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The Man in Black

I have always loved The Princess Bride. I love the movie, I love the book, I have multiple copies of each. Last night, I was lucky enough to meet Cary Elwes through getting a VIP ticket to watch The Princess Bride at the Paramount in Denver. It was a great experience, with everyone quoting the movie together as it played, and a Q&A session afterwards. I wore the closest thing I have to a Buttercup dress. After that, I got an autographed book, two hugs and a conversation with the man himself, as well as a professional picture:

Cary Elwes and me
Cary and Patty

I am so ridiculously happy that I can hardly describe it. He shook my hand and hugged me during our introduction. I told him how I incorporated The Princess Bride into my wedding, and how my baby sister (who had done the ‘Mawwaige’ speech at my reception once upon a time) was getting married in just over a week. He said to pass along his best wishes and how happy he was that she had found her ‘twu wuv.’ And then I got another hug. I am still over the moon that I finally met this man, whom I have loved forever.

Tomorrow!

Tomorrow I will turn 30. Seems like a big thing, right?

And I suppose it is. But rather than being upset at this milestone of life, I took the chance to reflect back a bit, and I think I’ve come a long way!

In my thirty years so far, I’ve gotten an excellent education, a BA and an MA, I can read and speak multiple languages, and I’ve traveled to amazing places and all over these United States- though not quite to all 50 yet! I’ve been scuba diving and sky diving, I’ve road-tripped and cycled, I’ve played all kinds of sports, I do roller derby, and I’ve camped and climbed and hiked for days. I’ve taken the fleece from a sheep and created garments, I’ve cooked and baked, brewed, and even made cheeses; I’ve sung for hundreds of people at once, I’ve been on TV, I’ve been the opening model in a fashion show, I have danced and acted and reveled in the applause after a show or a tour. I have fallen in love and out of love, I’ve been married, divorced, engaged, heartsore and broken, hopeful and happy. I have been single and lived alone. I have lived with complete strangers and friends and crazy housemates. I have moved away from everyone I knew and started over. I have had some lovely pets, including my fur babies Haley (now gone from my side) and my dear Tessa:20140913_162128

I have amazing friends, a supportive and loving family, awesome coworkers at my great job, and a crazy bunch of internet peeps who listen to me (I’m looking at you LSG!). I have taken these two lovely ladies dress shopping more than I can even count!

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I know that I want to keep traveling, keep experiencing everything I can. I want to keep learning, to keep singing, to keep loving life. I didn’t fill out a pre-30 checklist or anything like that; I just lived. And tomorrow will be a beautiful day!

I can breathe again!

You know when you wake up on Friday morning with a sore throat, hoping it will pass? Yeah, that didn’t happen. It progressed into a full-blown sore throat, coughing, sneezing, stuffed-up sinuses, head cold, complete with fever and knocked me out for most of the weekend and into this week.

But people are awesome. I had company, soups brought to my door, teas and crackers, and one marvelous fellow even took my Tessa on a hike so I could rest without worrying about taking care of her for a day! I’m back to work now, if not completely up to snuff, but getting better every day. I am so grateful to have my friends; you guys take care of me.

Y’all rock my socks right off!

Books, Yarn, and Passports

I am very happy to continue on the August Awesomeness in many ways: my sweet pup is becoming a Frisbee queen, jumping this way and that to catch her favorite toy. The Frisbee is also pretty close to dead, but what can you do? It is guaranteed ‘indestructible’ so whenever it finally gives up the ghost, I can turn in the remnants and get another!

I have been reading Ender’s Game lately, and am now nearly through Speaker for the Dead. What took me so long to read these?! Also, a side note: a great way to get on my even-better-than-good side is to give me good books to read. It’s a great way to share interests, always have a topic of conversation, and it makes my inner academic giddy with happy feels!

As for the yarn, I’m working on a few crafty projects. My main one is a poncho that was commissioned at the beginning of the summer. Now that I’m not out of state every few weeks (or more often), I’m finally making headway. It’s about 75% finished now and I’m hoping to get it done in the next week or so. Then I’ll post a picture! The yarn is mohair from Turkey, in a forest green. It’s a joy!

My other activity for the month? I’m going to make a push to fill out the rest of my Boulder Passport. So far, I’ve hit 11 of the 40 locations, so it is going to be difficult but I think it is doable. Lucky me, that I have friends willing to pitch in! The Passport has really encouraged me to get out and explore more of what Boulder has to offer. I’ve spent more time on Pearl Street this summer than I have in the last several years of being here!

I’ve got 2 months and 3 days left before turning thirty. Here’s to hoping the days will be packed!

A Very Productive Friday Night

Every now and again, even the most outgoing extrovert needs a night in to relax…and to try out new recipes! Remember me mentioning the pickles and brownies? Well, I made them and took it one better by fixing some kale chips, too.

I started off with some kale, grabbed on sale from Lucky’s. I figured since they had the least amount of prep and cook-time, it would be the perfect beginning (and provide a snack while I finished the other items!).

20140801_180706I washed and dried the kale in my trusty spinner, cut the stems, and pulled it into pieces. I arranged them on the pan, spritzed them with olive oil and seasoned them with Tony’s before popping them in the oven (275*F). After 10 minutes, I flipped them, spritzed them, and seasoned the other side. After a mere 20 minutes total, they were ready. Delicious, if a bit over-seasoned! Live and learn.

20140801_190117Then, I got started on the brownies and the pickles. The pickles were made from a simple refrigerator recipe that I cut in half. I had a half-liter ball jar, 4 medium cucumbers from my sister’s garden (thanks, beautiful!), some pickling salt, white vinegar, and some freshly chopped dill. As the salt wilted the slices, I was able to put more in, so I did use every slice of the cucumbers after all.

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And finally, the brownies. I even splurged and used my dark chocolate from Iceland to make them extra-chocolate-y!
20140801_182653 The recipe made a bit more batter than I anticipated, so I was lucky enough to have not only a pan of brownies, but an entire pan of mini-brownie muffins, too. I bumped the oven up a bit, and popped them in.

20140801_185816It was perfect timing, too! I met my new neighbors and was able to give them rich, freshly baked brownies to welcome them. The old neighbors were moving out, and I was able to send them along with mini brownies. All in all, it was a fantastic Friday night.

Welcome to August!

At the Denver Aquarium

Today marks the beginning of the end of summer. By the end of the month, students will be back in school and the feeling of the city will vastly change. We’ve had a downpour for days to cool off the main heat of July, and it’s time to look at harvesting and canning.

Last weekend my parents came out to visit, I had a house-warming bbq celebration, and I discovered that the tree in my yard, all scraggly and overgrown, is actually a plum-tree. I love plums! I also went to the Denver Aquarium for a friend’s birthday, which is where I found the lovely mermaid bench I’m reclining on in the picture above.

I have had plenty of luck finding new recipes, trying new restaurants, and enjoying Boulder life. I think I’ve been on Pearl St. more in the last two months than I had in seven years of living in Colorado. That’s right, last week marked me being here for 7 years! It’s amazing how much can happen. It really doesn’t feel any different from when I first arrived, other than I know my way around on all the buses now. 🙂

I’ve started dancing again, and climbing. I’m a happy Patty. My plan for tonight? Either a dinner out or trying a new brownie recipe, and possibly a new refrigerator dill pickle recipe. Either way, it will be a good evening!