Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Spring Semester Whirlwind

I worked most days this semester from 8am to midnight.  I worked most weekends.  I joined a gym in April and got in the habit of leaving work at least a bit earlier than I had been (leave at 6 instead of 7) so I could burn off some anxiety.  The gym did wonders.  I'm feeling great mentally and physically.  Here's a brief summary of the few fun things I squeezed into my busy semester.

Dave came to visit me for my 31st birthday and stayed for the week!  It was bliss having him back in Colorado for a while, his first trip since moving out in July for his sweet new job.  I got a gnome that my aunt painted when she was young.  It lived in my Grandma's basement and I begged my aunt to let me have it.  My aunt Dawn also sent me something super special, a painting she made when she was really young that hung at Grandma's house!  It is a girl who kind of looks like me wearing a scarf and standing in a winter scene.  It's kind of hippie-ish and I just LOVE it.  My aunt Darcy send me my Grandma's snowflake necklace!  And my mom sent me the gnome with a bunch of apple pie filling that was gluten free.  So sweet!  Dave and I had the most amazing birthday dinner, fondue!  We made a bunch of fun things we could fry up that I usually don't get to eat because they usually are made with gluten, and it was so delicious!  (Cheese curds, onion rings, and some healthier stuff as well.)

Grandma's basement gnome. 

Me!  I'm not doing the pizza wedge!  (Although I'm also on a green)

I spent spring break skiing with cousins Jennifer and Ryan and uncle Randy at Copper Mountain, then went to visit Dave in New York.  Skiing was awesome.  Jennifer is the best guide and knew how far to push me.  I finally feel like I'm a skier and not a pizza-wedge-skier. 

 I flew to New York and had the pleasure of Dave's family coming to visit us in the city!  First we got Dave's brother and sister-in-law and all of the kids.  We went to the Natural History Museum and enjoyed the dinosaur bones.    The kids took the subway, and we had a taco party in Dave's small apartment, which was hilarious with Gavin (1) walking around and Dave's place being the least baby-proof place on earth.  :)

If we put him on the bed, maybe he won't get into trouble!

Connor playing Dave's banjo.

On the subway.  Dave's sister-in-law is on the left.  She is the mother of these cute kids!
Dave and I went to Katz's deli on Good Friday thinking we'd be the only people willing to eat meat during lent.  Yeah, we were wrong.  Awesome pastrami sandwich (I ate the meat and pickles, Dave ate the bready part). 

This is a gluten free bakery that Dave found for me, Tu-lu's in NYC.  I got a cupcake and maybe a coffee cake for breakfast the next day.  YUM.  Such a treat!

We met up with Dave's friends Carly and John at the Headless Horseman.
We also found a Trader Joe's wine shop near by and stocked up (that backpack held a lot of wine!)  The next day, we met Dave's newly-wed brother and sister-in-law for brunch and a museum day.  We went to the transit museum in Brooklyn.  It was pretty cool, you could walk through old subway cars and see the funny ads on them. 

Finally, on Easter we went to a beautiful cathedral called Riverside.  Awesome architecture.  I flew home on Easter and wouldn't see Dave again until late May. 

I had some great seniors this semester that kept me company and kept me sane.  I'm lucky to work with such great students, which is the reason I'm still here and haven't gone running east just yet.  

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