Thursday, August 11, 2016

All kinds of jumbled

So far we've had a great number of awesome Colorado adventures, but I keep forgetting that I want to share them.

That's what I get for trying to do a lot of things all at once.

On a completely different note, I started to work out consistently for the first time in a very long time. And by consistent, I mean I went to the gym Monday morning and ran for 33 minutes straight.

I have never done that in my entire life! It was one of those things that just sort of... happened. I kept saying "just ten more minutes" and suddenly a whole episode of 30 Rock was over.

That's another thing I've discovered - I can hike up a mountain (which I did this past weekend and that was HARD, but that's a story for another day) without any kind of distractions and just appreciate nature but if I try and run outside with nature or music? Nah, I don't like it.

So I can treat myself to an episode (or two...?) while on the treadmill, helping me be both active and also lazy at the same time. Win win win.

I don't really know how to end these posts anymore. I don't want to ask questions because commenting seems to be a thing of the past. But I also don't just want to end it.

this seems appropriate

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

healthy and beautiful(ish)

You know why it isn't tricky? Because you are a goddamn adult human that can make decisions all by yourself. If you want to eat cake, eat cake. If you want to eat only kale, eat only kale. YOU DO YOU.

For me personally, I'm excited about keeping up a new healthier diet/life. Of all the things that have happened in this move, that's the stuff I'm most looking forward to. Since we basically threw/gave away anything we couldn't take with us, I have to start over with a lot of the basics - shampoo, soap, any toiletries that aren't travel sized - and I've taken that as a fun new challenge to really consider what I'm putting on and in my body.

First, I am not a technically healthy person. Example: the other day I saw one of the those Facebook videos about chocolate cake and immediately went out and bought a piece of chocolate cake. Bloggers always talk about balance, so I'll use that reasoning there.

But I started paying more attention to the stuff I was using to take care of my face and hair. I made the switch to anti-perspirant that doesn't have aluminum in it last year because I figured the less aluminum in my body (even tiny itty bitty amounts) was better. I bought some vegan friendly shampoo and mostly I like it because it's free of all the crazy chemicals that are in normal shampoo. Plus, it's cruelty free. And the conditioner smells like mint, which makes my hair feel fancy.

I also bought a beauty oil for my face, which is supposed to help with color and overall texture. Two days in and I like it a lot. Once I run out of of my current face wash, I'm looking to find something more natural that won't strip away the good oils on my face.

Since we're talking about my face - the skin on my face LOVES this new altitude change. The skin on my body gets dry and needs to have lotion on it constantly, but my face? I used to be oily to another level and now it's subsided a bunch. 

And there's where I stand on chocolate cake and vegan-friendly shampoo. Balance people.

Friday, April 15, 2016

the first days

It's not often that something that happens that completely knocks me over and renders me speechless. My family can attest to me usually having something to say about almost everything.

Until we drove into the mountains and I saw our new home for the first time.

Literally, legitimately, 100% speechless.

On our final day of the 26-hour-drive, Husband and I each took a two hour driving shift, which felt like nothing after going through Kansas for ten hours the day before.

That was a whole new level of flat I hadn't seen before, and I am here to tell you that it was awful. Also, did you know that in Southeast Colorado, there aren't any lights on the highways so while you're trying to go 65 mph to get out of the f*cking car, you also have to make sure you don't hit any animals or run over a hare? 

Easily on the top of my list for Awful Drives I Didn't Want To Make But Had To.

But driving through the mountains towards the middle of Colorado? TOTALLY made up for it. In spades.

this was the sunset as we drove into southeast Colorado. Still as flat as Kansas.

this is actually outside of our new town.
Can you blame me for not having the right words!? We had to pull over for some of those pictures because it was just too pretty. I couldn't comprehend the immense beauty of these giants. They are truly awesome in the original meaning of the word.

And I'll be the first to admit there were tears shed once we officially ended up in Durango - there were some crazy emotions including relief to not be stuck in that car for another state.

As for what we've been doing while we're here - Husband started his new job, we found a place to live, and we're trying to get life settled in this adorable mountain town. My task this weekend is to finally go outside and tackle some walks. 

Upon arriving in Colorado we were both immediately sick with colds, so that meant a lot of cuddling and watching House of Cards. Zero complaints from me.

And that's what we've been doing so far! On my list this weekend:
-Take a hike/walk. That means bringing out the serious hiking backpack.
-Go to a brewery. This is the most exciting part.
-Visit a puppy.
-Make a friend. V important.

That's it! If you've got any recommendations for seeing place around SW Colorado, I am all ears. And eyes. Tell me everything!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Here's the part where I tell you all the great things about driving across the country and being thankful to be here, but DANG altitude adjustment is no joke.

So here's your placeholder:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Begin Again

Weeeeeell hello there!

Welcome back!

That's mostly just a welcome back note to myself. Although if you are reading this, that means you follow me elsewhere and decided to click on over, which is awesome.

It's been an excellent adventure in Pittsburgh, but the husband and I are headed out West to continue our fun in Colorado. We were given exactly 14 days to pack up our stuff and begin the 26-hour drive out, so you could say this whole past week and a half has been insane.

And full of emotions.

I figured an outlet would be good to get some feelings out into the world, so I'm back again.

I updated all my pages, I've got a simple design I made super quick this morning and now I feel like the world is good again.

So follow along the cross-country trip! I'll show you lots of mountains. And probably some other stuff.

But mostly mountains.