Category: travel

You’re Getting Hitched???

I mean… married???


Road Trip

Boulder. With quite possibly the best person in the world. I love you, M!

Holy Freakin’ Crap

Umm… so I am leaving for Alaska in less than two weeks. And, apparently, Alaska is the highest hit on my blog. Odd. Although, maybe not considering our recent elections. Guess a lot of people like AK. Personally, I just want to see some whalies. And I am kind of hoping for a Moby Dick type of photo op. =)

Pequod, here I come!

Or Holland America. That works, too.

Have I mentioned I am going to Alaska this summer? ALASKA! Like… wow. So much for my extreme hatered of all things below 60 degrees. Still… ALASKA.

Very. Big. Smile.

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… is something I do a lot.

One of my biggies (besides randomly coming into a heck of a lot of chash so I can pay off my school bill) is that all of my friends/family will come to Denver.

Well… in the light of this being AWP week in Chicago, I figured I would do a huge shout out to my prayer answerer in that next year… 2010… AWP is comin’ to Denver.

I am so excited! This makes me want to hug people. A lot. Eeek!


I’m going. This summer. As a youth worker for teens. I can’t stop smiling!

I need to decide:
a. What to call my summer adventure.
b. What books to bring–I feel like they should be somewhat culturally relevant, right?
c. Where the cheapest place to purchase batteries for my camera is.

One of my Colorado friends said, “Alaska is like Colorado, but on steroids.” I am in love with Colorado (and sad I won’t be able to experience it this summer), so I can only imagine: even bigger mountains, amazing nature… I feel the need to cry or hug somebody.

Wow, I am so blessed.

Colorado Christmas

Looking out the window of this hollywood hotel,
Youd never know that it was christmas eve.
The billboards and the neon took the place of silver bells,
And the temperature is 84 degrees.
I can hear the traffic on the crowded strip below
As the palm trees poke their heads above the scene
Theres not a single reindeer and it hardly ever snows,
And santa drives a rolls royce limosine.

But all along the rockies you can feel it in the air
From telluride to boulder down below
The closest thing to heaven on this planet anywhere
Is a quiet christmas morning in the colorado snow

I remember Christmases when I was just a boy
In the morning I would run to see the tree.
And the carolers on the hillside sang their songs of Christmas joy
Well, I always thought they sang them just for me.
Now the sun is setting in the California sky
And I cant find the spirit anywhere
So I think its time for me to tell Los Angeles goodbye
Im going back home took for Christmas there

But all along the Rockies you can feel it in the air
From Telluride to boulder down below
The closest thing to heaven on this planet anywhere
Is a quiet Christmas morning in the Colorado snow

Road Trip

I am headed to Denver University where I will drop off:

* Supplement to application for doctoral study

* Creative writing program form

* $60 application fee (donations proudly accepted ;))

* Academic essay

* Three short story samples (one more long than short, one flash fiction, and one published piece)

When all this is said and done, I still need:

* 2 more letters of recommendation (thanks Rebecca for being… awesome!)

* Transcripts

* Scores from general GRE

* Take subject test GRE

Whew! Wish me luck and happy travels 🙂

Pretty flowers and what I thought was a church…

My caption was going to be, “See, Jesus likes it here,” but I discovered this is the athletic center. Ah well.

Practicing my, “Oh, that’s cool. I got accepted face.”

Practicing my “Heck yes!!! I got accepted!!!” face. Some guy walked by as I was taking this and I am pretty sure he thought I was full of myself.

The English department from the outside (as best as I can tell by the architecture of the building from the inside…)

A wooden sign! Who has a WOODEN sign announcing their English department?

I felt the need to salute or sing the national anthem or something.

The amazingly beautiful campus with red brick everywhere!

More of the absolutely DREAMY campus!

Where Denver Quarterly receives their mail. Totally scoping out the competition!

Of course! The University of Denver Writing Center! I didn’t want to get in trouble by taking pictures of their actual center, but you can see inside. It’s really pretty and BIG!

Yup… DU has stolen my heart.

Shh… I am in the Penrose Library at Denver University, checking out the competition and wowing at the amazingly beautiful campus. They have BRICK everywhere! And flowers! I am feeling seriously intimidated.

More in picture form later. 🙂

Signing out from DU,