Thursday, May 18, 2017

ten things to do in Denver etc.............

I had a great time getting away from okc last weekend.  On Sunday we were up early for a slow morning and breakfast and chill with the kids... eventually we made it to an 11 am service at church.  our host V was part of a mother video during the service.  Afterwards we went home and got the kids lunch while the rest of relaxed and then we all went out for lunch to Chipotle and then to Jarrod's, a garden nursery.  I bought a few more plants and the ladies shopped around while V's hubby went to goodwill and then came back to pick us up.  Back at the house, more time with kids in the basement playing and then at 3:15 the O's came by to pick me up.  They are a married couple that retired last summer from teaching in Central America and now live in Littleton.  They took me to Nelly's , a frozen yogurt place and we met their oldest son there with wife and 3 kids, and another son and a daughter. the youngest 2 kids I taught at the school while teaching at the same school during my 3 years there.  What a great joy to talk to everyone and see them all etc etc.
The rest of the night we chilled and sat around after dinner talking. Monday we drove up to Boulder and got there by 10 am.  it was pretty damn awesome. real nice walk up and down street with tons of places to shop, sort of like manhattan for all the best outdoors companies. lots of hot beardy outdoorsy guys walking all around as well. got me curious what the town is like when college is in, must go back someday! We drove highway 6 which turned into north 93. great views of the foothills all the way... we went into a store called Peppercorn and my friend T found everything she'd ever wanted as a baker, great supplies!! and we bought some other stuff etc etc.  also went to Topo Designs store on pearl street to check my sizes in case I ever shop online, although I'll probably just stick to travel gear...  walked around, had lunch at Colore Pizza.
Tuesday up by 8am packed and ready. I think we left around 9 am, but on the way out of town , just north of downtown, we searched for a breakfast place and found a really nice one, Four Friends Breakfast.  Eggs, pancake, and some "barbecue" potatoes. mmmmm nothing much to say otherwise about the trip.. it was LONG... all the way to Salina KS and then down to OKC.  we drove through a horrid thunderstorm and got off the hiway to park under the overpass with other cars during a torrential downpour.  stopped for lunch somewhere. stopped in wichita for dinner. arrived home at 11am. whew!  I slept SO GOOD in my own bed. yesterday (wed) I had to go into work from 11 am to 4pm for my new summer job in admissions (once a week, 5 hours).  today I was in the yard planting things I bought in CO.
gym time twice today, swam laps this morning and also this afternoon. i was going to work out after my swim this afternoon but came home instead since the storms were approaching OKC.  This morning though. there was this younger guy in compression shorts type swim wear, nice looking tall guy. he chatted me up about my swim afterwards in the locker room.  I did say much back to him. and I thought about while walking out to the parking lot, I really must learn to ask questions back to people. for example when he asked me "how was your swim?" I just said, great, really wakes me up for the day and that was it. smile and grunt to whatever he said back...  for some reason I tend to do the "man up" thing and say less with few words with strangers.  so dumb. I need to be social or at least ask something back when people start a conversation with me. I'm horrible at that when it's off the cuff.  hopefully I'll run into him again after swimming laps. My goal , now that summer has begun for me, is to start swimming every morning and afternoon like I did last smmer.
It really took me all night to blog tonight, I was watching Doc Marten on tv meanwhile which disctracted me. now it's late and I'm going to hit the hay.  hope everyone is ready for a good summer. cheers for checking out the blog. :)

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