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December Updates

I really can’t believe it’s December. Christmas is in 23 days?! I have no idea where this year has gone. In other news I have finally joined the 21st century and embraced online shopping. It’s the best. I will probably never go Christmas shopping in an actual store again. Traditionally I have waited until the week before Christmas and then scrambled around trying to compile decent presents for my loved ones (sorry guys!). This year? I’m basically done with my shopping thanks to the interwebz! And it has all been done in the comfort of my PJs while laying in bed.

Besides catching up with the times and using technology what else have I been up to lately?

Hanging out in Breckenridge a bit.

IMG_7830Evening sky over Breckenridge resort.

IMG_7826Morning walk with the dogs in Carter Park.

Graham is working up in Breckenridge for the next year, and so I visit whenever my schedule allows. It’s funny, Breckenridge was previously not my favorite town in the world, and I thought the mountain was always way too crowded for skiing. I’ve gotten to see a different side of Breckenridge thanks to Graham and I will say it has grown a lot on me. And hey, the free parking in the gondola lot after 2 p.m. is actually quite handy if you’re a local!

I recently had a fun time eating at Session Kitchen on Thanksgiving Eve with a group of girlfriends.

It’s a new place on South Pearl Street in Denver, and it really set the bar high for actual Thanksgiving. Favorites included lamb collar, french fries and a delicious beet salad.

IMG_7841Denver friends go immediately!

I scored some Patagonia beer.

I like Patagonia gear. I like beer. When Patagonia recently teamed up with New Belgium to make a limited edition beer I knew I had to find some. I tracked some down in Denver at Argonaut and was pretty impressed with the beer! It’s a mighty fine lager. And the cans are just the coolest!

IMG_7802Patagucci beer.

I laid around at a cabin for a weekend.

After spending Thanksgiving with Graham’s family in town I reluctantly headed to work on Black Friday. Luckily, I don’t work in retail, so it was actually just a quiet, productive day in the office. Plus I was heading up to Grand Lake after work for a relaxing weekend at the cabin, so I had that to look forward to!

IMG_7797Lake Granby a few weeks ago.

I mostly spent my time drinking margaritas, reading in front of the fire and going on dog walks. On Saturday afternoon, Graham, his sister and I headed to ski Mary Jane for the first time of the season. MJ, which is the best part of Winter Park, had just opened earlier in the week, and we headed there with pretty low expectations. We were all kind of shocked when we found tons of terrain with huge moguls already developed.

IMG_7856Crazy good bump skiing for November 30.

I had my first two falls of the season on some moguls, naturally. No pain no Jane!

nopainnojane-2Breckenridge, Session Kitchen, Patagonia beer, and cabin time…I guess that really sums up life lately! I’m not upset that’s what my life consists of right now. I’ll leave you with Cooper, my current cell phone background. That dog! He should have been a model.

IMG_7857Happy December!

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DC chilling

“DC really only started becoming cool like five years ago,” my friend Liz explained as we ate red velvet cake at Founding Farmers restaurant in Washington DC this past Saturday.  I have no what DC was like pre-2008, but I was definitely impressed with how much fun I had during my brief time in the nation’s capital. After my time in Charlottesville rock climbing and getting bad haircuts, I took the Amtrak train back up to DC for a weekend visit with my graduate school and internship friends.

Red velvet cake and my long lost friend from my Carter Center internship days.

Yes, it’s crazy, most people with Master’s degrees in international relations end up in DC. Something about jobs? I’m the girl who chose mountains over a career tangibly using my Master’s degree, and so far it’s been working out pretty well, other than the fact that some of my favorite people in the world moved away from Denver. I think I’ve whined enough on this blog before about how I went to 15 going away parties last summer (I kid you not), so we’ll just move on to my weekend activities!

I got to see so many of my friends from Denver like my old roommate Shreya, my ski amigo Jonathan, my Bachelor watching partner Sarah, my former mansion living friend Matt and my friend Liz who I interned with at The Carter Center in fall 2010. Things that make me feel old: the fact that my internship at The Carter Center was two years ago this fall. My how things change.

Liz and I in Atlanta circa 2010. Still miss that fall foliage.

Vintage grad school. The first night I met the ladies who changed my life forever.

My grad school and Atlanta friends have been with me through a lot of those crazy figuring out life in your early 20s ups and downs, and it was like a breath of fresh air to see these folks again. They definitely showed me a good time in DC too. On Friday night we went to a bar called ChurchKey, which had a stellar beer list and cool atmosphere. As a Colorado beer aficionado, I definitely appreciated that.

I woke up to the next morning to homemade chocolate chip pancakes by Shreya.  It was a good thing we had such a hearty breakfast, because we had a big day ahead. After getting ready, we headed out to the Eastern Market, an open air market held on the weekends.  There was a lot of awesome jewelry, furniture and food.  It was every girl’s dream and every guy’s nightmare basically. We saw a lot of poor boyfriends being dragged around the market who looked fairly miserable. We then had lunch at Founding Farmers and did the touristy, monument loop.

I’m so glad the guy who took this picture made sure the marble base of the statue was featured. Clearly that’s what we went to the Lincoln memorial for.

Intervention time. Thanks to Liz for including Abe!

MLK Jr., one of the newest monuments.

Jefferson Memorial.

Me and TJ.

DC chilling.

I’m pretty sure we walked seven miles during the day.  On Saturday night we all went out to a wine bar and Bar Pilar in the U Street area. I sound really knowledgeable about DC right? I had some good teachers. We had a late night again that ended with some jumbo pizza slices, but we still rallied the next morning for another full day of DC before I had to fly back to Denver.

Champions.

 Kayaking the Mac.

We made one final stop in Georgetown for cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes before heading back to the airport. The frosting on the cupcakes was light, fluffy and amazing. My friend Sarah said she could eat it by the spoonful, and I would agree.  I felt pretty sorry for the people I sat next to on my flights back, because I can only assume I smelled like delicious Potomac River water. I also was totally the girl who brought Chipotle to eat on the plane. No shame.

I’m now back in Denver, and while my life is absolutely out West, I can’t deny that I don’t hate DC. I don’t hate DC at all, and I for sure have a lot of great friends out there. I will be back.

DC love on the Potomac River shore.

I admit it – I don’t hate DC.