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June 30, 2011

Did you know I’ve always dreamed of moving to New Orleans?

It’s true.  If you’ve never been I don’t expect you to understand, but let me just tell you there’s NO place like NO.  I’m in love with how unique the city is, with all it’s sights, tastes and sounds.


Oh, hey house from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, aka the world’s most boring movie.

Way back in February, over dinner and wine, Joey and I got to talking about my after graduation plans and I said “Let’s move to New Orleans!”  We were all gung-ho about it until graduation time actually came and then I think we both got cold feet. 

It’s not that I don’t still love New Orleans, but Colorado is pretty great.


This is what we call “Colorado Summer Syndrome.”  Come winter, I’ll hate CO again.

So maybe one day, I’ll get up the courage to move out of the state, but for now I think I’ll enjoy some of what Colorado has to offer.

Like hiking.



If the Royal Arch is a “moderate” hike, I’m not sure I want to know what a strenuous hike is like.


But so worth it in my mind.



I gave my camera to a man and asked him to take a picture.  He snapped what seemed like a lot of pictures then passed the camera off to a lady next to him, who took “a bunch” more.

I got my camera back with two pictures.  Bottom line: some people still don’t know how to use digital cameras.


From there on out, we took our own pictures.


Talk about fluorescent moss.


Colorado food isn’t anything like New Orleans food, but it totally fits my “fresh and healthy” lifestyle.


So glad Hannah recommended Mad Greens.  A place with customizable salads galore is definitely right up my alley.

And customizable sandwiches aren’t bad either. 


Okay, so Which Wich isn’t a Colorado thing, but eating Which Wich at Coors Field is…


Don’t be confused, my name is not Joey.

Joey’s #1 reason for not wanting to move away from Colorado ever: No Rockies games.

You’ve probably realized by now that I have a thing for Troy Tulowitzki, but did you know I have a secret love for Aaron Cook?



Well that’s probably because it’s been more of a secret now that he kind sorta sucks.  Oh well, I was still excited to see him practicing in the bullpen.


Here’s the part where I have to zoom in to cut Huston Street out of the picture. 

Dear Huston,

I’ll never forget how you blew it for us in the ‘09 playoffs.  I’ve hated you ever since.




13 innings later…


Run that winning run on in, Tulo.

Fact: I once forced Joey and a group of his friends to leave a game that had gone into extra innings early.  It ended up being a monumentally exciting win for the Rockies.  I will never hear the end of it.

And consequently, will never leave a game early again.

In short: Colorado summers are unbeatable.


Have you ever had the desire to move somewhere far away?

How do you feel about summers in your town – love ‘em or hate ‘em?

23 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2011 6:13 PM

    Haha, I find that when we go to the “game,” they never seem to win. And then when we don’t, they do. Isn’t it crazy when you think that they’ll never win so you leave early, and then they have the biggest night of their lives!

    I haven’t really wanted to move somewhere far away. I’m happy where I am. 🙂

  2. June 30, 2011 7:09 PM

    Lol oh girl I go through the same thing every year. We have absolutely miserable and long winters up here, but the summers sure are nice… and it feels like home. I always think that it’d be nice to live somewhere more exciting or warmer, but then every time I leave here for too long I get a bit homesick. And wanna see my prairies and mountains again. But give it a few more months when the snow starts falling, and I’ll be singing a different tune 😉

  3. June 30, 2011 7:17 PM

    Did you know that I’ve always wanted to road-trip to Colorado? It’s a fact. It just seems so beautiful!
    And I’m much the same about Vermont. I love it in the summer, dislike it in the winter. (I won’t say hate.) I could also use a little more spice and city every now and then…but oh, well…
    Glad your team won!!

    • July 1, 2011 9:46 AM

      Do it, do it! I’ll be your personal tour guide 🙂

  4. June 30, 2011 7:30 PM

    Colorado looks so beautiful, I’ve never been! My hubs has relatives that are slowly moving out to the Aspen area like cattle, they all visited and fell too in love to leave! Pretty crazy. But I’m sure it is a beautiful place, one day I would love to see it.

    • July 1, 2011 9:45 AM

      Aspen is lovely! If you ever make a visit, you’ll know who to call!

  5. June 30, 2011 8:20 PM

    Colorado summers are amazing! But the wintery snow stuff isn’t too fun.
    I love Oregon summers.. and I don’t mind the rainy winters. But I really want to get out of this town. Portland has a “good rep” for being green or whatever, but it is a horrible place to live. Unless you are a 20-something college graduate working a dead end job with absolutely no ability to think that anyone could live life differently then you. The city government is an absolute joke.. I can’t wait to graduate so I can get out of this place!

    • July 1, 2011 9:45 AM

      I’ve never been to Oregon, but if I ever go I’ll make sure it’s in the summer.

  6. June 30, 2011 8:27 PM

    “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, aka the world’s most boring movie. ” – I’m ashamed to call you my friend right now.


    • July 1, 2011 7:41 AM

      My mom’s probably going to disown me over that comment.

  7. milehighmark permalink
    June 30, 2011 9:45 PM

    Great post Lauren, and awesome photos! Your last one was titled Appreciative which works for this one as well. Sometimes I forget how much I love it here in CO, but I am reminded often. Like tonight…completely warm, (shorts-tshirt-tevas) but some tropical-like showers on and off. Reminds me of the Caribbean. Tomatoes are gonna go even more nuts now! And you need to go to more Rockies games damn it..we need the wins! 🙂

  8. July 1, 2011 7:50 AM

    Colorado is my dream home! We’ve talked about moving to Boulder so many times 🙂

  9. melissa permalink
    July 1, 2011 8:50 AM

    Hi! I just found your blog through Shanna’s 🙂

    Colorado looks gorgeous! I’ve actually moved around a lot in my life, so my goal is to actually pick one place to settle down. Right now I’m spending my time between Portland (where my family lives) and Ohio (where I go to school) and both of them have awful winters but great summers, Portland especially. I’ve lived in some pretty humid places before so being in Oregon from May – August is such a treat!

    • July 1, 2011 9:43 AM

      Hi Melissa! Glad you found your way over here. I’m so jealous that you’ve been able to move around. My dad’s side of the family all live in Ohio and I hear the winters are pretty rough!

  10. jessgobananas permalink
    July 1, 2011 10:55 AM

    I constantly think of moving somewhere else-California, Colorado, NYC-all on the top of my list! Yet, summers in NJ sometimes seem pretty unbeatable! Not drought-worthy hot and not I-need-a-jacket chilly everyday. Also, the pick-your-own farms are a big perk in July.

  11. July 1, 2011 11:40 AM

    Haha……I am reading this and thinking “If she lived here she would hate”! I always want to move away, way to hot.

    Most of the locals here feel that NO is dirty and dangerous. We have a big crime rate here 😦 It is depressing to turn the news on at night because there is usually at least two killings per day somewhere in that city!

    However, it is a beautiful city as far as architect goes. Perhaps we should trade placed for a month or so, but I have to warn you – I am not a big fan of snow!

    • July 1, 2011 2:07 PM

      The crime is totally a bummer 😦 The city really makes my mom nervous and she grew up there!!

  12. July 1, 2011 1:06 PM

    I always want to move away and try somewhere new (I actually have a t-shirt that says “Let’s Go to New Orleans,” haha). I’m going to be in CO in two weeks! I’ve never been before and am pretty excited–so gorgeous! Your hike looks fabulous. I’m worried about those “moderate” hikes, though…

    • July 1, 2011 2:05 PM

      Yay, have so much fun and you know who to contact if you need any advice on things to do!

  13. July 1, 2011 3:57 PM

    You thought the Curious Case of Benjamin Button was boring? Crazy! I totally loved that movie!
    Summers here get to about 110*. Most people hate it but I love the heat. My dream place to live is Arizona actually. If I ever had to live in the snow I would probably become a hermit and never leave the house 😉

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