Our favorite moments from Colorado

Andrew and I spent a week in Colorado with my brother last month ….

Here are just some quick notes before I forget them – some highlights of our week in Colorado:

  • The 16+ hour drive to and from – Andrew’s absolute favorite
  • touring the Stanley Hotel
  • touring the brewery – I just love guided tours
  • seeing elk so so close to the road
  • getting out and hiking in gorgeous weather
  • meeting Kevin’s girlfriend, roommates, and seeing where he’s been living for the last couple years
  • Kevin’s throne-like toilet
  • taking Andrew on his (first) trip to Rocky Mountain National Park!
  • driving in the rain and stopping for coffee

Check out our favorite moments from past vacations too – Scotland and Alaska.

More photos and stories of Colorado to come.

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Planning a redesign of this site

I’d love to hear if there’s anything you absolutely love or absolutely hate about the current design … as well as any requests for the future?

Keep in mind, I’m doing the redesign myself so it will be SUPER basic.

Thanks for reading!!

xo

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Wisconsin: Sunday brunch

Sunday morning in Wisconsin …. We had the whole morning before we had to head to the airport to go home.

Liz’s maid-of-honor had gotten to the house around 2am and was so surprised to see how clean the kitchen was. Not done, of course, but so much cleaner than when she and Liz left it Saturday morning.

Liz and Dave were expected back home around 10a or so, so we started some of the food for all of the family and friends coming over for brunch.

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Carrying over the threshold :)

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Dave made a bunch of bloody Marys. So many that one of Liz’s brothers actually had to make another grocery store run for more supplies!

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gorgeous gorgeous day

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Andrew took one last walk out to the corn field.

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And we said good-bye to Liz. Love her.

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(she makes a fantastic Muppet face)

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We didn’t go STRAIGHT to the airport.

We actually drove to the other side of town to meet one of the vendors that Andrew uses for Ghostbot Records. This guy masters vinyl records out of his basement. And does a TON of them. No pictures there, but it was so interesting to hear Andrew and him talking “shop” :)

Off to the Madison airport around 3p.

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Returned the rental car, printed out our tickets, got lunch.

Quiznos. For reals.

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And then sat around for a REALLY long time because United Airlines is ridiculous. This poor airline attendant was literally the only United employee handling 3 different gates, MULTIPLE delayed flights and all the angry customers that goes along with it. I watched him run from one gate to another while STILL trying to answer passengers’ questions and get them sorted out.

Poor guy.

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QUICK weekend trip to Wisconsin – but TOTALLY worth it.

What should I plan for the next time we go to Wisconsin?

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I normally don’t like weddings that have a bunch of extra time between the ceremony and reception – it just seems like a big waste to me. But in this case, because we didn’t really have any other opportunity to really SEE Wisconsin, I loved it.

The wedding itself ended at maybe 2:45p or 3, and the reception didn’t officially start until 6p.

Andrew had been to Madison once before, so he thought I would like to see the lakes in/around the city.

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First stop. Coffee….

We found this cute little drive through coffee place called Java Cat, got a few directions from the barrista and were on our way.

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Which, basically means we just drove around Lake Monona or Mendota (we never figured out which it was) until we found a nice place to park.

It was just this little residential area, with plenty of street parking and a tiny tiny little “park” where we could sit by the water.

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gorgeous, right?

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Can you imagine living there?

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But, you know…. EVENTUALLY we had our fill and made it over to the reception. It was in the basement of a restaurant… WI2  025

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Liz is an art teacher and she had all her students draw pictures of her and Dave as a bride and groom and used them as table centerpieces. ADORABLE.

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(the much-anticipated pint glasses)

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We got to the reception apparently after most other people so we ended up sitting way way way in the back. This wasn’t even our view of the grand entrance. This is me getting up and walking out of the back room where we were hidden away just so we could kind of see what was happening…

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YUM. Wedding cake and coffee.

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I love Liz

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We ended up leaving the reception around 9p or so – but since it was summer and so far north, we got back to Liz and Dave’s with still a little bit of sunlight.

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A little snack, a little game of fooseball in the basement …

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And then Andrew went to work doing dishes.

We’ve found that dishes are an easy chore that it is hard to do wrong, but helps out someone a lot :)

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We thought we would be alone in the house, but I was woken up at 1 or 2am by tipsy laughing and tumbling up the stairs. Turns out some of Liz’s friends were staying there as well.

We saw them the next morning – post on that tomorrow

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Wisconsin: Madison, rain and a wedding

Saturday – our only FULL day in Wisconsin.

I was woken up at 8a or so by a banging on the backdoor. I mean, I realized afterward that this is what it is, but essentially Liz and Dave had ordered personalized pint glasses for their wedding favors but they had not arrived on time. Dave spoke to the company Friday morning and more or less said if he doesn’t get them by Saturday morning he doesn’t want them and won’t accept the delivery.

So, lucky us, the UPS man showed up early Saturday morning with boxes and boxes of pint glasses.

Liz had spent the night at her maid-of-honor’s house Friday night, and Dave took the glasses (and other things) to their reception location Saturday morning, so Andrew and I woke up to an empty house Saturday morning. Kinda strange, but Liz and Dave are so easy it wasn’t too weird.

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Liz MUST have come by earlier in the morning, because their coffee and supplies were all set out nicely for us. And Dave doesn’t drink coffee so he told us he wouldn’t have thought of it at all.

Sophie and Daniel came in – coffee and bathroom and food.

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After having so many people over the night before, the kitchen looked like this:

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So Andrew and I did a little bit of cleaning before we had to get ready to go.

Saturday was lovely and overcast… high 60s/low 70s. Not rainy (yet).

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The ceremony was at 2p, so we got all fancied up and left to go visit Madison-proper and left around 12:30p to find lunch …

(sidenote: Photo below – not pregnant, just arching my back)

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We drove to Madison, where Dave told us there were a bunch of restaurants around the capitol building. Easy. We found cheap-ish parking (cheap for our Los Angeles standards) and walked a couple blocks to the capitol square in our wedding attire.

Dave had recommended The Great Dane, but of course that was a sit-down restaurant and we didn’t even have enough time to account for the wait it would take before we got a table, so we kept going.

And what did we end up getting for lunch? Quizno’s. Just like the day before. Like I mentioned, it’s nice to have a ‘fast food’ option that at least gets us real vegetables.

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We took our sandwich/wrap across the street to sit on a bench right near the capitol building to eat.

We didn’t have a ton of time to walk around, take pictures, or really experience the area, but it was a nice place for lunch.

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Until it started pouring and neither of us had jackets, let alone umbrellas.

This now makes the 3rd city we’ve gotten caught in the rain while traveling (previously Rome and Edinburgh).

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Luckily the rain lightened just a tiny bit to allow us to power-walk back the the car. But Andrew’s (wedding) shirt was soaked all the way through, so he just took it off and hung it (wet) on the back of his seat. Hoping it would dry by the time we got to the wedding.

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Almost.

Andrew put his (now damp) shirt back on in the church parking lot…

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(church bathroom selfie)

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And then our awesome friend Liz got married!!!!

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She’s the best!

And we really like Dave :)

And we’re so so grateful we were able to come out for her big day!

But, then we had a couple hours before the reception to kill some time … that post tomorrow.

Have you ever gotten caught in the rain while traveling?

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So now you know we went to Wisconsin for the weekend. For this L.A. girl, it was an awful lot of farmland. Everywhere.

And by everywhere, I mean EVERYWHERE.

Dave and Liz’s house was the next-to-last one at the end of a street. At the very end of the street was this … fence? Guard rail? Slight obstacle? And then just fields. A field of wildflowers first ….

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Andrew, Daniel, Sophi and I took a little suburban hike through this neighboring field. It was a gorgeous gorgeous day. I was wearing the absolute WRONG shoes for walking around in dirt and rocks, but I lived through it.

Looking back toward the houses – we stayed in that yellow one. You can just see the garage behind the red house.

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Daniel and Sophie had explored a little bit already, and were taking us to the corn field just past the edge of the wildflower field.

Andrew waited for me – since I was having trouble finding the non-existent path in my not-for-walking shoes.

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And then we got to the corn field and Daniel and Sophie were nowhere to be found? Daniel’s beer was on the side of the field, but they were missing?

I don’t remember how long they let us wonder, but suddenly D&S just popped up out of the middle of the field!

There’s a saying – knee-high by the Fourth of July? This corn was almost waist high the week before the 4th.

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It was just lovely….

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By the time we got back to the house, it was full of people. Family and friends and wedding party and nieces and nephews and all.

Liz is from a big Catholic family – I could barely keep half of her siblings straight let alone everyone else.

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We went out to eat on the lawn – SO gorgeous out there!

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Andrew discovered this family recipe of Liz’s – fruit dip (cream cheese, marshmallow creme and vanilla) …. but he used it for cookies. And had about a million.

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Later in the evening, once most of the guests had left, Sophie taught us how to play Yahtzee!

It’s such an iconic American family game, isn’t it? I can’t believe we hadn’t played it before.

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Kind of a LONG day, but so nice to see both Liz and Daniel!

Next: WEDDING! and getting caught in the rain

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Wisconsin: A morning of travel

Since I’ve been blogging here so irregularly, I forget what I have told you and what I have not.

So let’s start WAY at the beginning.

Our friend Liz got engaged late last year, and Andrew was so excited to go to the wedding! He and Liz worked together in Phoenix and she has since moved (back) to Wisconsin. She came out to visit us last summer, but other than that we never get to see her. So we made plans to travel to Wisconsin the last weekend in June….

…. and then we decided that I would quit my job, so I deliberately did NOT request that Friday off work so I would be sure to have quit by then (!!). So my last day at the day job was June 21, and the following Friday we were up at 3am to leave the house at 4am to get to LAX in time for our 6am flight.

I was easing into my new schedule, but it wasn’t terrible to get up that early. I probably fell asleep at 9p the night before. Andrew, on the other hand…. He apparently doesn’t need sleep. Or doesn’t do time well. He got home just a couple hours before he had to get up. Maniac.

We don’t fly out of LAX all that often, so we’ll call it an adventure. We parked at The Spot and took a shuttle and that was far more manageable than having to worry about someone picking up/dropping us off. LAX is kind of the worst.

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We had a few hours to Denver airport, and then another hour or so to Madison.

I started this book … which led me to start making crazy notes for this site that was just an idea then. (Now it’s barely more than an idea, but at least it exists).

Great book. Highly recommended.

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Andrew slept. The whole way.

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We got to Denver …. 10a or so? Hard to say with the time changes, but definitely in time for lunch for us. Since we had been up since 3a.

Here’s the problem with lunch: I like real food. And it’s hard to find real food, fast, at an airport. Especially since I’m trying to eat gluten-free-ish.

BUT! Miracle of miracles! Quizno’s has wraps. Basically salad in a tortilla. And they’re not half bad. I was so pleasantly surprised (and Andrew got to try some fancy hot sandwich. Seriously so pleased to have found something that genuinely resembled food I would make for myself at home.

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We arrived in Madison, Wisconsin at about 1p or so. Wisconsin time. Picked up our rental car ….

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…. and it was raining.

Not exactly the way you want to start a wedding weekend, but the weather was certainly gorgeous. Only partially cloudy sky with a bit of sprinkles? LOVE.

And the scenery? Even barely leaving the airport was gorgeous and green all around (compare that to leaving LAX? Yea.).

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Our friend Liz offered us the guest room in her fiancee’s house (her new home)…. SO generous. Especially since we hadn’t yet met Dave.

His house is in a suburb of Madison, in a neighborhood 10-years-old or so. With a lovely big field at the end of his street (which I assume will one day be more houses).

The view from our room …

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And then we went to work.

Liz and Dave were hosting their rehearsal dinner at their house that night and still had a long long list of things to do.

So we dug in. You know, to pay for our room and board for the weekend.

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Andrew’s brother Daniel and his girlfriend Sophie live in Chicago, only about 3 hours away, so they came up for a part of the weekend to see us.

They slept in Daniel’s truck parked outside Liz and Dave’s house.

So fun to see them and at least know *someone* that weekend since we literally knew no one but Liz.

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Liz left about 4p to go to the rehearsal, and we stayed at the house to finish prepping some food ….

… and checking out the rest of the house.

The living room was full of wedding stuff – centerpieces and favors and all.

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Dave and Liz’s house is the one on the left. The front faces this community front yard, the back/garage face a small road.

It’s a NICE neighborhood :)

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We had time for a little more exploring before everyone came for dinner.

That post is tomorrow.

Have you ever been to Wisconsin?

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30 Days of Lists returns in September!

Join us in September for another round of 30 Days of Lists. Another quick journaling challenge. Another opportunity to record YOUR STORY.

30 Days of Lists is our encouragement and challenge to you that you CAN journal just something every day- even something as small as a list.

Every day through the month of September 2013 we will be posting a list prompt – anything from weekend goals to celebrity crushes. At the end of the 30 days you’ll have a collection of entries creating a small snapshot of your life right now.

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Feeling

Stressed. Busy. Still trying to figure out how to balance my schedule and my deadlines and all the ‘someday’ projects I want to get started on now that I am mostly self-employed. Trying to make money for all the things we need and want is a constant focus.

Watching

Parks and Recreation. I love marathoning TV shows with Andrew and we’ve watched several seasons in the last few weeks.

Reading

The Game of Thrones series (technically A Song of Ice and Fire series). Currently book 2 of 5. I’m reading FAR less now that I don’t have a day job to sit at 40 hours/week.

Thinking about

Marketing. Marketing for L&R and Ghostbot Records and Maggie’s photography business and Kevin’s author site. I love marketing, actually.

Eating

Red bell peppers. ALWAYS. Sprouts has them for 3/$1 often and I can eat 1 or 2 a day. With chicken sausage or hummus or cottage cheese or stuffed with taco meat. I’m not picky. I love them.

Looking forward to

Traveling! We have potentially 3 really awesome trip opportunities in the next year! 2 different locations where we can get a free place to stay so we should just go to take advantage, and a 3rd location where there will probably be a wedding! Perfect reason to go.

Now you know why I am constantly feeling stressed about money :)

Making me happy

Being home.  I love our house. I love being home with the cats and my own kitchen and real food. I love not having to wear ‘work clothes’ every day. I love not having to stay awake until midnight just to get home.

I am SO happy being mostly self-employed in spite of the money stresses.

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Schubert HQ: blinds for all the windows

When we bought the house, we just had the contractors take down ALL the window coverings (if there were any) and paint white.

We figured we would just start over. The house was vacant for a year before we moved – lord knows what was going on in there.

So we had bare windows when we moved in. We put up curtains on the front window right away (for obvious reasons), but the rest of the windows were bare until the end of May/beginning of June some time! Yup. More than a year later.

We put up curtains in our bedroom, but after that we had 2 bedroom windows upstairs, and a dining room and bedroom window downstairs that were bare. We decided to just put up blinds – Andrew didn’t want white, I didn’t want black, so we opted for a warm wood in all the rooms. It matches the floor on the downstairs of the house, so the color scheme of the whole house stays roughly together.

BEFORE:

Notice that the downstairs bedroom has light blocked with a sheet nailed up. Classy. And the upstairs room has light blocked with a couple big pieces of cardboard. Yup.

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I mean, they’re just blinds, but the house feels so much nicer with them. PLUS the upstairs office that gets a lot of direct sunlight is staying a lot cooler with the blinds closed all the time.

I work in there in the mornings, blinds open and looking outdoors, and then close the blinds for the afternoon sun.

Also! If you come stay with us, there will be blinds on YOUR room too!

Win-win.

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