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How to Visit a Traveler

This past month, we’ve had quite a few visitors and began to prepare for our next move. At the end of March, my Mom & my nephew, Mickey came to visit for a few days. The first week in April, my best friend, Kellie & her husband Phil came to visit for a week-long birthday celebration (my husband & Kel’s birthdays are 4 days apart!).

When visiting a traveler:

1. Plan your trip near the end of your traveler friend’s time in that location. This way the traveler will know the area and be able to navigate the cool stuff.

Mom & Mickey with one of the locals

2. Be willing to sleep in small, cramped places, on the floor and share a bathroom.

Mickey enjoying the view

3. Save room in your suitcase for sheets, pillows, maybe even towels-no we don’t have extras!

At the base of the Manitou Incline, that summit up there is false!

Kel & I hiking down Barr Trail from the Incline summit

4. Be open to trying new food, new beer & wine, and seeing new things- that’s what the traveling lifestyle is all about!

Chad & Phil hiking down the dusty trail

5. Make sure you take EVERYTHING you brought back home with you, or it will likely go to Goodwill when we move again!

Me & the Husband with Kel & Phil @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

We had a great time with all of our guests! Thanks to my great friend, Erin, my Mom & Mickey, & Kellie & Phil for taking the time and money to come visit us in Colorado Springs!! It was great to be able to share our traveling adventure with friends and family. We are currently booking floor space for visitors this summer when we will be in the Bay Area in CA!

Here’s a list of some of the fun stuff we did:

D’Vine Wine

Cave of The Winds

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Manitou Springs and the Manitou Incline

Pioneer Museum

Shopping & Beer drinking in Boulder

Sunny Days are Here Again

The sunny days are finally outweighing the cloudy days here in Colorado. I’ve been waiting for some of these 300 days of sunshine that Colorado brags about! Luckily, the weather was beautiful for the weekend that my friend, Erin, visited. We recreated our fun, girl-y, college days by boutique shopping in the middle of the day while everyone else was at work, reading trashy magazines, eating chocolate, and having fabulous lunches. We had the best lunch ever at Adam’s Mountain Cafe in Manitou Springs. Seriously, if you’re ever in the Springs area- just do it, go, and you won’t be disappointed.

While Erin was here, she cheered my traveling buddy, Lori, & I on during the St. Patrick’s Day 5K in downtown Colorado Springs. The race didn’t start until 10 AM- hells yeah!

Me & Erin before the race. Loved all the green! Green is my signature cu-llah (name that movie!).

Action shot by Erin!

Post-race brunch at The Olive Branch. I had an amazing strawberry smoothie to match my (still) pink face. Then we had to drive Erin straight to the airport to fly home to New Orleans. Miss her already!

Since the weather has been so nice, we’ve been trying to get in as much hiking as possible. One of the places we’ve heard about is Helen Hunt Falls (NOT named for the actress- I’m not a fan!), named for a writer & activist. It was gorgeous, but unbelievably still icy! The increase in elevation from Colorado Springs for many hikes= colder temperatures, ice, & snow- of course I always forget about this factor when dressing since it was such a non-issue growing up in Louisiana.

Iced over Falls

Love this picture Lori took while we were rested, even though Miss Kerbey was too cool to be seen with us.

I have a little less than 3 weeks left in this rotation! I’m going to be sad to leave, but excited to check out California! I’m not 100% sure on where I’ll be next, but I’ve been doing phone interviews & one in particular is promising! If it works out, I owe a lot to my recruiter, Kim, and my staffing company, Reflectx Staffing. They have been able to find me great assignments in unbelievable locations! “I love it when a plan comes together.” ( What TV show/movie??)

 

 

Homesick

This is the first Mardi Gras that my husband and I have spent outside of Louisiana. It’s also the first time I’ve been homesick while on this traveling adventure. My husband misses the King Cake, I miss the huge parades with friends & time to kick back and relax! Back home in Louisiana, we used to get 3-5 days off of school for Mardi Gras, when I was in college in New Orleans, it was the whole week!

We found out that a local town here in CO has their own Mardi Gras celebration so we decided to drive on over to Manitou Springs to check it out. I give them an A for effort, but it did not fulfill our wishes for King Cake OR big parades! I have dubbed it “A Hippie’s Mardi Gras”.

There was a walking parade, that was open to all pedestrians.

Manitou is known for its creative energy, so the parade was a showcase of  costumes.

Some of the parade walkers threw candy, a few threw beads, but most of them looked lost- I took it upon myself to shout “Happy Mardi Gras” as loud as possible while dancing to music in my head just to show them how it’s done. That’s another thing that makes me homesick- the music! We did get to hear “Mardi Gras Mambo” by a decent band after the parade for only $1 cover.

So here it is Lundi Gras and I’m wishing that I was trudging around in my galoshes on the streetcar line with a super-sized Hurricane in my hand. I guess I’ll have to settle for my BFF from NOLA coming to visit in 2 days!!!! 🙂

 

Jampacked!

The last couple weeks have been FULL of new adventures!

1. Snowboarding, love it!

2. Fun dinners & Girl Time with my other traveler OT, Lori!

3. Boulder, CO- favorite town in CO, so far!

Lots of beer in Boulder! The craft beer here is amazing! This was at Mountain Sun Pub.

4. Finally broke down and started running outside with the hills & the wind vs. the treadmill. Signed up for the 5k next week.

Saturday March 12, 2011 @ 10 AM Acacia Park in Downtown Colorado Springs

 

5. Getting ready for my next visitor, my BFF from college, Erin! yay!! She’s coming to visit during the last half of her Mardi Gras break! I can’t wait!



Beer & The Bitter Cold

Last weekend we attended the Winter Brewfest in Denver. It was a good time!

Before moving to Colorado, we had heard about all the microbreweries and great beer. We put attending a beer festival on our “to do list”. There was definitely an eclectic mix of brews here, with several choices from each brewery. Chad trended toward the dark ales and I chose more pale ales or wheat beer. Out of all that we tasted, Chad’s favorite was the Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing in Montana and I liked the Colorado Native, which is made with ingredients all found in the state of CO. Good Stuff!

This is the food truck that saved my life. Basic Kneads offers wood-fired pizza that is amazing! They use organic flour in their dough and the veggie margherita pizza was superb. It was perfect on a stomach full of barley and hops! If you’re in the Denver area you should try it out.

 

Since last weekend, the bitter cold has descended upon us! We’re talking negative temperatures, but luckily not too much snow. It’s been an inside kind of week, with the exception of our apartment building’s fire alarm going off at 3 AM for about an hour with a temp of -12. Boooo!

The sad part of my week is that my traveler BFF left for her rotation in California, :(. Miss you, Lisa!

(she was being an honorary Saints Fan with us, but her loyalty lies with the Buffalo Bills & Tim Tebow since she’s a Gator!)

The best thing that’s happened all week is that my good friend from OT school who is also a traveler came to Colorado Springs to work with me!!! Her name is Lori & she even brought her dog, A.C., so that Kerbey could have a friend. We can’t wait to show her around Colorado & have some new adventures!

Look at sweet A.C. mugging for the camera. Poor Kerbs, that’s just her face, she can’t change it.

So, it’s been a rollercoaster week. I hope everyone is staying warm out there!

 

 

Therapy Humor

As an occupational therapist working as a part of a multi-disciplinary team, I encounter some awesome people. Most are intelligent, motivated, and respected professionals; the rest are high-energy, creative, and hilarious! I am having such a great time with my work team right now, I can’t wait for tomorrow’s lunch hour!

Here are two videos from youtube about occupational therapy,  I think there was some kind of contest to make an OT rap.  You may have to be a therapist to truly enjoy them.

 

 

Cotton Candy Weekend!

This weekend was all about family friendly fun. Since my husband and I act like big kids most of the time, we had a great time! On Saturday night, we went to see the Cirque De Soleil tour, Alegria! It was amazing! I felt like a kid watching the performance. The lights & costumes were beautiful to watch, the music was perfect, but I was most impressed by the athleticism of the performers. They were absolutely amazing ! I was on the edge of my seat most of the show!

the stage before the show started

Flash photography was not allowed during the show, due to safety concerns for the performers. So I snapped this picture when we first sat down.

 

Yum!

Cotton candy was completely necessary at intermission!

The show was amazing, but I will say tickets were pretty pricey ($39-$97 + tax).  I would say that the show was definitely worth the money, particularly because of the limited number of tour dates. After seeing Alegria (“jubilation”), I would love to see the Cirque De Soleil Vegas show.

Today we toured the Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, CO. It’s the tallest suspension bridge in the world!

Check out the cables holding the bridge together. I should have taken a picture with my hand near it to show scale, they looked like they were about 16 inches wide!

View of the Arkansas River from the top of the bridge. It looks like a tiny line,  but this river is actually a popular rafting spot.

Thanks to our friends, Lisa & Zack, for spending a fun Sunday with us! We had a great time!

 

This weekend, I also bought the book, Crazy Sexy Diet By: Kris Carr. I love her blog, so I wanted to see what her book had to offer. I just started reading the first couple chapters, and she has definitely done her research. The book is not so much a “diet”, but more like a green eating lifestyle.