Wednesday, September 30, 2015

what i learned in september

1. HOW TO PICK AN AUDIOBOOK.
I've really struggled to get into Audiobooks up until the last few months. I bought one and just ached the entire time. I bought another and couldn't stop listening. There's a science to picking out the right audiobook and I've realized it's this:

  • Don't listen to a book that you're planning on being DEEPLY inspired by. You'll want to highlight and such so get the print copy. 
  • Listen to the preview and have feelings about the narrator's voice. If it's annoying, DON'T BUY IT. (I did this once and holy painful ten hours.) 
  • Branch out into genres that you wouldn't typically read. Having a science fiction novel read to you is entirely different than having to listen to it. 

2. YOUR QUALITY OF FRIENDS MATTERS THE MOST. 
Jason's birthday was in the beginning of the month and at the last minute we threw a little UFC watching party. We invited five random couples that only had us in common. As the last people were leaving Jason looked at me and claimed the party as the best one yet. I believe it's because we don't have a lot of friends, but the ones we do choose to have are so damn awesome.

3. TEA TREE OIL IS A MIRACLE ACNE HEALER.
I have bad skin. I've had bad skin since high school and it's only been cleaned up by antibiotics and heavy duty prescription skin creams. Six months ago I wanted to try and stop the drugs to see what would happen. The acne returned with a vengeance. Then a friend posted about how tea tree oil made a huge difference in her skin and I decided to try it. I'm not an essential oil convert by any means, but my skin is clearing up and those deep, nasty pimples are disappearing.


4. BLUE MOON WAS INVENTED AT A ROCKIES GAME.
I love Blue Moon but believe it needs an orange slice in it to be really legitimate. Those are two facts for you.

5. I HAVE A TASTE IN BEER: FARMHOUSE ALES.
Basically cloudy, unfiltered ales that are blonde in color just stole my heart. Add interesting flavors like chili or lemonade and I'm thrilled. Or don't and I'll still praise you. Honestly though, I encourage everyone to do a brewery tour of a beer-loving area. Try all the kinds and figure out what you love because it's an awesome experience that's sure to be full of amazing people, PLUS you'll learn all kinds of things about beer that are fascinating and (not vital to life) important.


6. ADVENTURE IS A PERSPECTIVE, NOT A STATE.
I've always thought of adventure as a place we go or a task we do or something we sign up for, but it's not. It's about your mindset. Like when Jason wants to hike and I want to do anything but that. Or when it seems fun to go into a cave (and extensive trail of caverns) inside a mountain which is truly a nightmare. It's a choice (and not always an easy one) to treat the task at hand as novel, exciting, and worthwhile.

7. THE PICTURES ARE ALWAYS WORTH IT.
During our Denver stay I was dealing with major Fat-Face-Syndrome. You know that mental issue where you look at your face in every selfie and see fatness. Well, major issue for a few days on the Denver trip. It could have derailed the many picturesque moments at hand, but I decided I wanted pictures to go with our memories and so, no fat face was going to stop that. It's been less than a week and I'm already so thankful for those shots because Jason looks thrilled in every single one.


8. VELODROME BIKING IS THE BEST SPORT.
Imagine chess on wheels with 45 degree angles for gravitational pull and you're there in the stadium. There's really, honestly no words for this other than we went to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and loved it. Then at the end of our tour the guide mentioned the Collegiate Biking Nationals going on at the velodrome down the road. We swung by and it was empty, between race sessions, but were encouraged to come back at five. We did and had to fork over $10 a piece to watch the sport. Thank goodness we did. Three hours later we were shivering and starving so we left, but we are forever fans.

9. COLORADO IS A BEAUTIFUL, EXCITING, KIND PLACE.
We fell in love with Golden (where the Coors factory is) and wanted to cancel all the other places on our trip so we could spend days on end there in the mellow vibe, hiker friendly, beer drinking town. Alas, we couldn't, but Golden will always, always hold a special place in our hearts. If you're considering a trip let us tell you to GO. And if you live there, let us tell you thank you for being a kind-hearted, lovely people.

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Linking up with Emily Freeman

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