a sunday in pueblo

The day before my birthday, Danny and I drove about an hour south to Pueblo and spent the day.  We picked up sandwiches at Which Wich on the way, and upon arriving in Pueblo, found a bench and ate them along the river walk.  This is something I’m discovering about myself, but I love being along water, especially rivers, which may be part of why I loved the Boise green belt so much, as well as the San Antonio Riverwalk and why I’m considering staying along the Thames while we’re in London.  That being said, eating along a peaceful stretch of the river was lovely.

Anyways, from there we went to the zoo, which we loved.  I’ve been telling people that we went to the Pueblo Zoo and they’re usually like, “Ew why not the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo?” or “The Denver Zoo is the best.”  Here’s the thing.  If we’re talking about “the best zoo,” let’s talk about San Diego or Omaha.  If we’re talking about the zoo I currently love the most and went to, on average, once every three weeks last year, let’s talk about the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  But for a moment, can we just talk about a really nice, historic zoo and not have to compare it to others?  Okay, thanks.

The Pueblo Zoo was built during the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Public Works Administration, and almost all of the current buildings are original.  There are also signs all over that talk about the history of the zoo and how the different organizations that came out of the New Deal (thanks, FDR!) built the zoo.  It was fascinating, and really added to my enjoyment of the zoo (I started out as a history major in college, if that helps you understand me).  The zoo was green and wooded and felt like a beautiful park…with 420 wild animals in it!  We had a great time, and if I ever see another deal (we used a Groupon), we’ll go back again.

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 ^^ If you don’t recall from Boise, Danny loooooves the statue pics. ^^

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^^ You can’t see her in this picture, but this guy was going crazy for one of the lady peacocks.  She was very unimpressed with all of his showing off, however. ^^

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^^ It was my birthday weekend, so it only seemed appropriate to pretend like I was being born all over again.  Or something like that. ^^

DSC08520^^ We caught this zoo keeper taking these pretty birds into their indoor inclosure due to the “chilly” weather (it was at least 80 degrees…) and ended up getting an impromptu bird talk which was fun!  ^^

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^^ Oh you know, just riding on a dolphin’s back. ^^

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^^ I loved getting so up close to this guy!  So fun! ^^
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^^ I couldn’t let Danny have all the fun with the statues… ^^

We stayed at the zoo until they kicked us out (at closing time, not because we were being disruptive), and then we headed to the river walk.  Yes, it’s small (as far as river walks g0), but I loved it.  It’s peaceful, it’s pretty, and it’s really well done.  Major kudos to Pueblo for making their downtown area a place that people want to visit and hang out in.

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In the evening, we watched “Girl Rising,” and while it wasn’t in Pueblo (it was at home on our couch), it is definitely worth mentioning.  “Girl Rising” is an excellent movie that both Danny and I very much enjoyed and now highly recommend.  Find it at your library, buy it, search for it on Netflix (or whatever the cool people use to watch movies these days).  I think you’ll be glad you did.

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the month of may

Well.  Long time no see!  I have been working so much more than ever before, which is great, but it does keep me on my toes and force me to use my time a bit differently.  This summer promises to be excellent, though, so I hope to keep up with what we’re up to a bit better.

May kicked off with our trip to Boise which will no doubt go down as one of the best weeks ever.  I love me some Burgess family and now, Boise too.  The green belt, the trees, the pretty neighborhoods, the cookie butter…I just can’t stop.  It was good.

My parents and Mysteridge came to visit over Mother’s Day weekend.  We went to church, where Danny has been leading worship for the past five weeks, went to Red Robin for lunch, and ate an apple cranberry pie that Mysteridge, Danny, and I made together.  Mysteridge stayed another couple of days, and the weather was rain rain rainy, so we occupied ourselves with games and grocery shopping.  And Mysteridge will probably never want to visit again because it was so boring.  (I hope that’s not true.) (In reality we had fun, but we did stay inside about 98% of the time.)

Danny kicked off summer spring by organizing a softball team.  He has put so much time and effort into making this team a reality, and even though they may not have a winning record, it has been so much fun.  Tuesday evenings have the been the highlight of my week for the past couple months, because not only do I get to watch Danny play softball (and look really good in his uniform), but I get to sit in the stands with all the wives of his teammates.  Which means I have gained about seven new friends in the past six weeks.  Softball season = roaring success.

Over my birthday weekend, Danny and I went to Pueblo to check out their zoo and river walk.  I’ll share more pictures and details in another post, but here’s a preview…

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On my actual birthday, Danny made a delicious blueberry coffee cake and decorated the table with puppies!  I know.  It was so precious.  He also gave me some really sweet gifts, including this book that I found at the library a couple of months ago and have known ever since that it’s one I want to own, the official DVD of William & Kate’s wedding which I plan on watching every April 29th for the rest of my life, and this precious tea set.  Isn’t it pretty?

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I got to spend the rest of the day with my mom in Denver – she even took the day off to do it!  We enjoyed walking around Washington Park (our first time there, and let me tell you, we will be going back!  What a great place!), eating at Native Foods (and yes, we had peanut butter parfaits), and shopping at World Market.  My biggest regret: not taking any pictures.

Danny and I went to HuHot for dinner and I decided that eating there officially makes me feel sick.  Danny’s parents came over for dessert and brought a tasty lemon cake that covered over the damage that dinner did.  They also gifted me with a zoo membership (again!), which I have already put to good use.  We love the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (last year I went 13 times!) and I can’t wait to make another 13 visits this year!

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The following Saturday, after I got off work, my sweet, sweet friend Sarah came to visit.  We ate dinner and went to the new frozen yogurt place across the street from our apartment, and eventually we sent Danny to bed and sat on our couch and talked until it was Sunday morning.  Like really talk and listen and cry and realize that you’re both walking through similar hard, tough, confusing things.  I wish this lady was my next door neighbor.

DSC08542On Memorial Day weekend, Danny and I got really crazy and went to Canon City for a night.  Here’s our “we-are-so-spontaneous-and-leaving-town-on-a-couple-minutes-notice” picture…

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More pictures to come, but we had a lot of fun.  One of my highlights of our 24 hours away was this trail…

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Also in May: Danny became a bike commuter.  I know.  Be impressed.  Every day that he rides to and from work with his heavy backpack on, I am so proud.  Look at him!  Colorado Springs’ cutest bike commuter.

DSC08598And that, folks, is how we Everetts spent May.  Looking forward to June and all of its glory…I know it’ll be a good one.

danny’s birthday (weekend)

This year, October 14th fell on a Monday.  October 14th as in Danny’s birthday and Monday as in a day we both have to work.  So this year we spread our celebrations out over four days.

On Friday we started out with some Which Wich.  Neither of us had been until recently when they started emailing us coupons, and needless to say, we are now really into Which Wich.  Such a fun concept and such delicious food too.  And, like I mentioned last month, somehow we can get filled up on a seven-inch sandwich.  Kind of weird, but also great.

Saturday found us driving up to Castle Rock for an early showing of “Gravity” (thanks, Ryan and Caley!) with our friends David and Kirsty.  Last I heard, Danny wasn’t too sure about how he liked the movie.  And as for me, I found it a bit too suspenseful for my taste.  Anyways, we followed the movie up with some Noodles & Company…

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We love that place…possibly more than we should.

I had planned a nice leisurely hike for after lunch but what really happened is that we got lost.  Both in the car and on foot.  So even though we weren’t on the trail (yet), we took a picture so that when I wrote this post it would look like we went hiking and had a great time.

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However, thanks to Danny’s persistence and cleverness, we found it shortly afterwards.

And wow.  So thankful we found it.

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As we made our way back, we saw a deer. And then another.  And another.  By the time a couple of dogs came along and sent the deer running for cover, we had seen five sweet, peaceful deer friends!

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Once on the paved path, we encountered this fella…

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All I can say is that we were immensely glad Dog (a friend of ours) wasn’t along.

For dinner, Danny took some leftover sweet potato burgers we had around and made himself a fancy pants double cheeseburger (the term cheeseburger being used in the most vegan way possible).

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Sunday morning found us at the early service at church, followed by showing up at HuHot thirty minutes before they opened.  So we went to the ARC and hung out before becoming the very first customers at HuHot on that particular Sunday.

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The food was delicious, but for some reason I spent the rest of the day in bed and on the cozy chair in the living room wondering if the chef had snuck some raw meat juices into my food.  Thankfully there was football on all day so Danny was not suffering due to my illness and lack of fun-ness.  We also capped the day off with some Coldstone.  Because they have sorbet and BOGO coupons for birthdays.

On Monday, Danny’s actual birthday, I took the morning off of volunteering at Compassion so I could make muffins and prepare The Birthday Cake.  This year’s request was our favorite banana cake

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…but it’s really more impressive looking with the lights off.  And with the handsome birthday boy and his 24 candles…

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What a wonderful weekend it was.  A great time to celebrate a very special guy and do some fun things together.  And also eat almost every single meal at a different restaurant.

(I would like to mention that everywhere we ate offered Danny a free meal, so that is how/why we did all that eating out.)