Thursday, October 10, 2019

Right Now- August/September Recap

Right Now-

I'm listening to my co-workers commenting on the sudden shift of weather.
  Yes, Mother Nature is up to her mischief yet again.   We've gone from summer to winter with barely a glimpse of fall.   Such is the realities of life in Colorado.

I'm loving that Fall break is but 2 days away.   Hard to believe, but we've been in school now for 9 long weeks.   There, there- it hasn't been that bad.   I get to spend my day with fabulous kids like these two.   It's really a pretty sweet gig-and even sweeter once the back to school chaos quiets down. 

So the return to school is the explanation of my blogging absence.   But I figured I should probably recap what's happened in the interval before I go and collect a bunch of new memories on our traditional Fall Break camping adventure which starts this coming weekend. 

Hubby has embraced his new found status as "kept man" and has spent the bulk of the time exploring parts of Colorado where the cell signal is weak but the beauty is magnificent.

He did link up with his college buddies for a guys trip to Key West where they all celebrated their 38+ year  friendship and upcoming 60th birthdays. 

  I had a little fun as I stalked them- using the live webcam from one of the bars they were having pre-dinner drinks at.   With his handsome good looks, it's easy to spot the Mr. in a crowd- or something like that. 
Thing 1 is enjoying his studies at the local vocational tech program.   This year he's studying computer help desk- Ah yes indeed, the perks of when the Help Desk calls you mom.   He really does seem to enjoy his studies and his classmates. I  even heard him refer to his classmates as "the guys" and gasp "my friends".   
Of course, when I went into hover-mom mode and mentioned hanging out with said guys outside of school he scoffed, reminding me his program has many dual enrolled students who are still in high school.  "Mom, I'm 22, these guys are like 17- face it, that's kinda creepy ya know".   He has a point I suppose.  

Thing 2 is finding success at the University.   He's joined the intramural tennis team (no, he's never played tennis).   His coach said he has awful form but somehow plays a halfway decent game.    He was proud to report he's put his CPR skills to use when he did the Heimlich maneuver on a choking victim-I'll try to look past the details that said choking victim was drunk and high and the incident occurred in mosh pit of a punk concert- my baby saved the day and received praise from the responding team of paramedics and the lead singer from the band ("Hey mom, I got some free swag").   He's pretty excited that his future career choices (PA or RN) will include more opportunities to save a life or two.  

As for me, I found myself enjoying a fun filled ladies night in Beaver Creek.   

I helped out some friends with some pet sitting
Celebrated a belated birthday with some great friends and fabulous eats 
(albeit a tad overpriced)
Discovered the ease of ETSY

As we all worked together to shower the Lovely Miss H.
 with a classic Bridal Shower Experience.
I'm feeling curious.   Hubby and I said goodbye to the "parenting teen" era  with the younger Thing celebrating his 20th birthday in August.

  We are  now  solidly located in the "parenting young adults".  

 What adventures await these 2 things?  
 Hopefully, we will continue to see our Things blossom and grow- experiencing the joys of hard work, discovering the comforts of old friendships and the thrill of finding the loves of their lives.

Until next time...take time to experience the ups-downs-and in between moments of life

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Summer of Fun Weeks 9 & 10


SAW:  During the homestretch of my time off, I saw myself winding down and gearing up for the reality that awaits.  This year I volunteered to assist with some of the training of the newly hired school nurses- primarily around the area of special education since that is the focus of my work these days.   It was fun to meet the new hires, reflect on my own journey as a school nurse and catch a little of their enthusiasm. 

So, Tuesday (8/6/19) marks the end of the summer of fun with the return of the students. I'm starting my 3rd year working with young adults with disabilities, and starting my 10th year as a school nurse.  
 Ready of not-here they come!

HEARD:   Usually this is the most most difficult of the categories to blog about, but not this time.  During week 9 I heard some pretty amazing live music both at Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Denver Center for Performing Arts (our name for the theater district)  

For Red Rocks- we heard Killer Queen.   I know, pretty crazy name, right?   
They are actually a  tribute band from England that plays the music of Queen.   More like performs-as the band members all wear costumes/wigs to physically reflect the band Queen.   The venue alone is worth the headaches and the crowds-it is simply incredible to watch the sun set over the rocks and listen to the music as it bounces around the amphitheater. 
We had a group of 11- so meeting up with everyone was a bit of a challenge but it all worked out fine in the end.

For the play, the men folk in the family gifted me with a ticket to see the matinee of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- the Broadway touring company making it's way across the country.
   The play was adorable-following the book rather closely, with the only child actor being Charlie.   All the other kids roles were performed by adults.   I really liked that touch- as it helped the adults see the behaviors through, well, an adult lens.     With a front row, center seat ticket- I felt a bit like royalty- you really feel like you have the theater all to yourself sitting that close to the stage

DID-Between returning to work and going to the shows, I found myself doing last minute "catch up" activities.   I met Thing 2 for dinner after the play (he lives only a mile from the Performing Arts Center) and was happy to see how settled in he looks in his new digs.

Oh look-he even has enough storage for all his shoes?!!!
I also managed to catch a  movie this past Sunday, The Farewell, a Chinese cultural film that explores the cultural practice of withholding a terminal medical diagnosis from the patient.    The extended family fabricates a wedding, so everyone can come and say farewell to the matriarch, without her knowing the real reason behind their impromptu visit.    It was well done and I enjoyed the venue (The Alamo Draft House).  

Of course, with each week, I have tried to  to make time to catch up with friends and these past 2 weeks were no different in that regard.   This week's  gatherings were some of my favorite ways to spend time with friends- 1:1 conversation, where we can really catch up and support each other. 

 There was also a larger neighborhood gathering at our Pool House  I also had a great time catching up over breakfast-lunch-and dinner with a wide range of friends.

But the really big news of what we did was something that the Hubby did this week. 
 Yep, a call came from his employer that we'd been anticipating for over 2 years and with that news, we have taken swift action to put into place the plans we've been making for him to retire.   

  It's an exciting time- as he's been tethered to the job 24/7 for the past 5 years- taking only 1 week of complete disconnect during our trip to Alaska last summer. 

Otherwise, while he's had a tremendous amount of flexibility as to where he finds that cell phone coverage, he's still had to have accessibility day and night.   

Stay he starts to explore his "what next" chapters.   For starters- he has had some fun playing around with that popular app that "ages you"....I give you Thing 1 and Thing 2- the geriatric edition....

 I'm excited to see how he enjoys this new found, well earned, long overdue freedom!

Until next time...

Monday, July 22, 2019

Summer of Fun Weeks 6-7-8


SAW:  It's easy to see- I've been too (fill in the blank) to blog, letting 3 weeks pass without an update.   Busy?   Yeah, not really.   Hot?  Yeah, that one holds some potential, especially when your A/C freezes up...but in all honesty, aside from this past week, the summer has been rather pleasant.  

Regardless of the reason, excuse, with summer vacation racing towards the finish line, I figured I'd give myself a quick recap of the past couple of weeks.   

HEARD:   Silence....from the solitude of the forest, to the "home alone"'s actually been a calming sound to take in.

DID:   You'd think I'd remember what's happened in the intervening three weeks, but alas, the brain is in full summer mush mode, and retrieval of even recent events requires a fair amount of thinking.   

Let's see- there was a birthday to be celebrated-
Yep...this little Thing is now all grown up at 22...

 A day of his own design-included lunch with family and friends, followed by a bit of retail therapy...
Father-son bonding to experience
from tool talk
to  tent training
Thing 2 and friends are going camping this week-
can't let the kid experience glamping without first suffering through camping.
Yard work to be tackled
 a long over due yard project-
with the removal of some overgrown bushes and major weed control.
the project requires some final work-but overall it's looking better...

A move to be supervised
Now that Thing 2 is officially licensed as a CNA- the plan is to live downtown, attending college as he completes his degree in public health-maybe a nurse one day, but for now, just happy to be back on his feet after a spring filled with health challenges.

Trolls to be met...
 Stones to be passed...

and of course, there was some "couples therapy"...
which for us means camping...
complete with fresh wildflowers...
candlelight lunches...
Yep, them skeeters were thick up in Steamboat...
A hike...
or two...
some puddle jumping in the side car...
hiding out from the afternoon rain shower...
some poolside alone time...
botanical gardens to be jogged to...
where, yep, I had to call Hubby for the sag wagon...
the couch to 5k (C25K) app kicked my booty at altitude and a path with minimal shade

and of course 
Sunsets to be savored...

Until next time...may you all be enjoying your own dog days of summer!