Why yes the Colorado trip was a month an a half ago… Why yes I am just reporting on it now… 🙂 But don’t worry, the pictures are worth the wait…(well pictures from day 2 anyway 😉 See I’m keeping you wanting more.
Anyway the Original Post:
Can I go back to Colorado… Like now? My whole life I have been a California girl. I never imagined myself moving out of California… I mean… It’s freakin’ California…. That opinion is waning now. If you offered me a job in Colorado, I would take it in a heart beat.
Our first day in Colorado started out at Santa Ana Airport at 4:30am. After our flight (which left at 6:45) we arrived in Colorado at 10am. Right away we got our rental car, had lunch and headed to a Big Cat sanctuary. It was pretty cool, they had lots of tigers and even a few white tigers!
After about an hour there, the weather started to turn and it began to rain a little. The clouds looked pretty scary and I had remembered seeing ‘tornado shelter’ in the airport so my mind went to tornados… To be clear, I have no idea what tornado weather is, nor what it looks like so I don’t know why my mind went to tornados, but it did. After the rain picked up, Greg and I decided to call it a night and head to Colorado Springs. On the way to the hotel, I kept dozing off ( I had very little sleep the week leading to Colorado) I was asleep maybe 2 minutes at a time, it sucked! Greg said it was cute to see my head bounce though, it was that startled bounce every time I woke up.
On our way to CS we stopped a few times on the side of the high way (at turn outs of course) to take pictures. We just had to, never in my life had I seen a whole state as beautiful!
When we got to Colorado Springs, we checked into our hotel and headed out to dinner. We grabbed a quick bite at Red Robin (I had this yummy chicken bruchetta sandwich and greg had a decent cheeseburger) Isn’t it funny that a burger restaurant like red robin can’t compare to fast food like In-n-out or 5 guys? After dinner we called it a night. Waking up at 4am and a 1 hour time change can make one extremely tired!
These are images from the big cat sanctuary and the side of the road… I mean isn’t it beautiful!
Looking at all of the Colorado pictures makes me so sad… I cut my hair after this trip and I miss my long hair so bad! (Oh, and because I want to go back to Colorado).
My long awaited Colorado vacation is finally upon us! Well actually as I write this it is almost over.. 😦
I have been debating weather or not to post each day of the trip, and ultimately decided to hold off until I got home for a few reasons. One, I’m on vacation and should be enjoying it! Two, we only brought Greg’s computer and his photo editing programs don’t support my 5d’s RAW files,and I really didn’t want to post with out the awesome photos I have been taking… I mean I almost NEVER post without pictures… However, I didn’t want to leave my readers completely in the dark (Hi readers!) so I decided to give a quick vacation overview 🙂
Day One (May 16th)
- We left Orange County at 6:45 am and arrived in Denver at 10am.
- Once we had our rental car (enterprise completely did a bate-and-switch on us) NEVER will I use them again!
- We had lunch at Chick-fil-a (they are every where out here!)
- We went to a Big Cat Sanctuary
- We drove into Colorado Springs, Checked into our hotel and called it an early night
Day Two (May 17th)
- We went to Garden of the Gods (One of my Favorite things by far)
- We visited a replica western village
- We visited the Cliff Dwellings (and had some yummy fudge)
- We had dinner at Olive Garden and tried this AMAZING WINE (Roscato) I don’t like wine, but I loved it!
Day Three (May 18th)
- We took the Cog Railway up to Pikes Peek
- We visited Garden Of the Gods again (see I loved it!)
- Stargazing at Garden of the Gods
Day Four (May 19th)
- We ran a 5k (1000 ft elevation over 2 miles!) I had trouble running at high altitude
- We went to the Zoo (Now that is 2 zoo’s off our zoo in every state list!)
- We visited the William Rodgers Shrine
- Went to a Historic Grave Yard
- We packed 😦
- Went to a comedy club
Day Five (May 20th) –Tentative–
- One last drive around Garden of the Gods
- Drive into Denver
- Banjo Billy’s Denver Tour
Denver’s Botanical Gardens
- Home 😦
I am in love with Colorado, we leave tomorrow at 9pm and I am honestly so sad that we are leaving… I could stay here forever. I felt at home here and I love how active of a state it is! Never in a million years could I have even seen myself leaving California… that is until now… I am really heartbroken to leave Colorado behind…
[We’re actually home now… but I thought this post was worth it. Stay tuned for updates from each day!]
9 days til’ Ohio!
I don’t know how many of you actually follow my running/weight journey, but if you do, you may have noticed as of late (like the past week and a half) that my updates have been sparse. My weight has been on a little roller coaster lately. I swear I’m still trying to lose weight, but life has picked up and my wagon is starting to go a bit slow!
I reached -20 two weeks ago, and then gained 4 back because I was ecstatic about the loss that I felt like I earned the extra calories! I also have not had the motivation to run lately so I’m not hiring the calories that I was. Since gaining the 4 pounds back, I have dropped 3 and am at a 19 pound loss.
Here is a picture of me on st Patrick’s day, this was about 18 pounds down.
I also got a new job –extremely stressful– and I’m trying to learn to eat health and workout around my new job. I just have to keep reminding myself, if I really want it I will do it! My goal now is 15 pounds by my Colorado trip( 7 weeks,yay!!!!)
Like I said I haven’t been running, which isn’t good since I have the OC 1/2 marathon in a little over a month. I know I will be able to finish, but I won’t PR if I don’t get my butt into gear.
Like I mentioned above, I got a new job, today was day 3 of actual on site work. I work at a middle school in an after school program. It’s pretty stressful because the kids are middle school and there is no shortage of attitude! I was hand-picked for this site which gives me a bit of confidence, but the attitudes are really bad and they stress me to the max. I am the type of person who demands respect, and when I have a 12-year-old calling me a slut or other various bad name, I get pretty offended. The main thing with these kids, is you can’t let it get to you or they will eat you alive. I just have to keep reminding myself, that its great experience for my future job. My boss told me that if I can work this site, then I can work anywhere, so I’m trucking along. The first week is the hardest because all of the kids are testing me, I have 4 boys who are taking that testing to the limit. Luckily next week is spring break and no program( thankfully) I feel like I already need this break.
Well I’m extremely tired– I swear a 4.5 hour shift with middle schoolers is like a normal 8 hour shift– so I shall be heading to bed. yawwwn night 🙂
For those of you who notice this post was actually posted in the morning, see how tired I was, I couldn’t even hit post! lol 🙂 We’ll I’m off to the gym. Going to run a few miles before Daisy and I swim.
P.S. I got two new logos for my photography business. I can’t decide what one I like best, help?
If you like my logos I got them from Swept Away Graphics, Michelle was awesome to work with! She was fast, provided quality work and was very accommodating with request. I would go to her again in a heart beat!
So the question for you… Which do you like better? I was thinking the circle for my fine art, the swirl for my portrait, ya or nay? Let me know your thoughts.
I’m not making any promises, but if you like my photography, check back tomorrow. There might be a surprise! 🙂 Mums the word for now!
I failed this week! I am supposed to run at least 3 times per week and I failed. I am telling myself it is okay since I had a 12 mile run on Sunday, but I know really it’s not. My times lately have discouraged me so much that I just needed a break. I did however have a ‘long’ run scheduled today with Daisy, so I had to get up and do that. I love running with Daisy, although she is a bit faster than me, because it makes me get up and go running! I guess that is what best friends are for, to kick your butt into shape! I also tend to run SOOO much better when I run with her, which is why I am so excited that she is doing 3 of my next 4 races with me! (hopefully I can talk her into some more).
We were planning to go to mile square, but I really dislike running there, so we headed to Huntington Beach and ran along the coast. We did an easy 5.5 miles and kept a decent pace (The pace was a hell of a lot better than normal). After jogging the first mile, we did ¼ mile intervals of walking and jogging. Intervals are seriously my best friend, I love them! Overall we were consistent with our times, which I am happy about. It was a much better pace than the past two weeks which gives me motivation for this coming week.
This week at my weekly weight-in I was also down 1 pound. I find this really exciting because I have not been using sparkpeople lately. I have been trying to eat healthy on my own and make the right choices and as my weight shows, it is working. While it is only one pound, I am happy with a slow one pound loss, because it means that it is not fluctuation, it is actual weight loss. My mini-goal right now is to lose 15 pounds before Greg and I take our Colorado trip in May. (Yay, were exploring the world-ish). Then my goal from there is to maintain my weight in Colorado and keep it off for my trip to Ohio the following week. (Yay, I get to see my brother for the first time since Jr. high!!!!). I think maintaining—or even losing—in Colorado is possible, because we will be doing a 5K at the Cheyenne zoo and most of the activities we have planned are active type things. I also plan to run while I am there, so we’ll see what happens with that.
After the run Greg and I had a few errands to run. Our point and shoot camera broke so we took it into Best Buy. Since I bought it when I worked there, I added on the warranty (The warranties are pretty cheap for employees). I am hoping that they are just going to replace it rather than fix it—Fingers crossed! I have my eye on the Canon SX230 HS. I really like that one and I think it will be the perfect camera for everyday use. In other camera news, the 5D mk iii was announced. If I could sell my 50D for more than 900ish I would probably buy it. I am taking donations though, so if you want to give me money towards the “Theresa wants this freakin’ awesome camera” Foundation, I won’t turn you away.
I mean look at today’s running data…
They are pretty much forcing me to buy the 5D!
Oh, and if you are actually interested in the run data:
So it’s St. Patrick ’s Day next weekend, have any plans? I don’t, despite being Irish; we don’t really celebrate the day. It’s a day when a bunch of people walk around and mock our accent, claim they are ‘100% Irish”, get drunk, and promote a stereotype about us. It’s more of an annoyance; I might go drink though 😉 Oh, and if you do go out all of that ‘traditional Irish food’ you are eating, it’s not really typical Irish food. Most likely it is a fake knock off, or we don’t even eat it at all.