A Day in the Vicinity of Golden, Colorado

If you are in the Denver area but don’t necessarily WANT to be in the Denver area, good news! You can go to the expensive-to-live-in Golden area. Or if that’s not expensive enough for you there’s Boulder, but that is a topic for another day. So Golden. I’ve talked about some of the awesome trail…

Steamboat Springs Weekend

This weekend Dan and I went up to Steamboat Springs with another couple for a long weekend. We got three pack passes a while ago for $140 each. If you buy tickets at the counter they are $150 EACH DAY. Good God. We drove up Thursday evening and hit zero traffic. This never happens. Or it…

A Tale of Two Rehab Facilities – Being a Nurse Part II

I really really love being a nurse. I already gave a few reasons as to why I chose nursing originally, here. And the longer I’m in it the more I see that it suits many of my preferences, including my desires to: Aid people in their time of need. Have direct patient care – i.e., hands-on…

Boredom on a Long Run AKA Podcast Recommendations

I’ve never been one of those people that can run on roads for long periods of time without some sort of auditory input. If it’s running on trails or on a beach or through fields of gently swaying wild flowers then all of my problems would melt away and I would be a better person….

Super Seed Snack Bars

Snack bars that taste like chewy brownies but have “super foods” packed in like seeds, coconut, and chocolate. Everything’s a superfood, hooray! Remember to let these set after cooking. Refrigerating before cutting is even better. Also, if you don’t have some of the seeds you can try substituting with whatever you have on hand or…

Race Review: Silver Rush 50 Run, Part II

You were waiting on bated breath for the follow-up to part one, so here it is! I forgot to add this picture of my car/sleeping den for the night. This was my key for a good night sleep and winning the race! And by that I mean waking up every 30 minutes in a disoriented…

Double Winter Hike Weekend

This weekend featured two short snow hikes/snowshoe adventures in the front range. On Saturday we set out to hike Crater Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. When we got to the trailhead there were about 756 cars there so we cried because we thought we were the only kewl people with this idea. After we wiped our…

Desert Paradise

Before moving to Colorado I didn’t know too much about the slice of heaven that is Moab, Utah. I had seen pictures of the Delicate Arch and watched videos of beautiful models crack climbing in Indian Creek. But the likelihood of death by snakes and/or dehydration kept me away for a while. Then some nursing school…

Chocolate Coconut Cranberry Bites

When I went home for the holidays my mom gifted me some Trader Joe’s nut mixes and the dark chocolate that is the greatest dark chocolate in the world. There are no stores near my house so once the chocolate stash runs out, that’s it. You can send your condolence messages via email. She also got…

Holiday Reads

Along with the whole seeing-friends-and-family thing, I like going home because it’s a good time for me to read compulsively. Long airplane and car rides to see family? Read. Hanging out on the Metro for 1.5 hours? Read. Sitting in front of a fireplace with yet another cup of tea? Read. I read three books…

Vegan Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies

  Really a cross between a cookie and a bar, low in added sugar, and vegan. Weeee! I’ve added some notes at the end so be sure to read first. Vegan Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies Servings: 15 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 12-15 minutes Ingredients Wet: 2 Tbsp coconut oil 1/2 cup peanut butter…

30 Before 30

Soooooo I am turning 30 in 2016!!! About two years ago I thought to myself, “30 is the arbitrary marker by which society thinks I will start decaying in front of everyone’s eyes. Now is the time to make a bucket list.” It’s (you guessed it!) 30 items long with some big goals and some…