Catching Up

Summer was busy with lots of changes. Some good, some not-so-good but what can ya do, life is all about change.

Funnest parts of Summer were dogsitting Blanche & Honey Badger & Spikester, housesitting, Diane & Kelly invade Colorado,  my trip to CA to hang out with my parents for a week and dinners & fun-time with Tim & Brian. And Aigneis and Mildred and Tucker and Mr. Zigglesworth.

After answering way more Craigslist ads than I thought possible...and talking to way more "interesting" potential landlords than I thought possible, I moved late August. Back in Superior, a neighborhood that I cherish that's super close to work which my commuting budget loves. Superior is very much a bedroom community... a very spendy bedroom community...but the views and the parks and the proximity to most (definitely not all) of my my favorite people and places makes me really happy. And content. For now.

Had a scare several weeks ago when my Dad was rushed to the ER. We almost lost him but luck was on our side. Not going to say a whole lot about his situation out of respect for privacy, but he's doing much better now. Much better.

Still on the path to getting debt-free...closer than I was last time I blogged. The move put that on hold for a bit, but now I'm back to making progress. Yay for progress!

My friend Ryan is my inspiration. So is Mortgage Free By 30  As well as No More Harvard Debt

Mr. Money Mustache is a local blogger that has a love for bikes and common sense ways to grow your 'stache.

My daily inspiration is Dave Ramsey.  His podcasts are free and they're a lifesaver. Every time I walk into Target I'm listening to a Ramsey podcast on my phone. Have any debt-reduction/frugality blogs you'd like to share? Leave the links in the comments.

I've gotten really good at saying no to anything that costs $. Ask my friends that issue invite after invite. If it involves money and even if it doesn't cost money but requires gas to get there, 9 out of 10 times my answer is no. Short term situation for long term rewards. Haven't been to a concert in ages. I love concerts...used to go all the time when I first moved to CO. They're not in the cards anymore. 

Back in the day when I was married and we were getting debt-free from $75K in consumer debt, my go-to answer was "is it a want or a need". These days my response is "INITB"...It's not in the budget. So when you start seeing INITB on my Facebook posts, you'll know what that's all about!

Finally, let's chat about blogging. I've been doing this for awhile...since March 2004. Doesn't seem like 8 years have passed, and I'm glad I've kept my blog active even tho it's been dormant a time or two.

It's been great to go back and read the archives and see where I used to be to where I am now and I'm sure the same will hold true years from now.

So that's my news...what's up with you?

 

 


Happy Birthday Howard!!!

Today is my buddy Howard's birthday. He lives in FL and at one point in the past, we were roomies while I made trip after trip to Denver to find the house I would eventually buy.


Howard is one of the rare individuals that is as neat and picky about things being neat as I am. Howard can cook like no tomorrow. Which was a good thing cause I can't cook to save my life.  Howard would catch the pesky little gecko's that invaded his condo day and night. I would try to catch them, but end up pissed off and yelling at them instead.

Howard was and is one of the best buddies I've ever had and definitely one of the bestest roomies I've ever had. Shortly after I moved to Denver, Howard got a new roomie. And a month later, emailed the following :


You are the Official Winner!!

Hi Kath!

I just wanted to say thank you for the Publix gift card, I am greatful for the ten buckaroos!

I also wanted to let you know that though R is a nice roomate (now that her kid no longer jumps on the sofa), you are the clear winner for roomate of the year award. I am not saying she is a slob, but she is no you... and she doesn't do my laundry, though she did fold it once and that was a crappy job.

 

tt u later

So happy birthday, buddy!  I miss you like crazy and wish you (and Renee) would come visit!



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A Special Monkey Monday

You know how every now and then I talk about my crazy yet loveably funny Improv buddies The Monkey's Uncle? And I exhort and urge and suggest you get out of the house to go see them and give your funny bone the much-needed exercise it deserves? 

Well I'm doing it again. So why is this Monkey's post different from any other Monkey's post? Cause it's about Howard this time. Actually, it's for Howard. 

Not too long ago, Howard was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Currently he's undergoing Chemo along with working two jobs, staying active with the Monkey's, having a social life, and having a life in general. With a side of Cancer added. 

The proceeds from next Monday's show (Monday 12 May) will go toward's Howard's medical bills. Not only is Cancer a bitch, she's a pricey bitch at that. 

So. Not that you really need an excuse to laugh. But if you did, next Monday would be the perfect opportunity to do so. Come on out to Jazz at Jack's, get your drink on, exercise your funny bone, hang with friends new and old and do a good deed for a very good friend. 

Hope to see you there!

Vitamins...Especially!

I heart Raspberries!

Especially when the Raspberries are in a Vodka-based cocktail!

I double heart Vodka-based cocktails!

Especially when you consume said cocktails with a totally-dear-to-my-heart buddy  I have not seen in way too long!

I heart my Denver/Boulder blogger friends! (and non-blogger friends as well!)

Especially when you get to hang out at really fun cool places with great food, sexalicious ambience, and did I mention the awesome drinks??

Thanks for hanging Friday night Rosie my dear!  Had an awesome time at Vita!  Sorry you couldn't join us HDW, Heather and Shmeder. And Jeff and Penguin too. There will definitely be a next time!

Especially since we all need our vitamins!

(ps- sorry I could not link to anyone or to Vita. Am doing a Beta test for Typepad and the link feature is temporarily wonky...as is the spacing feature)


Another Colorado Convert

Another guest has come and gone. Add another Colorado convert to the list.

My buddy Abby left today to spend some time with a friend in Houston before eventually heading back to the hot and humid swampland that is Florida aka my last home.

Ever since I'd moved here all she had heard me say was how pretty it was and how scenic and how nice everyone is. And no shocker here but she agreed on the way to the airport today that YES, it is pretty and scenic and nice and overall a great place to visit. Not sure if I have made a convincing argument to get her to move here, but it's a start.

Tried to fit as much fun as possible into her trip.

From RVT's on the deck Friday night to an action packed Saturday...Cabrini Shrine, Red Rocks, having Rosie and Kev meet us at The Yardhouse in Golden, then off to share Mango & Strawberry Margs with Andrew at The Rio in Boulder, hit up Pearl Street Mall, then back to Andrew's house to hang with him and his buddies Jeremy and Charlie while we watched the Rockies take the Phillies (Abby crashed on the carpet, a victim of Margs and Altitude). We even saw 5 good-sized bucks in Andrew's parking lot as we were leaving, which totally jazzed Abby to no end. She talked about it the whole way home.

After much sleeping in on Sunday, Denver Tour day two commenced with Brunch at Steubens (second home of the ROUS as well as best hashbrowns ever!) to tours of Wash Park, Uptown, Capitol Hill then over to Lo-Do. She loved the Tattered Cover as well as the FREE Mall Shuttle which we took to Pavillions (home of the Monkeys), Virgin Records, then wound up at ESPN Zone for the end of the Bronco's game and beginning of the Av's...which coincided nicely with a downpour outside.

Once the skies cleared, back outside for more Lo-Do walking, then tours of Highlands, Arvada (More wildlife sightings...this time Abby saw a fox!) and back home for more hockey on TV.

Monday was an abbreviated fun day since I had to work but we bolted as soon as I unplugged my (work) computer and headed out to Wash Park where Abby got to see geese for the very first time. She was like a kid in a candy store (or like me in an Apple store) and took tons of geese pix. Did a lake walk (around it, not on it) and marveled that we were even allowed in the park without having a dog or kid (or both!) to call our own. Seriously, what is up with all the strollers?

Dinner was Cherry Cricket (way yum) then more walking around Cherry Creek, followed by driving around Cherry Creek, followed by coming home to watch 'Munich' on DVD which didn't get too far seeing as the DVD was all goofed up and kept stopping.

And today she left. Sigh. Another friend gone. House empty. Very quiet in Kathyland tonite.

Now that I've run out of words, here's some pix :

Abby @ Cabrini Shrine
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Abby @ Wash Park
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Rosie and Kev @ Yardhouse
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We bought matching Boulder baseball caps on Pearl Street!
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Company Comes To CO

My buddy Abby hits town Friday night and will be here until Tuesday.

We'll be hitting Denver Friday night after 10p, then Saturday is the isoceles triangle of Golden/Red Rocks - Denver - Boulder. Probably a road trip to somewhere scenic on Sunday.

Hit me up if you want to hang out with us...nothing is set in stone as of now.

Here's a pix of Abby...with our buddy Chris...from back in the Florida days.

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Trying Not To Think About The What-If's

My Sunday morning started out with an im from my bestest buddy and friend telling me that she and her son were in a hit-and-run accident.

My heart dropped.

She was able to im me and was at home, fantastic news on both counts. As she im'd me the details, I couldn't believe what had happened and just how freakin' fortunate she was to escape with no outward physical damage..altho I am sure she will really feel the effects today...just a guess.

Wound up going over to pay her a visit and we hung out for the rest of the day and well into the night. Raspberry Vodka tonics can go along way towards celebrating good luck, good timing and aliveness. And friendship as well.

Being bloggers and all, she blogged about it, complete with pix. HDW's husband, HDH, commented on her accident. This part in particular really stood out to me, so I'd like to share it with all of you:

"HDH - So - what is the fucking point of all this ranting as I am want to do (ask my wife)???

It is the following. When you get behind the wheel - show some fucking respect. Pay the fuck attention. Get off the fucking phone or get a blue tooth headset if you are in a job you have to be on the phone. Pick a CD or fucking station and leave it alone. Don't fucking drink and drive. Don't do your fucking makeup. Don't fucking drive long distance trips without sleep trying to save a buck.

I have seen dead, mutilated, paralyzed, brain injured, organ donor - men, women, children - wives husbands GFs, BFs etc. All who either did not respect the road or were the victim of someone who did not."

Very well said.

Still trying very hard not to think about the 'what-if's'.


Friends Are The Frosting...

..on the cake that is life. Or something like that.

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I'm getting ahead of myself,tho.

It was awesome to have some time off over the last several weeks to reconnect with my local buddies during the day. Be it extra im's or calls or emails or lunches, I got to do it and it was fun. Felt like summer vacation only with stitches and sleeping a lot the first week and not being able to lift over 10 pounds.

This past weekend was the culmination of 'fun stuff with friends' time.

Jeff C. had his once-in-a-lifetime-demo party where I also got to see and spend time with HDW as well as Heather as well as hang out with Rodents. Bloggers and Rodents and Booze. And writing on walls. And cake on the walls. Is there any better way to eat cake?

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Sunday called for hanging out with the Boulder contingent...Richard & Sara and Andrew. We all got together at Illegal Pete's to catch up..and to admire Andrew's new iPhone!

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All in all, it was a great way to wrap up being off for two weeks. And it gave me an idea that when I build up more vacation time, the next long vacation I'm taking will be right here in Denver.


Absolutely Amazing

Andrew came up with a cool idea. To gather a group of creative tech-types and see if they could create a start-up in a weekend.

Startup Weekend started tonite and will go until Sunday night. Personally? I'm always betting for anything Andrew has a hand in developing cause I know it'll succeed. But that's just me and I am totally biased.

Check them out over the weekend.

Passionate creativity and fun all rolled into one weekend in Boulder. Nice!


3rd Time Is So Not The Charm

First time - In college. Hounded by friends that I would love it if I only would try it. Hated it.

Second time - In Israel. Tried it at the repeated urging of a close friend. Was wired for the rest of the night. He soon saw the error of his ways.

Third time - After you read Jeff's amazing review of John Doe, read the last sentence. Jeff convinced me that this would sober me up. Yeah, not so much. It did rip the lining from my mouth and shred the inside of my stomach, however. And gave Jeff reason to laugh at watching me try to consume it without puking.

Coffee. It's not my cup of tea!


Congrats!

Big gigantic congrats to my buddy and ex-FL-roomie Howard who graduated from Respiratory Therapy school today.

It takes guts to realize you are not happy in life and even more guts to do something about it. At the tender age of 41, Howard started over.

He took night classes for a year to get up to speed on his prerequisites, then quit his job and went to school full-time for RT. I moved in and became his roomie the day he started his first class.

Now, close to 2 years later, he's reached his goal. All he has left to do is take his National registry exam and his FL licensure exam and the job he snagged last month will be welcoming him with open arms.

Would post a picture of him in scrubs (ie Respiratory garb) but this one will have to do. It was taken on the balcony of his condo right after he got his new Adirondack chairs.

Congrats buddy. You did it! Yay you!

Love ya,

Kath :-)


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Meme-licious

My buddy Rosie over at Rosalicious was handing out meme's like they were going out of style!

Here are the questions she hit me with :

1. If you could go on a hot date with ANYONE, who would it be and where would you go/what would you do?

A- Hmmm...anyone?? To be honest, no one comes to mind right away. Would never have any interest in dating anyone famous. As far as non-famous, the guys I've been interested in I've already hung out with. Probably the best answer I could give right now is Chris Chasse...guitarist for Rise Against. Had their latest concert DVD all last week and I think Chris is incredibly cool...at least from what I saw on the DVD. Cute and down to earth...and tall! I like the TDRF type. Tall, Dark Hair, Really Funny. Plus, he's a liberal...total brownie points there. Doesn't get picked out in public so as long as we were not around Rise Against fans it would probably be cool. As to what we'd do?

Grab a casual dinner...something like BBQ or Fusion...then off to a sporting event...Basketball first choice, Hockey second choice, then Baseball then Football. Or a concert...that would be cool. Dinner out followed by a sporting event or a concert is really my idea of heaven.


2. What's the best sex you've ever had and what made it the "best"?

A. Sex life is off the record and definitely off the blog. That's just me!


3. I just had to deal with a clogged up toilet and seeing as I am hungover today, the experience was exceptionally disgusting. What's the most disgusting thing you've ever had to deal with?

A. There have been many occasions back when I used to have roomies in college that were gross-a-thons, but probably the saddest..and grossest...thing I have encountered was my first bid as a Professional Organizer.

My clients lived in a nice ranch home...one level. Nice on the outside. Inside? Another matter. Don't know how to adequately describe what I walked into. My first thought was ' you have to be kidding, you staged this, right?'

Wall-to-wall clutter PACKED every single room up to my shoulders. I am 5'5". As you entered the house...living room off to the left...dining room off to the right...family room straight ahead...there was a sea of 'stuff' covering every square inch, save for a path that meandered thru the house.

The husband was a quadriplegic, confined to a wheelchair. The wife had full mobility.

They admitted that it took then an hour to make a space for me on their living room couch so I could have a place to sit.

Sat down to give them my portfolio made of of several client pictures (friends that were my guinea pigs so I could get my business started) and they read a letter from one of my friends that had not had people over for 7 years since his place was in such disarray. There were before and after pix as well.

The husband started to cry as his wife read the letter to him. She had to reach over to wipe his tears away. He said all he wanted in life was to have a neat and clean house. He wanted it more than he wanted to have use of his arms and legs back. The wife? The clutter didn't bother her at all.

The realization of what I was looking at hit me so hard I almost passed out. Their situatiuon was all about control. It had nothing to do with clutter.

Saddest and sickest thing to date I have ever witnessed.


4. On a more pleasant note, tell us about the best meal you've ever had.

A. Wow...there have been so many. Each the best in their own special way. Probably one of the best ones of recent memory was over at my buddy Howard's sister's house. She had a BBQ in my honor when I was back in FL in Feb.

There was so much to celebrate! I got to see Howard, meet his new girlfriend Renee, congratulate him on the recent selling of his condo and job offer (he is graduating from Respiratory Therapy school next month) and he showed me potential homes he was looking to buy. Was wonderful to see his sister Tonja and brother-in-law Dean again as well. Being his roomie, I got to know his family pretty well and the day I flew from FL to CO FOR GOOD I spent part of my last day in FL hanging out with Tonja and her mom Beverly.

The food was awesome (BBQ steak and chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, mashed taters),the company (which included my friend/client Aree who I was staying with and who had become great friends with Howard and Renee!) even better and it was one of the high points of my trip back to FL.


5. Turn on your ipod. What song plays? How does this song make you feel? How did you discover the band? Does it bring back any memories or feelings?

A. Had your question in mind when I started up my iPod today. Closed my eyes, gave it a random twirl and wound up with the Shins 'Wincing the Night Away'. First heard The Shins when I saw Garden State for the first time....Caring is Creepy was a favorite. My buddy Andrew lent me this CD for iPoddage purposes and I played it alllll day today. It made me very happy and content...working away at home, slushy rain pounding the windows continuosly, iPod serenading me...made for a very happy and contented work day. That's what music does for me in a nutshell...makes for a happy and contented Kath!


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Anyone want a 'meme-of-the-day?? Lemme know!


Woof!

This is a special day for my buddy Andrew.

Congrats on taking on the role of Foster Dad. I had the time of my life when I fostered and I hope you will too.


"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." - Roger Caras"


Happy Birthday To Chris

Happy Birthay to my buddy Chris.

Chris is one of those unique individuals that never stops asking why, is always forward thinking, likes to push limits (in a good way) and has an ingrained need to help others and in doing so, enriches the lives of his friends in ways that can't be measured or imagined. Plus he introduced me to Jager Bombs, so there ya go!

He's definitely a force for good and I'm definitely glad he's my friend.

Have a wonderful birthday Chris. You rock...always have, always will.


The Southern Invasion

My bestest buddy Miss Jillibean arrives tomorrow for a weekend of drinkin' and partyin' and more drinkin'. And checking out our fair city as well. And a drink or two.

So what does that mean for me??

CLEANING!! SWIFFERING! MORE CLEANING!! MORE SWIFFERING!!

Her Jillibeaness is as Anal-Retentive as I (yes!!) so from the time I log off from work this afternoon untll I leave for the airport tomorrow, Kathyland will be a frenzy of hectic cleaning.

Some things never change :-)


Happy

Got an email from a former client/current friend with some happy news!

The tips I gave her on salary negotiation worked. She asked for what she wanted, they countered, she held firm, and she walked away with a larger salary than expected!

C, your email made my day, sweetie!

Congrats, good luck and remember...nothing is forever if it keeps you from following your dreams!