Friday, July 30, 2010
And then I was at lunch with my cousin, Andy, who always has the hot shit. He knew the way to sell me.
"Alright, Kate, check this out." He hands me the phone and I see myself and, as you can tell from the below, it takes me a minute before I realize what's happening.
My own PHOTOBOOTH?
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I am lucky enough to have the kind of relationship with my mom where I can call her and when she says, 'What's up?' I can say 'Nothin'. Just callin.'
Which happens about 3 times a day.
The rest of the time is filled with such things as...
Movie Sundays. Dog walks. HGTV. Wine. Shopping. Airport trips. Phone calls. Disneyland. Pittsburgh. The Bachelor. Cards from summers at Dads. Lost. Secrets. Ogling over babies. Wreath decorating. Flap. Photos. Napa Valley. Pepisms. Egg hunts. Noodles. Driving to get Gordie. Heartbreaks. Gossip. Halloween costumes. Orchids. Reading. Paper machete turkeys. Cupcakes. Mother/Daughter nights w/ the Bruners. Games. Hypnotism for picky eating. Cookie baking. Tap dance. Laughs. Patience. Understanding. Best friends. Trust. Love.
Ma, you do so much for me - I am forever grateful and can't wait to continue to grow up with you by my side. Thank you for this blessed life. Words could never repay.
Just remember that I will always love you more than Owlie loves his mom.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Lindsay picked me up from the airport Thursday night and upon arriving to her house around 1 a.m., cracked open not one, but two, bottles of wine. Up until 4 a.m., we slept in on Friday and took our time before getting to Happy Hour to meet Dawn Vier and Mr. Chad Wood. I hadn't seen Dawn since Nicole's wedding in Florida last year, so I was happy to catch up and congratulate her on her own engagement. She will become Dawn Wood on October 2.
After our happy (3) hour - we headed to the Capitol Hill neighborhood and stopped in to a little place called the Beauty Bar.
Denver just opened their BB location a few weeks ago and when we arrived around 9 p.m. - the place was d-e-a-d. "Maybe it just hasn't caught on yet. Or maybe its like the one in Vegas and doesn't get going until 11 or so..." "Yeah but Kate, we have something here called last call...." So I went to close out our tab and told the bartender we were going to head up a few blocks to Uptown Bar but we'd be back. "Oh you should definitely come back because at 10, we have something called the Get Back and its these guys that come in from Vegas...." GET OUT. I was just at the Get Back Vegas two weeks ago - we'll definitely be back.
The rest of Saturday brought some recovery time followed by a BBQ hosted at the Wickers. Check out this view from their perfect little mountain house.
We danced the night away on their deck while sipping on Raspberry Lemonade Vodkas. This is what summer is made of, my friends.
Sunday we headed down the mountain and over to Westminster to spend some time with my family. When we arrived to Andy's house, we were greeted by him and his pug, Tegan, who wears a bark collar that sprays citronella, which is apparently set off by a dog's bark or Katie Knoch's laugh. You had to be there but let's just say I was smelling like citronella for the rest of Sunday. We also met Squishy Cat, the ugliest-and-therefore-cutest-cat I have ever met in my life. Not to mention - such a lover.
Monday we spent the day in mountain towns. We first headed to Evergreen for some lunch and beers on the patio at Little Bear and then went to the lake for some paddle boating.
Afterwards, we headed to my favorite mountain town, Morrison for our ritual stop at Morrison Inn for 32 oz Margaritas and some of the best chips and salsa on the planet.
That, followed by Happy Hour at Holiday Bar with some Big Buck Hunter, made for one hell-of-a-evening.
THEN we stopped at Crossroads in Pine (down the street from the Wickler's) so our designated drive, Josh, could tie one on. There, I had my first shot of Jameson.**
**I will not be drinking Jameson again.
Tuesday - oh Tuesday - brought that Kings of Leon concert (and rain). I won't rehash my last post to you here but I will repeat that it was one of the best nights of my life.
Thank you, as always, to my host the Wicker's - for an amazing week. This trip brought plenty of wine, giggles, memories, dancing, photos, drinking, buck hunting, eating, dreaming, talking, sleeping, adventuring, reading, rainbow-spotting, movie watching, music swapping FUN.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I am currently sitting in the Denver International Airport, awaiting my plane to arrive to jet me back to Vegas.
I've been in Denver for the past week and although the whole trip has been something to remember - we certainly saved the best for last with the Kings of Leon show. Last night ended up being one of those nights that the Wicklers and I will look back upon when we are 80, reminiscing about the time we saw the Kings of Leon, drenched in rain and how it truly was a once in a lifetime experience. The show was held at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre (worst name ever - used to be Fidler's Green for those of you familiar with the area.) The weather all week had been gorgeous - actually, a little hot for the Denver area (I kept hearing I "brought the heat") - but still, sunny, with maybe a shower in the afternoon to cool everything off but that was about all to report.
Until last night, around 7 p.m....right when we were arriving to the show......there was a slight sprinkle, Linzi turned and asked me, "think we should grab these umbrellas?" "Na, I am sure they would just be more of a hassle." Well, kids, you know what is a real hassle? Torrential downpour. Yup, by the time we were through the gates, we were desperately running around trying to find a poncho or three.
After about 15 minutes, we were soaked through and through. And then I just decided to embrace it. With a 24 ounce Miller Light in my hand and two of my best friends by my side, about to see my favorite band in the whole world....I just decided that this was livin'.
It ended up being one of the best nights of my life. What an experience, to see the Kings, under a summer rainstorm in the middle of Denver, CO. Along with their nearly two hour set, came thunder and lightning. The photo above is a view from the show (obv). We perched ourselves at the top of the hill and had the most amazing view of the show with the city lights and mountains in the background.
We all know my love for KOL, so as you can imagine, I was having the time of my life - smiling and singing and dancing the night away.
Thank you, Denver, for a night I will never forget.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
And may I present, the Sparkler Battle of 2010. Since this is my blog, I can fib and tell you that I won.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
For the kid in all of us.