Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Home Again, Home Again

I know ... long time, no post. But other than the weather (after the ice storm, we had tornado warnings and now it's springtime in Texas), there really has not been much to discuss. Until now!

Last week I took a whirlwind trip back to Denver for a little bit of much-needed Get Out of Texas time. Although I was only there for two full days (plus an evening before and half a day after), it felt like at least a week. Perhaps that is because of how much I crammed into such a short time. Of course, although I brought my camera with me, it never made it out of the bag, and not even my photography friends Glenn or Paul took a shot or two. So there is no record or proof that I was there, though I'm sure some people's ears are just now recovering from all the moaning I did about living in Texas. Sorry for the mini tirades ... I just couldn't help myself (the wine didn't help prevent the whine either).

Thank you to everyone for making it all such a great trip: Michelle, for carting me around everywhere and providing so much delicious food, tasty drinks, and fabulous company. Susan and Sam, for hosting a wonderful gathering of friends on Thursday night (sorry about the burnt cookies!!), with more delicious food and drinks and fabulous company. And everyone else, for making their way down to Lakewood for the party. I'm also thrilled that I got a chance to get out into the dry, chilly Colorado air for a walk with Heidi and little Will, Renee and big girl Isabella (and, of course, Gus), and Susan and not-so-little-but-very-adorable Ryan. I miss all our outings together!

A sad point of the trip was the memorial for our neighbor Nel, who passed away last month. She was a wonderful woman, and Mark and I both thought of her as our mom away from home. I can't count the number of times we met up for breakfast, coffee, chats on the front porch, or just a quick visit on the way out to the mailbox. She was always ready with a smile and a laugh and had the most amazing attitude through everything. I strive to reach even an iota of her warmth and generosity in my life. I am so sad to think that she is no longer here with us. But she will always, always be in our hearts, and I am thankful that she is no longer in pain.

So it was quite the emotional trip with tears and laughter and wonderful memories recalled and made. I can't wait to get back there to create more memories!

I got home in time for Mark's birthday, which was a mellow day, just like he wanted it. A little walk with Kai, some grocery shopping for the cake ingredients (a chocolate caramel turtle cake that tasted MUCH better than it looked), some squash-playing for Mark while I baked said cake, and then a fantastic dinner at Dave and Donielle's to celebrate both Mark's and Donielle's birthdays. An absolutely wonderful day to end an absolutely wonderful week.

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