before the xmas eve service at phin's church.
matching onesies on xmas day!
i got new running gear for xmas and then used it.
we saw slumdog millionaire which i highly recommend.
we played trivial pursuit at my mom's and phin and i kicked mom and j's butts.
there were some birds in the trees - somehow this is all i photographed that day.
here's the main shopping street in my hometown, williamstown, ma.
on new year's eve we played guitar hero. and by "we" i mean phin and madmad. it turns out phin has a talent for and an addiction to guitar hero. they played until 4:30 am - yikes.
i finished!!! i'm proud of myself.
downtown denver in the early morning.
getting gas at 7-11 late at night.
lights on a tree in wash park while xmas shopping.
me double fisting some diet cokes at the rock bottom brewery in broomfiled.
the creche at the denver city and county building (yes, the tax dollar jesus shrine).
the book phin and i made for my mom for xmas. it's a book of her poetry.
i took off from work the day we left for massachusetts for thanksgiving and had a nice walk in cheesman park while phin had a church meeting.
we got into logan at 5am on thanksgiving and surprised our friends when they arrived at the rents house a few hours later. we ate some really yummy food for dinner.
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LA has palm trees and blue skies.
then i came home and we ate tacos for dinner...mmm.
the next night we watched season 2 of project runway in our cozy bed while eating mac and treese.
the shadow on our neighbor's house from our bedroom window.
on the way to church there were a lot of birds on the stop light.
i knit a new scarf on sunday and monday. i wanted something fluffy and light so i went through our giant, messy pile of yarn and dug up this pretty stuff.
tonight i had acupuncture and took a picture of my shadow after the appointment.
we've got a pretty low key thanksgiving planned - i'll be sure to take lots of pictures though! happy t-day to all of you!
phin as monkey.
dinner: spaghetti and "meat" balls and kale.
a really cool moon on the way home.
one other shot of the moon behind clouds from outside our house.
and then it snowed!
anti-prop 8 rally at the denver city and county building.
how cute are bob and joe?
a cool shadow on the sidewalk.
so the day after the election i was very happy and very tired. we only had to go into work for a couple hours so i scheduled a hair cut in the afternoon. this is the before picture.
turns out that i got the most subtle haircut of my life. no one noticed it was different...i barely noticed. but i actually think it's still a good cut. i told her i was growing it so she didn't take length off but she did cut a lot of the thickness out to make the curls springier. this is a slightly unflattering picture of the side of my head to show said curls. you can see that not much else changed about the cut.
on friday i had a comp day and i went to boulder with phin. while she met with students (who ended up standing her up!) i went on a horrible run - uphill against incredibly strong wind. i finished it and felt all wheezy instead of energized. we made it better by going to the vegan fast food joint which we've only been to once before. it wasn't spectacular, but quite tasty.
we learned of new vegan cupcakes in denver so i tracked them down. they're from a shop on colfax that sells cupcake merchandise, lots and lots of cupcakes (only a few vegan, but they're supposed to get more flavors soon) and cereal! they have a cereal bar which i think is brilliant and phin thinks is a silly waste of money. you can pick your cereal and pick your milk (they even have almond and rice in addition to soy and cow) and it sounds so. satisfying. i love cereal but rarely eat a whole box so i don't buy it much. and i don't buy sugary ones but i love them - one or two bowls of fruit loops sounds about perfect to me. i'm going to have to get someone else to go with me because i don't know if phin will. anyway, i bought two cupcakes and they were beautiful and delicious. the frosting was hardly sweet at all which i really liked.
bonus pic for yesterday - phin and chloe "playing."
this morning i drove to sloan's lake for a run and saw this amazingly low gas price. i really didn't think it would get that low again.
that day i went canvassing and saw this crazy halloween house:
a coworker and some people from other orgs jumping.
on the 2nd and 3rd i stayed back at the office with a few others to do adminy things with the turf and walk lists while everyone else canvassed. i guess it was boring enough that i didn't take any pictures of campaign stuff on the 3rd. this is the only shot i had from monday - getting my flask ready for the election night party so i didn't have to buy anything at the bar.
this is most of the canvassers right before they left for the final day of canvassing and electioneering.
here's the first installment of my picture catchup.
i designed all the literature for my org's election canvass and final four get-out-the-vote canvass. this is a new role for me but i loved it - i wish it was my all-the-time job. our final four was about 250-350 canvassers (depending on the day) and we were supposed to go to about 80,000 doors. we didn't get to all those doors - we had a LOT of lit leftover - but it was still exciting. i designed three flyers that were essentially the same but different colors. this picture is of fronts of the tuesday piece and the weekend piece which we had just gotten back from the printers. the monday piece was a little different and not back from the printers yet because we lasered people's vote centers onto it. the tuesday piece also had a tear-off ballot guide to take to the polls.
the next day i went with the food committee to costco and safeway to buy some of the non-perishible food. this is just some of the soda we bought for the canvass.
on wednesday i spent most of the day "cutting turf" for the final four. this is basically cutting out the walk lists for the canvassers using a voter database. the map populates with your search criteria (voters under 50 who voted in the last election, or whatever you want) and you quite literally draw a box around voters on a map in a given precinct. we were trying to make chunks of 100 voters. all those little dots in the middle of the map are registered voters. it's easy and pretty boring and i did it until late on wednesday - here's the computer i was working on.
after cutting the turf, we print and label and then make packets for the canvassers to carry with their script and other stuff. this is a tiny bit of the turf all laid out ready to be processed. this is what i did until quite late at night on thursday.
friday was halloween! i didn't have time to come up with a costume this year, but i did have time to make some kitty ears and tape them onto a headband.
and bonus picture for the 31st, some of the weekend lit all bundled and waiting for the canvassers.
i'll be back with round two shortly!
this is the stained glass at phin's church.
these are the things i put out by my computer before bed if i'm going running the next morning: ipod, house key, 2 tissues. i usually also have some water in my bottle so i can drink a little before i head out the door. i put my clothes and shoes out in the bedroom.
we've been getting more rain and storms lately. i had a doctor's appointment last week and the wind was blowing like crazy afterwards. i ended up downtown in the middle of a big thunder and lightening storm. but it stopped pretty abruptly. this is an attempt to photograph the wind blowing leaves around on colfax before the storm.
bonus pic for the 21st - hope_persists stayed with us on monday night as she made her way across the country. i totally failed to take pictures which is annoying but we had a good time at watercourse and watching project runway. this is hp and phin before we all left for either work, school or western colorado.
for the first time ever we put yard signs up in our yard. there are some evil ballot initiatives in colorado this year. 46 is anti-affirmative action, 47 is "right to work," 49 is "paycheck protection" (which means workers couldn't have their union dues deducted from their paychecks) and 54 would prohibit unions or anyone else with a government contract from making political contributions. also on the ballot but not in our yard (because i don't know where to get the sign) is 48 which would grant personhood rights to a fetus. how did we end up in this state??! there are actually a ton of other amendments too, but these are the worst.
i went to an anti-47, 49 and 54 press conference/rally where denver's mayor and colroado's governor spoke in opposition to these amendments. the firefighters came in their cool antique truck.
my sweetie in the target parking lot.
yesterday phin surprised me with tickets to the last day of the arvada center's run of les mis! if you've been reading you might remember that we saw it during preview and i love, love, loved it. it was the best surprise - i'm so lucky! <3 unfortunately, randal keith, the big-wig actor who came in from nyc to play val jean broke his foot pretty badly a few weeks into the run and so we didn't get to see him again. he was truly amazing. the replacement guy was good too but nothing compares to randal!
after the show we drove to boulder for dinner. we caught the tail end of an amazing sunset at the lookout over boulder.
i'm heading into a long week and a half of election work and phin is preparing for a concert next weekend, among other stuff. so we (and by we, i really mean phin) made a giant pot of chili to eat all week. these are the spices sitting on top of the beans before they all got stirred into chili. i just sampled the finished product and it is tasty!
this is heading to work on wednesday. i stopped at sloan's lake on the way down sheridan because it was a pretty morning.
after working until ELEVEN PM (ok, 10:45, but still) so i could finish designing the "get out the vote" literature on wednesday, i left work early on thursday. this is kind of an attempt to show my car clock but really it's just a bad picture (also the only one from thursday, so it has to be the pic of the day).
last night phin and i went to the panic at the disco concert in broomfield. this is before the show, waiting to turn into the parking lot. those are the rockies in the background.
on the 12th i finished making a new scratching post for the kitties. it's almost exactly like their old one but i had some leftover materials so i made another. i want to expand this one some but i'm not sure how. i accidentally bought a thinner base so it's a bit wobbly - i have to fix that. the kitties aren't sure about the whole thing yet.
anyway, i tried to make the carpet tape stick by putting some weight on it. this is the holy koran, a bible and some maple syrup, among other things, since i don't have clamps. i think it did the trick but i might have to nail it down too.
here's a bonus of chloe on saturday testing out the post before i finished attaching the sisal.
and a bonus of stella on top (we put her up there).
yesterday stella was very needy and wanted to be in my lap. i think it's because it's been so cold.
and tonight chloe was taking the most adorable nap while we watched heroes.
phin's favorite condiment.
sunset in our neighborhood as i got home from work.
one of chloe's favorite hobbies is sitting on things we leave on the floor. chloe on backpacks.
yesterday was a freezing cold, drizzly day. this is one of our late-blooming roses all covered in rain.
this morning was the "standing on the side of love" service at phin's church. actually, it wasn't at her church, rather at the state capital building. it was all about the gays. my picture of the day is my flower for the flower communion with the program, but i'll also include a cute one of phin conducting. for those of you interested, there are more from the service here.
also, here's another bonus shot of people picking out their new flowers after having deposited their original flowers on the capital steps for the communion.
here's a bonus shot of some of the veggies:
and another of the really yummy salad i had for dinner that night at the new(ish) vegetarian restaurant in boulder, leaf.
phin trying to fix my leaky water bottle.
chloe demanding dinner.
this is a picture of our fabulous acupuncture place after my appointment on tuesday. phin and i LOVE our acupuncturist and the whole place is so wonderful - they treat you in a communal room to cut down on costs and it's very affordable. <3
on the first, i protested the bailout during my lunch hour.
here's a shot of the kitties sitting as close as they ever sit to each other. they were captivated by a squirrel. i call these moments, desperate house cats.
on friday we had veggie burgers and oven fries with asparagus for dinner - yum.
i've expanded my diet from broth and rice to include millet toast, miso soup and butternut squash soup. it is strange to eat such a diverse diet. this is the toast i had with dinner with a bit of earth balance on top. oh, i also had some soy pudding today!
the picture on my work calendar this month.
chloe in the backyard on our new used lawn furniture.
our landlord is getting our house painted and this is a 'before' shot.
this is what mall parking lots look like in colorado.
part of a sign in downtown denver.
chloe getting a good nap in.
the brush and tree limbs the painters removed before they could start painting.
i've had an upset stomach for a few days so i've been eating bland. basically my diet consists of rice and broth. here's today's lunch clockwise from the crackers: rice crackers, almond cheese (not rice!), congee (rice porridge), broth, rice to go in the broth and broth powder in the middle to make the boxed broth tastier. it actually wasn't so bad. i look forward to eating ruffage again, though.
i helped my friend, ben, pack up his moving van :(
we had a lot of quality computer time before bed.
this is how the park near our house looks when i go for my morning walk.
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i had to canvass for work and the sun was going down and making pretty shadows.
we both had bad days so we got takeout and watched lost.
we spent many hours cleaning the house including some organizing projects. phin organized all the cds using our new bookshelf that ben gave us - it was no small task. and now it looks so tidy!
tonight we went to see les mis in arvada. it was fabulous!!! i love, love, love les mis and this was a really good production for the most part. it was hard not to sing along and it took a few songs before i stopped smiling out of excitement. i wasn't allowed to take photos but i snuck this one of the stage at intermission.
today was in the 60s! i wore a sweater and long pants. as much as i love summer, it was really nice to feel the cool air.
you people on the coasts might not understand, but rain is a BIG DEAL here. it hadn't rained for more than an hour - if that - in ages. but on the 15th and 16th it rained for TWO DAYS! we've lived here for three years and i can't think of another time it rained for two whole days. it was amazing and wonderful.
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i got back to a conference call on monday night. i was going to erase this photo and use another one i took of me on the phone, but phin loves it. she likes how emo/myspace it is. so i'm slightly embarrassed but posting it anyway.
i voted in the local election on tuesday. the ballot initiative i was voting against passed which really sucks. it's an anti-immigrant ordinance that has horrible implications for racial profiling.
olympics time! i wasn't impressed with how they tuck gymnastics after all the boring sports like beach volley ball. i did get in some synchronized diving though. i'd never heard of it but it's pretty cool. i like how the divers do better depending on how communistic their countries are.
for the second time this week phin made this delicious creamy tomato sauce (creamy from cashews) from a recipe i found on the vegan yumyum blog. it was SO good.
i'm all caught up - where's my prize?!
on sunday d picked me up from the airport and took me to the amazing fairway market in brooklyn. we didn't have nearly enough time to look around - it was huge! i LOVE supermarkets so i could have spent ages there.
we ate a snack on their patio and got to look out at the beautiful water to the statue of liberty. the weather was gorgeous and i was happy.
the next day d & l took off work to hang out with me. we went to lower manhattan and walked around, did a little shopping and had a great time. this is d & l reading the plaque at the site of the triangle shirtwaist factory fire. i don't know why they're so amused.
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on the 20th i watched some tv on my computer. i can't even remember what show that was...
on the 21st there was mouth wash:
july 22nd i made pizza for dinner.
we went up to estes park to meet d & l who had gotten up really early to go on an ambitious hike. phin and i drove up there in time for a nice drive in the national park, a little walking around, some coffee, dinner and mini golf. we stayed in their koa cabin that night. it was a nice mini-vacation.
this is in rocky mountain national park, july 6th.
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