Idyllic Colorado Weekend

Weekends like this make me love Colorado.

Friday I went to a summer solstice yoga workshop where we did 108 sun salutations on the roof while the sun set over downtown Denver and the Rockies. Poses were counted with mala beads and we had a champagne toast at the end.

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Downtown Denver with the Rockies in the background. What look like clouds are actually billows of smoke from the fires.

Mala Beads

Mala Beads

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Champagne makes 108 sun salutations worth it

Saturday we went to Fort Collins to spend the day at the Colorado Brewer’s Festival. It was a great day to be outside and there were probably close to 40 different breweries on hand. I sampled a wide range of beers ranging from a Mexican Chocolate Stout (Rich! Spicy! Desserty!) to a watermelon Kolsch (Refreshing! Sweet!) and then had dinner with friends. It’s not bad to spend half a summer day drinking beer with friends in the sunshine with live music.

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Also, it was this guy’s 9th birthday.

Tyke!

Tyke!

I’m biased, but I think he’s looking pretty spry for an old guy. And check out this picture, which makes me crack up. We were at our friends’ house for dinner the other night and while they were prepping carrots for a salad they were peeling the carrot into their dog’s mouth. I tried it with Tyke with far less successful results.

Super pleased with himself, but unsure why given he's not eating the food directly in front of him.

Super pleased with himself, but unsure why given he’s not eating the food directly in front of him.

 

Sunday started with a bike challenge. Anyone who knows me knows two things: 1) I am unflinchingly and irrationally competitive. I met The Boy as part of a challenge. It is weird how competition-motivated I can be. 2) I can’t ride a bike. Years ago when I was competing all the time I got a super sweet Cervelo and I don’t think I’ve rode it more than 10 times. I know, it’s sad.

The bike that’s at stake.

So the other night at dinner, The Boy said it might be time to sell the Cervelo and get a bike I would actually ride. This conversation ended in a challenge: Ride the Cervelo 10 times this summer or we sell it. So, I went on the first ride of the summer to get some coffee and had a great time. With word that Ironman is coming to Boulder in 2014 it might be bucket list time and I may need a race bike so I’m going to do what I can to get around by bike more often.

This is on our fridge in the kitchen. I'm going to do my best to get those boxes checked!

This is on our fridge in the kitchen. I’m going to do my best to get those boxes checked!

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