Saturday, August 27, 2011


Happy weekend! I hope you all have something relaxing planned. Morgan is climbing a 14,000 foot peak. Not me. We have different ideas of "relaxing".

Our friends' garden just exploded with yummy vegetables. It's harvest time, and they have more veggies than they know what to do with. The other night, they cooked dinner for me (Morgan was stuck in a late meeting), and I got to partake of all that home-grown goodness. They made tomato salad, corn on the cob, and pork baked with fresh herbs. Yum.

Do you see that crazy-looking squash in the background?

Officially on my to-do list now:
1. Get a yard.
2. Plant a garden.

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stealing Away

Morgan and I stole away this afternoon for chips and margaritas at Rio, our favorite Mexican place. It was the perfect mid-week, spontaneous date to get me through to the weekend :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Field Trip

On Saturday, Morgan and I went on a little field trip. The Denver Ikea finally opened last month, so we decided to check it out. As this would be our first ever Ikea experience, we had to be prepared. We did some stretches. We quizzed one another with Swedish flash cards. We had no idea what to expect.

We were surprised to discover that visiting an Ikea is actually like going to a Disney Land for adults. You spend most of the day waiting in line. You feel slightly overwhelmed by the crowds and everything there is to look at, and half way through you start to whine that you would like a snack. And nothing about it seems even remotely real. It's very futuristic. Very European. And I say that with love, if you happen to be from Europe.

Ikea brought so much traffic to the neighborhood that there were several policemen on duty directing cars.

After walking through the miles of showrooms, the crowds are herded into a food court that serves meatballs and 50 cent hot dogs on nice dishes. Paper plates... Ugh. That is just so American.

We had a relaxing and productive weekend. Morgan and I have just discovered Mad Men (I know, we are way behind the times...) and we are hooked! We also finished painting our bedroom this weekend. I will post photos soon :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I went to pick up the cake for Morgan's Parent Night, and the bakery also had these beautiful little macarons. I tried to resist, but I have a serious weakness for sweet things.

So do Lily and Winston, apparently.

Did I mention that I get to nanny for these precious little ones? Winston is 3, and Lily is 18 months. They are so much fun!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

New West Fest

This weekend was New West Fest in Fort Collins. New West Fest is an outdoor music festival that brings out great local (and some more established) bands. The streets are closed off and hundreds of tents and booths and stages appear practically overnight. This was our first year attending. It was pretty great.

The weather in Fort Collins has been hot and dry... fortunately, someone had the decency to create makeshift water fountains all over town to keep us festival-goers hydrated. 

One of the bands performing was Shel, a female folk-rock band made up of four sisters. They are all so incredibly talented. Some good genes in that family. Listen here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fruit Season

Hello there. I hope you all had a marvelous weekend!

Here in Fort Collins, it's fruit season... finally! The West is a strange place. Summer takes much longer to get here than it does in the South. And then it's gone again in the blink of an eye. (Last year, the first snow fell in November... the year before, it was October!) Fruit isn't harvested until late July or August. I have been {not so patiently} waiting for good, fresh fruit to appear at the market. It's finally time.

Yummy Blueberry Crisp

It's funny the things we've had to adjust to, living in the West. The seasons are all mixed up. I have had to re-learn how to bake. And the ocean is half a continent away. To name a few things.

My friend Paige is coming to visit tomorrow! I am so excited to see her. I have been so richly blessed with visitors this month. It has been wonderful to show the people I love what our lives are like now that we live out here, so far away from what used to be our whole world. Can you believe we have been in Colorado for almost a year? Crazy.