April 07, 2013

{ Thirty Things } The Grand Finale!

Hi Friends!!
What in the world are you still doing here?! Were you worried about me?! I promise all is well, just a severe case of moving-across-the-country-and-temporarily-losing-all-contact-with-the-outside-world-itis. In short, we have moved and are getting happily settled into our new place! In long, our road trip was amazing and I will have some photos and details to share soon.. also, we are in love with our new home and "new" lives back home in California. This may be  a pathetic attempt at stalling, but I have a very late, yet final, installment to our Thirty Things list to share with you. Please accept my humble offering and know that I have every good intention of filling you in and up with all sorts of sweet and juicy details very soon... but alas, mountains of boxes of mystery contents beckon and I must get back to the land of bubble wrap, also known as our entire house at the moment.
The Thirty Things, Grand Finally Update Extravaganza:
1. Visit Keystone, build a fire and play in the snow 
2. Walk to Pinche Tacos happy hour
3. See a movie at the Denver Film Center down the street
...didn't happen. I looked at the schedule and we just couldn't make any showtimes that worked for our crazy hours during our last week. We loved this theater the few times we went though, so if you're ever in Denver, make it a must-do!

4. See a concert or live show at a local venue
5. Happy hour margaritas on a rooftop in Boulder 
6. See the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit at the Denver Art Museum
7. Return books to the library, pay fines one last time

8. Dinner at the Rio downtown
We  met up with some great friends for a delicious meal and good margaritas as the perfect mid-packing break!
Plus the waiter recognized me from that time I ate there on Halloween, dressed as a margarita.
Predictable? Only if you know me, I suppose.
9. Visit Breckenridge & Frisco
10. Have brunch at the Greenbriar Inn where we had our reception

11. Hapa Sushi happy hour
Even with the amazing {yet extended} help from some sweet friends, we still didn't get the moving truck loaded until around 9pm... and despite our exhaustion, or lack of bathing, we decided to head out to celebrate with a fabulous Hapa feast! Oh how I will miss those spicy tuna nachos and kinky-named sushi rolls.
12. Take the New Belgium Brewery tour in Fort Collins
This is another great stop we simply didn't have time for but we will just as soon stock up on some Fat Tire or Somersault Ale when we are at the store. We enjoy you, New Belgium, keeping doing great things.

13. Have a dirty vanilla Russian chai from Dazbog around the corner
Packing up our coffee maker made for the perfect excuse to walk over to Dazbog for a little extra morning-motivation. I ordered up my dirty chai and Dan opted for a latte, both of which were almost entirely consumed on the short walk back to the house.
14. Meet Dan in Boulder for lunch
15. Visit Pearl Street and cute shops

16. Go to the Garden of the gods
Although we were late getting on the road on the day we officially locked up our place, we were able to make a detour to see this beautiful park. I snapped a few unworthy phone pics, but nothing compares to seeing it in person if you're ever passing by.
17. Try to find original 1896 blue prints of our house

18. Find a coffee shop with live music
We kind of cheated on this one since we didn't actually see any live music in Denver, but we did get to watch an insanely talented man perform in the incredible lobby of our Santa Fe hotel. The fire was roaring, the drinks were pouring, and we were entertained from the comfort of a well-worn leather couch. A-plus in my book. 
19. Walk around Cheesman Park

20. Try the new Udi's cafe down the street
See #3, as they are next door to each other... which didn't help us during our crazy packing week, but will help you if you are in need of a fun Denver date night idea. You're welcome.

21. Celebrate our birthday's!
22. Do bad karaoke at a dive bar

23. Drive up to RedRocks, stand on the stage
We didn't make this happen either... at least this month. But after seeing a dozen shows and movies at Red Rocks we feel as though we thoroughly enjoyed this incredible venue and can't wait to see a concert there again next time we visit!

24. Walk around City Park
25. Pizza at the Atomic Cowboy

26. Visit 3 microbreweries around the city
If I changed the rules to buy-three-six-packs-from-local-breweries, then Yes! We completed this with flying colors, but as far as attending in person, no, we didn't get around to it. Maybe due to the six-packs, maybe due to insane amounts of packing six-packs all our belongings. 

27. Get ice cream at Little Man

28. Play pool at Wynkoop downtown
Negative. This would have been a nice joint-acheivement with #26 but alas, we skipped out on most of the fun for the last week in Colorado as our priority-schmiority was carefully wrapping every ounce of personal property in equal parts bubble wrap and packing tape. So what if everything arrived unharmed at our new property, we missed out on some quality downtown pool playing! 
Save us a spot Wynkoop, we'll be back for you.

29. Sell our house, celebrate with dinner at Fruition
On our second anniversary my parents surprised us with reservations as this tiny restaurant in the next neighborhood over from us. The chef owns his own farm up north and the menu is seasonally inspired, but seating is very limited. Ever since that first visit, we made it a point to go back at least once a year for special occasions. We couldn't think of a better "last supper" in Denver, so we made late-night reservations and shared another incredible experience, amazing meal, and bottle of fabulous Fruet, made in none other than Orange County, CA. 
30. Have a party!!
Overall, I felt we were 90% successful... which is also mathematically accurate. Then again, I have a Fine Arts degree, so don't take my word for any of it. Except the parts involving eating, drinking, or generally merriment... those I will take full credit for.
Alas, it's nearly midnight and my sleeping husband is using the cat as a comforter as some of our bedding is still packed away, but with one day left before we start work, I am fully confident in our abilities to unpack and settle in completely, right on schedule.
Then again, I have a fine arts degree.
Oh, and did I mention I am SO in love with being home in CA? I'll be sure to tell you more about all o' that very soon. Thank you for still being here for me... I can't tell you how much it means to me...
but I'll still try.
ps. I still owe you a story about Tiramisu.

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