PUB, which we actually went to three times during the trip.  It was inside our hotel and had a nice outdoor patio in the shade.  Plus, taps at the tables?!

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After dinner, we all caught a couple cabs and headed over to Fremont Street.  I kept calling it “Old Las Vegas” while Joey called it “Downtown Vegas” but either way it definitely has a different vibe than the Strip.  I think my uncle described it as “seedy.”  Certainly not as glamorous as some of the hotels on the Strip, but fun in its own right.  The whole reason we went was because the whole street is covered by this giant canopy that plays a light show every hour on the hour.  The one we saw happened to be Doors themed, so think lots of psychedelic colors and images of Jim Morrison.  I loved it!

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We even had time to catch part of the pirate show in front of Treasure Island afterwards.  It was so cheesy and I could not stop laughing.  We ditched it to see the volcano erupt over at the Mirage instead.  I can’t believe how hot it feels while those flames are going.

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On our last day, we all met up at Café Vettro for breakfast.  My uncle and Michelle had an earlier flight so they just stopped by for a few minutes to say goodbye.  I love seeing my uncle and it’s always so sad when we have to say goodbye to him.  Until next time, Uncle!  In less depressing news, breakfast was delicious, the miniature condiments were adorable and Joey snapped a hilarious picture of Hannah giving me the side eye as a scold my mom for refusing to be in a picture with the rest of us girls.

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Got one eventually 🙂

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We had to check out of our hotel at 11 AM and our flight wasn’t until 6:40 PM (before it was delayed at least), so we entertained ourselves by strolling through the whimsical garden at the Wynn, gasping at the prices in some of the shops inside the Venetian (a $400 scarf?!) and sampling sodas at the Coca-Cola Factory.  For the record, almost all of the samples were horrible and I don’t think we finished a measly cup between the four of us.  Joey was just spectating as we have a serious bet on whether he can make it through the year without drinking soda.

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Our one last food stop was at Earl of Sandwich.  I’d heard crazy good things and Joey had seen the place packed back when he stayed at Planet Hollywood in March. One classic with roast beef, cheddar and horseradish and four clubs later we reached the conclusion that the sandwiches were really good (I loved the soft bread!) but maybe not as good as all the hype suggested.  Maybe it’s better at 2 AM?

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At this point, we met up with my dad who was grabbing a bite to eat at the PUB and soon heard that our flight was really delayed so we ordered some beers and hung out.  I got a Pyramid Weiss Cream and it was delicious!  We eventually made our way to the airport and hung out at yet another pub-style restaurant (with horrible beer!) until our plane took off.

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It may have had something to do with how tired we all were, but back at DIA my mom accidentally got on the escalator thinking we were following her and when she turned around and realized we weren’t she had this huge look of surprise on her face, then walked the wrong way on the escalator to get off.  It was perhaps the most adorably funny thing I’ve ever seen 🙂

I’m so sad the trip we looked forward to for so long is over, but I’m so happy to have such great vacation memories.