Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Snow Day!

After almost 1.5 years in Colorado, I finally took a day off from work just to go skiing! Jason is on spring break, so he was already going with a labmate. I had extra hours built up for the pay period and the fresh powder was just too good for me to pass up. And boy was it worth it!

There's nothing better than being one of the first on the mountain with freshly groomed corduroy and not another soul on the trail with you. I was just in heaven! The sun was shining, the weather was mild, and the snow felt so perfect underneath my skis. It was just therapeutic.

And the best part about skiing in the middle of the week, even during spring break, is the short lift lines! We just went up and down the mountain all day!

I wish everyday skiing was like today! Until next time. :)

Oh, and we ended the day with mini donuts from Sugar Lips Mini Donuts. These are the Black Cherry Donuts, mini deep fried donuts, made fresh to order, topped with powdered sugar, chocolate, and cherries.

I think I finally feel caught up with blog posts now, so I won't be bombarding you with posts from now on. ;-)

TAG! It's Jason's Birthday!

We always enjoy a night on the town, trying out a new restaurant. We went out to dinner at TAG, a restaurant in downtown Denver to celebrate Jason's 30th Birthday last Thursday. And the food was amazing! Thank you Poppop for the gift card!

Of course we had to start with a bottle of wine to celebrate. Being the stingy couple that we are, we chose the cheapest bottle of red they had, a $40 Malbec. It was quite tasty and just what we were looking for! Then we decided that we just weren't in the mood for each getting one entree, so we ordered salads and 4 appetizers. They were all so tasty and pretty unique, so I had to take pictures.

We started with the Flash Seared Hiramasa (yellowfin tuna), with truffle oil, yuzu, white soy, jalapeno, and those pink things are strawberry pop rocks! So tasty!

Next we had the Kobe Beef Sliders with Duck Fat French Fries. The fries had a touch of sugar on them to give them just the right amount of sweetness.

Next, Sushi Tacos, with rice, charred ahi tuna, mango salsa, and guacamole. What a fun little finger food!

And finally, the best thing Jason has ever eaten, and one of the top 10 things to try in Denver, the French Onion Soup Dumplings! Wow!

So as if the tasty food wasn't enough, when we got our bill, it didn't have the bottle of wine on it. Happy Birthday Jason! So with money still left on our gift card, I guess we'll be going back for the French Onion Soup Dumplings again soon!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Reading for Fun!

I just finished reading The Best American Science Writing 2010, edited by Jerome Groopman (who wrote How Doctors Think, amazing book by the way). And as the book implies, it's a compilation of science articles from magazines and newspapers such as Science, The New York Times, Wired, The New Yorker and so on. And let me just say that most of these stories don't read as dry, scientific research, but more like narratives by talented science journalists.

Some of my favorites:
  • The Placebo Problem, about the effectiveness of placebos (sugar pills) in treating certain ailments, especially neurological disorders.
  • The Orchid Children, about genes that may be problematic for us in certain situations may be advantageous under other circumstances, namely, a gene related to depression.
  • My Genome, My Self, where the author had his genome mapped and discussed how the results agreed or conflicted with the outward traits he has known all his life.
  • The Sixth Extinction, mostly about cute little frogs and the idea that we may be in the middle of a mass extinction.
  • An Epidemic of Fear, vaccines of course.
  • The Deadly Choices at Memorial, about the events that occurred at Memorial Medical Center after Katrina struck. Euthanasia or not?
Great read! I can't wait for the 2011 version to come out! For now, moving on to Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts About Alternative Medicine

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Long Overdue Update

So apparently we haven't updated our blog since November 2009! Wow, we've seriously been slacking. So I thought it would be best if I posted a pictorial overview of the last year and a half. Luckily, being the crazy organized photographer that I am, I have all our photos organized. The hardest part is deciding which ones to use! Scroll down and enjoy a one and a half year photo journey!

January 2010

Weekend Skiing Getaway, a full weekend away in the mountains, with fresh powder every morning!

Avalanche Hockey!

Winter XGames 14, Aspen, Colorado

March 2010

St. Patty's Colfax Pub Crawl, a full day of great friends, shady bars, and cheap beer!

Steak and Scotch Cooking Class for Jason's Birthday

April 2010

Happy 28th Birthday to Jenni, celebrating with Ethiopian food!

Cherry Creek Sneak, my first 5K!!

May 2010

Mueller State Park Camping

June 2010

Moab, Utah, awesome scenery, friends, and wine.

Adventures in the Jungles of Costa Rica!

A Tour of Colorado with the Franzes

July 2010

Meg's Bachelorette and Shower Weekend!

A New Addition to the Family, Shelby!!!

Diamond Lake Hike

Mt. Evans, driving up to 14,130ft, Shelby's first 14er!

August 2010

Buena Vista Camping Trip, Shelby's first camping trip.

Fort Collins Beer Tour, sampling all Fort Collins has to offer!

Jason's 14ers, Gray's and Torrey's. Jason summited two peaks over 14,000 ft in one day with his labmates.

September 2010

Great American Beer Festival, more beer in one place than you could ever imagine!

Great Sand Dunes National Park, I'm still finding sand in my stuff!

October 2010

Fans on the Field 5K, Our second 5K together, we started outside Mile High Stadium, ran through the Pepsi Center during a hockey game, and ended the race by running through Mile High Stadium.

Anderson Farm's, finding our way through the corn maze, picking pumpkins, and surviving the haunted house.

My Best Friend's Wedding! We traveled to Philly to see the sites and party with the Stobart's, Gallagher's, and Friends! It was a beautiful wedding and a crazy fun party!

November 2010

Golden Gate Canyon State Park, hiking with the pup, looking for the perfect Christmas card photo.

Denver's Light the Lights, the annual celebration to light up the Denver City and County Building.

Our First Ski Tip of the 2010-2011 Season, Copper Mountain

Our First Thanksgiving Dinner in Colorado. My first turkey, golden brown and perfectly moist. I owe it all to Grammie!

December 2010

Denver Parade of Lights!

Skiing at Winter Park!

Ugly Sweater Party!

January 2011

Sunny California! I had a conference in Long Beach, so we decided to extend the trip and spend a long weekend at Sequoia National Park.

We started with a 5-6 mile snowshoeing adventure.

That's me, hugging the largest tree in the world!

Amazing view!

Standing INSIDE a fallen down sequoia tree.

Had to end our trip with a stroll down Hollywood Blvd.

Denver Big Air and Switchfoot at Civic Center Park! The snowmakers at Copper Mountain came down to Denver to create a 100 ft. ramp for snowboarders and skiers. We decided to volunteer since it had been advertised as a ticket-only event, with tickets starting at something like $40. There was no way we were going to pay that! Well, turns out, Denver Sports, who was hosting the event, didn't want people to know there was a free spectator area. They were even instructing us to lie about it at the gate. Needless to say, we weren't too impressed by how deceitful they were. But I must say, being able to see Switchfoot for free really made up for it!

Dinner at The Fort! We just had to try the Roasted Bison Marrow Bones. 'Known as "Pairier Butter" to the early pioneers, this delicacy was Julia Child's favorite!' We followed this up with Bison filet, elk chop, and quail!

February 2011

Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah Ryan! Lori got Ryan a lesson as a teppanyaki chef for the holidays. It also came with a complete dinner for four, all cooked by Chef Ryan. They were nice enough to ask us to join them. Ryan cooked an amazing dinner, complete with all the tricks of the trade!

March 2011

St. Patty's Colfax Pub Crawl, a full day of great friends, shady bars, and cheap beer!

Happy 30th Birthday Jason! A night in downtown Denver starting with delicious pizzas and beer at Mellow Mushroom, then a quick stop for a beer at the Tilted Kilt, Marlow's for $4 Long Islands, Coyote Ugly to see some interesting dancing on the bar, and Croc's for some dancing of our own!

Wow! That took forever. You can probably tell that I started from the bottom and worked my way up because the captions grew smaller and smaller. Now I promise not to go another year and a half without a post!