Category Archives: Experience

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.

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Lots and lots of change

This year has brought a lot of changes, as the title states! I fell on the ice in February and partially tore my MCL, which lead to the doctors discovering that I didn’t have either ACL and that those have been gone (most likely) since my initial injuries as a very young teenager. Not having them for 15+ years probably helped, as my leg muscles grew to compensate for their lack and my recovery from both surgeries has been going really really well. Like, crazy fast recovery when it should be taking 6 months a pop.

Then, there was also the house-hunt, which ended happily in June! We closed on a beautiful beginning home on June 30 and have now been in the house for just over a month!

What else happened in June? Other than the second knee surgery and all that goes with buying a house? My wonderful fellow proposed! The ring was a special design and used stones we already had. 🙂20150628_131101

Why reuse stones? Because we had them for one, and because he wanted to do something different and give me a gift rather than just a ring. Something that I would use and love, that would last…so he got me a marvelous loom. A Schacht Mighty Wolf to be exact. My first project was during the recovery from the surgery and I made a set of napkins/towels for our new home. Here is the unwarped loom after it arrived at the old house; and Tessa along with my new wrapped-up-in-ice knee, and a freshly hemmed stack of newly woven napkins:

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We are planning a 2016 May wedding. We have our ceremony site already, and are nearly good to go on the reception. He asked his best man a full couple weeks before he proposed to me. And I am so very very happy! IMG_2693

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!

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yes, I got challenged, and yes, I participated, but I tried to do it a little differently. Why have so few people actually tried to explain what ALS is? Well, give my video a watch and see if that helps out at all.

I also used collected rainwater for my bucket and stood in my dog’s kiddie pool so that nothing was wasted. You can even see Tessa, my Aussie Kelpie, wander in and out of the video.

I hope you enjoy it and consider giving to your charity of choice. If you want more information about ALS, or how to donate, please visit alsa.org.

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!

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!

Changes

Bubble Run
Bubble Run with Boulder County Derby Lite

Lots of changes have happened. I started this as an experiment, to see how it would look and feel, if I wanted to keep posting, what I wanted to write…and I had a partner who was interested in writing with me. Maybe doing a joint adventure blog or something. Which I think still sounds pretty cool, but I’m on my own for this leg of the adventure! You never know, maybe I’ll get lucky and there will be someone else who is interested in something like this. Or not. Either way, adventure!

In the meantime, no worries. You make your own luck and it is a sunshine-tastic day here in Boulder. The summer is going well; I took a trip to NYC, and have made a couple trips to St. Louis already. It’s getting closer to canning time, I’m enjoying grill season, and planning a bbq in another couple weeks. I’m doing my first 5k, the Bubble Run in Denver. I’m still skating with Derby Lite Boulder County. The world is good.

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My first cycling team ride went incredibly well! I got in just under 18 miles, with a top speed of 28 miles per hour. I learned how to draft today (huge for group rides!) and got lots of good tips. Also, the weather cooperated beautifully! I couldn’t have asked for better conditions. I met some new ladies, and the six of us rode around for a good hour, plus a bit more. 🙂 And the majority of the trip we took today was to places I hadn’t ever been, roads I’ve never been down before. Who could ask for a better first experience?

 

And now, I’m in the mood for baking. I’m thinking oatmeal cookies, since it has been a looong time since I have made those. Which gets me thinking about a lot of options: I have been reading up a lot lately on how to do better meal planning, saving money at the grocery store, freezing items, and in general, eating healthier. I am not a vegan or a vegetarian, though I do love some v friendly dishes (and I just got the Veganomicon – squee!) and would like to cook more of them. I am particularly interested in how to spend more time cooking at home with my partner – we both love to cook and he actually enjoys doing dishes, which is only one of the many many reasons why I am a damn lucky girl – and how to have enough ready-to-go meals and snacks prepared when we don’t have the time we need. Cooking larger batches and freezing them is an easy way to go about it, but how to ensure you have the variety that we are fortunate enough to enjoy? Plus, he is a snacking fiend, so I will need to figure out how to break up the meal-sized items and have some snack-sizes as well.

It certainly helps that I have a deep freeze, enjoy canning, and we both love to experiment with different foods.

I’m looking forward to it!