Weekend Recap: French Wine Tasting and Impromptu Stapleton Half Marathon

My Friday night kicked off with lots of my favorite people: J and I had a Zoom double date with my friends Heather and Kirk, and then we watched Great British Bake-Off with my mom! It was a great mix of “social time” (at home) and time cozied up on the couch (though mom has her own couch across the room, to keep a bit more distance). It’s funny how much “socializing” has changed in the wake of COVID. To {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Halloween and COVID Horrors

My Friday started out tough. I had spent Thursday night at J’s house, and after breakfast and taking my first few calls there, I headed home. But right before I did, J was notified that his son was eligible for a special school cohort where a few kids are allowed to come in person and then do their virtual learning in a room with others rather than isolated at home. I was really against this idea (frankly, I’ve been pretty {Read More}

Weekend Recap: J’s Birthday

This weekend was J’s birthday, and I bent some of my own COVID19 rules to make it special. Now, with case counts going up quite a bit, I feel pretty guilty that I did so. I think it’s unfortunately time to lock down and go back to being as strict as we were in March :( But! That’s a story for next weekend (when I started out Friday having a COVID19 meltdown… yuck). This weekend, on Friday morning, I started {Read More}

Weekend Recap: My New Quarantine Pod

This week has been really different – so much is changing in my life! My role at work has changed quite a bit due to COVID19, and there’s also the major lifestyle change that where I used to fly all over the country 50 weeks a year, I now haven’t set foot on a plane since March. Meanwhile, I have a new boyfriend (and his kids) I’m adjusting my life around, and on Tuesday, my mom moved in with me. {Read More}

Weekend Recap: The Calm Before the Storm

This weekend was the calm before the storm. J didn’t have the kids this weekend, and it was my last weekend living alone before my mom would move in with me on Tuesday. We made the most of it! Friday night kicked off with a very belated Cinco de Mayo (Nueve de Octubre?) celebration – I invited my friends Chris and Mark and their kids over on Friday night for dinner on the deck with J and I. We picked {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Olsen Lake and Front Range Fun

I headed up to Minturn on Friday at lunchtime, arriving in time to take my final calls of the day from my house there. However, the internet there was being weird, and I had trouble getting my video to work on my final call of the day – frustrating! Although this internet issue has never happened before, I always feel guilty when I work from my mountain house – like I’m playing hooky by being out there rather than at {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Fried Chicken in the Mountains

This weekend was absolutely perfect… to the point that I kept asking, is this real life? On Friday, as soon as I wrapped up my calls, I headed over to J’s house for dinner. He prepared an amazing carne asada for dinner, which we enjoyed on his patio with a¬† bottle of red wine. The air was slightly crisp, but it was just warm enough where we were comfortable eating outside and not cold. And the twinkling lights overhead just {Read More}

Race Report: Sangre de Cristo 50 Mile

In the days leading up to the Sangre de Cristo, I started getting cold feet… and¬†especially when I started packing. Ultramarathons require so much stuff!! It reminded me of doing a triathlon, in a bad way – one of the things I liked least about doing a tri was how much equipment could make or break your race, and it seemed like that was also the case with doing an ultra. Whatever happened to just putting your sneakers on and {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Committing to an Ultra

My weekend kicked off with a fun (but safe) social event – my best friend Heather’s birthday! We had been discussing for weeks what to do to celebrate, since Heather is equally cautious about COVID, and she ultimately decided she wanted to invite a small group of people to meet for beers on the patio at Four Noses, her favorite brewery. It was wonderful! We had to wait a while (literally 1.5 hours) for a table to open up, but {Read More}

Labor Day Weekend Recap: 48 Miles of Vail Trails

As an elected official, I was pretty concerned about Labor Day weekend and its potential to drive cases of COVID19 up again. And as an individual, I didn’t want to be part of that spike in cases! So while typically I would have done some sort of fun weekend with friends, this weekend, I headed out to the mountains for some solo time on the trails. My company gave us both Friday and Monday off for the holiday, so I {Read More}