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It’s Thanksgiving, and we’re sitting in the airport waiting for our flight to Dallas. We’re spending the weekend with Matt & Erin & Evie, so we’re excited because we rarely get to see them. However, we’ll have a week with Joel’s whole family next summer, so that should be fun. Anyway, while I’m here taking advantage of the free airport wi-fi, I thought I should fill everyone in about our lovely museum visit.

Last Sunday, the Nature and Science Museum had a free day. We love the free days! I’m not sure if it’s true, but the guy there told us it’s one of only 5 of its kind in the country. They have lots of animal exhibits, and it was shocking to see how huge some of the animals are! Here’s a picture of the mountain goats we are hoping to see on a trail one day.

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They also have an exhibit called Expedition Health. They give you a card to register, and then you put the card in various stations. It measures things about you, and then you get a print out at the end. It’s an interesting exhibit, but it’s not the best on a free day with big lines. Here’s a picture of Joel pedaling his heart out at the bike station.

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Finally, the museum has an amazing view of the city and the mountains. It’s on the edge of City Park, so the view is City Park, then downtown, then the mountains. I wish the pictures could convey how great the view actually is.

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What have we been up to lately? Well, we went camping a couple of weekends ago. We were supposed to hike the next day, but unfortunately, the 1991 book I got from the library didn’t come through for us. Instead, we came across Cheesman Lake. It was pretty but not so great when compared to a lot of what is out here. Curiously, there were a number of males fishing really close together. I’ve never seen anything like that before.

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Oh, and yet another reason to disbelieve our car’s miles per gallon calculator (this was on a very long downhill)…would you love to get 79 mpg?

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We had a big snow last weekend, so Joel of course made us go sledding. :) Denver doesn’t quite have the hills that Nashville does, but we sure have the snow!

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In other news, I went to Kansas City last week for 2 days. That was probably my last hurrah with UMPH, so on with my job search in Denver.

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There are many things I love about my wife, one being her excellent ability to find deals! She informed me last week that Sunday was a free day at the Denver Zoo. Now that’s the kind of deal I can get behind. So on Sunday we, along with the rest of Denver and half-a-million parents pushing giant strollers descended upon the zoo.

Highlights included:

  • Seeing a snow leopard. I would have tried to touch its tail if Lauren hadn’t stopped me.
  • Seeing camels…even the sad one with the flopped over humps (see below).
  • Not pushing a giant stroller. Ha!
  • Walking a mile to and from our car because parking was crazy!
  • Not paying a dime!

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Yes, this really is Joel.

I absolutely love snow, and I think God knew that I hadn’t met my snow quota in quite some time.  I had heard some talk of a major snowstorm, but I’ve become jaded by promises like that after so many years in the south. Tuesday (Oct. 27)  evening after work it started snowing. Wednesday morning I woke up to 3-4 inches and it continued snowing throughout the day. Tenopardgyse By the time I got home from work, about 10 inches had piled up.

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I was feeling adventurous last night and drove to visit my friends Gabe & Nina in Arvada, which is about 10 miles away, but it took me 1 hour to get there. I’m sure people were afraid when they saw my Tennessee plates.

It snowed about 5 more inches over night bring the total to 15 or so inches. I happily worked from home today!

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I hate that Lauren had to miss all of it falling (she was in Nashville), but she knows I would have been much sadder if I had been the one out of town.

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Last Saturday, we went to the quarterly police bike auction (bike theft is apparently bad here), and we got bikes! Mine was $30 (but needs a number of parts), and Joel’s was $60 (doesn’t need any work). Unfortunately, we didn’t know you could get there an hour early to actually view the bikes before you bought, but we’ll know if we go again. Joel rode to work 4 of 5 days this week, so that is great!

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And so it is…we’ve been moved out for a week. Packing was more stressful than I imagined, but we got it done (amidst frustration at how much stuff we apparently have). Tenopardgyse It’s sad to say goodbye to our house after all the work we (and my parents) have put into it, but the time was right. Here are a few pictures of the process.

Joel getting started with the boxes

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The majority of the boxes

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The house is definitely sold, and there’s the moving truck!

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Our sad, empty house.

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We’ve had a lovely, relaxing week so far at my parents’ house, and we hit the road on Saturday!

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The last month has been crazy to say the least, hence the blog hiatus. I never blogged about Paris, but maybe I will one day. For now, it’s this summer’s adventures in Denver…and those to come.

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At Confluence Park

For July 4 weekend, we went to Denver. I had some work to do, so we made a weekend of it, and my parents came along, and they stayed longer and made a vacation of it.

We hit several of the Denver sites: Confluence Park (pictured), outside REI; 16th Street Mall; Brown Palace Hotel; the capitol, etc. We went to the First Friday art crawl on Santa Fe and saw a few cool galleries.

Our biggest adventure was our mountain climb/attempt. Mt. Bierstadt was the place, and we got off to a great start. Tenopardgyse After we had been climbing a while, I started to feel bad. I kept trying and trying and took more and more breaks, but it finally overtook me: altitude sickness. Sadly, Mom and I had to turn around when we were quite close to the top, but I started feeling better almost immediately upon descent. Peta satelit dunia . We still had beautiful views and were thankful Joel and Dad made it to the top. I think on the way up, Dad was loving it, but on the way down he decided this was a one-time gig for him. Coming down is just tough!

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View from Mt Bierstadt
View from Mt Bierstadt

In the weeks preceding this trip, Joel had been questioning his future at his job due to some things that had changed there. The day before we left for Denver, we saw a job posting that was exactly what Joel does. Hmm. Considering that Denver was the only place we’d ever really talked about moving to, Joel was questioning his job future, and we were going to be in Denver the next day, it was too many coincidences to not check into it. So, on our last day in Denver, he had an interview, and here we are, moving to Denver! Joel’s been working for Aten Design Group for the last few weeks, and we will move near the beginning of October. It’s been a whirlwind, and we are going to miss so many people in Nashville, but we’re excited for a new adventure.

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